Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Upcoming Events

Environmental Learning Program - Disc Golf Tournament
Submitted by Adam Fitch, AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Environmental Learning Program

(This article appears in this month's issue of The Spire, Hocking College's monthly news magazine.)

On Saturday May 5, Rural Action's Environmental Learning Program (ELP) will host the ELP Disc Golf Tournament on Hocking College's disc golf course near Shaw Hall. The ELP's mission is to foster a sense of wonder and stewardship for the earth among youth and adults through hands-on, experiential learning. ELP conducts summer watershed daycamps for children to learn about the effects of coal mining on waterways; it organizes childrens' activities at local fesitivals (Pawpaw Festival and Sustainability Festival to name a few); and it works with youth in and out of local schools.

Adam Fitch, AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer with ELP sees the tournament as a way to reach out to a new a growing population of youth. "What we're attempting with this tournament is to find new avenues of fundraising," says Fitch whose program funding comes largely from grants, which can be an unsure funding source. "Disc golf is an emerging popular sport - from college campuses to professional tournaments, even on an international level. The hope is that participants will learn about our work in the local area while supporting us and having a good time."

The tournament will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 5. Teams of two can show-up anywhere in that timeframe to play their game. If you've never played disc golf, it's fun and easy. Teammates attempt to throw frisbee-like discs into a metal basket. Each player throws towards the basket. Then, teammates decide which throw was better and start their next throws from that spot. "It can be very leisurely, or fast-paced," says Fitch. "It all depends on your preference."

The admission charge will be $15 per person or $5 for children under 12 years of age with an adult. Prizes are still in the works. There will also be one shot competitions, such as "closest to the pin" and "longest drive." For more information or to register, call Adam Fitch at 740-767-4938. You may also visit the website for the ELP Disc Golf Tournament at

Buckeye Trail Maintenance Training
Submitted by Emily Boyer, AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Sunday Creek Watershed Group

Join Andrew Bashaw of the North Country Trail as he leads a Trail Maintenance Training session on Saturday, April 14. This training has been organized by Kaabe Shaw, coordinator of the Sunday Creek Watershed Restoration Project, and Emily Boyer, AmeriCorps*VISTA.

A portion of the Buckeye Trail runs through the Sunday Creek Watershed. Andrew Bashaw will show participants the proper way to create and maintain trails so that they have minimal impact on wildlife and watersheds. Participants will meet at the Sunday Creek office (69 High Street in Glouster) at 10 a.m. and will return there at about 2 p.m. Snack will be provided, but bring a brown bag lunch as well.

ReUse Benefit Concert
Submitted by Max Felsher, AmeriCorps*VISTA with ReUse Industries

On Friday April 6, ReUse will hold a benefit concert at The Union in Athens. Performers include J.D. Hutchison, Southeast Engine, Vintage Green, Adam Torres and Woody Pines & the Lonesome Two. This is an early show (it starts at 8 p.m.!) so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy some acts and get to bed early in preparation for Sunday's Garlic Mustard Pull (see the "Events Calendar" on the left sidebar).

Events Calendar
Submitted (and created) by Liz Bonny, AmeriCorps*VISTA with Youth Act

You may notice a Google calendar on the left sidebar of the Rambler. This new feature was created by Liz Bonny, AmeriCorps*VISTA, and Leslie Horner, Federal Valley Watershed Program Coordinator. The calendar will be continually updated to show all of Rural Action's events. We'll be pretty busy as spring and summer progress, so this new feature will (hopefully) make it easier for you to stay up-to-date on all of our work.

04/07 - Garlic Mustard Pull, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet at Dow Lake Dam parking lot on US-50, dress for the woods, BRING BAG LUNCH, contact Pete Kotses of Athens Bycicle at 594-9944 or for more info. Light rain will NOT cancell event.

04/07 - Garlic Mustard Pull, 1 p.m to 5 p.m., meet on the steps of the Ridges auditorium, dress for the woods, BRING BAG LUNCH, contact Phil Cantino (594-3338, or Loraine McCosker ( for more info. Light rain will NOT cencell event.

04/08 - Garlic Mustard Pull, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., meet in the parking lot behind Hampton Inn, next to University Mall, dress for the woods, contact Tanner Filyaw (740-767-2090,, Phil Cantino (594-3338, for more information.

04/09 - Seed starting day for the garden at the RARE Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers needed, potluck lunch, contact Elise George at 740-767-4938 or for more info.

04/10 - Volunteer Action, "Volunteering with AmeriCorps," WATH 970AM, 10:06am-10:36am

04/14 - Native Plant Rescue, Wayne National Forest Headquarters, 9:30am-3:30pm, contact Tanner Filyaw at 740-767-4938 or for more info.

04/14 - Buckeye Trail Maintainance Training by the Sunday Creek Watershed Group, 10am-2pm, Burr Oak State Park, with Andrew Bashaw of the North Country Trail, contact Emily Boyer at 740-767-2225 or for more info.

04/14 - Friends of the Lower Muskingum River Clean-up, 10 am- 2 pm, meet at the Beverly Lock parking lot at 10 a.m. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Bring a potluck dish to share for a potluck picnic. Call the FLMR office at (740)374-4170 for more info.

04/14 - Household Hazardous Waste Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Solvay Advanced Polymers Employees Park on Rt.7 between Marietta & Belpre. Call the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River office at 740-374-4170 for more info.

04/17 - Volunteer Action, Deanna Bragg & Billie Handa, American Cancer Society, WATH 970AM, 10:06am-10:36am.

04/17 - Sunday Creek Watershed Group, Flood Plain Training and Info Session, 7 to 9 p.m., SCWG office in Glouster, featuring Athens City Planner Bob Eichenberg, contact Emily Boyer at 740-767-2225 or for more info.

04/19 - Invasive Plant Presentation, Athens County Master Gardeners' Club, 6 p.m., OSU Extension in Athens, contact Jeff Hardin or Tom Redfern at 740-767-4938 for more info.

04/21 - Huff Run "Clean Sweep" Litter Pick-up (in cooperation with Sandy Township), 9 a.m. to noon, meet at HRWRP office (8728 High St NE, Mineral City, Ohio), contact Michelle Shively at 330-859-1050 for more info.

04/21 & 04/22 - Garlic Mustard Pull, location/time TBA, contact: Tom Redfern or Jeff Hardin at 740-767-4938 for more info.

04/22 - Drive-It-Yourself Watershed Tour of the Meigs Creek Watershed, Miner's Memorial Park (SR 78 near Bristol in AEP ReCreation Land), call the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River office at 740-374-4170 for more info.

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