Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Calendar of Events


Southeast Ohio Watershed Council
Thursday, March 12
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Buckeye Hills Regional Development Offices
Marietta, Ohio

Cooperative group through Rural Action and the Ohio Environmental Council will meet to discuss their current work. For more information, contact Mike Steinmaus (

Irish Heritage Celebration
Friday, March 13
6:00 PM
The Eclipse Company Store
North of Athens, Ohio

Little Cities of Black Diamonds (LCBD) will be holding an Irish Heritage Celebration at the Eclipse Company Store just north of Athens, Ohio with Celtic music and Irish food and dance. This event is free and open to the public. Boys O’ the Hock will be performing traditional Irish music and accompanying performances by the Athens Irish Dancers. Irish stew, soda bread, and traditional Irish foods will be available for purchase. Irish fare is served from 6:00 PM with music and dance beginning at 7:00 PM.

This event also celebrates the re-opening of the newly restored Eclipse Company Store. It is located in the Eclipse Company Town, a National Historic District, and the only intact company store and company town remaining in Ohio.

For more information, visit the LCBD website ( or email the Eclipse Company Town (
Forest Watch Zaleski Hike
Sunday, March 15
11:00 AM
HDL Center Parking Lot (carpool)
Zaleski State Park (hiking)
Athens, Ohio

Join The Buckeye Forest Council as they hold their first Forest Watch hike to view areas of Zaleski State Forest that the state is planning to sell off for logging.

With the ice storms this winter, an increase in salvage logging operations are predictable, with the resulting roads, soil and stream impacts from erosion, de facto public timber giveaways to private corporations, and further degradation of what remains our best opportunity for recovery of contiguous forest habitat in Ohio. They will discuss the role of forest fires in our eastern forest ecosystems as we monitor the management activities of the Department of Forestry.

Local carpool leaving Athens from the HDL parking lot, 200 West Union St. 11:00 AM we will wait around then head to the Zaleski and hike in one of the timber sales presented in the Open House last fall. The proposed sale is located along the Moonville Tunnel rail-trail.

Those attending are encouraged to bring digital cameras and/or GPS mobile units. For more information, contact Matt Peters ( or call him (740.797.4319).

Huff Run Public Meeting
Tuesday, March 17
5:30 PM
Huff Run Offices
Mineral City, Ohio’

Monthly meeting of the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Project. For more information, contact Maureen Wise (

Business After Hours
Wednesday, March 18
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Stuart’s Opera House
Nelsonville, Ohio

Come and take a tour of the Opera House and see the 130 year old dressing rooms backstage! There will also be a drawing for a pair of festival passes to the Nelsonville Music Festival (May 15 – May 17), as well as for gift certificates from the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. Cash bar for beer will be available, with refreshments provided by Fullbrooks Café and Lodge.

For more information, call Stuart’s Opera House (740.753.1924).

Cooperatives for Forest Sustainability Workshop
Saturday, March 21
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Stuart’s Opera House
Nelsonville, Ohio

Co-sponsored workshop with the Appalachian Forest Resource Center and the Ohio Forestry Cooperative aimed at exploring how forest landowner cooperatives are working to promote sustainable, working forests throughout the U.S. Speakers will include Harry Groot from the Blue Ridge Forest Cooperative. Lunch provided – there is a requested donation of $5. For more information, email Susi Rankis (
Environmental Explorer’s Club
Saturday, March 21
Nicole Donant Library
Mineral City, Ohio

Monthly meeting of Huff Run’s environmental education program. This month, the kids will be learning about agriculture and food systems. For more information, contact Amber Leasure-Earnhardt (

Sunday Creek Public Meeting
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 PM
Sunday Creek Offices
Glouster, Ohio

Monthly meeting of the Sunday Creek Watershed Group. The meeting will open with a potluck and end with a presentation (more information TBA). Contact Kaabe Shaw with questions (
Be Wild, Go Native
Thursday, March 26
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Mulberry Community Center
Pomeroy, Ohio

Rural Action is helping to sponsor this conference on native plants which is being facilitated by OSU Extension. At the conference, speakers and workshops will explore benefits that the growing of native species offer to farmers. For more information, contact OSU Extensions in Meigs county (740.992.6696) or email them (

32nd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference
March 27 – March 29
Shawnee State University
Portsmouth, Ohio

This year’s conference is titled “Connecting Appalachia and the World Through Traditional and Contemporary Arts, Crafts, and Music” and will feature keynote and plenary session speakers; papers and panel presentations; reports on academic research and community practice; workshops; roundtable discussions; presentations of art, craft, and film; along with exhibits and displays – all highlighting Appalachian Ohio. Rural Action’s executive director Michelle Decker will be helping to present at the conference at a session titled “The Art of Networking.”

You can register for the conference, or find more information, at: (

Conversation Café
Sunday, March 29
Federal Valley Resource Center
Stewart, Ohio

In conjunction with Global Conversation Week, Rural Action and Kathy Jacobson will be hosting a Community Conversation in Stewart, Ohio to discuss outreach in the Federal Valley Watershed as well as many other topics. For more information, contact Tom Redfern (

The Adventure Auction
Saturday, April 4
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Hocking College
Nelsonville, Ohio

Break away from the everyday with Rural Action’s second annual Adventure Auction! This will be an evening of fun, with food from Purple Chopstix and music from Las Cuerdas. Local businesses and individuals have donated different items to the events, and attendees will also have the opportunity to bid in live and silent auctions on a wide range of packages – ranging from tickets to see Eric Clapton, to a weeklong stay in Paris!

For more information visit the auction website (, or email our event coordinator Calaina Goodyear (

Growing Healthy Food Systems from the Ground Up
April 14 – April 15
Stonewall Resort
Roanoke, West Virginia

This April, the Central Appalachian Network (CAN) is hosting a gathering of food producers, associations, networks coordinators, intermediaries, and agencies to focus on sustainable agriculture practices that accelerate the development of local and healthy food systems. This will be a hands-on, best-practice sharing event with lots of discussion and roundtables. The goal is to build on the work of those who attend, provide an opportunity to share what others know, and begin looking for ways to strengthen collaborations.

You can contact CAN’s coordinator at MACED ( for more information on the conference.

Trimble Land Lab – Grand Opening
Wednesday, April 22
9:00 AM
Trimble Community Forest
Trimble, Ohio

Sunday Creek will help to celebrate the opening of the Trimble Land Lab in the Trimble Community Forest. More information on the festivities TBA – contact Kaabe Shaw with any questions (

Huff Run Rain Garden Presentation
Tuesday, April 21
6:30 PM (5:30 PM)
Huff Run Offices
Mineral City, Ohio

Huff Run will be holding their monthly meeting from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM this evening. Following the meeting, the Tuscarawas Soil & Water Conservation District will be giving a presentation on the benefits of “rain gardens” – planted depressions that capture stormwater and help prevent run-off. For more information, contact Maureen Wise (

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