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

Tai Chi – 1 – 2 p.m. on July 16, 23, 30 and August 6 and 13. Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. This ancient form of movement originated from Chinese practitioners’ beliefs that illness is caused by an imbalance of energy within the body. The function of Tai Chi is to keep the energy flowing in a balanced manner while increasing muscle and cardiovascular strength as well as improving balance, joint flexibility and posture. Sifu Wayne Melton will instruct a yang style of movement to help maintain physical as well as mental health. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat soled shoes. Fee includes six sessions; Sunday, June 25 through August 13, no class Sunday, July 9.

Creeking for Salamanders – 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, July 14. Cost: Non-members – $6; Members – $3. Tromp through the stream, flip rocks and search nooks and crannies at a secluded portion of The Arboretum property in search of lungless salamanders. 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.

BBQ & Brews at the Barn – 9 – 11 p.m. on Friday, July 14. Cost: Non-members – $25; Members – $20. Paths will be illuminated for you to explore our Red Barn Reserve and discover the vast array of ecosystems hidden around each bend. Arboretum experts will be on hand to interpret different areas. Return to the Red Barn and relax by the bonfire with delicious tastings of City Barbecue and local brews. Price is per person and includes two drink tickets each. Additional tickets may be purchased while supply lasts. This program is for our visitors aged 21 years and older.

Hike The Arboretum: South End Collections – 9 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 22. FREE! Executive Director, Luke Messinger will lead a walk down the Dawes Lake Trail through our woodlands and to the South End of the Arboretum. The Woodland Garden, Pershing Avenue, flowering shrubs, Dawes Lake and the Conifer Collection will all be highlighted. Registration is not required.

Insects of the Night – 9:30 – 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21. Cost: Non-members – $6; Members – $3. Experience the great outdoors at night as we attempt to attract a variety of nocturnal insects using special lights. Moths, beetles, flies, praying mantises and others may visit our sheets for a close-up look.

This program takes place at The Arboretum’s Red Barn Area on Davis Drive, just west of State Route 13. Please note that our main grounds close at 8pm. Park in the Red Barn Area parking lot and follow the boardwalk back to The Red Barn. For directions, call (740) 323-2355.

Sunset Salutations at The Red Barn Reserve – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28. Cost: Nonmembers – $25; Members – $20. The Red Barn, a waterside campfire and sunset views will be the backdrop for this gentle flow yoga retreat with a Sage Yoga instructor. Immerse your senses and move with your breath as the sun dips to reveal the night sky and we make space to journal, draw, write or simply be. Practice will be followed with snacks and conversation. This program takes place at The Arboretum’s Red Barn Area on Davis Drive, just west of State Route 13. Please note that our main grounds close at 8pm. Park in the Red Barn Area parking lot and follow the boardwalk back to The Red Barn. For directions, call (740) 323-2355.

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. 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.

FREE Saturday Movie – Victoria

Opera House, Baltimore. The Victoria Opera House presents a FREE Saturday movie from 8 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.

Saturday Morning Hike – Wildflowers – Lobdell Reserve, 3100 Mounts Road, Alexandria. Join us from 10 – 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month for a hike along the paths and trails of the park district highlighting the flora and fauna of Licking County. This month we will be exploring the late summer wildflowers at Lobdell Reserve while we hike. The hike will last about an hour and may go off trail and be moderately strenuous. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring your own binoculars if you have them!

Recycling – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Visit the ‘Nature Cabin’ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this summer on Saturdays and Sundays in July! Each weekend will feature Make & Take crafts, themed activities, and hikes. The topic July 15 -16, is recycling. You can also participate in citizen science and check out kites and exploration backpacks. Backpacks include an art pack, a bug pack, orienteering pack, and more. Drop by for some fun!

Pace at the Park – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. A hunter pace is a competitive equestrian trail ride designed to closely match the excitement of a fox hunt. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and closes at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. Helmets required for all mounted riders on OR off the course. Event is open to all riders: Western, English, Side, Gaited, or other riding style. Saddles are required. For more information, call the Licking Park DIstrict at 740.587.2535.

ACA Quickstart Your Kayak – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. The Quickstart Your Kayak workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 15, is an introduction to paddling a kayak. Students are presented with basic information on dressing to paddle safely to potential hazards and simple rescues. A paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water. Course includes use of all essential equipment. Age: 12 years and older with participating adult. Limit: 10. Registration and completed waiver required. 740.587.2535.

Lilyfest – Hocking Hills, Rockbridge. Lilyfest celebrates art, music, and gardening in the Hocking Hills, July 14-16. The festival takes place at Bishop Educational Gardens, where three acres of artistically landscaped gardens are nestled in the woods and filled with thousands of colorful lilies, flowers and plants. Visitors can leisurely tour the gardens or take a guided hike, watch artists work, purchase plants and artwork, attend workshops, have questions answered by master gardeners or naturalists, enjoy live music, and eat delicious food. Musicians will perform Appalachian-style music on two stages. More information including a schedule of performers is available at gardens are located at 13200 Little Cola Rd., Rockbridge, Ohio, 43149.

Perry County Fair – New Lexington. Fair week is July 17 -22. Rides open at noon and close for dinner from 5 to 6 p.m. Daily admission $10. Entertainment schedule:

Monday, July 17:

Kiddie & Sr. Calf Scramble – 6 pm

Broken Horn Rodeo – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, July 18:

Fast Traxx Motocross – 7 pm

Wednesday, July 19:

Rough Truck & Car Contest – 8 pm

Thursday, July 20:

Farm Tractor Tug – Pull – 9 am

Small Garden Tractor Tug Pull – 9 am

High Impact Motorsports Demo Derby – 6 pm

Garden Tractor Transfer Pull – 6 pm

ATV Pull will Follow

Friday, July 21:

High Impact Motorsports Demo Derby – 8 pm

Saturday, July 22:

Antique Tractor Transfer Pull – 10 am

Truck and Tractor Transfer Pull – 6 pm

For a complete schedule visit

Senior 60+ Meet and Hike – Lobdell Reserve, 3100 Mounts Rd., Alexandria. Calling all Licking County Seniors! Explore your local Parks from 10 – 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, with one of our Senior Hikes. This month we will explore Lobdell Reserve.

Paint the Parks – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come explore your creative side from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 27! Paint the Parks’ programs will be usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the James Bradley Senior Center at Infirmary Mound Park. Preregistration required. Cost: $25 – Fee includes refreshments and all painting supplies.

Super Chevy Show – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. National Trail Raceway is the fifth stop for the 31st annual Super Chevy Show July 28-29. The Show features participant drag racing with multiple classes and cash purses, a professionally judged car show with multiple payout levels, a non-judged “Show ‘N’ Shine,” the possibility of participant vehicles being featured in the SUPER CHEVY Magazine, an automotive swap meet, a PRO Show with jet cars and wheelstanders and more. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Admission either day is $20 for adults, $10 for juniors (ages 12-15 years), $5 for children (ages 6-11 years) and free either day for children 5 years of age or younger. Complete details on pricing, event schedule, special features and more are available at or

Celina Lake Festival – Grand Lake St. Marys, Celina. The July 28-30 Celina Lake Festival offers plenty of summer fun for the entire family including a huge collector car show, a fun car/boat poker run, a large craft show, Free boat rides, a 5K run and music by Blame it on Shorty on Friday night. On Saturday night, twist and shout and dress like you’re back in the 60’s when the Beatles tribute band Hard Days Night takes the stage. Sunday is a special treat for the kids with lots of free fun including a kids fishing derby, pontoon rides, kiddie tractor pull, archery and canoeing. Amphicars have been honored guests for more than 20 years and 35 to 40 Amphicars are expected during the festival, appearing at the Swim-In on Friday evening and in the Grand Parade on Saturday evening. Other top attractions this year will be the Friday night, Fabulous Fireworks over the lake and the Saturday evening Grand Parade. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit

Paddle on the Licking River – Blackhand Gorge (Log Cabin), 2200 Gratiot Rd SE, Heath. Join the Licking Park District from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 29, for a 4-mile paddle down the Licking River from SR668 to Toboso Road on the Licking River. The trip will take 2-3 hours, depending on stops in Blackhand Gorge. Try your hand at either a kayak or canoe, as we explore this beautiful stretch of water. Space is limited and registration is required. 5 years old and up. Must be 12 years old to go alone in a kayak. Call 740-587-2535 to register.

Hartford Fair – Croton. The 159th edition of “The BIGGEST Little Fair in the World” returns August 5 – 12. Featured entertainment includes:

• Saturday, Aug. 5: Phil Dirt & the Dozers – 8 p.m. and Fireworks – 10 p.m

• Sunday, Aug. 6: UTV Razor Races – 6 p.m.

• Monday, Aug. 7: OSTPA Truck/Tractor Pull – 7:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, Aug. 8: Demolition Derby & Figure 8 Racing – 7:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Aug. 9: Monster Trucks – 7:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Aug. 10: Fast Traxx Motocross Racing – 7:30 p.m.

• Friday, Aug. 11: Rough Truck Contest – 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, Aug. 12: Free admission day with Championship Horse Pull – 7 p.m.

Gate admission is $7 for age 8 and over. $3 Senior Citizens and Veterans from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 7. FREE parking. For more details visit

Buckeye Lake Tour of Homes – Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s 32nd annual Tour of Homes begins at noon on Sunday, August 13, at the North Shore State Park off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. The tour ends at 4 p.m. This year’s tour is a walking tour of five Crane Lake and Cranberry Bay homes. If weather and the lake level permit, boat tours will be offered down the center of the lake to view the dam reconstruction project. Tour & Boat Ride tickets are $25 each. Boat Ride only tickets are $10 each.

Advance tour tickets are available for purchase prior to July 24 – $16 and $18 day of tour. Ticket requests must be received no later than July 30, 2017. Please purchase tickets in advance as there are a limited number of tickets available the day of the tour (tour only). Please mail checks to: BLACA, PO Box 1106, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008. For more information visit

Honor the Service – Newark- Heath Airport, Heath. Come out to the Newark-Heath Airport from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. World War II planes including a Douglas C-47, B-25 Mitchell and P-51D Mustang and other military aircraft fly-in at 10 a.m. The opening ceremony is at 11:30 a.m. Visit the World War II traveling memorial portraying the price of freedom. Plus tributes to veterans and fallen soldiers, speakers & war stories, WWII movies & music, military vehicles and equipment displays and food vendors. FREE! Closing ceremony at 6 p.m.

Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport. The 71st Millersport Lions Club Sweet Corn Festival is August 30 – Sept. 2. The Grand Parade down Lancaster Street and Chautauqua Boulevard to the festival grounds starts at 6 p.m.on Wednesday, August 30. Rides, corn eating contests, entertainment and tug pulls. Headline entertainment is Restless Heart at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1 and Pam Tillis & Collin Raye at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. Enjoy delicious food and drinks prepared by area non-profit organizations. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. FREE admission. Parking $10 per vehicle. Visit for a complete event listing.


Tommy Cash – Ohio Valley Oprey, McConnelsville. Johnny Cash’s younger brother, Tommy Cash, is the special guest at the Saturday, July 15, Ohio Valley Opry show at 4 p.m. This traditional country, bluegrass, and gospel music concert is held at the Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville each month. You will hear the classic, timeless, hit songs of his brother Johnny Cash and a few of Tommy’s own original hits. The OVO band will perform the warm up show from 4 – 5 p.m. with regulars: Matt Coleman, The Clarks, Beth Bigham, Tai Ray, Mike Morrison. and country comic – Uncle Doofus. Tickets are $25, $20, and $15, and can be purchased online at

Concerts on the Green – Bryn Du Mansion, Granville. The Concerts on the Green have moved to Bry Du Mansion, 573 Jones Road, Granville. Bring a picnic or grab something from a food truck. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Performances start at 6:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes without an intermission.

• Adelee & Gentry on Sunday, July 23. This sister duo – Alternative Pop/Rock – have become rising stars on the Nashville scene.

• Jeff German & the Blankety Blanks on Sunday, August 6. Blues/Classic Rock.

• Hotel California on Sunday, August 20. Eagles tribute.

For more information visit

Country Jam 2017 Legend Valley, Thornville. WCOL’s annual country festival, WCOL’s Country Jam 2017, takes place September 1 – 2, at Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground. The biggest Country Jam lineup yet includes Brantley Gilbert, Travis Tritt, Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, Chris Janson, Drake White and The Big Fire, Canaan Smith, Midland, Ashley McBryde, A Thousand Horses, Russell Dickerson and Walker McGuire. Two day tickets are $119.50; single day pit tickets are $100 for Friday and $150 for Saturday. VIP packages are available. Camping is available starting Thursday, August 31, through Sunday, September 3. For more information visit

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