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.
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.dawesarb.org
Landscaping For Wildlife - Newark. Grab your gloves and garden tools and join the volunteers at the William C. Kraner Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, as we weed, mulch and plant those shrubs and flowers that attract wildlife. We’ll have hand outs on how to landscape for wildlife. FREE!
Equine Affaire - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The four days, April 12-15, of this event - the nation’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering - are packed with educational clinics, seminars, demonstrations by top industry professionals, an extensive trade show, evening entertainment and more. Hours : Thursday - Saturday - 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets: Adult (single-day) - $15; Adult (four-day) - $50; Youth (age 7 - 10, single day) - $8; Child (6 and under) - Free. Parking is $5 for daily single-entry or $20 for four-day retry parking pass.
Parking: The single- entry daily parking fee will be $5, and four-day parking passes (allowing re-entry to the event) will be available for $20. For more information, please visit www.equineaffaire.com
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.
Creating Cottage Foods - Shawnee. Southern Perry Incubation Center for Entrepreneurs (SPICE) is sponsoring “Creating Cottage Foods in Your Home” from 1 - 4 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at the Tecumseh Commons Internet Café, 114 W. Main St., Shawnee. The workshop covers: Ohio cottage food laws; weighting; measuring; leabeling regulations and instructions; packaging options; farm market sales and more. It will help you learn how to sell your spcial food item made in your home kitchen. Cost is $10 and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information call SPICE at 740-394-2200.
Spring Job Fair - Newark. Licking County Opportunity Links, the local One Stop Employment & Training Center, is hosting a Spring Job Fair from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, April 18, at Opportunity Links, 998 E. Main Street, Newark. The Expo features 15 employers with employment opportunities in heathcare, manufacturing, warehouse, janitorial, merchandisers, maintenance technicians and more. The Expo is free and open to the public.
Forum on drilling and fracking - Denison University, Granville. Denison University will host a third forum in its series on traditional gas drilling as well as hydraulic fracturing in Ohio and Licking County at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in the lecture hall of the Burton D. Morgan Center (150 Ridge Road). The forum will focus on what the county is doing to prepare for increased drilling activity and what citizens can do to protect their drinking water, land and county roads. The forum is sponsored by Denison University’s Sustainability program and is free and open to the public.
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.
Small Business Tax Workshop - New Lexington. Southern Perry Incubation Center for Entrepreneurs (SPICE) is sponsoring a small business tax workshop from 2 - 4 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at the Perry County Senior Center, 520 1st St., New Lexington. The workshop will cover: options for legal entity; valid business expenses; substantiation of business expenses; business accounts; payment of estimated tax; and self-employment, employment and income taxes. Cost is $10 and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information call SPICE at 740-394-2200.
Self-Defense Program - Hebron. The Hebron Library is hosting the free program, “This World In Self-Defense (W.I.S.D.)” presented by Grandmaster Jon M Stephen from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the library. The program is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is required; call 740.928.3923.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. Join the Thurston-Walnut Township Firefighters Association for breakfast at the firehouse from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 21. The menu is sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, coffee, milk, tea and orange juice. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Firefighters will be happy to answer any questions about the department or your health. Tshirts and reflective address signs will be available for purchase. Pick-up orders are welcome. Call 740-862-6542.
Heisey Wind Ensemble Winter Concert - Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents the fourth and final concert of their 2012-12 season at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at The Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark/ COTC. The concert theme is “An Evening at The Pops”. Music selections will include George Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture”, Leonard Bernsteins “Three Dance Episodes from On The Town”, John Williams “The Cowboys”, a tribute to Henry Mancini, and selections from the Broadway musicals “My Fair Lady” and “Les Miserables.” Tickets are $15 adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and students $5