Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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
Preschool Storytime – Buckeye Lake Library. Preschool Storytime is back at 11 a.m. on Wednesday mornings from April 5 through April 26 at the Buckeye Lake Library. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to attend the weekly Storytime program, complete with stories, songs, snacks, and a craft as well as laughter and learning.
Make Your Own Scrapbook – Buckeye Lake Library. Buckeye Lake Library is hosting another installment in our Adult Only Card Crafting class from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. This month participants will be crafting their own scrapbooking book. Registration is required so call 740-928-0472 or stop by the Buckeye Lake Library to sign up.
Easter Egg Coloring – Buckeye Lake Library. Hop by the library from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, to decorate eggs, make your own Easter bucket, and enjoy children’s stories about Easter. No registration is required for an afternoon of springtime fun.
Spring Fling – New Lexington Library. Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 or at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Both programs will include stories, crafts, and more! Bring you camera! Clifford will be available for photos during each program.
Spring Basket of Treats – Thornville Library. Come in during National Library week April 10 – 15. Guess how materials are available to check out. You may be surprised! The person making the best guess will win a fun spring basket of treats.
Scholastic Book Fair – New Lexington Library. Books make great spring gifts and your purchases help the library earn free books. Book fair is April 10 – 14 and the hours are: Monday – Thursday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm and 5 pm-7 pm and Friday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
“Photographic Books and the Bookseller” – Columbus. The Aldus Society’s April program features Andrew Cahan, among the premier booksellers of photographic books. His talk is entitled “Photographic Books and the Bookseller” – Columbus. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public. Pre-program socializing begins at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.aldussociety.com
Meet a Meteorologist – Buckeye Lake Library. Local meteorologist Mackenzie Bart will be teaching a lesson on weather to our home school students at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 17. The forecast is an unforgettable afternoon, so drop by to learn all about weather. No registration is required.
DNA Interest Group – Newark. The Licking County Genealogical Society’s DNA Interest Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 17, in Meeting Room A at the Licking County Library/Main, 101 W. Main St., Newark. We will be discussing results from Ancestry DNA testing and GedMatch, a very helpful tool in finding those lost cousins. The meeting is free and open to the public.
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.
Full Pool Breakfast – Buckeye Lake. Mark your calendars now for 38th George Pugh Full Pool Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 28, at the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club. Local politicians are being invited.The program includes a “ Visit around the Lake” and businesses will have an opportunity to share how they have survived the low water with an optimistic view. For more information visit www.buckeyelakecc.com
Jim Matheny’s Kar Shoz – Buckeye Lake. Kick-off the car show season with Jim Matheny’s Kar Shoz on Saturday, April 29, at the Buckeye Lake KOA. Sponsored by the Buckeye Lake Historical Society. For more information visit buckeyelakehistory.org
Youth Art Show & Exhibit – Somerset. The 2017 Somerset Artists’ Co-op Youth Art Show and Exhibit is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at 206 S. Market Street, Somerset. Five prizes, listed with sponsor, will be awarded: Best Of Show: $250 (Commodore Bank); Elementary (up to 5th Grade): $200 (Ludowici Tile); Middle School (6th to 8th): $200 (Dennis & Nelson Insurance Group); High School : $200 (IBI Group); and People’s Choice Award: $100 (Mayor Tom Johnson). E-mail email@example.com for entry information.
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.
Connie Smith – The Ohio Valley Opry, McConnelsville. Grand Ole Opry Star and Nashville recording artist Connie Smith is making her third appearance on Saturday, April 15. An Ohio native from the Lower Salem area, Connie Smith moved to Nashville to pursue her singing career, and was a virtual overnight success.It is a Nashville legend that Connie Smith’s first record, the aching and unforgettable “Once a Day,” written by Bill Anderson and recorded on July 16, 1964 when she was just 23, became one of the most celebrated singles in country music history-the first debut single by a female country singer to go to Number One, a position it held for eight weeks. Fifty-three years later it is still the only first debut single ever to have done that. Joining Connie is special guest, Stacy Grubb from Beaver, WV, and OVO regulars, The Clark Family, Matt Coleman, Beth Bigham, Mike Morrison, and country comic Uncle Doofus. Shows at 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20, and $15 and can be purchased by calling 740/525/9218. For more information, visit www.OhioValleyOpry.com.
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.
“The Heart’s Passion” – Lancaster. LancasterChorale, Central Ohio’s premier professional chamber choir, will bring its 2016-17 season to a close with “The Heart’s Passion: Songs of Longing, Love, and Loss” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 105 East Mulberry Street, in Lancaster. The concert will feature Brahms’ fiery and lyric Zigeunerlieder (Gypsy Songs), and Edward Elgar’s charming remembrance of mountain travel, From the Bavarian Highlands. Tickets are $25, $20 for senior citizens or free for students and active-duty military personnel in uniform and are available at www.lancasterchorale.com