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

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.

Adult Night Hike: Owls and Their Calls – 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19. FREE! Four species of owls call Ohio home. Learn about the life history of these majestic creatures and how to identify them by call. This hike takes participants into The Arboretum’s Deep Woods where an attempt is made to locate birds of prey in their natural habitat.

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.

Adult Night Hike: Frogs and Their Calls – 9:00 – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Tour The Dawes Arboretum’s Dutch Fork Wetlands after dark in search of the sights and sounds of amphibians in summer. You may even catch a glimpse of other wetland wildlife! Meets at the Dutch Fork Wetlands on White Chapel Road. Ages 18 & up. Register by Thursday, June 25.

Second Saturdays Speaker Series: Tallgrass Prairies of Ohio and a Recipe for Making a Prairie Garden – 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11. FREE! The Tallgrass Prairie Biome is unique to North America. Our prairies are a product of what scientists call the rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains. In this presentation, Guy Denny, current President and a founding member of the Ohio Natural Areas & Preserves Association, examines the origin and ecology of the prairies of North America and, more specifically, the tallgrass prairie biome.Participants get a close look at the different types of native tallgrass prairie remnants found in Ohio with particular attention to the flora and fauna of Ohio’s tallgrass prairie ecosystems. The second part of this presentation covers, in detail, how to go about establishing and maintaining your own tallgrass prairie garden, large or small. Please register.

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

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.

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.

Columbus Children’s Festival – OSU’s Fred Beekman Park (corner of Lane Avenue & Kenny Road), Columbus. Come play at KidsLinked’s 3rd annual Columbus Children’s Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. The festival’s theme is a youth sports extravaganza featuring FREE clinics, fun activities, and family entertainment. FREE, but OSU charges $5 to park. For more information visit FEST

LakeFest Fireworks – Buckeye Lake. Enjoy Phantom Fireworks’ free show at about 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the North Shore boat ramp off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. Free activities for children and entertainment starts at 5 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.

Be a Hero to Animals- Hebron Library. Join us at the Hebron Library from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 23, for a doggone great program with the Licking County Humane Society. Families are invited to bring donations of old t-shirts and socks that will be turned into toys for shelter animals. We will learn how to be compassionate to our furry friends and will also use our imaginations to create fun Dr. Seuss style animal art. FREE!

Red Shoe Review with Ronald McDonald – Thornville Library. Join us for this FREE family program at 1 p.m. on June 23.

Large Farm Animal Visit – Buckeye Lake Library. Christa Hein with Bring the Farm to You will be at the Buckeye Lake Lirequired. brary at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23. She will bring along her favorite large farm animals including sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and rabbits. This event will be fun for the whole family. FREE and no registration is needed to attend.

Superhero Movie for Teens – Hebron Library. Calling all teens! Join us on at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, for a recently released superhero movie. Interested in learning what our mystery movie is? Visit the Hebron library to find out the title of this PG-13 rated flick or give us a call. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided. Anyone under 13 will need a permission slip. FREE!

Warbler Seminar – Buckeye Lake. Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society & Museum is hosting Christopher Tonra of The Ohio State University at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at the museum in the first of its natural resources series. Free will donations are accepted as admission. Tonra’s presentation is Ecology and Conservation Across the Annual Cycle: Highlighting new research of Prothonotary Warbler in Ohio. The Prothonotary Warbler Nest Watch program on historic Cranberry Bog has been in existence since 2012. The Prothonotary flies from South America every April to prepare nesting areas for his mate, who arrives in May. For more information visit

Uploading Your Resume – Newark. Learn how to successfully upload your resume to an email or website from 1 – 3 p.m. on Monday, June 29, at Licking County Library, Newark. Basic computer skills are required for this class. FREE! Registration is required.

Civil War Heroes of Licking County – Hebron Library. School aged children and their families are invited to join us from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, along with Licking County Library’s Doug Stout, for an interactive presentation about our local heroes and heroines of the Civil War. See how they lived, dressed, and fought in the War Between the States. FREE!

Superhero Feats of Strength – Buckeye Lake Library. The Works will be at the Buckeye Lake Library on Wednesday, July 1, at 2:00 p.m. Families will learn about forces and simple machines, and then perform feats of strength. This event is free and open to the public, however registration is

BLASST – Over Buckeye Lake. The traditional communityfunded fireworks spectacular shoots off at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 3, from Fairfield Beach. Buckeye Lake boat ramps will be CLOSED July 3. No food will be available on park property. Please patronize our local restaurants and stores.

Licking County Genealogical Society – Newark. This month’s program is “Welsh Society,” presented by Rev. Stacy Evans at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 6, in Meeting Room A at the Licking County Library. Free and open to the public.

Red Cross Pillowcase Project – Hebron Library. School aged children and their families are invited to join us from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 7, along with the American Red Cross, to learn how to be a hero to your family and community through personal and family preparedness and basic coping skills. Children grades 2 – 6 will receive a sturdy pillowcase, while supplies last, upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit. FREE!


Music on the Front Porch – Thornville Library. Enjoy music Friday evenings at 6 p.m. with High Society Dixieland Jazz Band (June 19), and Perry Morgan Pickers (June 26). FREE! Additional concerts may be added so check

Music on the Lawn – New Lexington Library. Join us Friday evenings: 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.).

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. 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

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. 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

Ohio Valley Opry – McConnellsville. This month’s show is the annual “Oldies Night,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Doo Wop, Sock Hop, and traditional country music come together to make a show which is fast becoming one of the most popular nights of the year. The featured guest is Elvis Presley. For those who missed the chance to see the real Elvis, this show is perfect as it really captures the essence of an Elvis experience. Our surprise artist presents the ultimate tribute to the King celebrating the epic career of this musical legend. Also on the lineup will be the OVO regulars: The Clarks, Matt Coleman, Beth Sigler, and Tai Ray, along with Mick Sigler and special guest comedian, Sadie Ketchum. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at the door, or in advance by logging onto, or by calling the office at 740-525-9218.

“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.

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