Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Hardscaping Workshop – Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m. – noon, $45/$35 members. Build skills and gain experience with this hands-on workshop on installing a paver patio, build a retaining wall and design landscape lighting. Also covered are how to tackle the many obstacles that may arise during a hardscape project.
Little Buckeye Imagination Session: Construct a Woodland Fairy House – Wednesday, July 23, 2-3 p.m. FREE. Let the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring the family closer to the wonders of the natural world. These programs keep the body moving and the brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music and is designed for families with children ages 3 to 8. At Little Buckeyes, it’s always a surprise!
Ales in the Garden – Saturday, July 26, from 7 – 9 p.m. $25/$20 members. Delight your taste buds and ramp up your plant knowledge on this unique garden tour. Enjoy an open air wagon tour and learn about The Arboretum as we make our way to the Conifer Glen located near Dawes Lake. Guided by the Horticulture staff, tour through the collections unique plant attributes are pointed out and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of our world renowned conifer collection. Experience an evening of light bites and beer pairings-tasting glass included! *Must be 21 and over to attend.
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. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
Mystery Scavenger Hunt – Hebron. Stop by the Hebron Area Museum at 137 W. Main Street to pick up your entry blank for the Licking County History Mystery Scavenger Hunt and register through Aug. 1. One entry per family. Visit participating locations, answer the unique clue and receive credit to pur you in the running for the grand prize of $250. Additional runner-up prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit escapetolickingcounty.com, or call (740) 345-8224.
All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry – Millersport. Enjoy the Millersport American Legion Post 637’s monthly fish fry from 5 – 7 .m. on Friday, July 11, at 2557 Canal Dr. Accessible by boat with public docking available on the canal. Open to the public. Adults $8 and Children 12 and under $6.
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.
Singing Insects! – Kraner Nature Center, 10383 Fairview Rd., Health. The summer is in full swing and that includes the evening chorus of insects! Come learn all about what makes a bug a bug and how they actually ‘sing’ those songs we hear each night. Enjoy a guided hike and a fun family craft! Feel free to bring your picnic lunch and hang out a while! Interpretive hikes will depart at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13.
Full Moon Gathering – Kraner Nature Center, 10383 Fairview Rd., Health. Join us from 8 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, as we gather by the light of the Full Buck Moon this July. We will be listening and looking amphibians, caterpillars and other night crooners! A special blacklight viewing area will be set up to observe the fascinating world of moths. A guided hike and a guided horseback ride will be available to those wishing to join us. You must bring your own horse; minimum rider age is 9 years. Helmet required for riders under 18. Afterwards, we will have a bonfire and roast marshmallows. Come on out and make a s’more, meet some new friends, and learn about those fuzzy winged beings that frequent your porch light.
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 – 8:30 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.
Stream Team Training – Disc Golf parking Lot, Battee Road, Lobdell Reserve. Join the Stream Team and increase your awareness and understanding of water quality issues. Learn how to perform various physical, biological, and chemical water quality and habitat tests from 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. After completing this training, you will receive a water quality testing kit and manual so you can adopt a local stream and submit your water quality test findings to Licking Soil & Water!
Breakfast with the Birds – Kraner Nature Center, 10383 Fairview Rd., Health. Join us from 8 – 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, for our once a month breakfast with the birds. Drop in anytime between 8 and 10 am at the Kraner Nature Center to view wildlife through the window, enjoy some coffee and pastries, and meet some new friends. Don’t know much about birds? No problem! Come learn in a relaxed group setting.
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
Pace at the Park – Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Road, Granville. A hunter pace is a competitive equestrian trail ride designed to closely match the excitement of a fox hunt. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. Helmets required for all mounted riders, both on and off the course. Event is open to all riders: Western, English, Side, Gaited or other riding style. Saddles are required. For more information, call the Licking Park District at 740.587.2535 or email lickingparkdistrict@Lcounty.com
Butterfly Bonanza! – Kraner Nature Center, 10383 Fairview Rd., Health. The butterfly season is in full swing and this weekend, we’re going bananas over butterflies! Come learn about these winged insects through interpretive programs, guided hikes and fun family crafts. Guided hikes will depart the Nature Center at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.
Learn to Kayak – Shelter 6, Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Road, Granville. Interested in kayaking? In this course from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, we will cover the basics – entry & exit, common strokes, and safety. Meet at Mirror Lake. Participants must be at least 12 years of age and a guardian must be present for youth under 16. Spots are limited so register immediately by calling 740.587.2535.
Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard Demo – Shelter 6, Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Road, Granville. Clintonville Outfitters will be bringing a slew of kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUP) out to Mirror Lake. Stop by between 3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, to test them out, ask questions and get on the water at Infirmary Mound Park! Must be at least 12 years of age and have a guardian present if under 16 years of age.
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
5K Run & Walk and Put, Pass, Kick competition – Sheridan Stadium. Help support the RMA Backers and Sheridan’s Cross Country program on Saturday, July 26. 5K registration begins at 7 a.m. with the run/walk starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $20. Punt, pass, kick registration is $5. For more information call Randy SAnds 740- 973-5110, Don Leavitt 740-246- 6094, Mike Tolliver 215-551-2975 or Billy Reiter 740-403-7086.
Taste of Buckeye Lake – Buckeye Lake Library. Don’t miss the fun. Sample great food from area restaurants and enjoy wine from the Buckeye Lake Winery and craft beer from Buckeye Lake Brewery. from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Plus live music by the Jack Gorham Band and a sidewalk art show featuring Ray King’s art. $35 per person by July 22 or $40 at the door. Proceeds help fund the library’s operating expenses including utilities, maintenance and insurance. Tickets available at www.friendsofthebuckeyelakelibrary.org or at PO Box 708, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008.
Music on the Lawn – New Lexington. Enjoy free concerts at 6 p.m. on Friday evenings on the lawn at the New Lexington library. The line-up includes: 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 18.
Zak Morgan – Granville. Ray’s magical stories and songs at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, are the perfect formula for children’s music which is smart and imaginative; entertaining kids and parents alike with clever stories, just the right amount of silliness and amazing musical arrangements. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway.