Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Pruning Conifers- Saturday, July 12, 9 a.m. - noon. Take a ride to the Conifer Glen for some outdoor work! This will be a very hands-on class featuring proper methods of pruning different conifers in the landscape. $15/$10 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Night Hike- Friday, July 18, 9 - 11 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend the hike through collections, woodlands and trails on one of our most popular programs. If the sky is clear, you'll have a great view of the full moon! Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
Ohio Mushroom Society Meeting and Public Display- Sunday, July 20, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Join Walt Sturgeon of the Ohio Mushroom Society for an indoors presentation on Ohio's fungi. If conditions are appropriate, join Walt in the field exploring various habitats for these somewhat mysterious and often misunderstood living organisms. $8/members free, reservation required, meet at the Zand Educaiton Center.
Dawes Day Camp: 9 - 11-yearolds, Monday, July 21 - Friday, July 25, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Young campers experience live and preserved animals face-to-face, wade through streams in one of the only exposed bedrock outcrops in our area, capture and release insects, attempt survival techniques and hike through woodlands at The Arboretum. $80/$60 members, reservation required.
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 or visit www.dawesarb.org.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Here are some July events. For more information, call (740) 587-2535 or visit www. lickingparkdistrict.com
• July 11: We're Going Batty!- Everyone is invited to join Ohio Nature Education and explore the amazing world of bats. The evening begins with a bat box building party. Learn cool bat facts and how bats benefit people before heading out to Mirror Lake to view real bats. ONE will also bring live bats for up close viewing! If you wish to make a bat house, there is a small fee and you must pre-register by June 30. Infirmary Mound Park, shelter #6. 8 p.m.
• July 13: Outdoor Adventures Series: Navigating 101- Join us as we teach you how to use several methods to find your way out of the woods. Everyone who hikes, camps or backpacks should know the basics to avoid getting lost on their adventures. Participants are encouraged to bring their own compass and GPS unit if they have them. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 2 p.m.
• July 19: Outdoor Adventures Series: Archery- Join the Licking Park District as we introduce you to the sport of archery. Participants will learn about the different types of bows and arrows and how to use them safely. There will be plenty of hands-on opportunities. Call 587-2535 to register by July 12. Infirmary Mound Park, shelter #4. 10 a.m.
Children's Story Hour - Hebron. Children in grades K through 6 are invited to Hebron Library for an hour of stories, crafts, songs and games. We will have a bugtastic good time at 11 a.m. on July 1, 8 and 15. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Hebron Library at 934 W. Main St. in Hebron or call 740.928.3923.
Preschool Story Time - Buckeye Lake. Children ages 3 to 5 will enjoy stories, songs, finger plays, puppets, poetry and crafts during this 45 minute session at 11 a.m. on Mondays through July 14 at the Buckeye Lake Library. This program is free of charge and open to the public. Visit the Buckeye Lake Library at 41 West First Street in Buckeye Lake or call 740.928.0472 for more information.
Lake Tours - Buckeye Lake. See historic Buckeye Lake by boat. Take a ride on the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society's Queen of the Lake II. The 50-passenger boat cruises every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. from May to October. Board at the Buckeye Lake State Park's North Shore Ramp just off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Tours are not operated during thunderstorms. Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory. org.
Flint Ridge - Glenford. Flint Ridge, an Ohio Historical Society site where native Ohioans mined high-quality flint for making tools, will be hosting a series of summer events highlighting the state's Native American and pioneer heritage. In July, visitors can step back in time to learn about flint knapping, ancient tools and weapons, Native American stories and pottery.
• July 12: Master flint knapper Ed Moreland will demonstrates the ancient art of crafting raw flint into projectile points and tools from noon to 5:00 p.m. Donations are accepted for this event.
• July 18- 20: Visitors can experience the fun of throwing a long dart with a tool that dates back thousands of years called an atlatl at the Ohio Atlatl Association Practice and Competition. The event is open to the public 1-5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. On Saturday at 2 p.m., Skeeter Kish will explore the atlatl, including its construction, physics, and history. The following day from noon to 5 p.m., flintknapper Chris Miller will demonstrate the fashioning projectile points. Donations accepted.
• July 19: Beginning flint-knappers will want to attend the flint knapping workshops led by Master flintknappers Phil Love and Chris Miller from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Registrants will be provided flint flakes and pressure flaking tools. This workshop is open to children 12 years and older and adults. Please call to make reservations, specifying workshop time. Workshop fee is $10 for adults and $7 for children; $7 for OHS adult members and $4 for child members. Please call reservations specifying times at 740-344-1919 or 1-800-600-7178.
• July 26: Phil Love leads a beginner's workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in pottery making using the same techniques of Ohio Native Americans. The class will begin with the processing of the clay and lead into each participant's actual construction of a pinch or coil pot. To register, call 740-344-1919 or 1- 800-600-7178. Workshop fee is $20 per participant (adult or child).
• July 27: Dewey Chaffin, Cherokee storyteller, will provide a variety of Native American stories from 2-3 p.m. at the Flint Ridge museum. Donations accepted.
Flint Ridge is one of 59 sites operated by the Ohio Historical Society, a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state's partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio's history, archaeology, and natural history. The site is located at 7091 Brownsville Road, SE. It is four miles north of I-70, three miles north of Brownsville, in Licking County, at the intersection of county roads 668 and 312 (Flint Ridge Road). Exit eastbound I-70 at Ohio 668 and westbound I-70 at exit 142.
For additional information, call 800.600.7178/740.344.1919 prior to the event and 740.787.2476/800 .283.8707 on weekends. For more information about Ohio Historical Society events, go online at www. ohiohistory.org/events.
Columbus Zoo Family Nights - Columbus. Enjoy $6 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium admission including unlimited Zoo rides after 4 p.m. on Family Nights at the Zoo presented by Bob Evans Farms. The discounted summer admission rate gives guests access to the Zoo and unlimited Zoo rides, including the new Jungle Jack's Landing, after 4 p.m. every Monday through Thursday throughout the summer. Discount is valid for all ages. Family nights at the Zoo provide fun and educational family activities every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through August 20. All evenings will include appearances by the Zoo's character ambassadors, animal encounters, giant inflatable games, mini golf, entertainment at the Water's Edge Events Park and more. Also, don't forget to stop by Family Night in Habitat Hollow, sponsored by SWACO and the Di- vision of Wildlife, for face painting, keeper talks, storytelling, science stations and more.
For information about this summer's ABC-6 Family Nights, visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Web site at www.columbuszoo. org.
National Trail Raceway Special Events - Hebron. It's a full summer of racing fun at National Trail Raceway. 2650 National Rd. SW, Hebron, Ohio 43025, Hours and admission prices vary: for more information visit www. nationaltrailraceway.com or call 740-928-5706.
• July 13- National Dragster Challenge
• July 19- Night of Thunder
• July 25 through 27- NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Blitz Friday Night Street Fights - Hebron. Race the strip at National Trail Raceway, not the street! Push your car or bike to the limits where it's legal! Music on the PA, half-price "Blitz Brats" at the concession stand, just $10 to race your street car, $15 for trailer cars and ALL WOMEN ADMITTED FREE!! Open to ALL licensed drivers, if you are under 18 you must have your parents/guardians sign a waiver. New this year is "Real Street" racing, with "instant green" tree and no score boards! Runs most Fridays, but check nationaltrailraceway. com FIRST!
Longaberger Homestead - Frazeysburg. Visit www.longaberger. com/homesteadEvents.aspx
• June 28- Independence Day Celebration, Come home to Longaberger Homestead for a small town celebration featuring big city thrills! Highlights include a fabulous 30-40 minute fireworks display, COSI on Wheels, games and menus from the backyard grill. Festivities start at 3 p.m.
Polo - Granville. Polo on Granville's Bryn Du Mansion front lawn every Sunday at 2 p.m. until Sept. Join the fun as the Columbus Polo Club takes on clubs from around the state. Meet the players and horses. Bring a picnic and tailgate right on the lawn. Enter from Newark Granville Rd. Weather permitting, check www.columbuspolo.com or call 740-967-PLAY for more information.
Music in the Courtyard - Newark. The Works will hold its second "Music in the Courtyard" concert on Friday, July 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunchtime concert will take place in the LeFevre Courtyard at The Works, one block south of the Courthouse Square in downtown Newark. Admission to the concert and outdoor activities is free and open to the public. "Bob Ford & The Ragamuffins" will perform a mix of songs, stories and foot-stomping fun for all ages. Other bands scheduled for the series include The Back Porch Swing Band on August 1 and The Tom Carroll & Andy Carlson Trio on September 5. The Granville High School Steel Drum Band will finish the summer series with a performance on October 3. Each concert will feature bubble-making activities for children and free Velvet Ice Cream for everyone (while supplies last). Concertgoers can bring their own lunches or purchase grilled burgers and brats, cold deli foods and soft drinks from Heritage Deli at the concert. Some chairs and tables will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to lay on the grass. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is a family destination located at 55 S. 1st Street in Newark. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 740-349-9277 or visit the web site at www.attheworks.org.
Sounds on the Town - Easton. "Sounds on the Town" Jazz Concert Series, Wednesdays, through September 24, 6 - 9 p.m., Town Square. Easton's concert series features a mix of local, regional, and national jazz performances throughout the summer. • July 9- Women in Jazz • July 16- Brave Combo • July 23- Radam Schwartz • July 30- AfroRican Ensemble • August 6- Lao Tizer • August 13- Kathy Wade • August 20- Joe Hunter Trio • August 27- Blue Lunch
Weathervane Playhouse - Newark. Show prices: Adult- $23.00, Senior Citizen, $21.00, Student, $21.00, Child (12 and under), $15.00, contact (740) 366- 4616.
• Honk! (musical) - June 26 - 28, July 2, 3 & 5, 8 p.m., July 4th, 7 pm, July 5 matinee, 2 p.m., Winner of the 2000 Olivier Award (UK Tony Award) and dubbed "The brightest hopes for the future of the British musical" by The London Daily Telegraph, "Honk!" is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms. This brilliant, musical re-telling of "The Ugly Duckling" is sure to win the hearts of all ages. With a beautiful score, great wit, and a universal theme of acceptance and tolerance, this show is not just for kids! Bring your family for an exciting evening of adventure, song, and dance. Rated G.
• A Midsummer Night's Dream (comedy) - July 10 - 12, July 16 19, 8 pm, Fantastically conceived for Weathervane audiences! Written by William Shakespeare, Directed and conceived by Matthew Trombetta and the Collaborative Theatre Arts Project, Do you HATE Shakespeare? This production is here to change that. In a high-concept production, specially conceived for the Weathervane audience, Managing Artistic Director Matthew Trombetta and the Weathervane creative team are creating a once-in-a-lifetime production that will change the way you think about Shakespeare. This romantic comedy has been outfitted with puppetry, world class dancing, an original score and spectacular visual effects. Bring the whole family and don't miss the opportunity to appreciate one of theatre's greatest classics. Rated G.