You might be eligible for help with lowering your home energy bills.
Applications are being accepted for the Akron Urban League’s Community Connections program, which provides a home inspection to pinpoint areas where energy is wasted. It also replaces energy-hogging appliances and light bulbs.
To qualify, applicants must be Ohio Edison customers and must either meet certain income requirements or be approved for HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), HWAP (Home Weatherization Assistance Program) or PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan).
Applications are available at the Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd. For information, call 330-434-3101.
Nominations are sought for this year’s Architectural Heritage Awards, which honor people who are committed to saving our architectural history.
The Summit County Historical Society and Progress Through Preservation are accepting nominations for preservation, renovation or restoration projects, including those involving buildings from the second half of the 20th century; community education and advocacy; and adaptive use of historical buildings. Efforts that use eco-friendly materials and methods will be acknowledged.
The nomination deadline is 4 p.m. March 4. Details and a nomination form are in the News & Events section of www.summithistory.org.
Kids can follow their food from field to plate during the Summer Farm & Science Camp at Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath Township.
The day camp is offered weekly from June 13 to Aug. 8, except the week of July 4. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and care is available before and after camp for an additional fee.
Cost is $190 for one child, with discounts offered for members and siblings. Scholarships are available, based on need.
Details are at http://crownpt.org/programs/summer-camp.
• ZeroLandfill Akron Harvest, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, NEFCO, 180 E. South St., Akron. Artists and art educators can pick up donated materials such as fabric swatches and wallcovering books for free. www.zerolandfill.net/about-us or www.facebook.com/ZeroLandfillAkron.
• HBA Akron Home & Flower Show, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St. Vendor exhibits, stage presentations, tiny house. Appearances and limited number of antique evaluations by Dr. Lori Verderame of TV’s Auction Kings. Tickets: $10 at the door or $7 at http://akronhomeandflowershow.com; children 12 and younger admitted free with adult.
• Hinckley Arts & Crafts meeting, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Hinckley Town Hall, 1410 Ridge Road. Topic: art journaling work along. $5. Reservations: 330-278-3633.
• American Sewing Guild meetings. Fairlawn group, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Resnik Community Learning Center, 65 N. Meadowcroft Drive, Akron; firstname.lastname@example.org. Tallmadge group, 1 p.m. Thursday, Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave.; 330-929-3006 or email@example.com.
• Early Garden Strategies, Part 1, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Boyd Esler Senior/Community Center, 2459 Canfield Road, Springfield Township. Presentation by Geoff Kennedy, Summit County master gardener volunteer. Free. 330-733-2556.
• Knit for the Needy, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday (weather permitting), John Torok Senior/Community Center, 4224 Massillon Road, Green. Knit or crochet items to be donated to Green Good Neighbors. Bring a dish to share. 330-896-6621.
• Thinking About a New Landscape, 10-11:30 a.m. March 5, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Seminar by designers from Graf’s Landscape & Design. $13.99. Register at the store, at 330-836-2727 or at https://squareup.com/market/graf-growers.
• Root to Stalk Cooking — How to Make the Most of Your Garden’s Crops and Reduce Food Waste, 11 a.m. March 5, Dayton Nurseries, 3459 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Presentation by Tamara Mitchell of Dine-in Diva. $8. Registration: 330-825-3320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Wine Bottle Succulent Workshop, 1 p.m. March 5, Graf Growers Garden Center, 1015 White Pond Drive, Copley Township. Drink a glass of wine as you plant succulents in a cut wine bottle. $15 plus the cost of plants. Registration: 330-836-2727 or https://squareup.com/market/graf-growers.
• Pop Up Crafty Mart @ Akron Artwalk, 5-10 p.m. March 5, Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St., Akron. Vendors selling handmade goods, craft beer tastings. Free admission. Intro to Embroidery at Crafty Mart, 6-9 p.m., $15 (registration required). www.craftymart.org
• Orchid Show & Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6, Donzell’s Flower & Garden Center, 937 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Exhibits, growing tips, sales of orchids and potting supplies. Orchid show judging at 11 a.m. March 5. Free admission and parking. Sponsored by Greater Akron Orchid Society. www.thegaos.com or 330-644-6867.
• Medina Home & Garden Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6, Medina County Community Center, 735 W. Lafayette Road (U.S. Route 42), Medina. Indoor garden, presentations, more than 130 vendor exhibits. Plant sale after closing March 6. $5, $4 for seniors 60 and older, free for children 12 and younger. www.medinahomeandgardenshow.com.
• Orchid Mania, through March 6, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Orchid displays, botanically inspired fashions, plus landscapes and scenes that evoke Cuba. Ask the Orchid Doctor, 1-2 p.m. Saturday and March 5 (free with garden admission). Build an Orchid Terrarium, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday (members $30, others $45, registration required). Handpainting on Silk, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 5 (members $65, others $85, registration required). Garden admission: $11, children 3-12, $6; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
Submit notices of classes, programs and events to email@example.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. Deadline for submissions is noon Monday.
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