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.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department holds its monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18 at the Thurston firehouse, 8474 High St. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, OJ, coffee, tea, and milk. Firefighters will be available to answer questions, and will be selling T-shirts and reflective address signs.
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,
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 (740) 929-9941.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss this Licking Park District event:
• April 26: The Age of Sharks: Sun, April 26, 1 - 2:30pm, Lobdell Reserve, main parking area, Mounts Road, Alexandria, Vast prehistoric oceans and lakes, slow-moving rivers and numerous assaults by glaciers have left Ohio with a diverse array of geologic deposits. Participants will enjoy a leisurely hike past rocks once under water or brought hundreds of miles by glaciers and search for and hold fossils of ancient sea creatures. See how geology can open up your eyes and see our landscape in new and different ways. Be prepared to get wet and muddy. Registration deadline is April 19. $3 per person, $10 per family max, Park Express members free. Call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail mail@lickingparkdistrict. com to register.
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 crosscountry course. The 10K and 5K trails are across rolling grasslands and go past lakes, woodlands, and wetland environments. .The entry fee for EcoThon is $35. To register, visit www.thewilds.org to register online or to print an application form; call 740-638-5030 x2286; or register between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on the event day.
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.
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.