Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Arbor Day Festival – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. FREE! It’s Arbor Day—a celebration of trees and nature presented by Park National Bank! Expect a fun-filled day with lots of hands-on learning opportunities for families including crafts, displays and tree climbing. A very special animal encounter by our friends at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will happen at noon and 1 pm. The Arboretum is showcasing a plant sale offering a variety of nursery plants. The first 250 families have an opportunity to take home their own tree, to plant in honor of Arbor Day.
Plant Sale & Garden Fair – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday, May 16, at the Visitors Center. FREE! Enhance your landscape with unique plants cultivated by our horticulture experts! Our spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair offers the opportunity to find some rare gems you can’t find anywhere else. The Arboretum showcases some of our favorite woody varieties which have been researched on our 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. Proceeds from the sale benefit The Arboretum’s collections 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
Newark Walk MS – The Dawes Arboretum. Walk Help make a difference by registering for the Newark Walk MS on Saturday, April 18, Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting Walk MS to raise funds for local programs, services and medical research. But the event is more than a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to inspire others to join the fight against multiple sclerosis and to show support to those living with the chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. For more information about multiple sclerosis or the Walk MS visit www.MSohiowalk.org.
Pancakes for Pelotonia – Newark. OSU-Newark is the location of this year’s cancer research fundraiser, “Pancakes for Pelotonia”. Enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18, in The John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center at the Newark campus. Cost is a donation.
All donations will go toward cancer research with 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar through Pelotonia directly funding research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Show – Ohio Expo Center. Golden Spike Entertainment presents the Buckeye Model Train & Railroad show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. It’s Ohio’s largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show. Cost is $6. For more information visit www.gserr.com
Book Sale and Local Author Fair – Newark. Book lovers are in for a treat at the Main Library on Saturday, April 18. The newly established Friends of the Licking County Library are having a “bucka bag” book sale from 9:00-4:00 p.m. There is also a Local Author Fair from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on all three levels.
70th Annual Daffodil Show & Sale – Granville. The Granville Garden Club’s Daffodil Show & Sale runs from noon to 6 p.m. April 18 – 19, Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Road. Experience hundreds of daffodils displayed in a decor reminiscent of 1945. Daffodils are resistant to wildlife and easy to grow. During the tour of the show visitors will be offered planting and growing tips for daffodils as well as the companion plants that make the garden have a long lasting beauty during spring. The daffodil show originated as a gift to the community and for 70 years Granville Garden Club has continued giving! Free and handicap accessible, children are welcome. For more information visit GranvilleGardenClub.com.
Exploring Google – Newark. This class from 1 – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, explores the most popular products that Google has to offer including Gmail, Drive, Earth, and much more. Basic computer skills are required for this class. Main Library – Meeting Room B.
Who Gives a Hoot? Earth Day Celebration – Newark. Tweens, come join us for an Earth Day Celebration from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22! We will be watching The Lorax, eating Dr. Seuss themed snacks and making earth day crafts. Bring your friends and come help us celebrate Earth Day! Open to 4th-8th grades.
Smart Money Choices: Budgeting and Credit & Debt – Newark. Need help getting a handle on your financial goals? Eddie Moore, Education and Outreach Director for Trinity Debt Management, will present an interactive classfrom 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, on effective budgeting techniques and provide useful tips for getting your credit and debt under control.
Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest – Ohio Expo Center. The ultimate gluten-free party is coming to Columbus April 25 -26. Come explore the Gluten-Free Food Allergy fest and sample tons of great Gluten- Free products from more than 70 exhibitors. Hosted by Gluten-Free & More magazine, this two-day event gives you the opportunity to learn from experts, attend cooking demos from world-class chefs and eat tons of awesome gluten-free food…and of course, there will be dairy-free and nut-free options as well. Whether you’re thinking about going gluten-free or you’re a gluten-free pro looking for new products and ideas, the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest has something for everyone. Get your questions answered and try some yummy food at the same time! Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Adults-$15; Children-$5. For more information visit www.glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com/locations/columbus/
Buckeye Lake Museum Car Show – Buckeye Lake. It’s the season’s first car show from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the North Shore Boat Ramp in Buckeye Lake Village. Registration is $10 and runs from noon to 3 p.m. All cars are welcome. Awards are presented at 4:30 p.m. Food will be available. Door prizes and drawing through out the afternoon.
Uncorked – Baltimore. Tickets are limited for Baltimore Restoration’s wine and beer tasting from 7 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Baltimoe VFW. Each $15 ticket includes four drink tokens. Get tickets at www.uncorked2015. eventbrite.com
Culinary Science Showcase – Newark. Central Ohio Technical College hosts its Culinary Science Showcase from 7 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, in the John Gilbert Reese Center. Admission is free. Attendants will participate in hands-on cooking demonstrations and topic discussions; tour kitchen facilities; learn about the COTC culinary science program; meet faculty members and current students; and enjoy delicious food created during the event. All prospective students interested in the Culinary Science Technology program or culinary careers are invited to attend this event.
There will be presentations on careers in the industry and detailed information on what Culinary Science has to offer. Currently, a two year associate’s degree is available, as well as a newly-implemented one-year certificate with an abridged curriculum. All who plan to attend may RSVP on the Culinary Science Website <http:// www.cotc.edu/Academics/Pages/ Culinary-Science-Technology. aspx> or by phone 740.366.9222 by April 23.
Licking Township Clean-up – Jacksontown. Celebrate Earth Day and help clean up along Licking Township road on Saturday, April 25, Sunday, April 26 or both days. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Volunteers should call Trustee Dave Miller at 740-404- 4720 or Trustee John Holman at 740-404-4721.
Windows 8 – Newark. This class from 1 – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, is intended for advanced beginners who have not already taken our Computer Basics, Internet & Web Searching, and Exploring Google classes. In class you will discover how to navigate in Windows 8. You will tour the Start screen, learn about the Desktop version, explore the Charms menu, and experiment with touch gestures. Basic computer skills are required for this class. Registration is required.
Perry County Home and Garden Show – New Lexington. The show is at the Fairgrounds Coliseum May 1 and May 2. The show features flower and vegetable plants, hanging baskets, trees, shrubs and herbs, a mushroom grower with shitake mushroom logs, cold frame ideas, craft vendors and educational displays. Pressure canner gauge testing will be available Friday evening only. Chef Alfonso Contrisciani will do cooking demonstrations. Food will be available. FREE admission and parking. For more information and vendor applications contact OSU Extension-Perry County at 740- 743-1602.
Raising Your Creative Child – The Works, Newark. Does your child draw on the walls? Do they sculpt their food? Do they color outside the lines? If so, you are probably raising a creative child! Parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers are invited to learn more about ways to encourage creative children with a FREE presentation called Raising Your Creative Child at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology from 2 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. The presentation will feature an interactive conversation with Greg Thune, assistant professor and chair of the Industrial Design Department at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). Thune’s presentation will focus on identifying creative kids, nurturing and engaging creative children throughout their education process, and preparing young people for careers that honor their innate creativity.
Ohio Valley Opry – McConnelsville. Rising star, Jesse Gregory performs at the Ohio Valley Opry at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, (doors open at 4 pm). From Maryville, Tennessee, Gregory was the recipient of the IBMA best upcoming artist award last year. Her country-bluegrass vocals are becoming a hot commodity on the circuit this year, as she makes her way across the country performing at festivals, fairs, and concert halls. Also on the lineup are Mike Morrison from Marietta, The Clarks, The Siglers, The Rays, Rick Troyer, and country comic, Uncle Doofus. Tickets are just $10 and can be reserved by calling the OVO office at 740-525-9218, or by logging onto www.OhioValleyOpry.com.