Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Advanced Birding Series: Bird Walk – 7-10 a.m., Saturday, May 5. This walk is for the more seasoned birder, with a special emphasis on spring migrants, in particular vireos and warblers. Session topics include: Ohio’s spring birds, tips to help identify the sometimes confusing warblers and bird mnemonics. Register for the class sessions, the walk, or both! $15/$10 members.
Vegetable Gardening for the City Dweller – 10 a.m. – noon, Saturday, May 5. Learn how to grow a vegetable garden in the city! If you have an area in your yard that gets sunshine most of the day (6 – 8 hours in summer), then a bountiful harvest can be yours for the picking. Join Education Director Jenny Pope as she explains transplanting, starting vegetable seeds, basic garden care and provides creative tips for growing in small spaces. Additionally, participants learn how to make sturdy paper pots for transplanting and take vegetable and herb transplants home to grow! Zand Education Center greenhouse classroom. $30/20 members.
Native Plants for the Home Landscape – 10 a.m. – noon, Saturday, May 12. Here’s your chance to discover why native plants are such a wonderful option when choosing landscape materials for the home landscape. Learn why native plants are a smart choice for a low-maintenance garden and how they benefit the ecosystem. By providing food, shelter and forage for the creatures they co-exist with, native plants are extremely beneficial wildlife plants and also help preserve biodiversity. Participants may choose one flat of native plant plugs to take home for planting based on site requirements and personal preference. Indicate flat preference when registering. Flats include a rain garden mix, dry site mix or wildlife mix. Zand Education Center greenhouse classroom. $45/$35 members; registration required.
Walk with a Doc – 10 a.m. on Saturdays, May 12, May 26, June 9 and June 23. Walk with a Doc was created by Dr. David Sabgir, a board-certified cardiologist who practices with Mount Carmel Clinical Cardiovascular Specialists. The Arboretum is collaborating with WWAD to help encourage healthy, physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. Improve your health and well-being by joining a walk and getting tips from a physician. Free. Meet at the Visitors Center Deck to get started!
StoryTrailTM Opening – 10 a.m. – noon, Monday, May 14. In collaboration with Licking County Library, The Arboretum is excited to present the latest installation of StoryTrailTM! Dogku, by Andrew Clements, is a creative story of as homeless dog and the family that adopts him told totally in haiku. Dogku illustrator Tim Bowers is a Granville native and is graciously signing copies of the book for visitors during the event. He will give a short presentation of his illustration techniques and answer any questions about the creative process. Other activities include storytelling, crafts, reading and interaction with dogs from Angel Paws Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy of Newark and All Tails ‘R’ Waggin’ dog adoption and rescue of Pataskala. You may bring your own or purchase a copy of Dogku available in Daweswood Gifts. Visitors Center.
Plant Sale & Garden Fair – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, May 19. Pay a visit to our spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair featuring live and silent auctions. Purchase from many gems grown in The Arboretum’s nursery—several are rare and hard to find in local garden centers and nurseries. A variety of annuals, perennials, herbs and garden vegetables will be available for a one-stop shopping experience. Browse the array of wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor offered by merchants and professionals. The aroma of food will surely entice you to stay for lunch! Wagons are welcome to transport all of your treasures.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. 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
Cranberry Bog Work Day – Buckeye Lake. Here’s your chance to see Cranberry Bog up close and personal. Work continues from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12. Work day volunteers or anyone interesting in making donations to preserve the Bog, replace deteriorated sections of the boardwalk and extend boardwalk to areas of Bog not visible from the exiting boardwalk can call Buckeye Lake Historical Society at 740-928-1998 or e-mail J_ me@BuckeyeLakeHistory.org or George O’Donnel at 614-314- 1053 or godonnel@Arshot.com.
Mother’s Day Tea – Thornport. AMVETS Post #51 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Mother’s Day Tea at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Bring your grandmother, mother, sister, daughter or friend and your favorite tea cup.
Baked Steak Dinner-Buckeye Lake. Stop by the Buckeye Lake Fire Station for a delicious baked steak dinner from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 5. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Carryout is available; call 740-928-3473.
Poppy Day – Millersport. American Legion Post 637 Auxiliary members will be distributing poppies downtown and at local businesses starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Poppy Day is sponsored annually by the American Legion Auxiliary to remind Americans of the sacrifice of life and health made by the men and women of our armed forces. The poppies are hand-made by disabled veterans and are never sold. Donations benefit rehabilitation and child welfare for veterans and their families. Blair Murphy, daughter of Jerry and Tonya Murphy, is the 2012 Little Miss Poppy Queen. She is a fourth grader at Millersport Elementary School and a Junior Auxiliary member through her great grandfather Joh Gordon Bell who served in World War II.
Char-grilled Chicken Dinner – Millersport. Help Sop-N-Wet volunteers match a $5,000 contribution to reopen the Millersport Pool this summer. Enjoy a delicious char-grilled chicken dinner from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, at the Lions Club House. Menu includes mashed potatoes, noodles, baked bean, cole slaw, dessert and drink. Donation.
Free Foundation Center Webinars – Newark. Non-profit organizations are invited to attend a series of free webinars for grantseekers at the Newark Library. The live webinars will be followed by an orientation to the Newark Library’s grant collection. Topics and dates are: May 9, 12:55 – 2 p.m., Grantseeking Basics; May 10, 12:55- 2 p.m., Introduction to Finding Funders; May 15, 12:55 – 2 p.m., Proposal Writing Basics; and May 15, 2:55 – 4:00 p.m., Proposal Budgeting Basics. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to sign up, please call 740.349.5553, or visit the Newark Library Information Desk.
Free Zoo Admission on Mother’s Day – Columbus Zoo. Make mom smile this Mother’s Day with a family trip to the Zoo! All moms get in free with a paid child’s admission.