Organizing important records, Kovels April newsletter and school gardening … – The Plain Dealer

H03AMLINK783.JPGView full sizeOSU Extension offers  tips for organizing financial and personal records.

TIPS FOR ORGANIZING HOME RECORDS: Don’t force your next of kin to paw through boxes of files marked “miscellaneous” in a search for important financial records in an emergency. When it’s time to get organized, start with the Ohio State University Extension’s form called “Know Your Valuable Papers,” a 12-page fill-in-the-blank form that helps you keep track of important files and document where they are kept. The form is free from Click on “Home” and then “Financial Management.”

KOVELS APRIL NEWSLETTER: Get ready for the return of “Mad Men” by adding midcentury modern touches to your living room. The Kovels’ April newsletter highlights vintage bar carts that were part of the “cocktail culture” during the “Mad Men” era. A Paul McCobb bleached mahogany and brass beverage trolley with a marble top sold for $2,440 at auction in Illinois recently. Read more about midcentury modern and other collecting trends in the newsletter.

GARDENING CLASSES: The Urban Agriculture Workshop, sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension in Cuyahoga County, offers classes in raising chickens and composting.

Chickens: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 5 at Cavotta’s Garden Center: 19603 Nottingham Road, Cleveland. Learn the basics of keeping chickens, including coop maintenance and diet. Free; no registration required.

Composting and Community Gardens: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12 at Garfield Park Nature Center, 11350 Broadway Ave., Cleveland. Learn how to set up a successful composting system, get others to cooperate and get neighbors involved. Students will walk to the nature center’s community garden and set up a composting system. Free; no registration required.

SCHOOL GARDENING CONFERENCE:  Representatives from the Copley-Fairlawn School District’s Arrowhead Primary School will discuss their school garden, “Nature Zone,” at a Columbus conference promoting school gardens as teaching tools.

“Cultivating Curiosity: The Teachable Garden,” will focus on the benefits of getting kids outdoors and how to write a school garden curriculum to make it fit within the Common Core State Standards. “The Teachable Garden” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 2 at Ohio State University’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.

The program will discuss topics aimed at schools just beginning to think about starting a garden as well as for those with experience. The keynote session, “Growing Brains,” will be offered by Dr. L. Eugene Arnold, professor emeritus of psychiatry from Ohio State’s College of Medicine.

Conference participation is limited to 100, and registration is due Friday, April 25. The $45 fee includes lunch. A registration form to download and mail in is available  here. 


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