Event Checklist: Keep Akron Beautiful 35th Anniversary Party


We are only one day away from the Keep Akron Beautiful 35th Anniversary Party! Are you ready? Take a look at our event checklist for things you might have forgotten.

Tickets will not be on sale at the door! That means all ticket purchases can be made through today, August 30, 2016. The cutoff will be at 8:00 am on Wednesday August 31, 2016. Tickets are $35 each. Remember, we won’t be issuing physical tickets for the events. Include guest names because there will be a guest list at the door!


The party will take place at the Akron Art Museum at the new Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. The event will be primarily outside in the garden, however there will be access indoors in case it rains.
The Akron Art Museum is located at One South High  Akron, Ohio 44308.

Valet & Parking
Free valet parking will be available at the High Street entrance of the museum.
Free parking will be available at the parking garage located across the street from the High Street entrance.


Event Schedule
A brief snapshot into the evening

5:00pm – Check-In & Registration
Swensons Truck & Beverage Stations Open
50/50 Raffle Sales Open

5:30pm – 6:00pm – Trolley Tours
Tours last approximately 20 minutes. Departing from the museum, guests will tour to some of KAB’s Flowerscapes, guided by KAB Flowerscape crew.

6:00pm-6:15pm Welcome
Captain Daniel D. Zampelli, Board Chairman – Keep Akron Beautiful
Jacqui Flaherty-Ricchiuti, CEO – Keep Akron Beautiful
6:15pm – 7:15pm – Trolley Tours
Final tour of the evening.
7:15pm- 50/50 Raffle Winner Announced

Food and Beverage
The Swensons Food Truck will be onsite offering menu favorites. Dessert is provided by Mustard Seed Market & Café. Pepsi products, beer and wine will be available.
All food and beverage are included with your ticket purchase.

Dress Code
Summer Business Casual.

Event Sponsors
Take a moment to visit our event sponsor’s online before the event!
Robert W. Baird & Co.
D-A Specialty Co, Inc.
First Energy
The House of LaRose
Mustard Seed Market & Cafe
River Valley Paper Company
Hasenstab Architects
Dan & Anna Zampelli
Carol Haines
Ohio Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank
G Stephens, Inc.
Pepsi Co.


2016 Dreamscape Makeover

By the end of the first week of August, KAB finished the 2016 Dreamscape makeover! After purchasing Dreamscape tickets for the past five years, winners Sandy & Andy Tirpak of Cuyahoga Falls were extremely excited to have the opportunity to see their backyard transformed. After meeting with lead landscape designer, Dave Thomas of R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design Inc. they were able to determine what changes they wanted to see in their makeover.


They came up with a plan to change the backyard, including the installation of a new walkway that would be 240 sq ft with 4×8 pavers, removal of existing landscape to make room for new additions, and lights set up along the walkway and trees.

Prior to the makeover kickoff, Advanced Arboriculture removed and pruned a few trees in the existing landscape. With donations from Pam’s Pernennial Plant Farm, Suncrest Gardens, 1Dayton’s Nurseries and Blooming Designs, the KAB Flowerscape Crew was able to begin planting in the backyard.


It didn’t take the butterflies long to notice the new beds!


Dave Thomas and the Tirpaks decided that they would install the path in the backyard so that it would13886259_10157346131325604_2695769206815318078_n[1] connect from the garage to their existing deck. R.G Thomas Landscape then began the preparations needed for the walk way by removing the sod, existing concrete in the front of the garage, unwanted shrubs, and digging out the hosta from the front yard. Naragon Irrigation Company came in to move exisiting irrigation heads in order to accommodate the new beds being planted. 13906689_10157346132925604_803968605005168846_n[1]



R.G Thomas Landscaping also framed the pathway in preparation for Nick’s Landscaping of Ohio, LLC to dig out the walkway.

Thanks to W.L Tucker Supply’s for donating all of the hardscape for the makeover was possible.


On Tuesday it was Graf Growers Garden Center and 6Landscaping Design turn to come  in and install the base and lay the walkway. They also donated two potted plants to accommodate the sun and shade.

Then the final touches were made thanks to first time vendor partner, Lewis Landscaping  who cut in and sanded the walkway.

Once the walkway was completed the final touches for the backyard makeover were underway! KAB Flowerscape crew began working alongside Paul’s Greenhouse to till and plant in the new beds and Tim’s Custom Electric installed a 8series of lights that went along the pathway and the surrounding trees thanks to the lights donated by Cascade Lighting, Inc.

On the last day of the Dreamscape Makeover, Terrascape Ltd. came in to blow mulch (donated by K.B. Bioenergy, Inc) around the pathway. R.G. Thomas Landscape and Design, Inc. then began cleaning up the site and installing a beautiful birdbath donated by Donzells Flower and Garden Center .


Sandy Tirpak has been an avid gardener for the past twenty years and enjoys watching the hummingbirds from her deck. Now thanks to KAB Dreamscape Makeover, the Tirpak’s will be able to enjoy a new walk way lined with beautiful plants and get to enjoy the new birds to come!

KAB would like to thank our 2016 Dreamscape vender partners for their support including Circle K, and Main Street Gourmet for providing beverages, ice, cookie dough, and drinks for the Vendor Partner crew members during this summer week of labor. The agency also gives special thanks to Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc., Star Printing Co. Inc. & YES Press Printing Co., our marketing and communications vendor partner companies.





Farewell from KAB Intern!

by Sara Huffstetler, Communications Intern

As I began my internship with Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) I was also beginning my residency in the community. I was excited to see what the ins and outs of a non-profit organization looked like and how a group of people were reaching out to the community in order to implement and sustain changes that benefit the wellbeing of Akron. Though I only interned with KAB for a month, I have gained so much knowledge in the field of communications as well as new approaches on how to be a better steward to the environment.

I was also able to see my abilities in writing take new forms as I began writing KAB social media content, blogs, newsletters, and so much more; but my days were not merely spent behind a desk. I had the opportunity to engage with members of the community that are passionate and serious about seeing Akron’s potential become a reality. I worked alongside of KAB and volunteers in the community doing prep work for the Better Block project, met with vendors for the Dreamscape Makeover, and got to know a handful of KAB workers who are out ”getting their hands dirty” so that Akron can be at its best.


Thanks to this internship, I am more motivated than ever to be submerged in my new community by taking advantage of more volunteer opportunities as well as doing my part in the fight for a litter-free Akron. I am also excited to say that I am officially graduated and am feeling much more confident in my abilities thanks to Helen and the rest of the KAB team!

Building a Better Middlebury

by Sara Huffstetler, Communications Intern


At the intersection of E. Market & S. Arlington you will see an artistic board-up of a compass on what was once the First Merrit Bank. This mural represents more than a location logo but rather a new community identity and direction. This past weekend was the unveiling of what was once an eyesore filled with litter, tall grass, and weeds to a family friendly event thanks to this thing called the Better Block.

The Better Block Foundation is a nonprofit based out of Dallas, Texas whose mission is to “educate, equip, and empower communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods”. KAB had the privilege of assisting in a Better Block project last May in North Hill by providing the waste receptacles and recruiting volunteers to transform the an unused lot into a temporary market place with the help of the Community Pride Trailer. So when plans were put into motion for the Middlebury Better Block event, KAB was more than willing to participate in the cause for a reimagined block so close to home!

BB map 2016

Marissa Blewitt, the community organizer for a nonprofit based out of Akron called Neighborhood Network, oversaw the initiation of the Middlebury BB project and says that “without the help of KAB providing the Community Pride Trailer we wouldn’t have been able to clean up for the event”.  Through a Neighborhood Network garden installation in 2015, Marissa got her first experience with KAB staff and the CPT. When it came to prep work,  Marissa said, “KAB are the experts. In addition to providing the trailers, it’s nice to know we have an asset like KAB to serve in our community.”

From July 19-21st, the Community Pride Trailer was stationed at the vacant bank parking lot at the intersection of E. Market & S. Arlington. Each day, KAB worked alongside volunteers from S.W.A.G (students with a goal) and leaders in the community to prepare the space for the BB event. Within three days, volunteers trimmed back overgrown trees, cleaned out litter that had been hidden in the tall grass, tamed unsightly patches of weeds and grasses, and eradicated overgrown bushes that were both an eyesore and a hazard. Nearly 3,000 lbs. of litter and debris were removed from the site! The preparations for the BB event were complete thanks to the help of the Community Pride Trailer and all of the volunteers that came out for the cause!



Following the preparations for the event, it was turnaround time for the Middlebury BB event. The block was full of local pop-up shops including Bright Star Books, Compass Coffee, a farmers market, and a variety of retail venders. There was also live music, food trucks, and kid friendly activities that the community was able to enjoy together.

BB photos

But the best part about the event is the lasting impact that was left once finished; Marissa said, “this event showcases what can be done by the community and the work motions towards permanency”. Thanks to all of the work put into the BB event, there have been a variety of changes made to the location that can be enjoyed from here on out such as: new crosswalks and bike-lanes, a jungle gym, the W.O.M.B’s garden, pallet benches to be distributed at bus stops, and street signs with the new Middlebury logo across them marking a new beginning.

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(Photo provided by: Better Block)

Here at Keep Akron Beautiful, we are passionate about the community involvement and revitalization of our city. We are so happy to have been apart of the BB event, helping to sustain positive changes here in Akron, Ohio!