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

Stroller Stroll – 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through September. 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.

Walk with the Director – 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 27. FREE! Lace up your boots and hit the trail with Luke Messinger, Executive Director. Each month, walkers visit a different part of The Arboretum and learn more about our mission, current happenings and plans for the future. Expect a brisk pace! Free, donations appreciated.

Family Nature Investigations: Build a Bee House – 11 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Sept. 3. Cost: $3; Members free. Learn about these important pollinators and build a house to help them thrive where you live.

Grounds & Gardens Tour: A Tree Doctor is In! – 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. FREE! Drive the grounds in the carry-all wagon with a horticulturist as your guide. Along the way, stop to view various plant problems, discuss remedies and gain knowledge you can use in your own landscape. Seating on the wagon is limited; first-come, first-served.

Speaker Series: The Apple’s American Journey – 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. FREE! The modern apple has its origins in the mountains of Kazakhstan, where today whole forests of wild apples still grow. But today the apple is a truly global fruit, traded and carried by migrants to temperate zones around the globe. Yet Americans have embraced the apple as their national fruit, evidenced by the expression _as American as apple pie._ This talk by William Kerrigan, Professor of American History at Muskingum University, briefly explores the apple’s early global history, then examines the apple_ s American journey: its role in European colonization of North America_ s temperate zones and its journey westward across the United States in the 19th century. It concludes with a brief discussion of the apple’s place in the new global economy.

From Milkweed to Monarchs – Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. Cost: $5/$3 Members. Populations of Monarch butterflies are on the decline, due to loss of habitat and other human threats. Learn what The Dawes Arboretum is doing to monitor butterfly populations and restore their local habitat, as part of a global citizen science project and participate in the tagging and release of live butterflies. All participants will receive milkweed seeds to plant at home.

Going Batty Night Hike – 8 – 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23. Cost: $5/Members free. Did you know that bats can consume 1,000 mosquitoes per hour? Bats have a tremendous value to human and agricultural health. Learn about the bats that call Ohio home and go on a night walk with an ultrasound detector to pick up on bat chatter!

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

Baltimore Farmers Market – Baltimore. This year’s market is 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. 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.

Vietnam Moving Wall – New Lexington. Perry County Veterans groups are sponsoring the Vietnam Moving Wall in New Lexington from Thursday, August 25, to Monday, August 29. The opening ceremony is at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Reading of names from surrounding counties begins at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, August 26. Parade from Monument Square to the Fairgrounds begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. Wall is dedicated and Perry County names are read beginning at noon. Sunday, August 28, service begins at 9 a.m. Closing ceremony is at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 29.

Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport. It’s the 70th Annual Sweet Corn Festival, sponsored by the Millersport Lions Club, from Aug. 31 thru Sept. 3. The annual Grand Parade heads out from Millersport High School at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31. This year’s Grand Marshals are Steve and Rita Mohler. The queen’s pageant, featuring young women from 18 area high schools, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. The entertainment headliners are Lee Greenwood at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 and Lonestar at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. Plenty of hot buttered sweet corn on the cob plus dozens sandwiches and treats served by area non-profit organizations. A special treat is the Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library’s charcoal-grilled pit beef sandwich. Festival hours are: 5 – 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 3. Admission is free and parking is $10 per vehicle. For a complete schedule of events visit

Preschool Storytime – Hebron Library. It’s Story Time! Preschoolers and their caregivers will enjoy 30-45 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays, and other activities designed to entertain, enrich, and educate from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 am. on Tuesdays in September. No registration is required for this free program.

September Inspirational Book Club – Buckeye Lake Library. This month’s selection is From the Start by Melissa Tagg, a romance novel about an injured football star and a screenwriter in a career slump who return to their hometown looking for direction only to find each other. It’s not too late to pick up your copy at the library for this month’s meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6. Join the book club discussion on the first Tuesday this month to share your opinions and questions with other readers as well as pick up next month’s book Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden.

Preschool Storytime – Buckeye Lake Library. Storytime for children ages 3-5 is returning to Buckeye Lake Library on Wednesdays from September 7 to September 28. Starting at 11 a.m. each Wednesday, children and their caregiver are invited to attend the weekly Storytime program. Full of laughs and learning, each Storytime will include stories, songs, snack, and a craft.

Teddy Bear Sleepover – Hebron Library. Ever wonder what happens in the library overnight? Now is your chance to find out! Bring your favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, and leave him to play in the library after the lights go out. We will take pictures of your teddy’s hijinks for you to pick up the next morning! Please call to register for this free, family-friendly event.

All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast – Buckeye Lake. Enoy an All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at the First Community Church. 4381 Walnut Road SE (Ohio 79), Buckeye Lake. Cost is $5 adults; $3 children 12 & under.

Ohio Open Doors – Newark. Licking County Records & Archives will participate in Ohio Open Doors on Saturday, September 10, 2016, by coordinating the tours and special exhibits of four buildings with historical significance in Licking County. Join us in honoring the history, design and stories of four historic Downtown Newark buildings as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. The Licking County Courthouse, Pennsylvania Railroad Station, 5th Street Gym, and Licking County Historic Jail will be open on September 10, 2016 for tours and special exhibits during staggered hours. The event is free and participants should register by contacting Sophia McGuire at by September 7, 2016. For more information including tour times and information about each site, visit

9/11 Car Show – Thornville. The Thornville American Legion honors the first responders on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Thornville Moose Loge on Blackbird Lane off Ohio 13. Car show registration from noon to 3 p.m. with award ceremony at 5 p.m. Ceremony to honor first responders at 4 p.m. Show includes special displays and prizes.

Hot Rod Drag Week – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. The 12th annual Hot Rod Drag Week September 11 -16, begins and ends in Hebron. An unprecedented 400 cars will be put through a grueling test over five days of drag racing through four cities in the Midwest. Competitors will cover more than 1,000 miles on a specified route in the same car, with the same engine, to determine who will earn the title Fastest Street Car in America Test ‘N Tune runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at National Trail Raceway. The first day of racing runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, at National Trail Raceway. The Day 5 Racing (Finals) returns to National Trail from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up for all race days – Sunday, Sept. 11 through Thursday, Sept. 15. Admission is $15 for the Finals on Friday, Sept. 16. Kids 12 and under can attend free each day with paid adult. Tickets will be available at each individual track, for more information visit

How To Start Your Own Etsy Shop – Newark Library. Have you ever thought about starting your own Etsy shop or other online business? Kay Baxter, owner of Kay’s Crochet Patterns, will be joining us from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 12, to share her experiences, offer advice, and answer your questions about starting your own Etsy business. No registration is required.

Free Triple P Parent Program – Newark. A Triple P Positive Parenting Program, The Power of Positive Parenting, will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at the Licking County YMCA. All parents, grandparents and caregivers of children from birth to age 12 are invited to attend. The program includes free food, free childcare for children age 7 and under, and a gift card raffle. You will learn researched based parenting strategies you can use with your children every day. To register call 740-522-1234 Ext. 22 or email The registration deadline if requesting childcare is Sept. 9.

Octoberfest – Somerset. In a bid for better weather, the Somerset Octoberfest has been moved up a month to noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. The Perry County Historical Society and Cultural Arts Society in connection along with the Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society) will be sponsoring this exciting event! Some of Somerset’s historical buildings will be open for touring. There will be a wide array of music, food, entertainment and vendors throughout the day. For more information visit, facebook or contact John/Judy McGaughey, 740-987-4862 or

Route 40 Festival – Canal Park, Hebron. The festival returns to its roots as a one-day celebration on Saturday, September 24. Festival opens at 11 a.m. with the last entertainment act taking the stage at 7 p.m. For more information visit


Hotlicks Blues FestivalGranville. The annual free festival returns from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, in downtown Granville. This year’s lineup is:

1 p.m. – Guitar Club
2:30 – Ray Fuller
4:00 – Scott Ainslie
5:30 – Mike Wheeler Band
7:00 – Sean Carney w. Joey
8:30 Lil Ed and the Blues

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