Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike - Hunting for Salamanders, Friday, March 15, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. By this time, the “mole” salamanders have made their annual trek to the Cypress Swamp in order to breed. Learn about these amphibians and other swamp inhabitants during a brief indoor session. Afterward, take a short walk to the Cypress Swamp boardwalk where staff equipped with special lights will assist participants in observing salamanders in their natural surroundings. General Admission: $5, Members: Free, meet at the Visitors Center.
Principles of Pruning- Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m. - noon. Proper pruning enhances the beauty and value of almost any landscape tree and shrub so they live longer and healthier lives. The basics of pruning are covered along with how to “unshear” a plant, rejuvenation, correcting deer damage and more. Many potential problems may be prevented by pruning correctly during formative years of a tree or shrub. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, this presentation will have you pruning like a pro! Join Arboretum Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker for this informative session. General Admission: $15, Members: $10, meet at the Visitors Center.
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.dawesarb.org
Granville Winter Farmers Market - Granville. The Granville Farmers Market, a favorite summer event, continues again this year every Saturday with the Winter Farmers Market! Every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Winter Farmers Market takes place at the Granville Elementary School. Enter from the Sunrise Street entrance and park in the school parking lot.
Field and Stream Deer and Turkey Expo - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Expo returns for its 21st year March 15- 17, featuring activities, free seminars, gear, more than 450 booths, demonstrations, contests, displays and more. Hours: Friday - 2 - 9 p.m.; Saturday - 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admis- sion: Adult 1-day - $13; Military w/proof of duty - $11; and Youth 6-11 - $4 (FREE on Friday night). $2 off coupon for adult and military available at www.deerinfo.com/ohio
Columbus Antique and Modern Gun Show - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Buy, sell and trade antique, modern and collectible firearms and accessories March 15 - 17. Hours: Friday - 2-8 p.m.; Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission: $6 (good for two days) with women and children FREE. For more information, visit www.midwestshowproductions.com
Piston Powered Auto-Rama - Cleveland. The 47th Annual Auto-Rama will showcase more than 1,000 vehicles, filling over a million square feet at the I-X Center March 15-17. Participants will roll in from more than 13 states and as far as California to show off their custom cars, bikes, boats, aircraft, tractors, monster trucks, and interactive features giving fans the ultimate experience with a wide range of vehicles. General Admission $18; Children ages 7-12 $6; six and under FREE. Military discounts with valid military ID. Discount tickets available for just $16 each at Summit Racing Equipment and Discount Drug Mart. Hours are 3 - 10 p.m. on Friday, March 15; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 16; and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. The I-X Center is on Route 237, adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins Airport and easily accessible from I-480, I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike. For more information visit ixpistonpoweredautorama.com
The World of Frogs and Toads - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join Mick Micacchion, Senior Research Associate for the Midwest Biodiversity Institute at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, as we study the lives of these amazing amphibians. We’ll discuss natural history and identification of the frogs and toads of Ohio before stepping outside to look and listen. Live specimens will be available for your viewing. Free!
Beginning Birdwatching Part 2 - Birding By Ear - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join ONE Executive Director Manon VanSchoyck from 1 - 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, as we study the art of identifying birds by song. $5. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740 967- 8320 to register.
Energy Day at The Works - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology hosts an afternoon of “energizing” fun sponsored by The Energy Cooperative from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Energy Day is a family event highlighting the importance of energy in our daily lives, ways to most efficiently use energy resources, and how energy professionals use science, technology, engineering, and math in their careers. Energy experts from The Energy Cooperative, The Ohio Energy Project, R&R Pipeline, Zane State, Owens Corning, Denison University, and OOGEP will be on hand to share knowledge in their respective fields of energy production and sustainability. Guests can take a ride on an energy bike, learn about sources of energy, and take a peek inside those big trucks that restore power after outages. Admission is free and open to the public.
Empty Bowls Project fundraiser - Baltimore. Help raise funds for the Community Chest and Baltimore-Thurston Food Panty by enjoying a bowl of homemade soup from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at the Baltimore VFW. Eight area churches are making hundreds of bowls of soup in return for donations. New this year is a silent auction and a live auction begins at 6:15 p.m.
UPP - Ghost Hunting Lecture - Granville. Join the United Paranormal Project at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at Bryn Du, 537 Jones Rd., Granville, for a night of Ghost Talk. Topics will be: Home Investigations, How do you know if your home is haunted? Is everything Paranormal? and What do you do if your home is haunted? The Project will also answer any questions you may have about the paranormal. Visit www.bryndu.com for more information.
“Living Your Small Farm Dream” - Zanesville. The conference and trade show is designed to help participants learn more tips, techniques and methods for diversifying their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new markets. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Muskingum County Convention and Welcome Center, 205 N. Fifth St. in Zanesville. Some of the topics include: Maple syrup, Sheep production, Goat health and production, Forages, Livestock nutrition, Direct marketing of meat, Christmas trees, Legal issues for small farms, Soil basics, Brambles, High tunnels, Beekeeping, Vegetables and Financing/loans. Registration is $50. The deadline to register is March 18. For more information or to register, visit http://muskingum. osu.edu
Friday Fling - Heritage Hall, Newark. A group of young Bluegrass musicians will perform at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29, at Heritage Hall Senior Center, 1058 E. Main St. Sugar Creek, consist- ing of six children playing banjo, mandolin, fiddle and even a washboard, have performed on various Central Ohio stages. The menu for the Fling is pure southern: baked chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens, homemade cornbread and banana pudding. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. March 25 by calling 345-0821 or 1-800-452- 0097 and asking for the nutrition department.
Stiff Kitty- Newark. The Grille on 21st Street in Newark will rock Friday night with the 80s hairmetal tribute band Stiff Kitty! Jam to all the decade’s greatest “hairband” tunes from Ratt to Journey! Friday, March 15, 9:30 p.m. at the Grille on 21st Street.
Celts Crossing - Zanesville, Enjoy the Saturday before St. Patty’s Day with the festive Irish sounds of Celts Crossing at Weaselboy Brewing in Zanesville! Weaselboy will flow with beer and the traditional and not-so-traditional Irish sounds of Granville’s own Celts Crossing, Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m.!
River City Blues Festival - Marietta. “One of America’s Best Little Blues Festivals ” returns for the 22nd time Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. The festival features a variety of blues styles performed by national & regional acts. For more information visit bjfm.org Tickets will be sold at the door, but advanced tickets and weekend passes are suggested. Weekend passes to all three shows are $70.. Tickets for individual shows are: Friday Night: $25, Saturday Matinee: $25, and Saturday Night: $30. Discounts are available for Society members. For tickets, passes and information, call Peggy Bolen at 740-376-0222 (evenings) or Mary Ann Osborne at 304-422-2944.
Spring Jazz - Denison University, Granville. Two evenings of jazz, plus a special open rehearsal and clinic, will take place at Denison University on the first official weekend of spring. All events are free and open to the public.
• A Spring Jazz Concert, featuring the Denison University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Pete Mills and the DU Jazz Faculty along with guest soloist, trombonist Vaughn Wiester, will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in Burke Recital Hall.
• An open rehearsal and clinic is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in the Burke Hall Rehearsal Room.
• The Denison Jazz Combo, directed by Tom Carroll, will present their spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, in Burke Recital Hall. The concert will also feature the Denison Concert Choir, directed by Kevin Wines.
Trombonist Vaughn Wiester has taught jazz studies at Capital University and has worked with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Kenley Players, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Rick Brunetto Big Band and Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday Big Band.