Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Bird Walks- Saturdays, May 10, 17, 8 - 10 a.m. Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists as they help you search for and identify common and spring migratory birds by sight and sound in varied habitats. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
Wildflower Walks- Sundays, May 11, 18, 2 - 4 p.m. Join OSU Extension Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists as they take you through the woodlands to explore for spring wildflowers.This time of year expect to findDutchman's breeches, Jack-In-The-Pulpit, trilliums, violets and more in the deep woods before the tree leaves emerge. $5/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
Night Hike- Friday, May 16, 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend the hike through collections, woodlands and trails on one of our most popular programs. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
Plant Sale- Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. It's that time of year to get to The Arboretum and see what gems we pull out of the nursery to offer for sale. Many items are rare trees and shrubs you have seen in our collections but would have difficultylocating in garden centers and nurseries. Something new this year- instead of one silent auction on Saturday, there will be two! Horticulturists will be on hand to answer your questions and offer advice. A sample listing of plants offered at the sale will be available the first week of April. For additional information, please contact the Horticulture Department at 740.323.2355 or e-mail information@dawesarb. org. Free, meet at the Horticulture Complex
Land of Legend Woodcarving Show- Saturday, May 17 & Sunday May 18, Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. Enjoy the creations of several local woodcarving artists. Wander through the displays and watch as they demonstrate techniques. Carvings will be available for sale so come out and support your local woodcarvers. Free, at the Visitors Center
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www. dawesarb.org.
Senior Health Fair - Newark. The annual health fair at Zerger Hall Senior Center in Newark will feature a variety of free or low-cost health tests from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 16. More than 30 exhibitors from local healthrelated agencies and businesses are participating. Some will offer free or low-cost health screenings for seniors. The Licking County Aging Program will offer door prizes at regular intervals. Zerger Hall is located at 745 E. Main St. The event is free and is open to seniors from across Licking County.
Cruisin' on the Commons - Millersport. Coming to Historic Lions Park, Friday, May 16, 5 - 8 p.m., is the Millersport Lions' first car show of the summer… "Cruisin' on the Commons." Only $5 per vehicle gets your car, motorcycle or truck entered into the show. Registration is from 5 - 7 PM. Plaques awarded at 7:30 p.m. Winners will be chosen by the plaque sponsors. Two trophies awarded by "Cruiser's Choice." There will be games, music, prizes and food. Historic Lions Park is located on Chautauqua Blvd in Millersport only a block from Buckeye Lake's south shore. Take Ohio 204 to "Cruisin' on the Commons."
What a Fun-gi - Licking Park District. Join local fungi hobbyist, Jim Murphy for Homeschool Explorers: What a Fun-gi on May 13 at the William C. Kraner Nature Center beginning at 1:00 p.m. for this FUN-gus hands-on program. Homeschoolers will learn how fungi thrive and why they are so important to an ecosystem. Homeschoolers will learn how to inoculate hardwood logs and grow shitake mushrooms. Families may make and take their own inoculated log home for a $15 fee. For more information, please call the Licking Park District headquarters at (740) 587-2535, the William C. Kraner Nature Center at (740) 323- 0520 or check us out on the web at www.lickingparkdistrict.com.
French and Indian War Encampment - Infirmary Mound Park. Licking Park District celebrates Licking County's Bicentennial with its first ever French and Indian War Encampment., May 17 -18. The French and Indian War is one of the least known wars fought on American soil, yet it shaped the history of Licking County and America as a nation. The war was between the two super powers of Europe, England and France, and the outcome would set the stage for our nation's war for independence. What is even more exciting is the event draws on the vast history of Licking County. Battles were fought to retain control of this very land and to turn it into the viable farming tracts that are still in use today! It was this very desire to control the Ohio country for trading that would set the stage for a war that would eventually spread to three other continents. Camps open to the public both days at 10 a.m. The last activity Saturday is set for 8 p.m. Sunday's last event is at 2:30 p.m. Come early and tour the camps to visit with soldiers, natives and civilian camp followers to get a taste of what life was like on the Ohio frontier. There is a $5 parking fee. Visit www.lickingparkdisrict. com for schedule details. This event is sponsored by Park National Bank.