Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday, Aug. 21, 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 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.
Identifying Asters- Saturday, Aug. 29, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 .pm., $12/$10 members, meet at the Zand Education Center. Asters are a diverse and fascinating family of flowering plants encompassing sunflowers, thistles, zinnias, dandelions, daisies and many more. There are a few tricks and tips that make identifying aster species a bit easier. Arboretum Taxonomic Botanist Dr. David Brandenburg will take you step-by-step through each example. Don't miss a great class and a grand opportunity to become a whiz at keying out these often tricky plants.
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 40-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 $11 for adults and $9 for seniors and children. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit www. buckeyelakehistory.org.
Rick Brunetto Big Band Buckeye Lake Picnic - Picnic Point, North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake State Park. Do you remember The Crystal Ballroom? Big Bands back at Buckeye Lake? Enjoy dancing to the fabulous 17 piece Rick Brunetto Big Ban on Sunday, August 23. Fried chicken lunch available. Everything gets started at 2:30 p.m. and runs to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and available at Albanese's IGA and Buckeye Lake Museum. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Queen of the Lake II boat rides, nostalgic games, ice cream, candy concessions. Visit www.rickbrunetto.com for more information.
Community Picnic and Outdoor Movie - Thornville. Thornville United Methodist Church, 30 E. Columbus St., is having a community picnic and outdoor movie on Friday, August 28, The picnic runs from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, chips, drinks and desserts. Cost is a donation. The movie, "The Pacifier," starts at 8:45. Both events will be moved indoors if it rains.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss these Licking Park District events:
• Saturday, Aug. 29: Cruise In At The Park, Saturday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Infirmary Mound Park. Rev up your engines and join us from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a day full of classic cars and trucks. Trophies will be awarded to top 25 vehicles. If you have a car or truck you would like to enter, load up and meet at the James Bradley Center. Registration is $5 and takes place from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Enjoy classic cars and trucks, oldies and homemade food. For more information visit www.lickingparkdistrict. com.
Fall Hookahville - Pataskala. Trickle Productions LLC presents Hookahville XXXII a three-day music and camping event Sept. 3-5 at Frontier Ranch Music Center in Pataskala. Hosted by the Columbus group ekoostik hookah who headline both nights, the music and camping event features the talents of veterans of the improvisational music world, as well as some top younger talent.
Festival hosts ekoostik hookah close out each night. Frontier Ranch's Bluegrass Stage features daytime and late night music both nights following the main stage performances. Friday night Early Bird camping will feaure music by Cornmeal.
Presale tickets for Hookahville are available for $65 in advance and will be $80 at the gate. Early bird camping is available beginning Friday at 12 noon for an additional $20 per person, with paid festival admission. Tickets include camping, parking and shows. Visit www. hookahville.com for tickets!