Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Walk with a Doc - Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Dawes Arboretum is proud to present the Walk with a Doc program to help encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. WWAD was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist who practices with Mount Carmel Clinical Cardiovascular Specialists. Improve your health and well-being by joining a walk and getting tips from a physician. Our first WWAD program was held during the August Night Hike at The Arboretum and was attended by over 100 people of all ages! More opportunities for this program are coming soon! October 22, from 9:30 until 11:30am is another chance to join WWAD this year. Continue striving to make positive health choices by listening to advice from a practicing physician or jumpstart a new plan to get your health on track with this program.
Nuts & Drupes of Seed Propagation Saturday, Sept. 17, 9 – 11:30 a.m. This class provides the knowledge to propagate from seed a large diversity of native and non-native woody trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines. During the class, students canvas the grounds for seeds of many unusual and rare plants in our collections and, after a brief discussion of the specific pre-treatments required for seed propagation, enjoy the process of rearing plants from seed at home.
Mushrooms 102- Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 – 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. – noon (mini-foray). This class and mini-foray places an emphasis on the gilled mushrooms (Agarics). In addition to spore print color, participants look at structural features of the mushroom such as cap, stem, mode of gill attachment, presence or absence of partial and universal veils and some of the technical jargon used to describe these features taught by members of the Ohio Mushroom Society. A Saturday morning mini-foray follows the class so you may test your new fungi knowledge. $15/$10 members, meet at the Visitors Center.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Vistors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. More more information vist www.dawes arb.org
Queen of the Lake II cruises - North Shore boat ramp, Buckeye Lake. Take a relaxing cruise on beautiful and historic Buckeye Lake at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through October. $10 per person with children 5 and under, free. For more information visit buckeyelakehistory.org
Shale Oil and Gas Development Educational Forum - COTC, Newark. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark will host an educational forum on Marcellus/Utica shale oil and gas development. The forum will be held on Thursday, September 15, 7 - 9 p.m., in the COTC/Ohio State Newark campus’s John Gilbert Reese Center’s Alford Performing Arts Hall. The event is free and open to all. Attendees will be able to gather essential information on pre-drilling, drilling, and post-drilling topics critical to oil and gas development, including: oil drilling, land owner rights, legal implications of leasing, and potential workforce impact of this growing industry. Experts from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, The Ohio State University, and the Ohio Farm Bureau will lead the discussion and answer questions from the audience.
Go Pink at The Mill – Granville Milling, Granville. Granville Milling is thinking pink as they host the second annual Go Pink at the Mill event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. The event is one of more than 50 events taking place across the United States this October as part of Purina’s second annual “Pink 50 Campaign,” an effort to unite animal lovers everywhere and raise awareness and support for breast cancer research through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Area families are invited to attend and help make a difference. Go Pink at the Mill will feature a fun walk, for which participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling or visiting the store. The cost is $10 and includes a t-shirt and registration to win door prizes. During the walk, participants will stop at the local farmers market, where they will also receive a gift bag. The event will also feature a petting zoo, dunk tank, tractor and truck show, food and merchandise vendors and in-store specials. A local mammographer will also be on-site to answer any questions and provide valuable information to women regarding breast health. Vouchers will also be distributed for free mammograms that will take place the following weekend at Fairfield Medical Center. Funds raised at Granville Milling’s Go Pink at the Mill event will benefit Fairfield Medical Center Mammography.
Lasagna Gardening - Newark. First time home owner or just want to learn new skills? Stop by the library to learn how to de-clutter your space, manage your household budget, DIY tips and tricks from Lowes, and much more! Every Thursday evening in September is a different session so check out the library’s website, www.lickingcountylibrary.info, or Facebook page for more information. These classes will take place each Thursday in September in the small first floor meeting room at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required. On Thursday, Sept. 15, join Master Gardener Dick Baltsiberger to learn more about lasagna gardening. It’s a great time of year to start this type of garden!
Native American & Pioneer Cultural Event - The Ridge Museum, Brownsville. It’s The Ridge Museum’s Second Annual Native American & Pioneer Cultural Event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sept. 24-25, featuring arts, crafts, exhibits and demonstrations from the Pioneer and Native American eras. Free and open to the public. The museum is on Flint Ridge Road off Ohio 668 between US 40 and Ohio 16.
Devine Farms - Hebron. Devine Farms Pumpkin Festival opens Sept. 24- 25 weekend! Wagon rides, corn maze, pumpkin painting, air-brushed pumpkins & the Barrel Train Ride! Activities/ events held on weekends. FREE admission and parking - many activities $1-$2. Military discount is available for active duty military and their family, 672 National Rd. Visit www.devinefarm.com for more information.
Rhythm & Ribs - Croton. Rhythm & Ribs 2011 is Sept. 17- 18 at the Hartford Fair Grounds with gates opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. This two day event features delicious food, great music and much more. Enjoy a kid zone, NASCAR simulator, crafts and a beer & wine garden. Admission/ Grand Stand seating is $5 pp/ pday! (Track Seating: $15), Camp sites available Friday & Saturday for $30/night. (call 740-403- 0579 for camping info) Purchase tickets for this fun filled event at Park National Bank Branches in Utica, Johnstown, and in Newark at the 21st Street, 30th Street & Downtown locations.
Grasstowne - Buckeye Valley Bluegrass Opry, Hebron. National Bluegrass Chart topper Grasstowne appears at Hebron’s House of Bluegrass, 2300 National Road SW (US 40), at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23. Grasstowne’s recently released CD Kickin up Dust is ranked in the Top 10 on the National Bluegrass Survey. Tickets are $12 advance online at www.americanbluegrass.org or $15 at the door. Doors open at 3 p.m. with Miller’s Family Amish Kitchen & Bakery opening in the Red Trolley Cafe at 4 p.m. For more information visit www.americanbluegrass.org.