Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Birding Fundamentals Lecture Series: Session III - The Walk- Saturday, May 7, 7 – 10 a.m. Whether just starting out or you’re a seasoned birder and you need a refresher course, these fundamental sessions are perfect! Session III is a bird walk! The walk tests the knowledge gained in sessions I and II for an enjoyable early morning walk. Save money by signing up for multiple sessions. $15/$10 members (individual session), $25/$15 members (two sessions), $35/$20 members (three sessions), meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
Plant Sale & Garden Fair- Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pay a visit to our spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair featuring live and silent auctions. Purchase from many gems grown in The Arboretum’s nursery—several are rare and hard to find in local garden centers and nurseries. A variety of annuals, perennials, herbs and garden vegetables will be available for a one-stop shopping experience. Check out merchants and professionals offering wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor. The aroma of food will surely entice you to stay for lunch! Wagons are welcome to transport all of your treasures.
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.
Going to the Birds - Cumberland. The Wilds, one of the largest conservation centers in the world, is offering a bevy of birding events in 2011. Birding events offered are:
Avian Photography Weekend - May 20-22, 2011 from 6 p.m. on Friday to 12 p.m. on Sunday. Head out on safari in search of migrating birds amid spectacular scenery - without ever leaving Ohio - at the Wilds, designated an “Important Bird Area” by the Audubon Society. At a pace that allows ample time to explore the decisive visual moments, you’ll learn photo techniques from expert photographers and build your portfolio of stunning flora, landscapes, and wildlife during this exclusive opportunity. This weekend is facilitated by Jerry Jividen and Barbara Jividen of Naturally Wild Photo Adventures.
7th Annual Birding by Ear Weekend - May 20-22, 2011 from 6 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. on Sunday. This workshop is a great way to learn bird vocalizations, meet new birding friends, see abundant grassland birds, learn to connect habitats with their inhabitants, and explore the uncharted bird spots at the Wilds. Classes and activities are available for beginner, intermediate, and expert birders. This weekend is facilitated by Al Parker, accomplished naturalist and professionally trained wildlife biologist.
Raptor Photo Shoot - May 22, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Expand your raptor identification skills and your portfolio of stunning raptors in natural landscapes, during this exclusive opportunity. Staff from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be on-hand with many birds of prey to photograph; all you need is a camera. Learn photo techniques from expert photographers, Jerry Jividen and Barbara Jividen of Naturally Wild Photo Adventures.
For more information on these events, including cost, please visit the Wilds website at www.thewilds.org or, to register please call 740-638-5030 x2286, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at https://reservations. thewilds.org. The registration deadline for these events is Sunday, May 8.
Magic of the Carousel - Mansfield. Visitors will have the rare opportunity Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to tour Carousel Works and discover how a carousel is brought to life. Carousel Works is home to 28 talented artisans who specialize in all aspects of carousel manufacturing ranging from design, carving, woodworking, pattern making, casting, engineering, machine shop techniques, artistic painting, sculpture and management. Tickets to the event are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets are recommended and available online at www.mansfieldartcenter.org or www.carouselworks.com, or by calling (800) 965-9324 and mentioning event 241517. All proceeds from the tour will benefit children’s art education scholarships at the Mansfield Art Center. Carousel Works is the world’s largest manufacturer of wooden carousels.
Civil War Encampment - Ohio Statehouse lawn, Columbus. Civil War re-enactors will offer living history lessons during a 1860s-era encampment of Union Army Troops on the West lawn (High Street) of the Ohio Statehouse from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. The event recreates proceedings very similar to the actual camp life at the Statehouse during the Civil War, which began 150 years ago in 1861. Union Army Troops used the Ohio Statehouse grounds and interior as they awaited their orders to depart for combat between 1861 and 1864 at the height of the American Civil War. Encampment activities will include interactive talks, demonstrations and re-enactments of camp and civilian life in mid-19th century America. Civil War cannon firing demonstrations will take place at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. both days. The demonstrations are designed to highlight history during the Civil War and involve the safe use of one of the four original Civil War cannons that reside on the Statehouse grounds. In the event of inclement weather, the encampment will be moved indoors to the Statehouse Rotunda, Atrium and Crypt. The event is free and open to the public.
Chadwick Arboretum Spring Plant Sale, Auction, and Gardening Fair - Ohio State University, Columbus. More than 650 varieties of uncommon plants and proven performers for Ohio’s climate and soil conditions will be available. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, May 6-7. Gardeners looking for unusual selections, particularly trees or shrubs, will want to make sure they attend one of the sale’s auctions, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The auctions generally last for an hour and a half to two hours. A list of auction items and a comprehensive list (16 pages long) of everything expected to be available at the sale are both on the arboretum’s website, http://chadwickarboretum. osu.edu. The sale is open to the public 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. This year, the event is located at the northwest corner of Lane Avenue and Fred Taylor Drive, one block east of Rt. 315. Parking is available in the nearby Bill Davis Baseball Stadium lot, located northwest of the Schottenstein Center. Offerings at the plant sale include native plants, heirloom vegetables, herbs, hostas and other perennials, annuals and tropicals, hanging baskets, unusual and dwarf conifers, rain garden plants, roses, as well as garden art and gifts for Mother’s Day.
Ancestry.com Program - Newark. The Licking County Library is offering an Ancestry.com program on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 5:30-7:30. This is a hands on program and is limited to 10 people with registration required. Visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street in Newark or call 740.349.5553 for more information and for registration.
Digital Downloads Class - Newark. Learn how to use your Licking County Library card to download free materials to your MP3 players, eReaders and computers. You can check out audiobooks, eBooks and more! May classes will be at the Newark Library on May 12th at 2 pm and May 19th at 6 pm. Registration is required for these classes so please call 740-349-5553 to reserve your spot.
Plant Sale - Newark. The Newark Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 14, starting at 9:00 a.m. at 1411 Sherwood Downs Road W., Newark. It includes include perennials, annuals, hanging baskets and a bake sale. Contact Gale Ann at 740-366-7160 for more information.
Master Gardeners Plant Sale - Newark. The Licking County Master Gardener volunteers annual plant and bake sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at 473 Hudson Avenue, Newark. The sale includes vegetables, herbs and perennials. It is held in conjunction with the annual Hudson Avenue Yard Sale. Proceeds help fund the junior gardening program which is free to children six years of age and up.Visit us at http://licking.osu.edu for more imformation and local Master Gardener events.
Baltimore Clean Up Day - Baltimore. Residents can put unlimited amounts of residential trash (no liquid paint, car parts or batteries, tires, freon containing appliances or other hazardous waste) out for pickup on Monday, May 9.
Baltimore Postal Food Drive - Baltimore. The Annual NALC/ Post Office Food Drive is set for Saturday, May 14 for residents in the Baltimore delivery area. Just place non-perishable food items in your mailbox for your carrier to pick up. Rural customers should place all their items in the mailbox, not on the ground. All donations will go to the Baltimore-Thurston Area Food Pantry.
Spring Shopping Expo - Indian Mound Mall, Heath. Check out dozens of vendors from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Indian Mound Mall. Vendors will have drawings and prizes.
Mother’s Day Flower Sale - Thurston. The Thurston Firefighters Association Annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale is set fro May 6 -8. A colorful variety of geraniums ranging from $2.50 to $17 are available at the fire station at 8474 High St., Thurston. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 8.
Free Fishing Days - statewide. On Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, Ohio anglers may fish in any of the state’s public waters without having to buy a fishing license. Ohio’s Free Fishing Days were established in 1993 to promote fishing and allow Ohioans to experience fishing before buying a license. The offer is open to Ohio residents, and extends to all public waters including Lake Erie and the Ohio River. An estimated 1.3 million people fish each year in Ohio.
It’s a great time to teach a kid to fish. An Ohio fishing license costs $19 per year for residents.
Poppy Day - Millersport. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 637 members will be distributing poppies downtown and in businesses starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7. Poppy Day is sponsored each year by the American Legion Auxiliary to remind Americans of the sacrifice of life and health made by the men and women of our armed forces. They are handmade by our disabled veterans and are never sold. Contributions are devoted entirely to rehabilitation and child welfare efforts for veterans and their families.
Spaghetti Dinner - New Salem. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the New Salem United Methodist Church. $5 per person.
Laker Softball Fundraiser – Thurston. Millersport Laker Softball presents a restaurant fundraiser at PIZZA “Ria’s” Too in Thurston from 3-9 p.m. on Monday, May 9. Please call (740) 862-5969 to order pizza, subs, bread sticks, chicken fingers, salads, lasagna, and/or spaghetti. Present this announcement when you pick up your order and 10 percent of your purchase will go to the Millersport Laker Softball program. PIZZA “Ria’s” Too is at 2330 Main St, Thurston, 4.2 miles on Old Millersport Road from the school’s speed limit sign, turn left onto Ohio 256 (Main Street), it’s third on the left after crossing the railroad tracks.
Chicken Dinner - Millersport. Enjoy a chicken dinner from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, at the Millersport Fire Station. Dinner is a 1/4 chicken with noodles, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, rolls, desserts and drinks for a donation. Proceeds will be used for station maintenance and new equipment. Senior citizen delivery available by calling 467-2646.
Go Fly a Kite - Buckeye Lake. Come out to Buckeye Lake VFW Post 1388 on Ohio 360 from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7, to see how many kites can fly at once. Bring your kite or use one of our’s if you don’t have one. Rain date is the same time on Saturday, May 14.
Flint Ridge State Memorial And Museum Opening - Glenford. Opening day for this ancient quarry site of Native Americans is Saturday, May 7. It is famous for its high quality and colorful flint. A museum displays the qualities of flint and Native American uses of it. Several hiking trails bring the visitor close to ancient quarry pits as they wind their way through a diversity rich forest of abundant wildlife and plant communities. Located three miles north of US 40 at Brownsville on Licking County Road 668. Visit www.ohiohistory.org/places/flint/ for more information.
Newark Earthworks Public Access Day - Newark. This National Historic Landmark is a place where visitors can explore a 2,000 year-old geometric earthworks that served both cathedral and astronomical observatories for the people know to archaeologists as the Hopewell culture. Owned by the Ohio Historical Society, the Newark Earthworks State memorial includes the Great Circle Earthworks State Memorial, Octagon Earthworks, and the Wright Earthworks. During Public Access Days, you can access the Octagon Earthworks. Tuesday, May 31, visit www.ohiohistory.org for more information.
Licking County Recycling - Newark. Bring your tires and appliances to the Licking County Garage, 775 E. Main St., Newark, between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 14. Appliances are $5 each or $10 for those with freon. Limit 10 tires at $5 and up each.
Johnny Clem Memorial Breakfast - Newark. The Licking County Historical Society invites you to attend our annual breakfast to honor local Civil War Hero, John Lincoln Clem. Join us at the Buckingham Meeting House in Veterans’ Park on Saturday, May 21, 8-11:30 p.m. This delicious breakfast buffet includes music, speakers, Civil War displays...and even a visit from Johnny and his sister Lizzie! Visit www.lchsohio.org for more information.
Ham and Eggs Program – Lancaster. For 40 years the Lancaster Men’s Chorus has been entertaining crowds with its hilarious antics and talented singers. The first half of their show will feature a presentation with a theme based off of a popular TV series featuring songs, dances and skits from the past 40 years. Performances are at 8 p.m. on May 18-21, in the Jeffrey Wagner Theatre at the Ohio University-Lancaster Campus on Ohio 37 in Lancaster. Proceeds provide scholarships for Fairfield County students who are planning to continue their education in the field of music. Tickets are available from any chorus member or by calling State Farm Insurance agent Maureen Cefalu at 740-654- 0332. The chorus is directed by Mark Severance and accompanied by Parry Norris. The first half is directed by Mark Loy.
A Tribute to Eva Cassidy featuring Shawna Corder - Midland Theatre, Newark. This 8 p.m. performance on May 13, by Shawna Corder pays tribute to an amazing vocalist known for her jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. Eva and her amazing voice was taken from us much too soon. Tickets prices: $20 for general seating & Gold Circle tickets with dinner catered by The Chophouse are $75 each. To purchase tickets, call 740/345- LIVE (5483) Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the web at www.midlandtheatre.org.
Doo Wop - Midland Theatre, Newark. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, award winning producer Richard Nader brings some of the best, most loved rock n’ roll music of the 50’s starring The Drifters featuring Charlie Thomas (Save The Last Dance For Me), The Marcels (Blue Moon) and The Vogues (5 O’Clock World). Tickets prices: $55, $45, $40, $30 and $25 To purchase tickets, call 740/345-LIVE (5483) Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the web at www.midlandthe-