Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Pruning in the Landscape: Rejuvenation - 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18. Cost: Nonmembers - $25; Members - $20. Rejuvenation pruning is the practice of pruning old growth back so new, more vigorous growth can grow in its place. Rejuvenation results in an invigorated plan that produces more flowers and fruits, is smaller in size and just looks better in the landscape. By the end of this hands-on class, participants will feel more comfortable determining how best to approach rejuvenating different shrubs.
Winter Color in the Conifer Glen - 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. Cost: Non-members - $10; Members - $5. This exhilarating winter walk through the Conifer Glen and Ground Cover Junipers will feature plants that showcase their outstanding colors in the winter. Participants travel by van from the Visitors Center. Dress for the outdoors.
Wacky Woodcocks Off Trail Night Hike - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24. Cost: Nonmembers - $6; Members - $3. The American Woodcock, or timberdoodle, is a small, ground-dwelling, native shorebird found in eastern North America. Learn about the life history of this peculiar bird during a brief presentation, and then venture outdoors to observe its dazzling aerial courtship display. Participants need to come prepared to walk in areas that may be saturated or contain uneven terrain.
Forest Management Series: Timber Stand Improvement - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 1. Cost: Non-members - $10; Members - $5. Discover which non-native invasive plants could be lurking in your woods and how to effectively control them. Also, learn about how grapevine control, crop-tree release and cull tree removal can help make your woods more healthy and resilient. Instructor Information: Kindler Forest Management LLC, www.kindlerforestry.com
Dining at Dawes: Foraging for Wild Edibles - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Cost: Non-members - $15; Members - $10. Learn about some common spring wild edibles. We’ll talk about how to forage and take a 1.5 hour hike throughout The Arboretum identifying, collecting and tasting nature’s garden. Make sure to bring your camera and note-taking material. Foraging is prohibited at The Dawes Arboretum unless part of an Arboretum sanctioned program.
Telescope 101 - 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Cost: Nonmembers - $6; Members - $3. In this beginner-focused class, we will show you the basics for getting your scope up and run- ning. We will begin indoors and, weather permitting, head outside in search of the Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars. Participants are encouraged to bring their telescope along with the instruction manual and fresh batteries. Rain date: April 2.
Ramp Celebration - 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 6. Cost: Non-members - $15; Members - $10. Ramps, also called wild leeks, carpet The Arboretum’s woodland from late March to mid-April. Learn the natural history, medicinal properties and unique qualities of this wild onion species. Participants will take a guided tour through the Woodland Garden and have the opportunity to dig up to one pound of ramps to transplant in home gardens.
Spring Migratory Bird Walk: Dutch Fork Wetlands - 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. FREE! Whether you’re an experienced birder or new to the hobby, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to take a morning stroll in search of our feathered friends. We provide the binoculars -- or feel free to bring your own
Second Saturday Speaker Series: Alternative Container Gardening - 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. Cost: Suggested donation - $2. You don’t need a large garden plot to grow whatever you want. Join Master Gardener Cheryl Beaty as she shares ideas on growing in alternative containers. You’ll learn about different containers to use, the best soil mixtures, how to build different kinds of raised beds, how to season straw bales for maximum plant nutrition and how to grow vertically.
Citizen Science and Beyond - 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Cost: Non-members - $7; Members - $5. Come and explore citizen science opportunities! Learn about the roles of a citizen scientist, the fields in which it is embraced and how your collected data can trigger real world change. Explore the citizen science opportunities offered at The Arboretum and hear from current participants. No matter your interests, there is a program out there for you.
Observing Rhododendrons, Azaleas & Companions - 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. Cost: Non-members - $10; Members - $5. While strolling in the Azalea Glen with the Arboretum’s Nursery Manager and Propagator Rich Larson, learn how best to ensure success growing rhododendrons, azaleas and some companion plants that look and grow well along with rhododendrons.
Spring Migratory Bird Walk: Red Barn Area - 7 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 15. FREE! Whether you’re an experienced birder or new to the hobby, you’ll enjoy this opportunity to take a morning stroll in search of our feathered friends. We provide the binoculars -- or feel free to bring your own
Beginning Bonsai - 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15. Cost: Non-members - $45; Members - $35. This two-session course introduces participants to the art of bonsai. The first session leads students through the history of bonsai, types of plants to use, containers, bonsai soil and tools needed along with how to prune and style a tree. During the second session, each student plants a tree in a bonsai container to take home to nurture. **The second session will take place April 22 from 9 to 11am in the Zand Education Center. Registration includes both sessions.
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
Spring Storytimes - Somerset and Thornville libraries. Spring Storytimes have started. Times are 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Somerset and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at Thornville. For more information visit www.pcdl.org
2017 Columbus Auto Show - Columbus Convention Center. Check out exciting new vehicles, the latest automotive technologies and interactive attractions Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 19. Featuring a variety of concept, green-fueled and specialty-edition vehicles, as well as interactive exhibits, contests and entertainment, the 2017 show is not to be missed. Expected manufacturers include Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, FIAT, Ford, Genesis, GMC, GTR, Honda, Hyundai, Indian Motorcycles, Jaguar, Jeep, KIA, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Polaris, Porsche, RAM, Subaru, Toyota, Victory Motorcycles, Volkswagen and Volvo.
Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 online, with children nine and under admitted free with a paid adult. Tickets for students with appropriate IDs are $5 and seniors will receive $5 admission all day on Friday. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit ColumbusAutoShow.com.
The Women of World War II - Buckeye Lake Library. The next installment in our Word War II Program series is set for 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 18. We have all heard stories and watched movies about what it was like to be a man during the Second World War… but what was it like to be a woman? Just in time for Women’s History Month, join us at the library as guest speaker Lin Distel discusses how the Women of World War II contributed to the war effort.
Field and Stream Outdoor Life Deer and Turkey Expo - Ohio Expo Center. This well-known event, now in its 25th year, brings activities, free seminars, gear, more than 450 booths, demonstrations, contests, displays and more to the Ohio Expo Center March 17 - 19. Hours: Friday (2 pm - 9 pm); Saturday (9 am - 7 pm); and Sunday (9 am - 4 pm). Cost:Adult single-day pass - $14; Adult two-day pass - $22; Military personnel single-day pass (ID required) - $13; Youth (6 - 15) - $5; Children (5 and under) - Free; Hunter education instructor - Free with proof of current certification; CASH ONLY for on-site tickets. For more information visit deerinfo.com
Ohio Beef Expo - Ohio Expo Center. The Ohio Beef Expo is Ohio’s premier beef industry event. The March 17 - 19 Expo includes a trade show, breeding cattle sales and a junior show. Ranked as one of the Top 5 largest meetings/conventions in Central Ohio, the Beef Expo attracts more than 30,000 attendees annually. The centerpiece of the Expo, the trade show, boasts more than 100 vendors from 13 states. Exhibitors in this year’s trade show represent all segments of the industry from cattle handling equipment to show supplies, clothing to feed, genetics, and novelty items, and much, much more. Hours: Friday (8:30 am - 6 pm); Saturday (8:30 am - 6 pm); and Sunday (8:30 am - 2 pm), FREE! For more information visit ohiobeefexpo.com
St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl- Granville. Ten Granville restaurants and bars will participate in the Sixth Annual Granville St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl on Friday, March 17. Participating this year are Broadway Pub, Buxton Inn, Day y Noche, Donato’s, Granville Inn, Liquid, Mai Chau/Three Tigers, Moe’s Original BBQ, Snapshots and Taco Dan’s. Most establishments will offer food and/or drink specials; several bars will host live music and a commemorative tee shirt will be available for purchase at the Granville Inn front desk for $15. Participants will be maintaining their regular Friday business hours.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - Buckingham Meeting House, Newark. The Licking County Historical Society will host the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at noon on Saturday, March 18, within the historic walls of the Buckingham Meeting House. Guests will be served tea and light refreshments while enjoying a fashion show of stylish hats from bygone eras. Guests are encouraged to wear a favorite hat - any style! Admission is $12 per person for members of LCHS or $15 per person for non-members. Call the LCHS office at 740-345-4898 for reservations or with questions.
Silver Jewelry Class - Somerset. Want to try your hand at making silver jewelry? Dave Kunkler, painter, silversmith, jewelry maker, author and gemologist will teach a workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, on making silver jewelry from spoons. Participants will receive a spoon to make their choice of a ring, earrings, bracelet and/or a pendant (can make up to two pieces from a spoon). All equipment and supplies will be provided. Stones can be purchased separately to decorate your work. Bring some friends and a packed lunch and have fun while creating one of a kind jewelry for your enjoyment or as a gift for that special friend. Cost: Members - $45; Non-members - $55. Mail payment to Somerset Artists’ Cooperative, PO Box 145, Somerset OH 43783.
Mad Science Home School Program - Buckeye Lake Library. Great Scott! Buckeye Lake Library is hosting a Mad Science Home School Program on Monday, March 20, at 1 p.m. Homeschool students and their parents are invited to be scientists for an afternoon as we hypothesize, perform fantastic experiments, and record our findings.
Tasty Buns & Craft Beer Week - Licking County. More than 30 restaurants and food trucks, along with all five county craft brewers, have teamed up to create Licking County Tasty Buns & Craft Beer Week March 27 - April 1. Throughout the week, and throughout the county, each food destination is serving unique, sometimes outrageous, sandwich concoctions created especially for TBCB Week and all selling for $6. Where available, you can enjoy those sandwiches with our county’s local craft beer. For a complete menu of participating restaurants, sandwiches and beer visit lickingeats.com. The festivities begin Saturday, March 25 at Thirty One West in Newark with a benefit kickoff celebration, tap takeover, and concert. This is the first time all Licking County brewers will be available together under one roof. Beer fans can enjoy beer from Homestead Beer Company, Three Tigers Brewing Company, Buck’s Brewery Co., Granville Brewing Co. and Buckeye Lake Brewery. The kickoff also features locally sourced music on Thirty One West’s ballroom stage with The Graphics, The Roof Dogs and Hope Dealers. Tickets are $10. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music kicking in around 8 and running to 11. Proceeds are supporting Together We Grow Gardens. Tickets are available in advance at thirtyone-west.com.
Painting Class - Somerset. Spend a special evening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 27, with Bobbi McKinnon from “Two Broke Artists” in Lancaster to create your own painting. The $35 fee includes all materials you’ll need to complete this painting in three hours. No experience needed. Painting classes are a great way to get creative and have fun! This class will be part of a series of painting classes offered by Bobbi at the Somerset Artists Co-op, every fourth Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. Each month will be a different piece. Mail payment to Somerset Artists’ Cooperative, PO Box 145, Somerset OH 43783
Art Fair - Columbus College of Art & Design, Loann Crane Center for Design (at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Gay Street). A juried selection of Columbus College of Art & Design’s top alumni and students sell their wares at this must-see event on Saturday, April 1. Proceeds from the art go directly to the artists. Hours: First Look: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.; General Admission: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Parking is free. Tickets are available at the door. First Look costs $20; General Admission costs $5. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit CCAD student programming.
Ohio Barn Conference - Holmes County. Come join barn enthusiasts, barn owners and maybe even a few barn “huggers” at Ohio’s only annual barn tour and conference April 28 -29. Friday is an all-day bus tour, including lunch, visiting several century barns. Saturday’s barn conference also includes lunch and will feature local historians, guest speakers, demonstrations and a good dose of barn lore. There will be exhibits and vendors along with the annual silent auction filled with interesting items and much more! Visit www.friendsofohiobarns.org for more information and to register online to attend the Ohio Barn Conference.
Uncorked - Craft Beer and Wine Tasting - Baltimore. Join us for the 5th annual Uncorked - Craft Beer and Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 29, at the Victoria Opera House. This year, step back in time to the 1940’s. The USO is holding a dance to lighten our spirits and have a grand time! Dress in your 1940’s garb if you like, and enjoy an evening of heavy hors d’ourves, desserts and music as you sample Ohio wines and beer. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door and include tickets for six tastings. Additional tastings are $1 each. Tickets for veterans and designated drivers are $20. Proceeds go toward the restoration of the Victoria Opera House, the last opera house left in Fairfield County. Tickets may be purchased online or at our ticket outlets: The Loon Crew HER Realtors M-F 9-3 pm and 1201 Wine Wednesday through Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 1-11pm.
Thirty-One West - downtown Newark. Here’s the line-up for the area’s newest music venue in the former Crystal Ballroom at 31 West Church Street.
Celts Crossing - Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m. FREE!
Irish music has always been about community. Plan to carry on this tradition by joining Celts Crossing at any one of their live shows where the lines between band and audience, and between Celtic and world music genres are constantly blurred in a delightful and engaging blend. Celts Crossing burst onto the Central Ohio music scene on St. Patrick’s Day in 2003. Since then they have delighted audiences at local pubs, clubs, festivals, seasonal events and private Ceili’s. The band released its debut CD, Celts Crossing – Etched in Time, in 2004.
The Big Lick’s Birthday Party - Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. FREE!
It’s the Big Lick’s second birthday! We are celebrating with free admission to a great lineup of local rock bands including The Wet Darlings and The High Definitions. Guests will be registered to win tickets to this year’s Rock on the Range.
Adam Barnes and Chris Ayer - Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. FREE!
Adam Barnes is a singer songwriter based in Oxford, the city he grew up in. Performing and touring from the age of 16, Adam has extensively toured the UK, Europe and US and is continuing to travel and share his music. His songwriting is introspective whilst being relatable and ebbs and flows throughout its performance. Chris Ayer is a Los Angeles-based artist with a rawness of performance and poetic lyricism that combine to make something at once urgent and timeless. With sharp pop sensibility, and a strong nod to the singer-songwriter tradition, Chris defies genres, incorporating Pop, Folk, Soul, and Americana elements seamlessly into his music.
Melodime & Alex Dezen (of the Damnwells) and his Band with Mike Dunn - Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. $12
Co-Headlining show featuring Americana-flavored country-rock band, Melodime, and retro-modern alt. rock artist Alex Dezen (of the Damnwells) with Mike Dunn.
Sunday Supper Club featuring Anna and the Consequences - Saturday, March 26 at 6 p.m. $10.
Anna & the Consequences are vintage jazzy torch blues with a healthy side of speakeasy!
Erika Hughes & the Well Mannered - Saturday, April 1, at 8 p.m. $5 - 10.
Erika Hughes & the Well Mannered are returning to the Thirty One West stage with the Devil Doves!
For more information visit www.thirtyone-west.com
Eddie Dunbar - Ohio Valley Opry, McConnelsville. Nashville singer/songwriter/musician Eddie Dunbar takes the stage at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at the Twin City Opera House for the first show of the 2017 season.The popular live music show which features local, regional, and national talent is in it’s 17th year in the the historic Opera House, which is celebrating it’s 125th Anniversary. Eddie Dunbar has played on many records and is a hit songwriter with three number ones to his credit. Also appearing on the show will be Erica Dodge, Jimmy Howson, Matt Coleman, Beth Bigham, Mike Morrison, The Clark Family, and country comic, Uncle Doofus. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling the office at 740/525/9218 or on line at www.OhioValleyOpry.com. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show starts at 6 p.m.
Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival - Wilmington. This is a biannual acoustic music event kicks off Friday, March 24, at the Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington. It’s a homecoming of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and fans gathering to commemorate bluegrass. Festival doors open Friday, March 24, at 10 A.M., with performances by host band and 2016 IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year winners Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; Centerville High School’s Alternative Strings Orchestra; Heidi & Ryan; Sideline; IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year winners Flatt Lonesome; and the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry Dailey & Vincent. The award-winning talent continues on Saturday, March 25, with performances by The Wayfarers; Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out; and The Gibson Brothers. Advance tickets are available through March 18; general admission passes are $35 for one day or $65 for two days. Ticket sales resume at the door during the festival at 10 a.m. daily for $5 more. General admission seating for children 16 and under is free with an adult ticket purchase. Tickets are available now at www.somusicfest.com
Knox County Cantata Choir – Mt. Vernon. The choir presents “Who Is This King?” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at Memorial Theater. Tickets are $5 and available at the door or from choir members.
The Nostalgics Big Band - Baltimore. Lancaster’s 18-piece jazz orchestra and dance bank, The Nostalgics, will be performing at the Victoria Opera House on at 3 p.m. on Sunday April 23. The band features musical arrangements from the Big Band Swing Era and well-known pop, rock, blues, Broadway, and movie songs. Tickets are $5 each; or FREE for BDRC/Victoria Opera House members. Tickets are available online at Baltimore- DowntownRestoration.com or at our ticket outlets: The Loon Crew HER Realtors M-F 9-3pm and 1201 Wine Wednesday through Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 1-11pm.