Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
32nd Ohio Regional Bonsai Show- Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10, Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Dawes Arboretum invites you to the 32nd annual Ohio Regional Bonsai Show. Over 100 bonsai specimens are displayed in the firelight room and bonsai courtyard. Free demonstrations go on throughout the weekend and a silent auction takes place both days of the show. Vendors will be on the Visitors Center Deck with supplies for all your bonsai needs. A workshop on Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m., focuses on beginning bonsai, perfect for those just starting out ($35 fee; registration required). Take part in the fusion of art and horticulture. FREE, meet at the Visitors Center and Deck
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. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Miles of Yard Sales - US 40. Its the 7th Annual National Road Yard Sale May 30 - June 2 in the “pike towns” of Kirkersville, Hebron, Brownsville and Gratiot. Literally miles and miles of yard sales.
Community Yard Sale - Millersport. The Millersport Lions Club is conducting a Community Yard Sale / Flea Market from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Sweet Corn Festival grounds. Spaces are $15; call Karen at 740-467-0941 to reserve one. All proceeds will go to the Christmas and catastrophe funds that are distributed locally.
Cans for Cancer - Buckeye Lake. Help the Ladies Auxiliary Buckeye Lake VFW Post 1388 fight cancer. Bring your cans to the Post from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.
Free Computer Training - Newark Library. June classes are forming now! Licking County Library and Connect Ohio offer six hours of introductory coursework to help adults understand the basics of computers, the Internet, and the benefits of broadband. Students who complete all three classes are eligible for incentives from various broadband providers in the area. Please call 740.349.5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street for more information or to reserve your spot. This event is free and open to the public.
Children’s Fishing Rodeo - Buckeye Lake. Take your child fishing from 8 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Buckeye Lake VFW, 3430 North Bank Rd. All children under 16 are welcome. An adult must accompany all children. Bring your own pole. Open to everyone. Prizes, food and drink. Sponsored by the Ladies and Men’s Auxiliary.
Strawberry Festival - Newark. The annual Strawberry Festival is June 1- 3 on the Courthouse square. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. This is Licking County’s largest annual event. The weekend is filled with fun and entertainment for the entire family. Over 90 artisans, crafters and vendors from Ohio and surrounding areas exhibit their items. There will be ice cream, pizza, specialty sandwiches, French fries, and other delicious foods along with non-stop stage entertainment. Bates Amusement will be providing the rides and games this year, visit www.newarkstrawberryfestival.com for more information.
Columbus Arts Festival - Downtown Riverfront. Notable local and national artists will exhibit and sell their work at the 2012 Columbus Arts Festival June 1, 2 and 3. The approximately 240 artists were selected from more than 1,100 applicants. Festival Hours: Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more.
Ice Cream Social – Buckeye Lake. Join the Buckeye Lake Library for a free ice cream social, games and get signed up for summer reading from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 4, at the new Buckeye Lake Library. Open to the whole family.
Teen Games Night - Buckeye Lake. Join us at the new Buckeye Lake Library from 5 - 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month for Teen Games Night. There will be a variety of games for teens in grades 6-12 to play plus snacks.
Buckeye Lake Carp Fest - North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. Help Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow reduce the lake’s excessive carp population. More than $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded for carp caught during the second Annual Carp Fest June 8-10. The earlier date should mean cooler weather and more productive. Registration is just $5 per fisherman. Pre-register from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at Z’s Village Market on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. On-site registration begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 8. Cash prizes will be 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 will also be awarded. 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. Carp Fest is cosponsored by Buckeye Lake State Park.
.BLASST - over Buckeye Lake. The spectacular communityfunded fireworks display is set for 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. Your tax-deductible contributions are needed. Mail checks made payable to “ BLASST” to BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport OH 43046.
Music In The Courtyard - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology hosts its first Music In The Courtyard free summer concert on Friday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a great afternoon of summer entertainment with live music from the Ben Thomas Trio, ice cream courtesy of Velvet Ice Cream, and fun outdoor activities. This afternoon concert is perfect for everyone. Guitar, acoustic bass, and drums combine to create the smooth sounds of jazz of the Ben Thomas Trio. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or purchase a $5 meal at The Grill.