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

Alternatives for Invasive Plants in Ohio – Noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 2. Invasive plants are non-native species that threaten Ohio’s natural areas by altering the native biodiversity found in our forests, grasslands, prairies and wetlands. We can help minimize the impact of invasive plants by removing these species when they occur in our landscaping or surrounding habitat and replacing them with more desirable plants. This workshop will provide some suggested alternatives of native and ornamental plants that are available in many Ohio nurseries and garden centers. Live specimens and herbarium plants will be on display for hands-on learning and identification.

Artful Macro Photography – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3. Try a variety of ways to create close-up images of spring flowers, plant shoots and bonsai trees from our collection. Learn focus stacking – a technique that combines multiple images taken at different focus distances, increasing the resulting image’s depth-of-field. Several natural and easy-to-transport backgrounds will be provided. Bring your DSLR camera, close-up lens and tripod. This program will take place outdoors, weather permitting. In the event of rain, camera raincoats and tripod umbrellas will be available, as well as opportunities to photograph indoors.

The Arboretum’s Grounds and Gardens Throughout History – 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. Learn more about the history of The Arboretum’s grounds and gardens and their evolution over the past 100 years from the Director of Living Collections and Historian. This narrated wagon tour will allow participants to periodically get out and explore our historically significant tree collections and gardens.

StoryTrail(tm) Opening Celebration – 1 – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7. FREE! Hop, skip, jump, or walk along this unique path that combines exercise, literacy and learning. This year, StoryTrail(tm) returns with the book Sunflower House written by Eve Bunting. The opening celebration includes a special opportunity to help create your own summer play space at The Arboretum. Join us as we partner with Licking County Library for crafts, books and StoryTrail(tm) fun! Registration is not required.

The Nature of Meditation – 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10. Cost: Non-members 25; Members $20. Join a Sage Yoga instructor and gently walk, intentionally sit and move restoratively while surrounded by nature. This full-sensory experience will bring us to deep awareness of the natural world and the internal stillness we are able to find when we simply let go and let the moment happen. Light refreshments will be provided and conversation shared.

Preserving Your Family Documents – 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 10. Cost: Non-members $35; Members $25. Learn archival techniques that focus on the needs of a typical family’s collection including diaries, letters, certificates and photographs. Learn how to properly store your important paper documents and where you can buy supplies. All participants receive an acid-free box, acid-free tissue paper, cotton gloves, archival tags and muslin.

Creeking for Salamanders – 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 9. Cost: Non-members $6; Members $3. Join us as we flip rocks and search nooks and crannies of a ravine in an effort to try to discover some of Ohio’s most prominent lungless salamander species. Guests meet in the Visitors Center for a short presentation and then travel by van or personal vehicles to our outlying Gorge property. Be sure to wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. Hip waders are provided, or bring your own old tennis shoes. Restrooms are not available at the program site.

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. The market moves to the Baltimore Ace Hardware parking lot on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 6. Market runs through September 26.

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.

Licking County Senior Living Expo – COTC & OSU-Newark, Newark. The Senior Living Expo is back from 9 a.m. to noon, on Thursday, May 25, in the Reese Center. The expo features exhibitors offering services and resources for the senior population

Acting Camp – Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre is sponsoring a Acting Camp for children Grades 3 thru 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the four Saturdays in June: June 3,, 10, 17 and 24. The cost is $40 per student, with MCT paying an additional $30 as a scholarship for each student. The camp will be conducted by Millersport Community Theatre and the Mouth of the Wolf Productions, Inc. at the Walnut Township District Auditorium. To register to go (click on Register Today! then select Millersport in the drop down) Please register by May 31. For more information call Tina Gleason at 614-648-0380 or Mary Dupler at 740-467-0618.

Dementia/Alzheimer Seminar – Lancaster. When someone has brain failure, we cannot expect them to accommodate us – instead we have to be ready to change our way of interacting with them. Join us on Thursday, May 25, from 6 – 7:30 pm to hear Paula M. Taliaferro, MGS, LSW, Master’s Degree in Gerontology and License in Social Work and Developer of the “Aging in Ohio” course talk about different causes of dementia, common brain changes that occur with dementia, what does not change in brain function with this diagnosis and communicating and interacting with a person who has dementia. Whether you are a caregiver, healthcare professional, or a friend/family member join us on May 25th to learn more about communicating with individuals with dementia/Alzheimer’s. Event will be held at Olivedale Senior Center, 253 Boving Road, Lancaster. Attendance is free however registration is requested. Call SOCIL at 740-689-1494 (ext 10) or email by May 22nd to reserve your seat.

Moonshine Festival New Straitsville. Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, the May 25 – 29 festival features a variety of events including a working Moonshine Still Display, local history museum, flea market vendors, moonshine burgers, moonshine pie, moonshine doggies, carnival rides and games, good food, souvenirs, talent show, Cruise-In, and two parades concluding with the Grande Parade on Memorial Day. New Straitsville Special Moonshine will be available for sale and sampling. Hours: Opening at 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. on Saturday; and noon on Sunday.

Food Truck Festival – downtown Newark. The Downtown Newark Association is hosting the 3rd Annual Downtown Newark Food Truck Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 26, on South 3rd Street. It will be an all day event with 13 trucks participating.

Historic Jail Tour – downtown Newark. Include a tour of the Licking County Historic Jail during the food truck festival. Tours run from 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, May 26. This building is known for its castle-like facade and now it is open to the public for these historic tours

Utica Ice Cream Festival 1 mile south of Utica on Ohio 13 on the grounds of the Energy Cooperative and Velvet Ice Cream. The 43rd Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival returns May 27-29. 90 artisans from Ohio and other states exhibit their handcrafted items. Pony rides, antique gas engines, a car show, motorcycle show and a magic show are just some of the many things to do and see. Lots of contests including ice cream eating, balloon toss, egg toss, (all weekend long) and kiddie tractor pulls on Sunday. We have a general store, ice cream tent, ham and bean tent, bratwurst stand, and other delisious foods along with stage entertainment. Entertainment includes Glen Parks Banjo at noon and Perfect Timing Bank at 6 p.m. on Saturday, B.B. Secrist at 2 p.m. on Sunday and Lee Gantt Band at 1 p.m. on Monday. Admission is $5 per car. Shuttle service is available from the parking lot to the festival entrance.

Millersport High School Annual Alumni Banquet – Millersport. The 91st Annual Alumni Banquet is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, in the Walnut Township Schools District Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street. The Classes of 1967, 1992 and 2017 will be recognized. The cost of the two entrée dinner buffet is $17.00 per person. Reservations may be made by sending a check made payable to “Millersport Alumni Association” by May 20, to Sharon (Winegardner) Roshon, 11657 Summerland Beach Road, Millersport, Ohio, 43046. Please put your class year on the check’s memo line. Those unable to attend the banquet but who want to stay on the mailing list are asked to send $1.00 to help defray the cost of mailings. For more information contact Sharon at 740-467-3198.

Paint the Parks II Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Road, Granville. Explore your creative side with a painting inspired by the parks from 6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, at the James Bradley Senior Center, Infirmary Mound Park. No art experience is needed. Pre-registration is required at or 740-587-2535. $25 fee includes refreshments and all painting supplies.

Free Night at The Works – Newark. To celebrate the groundbreaking for their collaborative $1.4 million SciDome planetarium, The Works will host a night of free, family-friendly activities on Friday, June 2, immediately following the groundbreaking, including museum admission 6-8 p.m., hands-on STEM activities 6:15-8 p.m., and a spaced-themed movie beginning at 8 p.m. in The Works’ LeFevre Courtyard. All activities are free and open to the public. Hands-on activities include: build-your-own corrugated rocket (courtesy Packaging Corporation of America), magnetic slime, build a pocket solar system, Alka Seltzer rockets, stomp rockets, paper airplane launcher, and solar cannon launcher. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are welcome. A limited menu will be available at The Grill at The Works. More information can be found at

Back to the 50’s Twilight Cruise In – KOA Kampground, Buckeye Lake. It’s the 14th Annual Cruise-In sponsored by the Buckeye Lake Village Firefighters Association on Saturday, June 10. Registration runs from 5 – 7 p.m. with awards at 9 p.m. Registration is $10. Dash plaques for the first 50 registrations, lots of door prized, great food, 50:50 and trivia prizes. Everyone welcome!

Women’s Outdoor Skills Workshop – Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Road, Granville. The second annual workshop runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, featuring topics such as archery, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, fly fishing, nature photography, outdoor cooking, Camping 101, beekeeping, birding, native plant gardening, nature journaling and more. Classes are taught by expert instructors, but designed for everyone. Al equipment is provided except cameras for nature photography. Cost is $50 which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required at or 740-587-2535.

BLASST – Buckeye Lake. It’s official. BLASST is back. Watch for more details on the spectacular fireworks display over Buckeye Lake at 10 p.m. on Monday, July 3. Donation letters will NOT be sent to past donors this year. Please mail your tax deductible donation to BLASST, PO Box 1524, Buckeye Lake OH 43008. Please make checks payable to BLASST.


Nelsonville Music Festival – Hocking College, Nelsonville. Stuart’s Opera House presents the 13th annual Nelsonville Music Festival, June 1-4, 2017 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, with Ween, They Might Be Giants, Emmylou Harris, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, Rodriguez, Cloud Nothings, and many more. Four days of music featuring over 60 bands on multiple stages all weekend long with camping, kids activities, artisan vendors, food, beer garden, and much more. Weekend passes for all four days are on sale now for $140 (with no fees) and the price will raise from there as we get closer to the festival weekend. Weekend passes for Nelsonville residents and teens are only $70, and kids 12 and under are free. Single day tickets are on sale now too! Single day tickets for Thursday, June 1 (Conor Oberst, Parquet Courts, Big Thief) are $50, tickets for Friday, June 2 (They Might Be Giants, Rodriguez, Cloud Nothings, Sara Watkins) are $75, tickets for Saturday, June 3 (Ween, Jenny Lewis, Twin Peaks) are $85, and tickets for Friday, June 4 (Emmylou Harris, Son Volt, Shannon & The Clams) are $50. Camping passes and VIP weekend passes to the festival are also on sale now. Tickets and more information are available at or by calling (740) 753-1924.

Washboard Music Festival – Logan. Ohio’s most unique music festival is June 15 – 17. The festival’s focus is on celebrating the enduring role the washboard has had on American music styles. This annual event provides wholesome family entertainment. You can enjoy the foot-tappin’ styles of Dixieland Jazz, Jug Music, Celtic, Blues and Cagun Zydeco played by bands from all around the country. The festivities kickoff Thursday evening at the main stage when Arnett Howard and Friends perform. Little Roy & Lizzie take the stage Friday offering traditional bluegrass at its best. On Saturday, catch the Wayfarers and their own brand of American string-band music. Friday and Saturday music acts features the Steel City Rovers and their Celtic music, “Roscoe Goose” the Juggernaut Jug Band playing jazz, blues and ragtime, and Washboard Hank – a legendary Canadian artist on the alternative country scene. Additional musical acts include spYder Stompers & Sugar Pie and their pre-war acoustic country blues, Sodbusters’ rootsy folk and Bill Bailey’s percussion masterpiece. The Ohio River Minstrels will celebrate America’s heritage in story and song. In addition, you may enjoy great food, browse the streets filled with quality craft vendors and enjoy the many special events, including the festive Saturday evening parade. There’s also a handmade quilt show, washboard factory tours and street entertainers. For the kids, there’s a large area of FREE rides, games and live entertainment. ALL entertainment is FREE and FUN! Hours: Thursday 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday Noon to 11 p.m. For more information visit

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