Noted gardening authors Michael Dirr and Doug Tallamy will headline an authors’ reception and dinner Sept. 16 in Cuyahoga Falls, sponsored by the Summit County Master Gardener Volunteers.

The event is part of the master gardeners’ 2016 state conference. The rest of the conference events are sold out, but tickets for the reception and dinner are available to the general public.

Dirr is best known for his book Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, now in its sixth edition.

Tallamy is a champion of sustainable landscapes and is author of Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants and co-author of The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.

The two men will sign books at the reception, as will authors Stacey Hirvela and Pam Bennett.

Dirr will speak after the dinner on the topic, In Praise of Noble Trees.

The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Suites Akron Cuyahoga Falls, 1989 Front St. Tickets are $65 and can be ordered at

Events, programs

• Lodi Antiques Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Lodi Square. Fifty vendors plus farm and craft market, music and food. Free admission, plus free parking with shuttle at Lodi Community Park on state Route 83 or the Lodi Depot, 204 S. Railroad St. 330-948-6525.

• Art on the Green, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. state Routes 91 and 303, Hudson. Arts and crafts festival with more than 150 exhibitors. Free admission and parking.

• Back to School Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Hundreds of books on horticulture, gardening and other topics, plus collectible books, rare books, first editions and prints. Free admission to sale. 216-707-2812.

• Yarn Crafters meetings, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 3, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township (330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674); 10 a.m. Tuesday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road (330-273-4150); and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway (330-725-0588). Knitting and crocheting group.

• Ask a Master Gardener, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow, 4040 Riverview Road, Cuyahoga Falls, and 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Copley Creekside Farmers Market, 1265 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road. Master gardener volunteers will be available to answer questions.

• One World Day, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Rockefeller Park, East Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Ethnic entertainment, food and drink; Lolley the Trolley garden tours; performance by Michael Stanley & Friends at 6:25 p.m.; and more. Free admission, parking and shuttle transportation. http://?

• No Produce Left Behind collection, Monday, all Medina County libraries and the Bookmobile. Extra garden produce will be collected for donation to Medina County residents in need. www.?

• Season Extension and Hoop Bending Demonstration, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Pump House Center for Urban Agriculture, 411 Ira Ave., Akron. Presentation by master gardener volunteer Geoff Kennedy. Free. Part of the Talks in the Garden Series, 330-745-9700 or

• Stream Owners Workshop, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Information on what’s permissible, what’s regulated, how to protect banks and why. Presented by the Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District. Free. Registration: 330-722-9316. Information:

• Knit for the Needy, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, 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.

• Peninsula Flea, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3, Heritage Farms, 6050 Riverview Road. Handmade, repurposed and vintage goods.

• Made in Ohio Arts and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 3-4, Hale Farm & Village, 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath Township. More than 140 Ohio artists, food, entertainment. $5 (includes admission to Hale Farm grounds and buildings). www.madeinohio? or 330-666-3711.

• Forest Health: Invasive Insects, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9, 100 Ovalwood Hall, Ohio State University Mansfield campus, 1760 University Drive. Learn about non-native insects that can affect wooded landscapes. $35, including lunch. Register by Friday at http://woodland?

Submit notices of classes, programs and events 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. Deadline for submissions is noon Monday.

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