Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Arbor Day Festival- Saturday, April 28, 10am - 4pm, At last! It is Arbor Day at The Arboretum! This is a long-awaited event for both man and tree. Think about it; trees give us fruits, nuts, wood for homes, fuel, paper, medicines, shade and beauty. This Arbor Day Festival gives us an opportunity to give appreciation to Mother Nature. An array of activities and educational displays go on all day, including tree climbing and kids' crafts. Free
Wetland Chronicles: Northward Journeys- Saturday, May 5, 7:30 - 9:30am, The Naturalist is assembling a welcome party to meet and greet those winged wonders of the world as they make their way back or are just passing through on their journey to points farther north. Wetlands provide the perfect place to stop and feed for hundreds of birds and give central Ohioans a chance to view some extraordinary migratory bird species. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Dutch Fork Wetlands, located on White Chapel Rd.
Building a Stone Retaining Wall, Saturday, May 12, 10am - 1pm, Stone retaining walls are practical hardscaping elements and they're also simple to construct. Learn by doing during this handson workshop where you'll find out what tools and techniques are required to construct one of these sturdy and versatile structures in your landscape. $15/$8 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
Plant Sale & Auction- Saturday, May 19, 10am - 2pm, The most important function of the year, for Dawes and for you! It's as basic as who we are. Planting trees and shrubs enhances your life and improves the environment. An incredible assortment of rare trees and shrubs are offered at reasonable prices at this event. The vast majority of these plants cannot be found in garden centers and nurseries. A silent auction of choice specimens will also take place. Horticulturists will be on hand to answer your plant questions and offer planting advice. Free, meet at the Horticulture Complex.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. 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. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www. dawesarb.org.
Summer Kick-Off - Millersport. Stop by Watson's Valero from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 for the 6th Annual Summer Kick-off celebration. Enjoy meat from Bower & Sons on the grill, the music of Flash Dance and much more.
Reference, Research and Computer Classes - Newark. Newark Public Library is offering Reference, Research and Computer Classes on May 1 and May 10. The May 1 class scheduled for 7 p.m. introduces participants to Genealogy Databases. The May 10 class at 7 p.m. is an introduction to Health Databases. Registration is required and space is limited for both sessions. Please call 740.349.5500 or visit the Main Library at 101 West Main Street in Newark for registration or more information.
Blossom Beauties - Granville. Join Licking Park District staff at Infirmary Mound Park's shelter # 6 on April 29 at 2:00 p.m. for Blossom Beauties. Nature's celebration of warmer weather will start with an explosion of color of beautiful blooms to soothe our tired winter eyes. Bring the whole family and enjoy this wonderful opportunity to get outside and wander down the trails in search of a wide variety of wildflowers.If you would like additional information, please call Licking Park District headquarters at (740) 587-2535, the William C. Kraner Nature Center at (740) 323- 0520 or check us out on the web at www.lickingparkdistrict.com.
Cumberland Trail Tour - U.S. 40. Join Licking Park District staff and your very own Licking County Commission and National Road expert; Doug Smith, as they travel down the historic National Rd. This exploration of the Cumberland Trail will take place on Saturday, May 12 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Doug's expansive National Road knowledge will fillyour day full of fun historic facts. The tour will cover intriguing historical points along Route 40 between Licking County and Wheeling Island on the Ohio and West Virginia border.
There is a $45 fee which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, a very knowledgeable tour guide and guest speaker; Doug Smith, excellent lunch at Theo's Restaurant in Cambridge, snacks and educational materials including a copy of The Historic National Road in America, co-authored by Doug Smith. The deadline to register is April 30. For more information and to register, please call the William C. Kraner Nature Center at (740) 323-0520, Licking Park District headquarters at (740) 587-2535 and on the web at www. lickingparkdistrict.com.
Columbus Parent Expo - Columbus. Columbus Parent Magazine EXPO, presented by Grange Insurance, returns to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, but the 2007 event will expand to two days, taking place Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The EXPO will take place at Water's Edge Events Park at the Zoo. With more than 100 exhibitors, the Expo will offer guests everything imaginable for parenting children of all ages.
The EXPO is a fun, free, easy and convenient way for families to see, buy and learn all about the products and services needed for their children. EXPO passes are available, free of charge, at central Ohio-area businesses. and include FREE admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. (Passes do not include rides, special zoo events or parking, which is available for $5 per car.) Complete information is available at www.columbusparent.com.