TV personalities Shari Hiller and Matt Fox will be chatting live with fans from 9 to 10 a.m. today at

The chat coincides with a 24-hour marathon of their show Around the House With Matt & Shari, which is being broadcast today on cable network Create TV.

Hiller and Fox were formerly hosts of Room By Room, a show based in Northeast Ohio that aired on HGTV.

Students plant trees

Students in the plant, landscape and turf management program at Portage Lakes Career Center planted 15 trees around the campus last week as part of a day of service by people in the lawn-care and landscape industry.

The 15 students also did some mulching and trash pickup at the school, their instructor, Ryan McMichael, said. The bare-root trees they planted were donated by Hans Nelson and Sons Nursery in Oregon.

The nationwide day of service was coordinated by the trade organization Professional Landcare Network.

Contact information

When I wrote last Saturday about Canton resident Charlene Poulos, who presents a program to groups on 1920s housekeeping, I neglected to include contact information. Poulos can be reached at

Events, programs

• Portage County Gardeners Rummage Sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Portage County Gardeners’ Center, 5154 State Route 44, Rootstown Township. Sale of garden items, household goods and other items. Information: 330-673-0577.

• Native Plant Sale and Gardening Seminar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, the Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave. S.W., Sugar Creek Township near Wilmot (for GPS directions, use Navarre). Plant sale both days while supplies last. Seminars offered today at $5 each. Wildflower walks, 2:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. Class schedule and plant catalog, Information: 877-359-5235.

• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Interior Designer, 1-3 p.m. today. Interior Design Showcase featuring rooms created by interior designers and inspired by plant life, through May 13. S-HORT Course: Beautiful Bulbs 101, 2-3 p.m. May 6 (members $10, others $19, registration required). Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $3; members and younger children, free. Information: 216-721-1600 or

• Cub Cadet test drives, Home Depot stores. Consumers can drive zero-turn riding mowers and lawn tractors at these times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday, Jackson Township store, 4873 Portage St.; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Medina store, 4914 Grande Blvd.; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Brunswick store, 3330 Center Road; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Streetsboro store, 9585 State Route 14. Information:

• Card Making, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Create 10 cards. Bring adhesive. $10. Registration: or 330-273-4150.

• Warm Up Akron meeting, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Danbury of Cuyahoga Falls, 1695 Queens Gate Circle. Members knit or crochet squares that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area. Information: 330-699-3252 or

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

• Gardening and water feature seminars, Hoffman’s Garden Center, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Aquatic Plants — Dividing and Care, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Urban Gardening, 9:15 a.m. May 5. Combination Container Gardens, 3 p.m. May 5. Free. Reservations: 330-896-9811 or

• 25 Design Tips for the Perfect Kitchen, noon Friday, Ohio Design Centre, 23533 Mercantile Road, Beachwood (off Chagrin Boulevard, west of Interstate 271). Presentation by interior designer John Hall. $10. Reservations: 216-831-1245. Information:

• Plant Discovery Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5, Fisher Auditorium, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Sale of shrubs, herbs, annuals and perennials; live and silent plant and art auctions; guided walks. Information: or 330-464-2148.

• Refunk Your Junk, 11 a.m. to noon May 5, Seville Library, North Center Street. Transform an old picture frame or tray with Annie Sloan paint. $5. Registration: or 330-769-2852.

• Celebrate Spring, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12, Maplewood Career Center, 7075 State Route 88, Ravenna. Plant sale, gardening workshops and garden trash and treasure sale, sponsored by the Portage County Master Gardeners. Container gardening workshop and hypertufa container demonstration, $8 each in advance or $10 each at the door. Hypertufa make-and-take, $20; registration deadline is Friday. Information or registration flier: 330-296-6432, ext. 16. Information only:

• Rain Barrel Workshop, 10:30 a.m. May 12, Century Barn, Crown Point Ecology Center, 3220 Ira Road, Bath Township. Participants will build rain barrels to take home. $75. Registration: or 330-668-8992. Deadline Monday.

Submit notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to 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 You can also become a fan on Facebook.