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

Home School Investigations: Incredible Insects – from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Cost: Non-members – $7; Members – $5.Join other home school students in hands-on science study. Sessions meet each month on the second Tuesday (1:30 – 3pm) and repeat on the second Friday (10 – 11:30am). Parents may choose the day of the week that works best for their schedules. All home school students, ages 6-10 years old are welcome.  Space is limited and reservations are required by the day prior to the session. This week we present: Incredible Insects. Go on an insect hike to get acquainted with the local six legged creatures. Visit with some tagged monarch butterflies before their long migration.

Preschool Storybook Science – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 13. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting only The Dawes Arboretum can provide.  Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and a hands-on science activity suitable for children ages 3 – 5 and their caregiver. Join us on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, September – May, at 10am in the Visitors Center. Free; donations appreciated. Registration is not required. Upcoming Sessions:

Fall Series Titles -Autumn Animals

9/27       Over in the Forest

10/11   Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

10/25   Be Nice to Spiders

11/8      Animal Houses

Winter Series Titles – Winter Wildlife

12/13  Curious Critters Ohio                 

1/10     Bear Snores On

1/24     A Loud Winter’s Nap

2/14     Owl Babies

2/28     A Tree for Me

Sustainable Landscape Series: Save the Monarchs!– from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. Populations of Monarch butterflies are on the decline due to habitat loss and other human threats.  Learn what The Dawes Arboretum is doing to monitor butterfly populations and restore their habitat. Then participate in the tagging and release of live butterflies.  Explore steps that you can take at home to help this iconic species.   All participants will receive a milkweed plant to take home.

Coffee and Canvas: Painting the Red Barn – from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15. Cost: Non-members – $35; Members – $25. Enjoy scenic views from the Visitors Center while local artist Kathy Anderson guides you step-by-step to painting one of The Arboretum’s most iconic buildings, the Red Barn. No art experience necessary! Fee includes all painting supplies. Attendees will take home the painting they create.

Beginner Tai Chi Chuan – from 1 – 2 p.m. on Sundays, starting September 16 and running through October 28 (no session on Sunday, October 7). Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. 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.

Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan – from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sundays, starting September 16 and running through October 28 (no session on Sunday, October 7). Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. 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.  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.

Unlocking the Mysteries of MossFrom 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 5. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10.Are you interested in exploring the tiny world of moss and hornworts?  Don’t miss this chance to learn more about Earth’s oldest plants!  We will explore bryophyte biology, morphology and identification using microscopes and specimens we collect on Arboretum property. Collecting is prohibited outside of Arboretum sponsored programs.

Fall Seed Collecting at The Dawes ArboretumFrom 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10.Accompany Arboretum propagators Rich Larson and Carrie Brown as we hike Arboretum grounds in search of seed to harvest. Learn about sustainable collection techniques and keep the seed that you collect! Seed collecting is prohibited outside of Arboretum sponsored programs.

Sustainable Landscape Series: HANDS ON! Propagating Native Trees and ShrubsFrom 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Cost: Non-members – $20;   Members – $15. Learn about seed selection, stratification methods and growing techniques.  Participants will have hands-on opportunities to explore various methods of stratification, propagation and proper planting to ensure success with growing hardy native plants.  Take home a native tree, along with seed of various species, to plant in your yard.

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.   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.

12th Annual Lithopolis Honeyfest – Lithopolis. The Honeyfest runs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 7 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. Enjoy two fascinating days of unique attractions – including honey bee beards, honey and honey mead tastings, demonstrations and workshops dedicated to honey bee education. Additionally, the festival offers contests ranging from a Honey Bake-Off to a photo contest or home brew competition, as well as live music and shopping. Free admission. For more information, visit

“Echoes from the Past” – Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark. The annual graveyard walk at Cedar Hill Cemetery is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, September 7. The Licking County Historical Society will present the walk through, where history will come to life as local actors tell the stories of Licking County citizens of the past. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, meet the brave young men and women who served in the Great War. Admission is free for Licking County Historical Society members, $5 for non-members. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes; the walk will be slightly over π mile.  Call 740-345-4898 for more information.

Licking County River Round Up – Licking County streams. Save the date – Saturday, September 8 – for Licking County River Round Up. The Park District and the River Round Up Committee welcome all willing volunteers and sponsors to help with this river trash clean-up. The goal is to clean litter from as many waterways throughout Licking County as possible. There are clean-up locations across Licking County both on land and water. Please visit and register at

Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show – Hilliard. The Sunday, September 9, show highlights the best, local handmade crafters and artisans Columbus has to offer! From refurbished custom wooden signs, to beautiful hand painted art, to intricate beaded jewelry, the Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show will have it all! Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Makoy Event Center (5462 Center St., Hilliard, OH 43026). Admission is $3 with children under 12 FREE. For more information, visit

PARKERSBURG Paddlefest Weekend – Parkersburg, WV. The 5th annual Parkersburg Paddlefest Weekend is September 14-16, and will once again coincide with the craft brew and BBQ event, Downtown Throwdown on Sept. 15.This fun-filled three-day festival is dedicated to people-powered watercraft. Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are welcome to come and participate. Point Park, at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha Rivers, is the setting for the first two days of activities. The weekend concludes with a lake excursion on Sunday at North Bend State Park Lake. Paddlefest weekend begins on Friday night (Sept. 14) with a glow paddle at 8 p.m. Electric lights and glow sticks will illuminate boats as the group paddles up the Little Kanawha River from Point Park. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the 2nd Annual Riverfest returns to Point Park bringing with it a group of iconic Sternwheelers for well-loved local food and music. The event is free and family-friendly. The main event on Saturday (Sept. 15) 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., provides a unique opportunity to paddle a three-mile stretch of the Ohio River, from Point Park downriver to Blennerhassett Island and back, while commercial traffic is restricted on the Ohio River. No worries about being run over by barges. Safety watercraft will be on hand to slow private motorized craft passing through. On Blennerhassett Island, the staff and volunteers at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will welcome Paddlefest participants to tour Blennerhassett Mansion, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, special events and activities. Payment required for a Blennerhassett Mansion tour, horse-drawn wagon ride, or any concession stand items while on Blennerhassett Island.) Temple Challenge, Full Circle Yoga, and Appalachian Disc Golf will all be offering additional activities for those interested once they reach the island. These activities will be free. Saturday evening (Sept. 15), 6 to 10 p.m., Paddlefest participants are encouraged to attend “The Downtown Throwdown”. The event is a craft brew and barbecue blowout that features fantastic food, frosty beverages and live local performers making inspired music! It takes place in Parkersburg’s Bi-Centennial Park, just three blocks from Point Park in historic downtown Parkersburg. On Sunday (Sept 16), before heading home, the festival offers a farewell lake paddling excursion on North Bend State Park Lake beginning at 11 a.m. The lake, located 40 minutes east of Parkersburg, is only 17 years old and still has lots of standing trees in the water which have become habitat for what is arguably the largest congregation of Red-headed woodpeckers in the United States. It offers a scenic and serene final paddling trip with which to end a wonderfully wet weekend! Registered Parkersburg Paddlefest Participants are insured by the American Canoe Association (ACA) throughout the duration of the event. If you are planning on registering on the morning of Paddlefest, please bring cash of the correct amount of $20 per paddler. For more information,visit,

Buckeye Lake Region Community meeting – Lakewood High School, Hebron. Everyone is invited to the quarterly update meeting for BL2030 and the Buckeye Lake Region Corporation from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, at Lakewood High School. The agenda includes a Power Point presentation, committee reports and a “question and answer” period.


Lost Lands Festival – Legend Valley, Thornville. Lost Lands returns for its second year September 14 – 16, featuring 1,000,000 watts of bass, two full-size main stages and three times 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

Connie Smith – Ohio Valley Opry, Twin City Opera House, McConnelsville. The legendary Connie Smith is the special guest of for the Ohio Valley Opry’s 18th Anniversary Show on Saturday, September 15, at the historic Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville. Dolly Parton once noted, famously, that there were just three real female singers around- Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, and Connie Smith, “The rest of us,” she said, “are only pretending”. Besides her genius for phrasing, perfect dictation and vocal range, her fervent joy in singing itself and her love for the emotional and physical act of letting loose a song is what makes Connie Smith a favorite not only with her adoring fans but performing artists as well.

About her career, Smith says, “I feel so fortunate to have been introduced to Nashville in the early sixties.  It was a magical time in country music; country artists were encouraged to bring their individuality and culture to the microphone, not to back away from them, and the songwriters of the era were just the best.  But I feel that the music as it was has been slipping away.  The only thing I know to do about it now is to keep singing what I’ve always loved.”And that is what she will be bringing to the Ohio Valley Opry as they celebrate another milestone at the Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville.  Connie’s hit songs like, “Once A Day”, “The Hurtin’s All Over”, “Cincinnati, Ohio”, “Runaway Little Tears”, and too many to list will streaming from the OVO stage, and fans will get a chance to see Connie Smith in the intimate setting that the theater in Morgan County is so famous for.

The Clark Family, consisting of Marvin and Deana, their five children, David, Leah, Tai, Jada, and Ellie began bringing their brand of music to the historic opera house stage in September of 2000. Backed by the best staff band musicians in Ohio, the level of talent and professionalism is unrivaled in the country music field. Quality family friendly shows are featured monthly, and the line up of performers just gets better all the time.   In addition to the show’s regular entertainers, The Clarks, Matt Coleman, Beth Sigler Bigham, Matt Morrison, and Tom Butterfield, the OVO features a special group or artist each month.   In October the special guests will be Restless Heart.  November features Ohio favorites- the Wayfarers, and the December show spotlights Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Show times on September 15, are 4pm and 8pm.  Tickets start as low as $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door the night of the show. For more information visit or call 740-525-9218.


“The Full Monty” Weathervane Playhouse, Newark. Weathervane Playhouse continues its 50th Anniversary Season in October with its third Fall Show, “The Full Monty.” Performances at 7:30 p.m. on October 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. on October 20. While spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out,” a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo sees how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically, but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they are stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to “let it go.” 
Tickets are available online or at the Box Office: $37 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $26 for students with ID and $15 for children (12 and younger). All Tuesday evening performances are General Admission and cost $19. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 740-366-4616. Weathervane Playhouse is located at 100 Price Road in Newark, Ohio 43055.

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