Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
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.
The Energy Cooperative’s Kids Day - Newark. In appreciation for members (customers), The Energy Cooperative is hosting its eighth annual Kids Days at The Works in downtown Newark, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 23. There will be lots of activities for members of all ages including: live music with Common Thread, magic shows with Dave Lehman, Olympic Academy’s Tumblebus, puppet shows, pony rides, carriage rides, bounce houses, a kids craft, photos for the kids, games, goodie bags, door prizes, yummy treats and full access to The Works! This event is open only to members (customers) of The Energy Cooperative, their children and grandchildren. For FREE admission, please bring a copy of your bill OR clip the admission ticket found in your May/June newsletter. Please use the parking garage located southwest of the museum at the corner of Scheidler and South 2nd Street or the parking lot of Job and Family Services on Scheidler Street.
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!
Juggler Matt Jergens - Newark. Comedy Juggler Matt Jergens will thrill and captivate you at the Newark Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 24. Matt is an international gold medalist juggler and performs all across the U.S. This free program is for all ages. Call 349-5550 for more information.
Mad Science- Newark. Don’t miss Mad Science at the Newark Library at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25. You’ll be amazed and entertained, and you might even learn a bit about science! This free program is for grades 1 - 6. Call 349-5550 for more information.
P.T. Reptiles - Buckeye Lake. Peter Rushton brings his crew of spiders, snakes, lizards, & more to the Buckeye Lake Library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, for a funfilled program! FREE!
ZestFest Midwest - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Do you enjoy the zesty things in life? You’re invited to indulge in a flavorful food experience June 28- 30 as ZestFest Midwest brings together spicy exhibitors and tasty products (featuring hot sauces, barbeque sauces, salsas, spices, condiments, snacks and sweets) from around the country for one exciting weekend to tantalize your taste buds. Hours: Friday - 1 - 9 pm; Saturday - 10 am - 6 pm; and Sunday - 10 am - 5 pm. Admission: Friday: $10; Saturday $12; Sunday $12 and three-day pass: $30. For more information, visit www.zestfestmidwest.com
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
Independence Day Concert & Fireworks - Newark. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display will be held on Wednesday, July 3, on the campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The event is free and open to all. The evening’s celebration begins with Sticks & Stones opening the festivities at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Newark-Granville Sym- phony Orchestra at approximately 8 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at dusk to the accompaniment of patriotic favorites performed by the symphony. All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. Local vendors will be serving food and beverages on the campus grounds during the event. Lawn chairs, picnics and blankets are encouraged for a funfilled evening of music and entertainment. Free parking is available at the campus.
Aaron Lewis - Legend Valley Music Center. Aaron Lewis of Staind fame with special guests Blackberry Smoke, Drake White, Matt Masor and Cliff Cody appears at Legend Valley Music Center on Thursday, June 27. Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets, which include parking, are $33. For more information, visit www.AaronLewisLegendValley.com
Concert On The Green: Shazzbots - Granville. Rocking and rocketing through the space-ways in their interstellar Winnebago, The Shazzbots bring cool quirky kids’ rock music to all the children of the cosmos at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30. 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.