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-butdeadly 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.
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 40-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 per person. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org.
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, handson 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,
Kids Day at The Works - Newark. The Energy Cooperative will host its fifth annual Kids Day Event - and it’s not just for kids - on Sunday, June 13 from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Newark. There will be expanded activities for ALL ages along with electric safety demos, pony rides, bouncy castles, face painting, entertainment, refreshments, door prizes and full access to The Works. This event is free for members of The Energy Cooperative and their children and grandchildren. Members are asked to clip the Kids Day ticket found in the May/June issue of The Energy Cooperative’s member newsletter for admission.
Children’s Drum Circle - Newark Library. On Tuesday June 15 at 10:00 a.m., “Doom-Ta-Ka Children’s Drum Circle with Hakan Kaya,” is coming to Newark Library, a branch of Licking County Library. During this family event, everyone gets a chance to be a star. Bring your own drum or percussion instrument or use the drums that Hakan brings (limited number). Call the Children’s Department at 349.5550 for more information.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 19 at 8474 High Street, Thurston from 8 a.m. to noon. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carryout orders are welcomed: call 740-862-6542.
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.
Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival - Gahanna. The 12th Annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival brings together local, regional and national blues and jazz musicians June 18 - 20 in Olde Gahanna, featuring more than 90 hours of live music on four stages, plus plenty of activities, great food and fun for all ages. On Saturday, June 19, Blues headliner and swamp-blues master Tab Benoit brings his brand of bayou blues to Creekside. The Jimi Vincent Band returns for the second, straight year by popular demand. The Sonny Moorman Group, Cincinnati based power trio, continues to collect awards. Columbus’ Sean Carney Band has taken blues music around the world, performing at festivals across North America and Europe. Critically-acclaimed jazz trombonist and Pickerington native Sarah Morrow will headline the Jazz Stage on Friday, June 18. Morrow holds the distinction of being the first female instrumentalist to become a member of the Ray Charles Orchestra. Additional Jazz headliners include Urban Jazz Coalition and Columbus Jazz Orchestra. Admission is $3 for adults (ages 12 and up). Children under 12 are free. Members of the military receive free admission, ID required. For more information, visit www.creeksidebluesandjazz. com