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Heidi Flack and Pete Kern talked about their family business, Kern's Florist and Greenhouse, 2438 Canton Rd. in Springfield Township. They have eight greenhouses on the premises featuring more than 200 varieties of perennials, a huge selection of herbs and succulents, and all you need to create a magical fairy garden filled with live miniature plants. For more information, visit Kern's Facebook page and website, or call 330.699.6529. Also, Kern's will be well represented at the Akron Home & Flower show next weekend at the John S. Knight Center. For a free Friday ticket, see below at the bottom of this week's posting.

Speaking of plants, Master Gardener Rick Reeves talked about the Saturday Gardening Series taking place March 3 and 10 at Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church, 3365 Ridgewood Rd. in Fairlawn. The series, put on by the Master Gardener Volunteers of Summit County, runs each of those days from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a light breakfast and lunch provided by TLC Catering. Tickets are $60 per person for both days or $37.50 for one day. Attendees will learn about topics ranging from "Edibles in the Landscape" to "Bulbs for the Seasons." For more information or to register, visit the website.

Jarrod Hartzler, executive and artistic director of Tuesday Musical, gave away two tickets to the upcoming concert, A tribute to Sarah Vaughan, on March 17 at E. J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill St. in Akron. The program features the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and three vocalists who will cover Vaughan's signature standards such as "Send in the Clowns," "Misty" and "Until I Met You." Other Tuesday Musical concerts in March include classical pianist Andreas Haefliger performing Mozart's Fantasy in C Minor and "the unplayable" Beethoven's Sonata No. 28, on March 8, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Grammy-winning violist Augustin Hadelich, on March 28. Tickets are available at E.J. Thomas Hall. For more information, call 330.761.3460 or visit the website.

The Red Tie Affair 2018, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Akron, takes places Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Sheraton-Cuyahoga Falls. For more information, visit the website or call 330.253.5400.


Kathy DeLong and Andy January invite our listeners and friends to visit the Akron Home & Flower Show on Feb. 23-25 at the John S. Knight Center. Print the ticket below for free admission on Friday, Feb. 23.  


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Mary Beth Breckenridge, previously the homes writer for the Akron Beacon Journal and now sales associate for Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, said that her good friend and former colleague, consumer columnist Betty Lin Fisher, wrote a column in today's paper that is definitely worth checking out if you're in the process of buying a home. Apparently, there's a national scam in which buyers' email accounts get hacked, resulting in the scammers having access to the details of their transactions. Mary Beth says that if you receive an email instructing you to change where you are to wire funds, don't do anything without first checking with your agent or the title company representative. Otherwise, you could lose a lot of money.

On a more uplifting note, Howard Hanna is hosting Hometown Heroes Appreciation Day on Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon and again on Feb. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. The agency is inviting military personnel and first responders to stop by the parking lot of the Akron office, 2603 W. Market St., on either day for free treats. It's Howard Hanna's way of saying thank you to these individuals who put their lives on the line for everyone's benefit. The agency also thanks them by providing discounts on mortgage services. For more information, visit the Howard Hanna website. You can reach Mary Beth at 440.263.1670 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Chris Stranahan, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited on Howe Avenue, talked about the worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count, which takes place next weekend, Feb. 16-19, in backyards, parks, nature centers and anywhere else birds are found. If you want to be one of the thousands and thousands of enthusiasts who participate every year, you can spend as little as 15 minutes over four days logging the different birds you see. If you're unsure how to identify the birds, Chris invites you to visit his store, located in the Staples plaza at 597 Howe Ave., at 10 a.m. next Saturday for a free how-to seminar on the bird count. While you're there, you can get 20 percent off birdseed, and you can buy The Joys of Backyard Bird Feeding for $16 instead of the cover price of $28. Quite a discount on this informative book that's filled with lots of great color photos. For more information, call 330.922.4990 or visit the Wild Birds Unlimited website.

Dave Megge, director of kitchen and bath programs for Carter Lumber, talked about some of today's kitchen trends including the use of white Shaker cabinets; stone and brick accents that give character to the kitchen; and the industrial look (exposed duct work, for example), which is becoming more popular for the home. Dave will be presenting on "How to Design and Build Your Dream Home" at the Akron Home & Flower Show, Feb. 23-25, at the John S. Knight Center. For times and other information about the show, visit the Home & Flower Show website. For information about Carter Lumber's showrooms, visit the company's website.

WAKR-1590 and Cleveland Clinic Akron General are hosting a Valentine's Day luncheon for seniors on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at  St. George Fellowship Hall, 3204 Ridgewood Rd. Akron General cardiologist Zenab Laiq, MD, will speak about heart health, and there will be entertainment by Helen Welch along with more than 40 vendors who will provide gifts and information for seniors. Tickets are $14 each and are available by mailing a check and self-addressed stamped envelope to WAKR Studios, 1795 W. Market St., Akron 44313. Or you can get tickets through Barberton Active Seniors.

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Jennifer Grim, family service coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association's Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, talked about the classes, support groups and other resources that her organization offers for individuals dealing with Alzheimer's. Early detection matters, so it's important to know the 10 warning signs of the disease and how they differ from typical age-related changes. Visit the website to learn more. For more information, call the helpline, 800.272.3900. 

Ron Krueger is the owner of A-Plus Wildlife Control. He helps people prevent wildlife infestations in their homes by making sure that holes and other entry places are sealed. And if you already have furry intruders, he'll remove them. One of his jaw-dropping observations is that 90 to 95 percent of the homes he inspects show signs that mice have moved in. If you hear scratching in your ceilings or walls during the night, you probably have at least one mouse in the house. To reach Ron or one of his technicians, call or text 419.606.9188 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, visit his Facebook page or his website.

Emily Mueller and her husband, Ryan, own Mueller Honey Bee, which rescues honey bees in Northeast Ohio including removing them safely and for free from your yard. If the bees have moved into your home, however, that's an expensive and more extensive enterprise. Bees are efficient producers, and by the time you realize that you have bees in the belfry, it's quite possible that there will be 50,000 bees and 80 pounds of honey to remove. Yikes! Be on the lookout for multiple bees buzzing around your home this time of year. If you see more than a random few, call a beekeeper. The same advice will hold this spring: If you see a ball of bees, don't touch them. Emily or Ryan will come out to get them. You can reach the Muellers by calling or texting 330.357.9185. Visit their Facebook page to learn about events including the five-week beekeeping course that Emily will teach starting Feb. 28 at Prime Bricco. She's also teaching a seminar at Dayton Nursery next Saturday, Feb. 10. The topic: the importance of honey bees. Basically, if you like food, you should like bees.

 The Great Big Home + Garden Show continues through Feb. 11 at the I-X Center. For hours and more information, visit the website.  





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WAKR-1590 and Cleveland Clinic Akron General are hosting a Valentine's Day luncheon for seniors on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at  St. George Fellowship Hall, 3204 Ridgewood Rd. An Akron General physician will speak about senior health, and there will be entertainment by Helen Welch along with more than 40 vendors who will provide gifts and information for seniors. Tickets are $14 each and are available by mailing a check and self-addressed stamped envelope to WAKR Studios, 1795 W. Market St., Akron 44313. Or you can get tickets through Barberton Active Seniors.

The Great Big Home + Garden Show opens Friday, Feb. 2, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 11, at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Show manager Rosanna Hrabnicky talked about some of the great attractions at this year's show including song-themed gardens, 600+ vendors, thousands of square feet of model homes featuring the latest in solar energy, technology, home and landscape design, and celebrity guests including entrepreneur and designer Kathy Ireland and Clint Harp of DIY Network's Wood Work and HGTV's Fixer Upper. For discount tickets and more information, visit the website.

Nicolle Kovacs, strategy and brand coordinator for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, talked about the cookie sale, which runs through March 25. She had with her super salesgirl Abbie Orlando, a first-year Daisy, and Abbie's parents, Nick and Katie Orlando. Since the start of the sale on Jan. 3, Abbie has sold a whopping 427 boxes of cookies. You, too, can order from Abbie by visiting Abbie's Cookie World, her digital cookie platform, at

Jennifer Davis is the creative mind behind smARTStudio, 678 Payne Ave. in Akron. A former art teacher in the Akron area public schools, Jennifer holds art workshops for ages 5 to 75 and beyond. She also has after-school classes and teaches home-schoolers. For more information, visit or call 330.703.6505.

In addition, Jennifer is involved in Love Across Akron, an exciting local initiative that's part of Love Across the USA, conceived by international crochet artist Olek. The result of this project will be a huge crocheted mural on the side of downtown Akron's Civic Theatre. But to realize their community-minded goal, the project organizers need donations to match a grant from the Knight Foundation. To donate, please go to by March 1. The Miami Foundation is a sister organization to the Knight Foundation.

The organizers also are asking for 100 to 150 individuals to make squares that ultimately will become part of the mural in May of this year. You don't even have to know how to crochet to participate. The mural will be put together by Olek, who also is doing similar projects in other cities. Akron's is the only one in Ohio. To donate your time, visit








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Glass artist Jack Baker is starting his spring series of glass-blowing classes at his studio, Akron Glass Works, which is near the University of Akron and Don Drumm Studios & Gallery. Beginning next weekend, participants will make stemless drinking glasses, oversized marbles, and holiday pieces: decorative hearts for Valentine's Day and glass flowers for Mother's Day. The samples that Jack brought to the studio are beautiful and intricate looking, but don't worry -- Jack and his team will help you every step of the way to making lovely glass pieces for yourself or someone you love. For more information or to sign up for the classes, call 330.253.5888 or visit the website.

Pat Blankenship, owner of Fair Trade on Main in Hudson, is passionate about her mission of sharing hope and joy around the world.She does this by offering an array of gorgeous home and personal goods made by artisans from 34 countries, including the United States. For example, she carries lamps handcrafted in the Philippines out of real leaves, and creative purses made in Cambodia from repurposed fishing and construction materials. Selling these beautiful goods provide the artisans with workplaces that are safe and empowering, and also helps the environment by keeping materials out of landfills. Next weekend, Pat is presenting a trunk show of fashions from Bali. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the store, 134 N. Main St. across from Hudson's iconic clocktower. She posts regular updates on Facebook and Instagram. For more information, call 330.653.9006 or visit the website.

Steve Tirrell is the owner of Cartridge World, which services printers, copiers, postal meters and even typewriters. His business also cleans and refills printer cartridges. His advice to owners of ink-jet printers includes making sure you use them! Print in color at least every other week to keep the ink from congealing; also, don't turn off your printer because if it's in sleep mode, it will run its own clean-up cycle. Steve has two locations: 1918 Buchholzer Blvd. in Akron behind Men's Wearhouse (330.633.2735) and 4901 Portage St. NW in North Canton in the Drug Mart Plaza (330.305.1424). For more information, visit the website.

The NARI Home Improvement Show continues this weekend at the I-X Center in Cleveland, today until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is the show to attend if you're thinking of doing any kind of home remodeling in the near future. You'll find plenty of ideas for kitchens, outdoor spaces and much more. For more information, visit the website.


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