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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
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.
Feeling crafty? - Newark. Every Saturday in June at 10 am, join other yarn enthusiasts at the Newark Library. Share your knitting and crochet skills, ideas and experience with others. Get help with your project, learn a new technique or help someone else with their project. All ages and skill levels are welcome. No registration is necessary. Please bring your own supplies.
“Where in the World Did They Bury Grandpa” - Newark. That’s this month’s program for the Licking County Genealogical Society’s meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 6, in the first floor meeting room at the Newark Library. The program is free and open to the public.
Digital Downloads - 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! June classes will be at the Newark Library on June 14th at 2 pm and June 21st at 6 pm. Registration is required for these classes so please call 740-349-5553 to reserve your spot.
Kid’s Fishing Derby - Thornport. AMVETS Post #51 is sponsoring a fishing derby for kids 12 and under from 9- 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. Sign up by June 5 or contact Danielle Smathers at 740-973-4241. Please bring your life jackets and your fishing pole.
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 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.
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.
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 to register for the event.
Heirloom Rose Sale - Wooster. Secrest Arboretum’s Garden of Roses of Legend and Romance will have an heirloom rose sale at its June 11 open house, and all the plants were started from plants that currently grow in the garden. The garden is one of the largest collections of heirloom rose plants in the United States. Prices range from $10-20 and the plants are in up to one-gallon pots. The open house and sale hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be rose experts on site and self-guided walking tours. Picnicking is encouraged, but bring your own food.The garden and arboretum are part of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., in Wooster. Follow signs on the campus to the arboretum.
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
Flag Day Celebration - Thornville. There will be a grand celebration on the National Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, in the center of Thornville at 7 p.m. Musical entertainment will proceed the event which will feature presentations about “What the Flag Means to Me” by various leaders and individuals. The Thornville American Legion Post will end the festivities with a solemn Flag Disposal ceremony. For more information call Chuck or Kathy Nichols at 740-246-5227.
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.
Picnic with the Pops - Columbus. The 2011 Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops presents the Columbus Symphony with the Jazz Ambassadors at Chemical Abstracts Service (2540 Olentangy River Rd.) on Saturday, June 18. The Jazz Ambassadors are the United States Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra. This internationally acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year to present jazz, America’s national treasure, and carry a message of patriotism and goodwill to audiences worldwide. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-14 when purchased by phone at 614.228.8600, online at www.PicnicWithThe- Pops.com, in person at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), or at the gate on the night of the performance. Children 2 and under are free.