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.m. 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 information@ dawesarb.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. More information about the festival can be found at www. OhioanaBookFestival.org.
Lakewood Bowl-a-Thon - Heath. Help support Lakewood athletics Saturday, May 9 at Park Lanes in Heath. Start times are noon and 2:30 p.m. Cash prizes for top teams plus drawings and 50/50 tickets.
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.
Appliance and Tire Recycling Day - Newark. Want to get rid of old appliances or worn out tires? Take them out to the Licking County Highway Garage (775 E. Main St., Newark) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Appliances are $5 each if they contain freon and $3 each for all others. Passenger and light truck tires are $2 each, plus $1 if on rim. There is a 10 tire limit. Call 670-5125 or visit lcounty.com and click on recycling for information.