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Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.

Cool Off with Olaf – Saturday, August 23, 7 -11 p.m. FREE! A winter freeze is coming! Families of all ages are invited to Cool Off with Olaf as our gardens are filled with snowy fun on August 23, 2014. Activities begin at 7pm and include games, winterthemed crafts, snowflake science, frozen treats and musicians performing Disney tunes. Cap off the evening with an outdoor viewing of Disney’s Frozen© beginning at 9 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume! Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for the movie viewing. Activities include:Ice carving, Meet and Greet with Princess Elsa, May Pole dancing, Snowball Target Practice, Make and take ice gloves, Giant bubble experiments, Ice melting contest, Make and take snowflake fans, Pin the carrot on Olaf, Snowflake science experiments and music and dancing.

Home School Investigations: Incredible Insects – Thursday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Students: $5. Go on an insect walk and get acquainted with the local six-legged creatures. Join other home school students in exploration of the natural world. Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Life Sciences. Sessions are for ages six to ten.

Simple Tricks for Tree Identification – Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Cost: $15 (Members $10). Illustrated books (photos or line drawings) are a means of recognizing “easy” trees; i.e., those with unusual leaf shapes. However, to reliably learn the botanical features that “define” a particular tree genus or species, knowledge of twigs, buds, leaf arrangement and other features is required. Botanist David Brandenburg highlights the key characteristics needed to accurately differentiate one type of tree from another, including many trees that people commonly have difficulty with; for example, hornbeam (Carpinus) and hophornbeam (Ostrya) are readily separated by their conspicuously different barks, but in this class you learn to distinguish these two trees from leaves alone. By the time attendees leave this session, they are ready to tackle the identification of any tree they encounter throughout woodlands in Ohio.

First Saturday Wagon Tour: Quirky Conifers- Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m – 11 a.m. FREE! Tour our Conifer Glen with Curator Jeff Bowman. Enjoy the breathtaking views in this world-renowned arboretum collection as you learn about some of the quirky conifers planted here. These are guided tours with an emphasis on plants that will have you hopping of the wagon for a closer look! Simple Tricks for Tree Identification – Saturday, Sept. 6, 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Cost: $15 (Members $10). Illustrated books (photos or line drawings) are a means of recognizing “easy” trees; i.e., those with unusual leaf shapes. However, to reliably learn the botanical features that “define” a particular tree genus or species, knowledge of twigs, buds, leaf arrangement and other features is required. Botanist David Brandenburg highlights the key characteristics needed to accurately differentiate one type of tree from another, including many trees that people commonly have difficulty with; for example, hornbeam (Carpinus) and hophornbeam (Ostrya) are readily separated by their conspicuously different barks, but in this class you learn to distinguish these two trees from leaves alone. By the time attendees leave this session, they are ready to tackle the identification of any tree they encounter throughout woodlands in Ohio.

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.

Fish Fry Friday – Millersport. Enjoy a fried fish dinner with french fries, cole slaw and hush puppies from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, August 22, at the Buckeye Lake VFW Post 1388. Cost is $8. The event is sponsored by the Lakes Auxiliary to benefit the VA Hospital Fund.

Granville Farmers Market – Granville. Saturdays from 8:30 to noon, on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.

Millersport Lions Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport. It’s ear-resistible Aug. 27 -30. Entertainment headliners are Diamond Rio at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 and Jo Dee Messina at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. For a complete schedule, visit www.sweetcornfest.com. Hours: Wed. – Fri. 5 – 11 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. FREE! Parking is $10.

Gold Rush Days – Bellville. The Ohio Buckeye Gold Prospectors are holding Gold Rush Days, August 30-31. The annual Labor Day weekend commemorates the 1853 Ohio Gold Rush at their Richland County claim between Butler and Bellville, Ohio. Each year hundreds of visitors are treated to two days of hands-on gold prospecting-related activities and competitions. Panning for the small bits of gold which past glaciation and annual flooding has deposited into the area has become the pastime of choice for many Mid-westerners. Most prospectors will tell you that it only took finding that first tiny speck of gold to ignite a fever that lasts a lifetime and has sparked many adventures. While the gold in Ohio is fine and sparse, the skills needed to recover it are the same as those used by small-scale miners in California, the Yukon, or Australia in the 1800’s.

From lessons on gold panning to common dig operations where participants new to the hobby work alongside seasoned diggers using large pieces of prospecting equipment getting valuable advice and sharing in the rewards of their efforts. With free parking, admission, and many free activities, Gold Rush Days both an affordable and fun way for the entire family to enjoy the outdoors. The event is held at GPAA Swank claim at the corner of Gatton Rocks and Cutnaw roads, Bellville. For more information, www.buckeyegold.com

Historic Jail Tour – Newark. The Historic Licking County Jail is once again throwing open the cell blocks and inviting the public in to experience this one of a kind Licking County landmark! Tours are $10 per person from 5 to 7 p.m. and the dates are: Friday, Aug. 29, and Friday, Sept. 26. Visit www.facebook.com/LCHistoricJail for more information.

Harvest Moon Gathering – Flint Ridge. Traditional Native American Gathering, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sept. 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lots of family fun!! Intertribal dancing, crafts, food, demonstrations, art, native storytelling, Flint knappers and Vendors. Grand Entry at Noon both days. *Honoring the Life of Wendell Humphrey – Saturday, 2 p.m. *Cherokee Legend & Forgiveness Ceremony – Sunday 2 p.m., The Ridge Museum, 14430 Flint Ridge Rd., Glenford (not at the state park), Sept. 5 is set up day for Vendors. To reserve a spot, call (740) 787-2869 before Aug. 29.

Licking River Roundup – Buckeye Lake and Hebron. Help clean up area waterways from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 6. Pre-registration is now available at http://www.lickingswcd.com/ (select River Round Up Information). Hebron/Union Township volunteers will meet at the Canal Park pavilion, 119. W. Cumberland. Same-day registration begins there at 8 a.m. Work begins at 9 a.m. Clean-up projects are the Hebron Tributary or the South Fork of the Licking River from the county line near Ohio 79 to the intersection of Ohio 79 and I-70. Volunteers will be on foot and should address accordingly. The Buckeye Lake clean-up registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m. at Buckeye Lake Village Hall, 5192 Walnut Rd. SE. Work begins at 9 a.m. Volunteers will clean up on state park lands and along the Spillway Stream on foot. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.

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, September 6. Classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.

Union Township Tire Amnesty Day – Union Township. Get rid of your old tires from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, at the Union Township Complex, 1380 Beaver Run Road. $1 per passenger tire; $3 per truck tire; and $10 per semi-truck or agricultural tire or any tire on a rim. CASH ONLY! Tires must be clean and dry.



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