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Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Protecting Trees with Wess McCullough- Saturday, June 28, 9 - 11 a.m. Local arborist, Wess McCullough of McCullough's Tree Service, will discuss methods of protecting trees during construction. Also covered will be protecting trees from lightning and preventing structural damage through use of cabling. $20/$15 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Licking Memorial Health Systems: An Educational Series- June's Session focuses on Skin Care, Saturday, June 28, 2008, 10 - 11am, Licking Memorial Health Systems (LMHS) and The Dawes Arboretum are partnering to promote wellness in the community. LMHS at The Dawes Arboretum: An Educational Series is a program designed to provide fun and educational activities that spotlight the outdoors, while encouraging healthy lifestyle choices through nutrition and exercise. The wellness sessions are held at 10am on the last Saturday of each month through June. Programs are free and last about one hour. A speaker will begin each program with a talk and the session ends with a walk led by an Arboretum staff member. Meet at the Visitors Center.
Pruning Conifers- Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m. - noon. Take a ride to the Conifer Glen for some outdoor work! This will be a very hands-on class featuring proper methods of pruning different conifers in the landscape. $15/$10 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Night Hike- Friday, July 18, . 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. If the sky is clear, you'll have a great view of the full moon! Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
Ohio Mushroom Society Meeting and Public Display- Sunday, July 20, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Join Walt Sturgeon of the Ohio Mushroom Society for an indoors presentation on Ohio's fungi. If conditions are appropriate, join Walt in the field exploring various habitats for these somewhat mysterious and often misunderstood living organisms. $8/members free, reservation required, meet at the Zand Educaiton 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.
Historic Home & Garden Tour - Newark. Kraner Behavioral Health, 69 Granville Street in Newark, is hosting a Historic Home & Garden Tour on Sunday, June 29, from 1:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. Visitors are invited to tour the buildings and gardens of the Spencer House, Courage House, Synergy, WorkLife Solutions, and the Altmaier House. Refreshements and entertainment will be provided. A free "gift for the garden" will be given while they last.
Longaberger Homestead - Frazeysburg. Visit www.longaberger. com/homesteadEvents. aspx
• June 28- Independence Day Celebration, Come home to Longaberger Homestead for a small town celebration featuring big city thrills! Highlights include a fabulous 30-40 minute fireworks display, COSI on Wheels, games and menus from the backyard grill. Festivities start at 3 p.m.
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 bugtastic 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 28- Hell on Wheels, Nostalgia Flag Drag
• July 13- National Dragster Challenge
• July 19- Night of Thunder
• July 25 through 27- NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
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!
Independence Day Concert and Fireworks - Newark. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display will be held on Thursday, July 3, on the campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The evening's celebration will open with a performance by Classic Brass at 6 p.m., followed by the Heisey Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. A patriotic fireworks display will begin at dusk.
The concert and fireworks are free and the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks are fully funded by the Reese Family Foundation. All performances will be held in the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. A number of local vendors will offer food and beverages on the campus grounds during the event. The fireworks will occur rain or shine; only extremely inclement weather will cause their delay or cancellation.
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.
Comfest - Columbus. June 27-29, at Goodale Park, Hours: Friday noon-11 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is free, corner of Goodale Boulevard and Park Street, Columbus, www.comfest. com. Comfest is a free festival with music, food and art that promotes unity. It's a place and time where you can kick back for a few hours or three full days, soaking up the vibe of an enviable exercise in participatory democracy.
Music in the Courtyard - Newark. The Works will hold its second "Music in the Courtyard" concert on Friday, July 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunchtime concert will take place in the LeFevre Courtyard at The Works, one block south of the Courthouse Square in downtown Newark. Admission to the concert and outdoor activities is free and open to the public. "Bob Ford & The Ragamuffins" will perform a mix of songs, stories and foot-stomping fun for all ages. Other bands scheduled for the series include The Back Porch Swing Band on August 1 and The Tom Carroll & Andy Carlson Trio on September 5. The Granville High School Steel Drum Band will finish the summer series with a performance on October 3. Each concert will feature bubble-making activities for children and free Velvet Ice Cream for everyone (while supplies last). Concertgoers can bring their own lunches or purchase grilled burgers and brats, cold deli foods and soft drinks from Heritage Deli at the concert. Some chairs and tables will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to lay on the grass. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is a family destination located at 55 S. 1st Street in Newark. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 740-349- 9277 or visit the web site at www. attheworks.org.
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. • 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
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.
• Honk! (musical) - June 26 - 28, July 2, 3 & 5, 8 p.m., July 4th, 7 pm, July 5 matinee, 2 p.m., Winner of the 2000 Olivier Award (UK Tony Award) and dubbed "The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical" by The London Daily Telegraph, "Honk!" is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. This brilliant, musical re-telling of "The Ugly Duckling" is sure to win the hearts of all ages. With a beautiful score, great wit, and a universal theme of acceptance and tolerance, this show is not just for kids! Bring your family for an exciting evening of adventure, song, and dance. Rated G.
• A Midsummer Night's Dream (comedy) - July 10 - 12, July 16 - 19, 8 pm, Fantastically conceived for Weathervane audiences! Written by William Shakespeare, Directed and conceived by Matthew Trombetta and the Collaborative Theatre Arts Project, Do you HATE Shakespeare? This production is here to change that. In a high-concept production, specially conceived for the Weathervane audience, Managing Artistic Director Matthew Trombetta and the Weathervane creative team are creating a once-in-a-lifetime production that will change the way you think about Shakespeare. This romantic comedy has been outfitted with puppetry, world class dancing, an original score and spectacular visual effects. Bring the whole family and don't miss the opportunity to appreciate one of theatre's greatest classics. Rated G.