Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Preschool Storybook Science – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, September thru May. See the schedule below. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and a hands-on science activity suitable for children ages 3 – 5 and their caregiver. Free; donations appreciated. Registration is not required. Upcoming Sessions:
Winter Series Titles – Winter Wildlife
2/28 A Tree for Me
Pruning With The Pros – from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Arborists from McCullough’s Tree Service will give an introduction to pruning and go over tools and techniques of the trade. They will cover dos and don’ts; and review what they see daily and the various pruning projects they deal with regularly. Stay for an outdoor discussion of thinning and structural pruning as well as a demonstration of proper pruning cuts. Cost: Non-members – $20; Members – $15.
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
African Hand Drumming Class – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. The Licking Park District is hosting Instructor Lawrence Greene to teach monthly West African Drumming classes for ages 16 and up at Infirmary Mound Park! Classes are from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (April 1) unless it is a holiday which pushes it back to the second Monday. Join us for a fun exploration of djembe and other drums, intro, history, technique and rhythm. Beginner friendly; no experience necessary. Instruments are provided if you do not have your own.
For over 13 years, Lawrence has taught West African drumming classes and workshops in Ohio and West Virginia. In his classes, Lawrence hopes to foster a sense of togetherness for the participants and bring people together over a shared activity they might never have imagined themselves doing. Group drumming is a great way to relieve stress and find a sense of balance. This class will focus on traditional West African rhythms. Suggested donation of $10.
Free Gardening Classes – Harbor Community Center, Buckeye Lake. Licking County Master Gardeners are holding FREE monthly gardening classes from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on the following Saturdays at the Harbor Community Center on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village.
March 16 – Preparing Garden Beds + Planting for Early Crops
Learn when and how to start an early garden and have vegetables as early as April. Soil preparation and fertilizing will be discussed, as well what can be transplanted or directly seeded into the garden for early crops. KEY CONCEPTS that will be covered: know what to grow and when for Spring crops – components of soil – soil testing – amending/enriching soil in beds – directly seeding vs transplanting – “hardening off” plants started indoors from seeds – reading/using info on seed packets.
April 20 – Planting for Summer Crops + Limited Space Options
This class covers “what” and “when” of planting warm weather vegetables whether they be directly seeded or transplanted. Also learn options of growing in containers and vertically. KEY CONCEPTS that will be covered: know what to grow and when for Summer crops – spacing of plants – companion planting – container gardening – growing veggies vertically – straw bale gardening – reading/using info on seed packets.
May 18 – Maintaining a Healthy Garden
Now that the garden is planted, there are some simple things to be done to maximize production: mulching, watering, and weed, pest and disease control. If it is done right, it is not overwhelming or complicated. KEY CONCEPTS that will be covered: diseases & pests – composting – mulching – spacing – watering – weeding.
June 15 – Harvesting Crops + Planting for Fall Crops
When is the best time to harvest vegetables and herbs? Well, it depends. Learn some tricks of the trade. Also, plan for a Fall garden and learn what is best grown for a second round of fresh vegetables in September. KEY CONCEPTS that will be covered: know what to grow and when for Fall crops – reading/using info on seed packets – harvesting veggies – harvesting herbs – saving seeds for next year.
Open Gym – Christ United Methodist Church, Baltimore. Christ UMC will host an open gym for children and adults starting in December. Family gym time will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday beginning on Dec. 4 and ending March 21. Although the church will provide adult supervision, children under age 7 must be accompanied by a related adult. Open gym for teens and adults (ages 14 and up) will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. All children, youth and adults must complete a waiver and emergency contact form before playing. If the participant is under age 18, a parent or guardian must give permission by also signing the form, which will be available at the church office or at the open gym. Open gym will be closed on Dec. 13, 20, 25 and Jan. 1.
‘Behind the Science’ – The Works, Newark. Behind the Science programs are set for 6 – 7 p.m. on every third Thursday monthly at The Works. Cost: Non-members – $10; Members – Free. Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call Guest Services at 740-349-9277 or visit www.attheworks.org.
• March 21, 6-7 PM: Beer: The History and Science of the World’s Favorite Bubbly Brew will be presented by Patrick D. Gangwer, Head Brewer of Three Tigers Brewing Company. Beer lovers and enthusiasts alike will enjoy discovering how brewing is a combination of art and science in this exploration of the hows and whys of beer making.
• April 13, 6-7 PM: Dr. Bradley T. Lepper of Ohio History Connection discusses The Newark Earthworks: One of the World’s Ancient Wonders. The largest set of geometric enclosures and mounds in the world, The Newark Earthworks, are the work of the Hopewell people who lived in Ohio circa A.D. 1-400. These earthworks covered nearly five square miles, using more than seven million cubic feet of earth. Why did the Hopewell build such monumental works? Were they prehistoric forts or ancient American cathedrals?
“SEWING SMORGASBORD” – Sheridan Middle School, Thornville. Don’t miss the clothing and textile update of the year from 9:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Sheridan Middle School, 8660 Sheridan Rd, Thornville. It’s the annual update for the small home-based cottage industry of sewing with 34 classes and 14 exhibitors. Pre-registration is not required; just pay $8 at the door. For more information visit www.perry.osu.edu
Bald Eagle Watch – Bicentennial Park, Granville. Join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, for one of our 2019 walks to observe the nesting pair of Bald Eagles along the Granville bike trail. We will have our new spotting scope out for a close up view, as well as a few pairs of binoculars to share. Please bring your own binoculars if you have them. Meeting place Bicentennial Park in Granville. The hike in is about a mile, meet at 10 am. We will hike in together. Participants can then hike out at their preference.
Backyard Series: Bats and Bat Houses – James Bradley Senior Center, Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Road, Granville. Come for an afternoon discussing all things bats from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16. Ohio Nature Education will discuss Ohio species and bring some of their animal ambassadors! We will finish by building bat houses for you to take home! Cost is $25 per bat house. Pre-registration and payment required by March 8th.
Outdoor Life Field and Stream Expo – Ohio Expo Center. Formerly known as the Deer & Turkey Expo, this well-known event March 15 – 17, now in its 27th year, brings activities, free seminars, gear, more than 450 booths, demonstrations, contests, displays and more to the Ohio Expo Center. The state’s premier consumer expo for hunting and outdoor enthusiasts features the latest strategies, trends and techniques in hunting while providing a look at innovative new equipment, accessories, clothing and more. In addition to hundreds of hunting and archery exhibitors and outfitter booths, attendees will gain access to interactive activities, seminars and displays:
- Local hunters can enter their best deer from any season for display and official scoring by the Buckeye Big Buck Club, plus the chance to win awards. Entry into the contest costs $20 for scoring and display, while pre-scored trophies can be entered for $10. All entries include a three-day pass to attend the expo.
- Renowned archer Byron Ferguson returns to the Outdoor Life Field & Stream Expo with his Archery Trick Shot Show. This performance showcases his incredible shooting abilities with a traditional bow, such as hitting flying targets while blindfolded.
- At various trial ranges throughout the expo, attendees can test new bows, try their hand with an airgun and challenge their hoverball-shooting skills at a fast-paced shooting game featuring moving targets.
- Hunters, both novice and advanced, will benefit from seminars led by field experts on topics like increasing buck movement, training hunting dogs and implementing high-tech tactics.
Hours: Friday (2 pm – 9 pm); Saturday (9 am – 7 pm); Sunday (9 am – 4 pm). Cost: Adult single-day pass – $15; Adult two-day pass – $20; Youth (6 – 15) – $5; Children (5 and under) – Free; Military single-day pass – $13 with proof of duty. A complimentary subscription to either Field & Stream or Outdoor Life is included with adult ticket purchases. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit OutdoorLifeFieldandStreamExpo.com. Tickets purchased online in advance are available at a discounted rate.
Ohio Beef Expo – Ohio Expo Center. The Ohio Beef Expo is Ohio’s premier beef industry event. The March 15 -17 Expo includes a trade show, breeding cattle sales and a junior show. It is held annually in March over the weekend that includes the third Saturday of the month. Ranked as one of the Top 5 largest meetings/conventions in Central Ohio, the Beef Expo attracts more than 30,000 attendees annually. The centerpiece of the Expo, the trade show, boasts more than 100 vendors from 13 states. Exhibitors in this year’s trade show represent all segments of the industry from cattle handling equipment to show supplies, clothing to feed, genetics, and novelty items, and much, much more. Hours: Friday (8:30 am – 6 pm); Saturday (8:30 am – 6 pm); Sunday (8:30 am – 2 pm). FREE! For more information visit ohiobeefexpo.com
The Columbus Toy & Collectible Show – Ohio Expo Center. Buy, sell, trade, new and retro toys, video games and collectibles March 17 at Ohio’s largest gathering of vintage collectors and dealers! Hours: 9 am – 3 pm. Cost: General Admission – $7; Early Buyers (8 am ) – $10; Kids (10 and under) – Free. For more information visit ctspromotions.com
Birding Stroll – Taft Reserve – South, 10383 Fairview Rd, Heath. Come out and join us from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19, as we enjoy a fun and low pressure bird watching stroll through Taft Reserve – South on an approximately one-hour hike in search of our resident and migratory bird species. This hike will provide you with some of the basic techniques you need to become comfortable with spotting and identifying birds. Outdoor clothing, good walking shoes/boots and binoculars are recommended.
Full Moon Hike – American Woodcock – Taft Reserve – South, 10383 Fairview Rd, Heath. Come out and join us from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, as we enjoy a fun and low pressure bird watching stroll through Taft Reserve – South on an approximately one-hour hike in search of our resident and migratory bird species. This hike will provide you with some of the basic techniques you need to become comfortable with spotting and identifying birds. Outdoor clothing, good walking shoes/boots and binoculars are recommended.
Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus – Ohio Expo Center. The Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus returns to the Ohio Expo Center March 22 -24 with tons of family fun with clowns, aerialists, animal acts, indoor carnival rides and more! The ticket window opens one hour prior to each show. For seating chart information, contact the Aladdin Temple Shrine office at 614-475-2609. Cost: VIP – $27; Center reserve: Adults – $22, Children (12 and under) – $12; Reserve: Adults – $20, Children 12 and under – $12; Value: Adults and Children – $12
Hours: Friday, March 22 (3 pm, 7:30 pm); Saturday, March 23 (11 am, 3 pm, 7:30 pm); Sunday, March 24 (1 pm, 5 pm). Go to www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000 to purchase tickets. Ticket office opens 1 hour prior to each performance at the Celeste Center. For more information visit aladdinshrine.org
Junk Bash Presents: Spring Findings – Ohio Expo Center. Junk Bash Vintage Boutique is a marketplace for all things handmade, small-batch, rusty, dusty, awesome. Our community of makers, artisans, junkers, and shopkeepers share in the American story, where keeping vintage, handmade, and craft goods alive is our mission! If you are a vintage and handmade enthusiast with a hankering for well-curated shopping, Junk Bash Vintage Boutique is the place for you. It’s where DIY’ers come to party and shop, at this one-of-kind market that celebrates a shared lifestyle led by lovers of vintage and small-batch. With everything from good junk to artisans, this two-day mecca, March 22 – 23, of all the things you love can’t be missed. Hours: 9 am – 3 pm.
Cost: $8 per day; 14 and under free with paying adult – Cash and checks only at the door. Presale tickets available at participating merchants. Check junkbash.com for more info.
Scott Antique Market – Ohio Expo Center. The amazing indoor Scott Antique Market March 23 – 24 features aisles upon aisles of one-of-a-kind antiques and collectible items available for sale. Hours: Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. FREE! For more information visit scottantiquemarket.com
Columbus Gun Show – Ohio Expo Center. C & E Gun Shows March 23 – 24 provides firearm owners and enthusiasts with venues to purchase, trade and sell firearms, ammo, and related merchandise. Hours: Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Cost: $10 adults; children under 12 years of age with supervising adult admitted free. For more information visit C & E Gun Shows
Paint the Parks – James Bradley Senior Center, Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Rd, Granville. Come explore your creative side from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 28! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the night’s painting. Our price includes: pizza, snacks, and all painting supplies. BYO wine or beer. Fee – $25, cash or check at the door. Registration required.
Spring Dairy Expo – Ohio Expo Center. Hosted by the Ohio Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, this March 28 – 30 event 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 am – 9 pm); Friday (7:30 am – 9 pm); Saturday (7:30 am – 4 pm). FREE!
For more information visit springdairyexpo.com
Columbus Scrap and Stamp Show – Ohio Expo Center. Come join us March 29 – 30 for the 1st annual Columbus Scrap & Stamp Show. Taking the place of the long running “Memories Expo”, Great Lakes Scrapbooking Events has stepped in to fill the void! Scrapbookers and crafters are invited to join over 2,000 other guests for the “The Ultimate Cropping, Shopping, Learning Experience!” Browse booths from a variety of vendors offering a variety of product lines. Shop the event for $8 daily admission or purchase a two-day shopping pass for $12. Walk-ins are welcome the days of the event. Shopping hours are 10am-6pm Friday, March 29th, and 10am-5pm on Saturday March 30th. Guests can also register for All-Day Cropping (including selected meals). On Friday and Saturday All-Day Croppers crop from 9am-10pm and have unlimited access to the booths on the show floor during shopping hours included in the cost of $70/day. Guests can also reserve a crop spot for both days for only $120 (savings of $20 compared to registering separately). Visit www.greatlakesscrapbookevents.com/columbus for more information. All Day Cropping registration will open in late January – and remain open until shortly before the show. Hours: 10 am – 6 pm – Friday; 10 am – 5 pm – Saturday. Cost: $12 USD admission / 2 Day Pass / Available for purchase at the door on Friday CASH ONLY, Please! Or – purchase a single day admission for $8 / Available for purchase at the door Friday or Saturday CASH ONLY, Please! For more information visit GreatLakesScrapbookEvents.com
2019 Youth Art Show & Contest – Somerset. Check out the young artists from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Somerset Artists” Coop, 206 S. Market St. Prizes with their sponsors are: Best of Show – $250 (Commodore Bank); Elementary (up to 5th grade) – $200 (Ludowici Tile); Middle School (Grades 6 through 8) – $200 (Dennis & Nelson Insurance Group); High School – $200 (IBI Group); and Peoples’s Choice Award – $200 (Mayor Tom Johnson and Doug Preisse).
Taste of Granville – Granville. Granville Rotary’s 5th annual Taste of Granville returns from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at the Bryn Du Mansion. The 2019 Taste of Granville will provide an amazing afternoon of food, music, wine & beer in support of the incredible work of the Granville Rotary Foundation both locally and abroad. The Taste sold out last year so pre-order your tickets now! The event features the best of local food, beer, wine, spirits and music on the beautiful Bryn Du Mansion grounds. For more information visit www.tasteofgranville.org