Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Native Plants for the Home Landscape - 10 a.m. - noon, Saturday, May 12. Here’s your chance to discover why native plants are such a wonderful option when choosing landscape materials for the home landscape. Learn why native plants are a smart choice for a low-maintenance garden and how they benefit the ecosystem. By providing food, shelter and forage for the creatures they co-exist with, native plants are extremely beneficial wildlife plants and also help preserve biodiversity. Participants may choose one flat of native plant plugs to take home for planting based on site requirements and personal preference. Indicate flat preference when registering. Flats include a rain garden mix, dry site mix or wildlife mix. Zand Educa-
Center greenhouse classroom. $45/$35 members; registration required.
Walk with a Doc - 10 a.m. on Saturdays, May 12, May 26, June 9 and June 23. Walk with a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist who practices with Mount Carmel Clinical Cardiovascular Specialists. The Arboretum is collaborating with WWAD to help encourage healthy, physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Improve your health and well-being by joining a walk and getting tips from a physician. Free. Meet at the Visitors Center Deck to get started!
Amphibian Hunt Night Hike- Friday, May 18, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. Watch a short indoor program on amphibians and then go on an “amphibian hunt” looking and listening for these creatures! $5/members free; registration required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Plant Sale & Garden Fair - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, May 19. 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. Browse the array of wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor offered by merchants and professionals. 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. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Wild Horse & Burro Adoption - Springfield. The U.S. Department of Interior’s Wild Horse & Burro Adoption event will be in Springfield May 11-12. The preview is from 2 - 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, with the adoption from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Adoption is first come, first served. The event is at the Champion Center (visible from I-70) at Exit 59 (St. Rt. 41). For more information call 866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826) or visit blm.gov or facebook.com/BLMWildHorseAndBurro.
Cranberry Bog Work Day - Buckeye Lake. Here’s your chance to see Cranberry Bog up close and personal. Work continues from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12. Work day volunteers or anyone interesting in making donations to preserve the Bog, replace deteriorated sections of the boardwalk and extend boardwalk to areas of Bog not visible from the exiting boardwalk can call Buckeye Lake Historical Society at 740-928-1998 or e-mail J_ me@BuckeyeLakeHistory.org or George O’Donnel at 614-314- 1053 or godonnel@Arshot.com.
Free Health Screening - Newark. Licking County Library is hosting a health screening event from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, in the 1st floor meeting room A of the Newark Library, 101 W. Main St., Newark. The screening will be conducted by clinical staff from Licking Memorial Hospital. Blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and blood glucose screenings will be offered. This event is for adults and is free of charge and open to the public.
Free Zoo Admission on Mother’s Day - Columbus Zoo. Make mom smile this Mother’s Day with a family trip to the Zoo! All moms get in free with a paid child’s admission.
WILDZFEST - The Wilds. Celebrate spring at WildZfest on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wilds. Guests of all ages will enjoy entertainment, food and drink, games, a special appearance by Dora the Explorer and Diego and more during his family-friendly fest. Guests are encouraged to make reservations for one the Wilds’ exciting tours including: Open Air Safaris, SafariTransports, Wild Animal Encounters and Zipline Safaris. Tours are available on the day of the event; however, reservations are recommended. Wilds tours are available at regular cost during WildZfest. Parking is free for Wilds members and $5 for nonmembers. To book a tour or make reservations to Dine with Dora and Diego visit www.thewilds.org
Buckeye Lake Carp Fest - North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. Help Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow reduce the lake’s excessive carp population. More than $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded for carp caught during the second Annual Carp Fest June 8-10. The earlier date should mean cooler weather and more productive. Registration is just $5 per fisherman. Pre-register from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at Z’s Village Market on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. On-site registration begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 8. Cash prizes will be awarded for the most carp by weight caught over the 48-hour tournament and for the largest carp by weight caught during the same time. Daily cash prizes will also be awarded. There are separate cash prizes for youth (under 16), teams (two members) and families (up to four fishing and no more than two adults). For more information visit www.buckeyelakefortomorrow.org. Carp Fest is cosponsored by Buckeye Lake State Park.
.BLASST - over Buckeye Lake. The spectacular community funded fireworks display is set for 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. Your tax-deductible contribution tions are needed. Mail checks made payable to “ BLASST” to BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport OH 43046.
2012 Nelsonville Music Festival - Hocking College, Nelsonville. Stuart’s Opera House presents the 8th annual Nelsonville Music Festival, May 18th-20th at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville. The weekend will feature over 40 bands on multiple stages including Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, M.Ward, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Roky Erickson, Bad Brains, Todd Snider, Dawes, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Jorma Kaukonen, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hayes Carll, Those Darlins, Dark Dark Dark, Lee Ranaldo Band, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Horse Feathers, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Michael Hurley, Mucca Pazza, Shovels & Rope, Black Bananas, Hope For Agoldensummer, R.Ring, Greg Ashley Band, Mount Moriah, Woody Pines, The Old Fashioneds, Matt Bauer, Todd Burge, The D-Rays, Time & Temperature, and more! Weekend passes, single day tickets, VIP upgrades, and camping passes are all available at www.nelsonvillefest.org or by calling (740) 753-1924.
Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion Grand Opening with Michael McDonald - Columbus Commons. The Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion is the signature capital project for the city’s 200th birthday. The May 24 Grand Opening features a free concert at 7 p.m. with legendary performer Michael McDonald followed by fireworks. FREE, visit www.columbuscommons.org for more information.
Spring Hookahville - Thornville. Hookahville returns for Memorial Day Weekend May 25-27, at Legend Valley near Thornville. The lineup includes two nights of ekoostik hookah, Yonder Moutain String Band, Gov’t Mule , Blue Moon Soup, Shrub, The Erika Hughes Band, Shank bones, Oakhurst, Cabinet, Freekbot, and more! Tickets are available at http:// valley.inticketing.com/evinfo. php?eventid=182861 Hookahville has designated camping areas for the handicapped, families and those wishing a quiet camping area. Children 12 and under are admitted free, and the festival is an all ages event. Camping is included in the price of admission, with primitive camping services including bathrooms, medical staff and water. Vendors offer many different dining choices as well as a wide variety of merchandise. Alcohol is not sold at Hookahville; however you are free to bring your own. Visit www.ekoostik.com or www.legendvalley.net for more information.