Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Drying Plants for Specimens and Crafts- Saturdays, June 7, 10 a.m. - noon and June 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Drying plants preserves their beauty in a unique and useful manner. The first session of this two-part class teaches techniques for collecting, drying and pressing plants. The second session uses these pressed materials to make display specimens in addition to stunning and functional items you'll be thrilled to take home. $35/$20 for members, reservation required, meet at the Horticulture Building.
Wetland Chronicles: Summer Dragons and Damsels- Saturday, June 7, 1 - 4 p.m,.This program is back by popular demand! Denison University professor Dr. Tom Schultz presents an indoor program before exploring The Arboretum's wetlands to catch, identify and release dragonflies and damselflies. Learn about the insect order Odonata and its importance to wetland ecosystems. Gain helpful field identificationtips as well as fascinating facts about the dragonfly and damselfly life cycles and interesting mating habits. $10/$5 members, in the Visitors Center and outdoors
Maples for the Midwest- Saturday, June 7, 1 - 3 p.m. Maples are a diverse group of plants from shrubs to large trees. Director of Horticulture Mike Ecker highlights the best maples for our area as well as some rare and wonderful species. A walking tour affords a close-up look at some of our collection's finest as Mike covers the cultural and maintenance needs of maples. $15/$8 members, reservation required, meet 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.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Here are some June events. For more information, call (740) 587-2535 or visit www. lickingparkdistrict.com
• June 8- Pace at the Park, Join us for our third annual event. The Pace owes its success to its appeal to a wide variety of equestrians. Attendees include fox hunters to casual trail riders, draft horses to standardbreds. This year's Pace will again be held at the Taft Reserve. The event will be one riders will not want to miss, with rolling hills reminiscent of Virginia and beautiful scenery all around. If you would like to assist with the event, please contact the Licking Park District at (740) 587-2535. Watch the Park District web site this spring for further details.
• June 10- Homeschool Explorers: Name That Tune! Join the folks from Ohio Nature Education as they teach you how to identify birds through songs and call notes. With a little help you will be on your way to a skill you can use the rest of your life. We will venture onto the trails to put our new found skills to the test. Live birds and study skins may be seen. Infirmary Mound Park, shelter #6. 1:00 p.m.
Lake Tours - Buckeye Lake. See historic Buckeye Lake by boat. Take a ride on the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society's Queen of the Lake II. The 50-passenger boat cruises every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. from May to October. Board at the Buckeye Lake State Park's North Shore Ramp just off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Tours are not operated during thunderstorms. Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org.
Millersport Little Lakers Poker Run - Buckeye Lake. Help support youth football and cheerleading by coming out for the first annual poker run on Saturday, June 7 starting from the Beachridge Lounge in Buckeye Lake. The rain date is Saturday, June 14. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the last bike is out at 1 p.m. Cost is $10 per person with a 50% payout to the rider with the best poker hand. Enjoy the after party at the Beachridge. Proceeds benefit youth athletes and cheerleaders.
Frontier Power Hot Air Balloon Festival - Coshocton. Ohio's oldest hot air balloon festival returns June 6-8 at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. Balloon launches and fly-ins are scheduled (weather permitting) Friday, June 6, from 6-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 7, from 6-7:30 a.m. and again from 6-7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, June 8, from 6-7:30 a.m. Visitors can enjoy enjoy midway attractions, carnival rides, fireworks, musical entertainment, food vendors and many other family-oriented activities. Friday night's entertainment is the band Average White Broads from 6-9 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.. Saturday night, Phil Dirt and the Dozers perform from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. with the popular balloon Night Glow at 9:15 p.m. Admission, entertainment and parking are free. More information at www. visitcoshocton.com.
Washboard Music Festival - Logan. A one-of-a-kind celebration of America's Appalachian culture and heritage takes place June 13-14 in downtown Logan. This free festival features more than a dozen washboard and related bands including The Riverside Ramblers from London, England. Other performers include The Ohio River Minstrels, Jimbo, Olga Mathis, California's Big Mama Sue, Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band and Cincinnati's Robin Lacy and DeZydeco. The festival includes a Children's Fair, free tours of the Columbus Washboard Company, a classic car show featuring MG's and a parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The popular "Washer Women" will be on hand to demonstrate how washboards are used for laundry. More information is available at www.1800Hocking. com.
Antique and Classic Boat Show - Buckeye Lake. It's two months earlier this year as the show returns for the 29th year to the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club, June 20-22. It's free and open to the public. Saturday, June 21 is the best time to see these classic beauties. For more information visit www. buckeyelakeyc.com.
Country & Western Music Asso. - Newark. Newark Chapter of the Ohio Country & Western Music Association meets Sunday, June 8, in the Grotto Hall on Waterworks Road picnic shelter, 12:30 p.m., for the annual picnic. Bring a covered dish and your choice of grill meat.