Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Arbor Day Festival - Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. It’s Arbor Day - a celebration of trees and nature! This annual outdoor event is sponsored in part by The Energy Cooperative. Families can expect a fun-filled day with lots of handson learning opportunities, crafts, displays, and tree climbing. The festival features Dr. Insecta and his Incredible Unforgettable Bug Lab Experience, a fusion of entomology and magic that will delight all ages! Arboretum staff will be on hand showcasing and selling nursery plants. Plus, the first 250 families have an opportunity to take home their own tree to plant in honor of Arbor Day. FREE
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
Create a Glass Flower for Mom at The Works - Newark.
The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology invites the public to create glass flowers in the Glass Studio on from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Select the colors of your choice then receive personal instruction from a professional glass artist who will help you craft a beautiful flower complete with stem. This glass experience is $25 per flower and a great way get hands-on with the art of glassblowing! Pre-registration is required and can be completed on line at: attheworks.org or by calling 740-349-9277. Payment is required at time of pre-registration and nonrefundable. Must be 9 years or older to participate.
Land Speed Racing - Wilmington. The East Coast Timing Association returns to Wilmington Airpark Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28 for their first event of the 2013 season. ECTA is the principal sanctioning organization for Land Speed Racing in the Eastern United States. Four times a year, scores of car and motorcycle racers gather to speed down the Ohio Mile race track. Land speed racing is not just a long drag race. The rules for land speed racing are quite different and very liberal in comparison to other forms of motor sports.
Vehicles range from production cars and bikes (basically off the showroom floor) to exotic, purposebuilt racers. It is quite a show. For more information, visit http://www.ecta-lsr.com
Jim Matheny Kar Shoz - Buckeye Lake. Jim Matheny presents the first car show of the season in Licking County on Saturday, April 27. The 5th Annual Buckeye Lake Show benefits the Buckeye Lake Historical Society & Museum. Bring your favorite set of wheels to the Buckeye Lake State Park North Shore in the Village of Buckeye Lake on State Route 79. Show from noon to 5 p.m. with registration from noon to 3 p.m. with awards at 4:30. Cost is $8 per car and the show is open to all cars. Door prizes, trivia, music and food for all. Call Jim Matheny at 740-522-6635 or J-me Braig at 740-929-1998 for pre-registration. Visit www.buckeyelakehistory for complete information.
Drive 4 UR School - Millersport. Bob-Boyd of Lancaster and the Millersport High School Class of 2013 are partnering to raise up to $6,000 for year-end class activities. For every person 18 years or older who test-drives a new Ford on Saturday, April 27, Ford Motor Company and Bob-Boyd will donate $20 to the Class of 2013. Just come to the Millersport High School field house parking lot between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Test drives will last about 10 minutes and are limited to one per household. Participants must have a valid driver’s license.
Bird Hike - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Let’s take a brief hike around the reserve to look and listen to what migrants have returned. Bring your binoculars or we’ll have some for you to borrow. Meet at the center at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 28. Wear sturdy footwear. FREE.
Annual Bowl-a-Thon - Baltimore. The Rotary Club of Baltimore has set its annual Bowl-a-Thon for 1 - 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at the Starlite Lanes, 290 Baltimore- Somerset Rd (Ohio 256) . Bowl a few games with your friends and neighbors. Proceeds support college scholarships for Liberty-Union High School students. Visit www.rotaryclubofbaltimoreohio.org/meetings for more information.
Rummage Sale - Buckeye Lake. Check out First Community Church’s rummage sale from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on May 2-4. Lunch and bake starting at 11 a.m. on May 2, featuring chicken and noodles, vegetable soup, sandwiches, root beer floats, fudge and baked goods.
“Research Land Records” - Newark. Licking County Genealogical Society’s May meeting is at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6, at the Licking County Administration Building, 20 South Second Street, Newark. Doors are locked at 6:15 p.m., so don’t be late. by Licking County Recorder Bryan Long and his staff will present the program. Free and open to the public. Please bring a cash donation for the food pantry. For more information, call the LCGS Library at 740-349-5510.
Booktryst Webmaster to Speak - Columbus. Stephen Gertz, the webmaster of the rollicking website cBookTryst (a Nest for Booklovers), speaks to The Aldus Society at its May 9, program. His talk is entitled “From Athanasius Kircher to Ashton Kutcher: 350 Years of Strange, Unusual, Eccentric, and Just Plain Weird Books or Heteromorphic Literature 101.”
Gertz, a life-long lover and collector of rare books, dedicates his website to news, information, and features about the world of rare books and all aspects of the rare book business. A visit to his website before attending this program will place before you “a festival of the outlandish,” as he puts it, as well as a dizzying array of articles inspired by current bookseller catalogs, and by book events, auctions and other happenings in the rare book world. Pre-program socializing begins at 7:00 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.aldussociety.com
“Ham and Eggs” - Lanceaster. The Lancaster Men’s Chorus presents its annual “Ham and Eggs” program to celebrate the show’s 42nd Anniversary on May 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th at 8:00pm in the Jeffrey Wagner Theatre at Ohio University-Lancaster. For 42 years the Lancaster Men’s Chorus has been entertaining crowds with its hilarious antics and talented singers. The first half of the show will be based on an original script written by members of the Chorus and directed by Mark Loy. Chorus members are featured in concert during the second half of the show. Proceeds provide scholarships for Fairfield County students who are planning to pursue an education in music. Tickets are only $7 for on Wednesday night, May 8 and $8 for the balance of the shows. They may be purchased from any Chorus member or by calling the State Farm Insurance office of Maureen Cefalu at 740-654-0332. The Chorus is directed by Mark Severance and is accompanied by Parry Norris. For more information visit www.lancastermenschorus.com
Dark Star Jubilee - Thornville. The Dark Star Jubilee returns Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26, to Legend Valley in Thornville. Hosted and curated by world-renowned Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra, the Jubilee also features members of The Dead in their own bands, the Mickey Hart Band and Donna Jean Band. Other artists confirmed include Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Wailers, The New Orleans Suspects featuring Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat, and local favorites. Dark Star Jubilee tickets are on sale now with discounted ‘Morning Dew Early Bird’ tickets for 3-day GA admission at $99 and for ‘Good Lovin’ VIP’ festival admission at $199. Gates open at noon Friday, May 24. Complete ticket options with pricing are available at www.darkstarjubilee.com.