Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Create Your Own Backyard Arboretum- Saturday, April 14, 9 – 11 a.m. Become the envy of the neighborhood and learn firsthand from our horticulture experts how to create your “arboretum” at home. This class covers basic principles of design, great plant choices, and where to site plants. Additionally, our staff shares innovative and practical tips that will help get the most out of gardening efforts and dollars! $15/$10 members, meet at the Visitors Center.
Living Art – an Introduction to Bonsai- Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, April 21, 9 – 11 a.m. Explore this fascinating living horticultural art form! The aesthetic appreciation and fundamentals of classical Bonsai is covered in this two-session course. Part one covers the history of bonsai, types of plants, cultural needs, containers, and tools with a major emphasis on pruning and styling of trees. During the second session, students plant their trees in a bonsai container and take them home to nurture. Materials for the course include one tree, bonsai container, planting material, wire and an Art Of Bonsai booklet! $40/$30 members; register by April 11, meet at the Zand Education Center.
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. More more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Here Comes Peter Cottontail - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. This family Easter event from 10:00-11:30 a.m., 1:00-2:30 p.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, includes a wildlife display, kids crafts, egg hunt and an opportunity to get your child’s photo get your photo taken with a real rabbit! Program is for kids infant to 11 years old. Cost is $3 per child. Pre-register by calling (740) 967-8320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning Birdwatching Walk - William C Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join avid birdwatcher, Margaret Bowman at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, as we step outside and help you identify the common birds of Ohio. FREE.
Ohio Spring Dairy Spectacular - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Spring Dairy Expo incorporates a trade show and large national cattle show as well as youth competitions and live cattle auctions March 29-31. Hours are Thursday - 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Saturday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free, for more information visit. www.springdairyexpo.com
Small Business Taxation Workshop- Newark. Licking County Library in conjunction with East Central Ohio SCORE will host a small business taxation workshop presented by Phil Renard, President of Fox Accounting Services. Some of the topics to be discussed are commingling company and personal funds, determining vehicle expenses, distinguishing employees from contract laborers, knowing when to ask for help, and more. Join us on Monday,
April 9th at 5:30 p.m. in the 1st floor meeting room B of the Newark Library. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required; reserve your spot today. Please call 740.349.5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street for more information. Refreshments will be served.
International Quilt Festival - Cincinnati. The spring edition of the Festival is expected to attract almost 20,000 quilt artists, lovers and collectors April 13-15 to the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. The Festival features more than 500 quilts, textiles and wearable art on display; 68 classes, lectures and special events and shopping in almost 350 booths for quilts, fabrics, books, notions, crafts, patterns, machines and sewing supplies. Hours are Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 15 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $10 general, $8 seniors 65+ and students. Children 10 and under admitted free with paying adult. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.quilts.com
Granville Daffodil Show & Sale - Granville. This annual event features over 300 daffodil specimens on display, as well as information on the care and feeding of daffodils. Many varieties will be available to order. This year’s exhibit will showcase 60+ spring floral arrangements of all sizes and shapes; created by members of the Granville Garden Club. Flower show displays and arrangements will celebrate the show’s theme: Our Favorite Songs. Celebrate Spring in the Village of Granville on Saturday, April 14. New Location for 2012: Bryn Du Mansion. Children are welcome. FREE, visit www.granvillegardenclub.com for more information.
Children’s Spring Hat Parade - Newark. The Davis-Shai House is featuring a FREE children’s Spring Hat Parade on Monday, April 16, 5: 30 to 7 p.m. for children ages 2 through 10 throughout Licking County. It’s an indoor parade, it’s a free event, and children will receive treats along the parade path. You will receive a bag as you register and as you take the tour of our decorated house, volunteers will be passing out treats. You will end up in the Camelot room all decorated for spring. Bring your camera; there will be several places to take a wonderful photo. Wear your spring Bonnet, spring hat or a creative spring hat you have made. Pre-registration required. Call (740) 788-8942 for registration information.
Ohio Barn Conference - Summit County. Come join barn enthusiasts, barn owners and maybe even a few barn “huggers” at Ohio’s only annual barn tour and conference to be held in the Cuyahoga Valley of Summit County Ohio. Friday, April 27’s day-long barn tour will visit several magnificent century barns and will also include lunch. Saturday, April 28’s barn conference will feature local historians, guest speakers, demonstrations, a silent auction and, as usual, a good dose of barn lore. One barn tour stop will be the Brown/ Bender barn. A three story tall large bank barn with two sunken haymows and a center granary built in 1896. An example of adaptive re-use will be the Canal Corners Farmer’s Market barn, which is a modified Wisconsin barn, made of timbers milled in Tennessee and brought to Ohio in 1913. Several other interesting barns used for agriculture and adaptive re-use will be visited as well. Rudy Christian and Larry Sulzer, the Barn Detectives, will be there to explain the barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for the tour. Scott Carlson, an accomplished timber framer and woodworker is Saturday’s keynote speaker. Charles Leik from the National Barn Alliance will speak on the future of America’s barns as well as the NBA’s accomplishments and future goals. There will be barn survey exhibits, antique tool exhibits, a bookstore, barn models as well as a silent auction filled with interesting items and much more! Visit www.friendsofohiobarns.org for more information and to register to attend the Ohio Barn Conference.
Rosanne Cash - Newark. The Midland Theatre welcomes the eldest child of Johnny Cash. Rosanne Cash has acclaimed success with 11 No. 1 singles, blurring the genres of country, rock, roots and pop. This Grammy Award Winner and nine-time nominee, delivers a highly personal, yet universally appealing writing style, which has also manifest in her parallel prose career. Her most recent release, “The List,” pulls from “100 Essential Country Songs” Johnny Cash put on a legal pad for Cash’s early music “education.” A songwriter to the core, she approached each composition in search of its particular essence, resulting in a masterpiece! Friday, April 20, 8 p.m., visit midlandtheatre.org for more information.
Ricky Nelson Remembered - Newark. The Midland Theatre presents a unique multi-media rock ‘n roll concert experience featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs, including “ Hello Mary Lou,” “ Travellin’ Man,” and “Garden Party,” performed by Ricky’s twin sons Matthew & Gunnar. With never before seen footage of the Nelson family, and interviews from Paul McCartney, Kris Kristofferson and more! A wonderful show! Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m., visit midlandtheatre.org for more information.
Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged - Newark. Three area actors will attempt to do The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged in about 90 minutes March 22 - April 1. A feat that would be considered a major accomplishment within its own right, but this troupe goes one better...they do it by the seat of their pants. Expect a lot of sight gags and laughs as we explore this parody of the Bard’s collection. Due to mature themes and language, this show may not be suitable for children. Performances are at 8 p.m. March 22-24 and March 29-31; and at 2 p.m. on March 25 and April 1. Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students. Tickets are available online day or night at lickingcountyplayers.org or call our Box Office at 740- 349-2287. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 7 to 9pm during performance weeks. All performances are located in a cozy 100-seat theatre at 131 West Main Street in downtown Newark. For more information, visit www.lickingcountyplayers.org