Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Beginner Tai Chi Chuan – from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 15, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13 and 20. Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. Tai Chi is designed to increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; improve balance, joint flexibility and posture; and support mental health. This class focuses on basic Tai Chi skills along with completion of the Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style). Basic warm-ups start the class with a new portion taught each week. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.
Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan – from 2 – 3 p.m. on Sundays, April 15, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13 and 20. Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. Tai Chi is designed to increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; improve balance, joint flexibility and posture; and support mental health. The intermediate class focuses on more advanced warm-ups, the complete Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style) from the beginner’s class and additional Qi Gong exercises, further enhancing the benefits of the practice. Students are required to complete the beginner class at least once prior to participating in the intermediate class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.
Honoring Earth Day – from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20. FREE! ‘Tis the season for tree planting! We’re upholding the tradition of celebrating Earth Day by reforesting areas to increase natural beauty and habitat. Join us as we plant a variety of native trees to enhance our Red Barn Reserve. While you’re here, learn why it’s important to purchase native plant material that originates from locally sourced seeds. There is no fee to participate in this program however we do ask that you register to attend to ensure we that have adequate tools and supplies
Foraging for Wild Edibles: Weed ’em & Eat! – from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. Learn how to forage, sample spring wild edibles and take a 45-minute hike throughout The Arboretum to identify, collect and taste 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.
Arbor Day Festival – from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. FREE! Celebrate trees and nature at The Dawes Arboretum’s annual Arbor Day Festival, presented by Park National Bank. Expect a funfilled day with hands-on activities for families like crafts, educational displays, tree climbing, tours, special entertainment and giveaways including trees for the first 500 visitors (limit 1 per family). Purchase lunch from a food truck and plan to stay awhile to enjoy all this celebration has to offer. Children can get an amazing, new perspective on trees by participating in supervised tree climbing. Participants won’t want to miss presentations featuring animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at noon and 1pm.Arboretum staff and many of its community and conservation partners host interactive displays offering crafts and activities throughout the day.
This event is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor Park National Bank, media sponsor Ohio Magazine, children’s program sponsor Bartlett Tree Experts and The Arboretum’s many volunteers and partner organizations.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 centralohiokennelclub.com
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 gserr.com
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 www.friendsofohiobarns.org 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 gluten-free 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 glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com
First of the Season Car Show – Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Museum and Kar Shoz’s Jim Matheny are teaming up again for the first area car show this season. Registration begins at noon on Saturday, April 28, at the Laid-Back Saloon, 10990 Mill Dam Road, Buckeye Lake. Awards will be announced at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is just $10; show day is $12. All cars and motorcycles are welcome. Proceed will help restore the museum’s authentic sternwheeler, the Queen of the Lake III. Door prizes, food and live music by Matt Linkous. Kick off the car show season in Buckeye Lake. For registration and information contact Jim Matheny at 740-522-6635, Laid-Back Saloon at (740) 527- 1569 or Buckeye Lake Museum 740-929-1998, www.buckeyelakehistory.org or on Facebook.
Mohican Wildlife Weekend – Malabar Farm State Park, Loudenville. The Mohican Wildlife Weekend is offering activities that promote and attract pollinators like bees, butterflies and bats. Most activities are free. The events held at Malabar Farm State Park include activities on Saturday, April 28, such as a wildflower hike at 8:30 a.m., a session on Ohio’s bats at 10 a.m., a vernal pool study at 11 a.m., a grass caterpillar kid’s activity from noon-4 p.m., a mushroom hike at 2 p.m. and a wildlife barn dance from 7-10 p.m. On Sunday, April 29, activities at Malabar Farm include a mushroom hike at 10 a.m., a birding hike at 1 p.m., a butterfly and skippers program at 3:30 p.m. and a grass caterpillar kid’s activity from noon-4 p.m. For more details on all of the participating locations and activities, go to mohicanwildlifeweekend.com.
Spring Wildflower Hike – Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, Yellow Springs. The spring ephemerals are likely the best feature of Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, and the relatively untouched forest found on the dolomite slopes here have allowed these colonies of wildflowers to flourish. Join us on Saturday, April 28, at 9 a.m. for this spring wildflower hike and learn about some of these short-lived beauties. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Hikers should meet at the Bear’s Den, which is near the main parking lot trailhead. The parking lot address is 2381 State Route 343, Yellow Springs 45387. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937- 537-6173.
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 http://www.beerfesttickets.com/sixonepour2018 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.
Lauren Mascitti – Ohio Valley Opry, McConnelsville. Lauren is a country music singer/songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and mandolin player from Louisville, OH, who will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Raised by her grandparents, she has been singing since the age of 7 and writing since she was old enough to make up jingles on her toy tape recorder. After graduating with her RN degree, Lauren moved to Nashville after spending most of her summers there doing songwriter showcases at different venues throughout Nashville. She has had the privilege of writing and/ or performing with some of Nashville’s greatest talents, such as Larry Gatlin, Pam Tillis, Shawn Camp, Mo Pitney, and many more. Since she started singing and recording at the age of 7, Lauren has recorded 9 CDs. Lauren’s newest album “It’s Never Just a Song” is composed of all original material.
Lauren has appeared at many theaters in Branson, MO, and did “Southern Gospel Sundays” and over 30 shows with gospel legend Gary McSpadden at the Americana Theater. This will be Lauren’s fourth appearance on the Ohio Valley Opry stage. Also performing are The Clarks, Beth Bigham, Mike Morrison, Matt Coleman, and country comic Uncle Doofus. The show starts at 6 p.m. and the doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.OhioValleyOpry.com, or by calling 740-525-9218.
The Seven Stars: Music of Jonathan Dove – Lancaster and Columbus. LancasterChorale, central Ohio’s premier professional chamber choir, will close its 2017- 18 season with The Seven Stars: Music of Jonathan Dove on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22. Two years ago, LancasterChorale performed Jonathan Dove’s Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars to strong response from audiences. This year’s program includes that work, and will feature additional titles by Dove. The program will also spotlight works by Howard Hanson, Esenvalds, and Ticheli, all featuring texts about stars.
Performances are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2151 Dorset Road, Columbus; and 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 132 S. High Street, Lancaster. Adult tickets are $25 for each performance; senior tickets are $20. For reduced priced tickets, order online at LancasterChorale.com.
Sugar Creek Bluegrass – Baltimore. The energetic young band from central Ohio made up of brothers and sisters performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Victoria Opera House. The band performs traditional bluegrass, old time, and gospel music inspired by legends like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. Sugar Creek has shared the stage with some amazing bluegrass bands including Dailey & Vincent, Russell Moore, Rhonda Vincent, Joe Mullins, Flatt Lonesome, Mountain Faith and many others. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door. For more information visit Baltimore- DowntownRestoration.com
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 are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14,witha2p.m.matineeon April 15. . General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door.