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Nate Eppink, chief of community engagement for the Summit Metro Parks, says that area residents have been contacting his office to find out when the salamander migration will take place at Sand Run Park. Conditions have to be just right for the yearly amphibian crossing of Sand Run Parkway, Nate says — rainy and not too cold. You can get the scoop on this and other events in the parks by calling the seasonal information line, 330.865.8060, or checking the Metro Parks’ Facebook posts or Twitter feeds. The Metro Parks, which at 95 are the second oldest of Ohio’s park systems (the oldest is Cleveland MetroParks), run 50 to 60 programs a month in 16 communities throughout the county. The smallest Metro Park is Peninsula’s 72-acre Deep Lock Quarry Park; the largest is Twinsburg’s 3,000-acre Liberty Park. For more information, visit the Metro Parks website.

Jan Lindstrom, president of WITAN (Women in Touch with Akron’s Needs), is enthusiastic about the 40th French Market, which takes place on Friday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and next Saturday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Of the 68 artists and craftspeople there, 30 will be new to the juried show. It offers a great opportunity to find unique items for yourself, for others and for your home. For the second year, the event will take place at St. George Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Rd., Fairlawn. A shuttle bus will run continuously between the parking lot and the two buildings where you can shop, have lunch, buy artisan breads and enjoy the blooms in the flower shop run by WITAN. For information about the French Market, which provides funds for local community nonprofits, or about becoming a WITAN member, visit the website or follow the organization on Facebook and Twitter.

Just a reminder that the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show, presented by Dominion, is continuing today, Feb. 25, until 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. Visit the Home & Flower Show site for more information and discount tickets.

HBA Akron Home & Flower Show Free Friday Ticket 

Andy January and Kathy DeLong invite our listeners to the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show at the John S. Knight Center from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.  There is an added bonus.  We will be interviewing Don Drumm from Don Drumm Studio and Gallery at 2 p.m. on the main stage.  Don will be discussing Art in the Home. Simply print as many copies of the ticket below as necessary.  You will need one ticket for each person in your party.

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If you can’t attend the HBA Akron Home & Flower Show on Friday, you can buy discounted tickets for Saturday and Sunday online.

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Today’s show featured three great guests. Chris Stranahan, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, talked about the Great Backyard Bird Count, which is going on this weekend. Be part of this worldwide activity by spending as little as 15 minutes in your backyard or at a park counting different species of birds. Then go to and register your name, location and the number and types of birds you saw. It’s as simple as that. Last year, a record number of 160,000 participants recorded 9,956 species across the world. Visit Wild Birds Unlimited for bird feeders, seed and all kinds of supplies for birds and bats. More information is available online.

Jennifer Davis, coordinator of engineering for Dominion East Ohio, will be on hand for a good portion of next weekend’s Akron Home & Flower Show. She and other knowledgeable representatives of the utility will have a booth with information and giveaways pertaining to gas line safety. Stop by to learn more about 811, the utility location service, and many other topics. You also can visit Dominion’s website for information.

Jeff Strauss is the creator of the Forks on the Left podcast, which he co-hosts with Jeff Phelps, a fellow TV writer. They interview people about food, drink and entertainment. Their tagline is “Listen to your stomach. Feed your ears. Fresh episodes weekly.” You can listen to them anywhere podcasts are streamed, including iTunes and Google Play. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Oh, and Happy National Drink Wine Day!

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Dave Megge, director of Kitchens and Baths at Carter Lumber, has a suggestion for homeowners who are thinking of doing a remodeling project: Gather ideas from magazines or online sources and build a scrapbook of styles, colors and features that you like. That way, a designer will get to know your tastes and preferences and be able to give you more personalized advice. Dave and his colleagues will be at the Carter Lumber booth at the Akron Home & Flower Show Feb. 24-26 at the John S. Knight Center. He’ll also be giving presentations at the show on how to build your dream kitchen. For more information about Carter Lumber, visit the website.

Russ and Connie Snyder, members and co-founders of the Silver Creek Treasure Hunters, talked about the array of coins, jewelry, artifacts and other valuables that they and fellow treasure hunters have found in the area. The club meets at the Biery House in Norton. To become a member, just pay $15 to join the Norton Historical Society, which runs the Biery House. Club members who find historical artifacts in Norton give them to the society; they keep all the rest of their finds. For more information, visit the Silver Creek Treasure Hunters Facebook page or call Russ at 330.786.6453. You also can ask Russ about treasure hunting while he mans the Tucker Building booth at the Akron Home & Flower Show at the end of this month.

Rachel Stevenson, a student in public relations and marketing at Kent State University, joined us for the show today and did a great job asking questions and even filling in for Andy by doing the introduction after one of the breaks. We hope to have her back sometime soon.

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