Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday May 15, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend the hike through collections, woodlands and trails on one of our most popular programs.
Story Trail Grand Opening- Saturday May 16, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Free, meet at the Azalea Glen. StoryTrail is an innovative program combining outdoor exercise and a favorite children's story where visitors walk along, reading a book and enjoying suggested activities. Toledo native Denise Fleming's "In the Tall, Tall Grass" is featured. This opening will have creatures from the story for hands-on investigation. Staff will read Fleming's books and conduct craft sessions. The Licking County Library has joined The Arboretum in presenting StoryTrail.
Public Plant Sale & Auction - Saturday May 16, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p..,, at the Horticulture Complex. It's time to get to The Arboretum to see what gems we pull out of the nursery to offer for sale. Many items are rare trees and shrubs you have seen in our collections but would have difficulty locating in garden centers and nurseries. Two silent auctions will be featured. Horticulturists will be on hand to answer your questions and offer advice. A sample listing of plants for sale will be available the first week of April. For more information, call the Horticulture Department at 740.323.2355, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Wildflower Hike - Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve, Newark. Spring provides a variety of pastel blooms in Ohio's woodlands. Come out for a wildflower hike at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m. A naturalist-led hike will take participants on the preserve's Blackhand Trail, which is an old railroad bed converted to trail. It winds through a spectacular, narrow east-west gorge cut by the Licking River through Black Hand sandstone. Hikers will discover a variety of native wildflowers while learning more about the folklore surrounding the area.. For more information, call 740-420-3445.
Antiques and Gardening at Bryn Du - Granville, Bryn Du Mansion, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. This is the Antique event that only the Bryn Du Mansion could bring to Granville and Central Ohio. Dealers from throughout the nation will bring beautiful one of a kind antiques to the show. More information on www.bryndu.com
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss this Licking Park District event:
• Outdoor Adventures - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Outdoor family fun awaits in this inaugural event. on Saturday, May 16. A 32 foot rock climbing wall, trap shooting, fishing, archery, horse back riding and more await for participants! Vendors will be on hand to sell their wares, promoting their services and more. Food and drinks will be available. Rain or shine, don't hide inside, join us for a great outdoor adventure! More information at www. lickingparkdistrict.com.
Bluegrass Ensemble Concert - Granville. Denison University's Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Casey Cook and Mark Wade, will perform for the last time this year on Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m. in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The concert is free and open to the public.
Hookahville XXXI - Pataskala. May 23-24, Hookahville XXXI is only days away! The Frontier Ranch presents "Hookahville XXXI", a three-day music and camping event featuring ekoostik hookah, a limited number of $65 tickets are on sale right now, when they are gone tickets will be $80 (at the gate as well). Each Hookahville ticket includes music, camping and parking from Saturday at 8 AM through Monday at noon. Children 12 and under are admitted to the festival free with a paid adult.
Hookahville Spring 2009 artists include: ekoostik hookah (2 nights, 4 sets), Les Claypool, The Wailers (Exodus Tour), Steve Kimock Crazy Engine Toubab Krewe, The Ark Band, Oakhurst, Freekbass, Mifune, Sweet Water Meltdown, Higgins & Madwell Band, My Dear Disco, The Ragbirds, Secret Chiefs 3. Following the end of music on the late-night stage, there will be an all-night Disco Tent in the Concert Bowl for all night revelry., For more information visit http:// www.hookahville.com.