Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Calendar of Events

Invasives Open House
Thursday, April 16
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
ODNR Offices
Athens, Ohio

This meeting is being help for landowners who have problems with invasive plants on their property. The open house will be an excellent forum to talk about funds and assistance currently available for controlling invasive species in our region. Co-sponsored by Rural Action and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. For more information, contact Susi Rankis (

Produce Auction Orientation
Thursday, April 16
1:00 PM
Chesterhill Produce Auction Site
8380 Wagoner Road
Chesterhill, Ohio

Workshop which will be helf for farmers and sellers in preparation for the opening of the Chesterhill Produce Auction (May 14). For more information, contact Bob Fedyski (

Hocking College Algae Initiative Presentation
Friday, April 17
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hocking College
Nelsonville, Ohio

Hear from proponents of Ohio’s new and expanding capability to intensively grow and harvest algae for conversion to biodisel and bioresins. Presentations from many speakers, including Brad Couch (Projects and Policy Director for Clean Fuels Ohio), Dr. Ben Stuar (Director of the Biofuels Research Lab at Ohio University), Ross Youngs (CEO of Univenture in Marysville, Ohio), and Doug Kitchen (President of Chieftain Biofuels).

These sessions are open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To reserve a seat, contact Jessie McDonald (740.380.9315) or email her ( and request registration for ISE 290-800.

Sunday Creek Tree Planting
Saturday, April 18
9:00 AM
Sunday Creek Offices
69 High Street
Glouster, Ohio

Sunday Creek will be hosting a tree planting along the West Bank of Sunday Creek in Athens County. For more information, contact Kaabe Shaw ( Meet at the Sunday Creek Offices beforehand.

Basic Backyard Gardening Workshop
Monday, April 20
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location TBA (call for information)
Shawnee, Ohio

Get your vegetable garden off to a good start this year by learning the basics of backyard gardening. Join master gardener George Palmer and ACEnetʼs business counselor Leslie Schaller as they teach you how to: prepare your site, choose healthy plants and seeds, and the best methods for pest prevention and disease management. You can also find out how to be an entrepreneur with your garden surplus!

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Shawnee Farmers’ Market this year, please plan on attending this meeting. For more information contact Angel Seurkamp (740.394.2975).

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. 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 (

Trimble Land Lab – Grand Opening
Wednesday, April 22
10:00 AM

Sunday Creek, Trimble High School, and the Appalachian Ohio Alliance will help to celebrate the opening of the Trimble Land Lab in the Trimble Community Forest. This outdoor learning area will provided Trimble Township students with great hands-on learning opportunities in science, math, art and more! More information on the festivities TBA – contact Kaabe Shaw with any questions (

Sunday Creek & Monday Creek Joint Meeting
Wednesday, April 22
6:30 PM
Sunday Creek Offices
Glouster, Ohio

Sunday Creek and Monday Creek will be holding a special joint meeting at the Sunday Creek offices to welcome special speaker Dr. Stan Ghert (from Ohio State University and Urban Coyotes). For more information, contact Kaabe Shaw (

Huff Run Clean Sweep

Saturday, April 25
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Huff Run Offices
Mineral City, Ohio

The Huff Run Watershed Restoration Project is partnering with the Sandy Township Trustees to help clean up litter in the area – especially in roads around the area. For more information, contact Maureen Wise (

Working Woodlands in Federal Valley

Saturday, April 25
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Broadwell Hill Learning Center
Stewart, Ohio

Rural Action workshop being held through funding from Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). For more information, contact Tom Redfern (

Trimble Township Farmers’ Market – Opening Day!
Friday, May 1
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Trimble Park
Trimble, Ohio

This will be the opening day of the second year of operations for the Trimble Township Farmers’ Market. For more information, contact Tom Redfern (

Huff Run Awareness Days
Friday, May 1 (Tusky Valley Middle School)
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday, May 15 (Sandy Valley Elementary & Sherrodsville Elementary)
9:15 AM – 1:30 PM
Wednesday, May 20 (Home School Groups)
Friday, May 22 (Bell-Herron Middle School)
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Huff Run Watershed
Mineral City, Ohio

As part of their mission to educate regional communities about the importance of water quality, the Huff Run Watershed Restoration Project holds a multiday educational event every year aimed at children. This year, classes of children will be coming from Bell Herron, Tusky Valley, Sandy Valley, and Sherrodsville to visit stations throughout the Huff Run Watershed that will teach them about fish collection, macroinvertebrates, restoration projects, water quality testing, and enviroscapes.

This annual event is made possible through volunteers. Anyone interested in helping out or teaching a class should contact Maureen Wise ( You can also call the Huff Run Offices for more information (330.859.1050).

Dedication of the Shawnee Steel Slag Leach Bed
Saturday, May 2
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Shawnee Wastewater Facility
Shawnee, Ohio

The Monday Creek Restoration Project will be celebrating the official unveiling of their latest project. For more information, contact Mike Steinmaus (

9th Annual Raccoon Creek Canoe Float
Saturday, May 2
11:00 AM
SR 160 Bridge
Near Radcliff, Ohio

The Raccoon Creek Water Trail Association and Raccoon Creek Partnership invite the public to the 9th Annual Raccoon Creek Canoe Float near Radcliff, Ohio. The purpose of the event is to encourage environmental stewardship and "paddling" opportunities on the scenic Ohio waterway of Raccoon Creek. Attendees should have some experience, and should plan on a 2 - 4 hour trip (4 - 5 miles) -- shuttle provided free of charge. The water temperature may be cold, so dress accordingly and bring a change of clothes, water, and a sack lunch.

To reserve a canoe or for more information, contact Molly Gurien ( or call (740.707.6655). Directions, maps, and updates on the event can be found at (

Rural Action’s 2009 Annual Meeting

Friday, May 8
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Eclipse Company Store
Eclipse Company Town (near Nelsonville, Ohio)

Rural Action will be holding our 2008 Annual Meeting at the Eclipse Company Store. This year our keynote speaker will be Wes Jackson, internationally renowned agricultural scholar and author who is also the president of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. We will also be announcing the winners of our 2009 Sustainability Awards!

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Desert and coffee will be provided. For more information, contact Calaina Goodyear (

Talking Forest Medicine Trail Opening

Saturday, May 16
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
UpS Goldenseal Sanctuary
Rutland, Ohio

The United Plant Savers are celebrating the opening of their Talking Forest Medicine Trail, which will offer 10 miles of self-guided nature education through 1200 acres of herb-rich forests. This event will offer guided tours of the Medicine Trails, classes by notable herbalists, dedications of medicinal trees in the region, an Herb Faire, and a UpS membership meeting. Lunch will be available from local vendors – dinner is on your own, though. Overnight camping is available by reservation.

For more information, to make reservations, or to inquire about Herb Faire vendoring visit ( or call (802.476.6467).