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Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Identifying Native Trees- Saturday, September 15, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Explore the techniques used to identify many native trees in our landscape as well as some tricky trees. Characteristics involving leaves, fruits, flowers, bark, buds and more will be discussed and samples will be provided. $10/$8 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Night Hike- Friday, September 21, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Join us for a stroll under the stars as we listen and watch for the changes happening all around us in The Arboretum. Daylight intensity changes have triggered animals to either start migrating or start preparing for the winter ahead. We'll talk about what's going on around us and the Naturalist will lead you through a forest full of autumn noises. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck
Amazing Bulbs- Saturday, September 29, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Bulbs aren't just for spring- dare to dream beyond daffodils. Our display gardens manager will introduce you to a fantastic selection of plants- from exotic wonders like Persian Bells to the dainty charm of Greek windflowers.We'll look at bulbs for all seasons, hardy, easy to grow selections to create a showcase display every month of the year. Plus, get tips on how and when to plant, what maintenance is required and where to buy these beautiful bulbs. All participants will take home a very special bulb to tuck into their fall gardens, $20/$10 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center
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.
Backwoods Fest - Thornville. The popular arts, crafts, food and music show, featuring over 250 crafters, has added an extra day, running Sept. 14-16, rain or shine. Hours on Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 with 10 and under free. Parking is free. Take High Point Road east off Ohio 13. For more information visit www.thornvillebackwoodsfest. com.
Ohio Pawpaw Festival - Albany. Join pawpaw fanatics and friends from across the country for the Ninth Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival, Sept. 15-16, at the Lake Snowden Education and Recreation Park in Albany. The pawpaw, the largest edible fruit native to North America, tastes similar to a banana, often with the tanginess of a mango. The weekend is filled with everything pawpaw including fresh pawpaws, foods, beer, art and history. Enjoy live eneranment franging fro blue grass to rock to reggae. Other activites include the pawpaw cookoff and pawpaw eating contest. Albany is fivemiles west of Athens on U.S. 50. Gates open 10 a.m. Admission is $5 per persn with children 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.pawpawfest.com.
Fall Roundup - Buckeye Lake. First Community Church's Fall Roundup is Sunday, Sept. 16 from 4 - 8 p.m. Carnival games to benefit Water for Life begin at 4 p.m. Cake walks, food and fun for everyone. The public is invited. First Community is on Walnut Road (St. Rt. 79) in Buckeye Lake.
State Farm Child Safety Day - Heath. State Farm is hosting its seventh annual Child Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Wal-Mart store in Heath. State Farm community volunteers and the Licking County Health Department will provide free inspections of child safety seats. To schedule an appointment to have your child's car seat checked for proper installation by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, call Allison at the Licking County Health Department at 349-6535.
50 Hikes in Ohio with Ralph Ramey - William C. Kraner Nature Center. The Licking Park District is pleased to host Ralph Ramey, a central Ohio resident who has devoted his life to natural resource stewardship. Mr. Ramey was inducted into Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Ohio Natural Resources Hall of Fame in 2006 for his very popular 50 Hikes in Ohio book of which his program will be based. He will share beautiful photos and stories of his Ohio travels. He will be available at the end of this lecture series to sign his book. Meet at the William C. Kraner Nature Center at 7:00 p.m. on September 18. For more information, please Licking Park District Headquarters at (740) 587- 2535, call the William C. Kraner Nature Center at (740) 323-0520, or check us out on the web at www. lickingparkdistrict.com.
Sidney Poitier - Columbus.The Academy Award winning actor, writer, director, and diplomat Sidney Poitier, best known for films like The Blackboard Jungle and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, recounts the uplifting and inspiring story of his life, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium, Ohio State University College of the Arts, contact (614) 292-3535 or (614) 431-3600 for tickets, and (614) 292-5171 for more information.
Legend Valley - Thornville, The outdoor venue known for bringing the Grateful Dead, ZZ Top, Hank Williams. Jr., and Bon Jovi to the Lake Area is open and rockin' once again! It's located just south of the I-70 and Ohio 13. For detailed directions and ticket information, visit www.legendvalley. net.
• Sept. 22- David Allen Coe with special guest Bryan Lewis
• Sept. 28 and 29- The Harvest Moon festival featuring One Under.
Hot Licks Blues Fest - Granville. The Blues Fest returns for its eighth year in downtown Granville from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. Guitar god Hubert Sumlin is the featured act. He is listed in Rolling Stone's The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Cincinnati's Robin Lacy and DeZydeco wraps up the evening. The lineup also includes Mojo Kings kicking off the festival at noon, Inner City Blues at 1 p.m. , Chicago's Kilborn Alley Blues Band at 2:30, and Roger Hoover at 4 p.m. The fest is free, sponsored by Granville Federation for the Appreciation of the Blues.
Violin and Piano - Granville. Denison University's Deparment of Music will host Austrian violinist Wolfgang Dávid and U.S. pianist David Gompper in a concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday (Sept. 19) in Burke Recital Hall. They will perform "(Ex)changing (Ex)tract," a work written specificallyfor them by Luke Dahn. These two highly skilled solo musicians will perform three additional works when they stop in Granville. They are on a tour taking them from Boston to Chicago. The program will include music by Denison Associate Professor Ching-chu Hu, Johann Sebastian Bach, and David Gompper. Free and open to the public. To confirmcall (740) 587-6220.
Midland Theater - Newark. In the sixth season following the theatre's renovation, The Midland Theatre will feature a diverse offering of top-notch entertainment. Special performances will kick off The Midland's season.
• An Evening with Rita Coolidge and Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, September 29, 8:00 p.m. A versatile singer blessed with a clear, pure voice, Rita Coolidge is a talented stylist in rock, pop, R&B, country and folk. She is the 2007-2008 season opener for both The Midland Theatre and Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra. The symphony will accompany Ms. Coolidge.
• wild carrot, Friday, October 5, 8:00 p.m. All tickets $27.50, The award-winning folk duo wild carrot uses guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, concertina, penny whistle and vocals.
• Willy Porter, Thursday, November 1, 8:00 pm, All tickets $27.50. The Midland presents Willy Porter, an internationallyknown acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter. This seasoned solo performer has honed his unique style traveling across America and Europe playing to captivated audiences everywhere. His songs are equal parts muscle and intimacy.
• Natalia Zukerman, Thursday, November 29, 8:00 p.m. All tickets $27.50. Bottleneck country jazz with smoky come-hither vocals, Natalia Zukerman has a sound that's strong yet delicate, gentle yet insistent. The New Yorker Magazine said, "Natalia's voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth."
Tickets for can be purchased by:
* Visiting The Midland Theatre Box Officeat 36 N. Park Place in Newark, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST. and one hour prior to the show.
* Calling (740) 345-LIVE (5483) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.
* Order online at www.midlandtheatre. org.
Buckeye Lake Museum - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Museum is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. It contains more than 1,000 artifacts from lake area that include the Ohio-Erie Canal, the interurban train, the glory days of the Buckeye Lake Amusement Park and an authentic log cabin, and the first house in Buckeye Lake. Donation of $2, call (740) 929-1998 for more information.
Robbins Hunter Museum - Granville. The current exhibit of dollhouses at the Robbins Hunter Museum is being extend through Oct. 20 because of its popularity. The exhibit, "Rooms with a View: The World of Miniatures," opened May 2007 featuring dollhouses from private collectors around Central Ohio. The Robbins Hunter Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5, it's located at 221 East Broadway, Granville, contact (740) 587- 0430.