Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
1st Saturday Garden Wagon Tour- Saturday, July 6, 10 to 11 a.m. Join us on as we explore different plant collections around The Arboretum. These are guided tours with an emphasis on plants that will have you hopping off the wagon for a closer look! FREE, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
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.dawesarb.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
Baltimore Farmers Market - Baltimore. Good things to eat on Fridays from 4 - 7 p.m. at Basil Park to Oct. 11.
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.
Jr. Archeologists Program - Buckeye Lake Library. Meet a Park Ranger from the Hopewell Culture National Historic Park at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, to find out what it takes to become an archeologist. Then participate in your own “dig”. Registration is required. Call 740- 928-0472.
Granville Fourth of July Celebration - Downtown Granville. Join the small town, family-friendly tradition July 3 - 6. The Midway opens at noon on Wednesday, July 3. Enjoy rides, fair food and free entertainment. The 4th of July parade sets off at 10:30 a.m. with the theme “Hometown Heroes.” Granville’s Got Talent wraps up the celebration from 8 -11 p.m. on Saturday, July 6. For a complete entertainment schedule, visit www.granvillekiwanisclub.org
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 Symphony 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. Vendors will be serving food and beverages during the event. Lawn chairs, picnics and blankets are encouraged for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. Free parking!
4th of July Boat Parade - Buckeye Lake. Help make the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s 4th of July Boat Parade a “big deal” again. No registration or fees required. Just decorate your boat and line up off the Liebs Island boat ramps starting at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, July 4. This year’s theme is “Songs of America” with Grand Marshal Paul Clark. Howard Everett starts the parade with the National Anthem at 11 a.m. Boats parade along the West and North banks to Captain Woody’s.
Thornville 4th of July Parade - Thornville. Everybody is invited to parade from the elementary school to the village pool. No registration or fees required. Use the Church Street entrance to the elementary school parking lot. Line-up starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, with the parade setting off at 11 a.m.
Thorn Dunker - Downtown Thornville. The popular three on three basketball tournament returns from 1 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. For more information call John Ulmer at 740-281-7672.
Granville Fireworks- Granville. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy a fantastic fireworks display with music, entertainment, and refreshments for the entire family, Friday, July 5 at dusk, at Wildwood Park on West Broadway.
Growing Things for Everyone! - Hebron Library. Master Gardener Ruth Sainsbury will be here at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, to talk about growing things from seed.
Licking County Aging Program seminars - Newark. The informational seminars focus on senior driving, Social Security and elder law. A seminar will examine applying for Social Security and common problems that confront Social Security recipients. A representative from Social Security will be at Heritage Hall at 10 a.m. July 10. No registration is required. Two separate safe driving classes sponsored by AARP will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. July 18 and 25 at Heritage Hall. The class will cost $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. It is all classroom instruction and presents no threat to your driver’s license. Topics include senior driving issues, new car features and new laws. You can visit Heritage Hall to sign up for the class of your choice. A senior law seminar is set for 11a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. Attorney Steve Roush, an expert in elder law, will talk about estate planning, wills, power of attorney, retirement, tax planning and veterans’ health care. Call 345-0821 for more information.
Magic Show featuring Dave Lehman - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, for a fun, magical program hosted by Dave Lehman! FREE!
Knitettes - Hebron Library. Join us at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, for knitting and socializing. New knitters welcome!
Experimental Drawing - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, for experimental drawing with Mary Skrenta. For more information call 740-928-0472.
Anime Craft for Teens - Hebron Library. Bring a small print of your favorite anime character at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, to turn into a cool magnet for your fridge, locker or other metal surface.
Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall - Johnstown. To honor Veterans of the Vietnam Era and particularly those who gave their all in that foreign land, the Johnstown Community Sportsman’s Club is hosting the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall at 7357 Sportsman Club Road NW, about three miles east of the Johnstown Square. From the opening ceremony is at noon on Thursday, July 11 to the closing ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, the Wall will be accessible to visitors around the clock. Volunteers will be available to help visitors locate names of fallen servicemen and make pencil etchings. Parking is abundant and there is no charge to park or visit the Wall. For more information, visit http://jcscohio.org/
Goodguys 16th PPG Nationals - Ohio Expo Center. Thousands of 1972 & earlier show cars glistening with candy colors will sprawl throughout the expansive grounds of the Ohio Expo Center July 12 - 14. The Goodguys Friday Nite Vintage drags are set for Friday, July 12, at National Trail Raceway. Gates open at 2 pm, time trials at 4pm and eliminations are at 7 pm. General admission spectator tickets for the drags are $20 and are available at National Trail Raceway. Hot rod “how to” seminars, given by leading hot rod manufacturers, are set for 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, at the Expo Center. Visit the midway for hiperformance parts and accessories and giant used car parts swap meet and car corral (turn-key classic cars for sale). Gates are open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. General admission is $18, kids 7-12 $6, 6 and under are free. There is a $6 parking fee charged by the Ohio Expo Center. Tickets can be purchased at the Ohio Expo Center all three days of the event. Or visit www.good-guys.com for more information.
Digging Out From Underneath Your Clutter - Newark. Ready to dig out from the clutter in your home? On Monday, July 15, 2013 professional organizer Andrea Smith will speak at the Newark library from 6 to 8 p.m. She will demonstrate how to organize your home and create positive change for you. Andrea has used her knowledge and talent to assist the Hoarders television program, and now can help you! This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, please call 740-349-5553, or stop by any of our six locations.
Bike MS Central Ohio Challenge - New Albany. Are you ready for a challenge? For cyclists and all those seeking a personal challenge, come to Bike MS and discover the ride of a lifetime. The inaugural Bike MS Central Ohio Challenge is set for Saturday, July 20, starting at New Albany High School. Route options include a 50-mile and a 95-mile ride that will be fully supported with rest stops along the way. Registration is $25 and riders are responsible for meeting a $150 fundraising minimum. The deadline to register is July 14. For more information, visit nmss.org
Gayla Smith Trio - Millersport. Weldon’s Ice Cream presents the free show at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at their ice cream factory, 2887 Canal Drive. Don’t forget your lawn chairs. Premier seating available for four for $25. Call 740- 467-2400 for reservations.
35th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival - Croton. The Hartford Fairgrounds will light up with the best in Bluegrass with the 35th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival, with three days of entertainment, July 11 - 13. Admission is $10, $15 and $20 respectively with children under 15 FREE. Tent campers are welcome with hot showers and food vendors available. Plenty of activities for children. Visit www.centralohiobluegrass.com for more information.
Rick Brunetto Big Band - Millersport. Weldon’s Ice Cream presents the free show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Pre-show dinner is available at $15 per person. Reservations are due by July 10. Call 740-467-2400 for more information.
All Good Music Festival and Campout - Thornville. All Good is one of the largest music festivals in the nation and features some of the biggest names in modern bluegrass, funk, reggae and improvisational rock and roots music. July 18-21, at Thornville’s Legend Valley, visit www.allgoodfestival.com for more information.