Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Wetland Chronicles: Butterflies! Saturday, July 26, 1 - 4 p.m. Join Jim Davidson, long-time member of the Ohio Lepidopterists and this organization's vice-president, as he presents a slide program on the common butterflies and skippers encountered in Ohio. Learn how to accurately identify these incredible beauties found in your backyard and garden. At the same time, gain an understanding for butterfly habitat requirements and knowledge of which plants entice which butterflies and skippers to your landscape. Program concludes in the field as participants search for, net, identify and release the butterflies, $10/$5 members, reservation required, takes place at Visitors Center and outdoors.
For Your Heath 5K Run and Walk: Saturday August 9. Run begins at 8:30 a.m. and Walk begins at 8:40 a.m. sponsored by The Dawes Arboretum, Licking Memorial Health Systems, YMCA of Licking Couty and Granville Fitness. . Registration is required. Call LMHS at (740) 348-4102 or visit www.premierraces.com. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. $25 fee for the race, walk requires registration but is free.
Geocaching on the Grounds: Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m. - noon. An introduction to the hobby of geocaching- a scavenger hunt with a technological twist. We'll have a few Global Positioning System units available, or bring your own. Geocaching enthusiasts are also welcome as we'll be putting out fresh "cache" for all to find. $8/$5 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Identifying Grasses & Grasslike Plants: Saturdays, August 9 and 16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This is a hands-on workshop in which participants learn to identify grasses and grass-like plants using microscopes and tips from Taxonomic Botanist, David Brandenburg. $15/$10 members, reservation required, meet at the Zand Education Center.
Night Hike: Friday, August 15, 8:30 - 10:30 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. 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.
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.
Lancaster Festival - Lancaster. Grand Finale on Saturday, July 26, features pop-star Kenny Loggins at Ohio University - Lancaster at 8:15 pm. Tickets are $15 adult lawn, $20 at the gate, $5 student/child, $25 and $30 table seats. For a full Lancaster Festival schedule visit www.lanfest. org or call 1-800-LANFEST.
Tour of Homes - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association's Tour of Homes returns for the 24th year Sunday, Aug. 10. The first boat departs Liebs Island at noon and the last boat leaves to start the tour at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the launch site for a $15 donation. This year's featured homes are built on the infamous 4.5 mile long earthen dam that turned a swamp into a lake.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Here are some August events. For more information, call (740) 587-2535 or visit www.lickingparkdistrict. com.
• Aug. 7: Nature Tots, Flutterby Butterfly- Often called flying kaleidoscopes, butterflies are a favorite among children. If your tot loves butterflies, join Ohio Nature Education for this hands-on program that teaches about butterfly and moth lifecycles. We'll bring some specimens and live predators for your viewing enjoyment. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 10 a.m.
• Aug. 9: Sparks and Stars- We will begin our evening with a relaxing gathering around the camp fire, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and sharing stories. As the sky darkens and the stars come out, we will switch gears and join an expert astronomer as they give us a tour of the night sky. Infirmary Mound Park, livestock arena. 9 p.m.
• Aug. 12: Homeschool Explorers, Insect Jeopardy, With over six million species of insects in the world, it is hard to keep them all straight; however, the folks from Ohio Nature Education are back to help you better understand the insect world. Learn what makes insects tick through a fun and interactive insect version of "Jeopardy". Who knows, there may even be a prize or two! Program includes specimens and live predators. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 1 p.m.
Columbus Zoo Family Nights - Columbus. Enjoy $6 Columbus Zoo and Aquarium admission including unlimited Zoo rides after 4 p.m. on every Monday through Thursday during the summer. The discounted admission gives guests access to the Zoo and unlimited Zoo rides, including the new Jungle Jack's Landing. 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. Fo r more information visit 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 25 through 27- NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
• August 1 through 3- Buick Horsepower Nationals