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. 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
Eggs, Paws and Claws - Columbus. In the spirit of spring, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will host Eggs, Paws and Claws featuring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, a two-day celebration of the season, on Friday, April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children of all ages can hop to more than 20 treat stations located throughout the Zoo,have their pictures taken with the Bunny, watch our animals hunt for eggs and see Aqua-Bunny swim down the coral trail of Discovery Reef. Free with regular paid admission.
Early Migrants - Newark. Join Chris Baker at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at William C Kraner Nature Center, as we see what early Spring migratory birds have arrived. Binoculars provided or bring your own. FREE!
Senior Luncheon - Thornport. AMVETS Post #51 is sponsoring a Senior Luncheon at noon on Monday, April 9. Come enjoy a great meal of chicken and noodles, green beans, mashed potatoes and cake. There will be door prizes, 50/50 and bingo!
Learn about E- readers - Buckeye Lake. Learn about eBooks, eReaders and how to download EBooks from the library’s website from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at the Buckeye Lake Library . Space is limited so call 740-928-0472 to reserve your spot.
Clay’s Café Benefit - Buckeye Lake. Join the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce from 6 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, at the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, to help long-time member, Clay’s Café, recover from the March 15 flash flood. The evening includes food from Pizza Cottage, entertainment from the Paul Clark Party Band and DJ Randy Rocks, and live and silent auctions. Donations of cash and auction items are still needed. Call 740-348-6293.
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
Long Rifle Exhibit - Marietta. The Association of Ohio Long Rifle Collectors is holding their 37th annual exhibit on April 14- 15 at the Hotel Lafayette in Marietta. The exhibit features nearly 400 of the finest Ohio muzzle loading rifles in existence. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Admission is $5 for adults.
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.
Baked Steak Supper - Millersport. Twig 13 is sponsoring a baked steak supper from 4:40 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Millersport United Methodist Church. The menu is baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, vegetable, roll, assorted desserts and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults: children under 10 are $4. Tickets are available at the door. Supper includes a Chinese auction of themed baskets. Proceeds benefit patients at Fairfield Medical Center.
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, a Grammy Award and nine nominations. 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, 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.