Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Stroller Stroll – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in June and July. FREE! Join a guide on a stroll along a paved path through our beautiful grounds. This is a great opportunity for parents or caregivers to enjoy some fresh air and exercise, while children explore the natural world around them.
Speaker Series: There Be Dragons – 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. FREE! Dragonflies have joined birds and butterflies as darlings of nature enthusiasts and targets for observation and photography. A few minutes of watching damselflies will reveal all of the plot and drama of a soap opera. Join Denison University Professor Dr. Tom Schultz for this talk that introduces dragonflies and damselflies, their ecology, and behavior with an emphasis on how to observe and identify species that may be found at The Dawes Arboretum. Bring your binoculars if you would like to participate in an optional post-talk walk. Free, donations appreciated.
Creeking For Salamanders – 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, July 15. Cost: $10; Members – $5. Tromp through the stream at a secluded portion of The Arboretum’s property in search of lungless salamanders. Guests meet at the Visitors Center for a short presentation before traveling to the program site. Waders or hip-boots are provided, but guests can bring their own or wear tennis shoes they don’t mind getting wet. Space is limited and registration is required.
Family Yoga at The Arboretum – 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 16. Cost: Non-member pair – $29; Member pair – $15. Enjoy healthy family fun in the beauty of The Arboretum. This energetic class, suitable for ages 3 and up, will incorporate individual and partner yoga poses for developing strength and balance and breathing exercises to help foster calm and focus. In the event of inclement weather, class will meet in the Visitors Center.
Gardening Through the Seasons Series: Keeping Up The Garden In Summer – 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Cost: $10; Members – $5. Brutal heat and lack of rain often make working in the garden a struggle. Learn tips and tricks for keeping gardening in the summer months fun and enjoyable. Take away a checklist of which tasks should be completed when to help keep you organized and your garden looking lush.
British Invasion open-air concert – 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4. Cost: $20 per car and must be purchased in advance. NO tickets will be sold at the gate. Tickets may be purchased for cash at the Park National Bank main office or the North 21st Street and Worthington Park branch offices; or from The Dawes Arboretum and www.dawesarb.org. The British Invasion will be playing your favorite 1960s hits from ‘across the pond.’ Gates will open at 5 p.m., and food and beer will be available for purchase. This is your chance to try tasty creations from 14 food and beverage trucks, all in one spot. Concert attendees are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and lawn chair to enjoy the show; however, attendees may not bring alcohol to The Arboretum. Don’t miss this groovy concert. It will be a real blast from the past!
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
Baltimore Farmers Market – Baltimore. This year’s market kicks off from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6. It’s held weekly from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays through October 14. The market has moved to the small parking lot behind the Liberty Union Thurston Elementary School.
Buckeye Lake Farm Market – Buckeye Lake Village. The farm market has a new day this year. It will run from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, through Sept. 28, in the Goodwill parking lot on Ohio 79. For more information, or if you are interested in being a vendor, contact Kelly Rammell at 740- 403-2435.
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. 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.
Movies in the Park – Johnson Park, Baltimore. LifeBridge Church and the Village of Baltimore are presenting six FREE outdoor movies on Friday evenings this summer. Movies start at dusk and include FREE popcorn and fun. Bring lawn chairs. Kids are encouraged to come dressed as the movie theme. The schedule is:
• July 8: Finding Nemo; and
• July 29: Toy Story.
All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast – Buckeye Lake. Enjoy an All-U-Can- Eat Breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, at the First Community Church. 4381 Walnut Road SE (Ohio 79), Buckeye Lake. Cost is $5 adults; $3 children 12 & under.
Night of Thunder – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. It gets hot and loud when the jet cars return with the 29th annual Night of Thunder on Saturday, July 9. For more information visit http://www.nationaltrailraceway.com
Cruisin’ at the Yacht Club – Buckeye Lake. It’s the 11th annual Buckeye Lake Yacht Club Car Show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the show starts at 11 a.m. Awards presented at 4 p.m. Enjoy the hospitality of a full bar and restaurant at the yacht club plus music and drawings. Award for best car and boat combo. Rain date is Sunday, July 17.
Free Family Movie – Buckeye Lake Library. Buckeye Lake Library will be screening a family friendly film at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Recently released on home video, this animated feature film is one that has everyone talking. Patrons of all ages are invited to enjoy the film and munch on the popcorn and refreshments provided by the library. No registration required to catch the film and fill up on popcorn.
Poultry in Paradise – Buckeye Lake Library. A Backyard Chicken Raising class will be held at Buckeye Lake Library from 1 – 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. Presented by Licking County Recycling, patrons can attend this free class to learn about backyard chicken raising as well as the benefits of keeping chickens, like having your own organic eggs. Flock to the library if you want to peck around for more information about raising chickens.
Kickin’Ash Splash Pool Party – Heath. The Licking County Health Department presents its 12th annual Kickin’ Ash Splash Pool Party starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, at the Heath City Water Park, 1287 Hebron Rd. This family-friendly event encourages active and healthy lifestyles free from tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. The event aims to teach families of Licking County how to incorporate healthy foods and physical activities into their lifestyles by providing healthy snacks, games and giveaways. Pathways of Central Ohio’s Youth Leadership Council will be poolside with activities and education for the whole family. Entrance to the water park on July 16 after 5:30 p.m. will be at a reduced cost of $2 per person. Members of Heath City Water Park can attend this event free. For more information visit www.lickingcohealth.org
Vacation Bible School – First Community Church, Buckeye Lake. It’s the Journey off the Map Vacation Bible School from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. July 17 -21, at First Community Church. For more information call 740-323-4190 or 740-616-7487.
Vacation Bible School – Hebron Christian Church, Hebron. It’s The Miracles of Jesus Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. July 17-21, at Hebron Christian Church. Youth from pre-school through 6th grade will be learning about a different miracle each evening and doing cool science experiments to demonstrate the miracle. Each session includes a lesson, singing and snack.
Super Chevy Show – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. The fifth stop on this national six-stop tour brings the largest collection of Chevrolet vehicles to National Trail Raceway July 29 -31. The show includes drag racing for cash prizes, a swap meet, a performance marketplace, and more. Classes will cover everything Chevy and Chevy-powered, from original restorations and restomods to street rods, trucks and customs. Registered competitors vie to take home the best in class award and win a coveted Chevy Show jacket. At National Trail Raceway, spectators will experience Super Chevy magazine staff handing out special Editor’s Choice awards to a select few car show entries. Lucky entrants may have their cars selected to become a feature story in the magazine. Visit www.nationaltrailraceway.com/ for a full event schedule.
School Supply Giveaway – First Community Church, Buckeye Lake. If your child or grandchild needs help getting school supplies stop by the First Community Church on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 30.
Music in the Courtyard – The Works. Newark. The Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology presents the second concert in its 2016 Music in the Courtyard free summer concert series on from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, featuring Celt’s Crossing. Concerts are held rain or shine in The Works’ LeFevre Courtyard, 55 S. 1st Street, Newark. Attendees will enjoy free Dad’s Root Beer floats made with Velvet Ice Cream and Kool 101.7 giveaways. Free parking is offered in The Works’ lot, which can be accessed from 1st Street during the Newark street renovation. 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.
Music on the Front Porch – Thornville Library. Enjoy free music at 6 p.m. on Fridays through July 15. The line-up is: Joy in the Morning Ministries with Jeremy Shank (July 8), and High Society Dixieland Jazz Band (July 15 with a 7 p.m.start).
Music on the Lawn – New Lexington Library. Enjoy music Friday evenings at 6 p.m. through July 15. This summer’s line-up includes: J Shawn Enright & High Society Dixieland Jazz Band (July 8), and Uncle James (July 15).
Rhythm on the River – Pomeroy. The Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society’s 17th Annual Rhythm on the River Summer music series started June 24 at the Riverside Amphitheater in downtown Pomeroy. The music series will run every Friday, through July 22, beginning at 8 p.m. and is free to the public. Events are family friendly. For more information visit www.pomeroyblues.org
Concerts on the Green – Granville. All performances are free and are held on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway, Granville. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Food trucks are returning this year, with one truck featured at each concert except August 13. In case of rain, performances will be held in Burke Hall.
Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons – Sunday July 10. A storyteller at heart, the inspiration for Angela Perley’s indie/country/roots compositions comes from relationships, surroundings, poetry, growing up in small town Ohio. Perley spent years engrossed in poetry, literature, people, and films. With Billy Zehnal and Chris Connor on bass and lead guitar and Steve Rupp on drums, since their inception in 2009, the band has released four EPs and has toured extensively.
Ohio Valley Opry – McConnelsville. Marty Haggard will be the featured artist on the Saturday, July 16th Ohio Valley Opry show held at the Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville. Everyone knows his dad, Merle Haggard, who Marty considers “the best country singer/ songwriter ever.” Marty was privileged to be a part of his Dad’s career and from 1983 to 1985, he travelled with his Dad, singing harmony and playing guitar. In 1999, Marty and his wife, Tessa, formed Marty Haggard Music and Marty began writing and performing spiritual songs about his faith and love for Jesus Christ. Marty’s love for his Dad’s music inspired him to begin a project titled “A Tribute to Merle Haggard – My Dad.” It’s been a successful record, and Marty has been performing tribute shows across the United States and Canada, plus England, Ireland and Scotland. The Ohio Valley Opry regulars will also be performing: The Clarks, The Siglers, The Rays, Mike Morrison, Matt Coleman, Rick Troyer, and comic, Uncle Doofus. Show times are 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$15-$12 and online at www.OhioValleyOpry.com, or by calling 740-525-9218.