The Southern Ohio Museum’s First Friday Fable on Aug. 7 will feature the book “The Mud Pony” retold by Caron Lee Cohen. The admission fee for the program, which begins at 10:30 a.m., is 50 cents per person for pre-registered groups of 10 or more and $1 for individuals. The charge covers staff costs and materials for a craft. Pre-registration for film attendance may be made by telephoning Tricia Holbrook-Knox at (740) 354-5629 before Aug. 5.
The story centers on a poor boy who longed for a pony more than anything, so he made one out of mud. One night he had a dream that his pony was alive and speaking to him and when he awoke, his pony had come alive.
The craft activity will be making Indian necklaces.
The theme of horse stories will continue later on Aug. 28 when the Final Friday Flick will feature Disney’s film, “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” Pre-registration for film attendance may be made by telephoning Tricia Holbrook-Knox at (740) 354-5629 before Aug. 26.
Further information about the First Friday Fable may be obtained by contacting Tricia Holbrook-Knox at (740) 354-5629.
McKell plans open house
McKell Middle School will have its sixth-grade orientation (Jump Start) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3.
An open house will be conducted from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the school. Come meet the faculty and staff at McKell Middle School, play games and have refreshments.
The school is located at 129 Bulldog Lane, South Shore, Ky.
NB residents asked to sweep clippings
The Village of New Boston is asking residents to sweep-up grass that’s blown into the street when they cut their yard. Village Administrator Steve Hamilton said the grass trimmings could clog the street cleaner and the village sewer lines.
“I would like the citizens, when they cut their grass, to either blow it back in their yard, or pick it up. It’s going to tear our street sweeper up, and we paid a lot of money to keep the streets clean,” Hamilton said.
The village purchased the sweeper at the end of last year for $140,000.
Council meetings are aired
The Portsmouth City Council meetings are now being aired on Time Warner Cable Channel 24. Air time is noon on Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, according to the James D. Kalb, mayor of Portsmouth.
Learning gardens celebrate Saturday
It’ll be a jubilee at the Ohio State University Extension Gateway Learning Gardens in Springfield on Saturday. The public is invited to the Gateway Garden Jubilee from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to learn more about gardening, tour demonstration plots and visit horticulture vendors. The event, sponsored by OSU Extension Master Gardeners of Clark County, is free and open to the public.
New for this year’s event include a children’s garden, more than 40 mixed container gardens, a victory garden, Ohio early settler’s garden and a plant doctor to answer hort-related questions.
Visitors can tour the gardens, view field trials of 160 new annuals varieties and participate in several demonstration events covering such topics as composting, Emerald ash borer, and weeding. There will also be children’s activities, live music, health screenings, derma scan skin screenings, local artisans and merchants and free food.
The Gateway Learning Gardens are located at the Clark County Agricultural Agencies Building, PrimeOhio Corporate Park, 4400 Gateway Boulevard, Springfield.
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