My Beautiful Home Show

October 22, 2016

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Evelyna Nightingale, owner of The Avocado Tree specialty bakery, is one of the few people in the United States licensed to use the Ghoulardi copyrighted image. The character Ghoulardi became a popular figure beginning in the 1960s when he hosted B movies with interjected commentary on local late-night TV. The annual Ghoulardi Fest, attended by locals and out-of-town nostalgia buffs, is taking place next weekend, Oct. 28 through Oct. 30, at La Villa Conference and Banquet Center, 11500 Brookpark Rd. in Cleveland. Evelyna will be one of the vendors and will have her signature cookies there. She makes a new Ghoulardi design every year, and the cookies are available only at the festival. For more information, visit the Ghoulardi Fest website.

Evelyna also is a volunteer and board member at Hower House, 60 Fir Hill on the University of Akron campus. She talked about the Victorian mansion's self-guided holiday tours, which will begin Nov. 9 and continue until Dec. 30. The theme is Holiday around the World, and Evelyna's room has a distinctly French flair. Tour times are noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays during the holiday season.For more information, call Hower House at 330.972.6909 or visit the website.

Artist Jim Rehmus encourages anyone who appreciates beauty in their lives to consider buying original art, especially from local artists. There's art available everywhere -- at craft shows, at student exhibitions and at local galleries, and you can get some of it for what you'd pay for a framed poster. And it will be a unique piece that you can enjoy in your home for decades to come. Just buy what you like, and don't worry about what is a la mode in the art world, he says. His work often can be viewed at Harris-Stanton Gallery, 2301 W. Market St. in Akron. For more information, call the gallery at 330.867.7600 or visit the website.

Jim was the reason we learned about our next guest, Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. Jim read the book earlier this year and was blown away. He goes so far as to call it life-altering. Carl, who runs the Safina Center at Stony Brook University in Setauket, N.Y., set out in this book to ask questions about the inner lives of animals -- in essence, to ask them, "Who are you?" What he found is astounding, that animals have far richer inner lives than most of us thought, that they emphathize, they grieve and they help each other and humans. Beyond Words is available wherever books are sold, including online. We recommend it. For more information about Carl's work, visit the center's website.



October 15, 2016

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Marcie Kress, executive director of ReWorks (formerly known as the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority), and Janet Morrison, vice president, Contracts Logistic Services for Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties, talked about the Upcycle Art Project, which helps artists find materials that otherwise might end up in the landfill. Fifteen local artists are being chosen for the project. The public can view their creative sessions on Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St. in Akron. The artists' completed works will debut Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., also at Summit Artspace. For more information about the Upcycle Art Project, visit the ReWorks website.

Meralie Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costumes & Magic Emporium, talked about the array of costumes that her family-owned store has available this season, including a new line of novely T-shirts that make it easy for someone to "dress up" as a policeman, doctor or whatever. There's even a glow-in-the-dark skeleton shirt. Meralie and her staff embrace every holiday and special occasion, and will help customers create costumes of their choosing. For instance, they can help people put together customized superhero outfits, complete with tights in every imaginable color. Mr. Fun's occupies a sprawling former skating rink located at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, visit the website

Amy Douglass is an interior designer based in Medina who also is serving as the chair of Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital's BASH, which takes place Oct. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Weymouth Country Club. Tickets will be available until the night of the event, which is raising money to purchase a chest compressor to help patients with heart problems. For more information, visit the Medina Hospital Foundation website.

Also taking place next weekend is The Mutton Hill Quilt Show, presented by the Summit County Historical Society at the John S. Knight Center. The event, which features new and vintage quilts along with lectures and vendors, will be Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, visit the website.

October 8, 2016

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This is the last weekend for the Junior League of Akron's Designer Showhouse, 929 W. Market St. in Highland Square.Two of today's guests, designers Amy Douglass and Katie Heinz of the Interior Design Studio, redecorated the dining room in the 1915 mansion, which also serves as the Junior League of Akron's headquarters. In addition, Amy and Katie just renovated the upstairs of their 1880s building and expanded their JK Gift Shop on the first floor of the building, which is at 207 South Court St. on Medina's historic square. Their grand opening is this Thursday evening from 5 to 8. The event will be part of Ladies' Night Out on the Square. The designer Nora Fleming will be on hand to sign platters that customers purchase. For more information about the Interior Design Studio, call 330.725.7623 or visit the website.

The Akron Woman's City Club opens its brand-new, state-of-the-future kitchen at the beginning of November. The club is known for fine dining, so it was a big blow when there was a fire on Dec. 31 just before the big New Year's celebration, says president Betty Spencer, who was at the show with external events chairman Kendall Taylor. They talked about the many benefits of club membership for both women and men -- yes, men can join though they can't hold office. They can enjoy the great meals, full bar and activities including talks by authors, history programs and Town Hall speakers. The next presentation in the Town Hall series will be Oct. 20 with lunch and a talk about human trafficking by Dr. Celia Williamson of the University of Toledo. Betty notes that more than 1,000 girls and boys in Ohio alone become ensared in human trafficking every year. Also coming up: the 1908 home of the Akron Woman's City Club, 732 W. Exchange St., will be part of a tour of historical mansions on Dec. 4. For more information, call 330.762.6261 or visit the website.

Jason Dean Cooke, known by many as the "cat ambassador," is an advocate for cats and dogs. He lives in Boardman, Ohio, and travels throughout several counties trapping feral cats. Jason says he does TNRR, which stands for Trap, Neuter and Return with the extra R representing rabies vaccinations. He works with two animal rescue groups, Angels for Animals in Canfield and Akron's own One of A Kind Pets. You can donate to a nonprofit run by Angels for Animals and have the cost of Jason's TNRR services be tax-deductible. Plus, you'd be doing a great service on your own by ensuring that feral cats are neutered because the cat population can explode in record time. Jason recalls one client who started out with two stray cats in the yard; within a year, there was a colony of more than 30 felines. You can call Jason at 234.855.5847 or visit his Facebook page.

The Muffins for Mammograms bake sale fundraiser will be Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 10 a.m. at five convenient Cleveland Clinic Akron General locations: the main lobby at Akron General downtown; the Health & Wellness Centers in Bath, Green and Stow; and Lodi Hospital. Blueberry and double chocolate muffins will be for sale at $15 per dozen. The muffins are made by Main Street Gourmet, and all proceeds benefit uninsured and underinsured women who will receive free mammograms at the Reflections Breast Health Center at Akron General. For more information about the free mammogram program or prescreening qualifications, call 330.344.BRST (2778) or visit the Reflections website





Akron Women's City Club Kendall Taylor Betty Spencer, president

October 1, 2016

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Carolyn Molnar is a Toronto author, teacher and medium who was voted "Favourite Psychic" two years in a row by readers of The North York Mirror newspaper. Among her many accomplishments, she has written two books and produced three guided meditation CDs that help people explore their life purpose while experiencing inner peace. She talked about her latest CD, Manifest Your Destiny, which is about the importance of loving yourself and others. Most pertinent to the theme of "My Beautiful Home" is the CD's section on healing the earth, specifically focusing on your home and neighborhood. It's possible to heal the world with love and gratitude, Carolyn says. The CD costs $15 Canadian and is available on Carolyn's website

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