July 12, 2008

Quilt Artist to Present Lectures

By Mary Beth Breckenridge, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

Jul. 12--Quilt artist Leigh E. McDonald, a former Kent resident, will return to the area this month to promote her book, Adventures in Circles: Quilt Designs From Start to Finish.

McDonald will present two free lectures followed by book signings, one at 2 p.m. July 22 at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road, Stow, and the other at 7 p.m. July 23 at Kent Free Library, 312 W. Main St.

Registration is required for both lectures. To sign up for the Stow program, call the library at 330-688-3295 or stop by the adult information desk. To register for the Kent program, call 330-673-4414.

In addition, she will lead a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24 at the Katie Brooke Quilt Shop, 241 S. Water St., Kent. Fee is $50 plus the cost of the book, which retails for $26.95. To register, call 330-677-1156.

McDonald now lives in Covington, Ky. Her Web site is http://www.adventuresinquilting.com.

Free lawn care

Families of military personnel deployed in the Middle East can get free lawn and landscaping services through Project EverGreen's GreenCare for Troops.

The program matches volunteers -- lawn and landscaping companies as well as individuals -- with families in need of help. To apply for services or volunteer, go to http://projectevergreen.com/gcft.

Sweepstakes news

Contests to note:

--The Great American Design Your Look Sweepstakes, sponsored by American Blinds, Wallpaper and More, is awarding monthly prizes of $500 gift cards and a grand prize of a $2,000 gift card and installation of up to 20 window blinds or shades. Enter at http://www.americanblinds.com. The contest ends Nov. 30.

--Briggs & Stratton Corp. is giving away a dream backyard each month through September. Winners choose from six backyard themes. Contestants may enter daily at http://www.mydreambackyard.com.

--Another Briggs & Stratton contest is marking the company's 100th anniversary by giving away lawn-care equipment worth $7,500. The company is seeking "Power Within" stories related to its products. Details are at http://www.briggsandstratton100years.com. Deadline is July 31.

--Weiman Products' Maid for a Year contest will award free biweekly housecleaning from Merry Maids to five U.S. residents. Contestants must submit an essay of 250 words or fewer. Enter at http://www.weiman.com/contest.

Events, programs

--Tour of Gardens, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Self-guided tour of five private Stark County gardens plus the gardens of the Canton Garden Center. Tickets: $10, available at the garden center, 1615 Stadium Park Drive N.W., Canton. Proceeds benefit scholarships, community service projects, programs and the Canton Children's Garden. Information: 330-455-6172.

--Lake Anna Arts and Crafts Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Lake Anna Park, Third Street Northwest and West Lake Avenue, Barberton. Craft and food vendors, demonstrations, entertainment. Free admission.

--Parade of Ponds, today, Sunday and July 19-20. Self-guided tour of 41 water gardens in Summit, Stark, Portage and Wayne counties, many of them built by the homeowners. Ponds north of U.S. 224 are featured this weekend and ponds south of U.S. 224 next weekend. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10, available at Hoffman's Garden Center in Green and Graf Growers in Akron. Proceeds benefit the Akron Children's Hospital burn center. Information: 330-896-9811, 800-870-4479 or http://www.hoffmansgardencenter.com.

--Daylily Madness Weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Sunday and July 19-20, Daylilies and More, 8290 State Route 83, one mile north of Lodi. Thousands of daylilies in bloom. Information: 330-948-2470 or http://www.dayliliesandmore.com.

--Summer Walk, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Secrest Arboretum, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township. See summer-blooming plants and examine foliage on trees and shrubs. Free. Walk will start in the Landscape Gardens on the north side of Williams Road. Information: 330-263-3761 or http://secrest.osu.edu.

--North Canton Clutter Club meeting, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, North Canton Public Library, 185 N. Main St. Club provides participants with organizing ideas. Free. Information: 330-309-5280 or http://www.realsolutionsforliving.com/clutterclub.html.

--Eleanor Squire Library Lecture: Cultivating Culinary Herbs, 1 to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Cleveland Botanical Garden, 11030 East Blvd. Speaker: Doris Eisaman, Western Reserve Herb Society. Herb Garden tour will follow. Members, $5; nonmembers, $12. Registration: 216-721-1600 or http://www.cbgarden.org.

--Great Garden Adventure, through Oct. 31, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron. Imagination Stations throughout the grounds help visitors reconnect with nature and learn about natural phenomena. Displays of flower sculptures made by "junkyard artist" P.R. Miller and whimsical bugs and butterflies made by area students. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays. Closed Mondays except Labor Day. Various admission options are available, with adult prices ranging from $8-$25. Information: 330-836-5533 or http://www.stanhywet.org. Mail notices of classes, programs and events two weeks in advance to: Home and Garden News, Features Department, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron OH 44309-0640. Please include your name and telephone number. All events must be open to the public.

Mary Beth Breckenridge can be reached at 330-996-3756 or [email protected]


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