Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Creating Aquatic Gardens - Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m. - noon, $15/$10 members. This is a fantastic program that covers a variety of topics about aquatic gardens. Begin by learning the basics of backyard water gardening from construction, planning and design, to care and maintenance of fish and wildlife. Take away a few tricks that may help make your water garden as self-sufficient and maintenance free as possible. Finish the morning up by learning about rain gardens and bioswales as well as the ecological and environmental importance of water gardens and what plants thrive in these environments.
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
The Queen of the Lake II - Buckeye Lake. This 40-passenger tour boat gives tours of Buckeye Lake Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors learn about the lake’s lively history and unique sites, including the one and only floating Cranberry Bog. Public tours depart from the North Shore Boat Ramp off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org/ queen-of-the-lake.html for more information.
Granville Farmers Market - Granville. It’s back!! Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. Market moves to St. Edwards Catholic Church parking lot on Newark Granville Road for Saturday, July 5. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
Granville July 4th Celebration - downtown Granville. The annual street fair runs July 2 -5, opening at 4 p.m. on July 2. Fireworks are at 10 p.m. on July 2, at Wildwood Park. The Firecracker 5 Miller Race sets off from Granville High School at 7:45 a.m. on July 5. The 4th of July Parade through downtown begins at 10:45 a.m. Enjoy Granville’s Got Talent from 8 - 11 p.m. on July 4, at the street fair. For more information visit www.granvillekiwanisclub.org
Star Spangled Celebration - Heath. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2, at Geller Park. This year’s entertainment includes the Columbus Blue Jackets, music by Crossroads and Black Horse, food vendors, and activities for children of all ages. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Rain date is July 3.
Beginner Robotics - Buckeye Lake Library. COSI will be at the Buckeye Lake Library at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, to discuss how robots are made and how they work. This program is limited to 35 participants and registration is required. Register at the Buckeye Lake Library or call 928-0472.
Independence Day Concert and Fireworks - Newark. The annual concert and fireworks show begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, on the campus of OSUNewark and COTC, with the duo Sticks & Stones. The Heisey Wind Ensemble follows at approximately 8 p.m. A fireworks display begins at dusk to the accompaniment of patriotic favorites performed by the symphony. Bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. FREE with free parking.
BLASST - Buckeye Lake. The annual community-funded fireworks spectacular returns at 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. Send tax deductible donations (payable to BLASST) to BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport OH 43046.
4th of July Boat Parade - Lieb’s Island. The theme for the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s boat parade is “Celebrating Our History.” Show your creative patriotism by decorating your boat. Grand marshal is Donna Braig. Just show up in your boat at the Lieb’s Island boat ramps on Thursday, July 4. No registration is needed. Line-up begins at 10:30 a.m. Boats head out at 11 a.m. after the flag raising ceremony and Howard Everett’s National Anthem. Parade follows the shoreline to Harbor Hills County Club.
Yoga Classes - Buckeye Lake Library. The Buckeye Lake Library is hosting free yoga classes for any skill level. Classes will be instructed by Lenise Alexandra. The next class is set for 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 5. Classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
“Using Military Records” - Newark. Tom Neel presents the program for the Licking County Genealogical Society at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7, in the 1st floor meeting room at the Licking County Library, 101 W. Main St. FREE and open to the public.
“Those Bee-utiful Bees and their Predators” - Hebron Library. Learn about honey bees at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8. Children of all ages are invited to attend this fun and educational program.
Gems of the World - Newark. Join us at the Main Library at 101 W. Main St. at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, as Graduate Gemologist Mike Myers discusses both common and unusual gemstones in the jewelry industry today. He will also discuss how to tell the difference between synthetic and natural gems.
Natural Science with Dawes Arboretum - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 10, for a natural science discussion. A representative from Dawes Arboretum will discuss earthworms, dirt, and other cool facts in the field of natural science. FREE and no registration is required.
Play with Your Food - Hebron Library. Teens and tweens can ignore mom and play with food at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. It’s all in the name of science.
Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The July 11-13 Goodguys 17th PPG Nationals Car Show is a giant outdoor automotive festival featuring over 6,500 hot rods, custom cars, classics, muscle cars and trucks through 1972 vintage. The show fills the entire grounds of the massive Ohio Expo Center with colorful custom and classic cars, vendor exhibits, Goodguys AutoCross (electronically timed road course to test vehicle performance), an automotive swap meet, cars for sale corral, live music on Saturday and Sunday, arts & crafts, hot rod seminars, Friday night drags at National Trail Raceway, kid’s activities and other family oriented entertainment. Hours: Friday and Saturday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $20 ($17 discount tickets available through July 10 at www.good-guys.com); kids 7-12 - $6; and 6 and under - FREE. Parking is $6. For more information visit www.good-guys.com
Spaghetti Dinner - Hebron. Enjoy an all you can eat spaghetti dinner from 5 - 7 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month at the Hebron American Legion Post 285 on Water Street. Donations accepted.
Science Apps - Newark. Science is at the heart of Licking County Library’s summer reading this year! Whether you are an adult or older student, join us for our free presentation on science apps for mobile devices, entitled Science on the Go! Top Free Science Apps for Your Ipad or Android. We will meet from 6:30 - &:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at the Main Library, in Meeting Room A. This FREE program is tailored for grades 6-12 and adults. Please bring along your ipad or mobile devices to download and try these apps while attending the program.
Chicken Hatching- Buckeye Lake Library. Christa Hein with Bring the Farm to You will be at the Buckeye Lake Library at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17. She will be discussing chickens and how they hatch from eggs. She will also leave behind some eggs that will hatch baby chicks at the library. FREE and open to the entire family.
“No-Bake Treats and Recipe Exchange” - Hebron Library. Calling all local bakers to bring in your favorite no-bake treat recipe with samples to share at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. It’s too hot to bake so enjoy some cold drinks and a discussion of foodie fiction and cookbooks.
Community Yard Sale - Baltimore. The annual community yard sale is July 18 - 19. The Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all businesses to have sidewalk sales and specials that weekend. For more information, visit www.BaltimoreAreaChamber.com
Hatch Day Party - Buckeye Lake Library. Come to the library at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, to visit all the baby chicks from the Chicken Hatching Program before they head back to the farm. This is a going away party for the chickens with lots of fun snacks and refreshments while supplies last. FREE and no registration is neededl