Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Garden Stroll Series: Hawthorn Hill - Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. - noon. Free, no reservations required, meet at the Visitors Center Deck, Walk with a horticulturist through one of the most diverse collections on The Arboretum grounds and one of the best areas for beautiful fall colors. You’ll find maples, spireas, hawthorns, lilacs, spruces, paw-paws and dogwoods, just to name a few. This is a true variety show and not to be missed by homeowners who want to advance the look and dimension of their landscape.
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. throught 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.
Halloween Fun - Devine Farms, Hebron. Our annual Pumpkin Festival runs through Oct. 25. Devine Farms is in five farm buildings so rain or shine, come on down to the farm. Clip ad for a FREE ride on the Barrel Train. Bring your family & enjoy the fall season. Devine Farms, 672 National Rd. (Rt.40), between Ohio 37 & 79, Hebron. 1.5 miles off I-70, exit 126 North www.devinefarms.com or 740-928-8320.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department is holding a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 17 at 8474 High Street, Thurston. The menu is: sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Call 740-862-6542 for carry-out orders.. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Firefighters will be available to answer your questions about smoke/CO detectors, blood pressure, diabetic sugar checks and medication lists.
Science Night at The Works- Newark. The Works in downtown Newark will offer a new family event called “Science Night” on Thursday, October 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $2 per person; members of The Works are admitted free. Science Night will feature a variety of fascinating science shows presented by area universities and industries. Presenters will include Denison University, Kenyon College, COTC and OSU-Newark, Boeing and Owens-Corning. For more information, contact Lisa Sharpe at The Works, 740-349-9277, ext. 237 or by email at: lisa.sharpe@ attheworks.org.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don’t miss these events:
• Oct. 28 through 31: Drive Thru Haunted Park, Infirmary Mound Park, Experience it for yourself if you dare! The event, now in its 14th year is a perennial favorite among visitors. Who or what will scare you this year? You won’t know unless you join us for this hauntingly unique event. No matter what creatures we call from beyond, rest assured you will be safe and dry as you tour the scenes in the comfort of your own vehicle. Hours are 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There is a $20 fee per vehicle. Park Express Members receive free admission! This is a family oriented event; however some scenes may not be suitable for very young children. If you would like to volunteer please call (740) 587-2535.
Duck Derby - Heath. Licking County United Way will be the beneficiary of a Duck Derby to be held on at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 at Hoback Park in Heath. Kaiser Aluminum, Atlantic Inertial Systems, Port Authority and the City of Heath are raising money for Licking County United Way. Over 3,000 rubber ducks are available to “adopt” for $10each and will be launched in the Licking River across from Hoback Park, floating to the finish line. Over $6,000 in cash prizes will be given away to the first 30 ducks to cross the finish line. You need not be present to win. The event will be held rain or shine and provides an afternoon of fun, family activities
Apple Butter Stirrin’ - Roscoe Village, Coshocton. Historic Roscoe Village celebrates autumn with the enticing aroma of fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire and the brilliant hues of the season for its 40th Annual Apple Butter Stirrin’. Held October 16, 17 & 18, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the festival offers fun and entertainment for all ages. For a complete schedule of events call toll-free 800-877-1830 or visit www.roscoevillage.com.
Homemade Mincemeat - Baltimore. It’s time to order delicious homemade mincemeat from Trinity United Church of Christ for your holiday pies. $8 per quart. Call 740-862-4022.