Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Drying Plants for Specimens and Crafts- Saturday, 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.
Bonsai Show- Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15, Saturday, noon - 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Experience the art of bonsai at the 28th Ohio Regional Bonsai Show. Free demonstrations go on throughout the weekend. Over 100 bonsai specimens are displayed in the Firelight Room and Bonsai Courtyard for viewing. If you are so inclined to start your own bonsai or if you are an old pro looking for supplies, vendors will be on the Visitors Center Deck. In addition to the show, there is a workshop for beginners from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. The fee is $30/$25 members. Participants will earn the history of bonsai, how to style and plant their own tree. Each person goes home with a potted plant for their very own. Free, but workshop has a fee $30/$25 members, meet at the Visitors Center.
Catch a Good Time- Friday, June 20, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Introduce the sport of fishing to your youngsters. We'll supply the poles and bait. You pair adults with kids ages 4 and up, then kick back and see what bites. Cub Scout Wolves who participate will earn arrow points for their fishing elective. $5/$2 for members, Visitors Center Deck.
Night Hike- Friday, June 20, 9 - 11 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. This is officially the first day of summer, the summer solstice…the longest day of the year! Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
Propagation by Softwood Cuttings - Saturday, June 21, 8:30 - 11 a.m. We'll talk about when to root different plants, using hormones and tips on taking care of the little guys until transplanting. Each student will prepare and take home a tray of cuttings from The Arboretum's grounds. $30/$20 members, reservation required, meet at the Zand Education 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 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
Night Moves - Infirmary Mound Park. Join Licking Park District staff on June 21 at shelter #6 beginning at 9:30 p.m. for Night Moves. As you sleep through the night, thousands of creatures scurry about in the darkness trying to survive. Participants will venture into the woods in search of some of these critters and learn how they have adapted to the darkness. Don't worry about a flashlight because we will use the light of the moon to guide us on our adventure. We will become nocturnal animals and make our way through the woods and fields in the dark. Don't miss this exciting family hike filled with fun activities.
Campfire Cooking - Infirmary Mound Park. Join the Licking Park District on June 29 at the livestock arena beginning at 4:00 p.m. for Outdoor Adventure Series: Campfire Cooking! Your whole family will love learning new recipes to use during your next camping trip. Participants will learn how to create several easy dishes and simple meals that the whole family can enjoy making. There will be plenty of samples to go around! And don't forget to bring stories of your favorite recipes and campfire stories to share! Registration is required and the deadline to register is June 22. There is a $3 fee per person or $10 for the whole family! make our way through the woods
Green Crafts - Buckeye Lake. Luellen Felumlee of Licking County Recycling and Litter Prevention will show kids in grades 1 through 6 how to make fun crafts that promote recycling and the importance of making "green" choices from 2 - 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at the Buckeye Lake Library. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Buckeye Lake Library at 41 West First Street in Buckeye Lake or call 740.928.0472 for more information.
The Great Debate: Books vs. Movies - Buckeye Lake. Teens in grades 6-12 will discuss movies based on books at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17 at the Buckeye Lake Library. Cast our vote on whether you like the book or the movie best. Light refreshments will be served. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Buckeye Lake Library at 41 West First Street in Buckeye Lake or call 740.928.0472 for more information.
Joy of Bugs - Buckeye Lake. Children in grades 1 through 6 are invited to get up close and personal with amazing bugs at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at Buckeye Lake Library. This is an interactive program presented by Bugman Entoprises. Space is limited and registration is requested. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Buckeye Lake Library at 41 West First Street in Buckeye Lake or call 740.928.0472 to register.
Reptile Mania - Buckeye Lake. Bring the entire family for an up-close encounter with snakes, spiders, lizards and other creatures at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 at the Buckeye Lake Library. The program features Peter Rushton of PT Reptiles. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Buckeye Lake Library at 41 West First Street in Buckeye Lake or call 740.928.0472 for more information.
Children's Story Hour - Hebron. Children in grades K through 6 are invited to Hebron Library for an hour of stories, crafts, songs and games. We will have a bug-tastic good time at 11 a.m. on July 1, 8 and 15. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Hebron Library at 934 W. Main St. in Hebron or call 740.928.3923.
Preschool Story Time - Buckeye Lake. Children ages 3 to 5 will enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, puppets, poetry and crafts during this 45 minute session at 11 a.m. on Mondays through July 14 at the Buckeye Lake Library. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Buckeye Lake Library at 41 West First Street in Buckeye Lake or call 740.928.0472 for more information.
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.
National Trail Raceway Special Events - Hebron. It's a full summer of racing fun at National Trail Raceway. 2650 National Rd. SW, Hebron, Ohio 43025, Hours and admission prices vary: for more information visit www. nationaltrailraceway.com or call 740-928-5706.
• June 14 & 15- LX & Beyond Nationals
• June 20 - 22- 13th annual Super Chevy Show
• June 28- Hell on Wheels, Nostalgia Flag Drag
Blitz Friday Night Street Fights - Hebron. Race the strip at National Trail Raceway, not the street! Push your car or bike to the limits where it's legal! Music on the PA, half-price "Blitz Brats" at the concession stand, just $10 to race your street car, $15 for trailer cars and ALL WOMEN ADMITTED FREE!! Open to ALL licensed drivers, if you are under 18 you must have your parents/ guardians sign a waiver. New this year is "Real Street" racing, with "instant green" tree and no score boards! Runs most Fridays, but check nationaltrailraceway. com FIRST!
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.
Cruisin' on the Commons - Millersport. Coming to Historic Lions Park, Friday, June 20, 5 - 8 p.m., is the Millersport Lions' second car show of the summer. Only $5 per vehicle gets your car, motorcycle or truck entered into the show. Registration is from 5 - 7 p.m. Plaques awarded at 7:30 p.m. 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 State Route 204 to Cruisin' on the Commons.
Behind the Garden Gates - Lancaster. Ten private and four public gardens in and around Lancaster will be featured on a garden tour Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the FairfieldHeritage Association, this tour will feature gardens large and small, well established and new, and the tour will be of interest to gardeners of all skill levels. Garden owners and Master Gardeners will be available to share their successes and challenges. Tour tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at Fairfield National Bank offices inside Kroger stores in Lancaster and Pickerington, and the Meijer store in Lancaster, or purchased the days of the tour at the Georgian Museum (105 E. Wheeling Street) or at the Smith Farm (3700 Mud House Road NE). Tickets feature a detailed map of this self-guided walking and driving tour, and tickets may be used both days. Gardens may be visited in any order.
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.
Polo - Granville. Polo on Granville's Bryn Du Mansion front lawn every Sunday at 2 p.m. until Sept. Join the fun as the Columbus Polo Club takes on clubs from around the state. Meet the players and horses. Bring a picnic and tailgate right on the lawn. Enter from Newark Granville Rd. Weather permitting, check www.columbuspolo. com or call 740-967-PLAY for more information.
Sounds on the Town - Easton. "Sounds on the Town" Jazz Concert Series, Wednesdays, through September 24, 6 - 9 p.m., Town Square. Easton's concert series features a mix of local, regional, and national jazz performances throughout the summer. • June 18- Tony Monaco Trio • June 25- Canto Poetico • July 2- Christian Howes • July 9- Women in Jazz • July 16- Brave Combo • July 23- Radam Schwartz • July 30- AfroRican Ensemble • August 6- Lao Tizer • August 13- Kathy Wade • August 20- Joe Hunter Trio • August 27- Blue Lunch
Festival Latino - Columbus. Friday, June 20, Riverfront Amphitheater, Genoa Park, 5-11 p.m. Admission: $1. Checkd www. FestivalLatino.net. for more information. Festival Latino will bring the rich tastes and traditions of Latin America to Columbus. Festival-goers can dance to live music, taste authentic foods, shop the Marketplace for arts and crafts, and learn about health, education and employment opportunities available in the community. Children can explore hands-on activities and create traditional Latin American crafts. Friday's music lineup includes Zon del Barrio with featured artists Sammy Ayala and Yomo Toro at 7 p.m. Zon del Barrio plays sounds of classic salsa, bomba, plena, merengue, boogalu and Latin jazz. Salsero Andy Montañez will spice up the riverfront with a performance beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Weathervane Playhouse - Newark. Show prices: Adult- $23.00, Senior Citizen, $21.00, Student, $21.00, Child (12 and under), $15.00, contact (740) 366-4616.
• Noises Off - Noises Off! (comedy), June 12 - 14, and June 18 - 21, 8 p.m. Take a hysterical tour through the hinterlands of Britain with a troupe of has-been actors led by a somewhat pretentious and strained-to-the-breaking-point director. Not your idea of a holiday? Don't worry this comedy is packed with laughs as the romances, intrigues, and foibles of the cast take center stage in a final performance that descends into the mayhem of their personal and professional vendettas. Shoelaces are tied together, plates of sardines are dumped on heads, alcohol is consumed in quantity, and sexual peccadilloes and dalliances are revealed both onstage and off. Don't miss what the New York Times called, "…spectacularly funny… most dexterously realized comedy ever!"