Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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 events:
• "Maps, Compass, and GPS Oh My!" on Sunday June 14, at 1:00 pm at the William C. Kraner Nature Center. Come follow the hidden trail as we learn to navigate with a GPS and compass. Find out how to read topographic maps and plot the best route out of the woods, as you search for hidden sites. We'll discover how our trusty compass can keep us from getting lost and then go high-tech with GPS route-finding. A taste of the newest adventure activity called Geocaching may get you hooked. Did you know there are over 250,000 geocaches hidden in the U.S.? Participants should bring their own compass and GPS unit if they have one.
Advanced registration is required by June 12 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 or e-mail at mail@ lickingparkdistrict.com.
• "What Lurks Beneath", an aquatic adventure in Lobdell Run Creek on June 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Lobdell Reserve. Join Park District Naturalist Suzan Jervey as she leads participants in search of the wonderfully unique creatures that call our creeks and streams home. Learn how various small animals are adapted to live in the water and avoid becoming prey. Participants can search for crayfish, dragonfly larvae, water penny, frogs and a variety of fish. Each adventure into the stream is different! For safety reasons, all participants must wear footwear in the stream.
Advanced registration is required by June 14 and there is a fee of $3.00 per person with a $10.00 max per family. Park Express Members are free. You may register by calling (740) 587-2535 or e-mail at mail@ lickingparkdistrict.com.
Tour of Homes - Lancaster. The Fairfield Heritage Association presents its 43rd Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. Walk to seven homes, two gardens and one studio in the charming, treelined East Allen and Lake streets neighborhood in Lancaster. Tour includes dessert sale, raffle and on-site artists. $10 per person pre-sale with tickets available at the Georgian Museum, Sherman House Museum and select locations of Fairfield National Bank. Tour day tickets are $12 per adult and $6 for students. Proceeds benefit FHA programs and operations. For more information visit www.fairfieldheritage.org
Granville Art Affair - Granville. A new, juried fine arts show debuts in Licking County on Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Great Lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion. Over 50 artists from Ohio and several surrounding states will feature their work including; oil & acrylics, clay, watercolor, fiber, metal, drawing & pastels, glass, wood, 3D media, photography, jewelry and other fine art. Live entertainment featuring Celts Crossing, children's art area, polo match, fine food and wine tasting are also planned for this family event. ADMISSION IS FREE! For more information visit www. granvilleartaffair.com,
Washboard Music Festival - Logan. It's a one-of-a-kind celebration of America's Appalachian culture and heritage June 18-20, 2009, in downtown Logan. Festival hours have been extended on Friday and Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. both days. This free festival features ongoing live music, parades, rides and a sample of local cuisine. More than a dozen washboard and related bands will offer an incredible entertainment lineup this year, including Fiddlers 3, Robin Lacy and DeZydeco and Sadie Green Sales Jugband. Local artists will also display and sell a wide variety of folk and fine art, crafts and washboard inspired instruments. The popular "Washer Women" will be on hand to demonstrate how washboards are used for laundry. Families will enjoy Children's Fair, a unique kid-friendly area, featuring amusement rides, face painting, petting zoo and a train that circles the festival. Saturday festivities include a parade at 5 p.m. and a morning lineup of antique tractors and hit & miss engines. Another major highlight of the festival is the free tours of the 110-year old Columbus Washboard Company, the only washboard factory in the United States still producing washboards on a daily basis.
Reptile Mania - Hebron. Join us at the Hebron Library on Thursday, June 25th at 11 a.m. for Reptile Mania featuring P.T. Reptiles. The entire family will have a great time seeing and learning about snakes, spiders, and lizards. This event is free and open to the public. Call the library at 928.3923 for more information.
Marvelous Magic with Dave Lehman - Buckeye Lake. Children in Grades K-6 are invited to attend a Magic Show featuring Dave Lehman at the Buckeye Lake Library on Wednesday, June 17th at 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, no registration required.
Be Creative with Art - Hebron. Join us at the Hebron Library on Tuesday, June 23, at 11 a.m. as we explore various types of art through stories, activities and a craft. This free program is for children in grades K thru 5. Call the Library at 928.3923 for more information.