Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Calendar of Events

Horse Trail Meeting

Thursday, May 14
7:00 PM
Dunkle Hall
New Straitsville, Ohio

This will be a preliminary meeting with Little Cities of Black Diamonds, Sunday Creek Watershed Group, and the Monday Creek Restoration Project to determine the need, if any, for a horse trail in the region of the Little Cities. For more information, contact either Kaabe Shaw ( or call the Sunday Creek offices (740.767.2225). You can also contact Mike Steinmaus ( or call the Monday Creek offices (740.394.2047).

OSU Extension Seminar – The Land Institute

Thursday, May 14
3:30 PM
103 Kottman Hall
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Jerry Glover, a soil scientist from The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, will be speaking as part of a seminar series by the School of Environment and Natural Resources at OSU Extension. For more information, visit their website ( or call their offices (614.292.2265).

Chesterhill Produce Auction – Opening Day!
Thursday, May 14
3:00 PM
8380 Wagoner Road
Chesterhill, Ohio

Opening day for this season’s Chesterhill Produce Auction. Festivities begin at 3:00 PM in the afternoon, with a meet-and-greet with snacks and plenty of conversation. Auction to follow. For more information, contact Tom Redfern ( or call the Rural Action offices (740.767.4938).


Sandy Valley Elementary & Sherrodsville Elementary
Friday, May 15
9:15 AM – 1:30 PM

Home School Groups
Wednesday, May 20

Bell-Herron Middle School
Friday, May 22
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 moreinformation (330.859.1050).

Talking Forest Medicine Trail Opening
Saturday, May 16
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
United Plant Savers’ 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).


Natural Resource Professionals Meeting
Tuesday, May 19
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
360 East State Street
Athens, Ohio

Landowners' Meeting
Tuesday, May 19
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Hocking College (John Light Hall)
JL195 Auditorium
Nelsonville, Ohio

Consulting Foresters' Meeting

Wednesday, May 20
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
OSU Extension
280 West Union
Athens, Ohio

Rural Action is partnering with Mountain Association for Community and Economic Development (MACED) in Berea, Kentucky to bring a forest carbon trading program to counties throughout Appalachian Ohio. Rural Action is holding informational meetings May 19th an 20th with Natural Resource Professionals, Consulting Foresters, and Landowners.

These meetings will focus on how each group can participate in educating landowners about carbon as an income opportunity and steps a landowner would have to take before enrolling through the Appalachian Carbon Partnership. The main presenter will be Scott Shouse, MACED's Forester, explaining the program and its requirements.

For more information, contact Susi Rankis ( or call our offices (740.767.4938).

Village Bakery Fundraiser for CFI
Wednesday, May 20
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Della Zona
270 East State Street
Athens, Ohio

The Village Bakery will host a Mozzarella Making Workshop/fundraiser for Community Food Initiatives. There is limited seating and the cost is $25, which includes a Salad Caprese dinner. For more info, please call (740.594.7311) or you can email Ronda Clark (

The Moonshine Festival
May 21 – 25

Main Street
New Straitsville, Ohio

Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, the festival features a variety of events including a working Moonshine Still Display, local history museum, flea market vendors, and plenty of great food. The Monday Creek Restoration Project will be featured both in the festival’s parade, and in a booth during the festivities.

For more information, or to get involved, with Monday Creek contact Mike Steinmaus ( For more information about the Moonshine Festival, call the organizers (740-394-2838).

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).

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