Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Pruning Practicum: Rejuvenation Saturday, March 21, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., $15/$10 for members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center. Proper pruning can save a tree's life, and it can also vastly improve the look of your landscape. Learn how to maintain a natural appearance of your shrubs by observing a practiced expert, Arboretum Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker. If you wish, borrow one of our pruning tools during the class and get some hands-on experience!
Caring for Glass and Porcelain - Saturday, March 28, 10:30 a.m. - noon, $8/$5 members, Daweswood House Museum. The proper care of antique glass and porcelain will ensure that your heirlooms will be in the family for a long time to come. Topics include proper handling, display, cleaning and storage. Selected items from the museum's collections will also be on display.
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.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. Join the Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department for a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 21 at 8474 High Street, Thurston. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is: sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carry-out orders are welcomed: call 740-862-6542. Firefighters will answer your questions about smoke/CO detectors, blood pressure, diabetic sugar checks, medication lists, and other questions you may have. They will also be taking orders for T-shirts and reflective address signs.
Columbus International Auto Show - Columbus. The 2009 edition races into town from March 19-22 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Look around for your next new car or just stop in to see what's new, the auto show is a great place to gather information, compare models and have fun! Don't miss Ohio State Football Coach Jim Tressel on Thursday, March 19 from 6-8 pm, courtesy of the Central Ohio Chevrolet Dealers. Tickets are $8 for adults and children age 12 and under are admitted free with adults. For more information, visitwww. columbusautoshow.com.
Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo - Ohio Expo Center (State Fairgrounds). New features and highlights of the 17th annual Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo - March 20-21-22 - include deer decoy demos (and seminars), a firearmsquestions "answer-man" information center, deer antler-measuring demonstrations, and broadhead collection and display.
Internationally-known archery trick shot Byron Ferguson returns to present two performances Saturday, March 21, and two performances Sunday, March 22. He does not perform Friday. Ferguson shoots wooden discs and pennies from the air, snuffs a candle with an arrow, shoots ricochet arrows into a target's bullseye, and bursts inflated balloons while shooting from all sorts of contorted positions.
In addition, there is a new three-day ticket and special ticket price for military personnel. Hours: Friday, March 20 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 21 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 22 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets: REGULAR Adult 1-Day $10, Youth (6-11 yrs) $3, Adult 2- Day $17 and 5 & Under FREE (when accompanied by an adult); Adult 3-Day $23, Military Personnel $9/$15/$20 (1-day, 2-day, 3-day). Any first-year hunter who received a hunter education certificate between January 1, 2008, and March 19, 2009, will receive free admission upon showing proof of course completion at the designated ticket window. Parking: $5/vehicle daily fee; $14/vehicle weekend (three-day) fee
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss these Licking Park District events:
• Firebreathers of Morris Woods- Sat, March 21, 3:30 - 5 p.m. Morris Woods State Nature Preserve, Johnstown. Join our friends from Ohio Nature Education and tromp along the trails of Morris Woods State Nature Preserve in search of fire breathers or salamanders as we know them. Be prepared to get muddy and dress for the unpredictable March weather. Registration deadline is March 7. Participants are asked to meet in the parking lot of Whitehead Poured Walls, located at the southwest corner of US Rt. 62 & Nichols Lane to carpool to Morris Woods State Nature Preserve. $3.00 per person, $10.00 max per family, Park Express Members free.
• Votes for women! Why Shouldn't I Get the Vote will wrap up Women's History Month with a fun and unique look into U.S. history. at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the William C. Kraner Nature Center. Participants will step back in time and become suffragists and learn about women's struggles to get the vote. Create your own banners, signs, sashes and then speak out for women's right to vote! Following the rally, a special guest suffragist and Licking County native will tell about her adventures of running for president. The fee is $3 fee per person with a $10 family max. Deadline for registration is March 21. Call (740) 587-2535 or visit www.lickingparkdistrict. com to register.
• Dino Dig - On April 10 the Licking Park District will call in a favor from T-Rex and some of his dinosaur friends for our annual Dino Dig. While we can't we won't have real dinosaurs we will have our own special dino eggs left behind by T-Rex and his friends. Each egg will have a dino-mite surprise, so parents grab your own little triceratops or stegosaurs and join us for the dino fun! Be prepared to get dirty and please bring your own hand trowel. Pre-registration is required for time slots at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The deadline to register is April 3. Is your little dinosaur going to be hungry after digging? An Easter Bunny Lunch provided by People for Parks will be offered for a $3 fee. Peter Cottontail will be at the Nature Center from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to visit and have lunch with visitors. For more information or to register, please call the Licking Park District at (740) 587-2535 or by email at www.lickingparkdisrict. com
Blooms & Butterflies - Columbus. Central Ohio's annual rite of spring! Experience the emergence of exotic butterflies and watch their release into the Conservatory's Pacific Water Garden. Dozens of species take flight amidst tropical blooming foliage. March 14 - September 7, Franklin Park Conservatory, Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday until 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults $7.50. Seniors and students $6. Children $4. Children under 2 free, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, call 614- 645-8733, 800-214-TREE, or visit www.fpconservatory.org.
The Veronica's Room - Newark. Licking County Players open their fifth show of the season, Veronica's Room a thriller in two acts by Ira Levin, on March 26. Levin is probably best known for his Broadway thriller, Deathtrap, and his gripping, supernatural novel, Rosemary's Baby. "It's like being trapped in someone else's nightmare . . . with a jarring and surprising climax." NC-17 RATING. CONTAINS SOME STRONG LANGUAGE AND MATURE CONTENT and is NOT recommended for children. Tickets prices are: adults - $13; and seniors (55+) and students - $11. Performances are March 26, 27, 28 and April 2, 3, 4 at 8 p.m. and March 29 and April 5 at 2 p.m. Licking County Players is located at 131 West Main St., Newark. For more information call the box office at 740-349- ACTS.