Thursday, April 30, 2009

Calendar of Events

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 Amber Leasure-Earnhardt ( You can also call the Huff Run Offices for more information (330.859.1050).

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 (

Dedication of the Shawnee Steel Slag Leach Bed

Saturday, May 2
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Shawnee Wastewater Facility
Shawnee, Ohio

The Monday Creek Restoration Project will be celebrating the official unveiling of their latest project. In conjunction with Little Cities of Black Diamonds, who will be dedicating their Ohio historical marker for Robinson’s Cave. Lunch to follow in New Straitsville. For more information, contact Mike Steinmaus (

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 (

The Appalachian Spring Festival
Saturday, May 9
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
The Eclipse Company Store
The Plains, Ohio

Little Cities of Black Diamonds will be holding their 7th Annual Festival, as well as celebrating the renovation and reopening of The Eclipse Company Store. There will be live music from Boys O’ The Hock, Charlie & Celia Lewis, and Bruce & Gay Dalzell – as well as an auction, numerous vendors, and great food. For more information, you can visit their website (, call their offices (1.866.394.3011) or email them (

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, 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).

Horse Logging Workshop
Saturday, May 23
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Fox Lake
Athens County, Ohio

Rural Action will be hosting a Horse Logging Workshop for landowners, and all others, who are interested in this “green alternative” to mechanized practices. Participants will meet at Fox Lake at 9:30 AM for parking, and will then be shuttled out to Chuck Atkins property for a demonstration of horse-logging. Lunch on-site, which will be followed by a tour of the Flournoy’s property.

For more information, or to register for the event, contact Susi Rankis ( or call our offices (740.767.4938).