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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, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29. Cost Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help 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. Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55.

Medicinal Herb Walk – from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Cost: Non-members – $20; Members – $15. Herbs have been used for their medicinal properties since prehistoric times. Join herbalist Brandy James to discover the beneficial properties of herbs such as calendula, lemon balm and tulsi. Learn tips to properly grow, harvest and store herbs and discuss tinctures and oils that can help support healing. All participants take home three plants.

Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan – from 2 – 3 p.m. on Sundays, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29. Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help improve balance, joint flexibility and posture; and support mental health. This class focuses on 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. Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55.

Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions: Garden Fairy House – From 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11. Learn with a group as creative educators bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world. These programs, designed for children ages three to eight, keep the body moving and brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music. Garden Fairy House: Build an enchanting miniature home within our lovely landscape. The program is free. Registration is not required.

Plein Air Painting – From 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. Cost: Non-members – $35; Members – $25. Join us for a painting party with local artist and teacher Lori Clarke. Create your own interpreted version of the grandest American beech tree at The Arboretum. No experience necessary, beginners most welcome! Wear an old outfit or don a provided apron to follow Lori’s step-by-step process using acrylic paints on a 16×20-inch canvas to create your own masterpiece. Water and a light snack provided.

Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions: Senses Seek and Find – From 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. Learn with a group as creative educators bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world. These programs, designed for children ages three to eight, keep the body moving and brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music. Senses Seek and Find: Use all of your senses to search throughout the gardens. The program is free. Registration is not required.

Preservation Series: Preserving Your Family Photographs – From 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. The Arboretum Archivist will demonstrate techniques that focus on the needs of a typical family’s photograph collections. Participants will learn how to properly store and care for their photograph collections and where they can buy their supplies. They will also get a behind-thescenes look at some of the historic photographs in the Arboretum’s archival collections. Participants are encouraged to bring family photographs (no more than 5) that have specific preservation needs. Participants will take home an archival kit including an information sheet, photo enclosures, archival folders, white gloves, and a pencil.

Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions: What Can Water Do? – From 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. Learn with a group as creative educators bring families closer to the wonders of the natural world. These programs, designed for children ages three to eight, keep the body moving and brain exercising as science is combined with games, crafts, stories and music. What Can Water Do?: We need water for drinking, but see how it can do so much more. The program is free. Registration is not required.

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!! Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.

West African Hand Drumming Class – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. The Licking Park District is excited to announce that we are hosting Lawrence Greene to teach monthly West African Drumming classes at Infirmary Mound Park! The first session for ages 16 and up is from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monday, July 2, in the James Bradley Senior Center. For over 12 years, Lawrence has taught West African drumming classes and workshops in Ohio and West Virginia. In his classes, Lawrence hopes to foster a sense of togetherness for the participants and bring people together over a shared activity they might never have imagined themselves doing. Group drumming is a great way to relieve stress and find a sense of balance. This class will focus on traditional West African rhythms. Join us for a fun exploration of djembe and other drums, intro, history, and rhythm. No experience necessary. Instruments provided if you do not have your own. Suggested $10 donation. For more information visit

4th of July Boat Parade – Lieb’s Island. The tradition is alive! Decorate your boat and be part of the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s annual boat parade. Line-up at the Lieb’s Island boat ramp at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Buckeye Lake V.F.W. Post 1388’s Honor Guard will raise the flag as this year’s Grand Marshal, Howard Everitt plays the National Anthem at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is ”Lake Life.” The Millersport Fire Department will lead boats along West Bank, then North Bank, through Cranberry Bay and past Harbor Hills. For more information, visit

Nature Journaling – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Nature journaling incorporates art, writing and scientific observations in a fun and relaxing way. From 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, we will explore the park and sketch what we see. Supplies included. Fee: $10. Pre-registration is required. For more information visit

Bird Banding Demonstration – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Watch our bird banding crew in action from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, and learn about the birds of Ohio. Meet at Shelter 6. Weather dependent so check website or Facebook on Saturday for possible cancellation.

Zero K Race Buckeye Lake Brewery. Stop by the Buckeye Lake Brewery on Ohio 79 at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, for the brewery’s first ever Zero K Race. You can leave your running shoes at home. Proceeds benefit Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow’s efforst to improve Buckeye Lake’s water quality. More information, visit

Summer Movie Nights in the Park – Veterans’ Park, Millersport. Bring the family to a free summer movie in Veterans’ Park (next to the village office). Activities start at 7 p.m. with the movies beginning at dusk. Free popcorn with a food truck and Weldon’s Ice Cream available. Activities for kids before the movie. Please no tents, alcohol or pets. Lineup: Friday, July 13: The Greatest Showman; and Friday, August 3: Paddington 2.

13th Annual Outville Power Show – Outville. Check out working antique construction and farm equipment July 7 -8. Saturday’s activities include tugg pulls (weigh-in at 9 a.m.; pulls start at 10 a.m.); and A-One Towing recovery demo at 1 p.m. and 50-ton twin steer wrecker wheel lift demo. Sunday features Jersey pullers with weigh-in at 9 a.m. and pulling starting at 10 a.m. Food available. For more information visit

Lilyfest – Hocking Hills, Rockbridge. Lilyfest is a familyfriendly festival in the Hocking Hills that combines art, music, and gardening with outdoor education scheduled for July 13 – 15, at Bishop Educational Gardens, where three acres of artistically landscaped gardens are nestled in the woods and filled with thousands of colorful lilies, flowers, plants and ponds. Clay sculptures and water features that are whimsical in nature dot the landscape. Lilyfest started as a backyard pottery sale 27 years ago and has grown to attract 5,000 visitors a year. More than 70 artists now have their work on display. It’s a showcase of local clay sculptures, blown glass, jewelry, wood carvings, photography and everything else that artists from the Hocking Hills region create. Leisurely take a hike or simply meander around the gardens and enjoy the sites and sounds that make Lilyfest beautiful. Stop by the butterfly enclosure and observe every stage of the species’ remarkable life cycle, sit on a bench in the Japanese garden, watch artists carve wood creations, hear musical acts perform, purchase native and exotic plants and colorful artwork, attend workshops about the environment, have gardening questions answered by master gardeners or naturalists, and eat scrumptious, meltin your-mouth food. Musicians will perform Appalachian-style music on two stages. A schedule of performers is available at The gardens are located at 13200 Little Cola Road in Rockbridge, Ohio.

Canoe and Kayak Quickstart Course Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Pick either Quickstart Canoe or Quickstart Kayak from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 14. These courses provide basic information on dressing for paddle safety to performing simple rescues. A paddle skill set is presented and practiced. Age 12 years and older with participating adult. Fee: $10. Class size is limited; pre-registration is required. For more information visit

Try It! Canoe and Kayak – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Stop by Mirror Lake from 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and test out the water with our canoes and kayaks. Wavier must be completed onsite; all youth must be accompanied by a consenting adult. Must be 12 to be on the water solo. FREE!

BLISS Series: Relax, Refresh and Remember – Buckeye Lake Museum. Herbalist and Naturalist Lisa Feldman L.S.W. presents “Relax, Refresh and Remember,” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Buckeye Lake Museum, 4729 Walnut Road (Ohio 79). What is stress and what can you do to manage it? Want to increase your memory function by 70%?

Ms. Feldman will give you some techniques to learn simple breathing to reduce stress and attack depression. She will introduce you to essential oils that can change your life. The next BLISS Series presentation will be “Birding, A Soaring Trend,” on Saturday, August 4. Free will donations are accepted for admission to benefit the operations of the Buckeye Lake Historical Society and Museum. For more information call the Museum at 740-929-1998 or visit Facebook or

Fire Station Dedication & Open House – Licking Township Fire Company, Jacksontown. Check out the Licking Township Fire Company’s brand new fire station from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The dedication ceremony begins at 1 p.m. The Open House follows at 1:45 to 5:00 p.m. with fire station tours, fire prevention demonstrations, free blood pressure checks and fire truck photos. Fun for the kids with Sparky the Fire Dog, face painting, music and refreshments. Rain or shine. Free with plenty of parking behind Jacksontown United Methodist Church.

Perry County Fair New Lexington. This year’s fair runs July 16 – 21.

Celina Lake Festival – Grand Lake St. Marys, Celina. The top attraction for this year’s Celina Lake Festival is the 50th anniversary of the last Amphicar to roll off the assembly line. A total of 3,878 Amphicars were built in Germany from 1961 to 1968, with 3,046 imported into the United States. It is believed that there are less than 600 seaworthy still in existence today. Originally offered in just four colors, many today have been customized with paint and accessories. Their official festival appearances include a Swim- In on Friday evening and you can see the entire contingent of Amphicars as they take part in the Grand Parade on Saturday evening. For the special anniversary they will be offering rides for the public throughout the weekend in exchange for a small donation to a local charity.

The festival runs July 27 – 29, offering 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 the Decades Band on Friday night followed by the Fabulous Fireworks over the lake, Saturday evening’s Grand Parade and Saturday night entertainment with The Lynyrd Skynyrd Experience. 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. Admission and parking are free. More information is available at

The Original Super Chevy Show – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. The 32nd Annual Super Chevy Show is back and bigger than ever July 27 – 28. This series is the premier destination for all things Chevrolet, featuring multiple classes of drag racing with cash prizes, a swap meet where auto enthusiasts can find that elusive part they’ve been missing, a Chevrolet-focused performance marketplace, and the largest collection of Chevrolet vehicles in one place from classics to modern, all looking to take home the Best in Class award and a coveted Super Chevy Show jacket. This exciting event is returning to National Trail Raceway for the third year in a row, with several ways to enjoy the show, including drag racing, entering a vehicle in the professionally judged car show, displaying a vehicle without being judged, or simply taking in the excitement as a spectator. From Friday’s open test ’n’ tune to the weekend show, there’s something for every auto enthusiast to experience at these events. For complete details on pricing, event schedule, special features, and more visit

Hartford Fair – Croton. “The Biggest Little Fair in the World” returns for the 160th year August 4 -11. Featured entertainment: Saturday, Aug. 4 – KOI Drag Racing at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 5 – OSTPA Truck & Tractor Pull- 6 p.m.; Monday, Aug. 6 – Rodeo – 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Demolition Derby – 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 8 – Monster Trucks – 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 9 – Harness Racing – Noon & Fast Traxx Motocross Racing – 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 10 – Harness Racing – Noon & Rough Truck Contest – 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 11 – Harness Racing – Noon & Championship Horse Pull at 7 p.m. Admission: General (age 8 and over) – $7; $3 Senior Citizens and Veterans from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6. Ride tickets are additional. FREE parking. For a detailed schedule, visit


Concerts on the Green – Bryn Du Mansion, Granville. The FREE summer concert series returns for its 37th Season. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. on the back lawn of the Bryn Du Mansion, 573 Jones Road, Granville. A food truck will be available at each concert. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Visit for more information and alternate locations for inclement weather.

• July 8: Saved By The 90s (90s cover band). Here to rock your world, they are the ultimate 90s party experience.

• July 22: NU-Blu (bluegrass). This husband and wife duo deliver up-beat, blazing-fingers pick work as well as gentle heartwarning ballads.

• August 5: Adelle&Gentry (alternative pop). These sisters of harmony have gone from being “just” small town girls to rising stars on the Nashville scene.

• August 19: Reaganomics (80s rock). The Columbus-based Reaganomics are the area’s most electrifying eighties show.

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

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