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 one-stop 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.
Wildflower Walk & Book Signing – Main Grounds- Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – noon. Join The Dawes Arboretum’s Taxonomic Botanist and author David Brandenburg in the field as he leads a pleasant stroll through Arboretum grounds in search of native plants. Along the hike you’ll have the opportunity to use David’s recently published book National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Wildflowers of North America. This field guide is a fresh approach to the identification of wild plants and has thousands of photographs, line drawings and range maps. The descriptive text, both clear and concise, will appeal to amateurs as well as seasoned professionals and provide readers with a greater understanding and appreciation of our native flora. Participants will receive their own copy of the book, which they may have David sign. Please let us know if you already have the book and the cost of the program will be adjusted, $30/$20 members (includes book), meet at the Visitors Center.
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.
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.
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.
Lakewood Senior Awards Night - Hebron. Lakewood High School is hosting Senior Awards Night on Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lakewood High School Performing Arts Complex. The Senior Awards Assembly is a chance to honor the graduates of the Class of 2011 for their academic and athletic achievements. Several scholarships and community awards will be presented. Parents, friends, as well as community members are welcome to attend.
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-and-cheese 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.
Vacation Planning - Newark. Start your summer vacation off right! Voinessa Brownfield from Weekley Travel will be speaking at Newark Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. Stop by the first floor meeting room to learn about planning your perfect trip. This program is free and no registration is required.
Grantseeking Workshop - Newark. The Licking County Library’s Foundation Center Cooperating Collection, in partnership with the Licking County Foundation, will host a free workshop on grantseeking basics for nonprofit organizations and interested individuals on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street, Newark. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (740) 349-5553. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. David Holmes, Regional Training Coordinator for the Foundation Center-Cleveland, will offer tips on how best to identify funding sources for your nonprofit organization, highlighting the electronic resources available for your free use at the Cooperating Collection at the Newark Library. The workshop will include a demonstration of the Foundation Directory Online, Foundation Grants to Individuals, and Philanthropy In/Sight. Support for bringing this resource for nationwide grant opportunities to Licking County Library and our community was provided by the Licking County Foundation. Connie Hawk, Director and Karen Jones, Program Officer of the Licking County Foundation, will present the Foundation’s new grant guidelines and outline the steps involved in preparing a good grant application.
Junior Gardeners Summer Program - Newark. Calling all elementary kids! Licking County Master Gardener volunteers are presenting four summer program sessions for children in 1st through 4th grades. Sessions are free and will be held at the Licking County Master Gardener demonstration garden on 771 East Main Street in Newark at the Ohio State University Extension. Parking provided in the rear of the building. Children will have hands-on learning opportunities along with games, crafts and snacks will be provided. All sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon. Session One (May 26):Planting and Growing Beautiful Flowers; Session Two (June 25): Gardening for Butterflies; Session Three (July 16): Grow Your Own Salsa; and Session Four (August 20): Bees and Other Insects in the Garden.
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.
37th Annual Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival - Utica. Enjoy ice cream, crafts, entertainment, homemade food, contests and much more May 28 -30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday. The festival is held one mile south of Utica and nine miles north of Newark, on Ohio 13, on the grounds of Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream Co. The weekend is fun filled and entertaining for the entire family. Over 90 artisans from Ohio and other states exhibit their handcrafted items. Pony rides, antique gas engines, sheep herding by border collies, a car show, motorcycle show and a magic show are just some of the many things to do and see. Lots of contests including ice cream eating, balloon toss, egg toss (all weekend long) and kiddie tractor pulls on Sunday. There is a general store, ice cream tent, ham and bean tent, bratwurst stand, and other delicious foods along with stage entertainment. Saturday’s highlight is the parade in the Village of Utica followed by the crowning of the Festival Queen on the stage on the Festival grounds. Shuttle service is provided from the parking lot to the festival entrance. Admission is $5 per car. Visit www.uticaoldfashionedicecreamfestival.com for more information.
Thornville Memorial Day Celebration - Thornville. The annual Memorial Day ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Thornville on Monday, May 30. The inscription of new honorees on the 20th Century Monument will be aided by the combined efforts of the Veterans Memorial Society, Thornville American Legion Post and Auxiliary, Sheridan High School Band, and the Honor Guard of the Thornport AMVETS. Concluding ceremonies will take place at the Lutheran Reformed Cemetery. All citizens are encouraged to turn out to honor those who gave all.
National Road Yard Sale - Licking County on US 40, beginning Wednesday, June 1. The National Road Yard Sale in Licking County celebrates the Historic National Road in Licking County! The yard sales run the 32 miles of the road from Reynoldsburg to Gratiot. Sale dates start June 1-June 5, but most of the yard sales will be on Friday & Saturday. Saturday is called Super Saturday because all of the “Pike Towns” along the road host yard sales. Park your car and walk and find trash to treasures plus food and more! Visit www.facetheme book.com/nationalroadyardsale for more information.
“Walk-A-Bout” - Lancaster. An evening of free, after-hours admission to Lancaster’s downtown museums, is scheduled for Friday, June 3 from 5-8 p.m. Participants include the Decorative Arts Center, the Ohio Glass Museum, the Georgian Museum, the Sherman House Museum, and Art and Clay on Main.
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.
Granville Art Affair & Wine Festival - Granville. Licking County’s largest, juried fine arts festival located on the Great Lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion in historic Granville is now a 2-day event, Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12. It features over 100 fine artists, hands-on art experience tent hosted by Granville Studio of Visual Arts, live entertainment, fine refreshments and polo match on Sunday. Saturday’s show features the Granville Rotary Club’s Wine Festival offering fine international wine tasting and food sampling from Columbus’s finest restaurants. Admission to Art Affair is FREE. Participation in Wine Festival on Saturday requires ticket purchase and includes all wine and food sampling. Visit www.granvilleartaffair.com for more information.
Frontier Power 30th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival - Coshocton. On June 10-12, visitors can enjoy the oldest hot air balloon event in Ohio at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds. This family fun affair features midway attractions, craft booths, carnival rides, fireworks, photo contest, kiddie tractor pull, 5K race, flag ceremony, food vendors and many other family-oriented activities. On Friday night, enjoy free musical entertainment by country music entertainer, Timothy Paul from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday night Phil Dirt and the Dozers will perform oldies favorites at 7:30 p.m. with the popular balloon ‘Night Glow’ immediately following the concert. Balloon launches and fly-ins will take place (weather permitting) on Friday, June 10 around 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, around 6:00 a.m. and again around 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, June 12, around 6:00 a.m. For more information visit www.CoshoctonChamber.com
Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise- In - Coshocton. Over 200 corvettes will converge on the street on June 12, in Historic Roscoe Village. Spectator admission to the cruise-in is free. Visitors will enjoy strolling along the street admiring the cars while listening to the tunes of 50s and 60s music. For more information, visit www.RoscoeVillage.com
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 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.