Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Dining at Dawes: Foraging for Wild Edibles - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Cost: Non-members - $15; Members - $10. Learn about some common spring wild edibles. We’ll talk about how to forage and take a 1.5 hour hike throughout The Arboretum identifying, collecting and tasting nature’s garden. Make sure to bring your camera and note-taking material. Foraging is prohibited at The Dawes Arboretum unless part of an Arboretum sanctioned program.
Telescope 101 - 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Cost: Nonmembers - $6; Members - $3. In this beginner-focused class, we will show you the basics for getting your scope up and running. We will begin indoors and, weather permitting, head outside in search of the Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars. Participants are encouraged to bring their telescope along with the instruction manual and fresh batteries. Rain date: April 2.
Ramp Celebration - 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 6. Cost: Non-members - $15; Members - $10. Ramps, also called wild leeks, carpet The Arboretum’s woodland from late March to mid-April. Learn the natural history, medicinal properties and unique qualities of this wild onion species. Participants will take a guided tour through the Woodland Garden and have the opportunity to dig up to one pound of ramps to transplant in home gardens.
Spring Migratory Bird Walk: Dutch Fork Wetlands - 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. FREE! Whether you’re an experienced birder or new to the hobby, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to take a morning stroll in search of our feathered friends. We provide the binoculars -- or feel free to bring your own
Second Saturday Speaker Series: Alternative Container Gardening - 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. Cost: Suggested donation - $2. You don’t need a large garden plot to grow whatever you want. Join Master Gardener Cheryl Beaty as she shares ideas on growing in alternative containers. You’ll learn about different containers to use, the best soil mixtures, how to build different kinds of raised beds, how to season straw bales for maximum plant nutrition and how to grow vertically.
Citizen Science and Beyond - 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Cost: Non-members - $7; Members - $5. Come and explore citizen science opportunities! Learn about the roles of a citizen scientist, the fields in which it is embraced and how your collected data can trigger real world change. Explore the citizen science opportunities offered at The Arboretum and hear from current participants. No matter your interests, there is a program out there for you.
Observing Rhododendrons, Azaleas & Companions - 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Cost: Non-members - $10; Members - $5. While strolling in the Azalea Glen with the Arboretum’s Nursery Manager and Propagator Rich Larson, learn how best to ensure success growing rhododendrons, azaleas and some companion plants that look and grow well along with rhododendrons.
Spring Migratory Bird Walk: Red Barn Area - 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. FREE! Whether you’re an experienced birder or new to the hobby, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to take a morning stroll in search of our feathered friends. We provide the binoculars -- or feel free to bring your own
Beginning Bonsai - 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15. Cost: Non-members - $45; Members - $35. This two-session course introduces participants to the art of bonsai. The first session leads students through the history of bonsai, types of plants to use, containers, bonsai soil and tools needed along with how to prune and style a tree. During the second session, each student plants a tree in a bonsai container to take home to nurture. **The second session will take place April 22 from 9 to 11am in the Zand Education Center. Registration includes both sessions.
The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. For more information visit www.dawesarb.org
Spring Storytimes - Somerset and Thornville libraries. Spring Storytimes have started. Times are 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Somerset and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at Thornville. For more information visit www.pcdl.org
Grow Your Own Victory Garden – Buckeye Lake Library. Guest Speaker Verdie Abel will be at the Buckeye Lake Library at noon on Saturday, April 1,. to teach patrons about the history of Victory Gardens and how to grow their own Victory gardens, just like people on the Homefront did back during WWII. We also invite all in attendance to plant a few seeds in Buckeye Lake Library’s very own community Victory Garden. No registration is required to attend this historical program.
Preschool Storytime – Buckeye Lake Library. Preschool Storytime is back at 11 a.m. on Wednesday mornings from April 5 through April 26 at the Buckeye Lake Library. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to attend the weekly Storytime program, complete with stories, songs, snacks, and a craft as well as laughter and learning.
Art Fair - Columbus College of Art & Design, Loann Crane Center for Design (at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Gay Street). A juried selection of Columbus College of Art & Design’s top alumni and students sell their wares at this must-see event on Saturday, April 1. Proceeds from the art go directly to the artists. Hours: First Look: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; General Admission: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Parking is free. Tickets are available at the door. First Look costs $20; General Admission costs $5. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit CCAD student programming.
Good Deeds Program - New Lexington. Perry County Recorder Jackie Hoover, Perry County Probate-Juvenile Judge Luann Cooperrider and volunteer attorneys are offering a deed review program starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, in the Perry County Courthouse. The program is a county-wide effort to help Perry County residents identify whether the form of their present deed will require transfer through the Probate Court upon death and consider less expensive and timeconsuming alternatives to probate transfer. For more information call the Recorders Office at 740- 342-2494 or the Probate Court at 740-342-1493.
Ohio Barn Conference - Holmes County. Come join barn enthusiasts, barn owners and maybe even a few barn “huggers” at Ohio’s only annual barn tour and conference April 28 -29. Friday is an all-day bus tour, including lunch, visiting several century barns. Saturday’s barn conference also includes lunch and will feature local historians, guest speakers, demonstrations and a good dose of barn lore. There will be exhibits and vendors along with the annual silent auction filled with interesting items and much more! Visit www.friendsofohiobarns.org for more information and to register online to attend the Ohio Barn Conference.
Uncorked - Craft Beer and Wine Tasting - Baltimore. Join us for the 5th annual Uncorked - Craft Beer and Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 29, at the Victoria Opera House. This year, step back in time to the 1940’s. The USO is holding a dance to lighten our spirits and have a grand time! Dress in your 1940’s garb if you like, and enjoy an evening of heavy hors d’ourves, desserts and music as you sample Ohio wines and beer. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door and include tickets for six tastings. Additional tastings are $1 each. Tickets for veterans and designated drivers are $20. Proceeds go toward the restoration of the Victoria Opera House, the last opera house left in Fairfield County. Tickets may be purchased online or at our ticket outlets: The Loon Crew HER Realtors M-F 9-3 pm and 1201 Wine Wednesday through Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 1-11pm.
The Nostalgics Big Band - Baltimore. Lancaster’s 18-piece jazz orchestra and dance bank, The Nostalgics, will be performing at the Victoria Opera House on at 3 p.m. on Sunday April 23. The band features musical arrangements from the Big Band Swing Era and well-known pop, rock, blues, Broadway, and movie songs. Tickets are $5 each; or FREE for BDRC/Victoria Opera House members. Tickets are available online at Baltimore- DowntownRestoration.com or at our ticket outlets: The Loon Crew HER Realtors M-F 9-3pm and 1201 Wine Wednesday through Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 1-11pm.