Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Bonsai Show: Saturday, June 11 and Sunday June 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. 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, Free, meet at the Visitors Center.
Night Hike: Friday, June 17, 9 to 11 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend one of our most popular programs as we hike through collections, grasslands and woodlands. Night hikes are for individuals, couples and families. Scout troops are asked to call the Education Department for current scout-specialized programs, Free, donations welcome.
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.
Queen of the Lake II cruises - North Shore boat ramp, Buckeye Lake. Take a relaxing cruise on beautiful and historic Buckeye Lake at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through October. $10 per person with children 5 and under, free. For more information visit buckeyelakehistory.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.
Community Block Party - Buckeye Lake. Everyone is welcome to join a Buckeye Lake Community Block Party all day May 28, beginning 12:30 p.m., directly following the Buckeye Lake Memorial Day Parade. The block party, located behind the Buckeye Lake Goodwill and hosted by New Life Pentecostal Church, features live music, free food, an obstacle course, bounce house, face painting, corn hole, basketball, and more!
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.
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.facebook.com/nationalroadyardsale for more information.
28th Annual Newark Strawberry Festival - Newark. It’s the 28th annual Strawberries on the Square Festival, June 3-5. Each year, everyone anticipates the return of one of the world’s mostcraved delicacies --Strawberry Shortcakes made famous by the Newark Kiwanis Club. Visit www.newarkstrawberryfestival.com 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.
Columbus Arts Festival - Columbus. The festival will celebrate its 50th year of bringing the best in fine art and fine craft to Columbus, June 3, 4 & 5. The Columbus Arts Festival is rated by AmericanStyle magazine as one of the top festivals in the nation and each year hosts hundreds of juried artists from across the United States, as well as a few international artists. Music, poetry and community performance stages, hands-on arts activities for kids and adults, exhibitions of local student artwork and quality food and beverages round out Columbus’ favorite outdoor summer event. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5. For more information visit www.columbusartsfestival.org.
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.
Cancer Survivors’ Picnic - Newark. Licking Memorial Health Systems is hosting a Cancer Survivors’ Picnic in recognition of the 24th Annual National Cancer Survivors’ Day from 1 - 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, on the front lawn of the hospital. The picnic is a celebration and acknowledgement of all survivors and their families. Please call (740) 348-4102 by Wednesday, May 31, to register for the event.
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
Music In The Garden - Silver And Spruce - Jacksontown. Enjoy the fusion of music and nature as The Arboretum presents a series of performances this summer. All concerts are free and you are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Appearing Sunday, June 19, 1:30 p.m. is flute and guitar duo, Silver & Spruce. Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.