Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday, July 17, 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck. 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.
Little Buckeye Imagination Session- Wednesday, July 22, 2 p.m, - 3 p.m. Free, meet at the Visitors Center. Attention kids! We'll be exercising our imagination muscles at The Dawes Arboretum every Wednesday afternnon. We'll find out about nature, trees, history and YOU through books, crafts, games, music and the world around us! There's no telling what we'll discover or learn! Every week is something different, so be sure to show up and get in on the fun. All you need to bring is your guardian and your brawny imagination!
History Detective Scavenger Hunt- Saturday, August 1, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., $8/$5 members, Zand Education Center. For more than 80 years, famous people—including aviators, explorers and sports stars—have dedicated trees at The Arboretum. Armed with clues and a map, discover some of the notable people who dedicated trees including the "Galloping Ghost," the first man to orbit the earth and a U.S. Vice President. Arboretum Historian David Vermilion will lead this opportunity for family fun for adults and youngsters.
Swingin' in the Trees- Saturday, August 8, Noon - 4:00 p.m. Free, at the Concert Stage. Join us for an afternoon of free family fun! The entertainment begins at noon with Slapdash Quartet presenting contemporary and standard jazz music. An interactive on-stage music program for children starts at 1pm and moves into a 30-minute dance lesson for kids, teens or just the young at heart. The main event—Swing's the Thing—takes the stage at 2pm and invites the audience to dance along. Swing's the Thing is a 16-piece big band based in central Ohio. The band will bring to life hits from a variety of new artists, as well as play tunes from the books of such legends as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Woody Herman— just to name a few. Swing's the Thing covers a wide range of dance styles, including swing, rock, ballad, blues, chacha, rumba, mambo, samba, waltz, disco and foxtrot. Throughout the afternoon, children's games and crafts will be offered. Lunch and ice cream will be available for purchase from the Grill on 21st and Weldon's Ice Cream. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Picnics are permitted.
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.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department holds its monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 18 at 8474 High Street.Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is: sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carry-out orders are welcomed: call 740-862-6542. Firefighters will answer your questions about smoke/CO detectors, blood pressure, diabetic sugar checks, medication lists, and others. They will also be taking orders for T-shirts and reflective address signs, which aid the firefighters in locating you in the event of an emergency.
22nd Annual Night of Thunder - Hebron. Big Family Fun Day on Saturday July 18 at National Trail Raceway. ET drag racing, Pro/Sportsman Challenge, Plus featuring "Blastro" the World's fastest Mini Van, Wheelstanding School Bus, Jet -powered funny cars, 300-mph jet dragsters, triple-engine jet semi! Hooter's wing-eating contest, games, FIREWORKS!! Gates open at 10 a.m., the Big Show starts at 7! Visit www.nationaltrailraceay.com for more details.
Lancaster Festival - Lancaster. July 23 - August 1, around town and at the Ohio University, Lancaster Campus. A world class celebration of music and the arts. Join the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, hundreds of musicians and artists for more than 75 performances during the 12 day Festival! Musical choices from classical to jazzy. An ArtWalk is held on the first Friday night 6 - 10 p.m. Call 1-800-Lanfest or visit www.lanfest. org for more details.
Free Concert - Hebron. Enjoy Shawna Corder at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 at Canal Park. Sponsored by the Hebron Business Association.
Free Movie - Hebron. Bring the family to Hebron Evans Park for a free screening of "National Treasure 2" on Saturday, July 25. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Free movie nights are sponsored by the Hebron Business Association.
Free Admission at the Columbus Museum of Art - Columbus. It's free admission to the Columbus Museum of Art during July and August, including all special exhibitions.