Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions: Wednesdays, June – August, 2 p.m.. Learn with a group as the creative educators of The Dawes Arboretum bring your family closer to the wonders of the natural world. Subjects include trees, flowers, weather and many creatures great and small. There is no telling what we’ll get into with songs, activities, games, crafts and sometimes real animal visitors. Free, donations welcome, meet at the Visitors Center
Night Hike: Friday, June 17, 9 to 11 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend one of our most popular programs as we hike through collections, grasslands and woodlands. Night hikes are for individuals, couples and families. Scout troops are asked to call the Education Department for current scout-specialized programs, Free, donations welcome.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. 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. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www.dawesarb.org.
BLASST Fireworks – Buckeye Lake. The annual show begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1.
Queen of the Lake II cruises – North Shore boat ramp, Buckeye Lake. Take a relaxing cruise on beautiful and historic Buckeye Lake at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through October. $10 per person with children 5 and under, free. For more information visit buckeyelakehistory.org
Father’s Day Cake Decorating – Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Youth Association is decorating cakes for Father’s Day, Saturday, June 18, 1 to 3 p.m., 140 W. 3rd Street. Contact (740) 323-6718 for more information.
Feeling crafty? – Newark. Every Saturday in June at 10 am, join other yarn enthusiasts at the Newark Library. Share your knitting and crochet skills, ideas and experience with others. Get help with your project, learn a new technique or help someone else with their project. All ages and skill levels are welcome. No registration is necessary. Please bring your own supplies.
Bicycling – Newark. Stop by the Newark Library on Monday, June 20 at 6 p.m. to learn how you can get the most out of your bicycle this summer. Join members of the Licking County Bicycle Club to learn more about the Safe Rides to School Program, using your bicycle as an alternative form of transportation and recreation, and different types of bicycles. This informative session will be fun for the whole family! This program is free and no registration is required.
Digital Downloads – Newark. Learn how to use your Licking County Library card to download free materials to your MP3 players, eReaders and computers. You can check out audiobooks, eBooks and more! June classes will be at the Newark Library on June 14th at 2 pm and June 21st at 6 pm. Registration is required for these classes so please call 740-349-5553 to reserve your spot.
Blood Drive – Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Youth Association is sponsoring a blood drive Thursday, June 16, 1 to 7 p.m. at its Third Street location in Buckeye Lake Village. To schedule, please call (740) 323-6718 or visit redcrossblood.org for more information. All donors receive a Red Cross t-shirt.
Freedom Picnic – Newark. Tickets for the annual Freedom Picnic will be on sale from June 6 through 5 p.m. June 29 at Zerger Hall. The tickets are $3 to cover the picnic meal featuring hamburgers, brats, picnic side dishes and dessert. There will be entertainment and a distribution of small flags as well. The Freedom Picnic will be held outside on the Zerger Hall campus lawn beginning at 11 a.m. July 1. It will be held inside if there is inclement weather.
Boats on the Canal – Millersport. The antique and classic boat show returns to the canal in Millersport on Saturday, June 18. Registration is from 7-11 a.m. Boats will be available for free public viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Millersport Lions Club’s monthly car show moves from Lions Park to Canal Drive to join the boats. The joint award ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at the Millersport American Legion Hall.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – Baltimore. District #27 Order of Eastern Star is sponsoring a fundraiser spaghetti diiner from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Baltimore Masonic Temple, 1818 Basil-Western Rd. It’s all-youcan eat spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Donation is $7 for adults and $4 for children 3-10 years. Everyone is welcome.
Tomato Growing Workshop – Newark. Dick Baltisberger, Tomato Specialist and Licking County Master Gardener will have a workshop on Tomatoes in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 771 East Main Street in Newark, behind the Agricultural Center on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. Dick will discuss the value of using tomato cages and how a couple varieties of cages were built and used in the demonstration garden. He will also discuss the use or non use of fungicides in order to control the common tomato diseases of septora and early blight. He will describe the difference between indeterminate and determinate plants, and how the proper selection of the variety type can avoid having a large plant overtake your home garden. Workshop is FREE and no registration is required. Call the Ohio State University Extension Office at 740- 670-5315 for further information.
Tour of Homes – Lancaster. The Fairfield Heritage Association is holding its 44th Tour of Homes on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 12-5 p.m. both days. “Town & Country” will include a self-guided tour of seven homes in and near Lancaster, offering a unique variety of architecture and decor, with tours of both the Sherman House and Georgian Museums included in the ticket cost. Tickets prices are $12 presale and $15 the day of the tour. They are available at Fairfield National Bank’s Kroger East, Meijer, and downtown locations and the Fairfield Heritage office at 105 E. Wheeling Street, all in Lancaster, or by phone or email. Children’s tickets are $6 and can be purchased through the FHA office or the day of the tour.Participants will receive a discount on admission to the Ohio Glass Museum that weekend and A Ha! A Hands-on Adventure will offer a free admis- sion with a paid admission through August 1, 2011, with a home tour ticket. Guests are also encouraged to visit the latest exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio where admission is free. For more information or to order tickets call 740-654-9923 or visit www.fairfieldheritage.org.
Buckeye Lake Village Community Yard Sale Days – Buckeye Lake. Village residents may host a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 24-26 without having to purchase the normally required permit. david hostetler unabridged – Lancaster. The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St. in Lancaster, will host david hostetler unabridged from June 26 through September 4, 2011. David Hostetler is the creator of a series of original and captivating works in wood and bronze that honor and celebrate the female form. The exhibition will include sculpture, paintings, prints and early ceramics. He has been an artist for more than 60 years, beginning in World War II when he was injured and was given drawing materials by a Red Cross volunteer. After the war, Hostetler studied art history at Indiana University. He is a professor emeritus of Ohio University, where he taught for 38 years. Hostetler’s works appear in more than twentyfive galleries and museums, from New Mexico to the Netherlands.. For more information, please visit www.decartsohio.org.
Concert & Fireworks – Newark. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display will be held on Sunday, July 3, on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark. The event is free and open to all. Popular local singing group Sticks & Stones will open the festivities at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Newark- Granville Symphony Orchestra (NGSO) at 8:00 p.m. Joining the orchestra for a special guest appearances will be another local musical favorite, Common Thread. This group features the tight tenor harmonies of Hugh Price, Kevin Plaugher and Tim Hofmeister. A fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. After the fireworks, Sticks and Stones will return to the stage for an encore presentation. All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. Vendors will be serving food and beverages on the campus grounds during the event. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics, and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. Free parking is available at the campus.
Kickin’ Ash Splash – Heath. The 7th annual Kickin’ Ash Splash, sponsored by the Licking County Health Department, Licking County Wellness Coalition, Licking Memorial Hospital, Park National Bank, Kroger and Time Warner Cable, is set for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at the Heath City Water Park. This event is to celebrate a tobacco, alcohol and drug free lifestyle and help encourage residents to create active, healthy habits. The Kickin’ Ash Splash pool party will give residents the chance to get active, eat healthy snacks and adopt a tobacco-free lifestyle for only $2/ person (Free for Heath City Water Park members).
Music In The Garden – Silver And Spruce – Jacksontown. Enjoy the fusion of music and nature as The Arboretum presents a series of performances this summer. All concerts are free and you are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Appearing Sunday, June 19, 1:30 p.m. is flute and guitar duo, Silver & Spruce. Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.
Dulcimer Fundraiser – Granville. Pathways of Central Ohio will be holding its first ever Dulcimer Benefit on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Brews Too, 166 E. Broadway, Granville. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.pathwaysofcentralohio.org or at 1627 Bryn Mawr Dr., Newark. No tickets will be sold at the door. The performer is Steve Eulberg, a nationally recognized and award-winning mountain and hammered dulcimer player. Eulberg describes himself as a traveling musician, a commissioned composer, a music educator, recording producer and publisher. In performance, he weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers and guitar with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smileinducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences. He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: festivals, clubs, coffeehouses, house concerts, bookstores, charity benefits and showcase concerts.
Rockin’ In The Treetops— Country Blend – Jacksontown. Seven unique musical personalities have all come together to give Jacked Up a one-of-a-kind fusion of sound and style, making them popular with both country fans and non-country fans. Their voices, personalities, vibrant energy and solid instrumentation have made this band a top act at every venue. Jacked Up has shared the stage with country legends such as Tracy Byrd and David Allen Coe, Chris Cagle, Craig Morgan and Danielle Peck. Saturday, June 25, the band performs two 50 minute sets starting at 7pm. The Dawes Arboretum’s Education Department has lots of activities going on before the music as well as a professional face painter for the kid in all of us. Food and beverages are available for purchase at this free family event! Free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., June 25, Music begins at 7 p.m. Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.
Picnic with the Pops – Columbus. The 2011 Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops presents the Columbus Symphony with the Jazz Ambassadors at Chemical Abstracts Service (2540 Olentangy River Rd.) on Saturday, June 18. The Jazz Ambassadors are the United States Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra. This internationally acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year to present jazz, America’s national treasure, and carry a message of patriotism and goodwill to audiences worldwide. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-14 when purchased by phone at 614.228.8600, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, in person at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), or at the gate on the night of the performance. Children 2 and under are free.