Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike - Friday April 16, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m, Free, donations welcome, meet at the Visitors Center deck. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend one of our most popular programs as we hike through collections, grasslands and woodlands.
Rainbarrel Workshop- Saturday, April 24, 9 – 11 a.m., $50/$48 members, reservation required, meet at the Zand Education Center,. Join the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District for this wildly popular hands-on workshop. Learn about the importance of collecting rainwater from your downspout to use for watering flower or vegetable gardens. Participants construct a rail barrel to take home and employ. This session also covers the importance of designing a garden to collect and hold rainwater and/or designing a garden to responsibly handle run-off (bioswale).
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center 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.
Spring Fling - Frazeysburg. The Longaberger Company kicks off its 2010 tourist season with the annual Spring Fling Event. Visitors can enjoy a variety of contests and prizes and browse more than 10,000 new products. They will also find some of the best deals that Longaberger has ever offered at the Homestead’s biggest clearance sale – up to 75 percent off selected items. Visitors can join in on the celebration from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 26; and Saturday, March 27. Guests are invited to participate in a variety of activities including Speed Weaving and Dash for Baskets. For more information visit www.longaberger.com or call 740-322-5588.
Pancake Breakfast - Newark. A Pancake Day breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. is set for Zerger Hall Senior Center, 745 E. Main St., March 27 to benefit senior services. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. The Smith Brothers Band, which has fronted for Lonestar, Johnny Cash and other country artists, will perform during the event.
Prehistoric Easter Egg Hunt - Kraner Nature Center. Easter is right around the corner and on Friday, April 2, the Licking Park District puts a prehistoric twist on the traditional Easter Egg hunt during our annual “Dino Egg Dig.” While we won’t have real dinosaurs, we will have our own special “dino eggs” left behind by T-Rex, Stegosaurs and other dino friends. Each egg will have a “dinomite” surprise. Be prepared to get dirty and please bring your own hand trowel and a bucket or basket. Pre-registration is required for time slots at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Is your little dinosaur going to be hungry after digging? There will be a Easter Bunny Lunch for an additional $3 fee between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Peter Cottontail will visit during lunch. There is a $3 fee per person with a $10 family max. The deadline to register is March 29. Call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail mail@lickingparkdistrict. com to register.
Jr./Sr. High Talent Show - Millersport. No fooling, check out talented students at 1:25 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 in the Millersport High School gym. Admission is $1 and all proceeds benefit the After Prom Party.
Spaghetti Dinner - Hebron. Lakewood Food Service staff is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to benefit the Lancer Pride Committee’s efforts in support of the May levy. The dinner in the high school cafeteria runs from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday, April 16, prior to the Spring Musical. Menu is spaghetti, salad, bread sticks and drink. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under.
Spring Break at The Works - Newark. The Works is offering a variety of hands-on programs during Spring Break week, Tuesday, March 30 through Friday, April 2. The activities run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. The programs offer students the opportunity to participate in interactive art and science activities. Scheduled programs include:
Tuesday – “Zap in a Snap”
Wednesday – “Spring Break Nationals I” with representatives from National Trail Raceway
Thursday – “Don’t Be Fooled by Art”
Friday – “Spring Break Nationals II” with representatives from National Trail Raceway
No registration is required. Admission to the activities and the entire museum is $7 for adults, $3 for children, $5 for seniors and FREE for members of The Works.
The Works is a family destination and educational facility located at 55 S. 1st Street in Newark. The Museum, gallery and gift shop are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays (Oct. – April only) from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 740-349-9277 or visit www.attheworks.org
Student Poetry Contest - Newark. April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate the Newark Library is sponsoring a Poetry Contest for students in grades 4 through 6. Submissions may be made through a student’s teacher or as an individual. Home schoolers are encouraged to submit their poems. The students’ poems may be on any topic, but the Library has the right to refuse an entry that is in bad taste or too mature for the intended audience. Entries will be accepted from March 15 through April 12, and prize winners will be notified by April 23. First, second and third place will be awarded for each grade level. All entries will be displayed in the Children’s Room after the judging. Call the Children’s Department at 349.5550 for more information on how to enter the contest.
Easter Egg-stravaganza - Infirmary Mound Park. Bring your family to the Licking Park District’s annual Easter Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, April 3. The largest egg hunt in Licking County will have over 5,000 candy and prize filled eggs. Everyone in your family can take part in the Easter egg games, face painting, a petting zoo, and pony rides (for an additional fee). Everyone has a chance to take home prizes and candy. There is a $3 fee per participant. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at Infirmary Mound Park’s shelter house #5 with events beginning at 2:00 p.m. The egg hunt will start promptly at 3:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit the programs and facilities of the Licking Park District. Limited food and drink will be available. For more information, please call the Licking Park District at (740) 587-2535 or visit www. lickingparkdistrict.com.
Long Rifle Exhibit - Marietta. The Association of Ohio Long Rifle Collectors will hold their 35th Annual Exhibit on April 10 and 11 at the Hotel Lafayette in historic Marietta. Approximately 400 of the finest Ohio muzzleloading rifles will be exhibited. The featured gunsmith this year is Peter Albert Reinhard. Members and exhibitors can often identify longrifles that visitors bring to the show, establishing age and historical significance for owners. Public viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. Admission is $2.
Delbert McClinton - Newark. Three-time Grammy winner and great American vocalist Delbert McClinton is touring in support of his most recent release Room To Breathe. Delbert McClinton will appear at The Midland Theatre, 36 North Park Place, Newark, on Sat., March 27, at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.). McClinton’s music includes well known titles, such as Top 40 hit, Giving It Up For Your Love, and Sending Me Angels. Delbert McClinton’s music is infused with blues, rock and jazz. Tickets are $28.50, $37.50, and $45. To purchase tickets, Call 740/345-LIVE (5483), visit www. midlandtheatre.org , or stop by The Midland box office at 36 North Park Place, Monday – Friday, 9 am. to 4 p.m. and one hour before the show. Add $2 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.