Celebrate kale Wednesday

Wednesday has been proclaimed National Kale Day in an effort to get more folks thinking about, eating and growing this leafy green superfood.

Plans are to hold Kale Day annually on the first Wednesday in October, to celebrate its health benefits and culinary versatility.

For more information, including recipe ideas, visit www.nationalkaleday.org.

Ohio Mart is back

Stan Hywet’s popular Ohio Mart returns this week.

The arts and crafts show is open Thursday through next Sunday on the grounds of the historical estate. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sunday, when the show closes at 4 p.m.

Regular admission is $9, or $2 for youth ages 6 to 17. Younger children are admitted free.

A combo ticket is $15 ($5 for youth), providing admission to the show, a self-guided tour of the Manor House and admission to a floral display and one of two daily lectures on fall home decor.

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens is at 714 N. Portage Path, Akron.

Tree and shrub sale

Pick up something different for your yard at Secrest Arboretum’s Autumn Discovery Day Tree and Shrub Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The annual sale offers dozens of types of trees and shrubs, including many uncommon plants. You’ll find choices such as bottlebrush buckeye, katsura tree, seven-son flower and a Secrest favorite, the fast-growing dawn redwood.

Details and a list of plants are at http://secrest.osu.edu.

Secrest Arbortum is on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Admission and parking are free.

Imitate Cole Porter

Specifically: “Why don’t we try staying home? Why don’t we try not to roam?”

Those trees and shrubs you bought at the Arboretum are not going to plant themselves. These are the days for raking leaves, putting away the lawn chairs and generally shaping up for the fall. And, once you’ve spent the daylight hours on brisk activity, the night can be used for another kind of planting — yourself in front of the TV.

Tonight has the series finale of Breaking Bad on AMC, and the series premieres of Hello Ladies on HBO, Masters of Sex (about researchers Masters and Johnson) on Showtime and Betrayal on ABC. Tonight also includes the season premieres of The Amazing Race, The Good Wife, The Mentalist, Once Upon a Time, 60 Minutes, Revenge, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and American Dad.

Krall’s old-school jazz

Hey kids! Remember the 1930s?

Probably not, though if you do, good for you for still being around. Diana Krall wasn’t around in the ’20s and ’30s either, but her father was, and his collection of 78s (those are 10-inch records, kids) helped the wildly popular jazz singer choose songs for her new album Glad Rag Doll.

Krall, her piano and her band will surely perform some of the new/old songs during her show tonight at the State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare (1519 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland). It starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10-$102. Call 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353.