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
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.
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.
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, Timomediately thy 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’ im- 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.
Blood Drive - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Youth Association is sponsoring a blood drive Thursday, June 16, 1 to 7 p.m. at its Third Street location in Buckeye Lake Village. To schedule, please call (740) 323-6718 or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. All donors receive a Red Cross t-shirt.
Freedom Picnic - Newark. Tickets for the annual Freedom Picnic will be on sale from June 6 through 5 p.m. June 29 at Zerger Hall. The tickets are $3 to cover the picnic meal featuring hamburgers, brats, picnic side dishes and dessert. There will be entertainment and a distribution of small flags as well. The Freedom Picnic will be held outside on the Zerger Hall campus lawn beginning at 11 a.m. July 1. It will be held inside if there is inclement weather.
Antique Boats on the Canal - Millersport. The antique and classic boat show returns to the canal in Millersport on Saturday, June 18. Registration is from 7-11 a.m. Boats will be available for free public viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Millersport Lions Club’s monthly car show moves from Lions Park to Canal Drive to join the boats. The joint award ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at the Millersport American Legion Hall.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser - Baltimore. District #27 Order of Eastern Star is sponsoring a fundraiser spaghetti diiner from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Baltimore Masonic Temple, 1818 Basil-Western Rd. It’s all-youcan eat spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Donation is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3-10 years. Everyone is welcome.
Tomato Growing Workshop - Newark. Dick Baltisberger, Tomato Specialist and Licking County Master Gardener will have a workshop on Tomatoes in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 771 East Main Street in Newark, behind the Agricultural Center on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Dick will discuss the value of using tomato cages and how a couple varieties of cages were built and used in the demonstration garden. He will also discuss the use or non use of fungicides in order to control the common tomato diseases of septora and early blight. He will describe the difference between indeterminate and determinate plants, and how the proper selection of the variety type can avoid having a large plant overtake your home garden. Workshop is FREE and no registration is required. Call the Ohio State University Extension Office at 740-670-5315 for further information.
Tour of Homes - Lancaster. The Fairfield Heritage Association is holding its 44th Tour of Homes on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 12-5 p.m. both days. “Town & Country” will include a self-guided tour of seven homes in and near Lancaster, offering a unique variety of architecture and decor, with tours of both the Sherman House and Georgian Museums included in the ticket cost. Tickets prices are $12 presale and $15 the day of the tour. They are available at Fairfield National Bank’s Kroger East, Meijer, and downtown locations and the Fairfield Heritage office at 105 E. Wheeling Street, all in Lancaster, or by phone or email. Children’s tickets are $6 and can be purchased through the FHA office or the day of the tour.Participants will receive a discount on admission to the Ohio Glass Museum that weekend and A Ha! A Hands-on Adventure will offer a free admission with a paid admission through August 1, 2011, with a home tour ticket. Guests are also encouraged to visit the latest exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio where admission is free. For more information or to order tickets call 740-654-9923 or visit www.fairfieldheritage.org.
Buckeye Lake Village Community Yard Sale Days - Buckeye Lake. Village residents may host a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 24-26 without having to purchase the normally required permit.
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.PicnicWithThePops.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.