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

Beginner Tai Chi Chuan – from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 15, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13 and 20. Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. Tai Chi is designed to increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; improve balance, joint flexibility and posture; and support mental health. This class focuses on basic Tai Chi skills along with completion of the Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style). Basic warm-ups start the class with a new portion taught each week. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.

Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan – from 2 – 3 p.m. on Sundays, April 15, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13 and 20. Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. Tai Chi is designed to increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; improve balance, joint flexibility and posture; and support mental health. The intermediate class focuses on more advanced warm-ups, the complete Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style) from the beginner’s class and additional Qi Gong exercises, further enhancing the benefits of the practice. Students are required to complete the beginner class at least once prior to participating in the intermediate class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.

The Thrills, Spills and all the Fills of Container Gardening – from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 5. Cost: Non-members -$40; Members – $30. Learn about the versatility of containers and explore exciting new plants and magnificent color combinations in this hands-on class. Using a pre-selected variety of plants, utilize skills developed in class to arrange a container of your own to take home. Advance registration required.

Spring Scavenger Hunt – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the month of May. FREE! May 24th is National Scavenger hunt Day! Help us celebrate by exploring The Arboretum’s grounds with a self-guided scavenger hunt. Sheets are available in the Visitors Center during the month of May. Drop-off your completed hunt to be entered to win a prize!

Spring Plant Sale & Garden Fair – from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Shop from a wide-variety of shrubs, trees and perennials for your home landscape. Arboretum experts will be available to answer your questions about plant care and suitability for your location. A variety of vendors will complement the sale with additional plants and garden products. All members receive a discount at the sale and members at the Buckeye level and above receive an exclusive invitation to shop early at the Plant Sale Preview and will take home a free plant.

Coffee and Canvas – from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19. Cost: Non-members – $30; Members – $25. Learn the basics of acrylic painting as Licking County artist Kathy Anderson guides you step-by-step through recreating a scene from The Arboretum with your own special touches. No art experience necessary. Fee includes all painting supplies and light refreshments.

Mother’s Day Wagon Tours – from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13.Bring mom to The Arboretum for an expert-led wagon tour of our beautiful grounds. Relax and enjoy the early color of spring as the guide interprets gardens, plant collections and Arboretum history and research. Mom rides for free! Everyone else $2 each. Seating is limited.

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

Granville Farmers Market – Granville. It’s back, starting Saturday, May 5, 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.

Buckeye Fuel Wars – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. National Trail Raceway hosts the NHRA 16th annual Buckeye Fuel Wars May 4-6. The event is one of 44 scheduled across the country where drivers in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series earn points leading to divisional, regional and national championships as well as a chance at a share of the year-end purse of more than $519,000. Categories include Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Stock Eliminator, Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street. The division’s Oakley Motorsports Comp Engines Top Sportsman and Top Dragster Series will also run in conjunction with the event. Tickets for the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at National Trail Raceway are $20 Friday, $20 Saturday and $20 Sunday. Children 6 to 12 years old are $5 each day and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit www.National-

Buckeye Lake Region Community Meeting – Thornville. Everyone is welcome for the spring quarter update from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Thornville Elementary School (please use the main entrance). Presentations include The State of The Region, review of the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation’s activities, Task Force reports and a Q&A session.

Millersport Fire Department Station 2 Open House – Fairfield Beach. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, to see the new living quarters. Tours, free hot dogs and drinks. The new living quarters were funded by a $175,000 bequest from the estate of Thornville resident Jack Artz and the Millersport Firefighters Association.

Ohio State Rabbit Breeders Show & Sale – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. More than 12,000 rabbits of 45 different breeds make this the largest state rabbit show in the country May 5 – 6. Hours: Saturday – 6:30 am – 9 pm; Sunday – 6:30 am – 4 pm. FREE! For more information, visit

All American Youth Horse Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The 50th Annual All American Youth Horse Show May 10 – 13, will feature riding styles including Western, contest, reining, trail, hunters and jumpers. Hours: 8 am – 11 pm daily. FREE! For more information, visit

“Why We Collect: Leveraging Cultural Heritage Collections for Transformational Change” – Aldus Society, Columbus. Why do universities invest in cultural heritage collections? What impacts do primary source collections have on fulfilling the missions of a modern research university? The speakers, Damon E. Jaggers, Nena Couch, and Jenny Robb, will frame the ongoing acquisition of cultural heritage collections against the teaching, research, and outreach activities of a land-grant research university utilizing examples of transformational impact from two curatorial perspectives: cartoons and comics and the performing arts.

Damon E. Jaggars assumed the post of Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries at The Ohio State University in 2016. Nena Couch is Head of The Ohio State University Libraries’ Thompson Library Special Collections and Curator of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute. Jenny Robb is Curator and Associate Professor of The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the largest academic research institution dedicated to cartoons and comics.

Pre-program socializing begins at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, and allows members and guests time to discuss their latest bibliophilic adventures. The evening’s program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available behind State Auto building (518 E. Broad) on west side of N. 11th St. (alley behind Thurber House). For more information, visit

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. For lovers of the strange and unusual…. The Oddities & Curiosities Expo May 12, showcases vendors with all things weird. Items such as: Taxidermy, specimens, bones, unusual original artwork, curiosities, odd antiques, and so much more. *All items have been acquired ethically! Hours; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: $10 (kids 12 and under are free). For more information, visit The Oddities & Curiosities Expo

Six One Pour Festival Huntington Park, Columbus. Six One Pour: The Ohio Craft Beer Fest returns to Huntington Park in the Columbus Arena District from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The festival is the signature event of the 2018 Columbus Craft Beer Week celebration and with over 50 Ohio craft breweries participating. . This year’s collaboration brew – Confluence – is an American IPA collaboration among 20 Central Ohio breweries, brewed specifically for Columbus Craft Beer Week and Six One Pour. Advance general admission tickets are $45, which includes a souvenir glass and tasting tickets for 20 four-ounce samples. Early admission tickets are $55 and include admission at 5 p.m. Designated driver admission isr $15. Tickets can be purchased online at sixonepour2018 All tickets include a Reserved Seat voucher for a future Columbus Clippers baseball game.

Buckeye Sweepstakes Horse Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. One of the largest Arabian horse shows in the country is held right here in Columbus, May 24 – 27. Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. FREE! For more information, visit

Midwest Holiday Antique Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Old vintage holiday decorations. You can find Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, Easter, Halloween, and of course Christmas. The May 27, show is a wonderful chance to find a special piece to love during the holiday season. Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: $7. For more information, visit

Ohio & Erie Bus Tour – Newark. The Licking County Historical Society invites fellow history enthusiasts to join them on the road for the Ohio & Erie Bus Tour! Guided by local historian and LCHS Board President Doug Smith, the tour will travel along a portion of the Northern part of the canal, from Newark to New Philadelphia, making several sight-seeing stops in between. On our journey back, passengers will be granted the opportunity to drift back in time aboard the Monticello III, a restored canal boat in Roscoe Village, Coshocton. The tour starts from the parking lot of the Buckingham Meeting House, 5 N. 6th St., Newark, at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 26. Cost for the day is $40 for members of LCHS, $50 for non-members, or $30 for passengers age 12 & younger. Ticket price includes a boxed lunch, snacks while on the bus, and admission to the Monticello III. Reservations are required. Attendees should plan to wear walking shoes and weatherappropriate attire. Please call the LCHS Office at 740-345-4898 or e-mail at with any questions or to reserve a seat.

Memorial Day Ceremony – Thornville. Thornville’s Memorial Day solemn procession will begin at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28, in the downtown. Honor guards from the Amvets and the American- Legion will be joined by the Sheridan High School Band as we pay tribute to those deceased veterans who have served the United States of America.

Historic National Road Yard Sale Days – U.S. 40. From Baltimore to St. Louis! Eight hundred, twenty four miles of roadside treasures. May 30 – June 3, 2018. Dawn to dusk.


Dark Star Orchestra Legend Valley, Thornville. Dark Star Orchestra will perform three full two-set shows May 25 -27. The weekend includes performances by Los Lobos, Hot Tuna (electric & acoustic), The Infamous Stringdusters, Melvin Seals & DSO, The Nth Power, California Kind, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Jeff Mattson & Friends and more. For more information, visit http://

Nelsonville Music Festival – Hocking College, Nelsonville. The 14th annual Nelsonville Music Festival is May 31-June 3, with more than 60 musical acts. Headliners are George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Decemberists, Ani DiFranco and The Black Angels. For more information, including the daily band schedules, visit

Camp Punk in Drublic – Legend Valley, Thornville. The June 1 -3 weekend features NOFX, Rancid, Pennywise, The Mihty Mighty BossTones, Me First and The GimmeGimees and more. Plus late night campfire stories. For more information, visit http://

Gathering of the Juggalos 2018 – Legend Valley, Thornville. After a one-year absence, the Juggalos return to Legend Valley for their 19th annual gathering July 18 -21. This year’s Gathering is called “Whoopstock.” For more information, visit

The Werk Out Music & Arts Festival – Legend Valley, Thornville. The August 2 -4 weekend features The Werks, Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Papadosio, Ekoostik Hookah and more. For more information, visit

Lost Lands Festival – Legend Valley, Thornville. Lost Lands returns for its second year September , featuring 1,000,000 watts of bass, two full-size main stages and three time more “giant f#%king dinosaurs.” Performances by Excision all weekend long plus Flux Pavilion, Ganja White Night, Illenium, Jauz, Nero, Nghtmre, Rezz, Ruski, Slander, Snails, Zomboy and many more. For more information, visit

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