It’s time for Ohio Mart.

The art and craft showcase opens Thursday for a four-day run at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. The popular fall event offers entertainment, children’s activities and food as well as artisans’ booths.

There’s no Stitchery Showcase this year, but the Stan Hywet Needlework Guild will host a Stitcher’s Fair offering stitching kits and other needlework supplies.

Hours for Ohio Mart are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through next Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6.

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

Showgoers also have the option of making a day of their visit by buying a combo ticket, which includes admission to the Manor House for a self-guided tour and the opportunity to see the Inspiration in Bloom flower display and attend a lecture on fall home decor called Fallscape. The lecture is offered twice daily, at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m., and is open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Combo tickets are $15, or $5 for youth.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at 330-315-3287 or

Stan Hywet is at 714 N. Portage Path, Akron.

Impact of trees

What good are trees?

Find out at the 2013 Why Trees Matter Forum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Hilton Garden Inn, 959 Dover Road, Wooster.

The forum is presented by the Ohio State University Extension’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. It will address the social, economic and environmental impact of trees.

The registration fee is $60 if paid by Wednesday or $70 if paid later. Registration deadline is Oct. 9.

Details and an online registration form are at

Events and programs

•?Warm Up Medina County finishing bee, 10 a.m. today, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Bring finished 7-by-11-inch knitted or crocheted blocks to combine with other needleworkers’ creations. or 330-273-4150.

• Gardening question and answer session, 10 a.m. today, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Bring questions about fall gardening, lawns and more. 330-836-2727.

• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Learn the basics. Call for supply list. 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.

• Rachel Griffith book signing, noon to 3 p.m. today, Sew Déjà Vu, 1608 Norton Road, Stow. Griffith, an Ohio quilt designer, will greet customers and sign copies of her new book, Quilts Made With Love. 330-653-5598.

•?Mum Fest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday, Lake Anna Park, Barberton. 20,000 mums in bloom, food, entertainment, children’s activities, water ski shows, arts and crafts and more. Free. or 330-848-6653.

• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon to 4 p.m. today. BotaniCool School: Goodnight Garden for ages 3-5, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday or 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 5 (members $7, others $10, advance registration required). Scarecrow Picnic, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 ($6 per scarecrow). Cleveland Bonsai Club Fall Show & Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Introduction to Bonsai, 2 p.m. Oct. 5 or Oct. 6. Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or

• Bleach Pen Art, 3:30 p.m. Monday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Program for teens. Bring an old or new, plain dark T-shirt. Free. Registration: or 330-273-4150.

• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Share knitting and crocheting tips. Beginners welcome. 330-273-4150.

• Dried Flower Card Making Work-Along, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Hinckley Town Hall, 1410 Ridge Road. $2. Bring some dried flowers pressed in a book. 330-278-3633.

• Extending the Seasons: Preparing the Garden for Late Fall and Earlier Spring Crops, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, community garden at Kenmore and Ira Avenue, Akron. Part of the Talking in the Garden Series. Free. Bring a chair. 330-572-8304.

• Boookay, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. Make a Halloween flower basket arrangement. Residents $19, others $21. Registration: 330-971-8425 or 330-971-8225.

• Yarncrafters meetings, 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway. Knitting and crocheting group. or 330-725-0588.

• Needlework Circle meeting, 6 p.m. Thursdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. 330-769-2852.

• Hook & Needle Club meeting, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Buckeye Library, 6625 Wolff Road, York Township, Medina County. All skill levels welcome. 330-725-4415.

• Small Space Adventures, noon Friday, Ohio Design Centre, 23533 Mercantile Road, Beachwood (off Chagrin Boulevard, west of Interstate 271). Charity D’Amato of graphic design studio Chartreuse will describe her redesign of her 1972 Airstream camper. $10, including light lunch. Space is limited. Registration: 216-831-1245. Information:

• Holiday Boutique, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5, Canton Woman’s Club, 822 Market Ave. N, Canton. Proceeds are used to maintain and preserve the Victorian clubhouse. Free admission.

• Autumn Discovery Day Tree and Shrub Sale, 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 5, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Secrest Arboretum, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. Free admission and parking. or 330-464-2148.

• Winterizing Your Pond, 10 a.m. Oct. 5, Water X Scapes, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Free, but reservations are requested at 330-896-9811.

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.

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