Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
First Saturday Wagon Tour- Saturday, June 7, 10 – 11 a.m., meet at the Visitors Center Deck. Get a rare, behind the scenes tour of our Nursery facilities! From seed to sale, tour through our growing facilities and learn about how we nurture our plants from germination until they are planted on grounds or sold in our Annual Spring and Fall Plant Sales. These are guided tours with an emphasis on plants that will have you hopping off the wagon for a closer look! FREE!
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
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.
“Green Thumbs” – Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology launches “Green Thumbs”, a new weekly adventure in gardening every Friday, June – August, at 11 a.m. Vegetables and other plants will be planted in The Works’ Discovery Garden and each Friday children and adults are invited to help tend to the crops and watch them grow. Hands-on activities include learning how things grow, the benefits of local gardening, and nutrition. Participation is included with general museum admission. For more information, visit attheworks.org.
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. It’s back!! Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
Columbus Arts Festival – Columbus. Notable local and national and international artistsrepresenting
37 states and Canadawill exhibit and sell their work June 6, 7 and 8, at the Downtown Riverfront. The 280+ artists, including the Emerging Artists, were selected from more than 1,100 applicants through a blind jury process. Festival Hours: Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.columbusartsfestival.org for a complete list of artists, entertainers, stage schedules, interactive arts activities and more.
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, June 7. Classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
Kid’s Fishing Rodeo – Buckeye Lake. The Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries of the Buckeye Lake VFW are sponsoring a free fishing rodeo from 8 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, for all children up to age 16. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own pole, bucket and stringer. Prizes and free snacks for fishermen. Fishing will be on the feeder canal along Ohio 360, across from the VFW Post.
Community Fun Day – Utica. Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc. is partnering with Velvet Ice Cream to offer a community fun day at Ye Olde Mill from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. . Admission is a donation to Licking/Knox Goodwill. A grocery size bag of donations per person is suggested. Donors will receive a coupon for a free novelty ice cream cone. Activities include free carnival games, prizes, ice cream eating contests, bounce houses, hamster ball races, entertainment by Impact Marial Arts, magic by Tony Comisford, dancing by Tayler’s Dance Academy, live music by Gene Purrine, animal exhibition by Ohio Nature Education, and a dunk tank.
Volunteer Fair – Newark. Licking County Library is hosting a Volunteer Fair on Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Main Library’s Meeting Room A. Community nonprofits and service organizations will showcase their work and their need for volunteers. Potential volunteers can explore opportunities and talk with representatives of more than 20 organizations.
Friends 5K- Run- Walk – Buckeye Lake. It’s a brand new Friends of Buckeye Lake Library 5K Run-Walk on Saturday, June 21. Walk or run along the historic Ohio-Erie Canal, crossing a covered bridge. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Fees: $25; $20 before June 3. Event is chip timed using IPICO sport tags. Children’s activities are available during the race. On-line registration is available at www.FriendsoftheBuckeyeLakeLibrary.org Proceeds help fund the library’s building expenses.
Cranberry Bog Day – Buckeye Lake. Saturday, June 21, is the one day a year to visit the unique natural wonder without making special arrangements. No lotteries to enter; no reservations needed! The Queen of the Lake II will be running between the North Shore boat ramp, off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village, and the bog from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Guides will be available on the bog. Food and cranberry items such as muffins and juice will be available at the North Shore shelter house. Proceeds benefit the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society that currently manages the bog for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. For more information, visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org
BLASST – Buckeye Lake. The annual community-funded fireworks spectacular returns at 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. Please send your tax deductible donations (payable to BLASST) to BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport OH 43046.
Music on the Lawn – New Lexington. Enjoy free concerts at 6 p.m. on Friday evenings on the lawn at the New Lexington library. This summer’s line-up includes: Hill Folk Harmony (June 6), Jason Scott Hook (June 13), Just James Band (June 20), Marty & Linda Savage (June 27-6 p.m.) and High Society Brass Band (June 27-7 p.m.), the Porter Family (July 11-6 p.m.) and Shawn Enright & Friends (July 11-7 p.m.), and Wayne Reed & Friends (July 25). There are no concerts on July 4 or July 18.
Music on the Front Porch – Thornville. Enjoy free concerts at 6 p.m. on Fridays evenings on the front porch of the Thornville Library. June concerts are Lee Crater (June 6) and Marty & Linda Savage (June 20). Two additional concerts will be announced.
Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons – Granville. The free Concert on the Green series continues with Perley’s roots, rock and indie songs at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway.
Washboard Music Festival – Logan. It’s a fun-filled weekend June 12-14, celebrating Appalachia’s folk heritage. Thirteen bands will perform everything from polka to folk to jug band music, and even a little classic rock, all in an effort to focus on the classic instrument found in the first Appalachian homes – the highlyacclaimed, yet rustic and noble washboard. The Festival is a free, family-friendly event that features live music, food and craft vendors, children’s entertainment and amusement rides. Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m., on Thursday, June 12 and noon to 11 p.m. on June 13 and 14. Amusement rides and street vendors close at 9 and food vendors close at 11 p.m. Tours of the Columbus Washboard will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m For more information, visit www.washboardmusicfestival.com.
Music in the Courtyard – Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology kicks-off its annual Music in the Courtyard free concert series on Friday, June 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with the Benjamin Thomas Blues Review. Admission is free. Free parking is available in museum’s lot or a public parking garage conveniently located one block from the museum on 2nd Street. Grab a delicious lunch courtesy of The Grill at The Works or pack your own picnic to enjoy. Seating is limited and concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs.
Country Jam 2014 – Thornville. This summer’s Country Jam, the largest country concert in central Ohio, will be a two day event held at Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground on June 13 – 14. Featured are: Hank WIlliams Jr, Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson, Jerrod Niemann, Chris Young, Jon Pardi, Frankie Ballard, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Lindsay Ell, and Austin Webb! Camping is included with purchase of a two-day ticket! Visit www.legendvalleyfestivals.com for more information.
“Company” – Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents Stephen Sondheim’s “COMPANY” (a Musical Comedy) directed by Josh Whetstone at 8 pm on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14. The performance will be at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street, Millersport. Doors open 7:30. Tickets are $10 per person, with general seating. Beverages and small plate hors d’oeuvres buffet will precede the show at 6:30 in the elementary school cafeteria. Tickets are $10 per person and buffet reservations are requested due to limited seating. Call 740-919-9266 for tickets. Some of the situations presented and the language used may not be appropriate for children.