Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Principles of Pruning- Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. - noon, meet at the Visitors Center. 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 a beginner or an experienced gardener, this presentation will have participants pruning like pros! Join Arboretum Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker for this informative session. General Admission: $20, Members: $15.
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
Preschool Story Time - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for our Preschool Story Time. We offer a story, craft, and snack. The winter story time session will run through April 9.
Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus - Ohio Expo Center. The Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus returns to the Ohio Expo Center March 27 - 30, with tons of family fun with clowns, aerialists, animal acts, indoor carnival rides, elephant rides and more! The ticket window opens one hour prior to each show. Tickets: Adults $10 - $25; Children (12 and under) $5 - $13. Shows: Thursday, March 27 (3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.); Friday, March 28 (3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.); Saturday, March 29 (11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.); and Sunday, March 30 (1 p.m. & 5 p.m.). For more information, visit www.aladdinshrine.org/circus.php
Friday Fling - Newark. The March 28 Friday Fling features the return of the popular young musicians of Sugar Creek, a bluegrass band. Tickets are free and are available at the receptionist desk at Heritage Hall until 4 p.m. March 24. Tickets are required to ensure an accurate meal count. Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. The Fling series includes entertainment, lunch, games and door prizes
Master Gardener Conference
Newark. The Licking County Master Gardener, volunteers, and OSU Extension holds their Spring Gardening Conference on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 am-4:00 pm at C-Tech Career & Technology Education Center, 150 Price Rd., Newark. Keynote speakers are: Kim Todd author of “Tinkering With Eden” and Jessica Walliser author of “Good Bug, Bad Bug”. Six other speakers Three break-out sessions feature six speakers plus there is a raffle and 30+ vendors. Ticket includes a continental breakfast, and a soup and salad lunch. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.fourseasonsofgardening.com through Pay Pal. Or by phone at (740) 503- 5108 Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $35.
Annual Dinner - Baltimore. The Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce holds it annual dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Baltimore VFW Post 3761. Tickets are $30 per person. Visit www.BaltimoreChamber.eventbrite.com or call 740-438-0837 for tickets or more information.
Recycled Craft Night - Kraner Nature Center, 10383 Fairview Road, Newark. We will be constructing bottle top mural signs from 6-7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 31, for the Natural Resources Area at the Hartford Fair! Come help us create these large group masterpieces and make a small one of your own to take home. We will be holding bottle top art sessions in March, May and July in partnership with Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District and Licking County Recycling. Call 740.587.2535 for more information.
Author Chat - Buckeye Lake Library. Have you ever wondered how an author gets their start or how they come up with ideas for their books? Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, and find out. Our Inspirational Fiction Book Club is hosting an author chat with Lisa Wingate. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to chat with a published author. FREE and open to the public. No registration is needed.
Unlikely Stories by Jeff Gill - Granville. Storyteller and local historian Jeff Gill will share some utterly implausible and stranger than fiction tales from the Land of Legend, Licking County at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, at Bryn Du mansion. Failed hangings and mysterious preachers and bear hunt tales will all cause you to say “That’s an unlikely story!” Visit www.BrynDu.com for more information.
Breakfast with the Birds - Kraner Nature Center, 10383 Fairview Road, Newark. Once a month, we will be having breakfast with the birds! Join us from 7 - 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, at the Kraner Nature Center to view wildlife through the window, enjoy some coffee and pastries, and meet some new friends. Don’t know much about birds? No problem! Come learn in a relaxed group setting. Call 740.587.2535 for more information.
Yoga Classes - Buckeye Lake Library. The Buckeye Lake Library is hosting free yoga classes for any skill level. Classes will be instructed by Lenise Alexandra. The next class is set for 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 5. Classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
Pancake Breakfast - Millersport. Help benefit the March of Dimes in honor of Hunter and Noah Quilliam from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 5, in the Millersport High School Cafeteria. The All-You-Can-Eat menu includes pandcakes, sausage, eggs and beverages. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
Easter Breakfast & Egg Hunt - Millersport. Enjoy breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 5, at the Millersport Lions Club. Breakfast is a $5 donation for anyone over three years; three and under are free. The egg hunt begins at noon for children ages one through 11; you don’t have to eat breakfast to participate but all donations are appreciated. Everyone is invited. Proceeds benefit the community.
Teen Games Night - Buckeye Lake. Join us at the new Buckeye Lake Library from 5 - 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month for Teen Games Night. There will be a variety of games for teens in grades 6-12 to play plus snacks.
Chili Cook-Off-Jacksontown. The Licking Township Fire Company Firefighter Association is calling all chili chefs for a cookoff from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Jacksontown UM Church Outreach Center. Entries at $10 each are due April 5. Prizes to the top three chili chefs. A sampler’s pass is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Enjoy chili, hot dogs, pop and a JUMC Youth Bake Sale. For more information call 740-323-2612 or visit www.lickingtwpohio.us.
Doggie Day Out - Infirmary Mound Park, 4351 Lancaster Road, Granville. Come out with your friendly canine from 1 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, for the Paws 2 Play Doggie Day Out Fundraiser! There will be awesome silent auction items to bid on and Infirmary Mound Park to explore! Local vendors include Granville Milling, Green Scoop, Columbus Reiki Center, Veterinarian Jodi Houser, Animal Communicator Nada Maibach, Puppy Scents author Mindy Kaleta and Dan’s Deli #51! Funds raised during this event will be used to purchase dog park amenities such as water fountains, benches, signage, obstacles and agility equipment.
“Finding the Hidden People” - Newark. Why there are hidden Native Americans and how they can be identified will be presented by Jeanne Eppley, aka Snow Flower and author of “My Family Tells This Story,” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, in the first floor meeting room at the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street. This Licking County Genealogical Society program is free and open to the public.
Uncorked Wine & Beer Tasting - Baltimore. Baltimore Downtown Restoration is hosting its second annual Wine and Beer Tasting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Baltimore VFW. Each ticket holder receives four drink tokens. Tickets are available on-line at www.BaltimoreDowntownRestoration. eventbrite.com
The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival - Wilmington. The Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington will be a hotbed of award-winning bluegrass talent March 28 and 29. This is the 20th production of the biannual acoustic music event that occurs each March and November. It’s a homecoming of nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians and music fans gathering to celebrate a truly American style of music. Festival doors open Friday at 10 a.m. In addition to two full days of award-winning music, there will be a Jam Session Central area for pickers and opportunities to win door prizes and drawings. Tickets are on sale now for advance purchases online or via phone. General admission tickets for children 16 and under are free with an adult purchase. Call 937-372-5804 or visit www.somusicfest.com for complete ticket details.
Thunderstruck in Possum Grape - Newark. Imagine experiencing a trauma that erased the last three years of your memory. Imagine waking up in a bizarre, southern town where the tattooed gynecologist makes housecalls on a Harley, the redneck mechanic wears heels and pearls to feel pretty, and the resident witch brews potions to speed your recovery. If you can imagine this, you empathize with Kya McKennon, the woman who is desperately trying to escape Possum Grape, Arkansas. This subversive comedy by Dr. Rhonda Shook, that had its world premiere at Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, in 1999, returns at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 3. Visit www.LickingCountyPlayers.com for more information.
Lil Abner - Millersport. The Millersport Junior and Senior High School presents the play Lil Abner at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults (up to and including the age of 59); and $5 for students and senior citizens 60+. Seats are reserved. Call 740-467-2929 (during school hours) or call 740-467-2669 (after 4) to order tickets. The residents of the hillbilly town of Dogpatch are a-fussing and a-feuding when their beloved town - deemed the most useless community in America-is chosen by the government to serve as ground zero for A-bomb testing.
Ravenscroft - Newark. The OSU Newark Theater Department presents Ravenscroft by Don Nigro at 8 p.m. April 10-12 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. This psycological drama is a thinking person’s Gothic thriller, a dark comedy both funny and freightening. Ravenscroft begins looking like a serious English manor murder mystery, but ends up being a hilarious, absurd farce on the genre. Tickets are $5.