DOVER -- The Norma Johnson Center (NJC) will have its annual silent auction and recognition banquet April 4 at St. Johns United Church of Christ in Dover.

The evening will kick off with the silent auction at 5:30 p.m. to raise funds for the NJ C's mission to promote conservation and the preservation of natural resources through community outreach and personal experience.

The NJC will honor Steve and Fran LeMasters as the Golden Oak recipients. Volunteers and the essay contest winners will also be recognized.

Guest speaker will be Barbara Burns, an OSU graduate and registered and licensed dietitian who works in the field of public health. She is also chair of the Healthy Tuscarawas Task Force and director of the Tuscarawas County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

The speaker will emphasize the benefits of living in communities that promote healthy food choices and provide open spaces for active lifestyles, leaning toward healthier residents.

A dinner of ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, rolls, and apple or peach pies will be served at 6 p.m. Cost for the meal is $ 12.50 for adults and $11.50 for children. All tickets must be purchased or reservations made by March 25.

Reservations can be sent to the Norma Johnson Center office at 2201 B Progress St., Dover, OH 44622.

Throughout the year, the NJC holds several free events for the public and has continued to add to its programming due to the generosity of community members.

The 2013 NJC memberships are also available for those who are interested.

For information about the NJC program, memberships or the recognition event, contact the office of Marsha Zoller, NJC director, at 330-339-7976 or email at www.normajohnsoncenter.com.