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,
Ohioana Book Festival - Columbus. Readers of all ages and interests are invited to the third annual Ohioana Book Festival on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival will be held at the Ohioana and State Library of Ohio's facility in the Jeffrey Mining Center at 274 E. First Ave., in the historic Italian Village and Short North Arts District of Columbus. The event is free and open to the public, no tickets or advance registration required. More than 70 nationally recognized authors - all of them Ohioans by birth or residents with books that have been published in the past year - will participate. They represent every major literary field and genre fiction (mystery, romance, fantasy, science fiction, and literary fiction), nonfiction (memoirs, history, and essays), poetry, and books for children and young adults.
Authors include: R. L. Stine, a Columbus native, is one of the best-selling children's authors in history and most well known for his Goosebumps and Fear Street series; Jeff Smith, who grew up in Columbus, is the creator of the award-winning graphic novel series Bone which has brought the love of comics to a new generation world wide; Peter Mansoor, an OSU graduate, is current Chair of Military History at OSU. A recently retired US Army Colonel, his twenty-six year military career culminated in his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General Patraeus, Commanding General of the Multi-National Force in Iraq. His acclaimed book, Baghdad at Sunrise, is a memoir of his experiences; Thrity Umrigar, professor of creative writing and literature at Case Western Reserve and former Washington Post and Cleveland Plain Dealer contributor, is a Bombay, India native. She is a highly acclaimed bestselling author of three novels and a memoir, First Darling of the Morning; John Scalzi, a California native and current Bradford, Ohio resident, is an award-winning science fiction novelist. Best known for his debut novel Old Man's War. His newest release The Last Colony hit the New York Times Bestseller list last year.; Erin McCarthy/Erin Lynn of West Lake, OH, sold her first book in 2002 and twenty-four books later she is still entertaining readers with contemporary and paranormal romances. She also writers young adult novels under the pen name Erin Lynn;
Jaime Adoff, grew-up in Yellow Springs, Ohio where he currently makes his home, is an awardwinning author of popular books for children and young adults. A poet, rock-and-roll musician, and author, Adoff received the 2006 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for his book Jimi and Me; Margaret Peterson Haddix, grew-up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio and is the award-wining author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including the popular The Shadow Children series. Her new book, Found is the first in her new series The Missing; and Ann Hagedorn, a Dayton native currently a resident of Ripley, Ohio, is a former Wall Street Journal staffer and investigative report with the New York Daily News. She is the author of a number of award-winning nonfiction titles, including Beyond the River and Savage Peace.
More information about the festival can be found at www. OhioanaBookFestival.org.
Swasey Observatory Open
House - Denison University, Granville. The Denison University Department of Physics and Astronomy will host an observatory open house beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at Swasey Observatory (300 Chapel Drive) with two possible backup dates set for Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3. The first clear night of the three possible dates will be the only night on which the observatory will be open. Observations will be taken of the Moon and Saturn. The open house is free and open to the public. If skies are clear, visitors will use the Warner & Swasey 9" refracting telescope in the observatory's dome and possibly one 8" reflecting telescope set up at ground level. The telescopes will be accessible until 11 p.m. The observatory may be contacted the afternoon of the open house, at 740-587-6477; a recorded message will confirm either the open house or a cancellation for that night. Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss this Licking Park District event:
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.