Peninsula has been named one of the best old-house neighborhoods by This Old House’s website.

The Summit County village was the only Ohio community in this year’s list of 61 neighborhoods. It also won special honors as one of six editors’ picks, chosen as the best area for lovers of small towns. The editors noted its mix of well-crafted century homes, its proximity to Akron and Cleveland, its excellent schools and its wealth of recreational opportunities in the Cuyahoga Valley.

You can read the article at www.thisoldhouse.com.

Photo contest

Entries will be accepted until April 1 for the Water Quality Photography Contest, sponsored by the Summit Soil and Water Conservation District.

The theme for 2012 is Clean Water Starts at Home. Photo entries should focus on green, healthy housekeeping practices. Examples are the cleanup and disposal of pet waste, the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products, proper disposal of household hazardous waste and sustainable maintenance of septic systems.

The contest is open to people of all ages who live or own land in Summit County.

An individual may submit up to three photos. The photos may be either digital or 35 mm images, and they must be 5 by 7 inches or 8 by 10 inches in size.

Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded. Winning photos may be displayed on a billboard in Summit County.

Photos should be submitted to Summit Soil and Water Conservation District, 2525 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.

For information, visit www.summitswcd.org, call 330-929-2871, ext. 16, or email staff@summitswcd.org. An entry form can be printed from the website.

Poster competition

Children in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to enter the Art of Green Spaces Poster Contest, sponsored by the nonprofit organization Project EverGreen and Birds & Blooms magazine.

Contestants are asked to create posters that exemplify their artistic skills while describing what green spaces mean to them.

Winners will be chosen in each of four age groups: kindergarten through second grade, third through sixth grade, seventh through ninth grade and 10th through 12th grade. In each category, Amazon gift cards worth $100, $50 and $25 will be awarded.

Posters should be created on 11-by-17-inch paper. Any art supplies may be used.

All entries must include this information: the student’s full name and grade; the address of the school, including city, state and ZIP code; and a phone number and/or email address for one of the contestant’s teachers.

Submissions should be mailed to Project EverGreen, 120 W. Main St., P.O. Box 156, New Prague, MN 56071. Deadline is March 31.

Complete contest rules are at www.projectevergreen.com/aogs.

Events, programs

• Zero Landfill Akron, 9 a.m. to noon today, 30 N. High St. Artists, educators, crafters, community program leaders and others can get free samples and other unwanted materials donated by architects and interior designers. Information: http://zerolandfill.net or www.facebook.com/ZeroLandfillAkron.

• Guided Winter Walk, 2-3 p.m. Monday, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Meet at Seaman Orientation Plaza. Free. Information: 330-464-2148 or http://secrest.osu.edu.

• Western Reserve Rose Society meeting, 7-9 p.m. Monday, North Royalton Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library, 14600 State Road. Program: showing parts of The World of Gardens. Information: 330-220-2213 or www.westernreserverosesociety.org.

• Sew Many Quilts community service sewing, Tuesday, Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St., Akron. Come anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to learn the basics and work on quilts for charity. Free. Registration required at 330-375-2806.

• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch, Akron-Summit county Public Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. Information: 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.

• Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild meeting, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Medina Presbyterian Church, 5020 Burgundy Bay Blvd. off state Route 18, Medina Township. Program: showing of the documentary Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo. Information: http://medinaspinweave.wordpress.com.

• Needlework Circle, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seville Branch, Medina County District Library, North Center Street. 330-769-2852.

• The Artfully Undecorated Home, noon Friday, Ohio Design Centre, 23533 Mercantile Road, Beachwood (off Chagrin Boulevard, west of Interstate 271). Presentation by interior designers Dawn Cook and Joelle Snavely. $10. Reservations: 216-831-1245. Information: www.ohiodesigncentre.com.

• Introduction to Aquaponics, 11 a.m. March 3, Dayton Nurseries, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Presentation by Paul Myers, an advocate of the food-growing system. $10; garden club members, $5. Reservations: 330-825-3320.

• Knitting and Crocheting Circle, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3, Highland Branch, Medina County District Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township. Learn the basics or bring your projects and swap tips. Registration: 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.

• I Have a Stump to Grind, 1:30 p.m. March 3, Dayton Nurseries, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Talk by Michelle Riley of All About You Signature Landscape Design in Tallmadge. Free, but reservations are required at 234-678-8266 or Michelle@neohiogarden.com.

• Spring Into Gardening: Easy Plants for Tricky Spaces, 9 a.m. to noon March 10, C.E. Hawley Auditorium, Medina County Career Center, 1101 W. Liberty St., Medina. Spring seminar by the Medina County Master Gardeners, featuring presentations on shade gardening, choosing perennials and gardening with lilies. $15. Paid registrations due March 5. Registration form available at http://medina.osu.edu, or request a form by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Master Gardener Seminar, c/o OSU Extension, 120 W. Washington St., Suite 1L, Medina, OH 44256. Information: 330-725-4911, ext. 108, or bulka.1@cfaes.osu.edu.

• Orchid Mania, through March 25, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Orchid displays with the theme This Side of Paradise. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $9.50; ages 3-12, $3; members and younger children, free. Information: 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.

Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to mbrecken@thebeaconjournal.com 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.

Mary Beth Breckenridge can be reached at 330-996-3756 or mbrecken@thebeaconjournal.com.