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Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.

War Memorabilia from the Dawes Family – from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31. Among the historic collections housed at The Arboretum are artifacts from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II that are rarely displayed. Learn about the Dawes family’s participation in these American wars while the history department shows off their unique collection. Please note, photographing artifacts will be prohibited.

Beneath the Bark: Asian Longhorned Beetle First Detector Training – from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 5. Cost: Nonmembers – $25; Members – $20. Invasive wood boring insects can have a tremendous impact on our forests. Reminiscent of the Emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle presents a new threat. Early detection is key in containing the insect and treating impacted trees. This program will equip arborists, natural resource professionals and homeowners – anyone who routinely inspects or maintains trees – with the knowledge needed to recognize the signs and symptoms of these detrimental insects.

Wildflower Walk & Ramp Celebration – from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 6. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. The wildflowers and fragrant ramps that carpet the Woodland Garden in early spring are a sight to see. Enjoy an indoor presentation on the gems of this special garden and the legendary wild onion that fills the forest floor. Then take a tour of the wildflowers and harvest up to one pound of ramps to take home to your garden.

Beginning Bonsai – Session 1 from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 7 and Session 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. Cost: Non-members – $40; 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, cultural needs, 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 and nurture.

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

Spring Dairy Expo – Ohio Expo Center. Hosted by the Ohio Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, this event March 29 -31, attracts all seven breeds of dairy cattle and continues to grow in both cattle numbers and number of exhibitors. More than 800 head of cattle will compete for Junior Champion and Supreme Champion of the junior and open shows. Live auction sales will be hosted by the OSU Buckeye Dairy Club and some of the nation’s top breeders of show and high milk producing animals. Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA and Holstein USA judging competitions are expected to be major attractions. Youth showmanship classes continue to be an event highlight. Hours: Thursday – 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. FREE! For more information visit

Columbus Home Improvement Show – Ohio Expo Center. This comprehensive and expansive home show April 6 -8, brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts. See the latest innovations and design trends. Experts will be showcasing everything for the home including, but not limited to the latest in cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, energy efficient windows and exterior products as well as the newest ideas pertaining to landscape installations. Be inspired by the feature gardens built right inside exhibit hall. Hours: Friday, noon – 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm; and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Cost: $5 adults; children under 18 years of age free. For more information, visit

Mid Ohio Ford Club Spring Swap Meet – Ohio Expo Center. More than 1,000 vendors fill acres of space with new and used Ford and Mercury parts, literature, collectibles and cars for sale at the 38th annual event April 7 -8. Hours: :Saturday (9 am – 6 pm); and Sunday (9 am – 3 pm). Cost:Adults – $8; Children (12 and under) – Free. For more information visit

Health & Fitness Fest – Licking County Family YMCA Center, Newark. The Health & Fitness Fest is FREE and open to all youth in the community from Noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Complete a total of eight activities and health screenings to be entered in a drawing for great fitness prizes. Features health screenings, Gladiator Sports bubble soccer, Zumba, gymnastics, free throw shooting, obstacle course, inflatables, face painting, balloons and healthy snacks.

Equine Affaire – Ohio Expo Center. The four days of the 51st annual event April 12 – 15 – the nation’s premier equine exposition and equestrian gathering – are packed with educational clinics, seminars, demonstrations by top industry professionals, an extensive trade show, evening entertainment and more. Hours: 9 am – 7 pm (Thursday – Saturday); 9 am – 5 pm (Sunday). Cost: Adult (singleday) – $15; Adult (four-day) – $50; Youth (age 7 – 10, single day) – $8; Child (6 and under) – Free. The single-entry daily parking fee is $7, and four-day parking passes (allowing re-entry) will be available for $20. For more information visit

73rd Annual Daffodil Show & Sale – Bryn Du Mansion, Granville. The show runs from noon to 6 p.m. on April 14 and 15. This year’s theme celebrates the Bryn Du Mansion and its colorful history in the Village of Granville. There will be hundreds of daffodils on display to enjoy. You can learn how to plant and arrange these wonderful spring flowers, and after touring the displays and the historic Bryn Du Mansion, you can order bulbs for your own gardens. Free admittance. For more information visit

Family and Friends Day – Newark. Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark are holding their annual Family and Friends Day for both the campus and the community from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in the Adena Hall Gymnasium, 1159 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. Activities include balloon art, face painting, inflatables and ice cream. There will also be a Columbus Zoo show, a juggler and much more.

Uncorked Craft Beer & Wine Tasting – Baltimore. The sixth annual Beer and Wine Tasting to benefit the restoration of the Victoria Opera House is set for 7 -11 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Victoria Opera House. Each ticket holder received six drink tokens to sample Ohio beer and wines. There will be hor d’ourves, sweets and non-alcoholic drinks available to enjoy. Tickets are $20 pre sale through Eventbrite or at our office located at 107 S. Main Street, Monday through Thursday 9am-3pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 at the door. Additional drink tokens are $1 each or six for $5. Designated Driver tickets are $10 and are available at the door or our office.

One Night 2018 – Ohio Expo Center. ONE CITY, ONE CHURCH, ONE NIGHT – A gathering of all churches in Columbus on Friday, April 20, to worship Jesus together. Doors open at 6pm and event is from 7pm – 9pm. FREE! For more information visit

2018 Youth Art Show and Exhibit – Somerset. The Somerset Artists’ Coop is sponsoring a youth show on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at 206 S. Market Street, Somerset. Five cash prizes will be awarded: $250 Best of Show from Commodore Bank; $200 Best Elementary (up to 5th grade) from Ludowici Tile; $200 Best Middle School (6th – 8th grade) from Dennis & Nelson Insurance Group; $200 Best High School from IBI Group; and $100 People’s Choice Award from Somerset Mayor Tom Johnson. For more information please contact Julie Ward at 740-743-1832 (home) or

Cardinal Cluster Dog Show – Ohio Expo Center. The Central Ohio Kennel Club Inc. presents the Cardinal Cluster Dog Show April 21-22, with more than 150 AKC registered breeds to show and sell. Hours:7 am – 6 pm. Cost:Adults – $5; Seniors – $3; Children (under 12) – $2; Family (Two adults and any number of children) – $12, For more information visit

Buckeye Model Train and Railroad Artifact Show – Ohio Expo Center. Golden Spike Entertainment presents the Buckeye Model Train & Railroad Artifact show April 21 – Ohio’s largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show. Hours:9 am – 4 pm. Cost: $7. For more information visit

Ohio Barn Conference – Carroll County. The annual conference is set for April 27 – 28, in Carroll County. Join barn enthusiasts, barn owners and maybe even a few barn “huggers” at Ohio’s only annual barn tour & conference. Friday, April 27, is an all-day bus tour, including lunch, visiting several century barns. We will be visiting a barn that was converted from gable to gambrel construction that also sports some incredible stone work in the foundation. There will be an amazing double-crib log barn made of virgin timber to view on the tour as well. Other stops will include the Carroll County Golden Age Retreat barn as well as a very old scribe-rule Sweitzer barn and accompanying sandstone house.

Saturday’s barn conference also includes lunch and will feature local historians, guest speakers, demonstrations and a good dose of barn lore. This year the conference will be held at the Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. The public is welcome. Pre-Registration is required. Visit for more information or to register.

Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest – Ohio Expo Center. The ultimate Gluten-Free Party is coming to Columbus April 28 -29, and you don’t want to miss it! Come explore the Gluten-Free Food Allergy fest and sample tons of great Gluten-Free products from over 75 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. This event is like no other. Whether you’re thinking about going gluten-free or you’re a glutenfree pro looking for new products and ideas, the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest has something for everyone. Hours:Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm. Cost: Adults – $15; Children – $5. For more information visit

Six One Pour Festival Huntington Park, Columbus. Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest returns to Huntington Park in the Columbus Arena District from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The festival is the signature event of the 2018 Columbus Craft Beer Week celebration and with over 50 Ohio craft breweries participating. . This year’s collaboration brew – Confluence – is an American IPA collaboration among 20 Central Ohio breweries, brewed specifically for Columbus Craft Beer Week and Six One Pour. Advance general admission tickets are $45, which includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. Early admission tickets are $55 and include admission at 5 p.m. Designated driver admission isr $15. Tickets can be purchased online at All tickets include a Reserved Seat voucher for a future Columbus Clippers baseball game.

Historic National Road Yard Sale Days – U.S. 40. From Baltimore to St. Louis! Eight hundred, twenty four miles of roadside treasures. May 30 – June 3, 2018. Dawn to dusk.


next to normal – Ohio University Lancaster. Ohio University Lancaster Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with the modern musical, next to normal. The show opens Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 pm and runs through April 8, 2018. Acclaimed as “the best musical of the 21st century” by Rolling Stone magazine, next to normal tells the story of a suburban family coping with their troubled mother. Tickets are available now at oul-theatre.For more information, visit the theatre program website at events/theatre.cfm

Bonnie Bishop – Ohio University Lancaster. Join Bonnie, along with guitarist Ford Thurston at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Ohio University Lancaster’s Wagner Theatre for a memorable evening of dynamic music steeped in soul, blues, rock and country. Tickets are available for $20 at for reserved seating


Goodbye Charlie – Newark. The Black Box Theater at The Ohio State University at Newark presents the hilarious comedy, Goodbye Charlie. Shot by a jealous husband, Charlie falls out a porthole and is lost at sea only to find himself returned as an attractive blond woman. His best friend is staying at his house as he puts Charlie’s affairs in order and after being convinced, finds himself an unwilling helper in Charlie’s new plan to marry into money. Performances run from Thursday through Saturday, April 5-7, and again Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14. The curtain opens at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall. Additionally, there are two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 and 15. General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

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