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. Free, donations welcome, meet at the Visitors Center.
Mushrooms 101: Thursday, July 21, 7 – 9 p.m., Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – noon (miniforay). Join the Ohio Mushroom Society for an introduction to the fascinating hobby of collecting mushrooms in the wild. This class covers the proper procedures for collecting fleshy fungi, an overview of the many different forms that can be found in woods and grassy areas, how to make a spore print and some descriptive terms used by mycologists. The class is followed by a “mini-foray” on Saturday morning to put the teachings into practice. The foray is a leisurely walk through designated collecting areas and fungi specimens collected are brought back to a staging area to be sorted and examined, $15/$10 members, meet at the Visitors Center.
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.
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
Cruise to Benefit the Homeless – Buckeye Lake. Cruise Buckeye Lake on Sunday, July 24. The 1.5 hour cruise departs the North Shore Boat Ramp at 4 p.m. and includes light refreshments, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes. All proceeds benefit the St. Vincent Haven Homeless Shelter in Newark. The Haven is a 24-bed men’s shelter that houses and nourishes men who are temporarily homeless. Sponsors include Buckeye Lake Historical Society, Knights of Columbus Council 13379, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Pizza Cottage. Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. For reservations or more information call Patricia Mayes at 614-530-4973.
Baltimore Farmers Market – Baltimore. Check out fresh produce and more Fridays from 4- 7 p.m. through Oct. 21 at West Market and North High streets. Special events weekly. For more information visit www.baltimorefarmmarket.com.
Buckeye Lake Youth Association Carnival – Ryan/Braden Park, Buckeye Lake. Come out for the 2nd Annual Buckeye Lake Youth Association Carnival from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Admission is FREE! Tickets are only 10 cents each and can be used for food and drinks as well. Prizes, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs, sloppy joes, taco in a bag, and drinks will be available. Watch a clown do magic tricks from 1 to 2 p.m., and create balloon art from 2 to 4 p.m. Take part in Buckeye Lake’s Got Talent contest (must pre-register), and enjoy Prentice Chaffin performing as Elvis from 6 to 8 p.m. A deputy sheriff will fingerprint children. To pre-register for the talent contest or for more information please call (740) 323-6718 or (740) 527-2163.
Starting a Small Business – Newark. Licking County Library and SCORE present a workshop on starting your own small business. Learn the basics of financing, planning, and developing your business idea. Join us on Thursday, July 21, at 6 p.m. in the 1st floor meeting room of the Newark Library. Please call 740.349.5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street for more information. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. East Central Ohio SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, has been helping small business startups and struggling small business, since 1977, in Licking and five surrounding counties.
Farm Tour – Glenford. Butternut Farms Retreat and Educational Center, 16563 Laurel Hill Road, Glenford in Licking County, is hosting a public farm tour at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, as part of The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’sWomen in Agriculture Tour. Visitors will learn the farm’s history, have a guided tour of the organic vegetable garden, see the Nubian dairy goat herd, visit with llamas, pet a rabbit and see endangered Butternut trees. The farm, started by writer Patricia A. West-Volland and her late husband, Robert L. Volland, has been in operation 34 years. Two Muskingum County farms will offer tours July 30; Blue Rock Station in Philo at 10 a.m. and Log Cabin Weaving in Zanesville at 2 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public. Consumers interested in local foods, farmers and market gardeners wanting to learn more and network with other farmers, aspiring and beginning farmers, and anyone interested in learning more about the production and marketing techniques of sustainable farmers in Ohio, are encouraged to attend.
Read a Book, Win a Nook – Buckeye Lake and Hebron. You still have a chance to win a first generation Barnes and Noble Nook at the Licking County Library. Stop by any Licking County Library location (Buckeye Lake or Hebron) to register for the adult summer reading program. If you read a book before the end of July, you will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Entry tickets will be accepted through July 29th. You must be 18 years or older to win.
Perry County Fair – New Lexington. The lake area county fair season opens with the Perry County Fair July 18-23. Visit PerryCountyFair.com for schedule details.
NHRA Buckeye Fuel Wars – Hebron. The cars and the stars of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series invade National Trail Raceway on July 22 – 24 for the fourth event in the 2011 North Central Division points chase. The NHRA Lucas Oil Buckeye Fuel Wars bring with it some of the best racers from around the country together for the chase of big money and valuable points towards the 2011 NHRA National and Divisional Championships. While the racing action has been intense throughout the early part of the 2011 season at NTR, the racers of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will ratchet the level to new heights as the intense back half of the schedule gets into full swing. Visit www.nationaltrailraceway.com for more information.
Antique Fair & Civil War Collectibles Show – downtown Newark. Antique and collectibles vendors will be set up around the beautiful historic courthouse square from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, July 29. There will be Civil War re enactors, Licking County Players, entertainment, a Civil War cannon that will be fired several times and downtown shops and galleries will be open. For more information visit www.downtownnewarkoh.com
Community Worship Service – Baltimore. On Sunday, August 7, 2011, area churches would like to invite everyone to join together for a community worship service. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be held at the shelter house behind Faith Lutheran Church, 990 S. Main St. Baltimore. The local gospel quartet “Cornerstone” from Lithopolis, will be featured. Following the service everyone is invited for a carry-in dinner at Christ United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 700 S. Main St., Baltimore, (just across the yard from Faith Lutheran Church). Parking is available at Christ United Methodist Church, Faith Lutheran or Liberty Union Elementary. We will take up a free-will offering for “Cornerstone.” Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and dress is casual. Hope to see you there!
Columbus Museum of Art – Columbus. It’s free admission during the months of July and August, including all special exhibitions. Visit CMA’s new Center for Creativity, explore the newly refurbished galleries, and enjoy an enhanced schedule of activities for the summer including Family Adventures, Surprise Supplies, Drawing in the Galleries, and musical performances. Programs include:
Rockin’ In The Treetops— 60s British Rock – Jacksontown. Hear the music of the 60s come alive again with the British Invasion. The British Invasion rockn roll show is an exciting and amazingly accurate re-creation of 1960s music. More than just a Beatles tribute, this rockin’ band covers all the music of the English groups—from the Animals to the Zombies to the Rolling Stones and the Kinks! If you love the music of the 1960s, or just want to see what all the excitement was about, this is the show for you. The band performs two 50 minute sets starting at 7 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase at this free family event! FREE, Saturday, July 30. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Music begins at 7 p.m. Visit dawesarb.org for more information.
“The Great American Songbook, Part 1” – Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “ The Great American Songbook, Part 1” (a Musical Revue) directed by Rodney C. Helser. The performance will be held at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street, Millersport at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6. All seats are general admission. A pre-show buffet dinner will be available in the Millersport Elementary School Cafeteria from 6 to 7:45 p.m. by reservation only. The dinner will feature three courses and includes beverage with the entree featuring beef kabobs, grilled chicken breasts and roast pork loin. Show admission is $10 and the dinner an additional $10. To get tickets for show, and reservations for dinner call 740-467-3217. Information is also available at www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com.