Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions: Wednesdays, June – August, 2 p.m.. Learn with a group as the creative educators of The Dawes Arboretum bring your family closer to the wonders of the natural world. Subjects include trees, flowers, weather and many creatures great and small. There is no telling what we’ll get into with songs, activities, games, crafts and sometimes real animal visitors. Free, donations welcome, meet at the Visitors Center.
Mushrooms 101: Thursday, July 21, 7 – 9 p.m., Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – noon (miniforay). Join the Ohio Mushroom Society for an introduction to the fascinating hobby of collecting mushrooms in the wild. This class covers the proper procedures for collecting fleshy fungi, an overview of the many different forms that can be found in woods and grassy areas, how to make a spore print and some descriptive terms used by mycologists. The class is followed by a “mini-foray” on Saturday morning to put the teachings into practice. The foray is a leisurely walk through designated collecting areas and fungi specimens collected are brought back to a staging area to be sorted and examined, $15/$10 members, 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.
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
Cruise to Benefit the Homeless - Buckeye Lake. Cruise Buckeye Lake on Sunday, July 24. The 1.5 hour cruise departs the North Shore Boat Ramp at 4 p.m. and includes light refreshments, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. All proceeds benefit the St. Vincent Haven Homeless Shelter in Newark. The Haven is a 24-bed men’s shelter that houses and nourishes men who are temporarily homeless. Sponsors include Buckeye Lake Historical Society, Knights of Columbus Council 13379, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Pizza Cottage. Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. For reservations or more information call Patricia Mayes at 614-530-4973.
Baltimore Farmers Market - Baltimore. Check out fresh produce and more Fridays from 4- 7 p.m. through Oct. 21 at West Market and North High streets. Special events weekly. For more information visit www.baltimorefarmmarket.com.
Buckeye Lake Carp Fest- North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. Help Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow reduce the lake’s excessive carp population. More than $3,500 in cash prizes will be awarded for carp caught during the first ever Carp Fest July 15-17. Registration is just $5 per fisherman and begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15. Cash prizes are awarded for the most carp by weight caught over the 48-hour tournament and for the largest carp by weight caught during the same time. Daily cash prizes are also awarded in the same categories. There are separate cash prizes for youth (under 16), teams (two members) and families (up to four fishing and no more than two adults). For more information visit www.buckeyelakefortomorrow.org.
Buckeye Lake Carp Cookoff - North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. Become part of history by competing in Buckeye Lake’s and likely Ohio’s first ever Carp Cook -off. Carp chefs will be competing for $350 in cash prizes for the top three best tasting carp dishes. They will have up to six hours to cook their best dish before presenting to the judges for tasting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. All carp preparation must be done at the contest. Fresh carp will be provided to contestants. Registration is $5 per competitor and teams are welcome. For more information visit www.buckeyelakefortomorrow.org
Teen Open Mic Night & Pizza Party - Buckeye Lake Library, Buckeye Lake. It’s Open Mic Night and a Pizza Party for students in grades 6-12 at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 14.
“Grow Your Own Salsa” - Newark. The Junior Gardening Program hosted by the Licking County Master Gardener volunteers continues from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 16, at the Agricultural Center, 771 East Main St., Newark. Children will have an opportunity to harvest and help prepare the fixings for a fresh and tasty salsa. They will learn about vegetable gardening, weed and pest control, and the healthful benefits of growing fresh produce. Games, crafts and snacks will complete the morning’s activities. Program is FREE and no registration is required.
Demonstration Garden Open House - Newark. Check out the Licking County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Agriculture Center, 771 East Main St., Newark. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you tour the gardens and answer questions. Enjoy refreshments and hot dogs while listening to Madalene Rose and the Thorns, a 60’s and 70’s band. Licking County Soil and Water will have a drawing for a rain barrel. For more information visit www.licking.osu.edu or call 670-5315.
Pataskala Relay for Life - Watkins Memorial High School, Pataskala. The Relay begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15 and wraps up around 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. The Luminaria Ceremony that celebrates the lives of those who have beaten cancer as well as those who have courageously battled and lost, takes place at 9:30 p.m. with the lighting of candles around the track. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 each until 8:30 p.m. There will be entertainment throughout the night, including a live DJ, food, dunk tank, prize drawings that include a quad runner, and games. New this year are magician David McCreary, chocolate apples, and hot air balloon rides at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. There will be a community pancake breakfast from 7 - 9 a.m. Saturday morning for a $5 donation. All are welcome to attend. The closing and Fight Back ceremonies are set for 11 a.m. Saturday morning as well as the Chinese Auction drawings. For more information visit relayforlife.org/pataskala.
Starting a Small Business - Newark. Licking County Library and SCORE present a workshop on starting your own small business. Learn the basics of financing, planning, and developing your business idea. Join us on Thursday, July 21, at 6 p.m. in the 1st floor meeting room of the Newark Library. Please call 740.349.5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street for more information. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. East Central Ohio SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, has been helping small business startups and struggling small business, since 1977, in Licking and five surrounding counties.
Read a Book, Win a Nook - Buckeye Lake and Hebron. You still have a chance to win a first generation Barnes and Noble Nook at the Licking County Library. Stop by any Licking County Library location (Buckeye Lake or Hebron) to register for the adult summer reading program. If you read a book before the end of July, you will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Entry tickets will be accepted through July 29th. You must be 18 years or older to win.
The Spoon Man - Buckeye Lake. Come get “spooned” by the Spoon Man at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, in the parish hall of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Buckeye Lake. The program is sponsored by the Buckeye Lake Library, a branch of Licking County Library. Parents will be glad to know the Spoon Man has a totally clean act. He never uses dirty silverware! So stop sitting around the house getting all tarnished up and come out and have some good clean fun! Visit the Buckeye Lake Library for more information or call 740-928-0472.
Perry County Fair - New Lexington. The lake area county fair season opens with the Perry County Fair July 18-23. Visit PerryCountyFair.com for schedule details.
The Greater Buckeye Lake Tea Party- Thornville. Veterans will be honored at its 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, July 19, at the South Shore Center on State Route 13, south of Thornville. In addition to regular updates on current political matters, a brief video history of the American Legion will be shown. For more information call Chuck or Kathy Nichols at 740-246-5227.
Antique Fair & Civil War Collectibles Show - downtown Newark. Antique and collectibles vendors will be set up around the beautiful historic courthouse square from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, July 29. There will be Civil War re enactors, Licking County Players, entertainment, a Civil War cannon that will be fired several times and downtown shops and galleries will be open. For more information visit www.downtownnewarkoh.com
Community Worship Service - Baltimore. On Sunday, August 7, 2011, area churches would like to invite everyone to join together for a community worship service. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be held at the shelter house behind Faith Lutheran Church, 990 S. Main St. Baltimore. The local gospel quartet “Cornerstone” from Lithopolis, will be featured. Following the service everyone is invited for a carry-in dinner at Christ United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 700 S. Main St., Baltimore, (just across the yard from Faith Lutheran Church). The Family Life Center will be open before the service if you would like to drop off your dishes ahead of time. Parking is available at Christ United Methodist Church, Faith Lutheran or Liberty Union Elementary. We will take up a free-will offering for “Cornerstone.” Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and dress is casual. Hope to see you there!
Columbus Museum of Art - Columbus. It’s free admission during the months of July and August, including all special exhibitions. Visit CMA’s new Center for Creativity, explore the newly refurbished galleries, and enjoy an enhanced schedule of activities for the summer including Family Adventures, Surprise Supplies, Drawing in the Galleries, and musical performances. Programs include:
Music in Our Garden
Sundays, July 17 - August 14, 2 p.m.
The Garden Club of CMA presents a series of enchanting concerts in the Sculpture Garden. Adult tickets are $10 at the door; children sixteen and younger are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Concert schedule:
July 17 - Tropical Nights Trio
July 24 - Hans Utter performing Indian classical music on the sitar
July 31 - Tsun-Hui Hung performing on the ancient Chinese instrument, the erhu
August 7 - Grassahol performing blue grass, country, and folk music
August 14 - Singer Sabrina Tutstone
“The Great American Song- book, Part 1” - Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “ The Great American Songbook, Part 1” (a Musical Revue) directed by Rodney C. Helser. The performance will be held at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street, Millersport at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6. All seats are general admission. A pre-show buffet dinner will be available in the Millersport Elementary School Cafeteria from 6 to 7:45 p.m. by reservation only. The dinner will feature three courses and includes beverage with the entree featuring beef kabobs, grilled chicken breasts and roast pork loin. Show admission is $10 and the dinner an additional $10. To get tickets for show, and reservations for dinner call 740-467-3217. Information is also available at www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com.