Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Wetland Chronicles: Spring Migration- Saturday, April 12, 8 - 10 a.m. Spring is here and 'tis the season when many birds are winging their way north to breeding grounds. Some of these birds are nesters at the Dutch Fork Wetlands, while others are just stopping to rest and refuel as they continue their migration. Come hike the wetlands and experience all they have to offer! $8/members free, reservation required, meet at the Dutch Fork Wetlands
Tree and Shrub Installation and Maintenance- Saturday, April 12, 10 - noon. Back by popular demand! Find out how to avoid some common planting mistakes during this thorough step-by-step instructional workshop. Horticulture Technician Chad Wright demonstrates how to plant a tree or shrub so that it gets a good start in your landscape and continues growing vigorously, $10/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Beginning Bonsai: Two Sessions, Saturday, April 12 and 19, Saturday April 12, 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, April 19, 9 - 11 a.m. This two-session bonsai course introduces you to the art of bonsai. The first session leads you through the history of bonsai, types of plants to use, containers, bonsai soil, tools needed and pruning needs. During the first session, students will also plant a tree in a container to take home and nurture until the next session. During the second session, students learn how to prune and style their tree. Materials for this course include one tree, bonsai container, growing media, wire and an Art of Bonsai booklet. Tools will be available for students to use during the class. $55/$40 members, reservation required by April 10, Zand Education Center.
Night Hike, Friday, April 18, , 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend the hike through collections, woodlands and trails on one of our most popular programs. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
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.
Nature walk - Denison University, Granville. Join Denison biology professor Tom Schultz on a morning walk through Denison's Bioreserve (1258 North Street) at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12. Schultz is a nature and bird enthusiast whose interests also lie in animal coloration and signals, the evolution of animal defense mechanisms and the behavioral patterns of insects. The guided nature walk is free and open to the public, and if there are any questions pertaining to the weather on the day of the walk, contact Marlaine Browning at 587-740-6206 or email@example.com.
Octagon Earthworks Open House - Newark. Visit the ancient Octogon Earthworks, April 13 and 14. April 13 programming from 12 p.m. -4 p.m. Guided tours of the Octagon Earthworks by OHS staff and volunteers will be offered at noon to 3:15 p.m. Nancy Good Heart Swartz of the Lower Eastern Mekoce will offer Native TV American storytelling at 1:15 p.m. At 2 p.m., archaeo-astronomer Mike Mickelson presents a fascinating talk on Ancient Skies. Octagon Earthworks, 125 N. 33rd St.,Newark. April 14 programming from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Guided tours of the Octagon Earthworks will be offered at 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Chris Miller will conduct flint knapping demonstrations throughout the programming day. Joan Patterson will also display concerning Native American plants cultivated by the builders of the Earthworks. Octagon Earthworks, on the grounds of Moundbuilders Country Club, 125 N. 33rd St., Newark. Contact: Jim Kingery, (800) 600-7178, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.ohiohistory.org/places/newarkearthworks/ greatCircle.cfm
Licking County history - The Works, Newark. The Works holds its fourth Licking County Bicentennial Lecture on Sunday, April 13th. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Licking County authors, Connie L. Rutter and Sondra Brockway Gartner will present an illustrated lecture based on their book: "Images of America, Licking County." The book, published in 2007, features 128 pages of vintage photos and text related to Licking County's history. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event, and the authors will be available to autograph books following the lecture. The Works is located at 55 S. 1st Street in Newark. Normal museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays (through April), noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call The Works at (740) 349-9277 or visit the web site at www.attheworks.org.
Groovy Garage Sale - Newark. Newark Public Library is hosting a Groovy Garage Sale on April 17 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Library will be selling used books, videos and books on tape next door to the Main Library located at 101 West Main Street, Newark, in the former Spencer Walker Press Building. Printed materials will be sold for $1 per bag including state sales tax. The Library will provide grocery style bags. Videos and books on tape will be priced at $.25 each including state sales tax. All proceeds from the Groovy Garage Sale will benefit Newark Public Library's Summer Reading Programs. Early sales will not be permitted. Visit the Main Library at 101 West Main Street in Newark or call 740.349.5553 for more information.
1960s Flashback - Buckeye Lake Library. "The Big Read": 1960's Flashback is at the Buckeye Lake Library Tuesday, April 15, 4 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to walk the runway decked out in 1960's styles. We will have limited clothing items available. Refreshments will be served. Contact (740) 928-0472.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Here are some April events. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
• April 12: Morris Woods Field Station Series I: Amphibians- We are excited to offer a unique series of four programs during the spring focusing on Morris Woods State Nature Preserve near Johnstown. Participants will team up with an expert to survey plants and animals that call the preserve home. The first program will focus on the local amphibian population. Fee is $25.00 per program or $80.00 for the entire series. Ages 12 years and older. Registration for this program or the entire series is required by April 5 by calling 587-2535.
• April 20: Outdoor Adventures Series: Introduction to Backpacking and Hiking- Are you looking for a fun family activity? Why not try backpacking/hiking? Join us as we explore the essentials to a safe and fun backpacking/hiking adventure. Basic equipment, skills and even etiquette will be discussed as you are guided on your way to an exhilarating recreational pursuit. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 2 p.m.
• April 25: Senior Ramble: Join Ohio Nature Education on this hike through Morris Woods State Nature Preserve. Participants will hit the trail in search of migrating birds and blooming wildflowers.A brief introduction before the hike will include a look at various bird study skins and even a couple of live birds. Stretch your mind and your legs on this enjoyable walk. Binoculars will be provided. Morris Woods State Nature Preserve. 10 a.m.
• April 26: Morris Woods Field Station II: Wildflowers,Join us for the second field station experience as participants trek through the preserve with a botanist surveying the crop of spring wildflowers.Fee is $25.00 per program or $80.00 for the series. Ages 12 years and older. Registration is required by April 18.
Writers Conference - Coshocton. Write-On Writers of Coshocton is sponsoring a writers conference, Saturday, April 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Coshocton Senior Center, 201 Brownís Lane, Coshocton.
The keynote speaker is Ohio writer Dandi Daley Mackall, author of over 400 books for all age groups with sales of 4 million in 22 countries. Conference sessions and workshops will be led by published authors, editors and publishers. The topics to be covered will focus on: You Can Write a Novel, Writing Poetry for Fun and Profit,Rhyme and Meter Poetry, Self-Publishing, Writing for Children and Teens, and Tips for Getting Started and Keeping Going. There will also a panel discussion on writing your first book. Cost of the workshop (including lunch and continental breakfast) is $45. Senior (65+), student and teen rate is $25. Registration deadline is April 18th.
Ohio C&W Music Association - Newark. The Newark Chapter of the Ohio Country and Western Music Association meets Sunday, April 13 in the Grotto Hall on Waterworks Road, 12:30 p.m. with a delayed Easter pot luck. Bring a covered dish or pay a $5 meal charge, music at 2 p.m. by Conway Turley and Friends followed by the STAFF Band, door prizes, cakewalks, raffles,and a country store are available, donation jar at the door, call (740) 345-4346 or (740) 323-2715.