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Weekender Briefs: Explore Athens photography at ARTS/West, hike in memory of John Knouse

Friday, Feb. 12

For the Love of Athens Photo Contest Gallery Exhibit at 2 p.m. hosted by ARTS/West at 132 W State St. Explore art that celebrates the “people and places of Athens County.” Photographs in the exhibit were selected by juror Erin LaBelle. Call ARTS/West at 740-592-4315, or contact Program Specialist Emily Beveridge at to schedule an appointment to view the exhibit.

Admission: Free

Valentine's Day Engrave a Heart at 4 p.m. hosted by Community Makerspace – UpCycle Ohio at 751 W Union St. Create a Valentine’s Day gift at the Community Makerspace. Participants will learn to use a laser engraver to make an engraved heart. Registration is required.

Admission: $25

Saturday, Feb. 13

ACC Offroad Park Open Ride at 8 a.m. hosted by Athens County Crawlers at 4751 Gun Club Rd. Come to the ACC Offroad Park for an open ride. Participants can bring Jeeps, trucks, buggies and SxS's. Motorcycles and four-wheelers are not permitted.

Admission: $20 per rig

Athens Farmers Market at 9 a.m. hosted by Athens Farmers Market, 1002 E. State St. Shop for locally-grown and locally-made foods and goods at the farmers market. The market accepts SNAP, credit cards and wholesome wave. Masks are recommended and social distancing protocols are in place.

Admission: Free

Valentine's Prints, Plants, Pots Sale at 10 a.m. hosted by ARTS/West at 132 W State St. Join ARTS/West for the first edition of Prints, Plants, Pots Sale. This unique shopping experience will be focused on handmade printed artwork, live plants and ceramic work, all created or grown by local artists or horticulturalists. ARTS/West recommends scheduling an appointment to shop, which can be done by contacting Emily Beveridge at

Admission: Free with an appointment

Sunday, Feb. 14

Women of Appalachia Project Fine Art Exhibition at 12 p.m. hosted by the Dairy Barn Art Center at 8000 Dairy Ln. Explore art created by a diverse group of women. The Women of Appalachia Project encourages the making of art that shares artists’ culture and experiences, addressing issues of stereotypes and marginalization. The art creates “a force, unified and non-violently confrontational, to show the whole woman, beyond superficial factors often used to judge her.” Reservations to view the exhibit can be made through the Dairy Barn website.

Admission: $5, free for Dairy Barn members

18th Annual John Knouse Groundhog Hike all day hosted by the Athens Conservancy and Friends of Strouds Run at the Athens Conservancy’s Baker Preserve and Strouds Run State Park. Participate in this “hike it yourself” event in memory of John Knouse. There are three trails that participants are encouraged to hike: The Blackhaw Trail at Strouds Run State Park and The Mythical Tree Trail and The Liar’s Ridge Trail at Athens Conservancy’s Baker Preserve.

Admission: Free


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