Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Wetland Chronicles: Butterflies and Their Plants- Saturday, August 4, noon - 2pm, Dutch Fork Wetlands, located on White Chapel Rd. August is the month when populations of butterflies reach their peak in central Ohio. Enjoy a leisurely walk as we explore the many species of these winged "flowers" of the wetland and the plants they depend on. $5/members free, reservation required.
Night Hike- Friday, August 17, 8:30 - 10:30pm, Bring the kids and leave your sunglasses in the car for this evening stroll around The Arboretum grounds. The Naturalist will lead a hike through the forests, collections and hillsides while discussing natural history, wildlife and constellations in the dark sky above our heads. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. 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. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www.dawesarb.org.
Baltimore Farmers' Market - Old Basil Firehouse. Buy fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies and crafts every Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. The old Basil Fire House is at the corner of West Market Street (Ohio 256) and North High Street. Free entertainment the last Friday of each month. Sponsored by the Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee. For more information contact Market Master Mike Grover at 740-304-2004 or MCAgrover@ yahoo.com.
Hebron Farmers' Market - Canal Park. Buy directly from area farmers and artisans on Wednesdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Hebron Business Association.
CSI: Mother Nature - William C. Kraner Nature Center. Bring your family on August 4 at 10 a.m. for CSI: Mother Nature. Mother Nature often provides clues that aid real forensic scientists in determine the answers to crime scene mysteries. Participants will learn how tracking, forensic entomology and animal identificationskills are used to solve a variety of mysteries. Then you will venture out and put those new found skills to test and try to solve your very own mystery caper. Meet at the William C. Kraner Nature Center at 10:00 a.m. For more information, call (740) 587-2535 or go to www. lickingparkdistrict.com.
KICKIN' ASH SPLASH - Heath. Free water park admission, pizza, pop, Debunkify Gear, and games! Licking County Tobacco- Free Coalition's 3rd annual KICKIN' ASH SPLASH is from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, August 3 at the Heath City Water Park at 1287 Hebron Road in Heath. The rain date is Firday, August 17.
Night Moves - Infirmary Mound Park, July 28. As you sleep through the night, thousands of creatures scurry about in the darkness trying to survive. Venture into the woods with us in search of some of these critters and learn how they have adapted to the darkness. Don't worry about a flashlight you won't need one. We will become nocturnal animals and make our way through the woods and fields in the dark. Don't miss this exciting family hike filled with fun activities. Infirmary Mound Park shelter # 6. 9:30 p.m. Contact (740) 587-2535.
Ghost Town Tour III - Licking Park District, Aug 18, the Ghost Town Tour III, the Licking Park District's most popular bus tour, is back. We will venture into the northwestern section of Licking County for the third installment in the series in search of towns from a bygone era. Tour fee is $35 and includes a picnic lunch. Registration deadline is August 3 and limited to 45. Call 587-2535.
A Tribute to Motown - Lancaster. Arnett Howard & Friends cruise through songs that powered the Motown sound from 1960 to 1970 at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 27 at the Eagles Lodge, 1936 E. Main St. $25. For more information go to www.lanfest.org.
Zydeco - Lancaster. The Lancaster Festival presents Cincinnati's Robin Lacy and DeZydeco in a free concert at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27 at the Festival Bandstage at Zane Square in downtown Lancaster. For more information go to www. lanfest.org.
A Grand Finale with Jo Dee Messina - Lancaster. This year's Lancaster Festival wraps up with Jo Dee Messina and the Lancaster Festival Orchestra at Ohio University- Lancaster's Wendel Concert Stage at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Fireworks follow the performance. Bring your own picnic or purchase on-site. Free parking. Lawn tickets $15 advance or $20 at gate. More information at www.lanfest.org.