Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
Outdoor Bonsai Workshop, Wednesday, April 23, 7 - 10 p.m. This class is for participants who have taken the beginning courses or those who have a good prior knowledge of bonsai. The Bonsai Curator, Keith Stevens, provides information on advanced techniques for bonsai styling and pruning such as jin and shari, as well as advanced wiring and branch bending. Students will receive a sizeable young tree that is hardy enough to stay outdoors year 'round. Fee includes plant, container, planting media and wire. $65/$55 members, registration required by April 10, meet at the Zand Education Center.
Arbor Day Festival, Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. At last! It's Arbor Day! Festival activities usher in spring and summer at The Arboretum, our busiest times. This Arbor Day Festival is an opportunity to learn about and show appreciation for what Mother Nature gives us and to spend a spring day enjoying the outside. An array of activities and educational displays go on all day, including tree climbing and kid's crafts. Admission is free!
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.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Here are some April events. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
• April 12: Morris Woods Field Sta• 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.
JEGS/T-100 Wednesday - National Trail Raceway, Hebron. Jegs and T-100 invite you to race your car or motorcycle or come to watch the ET racing excitement! A great break in the middle of the week, race for just $15 or $10 to watch! Gates open at 5pm. Event runs on MOST Wednesday nights. Check complete event schedule at www. nationaltrailraceway.com,
2008 Daffodil Show - Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus. The Central Ohio Daffodil Society presents its annual show on Saturday, April 19, 2 - 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The show features specimens from all Divisions of Daffodils, including cultivars from around the world. Free and open to the public.
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. 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.
To register, email: sfmooney@ parakrisis.com or call Sharon Mooney at 740-623-8348. To download a brochure, go to www. parakrisis.com.
"Discovery of America" - Denison University, Granville.Staged reading of a work-in-progress: "Discovery of America" by Arthur Kopit performed by Denison Theatre department, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri., April 18; Sat., April 19; Tues., April 22; Weds., April 23; Thurs., April 24; Fri., April 25; and Sat., April 26, Ace Morgan Theatre (211 West College Street). For more information, contact Marilyn Sundin at 740-587-6231. from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 18, in Ace Morgan Theatre (211 West College Street). They also will perform at the same time on Saturday, April 19; Tuesday, April 22; Wednesday, April 23; Thursday, April 24; Friday, April 25; and Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for non-Denison students.
"Into the Woods" - Denison University, Granville. In its next production, the Denison Singer's Theatre Workshop will embark on a journey exploring the consequences of classic fairy tale characters' quests. The group will present two student performances of the award-winning musical at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27, in Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway St.). The event is free and open to the public. "Into the Woods," with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, was inspired by Bruno Bettelheim's 1976 book, "The Uses of Enchantment." The musical combines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The main characters are taken from the stories of "Little Red Riding Hood," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Rapunzel" and "Cinderella," are tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to start a family.
"Estonian Requiem" - Denison University, Ganville. The Denison University Concert Choir, conducted by Bonnie Sneed, is performing the U. S. premiere of an "Estonian Requiem," as well as other works, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The concert, which features Jean-Luc Moreau, tenor; David Nesmith, horn; Andrew Krumm, percussion; and Chad D. Baker, organ; is free and open to the public.
Gamelon Ensemble - Denison University. Granville. Gamelon Ensemble directed by Seth Rogers, at 1 p.m. on Sun., April 20, at the Burton D. Morgan Center Atrium (150 Ridge Road). Free and open to the public. Call 740-587-6220 to confirminformation.