Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Bonsai Show- Saturday, June 12 and Sunday June 13, Saturday, noon – 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free, meet at the Visitors Center, The 30th Anniversary of The Dawes Arboretum’s Ohio Regional Bonsai Show is a delightful event sure to engage all bonsai artists and enthusiasts. Demonstrations go on throughout the weekend and over 100 bonsai specimens will be on display in the Visitors Center and Bonsai Courtyard. Vendors of bonsai tools, containers, Japanese art, jewelry and plants will all be on hand.
Pretty Poisons- Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. – noon, $15/$8 members, reservation required, meet at the Zand Education Center. From gardens to roadsides and woodlands to pastures, plants add color and enjoyment to our lives. A handful of wildflowers, weeds, outdoor ornamentals and houseplants fall into the beautiful but-deadly category. These and more are highlighted in this program by David Brandenburg, taxonomic botanist. Learn which species can make you sick, get you to sneeze, give you a rash, or otherwise make your life unpleasant!
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.
Newark Strawberry Festival - Courthouse Square, Newark. Now in its 27th year, the June 4 - 6, “Strawberries on the Square” is the largest event held each year in Licking County. Rides, games, crafts, food, and great entertainment provide the whole family with lots of exciting things to see and do. Be sure to try its “world famous” Strawberry Shortcake served with delicious Velvet ice cream, made right here in Licking County. Hosted by Newark Kiwanis, proceeds help fund Camp O’Bannon, a camp for underprivileged children.
Boats on the Canal - Millersport. The Buckeye Chapter of The Antique and Classic Boat Society has a new home for their annual show. The show is moving from the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club to the historic Ohio Erie Canal in Millersport. The beautiful vintage boats will be moored at canal docks along Canal Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 19. The chapter is expecting nearly 40 entries for the only sanctioned judged show at Buckeye Lake this year. Classic cars will be parked along Canal Drive as the Millersport Lions Club moves their monthly Cruisin’ on the Commons car show from Friday night to Saturday. Enjoy the boat and cars and small town hospitality. Stay around to watch the boat parade at 4 p.m. to the awards ceremony at NorthPoint Island. Both shows are free and everyone is invited.
Bird Walk - Granville. With more than 60 avian species, the Denison University Biological Reserve (Bioreserve) is an excellent location to observe birds in their natural habitat. A bird walk, led by manager Whitney Stocker, is scheduled at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 5, at the Bioreserve (1258 North Street, State Route 661 North). The bird walk is free and open to the public and will emphasize identifying species by song. It is recommended that participants bring binoculars and be prepared to walk in wet grass. The event will be cancelled if it is raining or very windy. For more information, contact 740-587-6359 or visit www.denison.edu
Granville Art Affair & Wine Festival - Granville. It’s Licking County’s largest fine arts festival on Saturday, June 12, on the Great Lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion. Over 100 artists from Ohio and surrounding states will showcase their original work. This show also features live entertainment, hands-on art area, and refreshments. Granville Rotary Club’s Wine Festival offers fine international wine tasting and food sampling from Columbus’s finest restaurants. Admission to Art Affair is FREE! Wine Festival requires ticket purchase. For more information visit www.granvilleartaffair. com,
Starting Your Small Business - Newark. Licking County Library and SCORE present a workshop on what it takes to start a small business. Can you afford the start-up costs? Is your idea viable? After this session, you should have a better idea about how to evaluate the potential of a new business idea. Join us on Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the 1st floor meeting room of the Newark Library. Please call 740.349.5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street for more information. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Miniature Horse Show – Springfield. The Mid-America Miniature Horse Club is hosting a miniature horse show at the Champions Center in Springfield, on June 5 – 6, 2010. Exhibitors will be competing with their horses in country pleasure driving, obstacle halter (like trail class), halter, jumping where compete over jumps up to 42” tall, liberty where they run free to music in the arena and are judged on the beauty of their performance, along with many other classes. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit MAMHC at: www.mamhc.com
Gardening in the 21st Century - Newark. Has your garden been attacked by insects or fungi? Have you always wanted to learn more about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how you can use it in your garden? Join Master Gardener Tom Beckett for “Gardening in the 21st Century” at the Newark Library on Saturday, June 12th at 2 p.m. He will be looking at the relationship between plants, soil, fungi, and insects and how to best manage your garden. Please call 740.349.5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street for more information.
Garden of Roses Open House - Wooster. Ohio State University’s Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance will hold its third annual free open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. The three-acre collection, located at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster, is home to about 1,500 heirloom roses of 500 types, most of which should be in peak bloom. There will be tours, food, music and children’s activities plus on-site rose experts and the sale of a limited number of rose plants propagated from the garden. Heirloom roses — also called antique roses, old garden roses and old-fashioned roses — are types that came before the first hybrid roses. Moss, Alba, China, Damask, Portland and Gallica are some of the general types. They’re known for their colors, including reds, oranges, pinks, and yellows, and their scents, with hints of mint, citrus, lemon, cinnamon and more. The garden was planted over 40 years ago, and most of the original roses are still growing today.