Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Beginning Bonsai: first session Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. - noon, $55/$40 for members. Registration deadline April 10, Vouchers not accepted for this program, meet at the Zand Education Center Greenhouse Classroom. This two-session bonsai course is an introduction to the art of bonsai. The first session will lead you through the history of bonsai, types of plants to use, containers, bonsai soil, tools needed and pruning needs. During this first session, students will 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 using special wire. Materials for this course include one tree, bonsai container and soil, wire and an Art of Bonsai booklet. Tools will be available for students to use during the class. Arboretum Bonsai Curator Keith Stevens will lead the course.
Beginning Bonsai: second session- Saturday April 18, 9 - 11 a.m., $55/$40 for members. Registration deadline April 10. Vouchers not accepted for this program. Meet at the Zand Education Center Greenhouse Classroom. During this session, students learn how to prune and style their tree using special wire. Materials for this course include one tree, bonsai container and soil, wire and an Art of Bonsai booklet. Tools will be available for students to use during the class. Arboretum Bonsai Curator Keith Stevens will lead the course.
Arbor Day Festival- Saturday April 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Free, It's Arbor Day at last! 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 kids' crafts.
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.
Baked Steak Dinner - Hebron. The Hebron Business Association is sponsoring a baked steak dinner to raise money for the second annual music and arts festival. The dinner will be at Lakewood Middle School on Sunday, April 26th from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Adults are $8 and children 6 and under are $4. The menu is baked steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls and desserts. Enjoy live music, 50/50 drawing and a raffle. Contact: Glenna Jones, (740) 929-2529, hebronmusicandartsfestival@ gmail.com or visit www.hebronbusinessassociation. com,
Vegas Night - Millersport. It's the Millersport Lions Vegas Night from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Friday, April 10 at the Lions Club House on Chataqua Boulevard. Fun, food, prizes and games for everyone 21 years of age and older.
Thurber House Evening with Authors - Columbus. Evenings with Authors features nationally and internationally known writers reading and discussing their most recent books, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Each author gives a 50-minute reading, followed by a question-and-answer period and a book signing reception open to everyone. 77 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, (614) 464-1032,
• Tuesday, Apr. 28: Terri Cheney, Manic: A Memoir
• Friday, May 15: Tony Horwitz, A Voyage Long and Strange
Full Pool Breakfast - Buckeye Lake. Enjoy an early breakfast on Friday, April 24 at 7:30 a.m.at the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club to celebrate the return of Buckeye Lake to its full or summer water level. This year's featured speaker is Bill Schottenstein of Arshot Investment Corporation. The company is developing Compass Point. Cost is $11 per person. Call the BLYC for reservations at (740) 929-9941.
Birdwalk - Hebron. The East Central Ohio Audubon Chapter sponsors a birdwalk at the Hebron Fish Hatchery beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. Meet in the parking lot. The event is free and open to the public. Some species seen at the hatchery in the spring are shorebirds, waterfowl, swallows, warblers and woodpeckers.
Gardening: The Great Escape IV - Newark. "The Four Season Garden" by noted author Debra Knapke plus 14 classes and vendors to make your garden a success this summer. Doors open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 25 at The Resse Center at OSU-Newark Campus. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 344-8852, 927-7724 or 670-5315 for tickets. Visit http://licking. osu.edu/master_gardener for more information.
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.
C&W Music Association - Newark. The Newark Chapter of the Ohio Country and Western Music Association meets Sunday, April 12, 12:30 p.m. in the Grotto Hall on Waterworks Road with an Easter pot luck. Bring a covered dish or pay a $5 meal charge if you're hungry. Meeting at 1 p.m. and entertainment 2 p.m. with Tony Dallas. Door prizes, raffles, cake-walks, and a country store are available, $1 door donation for members and $2 for nonmembers, contact (740) 587-4596 or (740) 323-2715.
The Midland Theatre - Newark. Tickets are available at the box office, 36 N. Park Place in Newark, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the show; calling (740) 345-LIVE; or online at www. midlandtheatre.org.
• Travis Tritt with Special Guest Jerry Douglas - Friday, April 24, The Midland Theatre is pleased to announce an acoustic evening with Travis Tritt, featuring special guest Jerry Douglas. This special night will bring together two of the music world's top 'award-winning' musicians and performers touring today. Travis Tritt and Jerry Douglas come together to celebrate their love of music to the delight of audiences of all ages. Tickets are $20-$75, Travis Tritt has charted more than thirty singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including five number ones, starting with the debut single release of "Country Club" in 1989. Jerry Douglas has developed a unique art in his eclectic style of playing and composing for the Dobro and other versions of the slide guitar. Since 1998, Douglas has been a key member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, touring extensively and playing on a series of platinum albums.