Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Bonsai Show- June 8 - June 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience something different at The Dawes Arboretum -– attend the 33rd annual Bonsai Show! Watch a karate demonstration each day by students of the Sprague Shotokan Karate System, Japanese cultural items on display, free demonstrations and a silent auction. The show includes nearly 100 bonsai specimens in the Visitors Center and Bonsai Courtyard as well as vendors on the Visitors Center Deck with supplies for all your bonsai needs. The Saturday work shop, 1 to 4 p.m., focuses on Beginning Bonsai, perfect for those just starting out ($35 fee; registration required).
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
Queen Of The Lake II Tour Boat - Buckeye Lake. Public tours begin Saturday, May 4, for the season on beautiful Buckeye Lake aboard the Queen of the Lake tour boat. Tours depart every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., boarding at Buckeye Lake State Park North Shore in the Village of Buckeye Lake off Ohio 79. Cost is $10 per person with children under 5 years free. The one-hour tour includes Buckeye Lake history told by a a local volunteer. Reservations are not needed. The boat has a sun roof and hold 40 passengers. Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org
Buckeye Lake Carp Fest - North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. Help Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow reduce the lake’s excessive carp population. More than $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for carp caught during the second Annual Carp Fest June 7-19. Registration is just $5 per fisherman. Pre-register from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays at Z’s Village Market on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. On-site registration begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 7. 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.
Summer Reading Programs - Hebron. School’s out but that doesn’t mean the reading stops! Kids who are in kindergarten to 5th grade can register for the “Dig into Reading” summer reading program, and win prizes for reading for 2, 4, 8, and 12 hours. Teens in grades 6-12 can sign up for the “Beneath the Surface” reading program, and even adult readers can participate in their own “Groundbreaking Reads” summer reading program. The library will offer weekly activities for kid and teens, and a monthly program for adults, and all three programs will offer a chance to compete for a Grand Prize -- a summer goodie bag for kids, and a Kindle Fire for teens and adults. Register now through the end of the program on July 26. Readers will receive a reading log to keep track of their reading time, and a list of the library’s summer reading events. Activities for kids will begin on Tuesday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. with magician David Lehman’s “The Magic of Laughter”. On Thursday, June 13th at 5:00 p.m. teens will learn how to make decorative survival bracelets with Charlotte Watts. No registration is required for these activities.
Columbus Arts Festival - The Riverfront. Art, music and food on the riverfront, June 7-9. Free! For more information, visit www.columbusartsfestival.org
Granville Art Affair & Wine Festival - Granville. The Great Lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion in Granville hosts Licking County’s largest juried art festival from 5 - 9 p.m. on Friday, June 7 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. This unique show features more than 80 artists, a hands-on art project tent for all ages hosted by the Granville Studio of Visual Arts, live entertainment, and fine food vendors. Art Affair admission and activities are FREE.
The Wine Festival is Friday, June 7, 5-9 p.m, and Saturday, June 8, 4-8 p.m., and features international wine and beer tastings for $10/ticket. Wine Tasting tickets are available at the Entrance Tent. Wine Festival participants are permitted to peruse and shop artist booths with wine and beer in hand. For more information visit http:// granvilleartaffair.com/
Paper Making for Families - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join our volunteers from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, as we delve into paper making by using junk mail, scrap paper, even napkins and everyday items to make stationary, bookmarks, and more! For ages 6 and up $5 per person. Pre-registration required Ques- tions? Contact Mrs. Van at 740 967-8320 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Volunteer Day - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Families with children six years and older can join our volunteers and interns from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, in helping them complete their chores. We’ll fill birdfeeders, do some landscaping and help to feed and water the ONE education animals. Bring gloves and any garden tools that you may have. Pre-registration required.
Worm Races - Newark. And they’re off! It’s Worm Races at the Newark Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10 and at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11. The Library will provide the worms and racetracks; you choose a worm to cheer on to victory! This free program is for grades 1 - 6. Registration is required. Call 349-5550 for more information.
“Easy to Master Magic!” - Newark. The Newark Library invites students in grades 6-12 to enjoy “Easy to Master Magic!” on June 17 @ 2:00 p.m. in the Newark Library’s Meeting Room A, located on the main floor. Laugh out loud and learn some magic tricks! All materials provided. To learn more, visit the Newark Library or call 740.349.5550 for more information.
Open Cranberry Bog Tour - Buckeye Lake. Once a year you can visit Cranberry Bog without making special arrangements or reservations. Boats will leave the North Shore boat ramp off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake (GPS address is 29 Park Drive, Buckeye Lake, Ohio) every 30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15. Cost is $5 per person for transportation to and from the island. This remarkable island is the only one of its kind in the world with unique flora and fauna like pitcher plants, ferns, rare orchids and of course cranberries. You might be able to catch sight of the rare Prothontary Warbler from South America that makes the Bog its summer home along with other birds of the area. There will be food, historic information of the island’s past and other fun events. Cameras are welcome and you can stay on the island as long as you like. Humidity is particular high on the bog.
Buckeye Lake Fest - North Shore, Buckeye Lake. The three year old free festival has a new home at the North Shore boat ramp area off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Activities run from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, including a youth fishing contest, youth bean bag tournament, kids activities, free entertainment and a Phantom Fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
BLASST - Over Buckeye Lake. Our annual community-funded fireworks spectacular returns at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Please send your tax deductible donations (payable to BLASST) to: BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport, OH 43046
Concert On The Green: Fourth Avenue - Granville. The four man a capella group with a diverse repertoire including pop, solu, R&B, gospel, doo-wop and jazz perform at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. FREE! Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket to Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway. Visit www.Granvillerec.org. for more information.
Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival - Roscoe Village. The 39th edition of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio returns June 14-16. It is also the second oldest event of its kind in the United States. Bring the whole family to share a music-filled weekend with the sounds of Appalachian and traditional music played on mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, bowed psalteries, fiddles, guitars, banjos, and other instruments. The festival consists of workshops, miniconcerts, headliner concert, and jam sessions. It is also the site of the Mid-Eastern Regional Championships on mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer. Hours are: Friday 1-8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Admission is $15. Visit www.coshoctondulcimerdays.com for more information.