Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Arbor Day Festival - Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m .– 4 p.m., Free, It’s Arbor Day! Festival activities usher in spring and summer at The Arboretum. 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 kid’s 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.
MS Walk - The Dawes Arboretum. Join the National MS Society and walk to create a world free of MS at The Dawes Arboretum on Saturday, April 17. Enjoy one of the premier public gardens in North America by strolling the beautiful grounds, lush gardens and lakeside views. Check in begins at 8:00 a.m. The route is approximately 3-miles long and fully accessible.
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.
Newark Earthworks Programming, Tours - Newark. The Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) is now the official provider of guided tours and educational programming at the Newark Earthworks. Next week, the public can tour the Earthworks during scheduled “golf free days” from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 19. The NEC will offer Native American storytelling by Mark Welsh on Sunday at 1 and at 3 p.m., and hands-on activities, including atlatl throwing and crafts, both days. To schedule a tour or to learn more about the Newark Earthworks Center, call 740.345.8224, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://bit.ly/NewarkEarthworksCenter.
Designer Bear Sale - Buckeye Lake. A sale of designer bears from the estate of the late Norma Dixon will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society & Museum on April 23, 24 and 25. Her collection included Raikes, Lou Rankin, Boyd’s, Paddington Cottage Collectables and Applause Bears. All proceeds go toward the expansion of the Buckeye Lake Museum. Admission to the museum will be free for the three days of each sale. For more information visit www.buckeyelakehistory. org or call 740-929-1998.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 17 at the fire station. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carry-out orders are welcomed: call 740-862-6542. Firefighters will answer your questions about smoke/CO detectors, blood pressure, diabetic sugar checks and medication lists. They will also be taking orders for Tshirts and reflective address signs, which help them locate you in the event of an emergency.
Daffodil Show - Granville. The Granville Garden Club’s annual Daffodil Show is set for Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18 at the College Town Center, 334 East Broadway. Admission is free. More than 300 daffodil specimens will be on display, many of which can be ordered.
Kar Shoz for Kidz - North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. It’s car show season. Come out Saturday, April 24 to beautiful Buckeye Lake. Registration at $7 per vehicle is from noon to 3 p.m. with awards announced at 4:30 p.m. and the 50/50 drawing at 5 p.m. Hot dog, chips & soda or coffee available for $2. Proceeds benefit the Buckeye Lake Community Christmas Celebration.
‘Planetwalker’ speaks Denison University, Granville. John Francis, an environmental activist known as the “Planetwalker,” will lecture as a part of the Denison Goodspeed Series at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, in the Barney-Davis Hall Board Room (200 West Loop). Francis’ discussion on “Redefining Environment” is free and open to the public. In his lecture, Francis will discuss how the current environmental crisis mirrors worldwide social and economic injustice. In order to face this environmental problem, he maintains that people must realize that their connection to the earth and each other is the core of this crisis. After witnessing a San Francisco Bay oil spill in 1971, Francis gave up the use of motor vehicles due to a feeling of responsibility for the gruesome event, and he took a vow of silence six months later to demonstrate his personal resolve. His vehicle-free lifestyle lasted 22 years and his silence 17 years.
PaddlePalooza - Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus. With an increasing number of Ohioans enjoying the state’s waterways, trails and campgrounds, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is promoting outdoor recreational opportunities at PaddlePalooza— Ohio’s Outdoors Expo Friday, April 30 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Kayaking, canoeing, camping, hiking and biking enthusiasts from across the state will converge in the Ohio Expo Center’s Lausche Building for PaddlePalooza, which will feature displays from ODNR’s Division of Watercraft and Ohio State Parks. PaddlePalooza features an indoor kayak demonstration pool and certified instructors from Columbus Outdoor Pursuits and a number of ongoing seminars on subjects including car-topping equipment and techniques, rigging kayaks for fishing, selecting the right mountain bike or camping tent, and new product introductions and reviews. Exhibits will feature the latest in canoes, kayaks and paddle gear, mountain bikes, camping equipment from local retailers. Canoe rental liveries and guides will share what they have to offer Ohioans seeking an outdoor water adventure. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children age 16 and younger; kids under age 5 free. Discount coupons are available at select local outdoor retailers. Visit www.paddlepalooza.net for more information.
Free AutoCAD Workshop - COTC, Newark. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is hosting a free AutoCAD (computer aided drafting) workshop on Friday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., for members of the general public interested in learning the fundamentals of the design program. The workshop will be held in LeFevre Hall, on COTC’s Newark Campus. To register, contact Michael Rice at 740.366.9139 or email email@example.com. The workshop is designed for those who have no previous experience with the design program. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the world of architecture and civil engineering through the use of computer aided drafting. This no-cost experience is a must for anyone interested in these fields. All participants will have access to a computer workstation to create and plot out drawings using AutoCAD in the COTC lab.
Star Witness - Newark. Licking County Players present the drama Star Witness April 8 through 18. Did Julie Marshall beat her fianceé to death with a fireplace poker? Her attorney, Sam Zangrillis, thinks he can prove her innocent, but District Attorney Adrienne Bancroft, a former friend and colleague of the deceased, is out for revenge. For more information call 740-349- 2287 or visit www.lickingcountyplayers. org
Wine and DIEne - Thornville. Mystery dinner theater comes to Thornville at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 23 at the Red Barn. It features BAM Mystery Players. Appetizers, lasagna dinner, and dessert will be served. Only 100 tickets are available at $20 each. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are available at Thornville Pharmacy. Trinity United Church of Christ is organizing the event. A ticket will be drawn the night of the show and the winner will receive approximately $500 to donate to their favorite charity. Call Susan Conover at 740-438- 0011 for more information.