Schools around the region are invited to enter Pat Catan’s ninth annual Iron Crafter student craft design competitions.
The competitions will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13 at Pat Catan’s stores.
Teams get boxes of identical craft supplies, including a secret ingredient, and race to create projects that fit a theme. Each participating student and adviser will receive a $25 gift certificate, and the winning team will also receive a trophy and $100 in gift certificates for the school.
For information and registration, call your local Pat Catan’s store.
Teams are encouraged to sign up early. Most stores can host four teams, each consisting of four students and a faculty adviser.
Paqarina Farm loses home
Akron-born Paqarina Farm has lost its home.
The small farm, which started on Ira Avenue in Kenmore, moved last year to Valley View. There Jeff Boni and his then-partner, Karmi James, farmed about 18 acres of land under an arrangement with the person who leases the land from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The lease holder has decided to end that arrangement as of April 30, Boni said.
Boni said he hopes to find land closer to Akron, perhaps a house where he can start a smaller-scale farm similar to the plot he and James once farmed next to their apartment on Ira. In the meantime, he is hoping to find new homes for their 20 chickens and their beehives.
Gardening hot line
Have a gardening question? The Summit County Master Gardener hot line is up and running for the season.
The hot line is open from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at 330-928-GROW (928-4769).
Members of the public can also stop by the Ohio State University Extension’s Summit County office during those hours to bring samples or photos of plant diseases, bugs or other gardening issues. The office is at 2525 State Road, Suite 250, Cuyahoga Falls.
• Vegetable gardening seminar, 8:45 and 10 a.m. today, Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road. Presented by Vince Matlock, Summit County master gardener. Free. Seminar is part of the Summit County Farm Bureau’s annual Farm Care/Share event, which also includes children’s activities and a breakfast for $1 starting at 8 a.m. 800-654-5158.
• Spring Craft and Artisan Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Hoover High School, 525 Seventh St. NE, North Canton. Sponsored by the North Canton Lions Club. Free admission.
• Spring Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Greenbriar Conference & Party Centre, 50 Riffel Road, Wooster. Juried show. Free admission. www.greenbriarwooster.com.
• Fiber CAFE (Center for Alternative Fiber Experience), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St. Share a project or technique or get advice. 330-657-2248.
• Spring Barn Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Portage Trail Barn, 151 Portage Trail Extension W, Cuyahoga Falls. Handmade and repurposed home-decor and other items made by local vendors. www.PortageTrailBarn.com.
• Bluebird Day, today, Local Roots Market and Cafe, 140 S. Walnut St., Wooster. Omelets served 10 a.m. to noon. Bluebird presentation by Mel Bolt of the Ohio Bluebird Society, 1 p.m. Children’s scavenger hunt after the talk. Bird-theme products for sale. www.localrootswooster.com or 330-263-5336.
• Chickadees in the Spring, 1-2:15 p.m. today, Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St. NE, Washington Township near Alliance. Learn about chickadees, protecting them and attracting them to your property. Free. 330-829-7050 or www.bcbgarden.org.
• The Elegant Egg show and sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church, 263 E. Mill St., Akron. Display and sale of decorated eggs. Pictures with the Easter bunny, 1 to 4 p.m. both days. Pancake breakfast, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today ($6, $4 for children ages 5 to 12, free for younger children). Show admission $4.50, or free for children 12 and younger accompanied by adults. No strollers permitted. Presented by the Ohio Egg Artists Guild. http://TheElegantEgg.weebly.com.
• Friends of the Library Needlework Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road, Stow. 330-688-3295.
• Big Spring, today through April 28, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Children’s events, more than 30,000 spring flowers in bloom. Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society Show & Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Ask the Gardener, noon to 4 p.m. today. Spring BotaniCool Camp: Big Spring Little Bugs for children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, 9 a.m. to noon Thursday (members $25, others $35, advance registration required). Big Spring hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $12; $8 for children ages 3 to 12; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• The Care and Feeding of Hummingbirds, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Seiberling Nature Realm, 1828 Smith Road, Akron. Speaker: Carol Zeh, Audubon Society member and volunteer with the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County. Part of the Summit County Master Gardeners’ Meet Me in the Garden series. Free.
• Vegetable Gardening Basics, 11 a.m. March 30, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Speaker: Lee Paulson, Summit County master gardener. Free. Registration: 330-724-0550, ext. 110.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640. Please include name and phone number. All events must be open to the public.
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