Test your soil
Good gardens start with good soil.
Now’s a good time to have yours tested.
Many laboratories can perform soil tests, but the Ohio State University Extension often recommends the lab operated by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Information is at http://soiltest.umass.edu.
A standard soil test usually measure your soil’s pH and various nutrients. Having that information allows you to add what your soil needs, and only what it needs.
Most laboratories have information online about how to submit a soil sample, or they’ll send you a container and instructions. Usually you’re instructed to gather about a cupful of soil from various spots in your garden, let it dry over night, put it in a small plastic bag and send it off to the lab.
Film Fest plays on
The Cleveland International Film Festival rolls on with daily events including the “Day and Knight in Akron” showings at the main Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Akron Art Museum on Thursday.
Offerings in the days ahead include Ohio-connected offerings like Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about the fans of Bill Watterson, the Chagrin Falls resident who created Calvin & Hobbes. Visit www.clevelandfilm.com for a complete lineup, or pick up the festival guide at your local Dollar Bank.
Tasting at D’Agnese’s
D’Agnese’s Trattoria and Cafe, 566 White Pond Drive, Akron, will host a wine tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, hosted by Chicago wine importer Edwin Olivieri, who represents the Maritime Wine Trading Collective of San Francisco.
The event will feature wines from Maritime’s portfolio, paired with a large variety of appetizers, including artisan meats and cheeses, lamb flatbread with feta and olives, English pea and lobster risotto, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with Meyer lemon and more.
The tasting is $30 plus tax and tip. Phone 234-678-3612 to reserve.
And I am telling you …
Catch the dream! Dreamgirls, that is. The long-running, wildly popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical turned critically acclaimed Oscar-winning film is coming to Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron for two nights only.
The dream and the girls begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $32.50-$52.50 and available at www.ticketmaster.com, 330-972-7570.
Zoo photography class
Join photo expert Dave Shoenfelt at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Akron Zoo for instruction. Classroom time will be followed by going into the park to try out your new skills.
The program is designed for someone just starting out taking pictures. For questions email Dave Shoenfelt at email@example.com.
Price is $20. Register online at www.akronzoo.org.