Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Family Nature Investigations: Radical Reptiles – 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Discovery Center. $3; Members free. Investigate what makes reptiles different from any other type of animal. Meet our Discovery Center reptiles and learn about others who are native to Ohio.
1st Saturday Grounds and Gardens Tour: Azalea Glen & Rhodie Slope – 1 – 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Visitors Center deck. FREE. A walking tour of the colorful Azalea Glen and Rhododendron Slope area, led by an arboretum horticulturist. Registration is not required.
Protecting Your Home Movies Workshop – 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. $5; Members free. Lisa Wood, Visual Resources Curator at the Ohio History Center, presents on film preservation and how to protect your family’s home movies. Prior to the lecture, guests have an opportunity to view original reel to reel films belonging to the Dawes family. Registration required.
Chair Yoga for All Ages Series I – 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. on Monday, June 8. $40; Members $30. If you want to be active, but have limitations, this may be the class for you. As you are seated in a chair, you will be guided in gentle movements of the upper and lower body. Soothing music and a view of the Bird Watching Garden will inspire relaxation as you move your body, connect your mind and boost your spirits. Fee includes the entire 5-week series. Registration required.
Walk to Be Well – Three sessions (7:15 – 8:00 a.m.; Stroller Stroll 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.; and 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.) at the Visitors Center deck every Wednesday. FREE! There are new opportunities to socialize and get moving in 2015! Enjoy a morning or evening stroll as staff and volunteers lead a group through The Arboretum grounds during these weekly walks (30 – 45 minutes). Stroller Strolls are intended for caregivers with young children to explore the outdoors together from the comfort of a paved trail.
Creeking for Salamanders – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12. $10; Members $5. Tromp through the stream at a secluded portion of The Dawes Arboretum property in search of lungless salamanders. Guests meet in the Visitors Center for a short presentation, then travel by Arboretum van or personal vehicles to the program site. Waders or hip-boots are provided, however you can bring your own or wear old tennis shoes if you prefer. Registration required. Note: Restrooms are not available at the program site.
Second Saturday Speaker Series: Highlights of the Japanese Garden – From 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. FREE! 2015 marks the reopening and 50th anniversary of the installment of the Japanese Garden, of the most beloved and well-known features of The Dawes Arboretum. Join us for an overview of the principals of Japanese Garden design, how our garden came to be and what improvements have been made to ensure that our garden remains for decades to come. An optional tour is included after the presentations to see and enjoy the garden first hand; please allow for additional time if you wish to participate. Registration is required.
He & Me Fishing Derby – 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, June 20. Cost: $5 per person. Celebrate Dad or another special friend or family member during a fishing derby at the Red Barn. Prize categories include heaviest fish, longest fish and greatest number of fish caught in the following age categories: 10-years-old and under; 11 – 17-years-old; and 18-years-old and above. There will also be an award for largest overall catch (weight in ounces plus length in inches). Check-in begins at 8 a.m, followed by the derby from 9 – 11:30 a.m. and an awards ceremony from 11:30 a.m .- noon..Bring your own pole(s), tackle and bait (no live bait, except worms, is permitted). Please note that fishing at The Dawes Arboretum is typically a privilege reserved for Arboretum members and is allowed only at Dawes Lake. Registration is required.
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
Therapy Dog Reading Program – Buckeye Lake Library. Families are invited to come to the Buckeye Lake Library on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. to read to Angel, a certified therapy dog. Families can register for individual reading sessions. The program is free and registration is encouraged. We will provide books, but you can also bring a personal favorite with you as well. Don’t miss this wonderful reading opportunity.
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.
Paddle Palooza Festival – Alum Creek State Park. ODNR is hosting this free event from 12 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, at the beach. It is a great opportunity for people to try a variety of different canoes and kayaks and learn stand-up paddleboarding. Experts will also be on hand to share information about local paddling activities and resources.
The Magic of Dave Lehman – Hebron Library. Local magician Dave Lehman is coming to the Hebron Library on Tuesday, June 9 at 11 am to entertain and amaze families with his educational and interactive show. Witness Dave’s comedic capers as he enchants you with his powers of trickery and illusion. FREE!
Dave Lehman Magic Show – Buckeye Lake Library. Families are invited to experience the magic of Dave Lehman at the Buckeye Lake Library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Free and open to the public. Registration is not needed.
Caricature Artist – Hebron Library. Tweens and teens are invited to join us on Tuesday, June 9, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. to laugh, be entertained – and maybe even a little embarrassed. The premier illustrator, Kurt Dreier, will create a masterpiece with you as his muse. Come when you can, and be prepared to be transformed into art. FREE!
What’s Up @ NASA? – Newark. Do you want to know what cool and exciting things are happening at NASA? Join us at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 12, in the Story Time Room as a Solar System Ambassador from NASA will give us the inside scoop! It will be a fun interactive program full of pictures and videos of NASA’s latest projects. Open to children in grades 2-5. Registration recommended.
Granville Art Affair & Wine Festival – Granville. This unique show exhibits over 80 artists, live entertainment, hands-on art activity tent, car show, and special polo match. Admission and activities are FREE! Explore Wine and Beer Tasting on the lawn Friday, June 12, 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for five tastings and are available at the event. Visit GranvilleArtAffair.com for more information.
Columbus Arts Festival- Columbus riverfront. It’s the 54th edition of the fine art and craft show June 12-14. Hundreds of juried artists from across the country will participate. There will be plenty of beautiful art, food, family-friendly entertainment, art demonostations and hands-on-activities for children. FREE! Hours: Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a complete list of artists, entertainers and schedules visit www.ColumbusArtsFestival.org
Reading is Delicious Flash Mob – Buckeye Lake Pizza Cottage. Join the staff of the Buckeye Lake Library at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, as we kick off the 2015 Adult Summer Reading Program. Adults are invited to bring their favorite book, or borrow one of ours, and enjoy some good food, fun, and lively literary conversation. See you on the patio. Free and no registration is needed.
Beginners Computer Classes – Newark. Beginning Monday, June 15, the Licking County Library is offering a series of beginners computer classes for job seekers every Monday through June 29. Classes are from 1-3 p.m. in Meeting Room B of the Main Library. Classes will cover Computer Basics, Internet Searching and Uploading Your Resume, respectively. These classes are free, but registration is required. Call 740-349-5553 to register.
ShizDiz Entertainment – Hebron Library. Join us on Tuesday, June 16 at 11 a.m. for a FREE magical morning with ShizDiz Entertainment. Kids of all ages and their families are invited to come and experience a fun-filled show of colorful, visual magic. This high energy extravaganza will make kids the stars. Children will also receive a balloon animal for more twisty fun while supplies last.
Style Show & Card Party – Harbor Hills. Harbor Hill Women’s Club annual luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Harbor Hills Country Club. Reservations are required and due by June 13. Call 928-7303 or 928- 2876.
Red Shoe Review with Ronald McDonald – Thornville Library. Join us for this FREE family program at 1 p.m. on June 23.
Music on the Front Porch – Thornville Library. Enjoy music Friday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning June 5 with Jeremy Shank. Future artists are Marty & Linda Savage (June 12), High Society Dixieland Jazz Band (June 19), and Perry Morgan Pickers (June 26). FREE! Additional concerts may be added so check www.pcdl.org.
Music on the Lawn – New Lexington Library. Join us Friday evenings starting June 5 with Hill Folk Harmony (June 5, 6 p.m.), Lacie Porter (June 5, 7 p.m.), High Society Dixieland Jazz Band (June 12, 6 p.m.), Perry Morgan Pickers (June 12, 7 p.m.), Wayne Reed & Friends (June 19, 6 p.m.), Uncle James (June 26, 6 p.m.), Marty & Linda Savage (June 27, 6 p.m.), Jeremy Shank (July 10, 6 p.m.), Shawn Enright (July 10, 7 p.m.), Jimmy Howson (July 17-6 p.m.), Anything Koala (July 17, 7 p.m.).
The Bob Piascik Duo – Newark. The Works presents the opening concert for its 2015 Music in the Courtyard free summer concert series on Friday, June 12, featuring local favorite The Bob Piascik Duo. Concerts will be held rain or shine, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in The Works’ LeFevre Courtyard, 55 S. 1st Street, Newark. Free parking is offered in The Works’ lot, which can be accessed from 1st Street. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs, as seating is limited. Lunch is available for purchase at The Grill at The Works, or guests may pack a lunch. Admission to the outdoor concert is free and open to the public.
The Works’ summer concert series will continue on the second Friday of each month during July, and August. Sticks and Stones will headline the concert on July 10; Tom Carroll and Andy Carlson will perform on August 14.
Washboard Music Festival – Logan. The 15th annual Washboard Music Festival returns June 18-20. Arnett Howard and Friends will open the festival at 6 p.m. on Thursday. Friday’s headline entertainment is Three Piece & Biscuit at 8 and 10 p.m. “Three Piece” includes Blind Mississippi Morris, Larry “Washboard Shorty” Long and Reverend Robert. Robin Lacy & DeZydeco is Saturday’s featured performer with shows at 3, 8 and 10 p.m. The Steel City Rovers from Ontario, Canada is returning to the festival for the second consecutive year. They will perform Friday at 4 and 9 p.m. and at 5 and 9 p.m. on Saturday. Other scheduled performers include: The Wayfarers; 7 Mile Blue Grass Band; The Hobo Polka Band; The Sodbusters; Neil Jacobs; Washboard Hank; Ira Twang, Sweet Funk and the entertaining Washboard Players. The event also features food and art and craft vendors. All entertainment and amusement rides are free. Free train rides are offered throughout the festival as well. For more information visit www.washboardmusicfestival.com/
Rhythm on the River – Pomeroy, OH. The 16th Annual Rhythm on the River Summer Music Series begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at the Riverside Amphitheater (101 Main Street) in historic, downtown Pomeroy, Ohio. The Rhythm on the River series runs five consecutive Fridays, thru July 17, and culminates with the Big Bend Blues Bash on July 24-25. FREE! More more information visit www.pomeroyblues.org.
“Red, White, & Popcorn!” – Columbus. Conductor Albert- George Schram and the Columbus Symphony invite families to celebrate the Fourth of July at the Nationwide Insurance Popcorn Pops’ Red, White, and Popcorn! concert on at 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Columbus Commons. The approximately one-hour concert blends the fun of the outdoor concert experience with the excitement of a live orchestra performance in this series especially designed for younger children aged 3-12 and their families.