Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Plant Sale & Garden Fair- Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enhance your landscape with unique plants cultivated by horticulture experts! The Spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair offers the opportunity to find some rare gems you can’t find anywhere else. The Arboretum showcases some of its favorite woody varieties which have been researched on their own grounds. Merchants and professionals offer wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor. Choose from an assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetables. Our plant experts are always on hand to help you choose the best plants for your outdoor spaces. Wagons are available to transport your treasures. Lunch is available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale benefit The Arboretum’s collection and grounds.
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
Queen Of The Lake II Tour Boat - Buckeye Lake. Public tours begin Saturday, May 4, for the season on beautiful Buckeye Lake aboard the Queen of the Lake tour boat. Tours depart every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., boarding at Buckeye Lake State Park North Shore in the Village of Buckeye Lake off Ohio 79. Cost is $10 per person with children under 5 years free. The one-hour tour includes Buckeye Lake history told by a a local volunteer. Reservations are not needed. The boat has a sun roof and hold 40 passengers. Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit www.buckeyelakehistory.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 $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for carp caught during the second Annual Carp Fest June 7-19. Registration is just $5 per fisherman. Pre-register from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays at Z’s Village Market on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. On-site registration begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 7. 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.
Mother’s Day Sing-A-Gram - Thornville. Smiling singers from Sheridan High School Choirs will sing for you Mother on this very special occasion. Sing-a-Grams include three Mother’s Day songs, a personalized card and a carnation. To order a Sing-a-Gram, please call Sheridan High School at 740-743- 1335 and ask for Mrs. McClain, the choir director. Sing-a-Grams will be delivered in the Thornville, Somerset and Glenford areas on Friday, May 10, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $15 and all profits support the Sheridan High School Choirs.
Connect!kids Walk - Indian Mound Mall, Heath. Help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the connect!kids walk beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Indian Mound Mall. The familyfriendly event includes an indoor mall walk and fun activities for kids of all ages. Both the walk and activities are FREE. A $5 donation is requested for a connect!kids walk tee-shirt.
2013 Ohioana Book Festival - Columbus. More than 100 authors, live music, award-winning food trucks, writers, fun-loving crowds and...books – lots and lots of books from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., near downtown Columbus and the Short North. The goal is to bring readers, writers, and books together for a day filled with inspiration, learning, and fun. The Festival is FREE and open to the public with no tickets or advance registration required. As our bookseller, Barnes & Noble will have books by all of the participating authors for sale at the Festival. For the entire schedule, visit www.OhioanaBookFestival.org.
“Learn How to Eat Smart” - Buckeye Lake. Fairfield Medical Center is hosting FREE Nutrition Health Education from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the Buckeye Lake Library. Corinn Gehle, wellness dietitian, will present on the importance of making healthy eating choices.
Gehle notes there are many simple, cost-effective ways to make healthier nutrition choices without a lot of effort. Choosing foods that are packed with nutrients on a regular basis can be hard to incorporate with a busy schedule. Understanding how large of an impact one’s nutrition is to their overall health is extremely important. No registration is required.
Mantonya Chiropractic Yard Sale - Hebron. It’s our third annual yard sale at the Hebron office on Saturday May 18, 9-2. Anyone can put table out. A $5 donation to Hebron Baby pantry gets you a space. Call 928-7686 to reserve your space.
Jazz Dinner Dance - Baltimore. The Liberty Union Music Boosters is hosting its annual Jazz Dinner Dance beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Christ UM Family Life Center. The event will be catered by J. Gumbo’s, and music will be provided by the LU Jazz Band. Individual tickets are $12 and tables of 8 may be purchased for $90. Tickets are available at J. Gumbo’s or at the door. For more information email email@example.com
Perry County Art Walk-Somerset. The Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society is hosting the 4th annual Perry County Art Walk from 4 - 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, on Somerset square. There will be 35+ local artists, as well as artisan food and music. The newly formed Somerset Artists’ Co-Op will be hosting a ceramics competition, potters wheel demonstrations, and will be offering Culinary Art creations by local Chef Jamie Smith. Come for dinner and enjoy a taste of the Arts on the square in Somerset!
Denison Observatory Open House - Granville. The Denison Department of Physics and Astronomy will host an open house at Swasey Observatory (300 Chapel Drive) from 9 to 11 pm on Saturday, May 18, if skies are clear. In addition to planned observations of Saturn and the moon, Denison professors and astronomy students will be on hand to locate other celestial objects as time permits. This event is free and open to the public. For the most current information on the open house, call the observatory hotline at 740-587-6477.
National Road Yard Sale Days - US 40. Shop the 2013 Super Weekend of Yard Sales on Friday, May 31 & Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some yard sales will begin Wednesday, May 29, in Brownsville and Hebron. Everything from antiques, furniture, children’s items, baked goods & bargains galore! Thirty-two miles of roadside treasures from Reynoldsburg to Gratiot in Licking County.
BLASST - Over Buckeye Lake. Our annual community-funded fireworks spectacular returns at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Please send your tax deductible donations (payable to BLASST) to: BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport, OH 43046
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.