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.
“Having a Ball” - Newark. The Licking County Historical Society showcase the homes of local architect George Ball on Sunday, April 25, with a lecture and exhibit of his works, followed by a tour of six of his houses in our community. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. at the Buckingham Meeting House, 6 N 6th Street, Newark. The event is open to the public. Cost is $8 for LCHS members and $10 for non-members.
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.
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.
All-Breed Dog Show - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Central Ohio Kennel Club is holding its annual AKC licensed all breed dog show on Sunday, April 25 in the Buckeye Building at the Ohio Expo Center. The show is the perfect lace to talk to breed experts about topics such as training, grooming and the right breed for your lifestyle. Don’t miss the performance of “Dancing with the Dogs” prior to Group and Best in Show judging. All day admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. Families pay no more than $10.
Wedding Open House - Columbus. The Ohio Statehouse will hold a free open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 25 to highlight their wedding program. The open house will be held in the beautiful Ohio Statehouse Rotunda and Atrium in the heart of downtown Columbus. The open house will highlight the beautiful venues and the services provided by each of the Ohio Statehouse caterers. The Statehouse caterers include: Catering by Design, Creative Cuisine, Spagio Restaurant Catering and Vito’s Catering. Cake displays will be provided by Alice’s Piece of Cake and Ruthie’s Cakes & Desserts
Meet the Author - Newark. Come and meet some local authors at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, in the 1st floor Meeting Room of the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street. Three authors are featured; each will share information about their books, how they got started, where they get their ideas and more. Books will be for sale at the program. Authors are:
• Denise Verrico ~ Her novel “Cara Mia” is the first in a series on vampires. The story features a strong heroine and promises a new sci-fi twist on the genre. Her second book will be out later this year.
• Bill Queen ~ He has written several books with his newest being “Temper” set in central Ohio during the 1950’s and 60’s. Queen is also the author of “A Year of Fear - The Story of the .22 Calibre- Killers that took place in Licking County, in 1977.
• Joe Hill ~ Hill has written two books. “Shattered dreams” is based on the author’s personal experiences during the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961. His last book was “Red Cloud’s Revenge”.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information call 740.349.5553 or visit www. lickingcountylibrary.info.
‘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 Fran- cisco 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.
Madcap Puppets - Newark. Everyone is invited to a free Madcap Puppets presentation and a tour and open house hosted by the Newark Campus Child Development Center (CDC) at COTC/OSUNewark. The open house will be held on Thursday, April 29, at 6 p.m., 1159 University Drive, Newark. The Madcap Puppet show will be held in The John Gilbert Reese Center immediately following the open house. Aesop’s Fables will be presented by the Madcap Puppets, a giant puppet theatre company from Cincinnati. Using animals as characters, Aesop’s Fables offers life lessons and morals in funfilled stories. The Newark Campus Child Development Center serves children ages 18 months to 12 years, and services are available to families in the community as well as the campus.
Trout Derby - Heath. The annual Trout Derby at T.J. Evans Park is a sure and certain sign that warmer weather is on the way. On the first Saturday in May, both young and old, gather to try their luck at catching some of the freshly stocked trout.
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 Paddle- Palooza—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.
Heisey Wind Ensemble - Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble celebrates the band’s 25th anniversary at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. The 55 member concert band is under the direction of Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands and Professor of Music at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The concert will be held on the campus of the Central Ohio Technical College/Ohio State University’s Newark branch. Among the featured works will be “Noble Deeds” by Charles Rochester Young which was commissioned by the HWE courtesy of David Brobst. Other selections include “Children’s March” by Percy Grainger, “Valdres” by Johannes Hanssen, “Nimrod” from _Enigma Variations_ by Edward Elgar, a tribute to George Gershwin arranged by Warren Barker, “Who’s Who in Navy Blue” by John Philip Sousa, and two works by contemporary composer Eric Whitacre “October” and “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas” (and yes, the title says it all.) HWE Conductor Laureate Richard Blatti returns to conduct a medley of selections from the Broadway classic “Fiddler On the Roof”. The concert concludes with Carmen Dragon’s “America, The Beautiful.” $10 adults, $5 for seniors (60+) and students, under 12 free.
Hookahville 33 - Thornville. Trickle Productions LLC presents Hookahville XXXIII a threeday music and camping event Memorial Day weekend. Lineup announced so far: Two nights of ekoostik hookah (Friday and Sunday night), two sets Gov’t Mule (Saturday night), two sets Michael Franti, Larry Keel Natural Bridge, Zach Deputy, The Ark Band, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Boogie Matrix, Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk, and more TBA. Hookahville has designated camping areas for the handicapped, families and those wishing a quiet camping area. Children 12 and under are admitted free, and the festival is an all ages event. Camping is included in the price of admission. Alcohol is not sold at Hookahville; however you are free to bring your own. Presale tickets are available online. Each Hookahville ticket includes music, camping and parking from Friday at 8 AM through Monday at noon. Children 12 and under are admitted to the festival free with a paid adult. For more information visit www. hookahville.com