Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Training Young Trees- Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m. to noon. Achieving a strong structure in a young tree in the first five to seven years is critical to ensure a healthy tree. For this to happen, a young tree should be visited at least once per year so decisions can be made and action taken to direct proper development. Horticulture staff reveals how these pruning decisions are made in the care of these plants. Learn how to prune as well as become proficient determining how best to direct the development of a young tree. General Admission: $15, members: $10, meet at the Visitors Center.
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
Granville Farmers Market - Granville. Check out the area’s best farmers’ market from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Hillbilly Bog Jog - Somerset. It’s Ohio’s muddiest charity 5K run on Saturday, June 15, at 9885 Stone Quarry Road. With more than 15 obstacles and mud holes, this is the wildest run you will ever run. Heats start every 30 minutes, beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, visit hillbillybogjog. com
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.
Summer Reading Fun - Hebron. Looking for something different to do? Check out the Summer Reading activities next week (June 17-21) at the Hebron Library. Tuesday, June 18th at 11:00 a.m., the library will host the Ohio Historical Society when they present the “American Indian Experience”. Children are invited to do some old-fashioned bargaining at a trading post, and test their skill at throwing an atl-atl. Adults will learn how to begin their search for family ancestors at an introductory program presented by the Licking County Genealogical Society, “Dig Into Family Genealogy” on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. And on Thursday at 5:00 p.m., teens can jazz up their flip-flops by decorating them during “Flip-Flop Glam”.
Animal Magic - Buckeye Lake. Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, as we welcome Mark Rosenthal and all his wonderful animals. “Animal Magic” is a non-profit organization dedicated to exotic wildlife conservation. For the past 32 years, they have entertained and educated audiences with their unique blend of exotic animals, life sciences and magic. You’ll meet Tank, a very rare giant hairy armadillo; Osti, the largest Mexican beaded lizard you’ll ever see; Milagro, a threelegged Patagonian cavy, Reggie the heggie, and many more. This event is free and open to all.
Gardening Fun- Buckeye Lake. Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, as we host Gardening Fun with the Licking County Master Gardeners. Don’t miss your opportunity to plant a flower or vegetable of your own. This event is free and open to all.
“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 Sat- urday, 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.
3rd Annual Nature Center Open House - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Come out from 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, and see what additional projects that we have completed and any new animals that we may have acquired during the last year. We’ll have horse drawn wagon rides, wild animals on display, kids activities and food for sale. FREE!
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. 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 includes workshops, mini-concerts, headliner concert, and jam sessions. 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.