Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Ohio Mushroom Society Mini- Foray- Saturday, July 10 or September 25, 9 a.m. – noon, Meet on Visitors Center deck. Come join several members of the Ohio Mushroom Society and take a leisurely walk through wooded areas of Dawes Arboretum looking for fleshy fungi. Participants will collect specimen finds and return to a collection point to share and discuss collections. Estimated time, two hours. Wear walking shoes or boots and bring rain gear if the weather looks threatening. Make sure to bring a small basket or paper sack for carrying your collections.
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.
Petting Zoo- Buckeye Lake. Come to the Ryan-Braden Park from 2 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 to meet some friendly animals.
Independence Day Concert & Fireworks - Newark. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 3, on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The event is free and open to all.
The evening’s celebration will begin with popular local singing duo Sticks & Stones 2 opening the festivities at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Heisey Wind Ensemble (HWE) at 8 p.m. A patriotic fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. A number of local vendors will be serving food and beverages on the campus grounds during the event. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. Free parking is available at the campus. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks is fully funded by the Reese Family Foundation.
Freedom Picnic - Newark. Zerger Hall Senior Center will kick off the July 4th weekend for Licking County senior citizens with an old-fashioned picnic and musical entertainment at 11 a.m. Friday, July 2 at center, located at 745 E. Main St. The picnic will be held on the front lawn, featuring entertainer Denver Lee. The picnic will feature grilled hamburgers and hot dogs along with traditional side dishes. Reservations should be made by 5 p.m. June 29 by calling 345-0821 or 1-800- 452-0097. Miniature American flags will be distributed by the Licking County Veteran Services Commission. The picnic will be moved inside Zerger Hall in case of inclement weather.