Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 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.
Dutch Fork Wetlands Festival- Saturday, Sept. 19, noon - until dark, Free, meet at the Dutch Fork Wetlands. Join The Arboretum for this new family event celebrating wetlands and all they have to offer! Festivities will include: punt boat races, a duck and goose calling contest, and a Bog Jog Family Fun Run at 5:30pm. Cruise through tents showcasing Ohio's wetlands and specifically Licking County's wetlands. Duck decoy woodcarvers will be on hand, as well as wetland photographers highlighting their work. The day's activities will culminate with a bonfire at 8pm.
Music in the Garden Series- Sunday, Sept. 20, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Free, at the All Seasons Garden. Stroll through the All Seasons Garden and soak up the beauty while listening to the lovely sound of live music during this final installment in the 2009 Music in the Garden Series. Back by popular demand, Classic Brass with an added drummer will play in the garden this month. Bring a lawn chair or blanket if desired. In case of rain, the performance will move to 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.
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.
Young Eagles flights - Newark Heath Airport, Heath. Nearly 1.5 million kids have received free airplane rides, and yours could be next. Nationwide and locally, members provide free airplane rides to kids age 8-17 to give them "a taste of what it's all about. " Chapter 402 of the Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting Young Eagles flights from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the airport on Heath Road just off Ohio 79 in Heath. The airplane ride is a learning experience for every kid. Kids are able to look over an airplane and can see what happens in a routine preflight inspection, and in the air see how the airplane is controlled and the procedures used at a non towered airport. The whole experience comes at absolutely no charge, just a signature authorization from a parent or guardian on the Young Eagle registration form. For more information about EAA Chapter 402 or the September 12th event, contact Michael Harris at (740) 522- 4206 or visit the web sites www.eaa. org
Autumn Days - Thornville. Come out to Autumn at the Lake, 14100 Zion Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 for the 1st Annual Autumn Days. Enjoy food, movie matinee, raffle, rummage sale, cake walk and DJ.
Devine Farms Opening Weekend - Hebron. September 19 is Opening Weekend for our Pumpkin Festival! Devine Farms is in five farm buildings so rain or shine, come on down to the farm. On opening weekend, we offer a $1 discount off our Make a Scarecrow activity. Bring your own shirt & pants, and it's only $3 for the family to make a scarecrow. $7 when you use our clothes. Bring your family & enjoy the fall season. Devine Farms, 672 National Rd. (Rt.40), between SR 37 & 79, Hebron. 1.5 miles off I-70, exit 126 North www.devinefarms. com or 740-928-832
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don't miss these Licking Park District events:
• Saturday, Sept. 12: Wings and Webs, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lobdell Reserve, main parking area, Mounts Road, Alexandria. With the help of our friends from Ohio Nature Education we will search the meadows for migrating Monarch butterflies to capture and band. While searching for the Monarchs we will also keep our eyes open for garden spiders or Argiopes; some of the largest and most colorful spiders that inhabit the meadows. Live predators will also be on hand. Ages 8 years and up. Registration deadline is August 28. $3 per person, $10 per family max, Park Express Members free. Call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
• Friday, Sept. 18: Fall Frolic, Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Join Carriage owners from across the state in various contest using their horse and carriage. Sign up for a clinic hosted by renowned clinician, Andy Marcoux. Call for times and prices. For more information call the Licking Park District 740-587-2535.
Columbus Microbrew Festival - Columbus, September 11-12, North Market, Friday 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Admission: $15. Visit www.northmarket. com for more information. The Columbus Microbrew Festival is returning to the North Market with seven Ohio microbreweries. Participating Barley's Brewing Company (Ale House No. 1), Barley's Smokehouse & Brewpub (Ale House No. 2), Columbus Brewing Company, Elevator Brewing Company, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Hoster Brewing Company and Weasel Boy Brewing Company from Zanesville. Representatives from each microbrewery will be on hand to pour samples of their signature drafts.
Hunter Barber Hog Roast & Fundraiser - Thurston. Come to Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1 p.m. to ??? The tractor pull starts at 1:30 p.m. Take part in the corn hole tournament for just $5. All proceeds go to the Hunter James Barber Fund at the Fairfield Foundation. The fund helps EMTs/paramedics in Fairfield County obtain additional pediatric care training and helps purchase pediatric equipment for county fire departments.
Licking County Community Prayer Breakfast - OSU Newark. Start Friday, Sept. 11 with prayer and an inspirational message from OSU great and NBA Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas in Adena Hall. Lucas' message will focus on improving family relationships and his pursuit of personal peace. Reservations are required and individual tickets are $15 per person. Doors open for the buffet breakfast at 6:00 with the program beginning at 6:30 (to conclude by 7:45). Visit lcprayerpartners.org for more information.
Echoes of the Past - Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark. Join the Licking County Historical Society for its populr annual graveyard walk at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. Hear actors from the Licking County Players Suitcase Theater group present stories of past Licking County citizens as they "come back to life" at their grave sites! Meet at the Cedar Street entrance. Free for LCHS members and $5 for non-members.
Lite The Nite Car Show - Newark. Voted the #1 Downtown Car Show for the past eight years by Cruisin' Times Magazine - Ohio's premier car show returns to Newark's downtown Square on Saturday, September 12th. This is the 24th annual "Lite The Nite Car Show". Nearly 600-700 ve- hicles including antiques, vintage, street rods, classics, motorcycles, and specialty cars are expected. Registration is from 9:00am till 4:00pm, on Saturday, September 12th, at the Gazebo on the downtown square. The 2009 fee is $10 per entry. Awards and trophies will be presented at 8:30 p.m. from the steps on the eastside of the Licking County Courthouse, and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day! Money raised by the "Lite The Nite Car Show" support the annual Christmas Holiday Lighting of the Licking County Courthouse, and other community charities. The holiday decorated Courthouse celebrating its 61st year is a Licking County tradition, dating back to 1949. A number of vendors and crafts will have displays on the Courthouse lawn. The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will display government vehicles. Also, the Red Cross will be doing blood drive during the day. The 2009 "Lite The Nite Car Show" will feature a wide range of oldies music provided by the Newark Rodders Car Club. In addition, Newark Mayor Bob Diebold's Band
Midlife Crisis' will be performing from the Courthouse steps.