Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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
Ashville Viking Festival - Ashville. April 25-26 at Ashville Village Park, Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Presenting a living history event that reenacts a Viking All-Thing from a thousand years ago featuring a 40 ft. replica Viking Longship. There will be a variety of entertainment, including music, dance, and swordplay. For more information visit www. ashvillevikingfest.com play.
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
Earth Day Fossil Tour - Statehouse, Columbus. Celebrate Earth Day Friday, April 17, and explore the building stones of Capitol Square with expert geologists from The Ohio State University. Please RSVP at 614/728- 2695 or email@example.com. oh.us. Meet at noon in the Map Room on the ground floor using the Third Street entrance. Free.
EcoThon- The Wilds. Join hundreds of runners and walkers for the 12th annual EcoThon at the Wilds, Saturday, April 25. This 10K and 5K trail run and 5K trail walk begins at 10 a.m. on the Wilds' highly-regarded cross-country course. The 10K and 5K trails are across rolling grasslands and go past lakes, woodlands, and wetland environments. Proceeds from this year's EcoThon, with the theme of "Runnin'…Walkin'…Takin!" will help support the important conservation programs for Sichuan takin. The Wilds provides field research that is applied to programs in the species' homeland of China. The Wilds is home to the largest herd of Sichuan takin in North American facilities. The entry fee for EcoThon is $35. Wilds members receive a $5 discount. Registrants receive a free custom-designed T-shirt; registration packet gifts; chances to win door prizes; chance to earn custom commemorative stoneware awards, snacks and refreshments after the race; and a Safari Transport Pass to use on race day or later in the season (a $23 value). To register, visit www. thewilds.org to register online or to print an application form; call 740-638-5030 x2286 or email reservations@ thewilds.org to have a form mailed; or register between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the event day. (Shirts are not guaranteed to event-day registrants). Printed registrations must be postmarked by April 15.
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 30 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.