Monday, October 01, 2007

Upcoming Events

Rural Action Events

Friday, October 5:
Rural Action Benefit Concert at Casa Cantina, Singer-Songwriter Showcase featuring Chris Tomazic, Liz Pahl, Nate LaRue, Maceo Gabbard, J.J. Reed, Chris Biester, and Andrew Wieland. Contact Matt P. for more info.

Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13:
Invasive Plant Management Training: Experiences in Appalachian Ohio. The trainings will address issues related to the impact of non-native plant species and will feature presentations by several ecology experts. The first will be held on October 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wayne National Forest Athens District Headquarters and will be geared toward Natural Resource Professionals. The second will be held on October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Federal Valley Resource Center in Stewart, OH and will be geared toward landowners. To learn more, call Tom Redfern at 740-742-4401.

Thursday October 18:
Tour of Huff Run Watershed for Agency Professionals, Local Officials, and Interested Citizens, 11 am-3 pm, Meet at the Crossroads Restaurant at the corner of State Rt 800 and State Rt 183 for lunch before the tour.

Wednesday, October 24:
Sunday Creek Watershed Public Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the office. Potluck and fun!

Community Events

Monday, September 10 – Wednesday, October 10
"Art of Ohio" Exhibit, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Multicultural Center Art Gallery, Baker University Center. The "Art of Ohio" mixed medium art exhibit is entitled: "Textures, Colors and Reflections in Art in Our Everyday Lives." The exhibit includes a sculpture by nationally known sculptor David Hostetler. Also displayed are other mediums that include blown glass, hand-painted tiles, wood art and furniture, jewelry, collage, photography, and stained glass, to name just a few. The items in the exhibit can be purchased at the end of the show. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Price: $3 per reading or $20 week pass.

October 1-6:
The Humble Play: Appalachian New Play Festival is returning for a second year and is being held from Monday, October 1 through Saturday, October 6. All performances and activities are held at ARTS/West, located at 132 W. State St. in Athens, Ohio. Following last year’s success, ARTS/West solicited and accept new plays from Appalachian playwrights. Five winning plays were chosen from the received plays and will receive readings open to the public.

Saturday, October 13:
The public is invited to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Ora E. Anderson Nature Trail at Rutherford Wetland on the Wayne National Forest near Nelsonville, Ohio on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 10 a.m. Ora E. Anderson was a journalist, conservationist, naturalist, and artist. He was named Honorary Life Trustee of the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Governor's Award for Arts in 1999. He passed away in August 2006 at the age of ninety-four. The new nature trail, the first wildlife-viewing trail that is accessible to persons of all abilities on the Athens Ranger District, is a mile long and has signage along the trail displaying poems by Anderson. Congressman Ralph Regula (R-16th), a friend of Anderson, will be the keynote speaker. Cindy Cunningham, a field representative for Congressman Zack Space (D-18th) will be in attendance to read a Congressional Proclamation on behalf of Congressman Space. Forest Supervisor, Mary O. Reddan of the Wayne National Forest will have some brief remarks along with John Winnenberg of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council, Jean Andrews, Co-Producer of “The Forest Returns” and artist Barbara Sheriff Kostohryz. Dale Dalrymple, a local woodcarver will be on hand to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. We ask the public to park in the nearby community of Carbon Hill. Follow the signs on Hwy 278 to the designated parking areas. A shuttle bus and vans will be provided to take you to the site. Please arrive 30 minutes early to park and be shuttled to the site. For more information, visit the Ora E. Anderson Nature Trail at the Rutherford Wetland website or call the Athens Ranger District office in Nelsonville at (740) 753-0101.

Friday, October 19-Saturday, October 20:
Now in it's 9th year, the Women Of Appalachia "Their Heritage and Accomplishments" conference recognizes the work of distinguished women from Appalachia with speakers, music, arts & crafts, authors and published works. Held at the OU-Zanesville campus, this conference is open to any one, not just women. Keynote speaker after lunch on Friday will be nationally known author Sharon Hatfield, who has written Never Seen the Moon.

Saturday, Oct. 6:
Marilou Suszko, author of the book “Ohio Food and Farms: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate,” will have a book signing at the Athens Farmers Market on Oct. 6 from 10 am to noon. Sales of her book will be hosted by the Athens Book Center. Suszko, a foodwriter based in Northeast Ohio, spent most of 2005 traveling the state of Ohio collecting stories and recipes for the book, released this past June. The book is a travelogue and cookbook featuring notable farms and farmers throughout the state.

Sunday, October 21:
You will not want to miss Little Cities of Black Diamonds Day is scheduled for Oct.21, noon -five pm at Southern Local Schools Campus, Hemlock Perry County. This year we celebrate with the exhibit "Diamonds in the Rough" designed as collaboration between the Wayne National Forest, Ohio's Hill Country, and the Little Cities Council. The exhibit was displayed at the Bob Evans Farms Homestead Museum in 2006 and will now be seen for the first time in our region. In addition, a documentary named Devil's Oven: The Fire in the Heart of the Little Cities of Black Diamonds will premiere at our LCBD Day. Produced by Valda Lewis and narrated by Bob Singleton, the documentary relates the story of the 1884 Hocking Valley Coal Strike and the mine fire that still burns today along with the effect of the fire on the communities. Thirdly, we debut our Little Cities Miners Registry, an attempt to collect and record the names and other information about our hardworking coalminers of Perry, Hocking, Athens, and Morgan Counties, as a resource for the future.

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