Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Upcoming Events

Register Today for the Eighth Annual Landowners Conference: “Income Opportunities for Farms, Forests and Communities”

Time is running out to register for Rural Action’s annual Landowners Conference, June 2 through 4 at Camp Oty’Okwa in the Hocking Hills region of Southeast Ohio. It will feature sessions on holistic resource management, private land conservation and stewardship, medicinal herbs and other non-timber forest products, sustainable agriculture, invasive plants and more. Please check out our Web site for more information about this one-of-a-kind event. To register, call Cynthia at 740-767-2090. RAMBLER SPECIAL: Mention that you heard about the Landowners Conference in the Rural Rambler to receive a $5 discount.

Lecture: Community Strategies for the Lives of AIDS Orphans
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m., Walter Hall (Ohio University), Room 235

Prisca Nemapare, a former Ohio University faculty member and Founder of the Zienzele Foundation in Zimbabwe, will speak on “Sustainable, Community-based Strategies for Improving the Quality of Life of AIDS Orphans and Their Caregivers.” More information:

NOTE: You may also enjoy an episode of “Volunteer Action” with Prisca Nemapare and Rural Action board member Mary Anne Flournoy on 970 AM Tuesday, June 6 at 10:06 a.m.

Puppet Show: “The Great Kapok Tree”
Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m., Arts/West

Rural Action's Environmental Learning Program (ELP), with support from TEAM Athens County, and in collaboration with Dominika Adamova and Arts/West, will host a puppet theater performance entitled “The Great Kapok Tree” this Sunday. The Kids Puppet Theater Club, facilitated by ELP and Dominika, has met for the past six weeks to choose a story to tell and to create puppets and set design. This event is free, while donations are always welcomed. So, come one, come all, and tell your friends! See you Sunday!

Produce Auction Opens for the Season
Wednesday, May 24, 3 p.m., 8380 Wagoner Road, Chesterhill

The Chesterhill Produce Auction, a wholesale auction for fruits, vegetables, flowers and other goods, opens May 24. Grocers, roadside stand retailers and individual consumers are welcome! More information: call Tom at 740-742-4401.

Directions to 8380 Wagoner Road. From Athens: Take 550 E through Amesville. Take 377 N at Sharpsburg, then a left on Wagoner Road. The Auction is on the right.
From McConnelsville: Take 78 E to 377 S. Turn right on Wagoner Road. The Auction is on the right.

The Appalachian Heritage Celebration
Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Middleport Business area

This celebration of Appalachian heritage and culture features crafts, food booths, entertainment, a farmer's market, kids games, craft demonstrations and wagon rides. It will also have an "Outhouse Parade" and "Outhouse Races." Any group or organization is welcome to participate.

Wetland Restoration Tour and Potluck
Sunday, May 21, 3:00 p.m. at Bob and Marsha Pfeifer’s farm (1908 S.R. 327 in Jackson County).

The outing will include a walk along the perimeter of the wetland restoration project, identifying emerging wetland plants and viewing wildlife. Project design plans will be on site. Potluck dinner will be outside with a bonfire. Contact 740-384-6150 for a map. Flags will mark the location as you drive two miles north of the U.S. 35/SR 327 junction, about 6 miles S of U.S. 32 at the Wellston exit. Carpooling coordinator, Loraine McCosker, 740-589-4070,

Sunday Creek Watershed Group Public Meeting
Wednesday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. potluck; 7 p.m. featured speaker, 69 High St, Glouster
For more information, call 740-767-2225 or visit

Community Yard Sale: Reserve Your Space Today!
ReUse Industries is hosting a community yard sale Saturday May 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 74815 U.S. Highway 50 in Vinton County. Residents can set up and sell their used items for free. Community groups are also welcome. Chair and table rental is available. Call 740-698-8200 ext.15 to learn more.

Nature Hike with Cathy and Paul Knoop
Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m.

Cathy and Paul Knoop will host a hike on their 70 acres of diverse landscape, which includes an oak hickory ridge top forest, hemlock ravines, a woodland pond, waterfalls and prairie meadows. Their land is protected by a conservation easement placed with Hocking Hills Land Trust. For more information, contact Paul Knoop at 740-385-6638, or Jessica Smith, 740-767-4185,

Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference
August 4, Athens Ohio Department of Natural Resources District Office

Great speakers will address the topics of managing slopes, no mow areas and developing prairies; funding community tree care programs in tight times; using GIS to manage landscapes and to quantify the benefits of trees; Ohio's champion trees; Emerald Ash Borer update; good tree selections for southeast Ohio soils and sites; and controlling deer in town. More info: Ann Bonner, 740-589-9910 or 614-670-2630,

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