Local children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa after enjoying breakfast during the second-annual Pike County News Watchman Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 19 at the Pike County Senior Center, located at 402 Clough Street, in Waverly.

The event is being presented by the Pike County News Watchman and Pike County Sheriff Charles S. Reader and the staff of the Pike County Sheriff's Office.

If you're in the mood for hot, buttered sweet corn, midway rides, musical entertainment and more, make your way to Millersport for the 70th annual Millersport Sweet Corn Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Millersport Lions Club of Ohio, will take in Historic Lions Park in Millersport August 31 through September 3. 

According to the festival's website, the "ear-resistible" festival will feature "a wide variety of delicious foods, large midway, tractor pulls, square dancing, contests galore, historical exhibits, and top-name country music entertainers". 

A variety of events and activities are scheduled throughout the summer months in Pike Lake State Park, a 587-acre park located in the wooded hills of southern Ohio, featuring a 13-acre lake and forest that "contribute to the park's rustic charm." 

On Saturday, June 25, the park will host the 16th annual Appalachian Music Festival at the John Cooper Memorial Amphitheater. Music will begin at 1 p.m. and will conclude at 8 p.m. and will range from classic oldies, mountain dulcimers, country, folk, bluegrass, and gospel favorites. 

Thousands of cyclists will take to the roads in central and southern Ohio on Mother's Day weekend during TOSRV (Tour of the Scioto River Valley) 55, an event which is organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a non-profit, 501c3 organization which "offers a full range of noncompetitive outdoor activities". 

During the 55th annual TOSRV bike tour on May 7 and 8,  nearly 2,000 cyclists will pedal their way from Columbus to Portsmouth and back as they tour the region, "following along the Scioto River between central Ohio and the Ohio River," according to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The planned route covers 210 miles of roadway "through the heart of the valley." 

As the days grow longer and the sun gets warmer, many people feel the urge to step out into nature while enjoying the sunshine.  Shawnee State Park will host a variety of programs throughout the spring to give locals the opportunity to partake of "natural adventures close to home." 

On April 2, the park's naturalist,Jenny Richards, joined by herpetologist Aaron Crank, will host an Amphibian Awareness Day, beginning at 10 a.m. Participants will meet in the lodge lobby and are encouraged to "pack a lunch, dress in layers, and be prepared to get dirty." Crank will be bringing along frogs and salamanders to show attendees and will speak about conservation issues before the start of the tour.