The Licking County Humane Society will host Pet-A-Palooza 2011 on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Wildwood Park, 785 W. Broadway in Granville.

Pet-A-Palooza 2011 slated

The Licking County Humane Society will host Pet-A-Palooza 2011 on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Wildwood Park, 785 W. Broadway in Granville.

A 5K run and fun walk will launch the event at 8:30 a.m. and the pet expo will follow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 5K is open to participants of all ages, as well as friendly dogs on leashes.

The entry fee is $35. Registration is available prior to the race at www.premierraces.com or on race day, beginning at 7 a.m.

The first 100 participants in the 5K will receive racing shirts. Free post-race refreshments will be provided, and the top overall male and female finishers and the first dog to cross the finish line will receive prizes.

Admission to the pet expo is free. The expo will feature pet-related vendor booths, canine demonstrations, microchipping services, family-friendly activities and refreshments. Dogs and cats from various Licking County rescue organizations will be on hand and available for adoption.

The event is sponsored by Tri County Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep and the Granville Recreation District.

Pet-A-Palooza is a fundraiser for the Licking County Humane Society, 548 Dog Leg Road in Heath. For more information about the event or about the humane society, call (740) 404-8798 or visit www.lchspets.org.

Symphony forms chamber group

The Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra has announced the formation of the Newark-Granville Chamber Strings, an orchestra for younger members of the school community.

The purpose of the group is to give younger string players an opportunity to play with a group of motivated students, while building skills and musicianship to join an advanced group like the Newark-Granville Youth Symphony.

The group is a supplement to local school music programs, not an alternative. All members will be required to play with their school orchestra, if one exists.

No tuition will be required for participants. Parents and community members will be asked for donations to support the program.

Auditions for the Newark-Granville Chamber Strings will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. The audition location has not yet been determined. The new group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 21.

Students who want to audition for the Newark-Granville Chamber Strings or the Newark-Granville Youth Symphony should contact Susan Larson at (740) 501-0461 or email larsons@denison.edu.

Granville Rotary to host trip in May 2012

The Rotary Club of Granville is looking for four outstanding professionals to visit South Korea as part of the group study exchange program of the Rotary Foundation.

The trip likely will occur in April and May of 2012.

During the four- to six-week visit, team members will share personal knowledge of their own country and experience the customs, vocations and lifestyles of another. The purpose of the exchange is to promote international understanding and goodwill through person-to-person contact.

The club will provide a round-trip air ticket. Local Rotarians in the host country provide meals, lodging and group travel. Participants pay for personal and incidental expenses.

The program is open to young professionals ages 25 to 40 who are employed full-time in a recognized business or profession and who are not Rotarians or family members of Rotarians. Applicants must live in or be employed in Rotary District 6691 (central and southern Ohio).

For an application, call Doug Helman, Granville Rotary president, at (740) 321-0400.

Applications are due Sept. 12.

Newark Rotary hosts event for high schoolers

The Newark Rotary Club recently hosted more than 50 rising seniors from several area high schools for three days at Camp Enterprise.

The camp is an annual Rotary Club event, offering students a chance to learn about best-business practices and the free enterprise system. Campers meet with local government officials and business representatives to learn about strategic planning, developing a loan request, working with local government and effective marketing strategies.

Three outstanding participants were selected to receive the 2011 Leadership Award. They are Christopher Miller, Licking Heights High School, and Kara Barclay and Paul Hager, Northridge High School. Each winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

Miller also won the 2011 essay contest and received a check for $500.

The St. Vincent Haven Men's Homeless Shelter has made four appointments to its board of directors.

New board members are:

Dr. Michael E. Campelo, a Newark native and a founding member of Medical and Surgical Associates. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan and received his medical degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Richard L. Gummer, the CEO of Gummer Wholesale Inc. He is a graduate of Newark Catholic High School and attended The Ohio State University, as well as numerous executive management programs at Syracuse University and the University of Pennsylvania. Barbara Holmberg, a Heath resident and the comptroller for Fiberglas Credit Union. She has been with Fiberglas for 28 years. Skip Salome, the owner of Skip Salome Enterprises Inc., a food-service company with eight restaurants. He is actively involved in numerous community organizations and is the president of the Ohio Quarter House Association.

Flint Ridge State Park to host knap-in

Flint Ridge State Park will host artisans from all over the country Sept. 2-4 who are skilled in the ancient art of flint knapping, or making tools and weapons from flint.

During the annual Flint Ridge Knap-In, hands-on activities will be offered for all ages to enjoy, from learning to chip a piece of flint into an arrowhead to making a shell necklace using an ancient pump drill to learning to throw a six-foot dart with a tool called an "atlat," a prehistoric hunting device.

During the Knap-In, the museum will be open for tours and vendors will sell flint and flint products, including jewelry, leather goods and other Native American crafts.

In addition, visitors may present their "field finds" for identification on-site by a professional archaeologist.

The event is open to the public each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per vehicle and includes admission to the museum.

Flint Ridge is at the corner of state Route 668 and Flint Ridge Road, four miles north of Interstate 70 in Licking County.

For More information, call Ed Moreland at (740) 501-8483 or email rockbreaker@ecr.net, or call Roy Miller at (330) 473-7041 or email rimflint@yahoo.com.