Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Plant Sale & Garden Fair- Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Pay a visit to our spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair featuring live and silent auctions. Purchase from many gems grown in The Arboretum’s nursery—several are rare and hard to find in local garden centers and nurseries. A variety of annuals, perennials, herbs and garden vegetables will be available for a onestop shopping experience. Check out merchants and professionals offering wares and services in all areas of gardening, landscaping and home décor. The aroma of food will surely entice you to stay for lunch! Wagons are welcome to transport all of your treasures.
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.
BLASST Fireworks - Buckeye Lake. The annual show begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1.
Ancestry.com Program - Newark. The Licking County Library is offering an Ancestry.com program on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 5:30-7:30. This is a hands on program and is limited to 10 people with registration required. Visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street in Newark or call 740.349.5553 for more information and for registration.
Digital Downloads Class - Newark. Learn how to use your Licking County Library card to download free materials to your MP3 players, eReaders and computers. You can check out audiobooks, eBooks and more! The last May classe is May 19th at 6 pm. Registration is required so please call 740-349-5553 to reserve your spot.
Plant Sale - Newark. The Newark Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 14, starting at 9:00 a.m. at 1411 Sherwood Downs Road W., Newark. It includes include perennials, annuals, hanging baskets and a bake sale. Contact Gale Ann at 740-366- 7160 for more information.
Master Gardeners Plant Sale - Newark. The Licking County Master Gardener volunteers annual plant and bake sale runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at 473 Hudson Avenue, Newark. The sale includes vegetables, herbs and perennials. It is held in conjunction with the annual Hudson Avenue Yard Sale. Proceeds help fund the junior gardening program which is free to children six years of age and up.Visit us at http://licking.osu.edu for more imformation and local Master Gardener events.
Baltimore Postal Food Drive - Baltimore. The Annual NALC/ Post Office Food Drive is set for Saturday, May 14 for residents in the Baltimore delivery area. Just place non-perishable food items in your mailbox for your carrier to pick up. Rural customers should place all their items in the mailbox, not on the ground. All donations will go to the Baltimore-Thurston Area Food Pantry.
Licking County Recycling - Newark. Bring your tires and appliances to the Licking County Garage, 775 E. Main St., Newark, between 8 a.m. and noon on Saturday, May 14. Appliances are $5 each or $10 for those with freon. Limit 10 tires at $5 and up each.
Chicken Dinner - Millersport. Enjoy a chicken dinner from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, at the Millersport Fire Station. Dinner is a 1/4 chicken with noodles, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, rolls, desserts and drinks for a donation. Proceeds will be used for station maintenance and new equipment. Senior citizen delivery available by calling 467-2646.
Movie Night - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Youth Association’s first Movie Night of the season will be at dusk on Saturday, May 14, at Ryan-Braden Park. The movie is “The New Karate Kid.” Please bring a chair/blanket to sit on. Drinks will be served with popcorn. If it rains the showing will be moved indoors.
Cruisin’ on the Commons - Millersport. It’s car show season. Stop by Lions Park for the Sweet Corn Festival Committee’s monthly Cruisin’ on the Commons car show. May’s show runs from 5 -8 p.m. on Friday, May 20, with registration from 5 - 7 p.m. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Enjoy classic vehicles pus door prizes, 50/50 and trivia games.
Children’s Author/Illustrator - Newark. Children’s author Cathryn Falwell will present “Story Time Around the Pond” at the Newark Library at 6:30 p.m. on May 17. The hour long presentation will conclude with a book sale and signing of Cathryn’s books. Some of her books include “Scoot,” “Mystery Vine,” and “Turtle Splash.” All of these books were created from her studio and tree house beside Frog Song Pond in Maine. The program is best for children ages 3 to 8 years of age. Families are welcome. This program is open to the public and free of charge.
Chocolates from Around the World - Newark. Kick off Licking County Library’s Adult Summer Reading program, “Novel Destinations,” with your taste buds! Join Susan Kaiser from Faire La Cuisine as we explore the world of chocolate. Stop by the Newark Library’s first floor meeting room on Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m. for chocolate samples from across the globe.
Open Studio at The Works - Newark. The Works: Center for History, Art and Technology hosts Open Studio in the museum’s Glass Studio the third Saturday of each month from noon to 4:00 p.m. The Open Studio experience allows guests to drop by the studio, work at their own pace, and get creative! During the next Open Studio on Saturday, May 21, visitors may paint pottery, design custom fused glass jewelry and sun catchers, or discover the art of glass blowing by creating their very own blown glass paperweight. For pricing information and more details, visit atthework.org.
LCAP Spring Dance - Newark. The dinner/dance is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 26 at Zerger Hall. Tickets are $7 and may be available at the center until 5 p.m. May 26. Space is limited so an early purchase is recommended. The menu is Hawaiian-glazed pork chops, Idaho mashed potatoes, herb-butter asparagus spears, vegetable-andcheese salad, rolls, punch, coffee and caramel-nut apple pie alamode. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Sticks and Stones, a well-known local band, will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you have transportation inquiries, please call LCAP Transportation at 345-0821 or 1-800-452-0097.
Newark Earthworks Public Access Day - Newark. This National Historic Landmark is a place where visitors can explore a 2,000 year-old geometric earthworks that served both cathedral and astronomical observatories for the people know to archaeologists as the Hopewell culture. Owned by the Ohio Historical Society, the Newark Earthworks State memorial includes the Great Circle Earthworks State Memorial, Octagon Earthworks, and the Wright Earthworks. During Public Access Days, you can access the Octagon Earthworks. Tuesday, May 31, visit www.ohiohistory.org for more information.
Comedian Chonda Pierce - Lancaster. The Queen of Clean Comedy, will be armed with an abundance of unpretentious Southern charm and laser sharp wit when she appears at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Fairfield Christian Church, 1965 North Columbus St., Lancaster. Chonda’s arsenal of rubber-meets-the road comedy will focus on issues that everyone loves to laugh about. The success of Chonda’s latest comedy DVD, Did I Say That Out Loud, birthed a busy schedule of concert dates extending through 2011. Tickets are $12 group admission (15 or more), $15 advance admission, and $20. Artist Circle admission. Tickets may be purchased online at www.itickets.com, by phone at (800) 965-9324, at Fairfield Christian Church, or at area Christian bookstores.
Buckeye Lake Fest - Buckeye Lake. Come out to Ryan-Braden Park June 10 -12 for rides, live entertainment, fun for kids and food. Phantom Fireworks show is planned for dusk on Saturday. Hours are 4 - 9 p.m. on Friday, June 10, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.
Ham and Eggs Program – Lancaster. For 40 years the Lancaster Men’s Chorus has been entertaining crowds with its hilarious antics and talented singers. The first half features a presentation with a theme based off of a popular TV series featuring songs, dances and skits from the past 40 years. Performances are at 8 p.m. on May 18-21, in the Jeffrey Wagner Theatre at the Ohio University-Lancaster Campus on Ohio 37 in Lancaster. Proceeds provide scholarships for Fairfield County students who are planning to continue their education in the field of music. Tickets are available from any chorus member or by calling State Farm Insurance agent Maureen Cefalu at 740-654- 0332. The chorus is directed by Mark Severance and accompanied by Parry Norris. The first half is directed by Mark Loy.