Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Garden Craft Workshop: Mosaic Stepping Stones- Saturday June 6, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., $30/$20 members, Reservation required, $15 for each additional stepping stone. Vouchers not accepted for this program, meet at the Zand Education Center. Create a stepping stone to welcome garden visitors and perhaps even provide a spot for beneficial insects and amphibians beneath which to dwell. Families are welcome! Arboretum Education Director Sara Lowe will lead the workshop.
Bonsai Show- Saturday, June 13, 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Free, at the Visitors Center. The Dawes Arboretum invites you to experience the art of bonsai at the 29th Ohio Regional Bonsai Show. Free demonstrations go on throughout the weekend. More than 100 bonsai specimens are displayed in the Firelight Room and Bonsai Courtyard for viewing. Whether you are inclined to start your own bonsai or if you are an old pro looking for supplies, be sure to visit the vendor area on the Visitors Center Deck.
Strut with Your Pup- Saturday, June 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m, Free, Visitors Center. Join in the fun as we hit the trails with our pooch pals for an energizing stroll through some of our beautiful collections and trails. This will be an opportunity to talk about why your dog needs to stay on trails and why you shouldn't let Fido whiz on the conifers. All well-behaved dogs are welcome. Arboretum Education Director Sara Lowe and her dog, Louie, will lead the strut..
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. Don't miss these Licking Park District event:
• Land of Legend Woodcarvers Spring Show- Sat, June 6, 10 a.m .- 4 p.m. Infirmary Mound Park, James Bradley Center, Ohio 37, Granville. Join the Land of Legend Woodcarvers, in cooperation with the Licking Park District, as they present their annual Spring Wood Carving Show. Marvel at the intricate carvings; learn what tools to use and even purchase a piece or two to add to your collection. This show is always a crowd pleaser and one not to be missed. Free admission.
• Dino Diggers - Do you have a budding paleontologist who dreams of building their own Jurassic Park? Do they talk non-stop about Velociraptor, TRex and other dinosaurs? Then bring them to Dino Diggers at the William C. Kraner Nature Center on May 31 at 2:00 p.m. While we can't guarantee a Pachycephalosaurus, but we can guarantee fun, so don't delay and register today! There is a $3.00 fee per person with a $10.00 family max. Park Express Members and their immediate family are free. Deadline for registration is May 29. Call (740) 587-2535 to register.
• Eating Great While Camping - This summer is a great time to get back to nature with a family camping trip. Whether camping in your own backyard, a local park or National Park, you can enjoy delicious meals at your campsite. Are you a little unsure of your campfire cooking skills or want some new ideas to spice up an otherwise boring camp fare? Join the Licking Park District for an afternoon of recipe testing and camp cooking styles during Campfire Cooking, on Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the Infirmary Mound Park livestock arena. You'll go away a confident campfire cook, with samples in abundance and advice from a veteran campfire cook.. Advanced registration is required by June 7 and there is a fee of $3 per person with a $10 max per family. Park Express Members are free. You may register by calling (740) 587-2535.
• Le Tour de T.J. Evans Bike Trail - Summer is upon us and Licking Park District Chief Park Ranger, Ryan Peterson, loves to ride his bicycle on the trails. However, he doesn't like to ride alone. To combat his loneliness Ranger Ryan is inviting everyone to join him for a ride along the T.J. Evans Bike Trail, on Saturday, June 27th beginning at 9:00 a.m. A brief bicycle safety and maintenance program will be offered before the start of the ride. Ranger Ryan will go over bicycle types, gears, safety equipment and basic bike maintenance that you can do yourself to keep your bike in top shape. After the program, participants can enjoy a leisurely round trip bike ride between Granville and Johnstown on the scenic and historic T.J. Evans Bike Trail. A stop for ice cream in Granville will be well deserved at the end of the ride. Registration deadline is June 1st. The ride is open to participants of all ages. The fee is $10 for non-members and $8 for Park Express Members. The fee includes a collector's edition I rode with Ranger Ryan t-shirt. The starting point is the T.J. Evans Trail parking area behind the Granville Milling Company at 9:00 am. Call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail to register.
Ultimate Recycling Day - Sheridan Middle School, Thornville. Want to get rid of old appliances, worn out tires, scrap metal, used motor oil and car batteries? Take them to the Sheridan Middle School rear parking from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 30. Appliances are $6 each if they contain freon and $3 each for all others. Passenger and light truck tires are $1.50 each, plus $1 if on rim. Car batteries must not be leaking. For more information call Perry County Recycling at 740-342-7881
Puppet Pallooza - Hebron. Hebron Library will host the Puppet Pallooza team from the Children's Department of the Main Library in Newark. This fun puppet show is free and children of all ages are invited. It will be held in the Council Chambers of the Hebron Municipal Complex on Tuesday, June 9, at 11 a.m. Call the Library at 928.3923 for more information.
Building Doctors - Granville. Two preservation experts - Mariangela Pfister and Lisa Adkins - from the Ohio Historical Society's Office of Historic Preservation will present a free seminar for old-building owners from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the Bryn Du Mansion, 537 Jones Rd., Granville. The seminar will cover guidelines for renovation projects and ways to solve some of the most common problems of buildings dating from 1800 to 1955. To register for the free seminar call toll-free 1-800-499-2470 or go to www. building-doctor.org
Marvelous Magic with Dave Lehman - Newark. Join us at the Newark Library for Dave Lehman's Marvelous Magic Show! His show will be in the Children's Department on Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. and again the following week on Wednesday, June 17, at 10 a.m. Fun for the whole family! Call the Children's Department at 349.5550 for more information.
Doom-Ta-Ka Children's Drum Circle with Hakan Kaya - Newark. Join us on Wednesday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. for "Doom- Ta-Ka Children's Drum Circle with Hakan Kaya, " at the Newark Library. Come listen to the magical sound of the storytelling drums. Bring your own drum or anything you want to play, or use the drums that Hakan brings (limited number). Fun for the whole family! Call the Children's Department at 349.5550 for more information.
Bird Walk - Denison University, Granville. Nature lovers, especially "birders," will enjoy a Bird Walk through the Denison University Biological Reserve with manager Whitney Stocker at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 30. The Reserve is located at 1760 North Street, just north of Granville on State Route 661. The emphasis will be on identifying by song the more than 50 species of birds that nest in the 350-acre Reserve. Participants should bring binoculars and be prepared to walk in wet grass. The event is free and open to the public. It will be cancelled if it's raining or very windy.