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Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Ohio Mushroom Society Mini- Foray- Saturday, July 10 or September 25, 9 a.m. – noon, Meet on Visitors Center deck. Come join several members of the Ohio Mushroom Society and take a leisurely walk through wooded areas of Dawes Arboretum looking for fleshy fungi. Participants will collect specimen finds and return to a collection point to share and discuss collections. Estimated time, two hours. Wear walking shoes or boots and bring rain gear if the weather looks threatening. Make sure to bring a small basket or paper sack for carrying your collections.
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 $10 per person. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory. org.
Independence Day Concert & Fireworks - Newark. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display will be held on Saturday, July 3, on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The event is free and open to all.
The evening’s celebration will begin with popular local singing duo Sticks & Stones 2 opening the festivities at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Heisey Wind Ensemble (HWE) at 8 p.m. A patriotic fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m.
All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. A number of local vendors will be serving food and beverages on the campus grounds during the event. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnics and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. Free parking is available at the campus. The an- the Reese Family Foundation.
5th Annual Outville Power Show and Pull - Outville. It’s competition tractor pulls plus tug and garden tractor classes July 9- 11. three miles north of U.S. 40. $3 admission for 12 and older. Under 12 free.
River Front Roar Power Boat Races - Marietta. Powerboat Superleague tunnel boats return to the Ohio River July 10-11. Heat races are from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday. Final races are from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. This is the same league that used to hold a race on Buckeye Lake. For more information visit www. mariettariverfrontroar.org.
Ice Cream Social - Buckeye Lake. Buckeye Lake Community Celebration Committee presents its Second Annual Ice Cream Social from 3 - 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at the Buckeye Lake Museum on Ohio 79. Join the fun with games like ring toss, fish pond, ball toss and carnival spinner; face painting; 50:50 drawing; a variety of ice cream plus hot dogs, chips, popcorn and drinks; and the Sweet Adelline Singers. Free admission to the social and museum.
Farmers Market - Baltimore. Stop by every Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. starting July 16 through Oct. 22. The market is locted on Ohio 256 between Basil and High streets. July’s free entertainment is Baltimore’s own Mike Grover on July 23 and the Liberty Union Marching Band for a Pep Rally on July 30. For more information call Jean Might at 740-826- 6741
Ride for the Kid’s Christmas Poker Run- Thornport. Mark your calendars for the third annual poker run to benefit needy children in the Buckeye Lake area for Christmas. The ride is set, rain or shine, for Saturday, August 14, starting at the Port Lounge & Smokehouse. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with last out at noon. Bikes, vehicles and boats are welcome. Registration is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger which includes a pulled pork dinner, live entertainment and door prizes.
Music in the Courtyard- The Works, Newark. The Works: Museum of History, Art and Technology hosts its second Music In The Courtyard free summer concert on Friday, July 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the LeFevre Courtyard. Enjoy a great afternoon of summer entertainment with live music, food and fun activities. This afternoon event is perfect for kids and adults of all ages. Knot Fibb’n, a Columbus band whose musical sounds are Celtic with a kick, will perform. Knot Fibb’n has entertained thousands of fans across America with a blend of high-energy performances and unique sounds that leave audiences foot-tapping, hand-clapping and exhilarated! Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or purchase one of the delicious $5 meals provided by The Grill At The Works. Guests should also remember to bring chairs and/or blankets for the afternoon’s festivities. Velvet Ice Cream will be on hand to give away free ice cream treats while supplies last. creeksidebluesandjazz.com
Buckeye Lake Museum Concert Series - Buckeye Lake. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy The Rick Brunetto Big Band from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th at the Buckeye Lake Museum. $10 admission.
Central Ohio Bluegrass Association Annual Festival - Croton. The annual festival returns to the spacious Hartford Fair grounds July 8 - 10. Northwest Territory, Death By Banjo, and Rick Sharp and Lonesome Ride headline the list of performers. Opening night features Frosty Morning and Caney Creek, both popular Licking County bands sure to please fanciers of traditional and old time mountain music. Other bands making up this years talent are Faces Made For Radio and Copus Hill both from the Mansfield area. Rounding out the show are Sterling Bluegrass, Ragged Ridge, Country Grass, Blackwater Run all popular bands from Ohio. A total of 350 camping spaces are available. Food vendors will serve breakfast, desserts, beverages and a wide variety of food choices. For additional information contact 740- 965-2877 or visit the web site at www.centralohiobluegrass.com
Ohio Hills Folk Festival - Quaker City. Come out to the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio to Quaker City for the 106th Annual Ohio Hills Folk Festival on July 7-10. The four day event includes activities for all ages from a parade to a car show and flea markets to fireworks! History comes alive when you visit the farm museum, country store and the Quaker Meeting House during the festival.Events and activities are scheduled throughout the entire festival for all ages and interests. Make plans to join the Quaker City Volunteer Fire Department for the new Firemen’s Parade on July 8 at 6:30 p.m. After the traditional parade on Friday night the country store presents well-known and hometown boy, country music star, Adam Roe. A large fireworks show will take place on Saturday, July 10.
Band Blast - Coshocton. Five great rock and blues bands from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 17, at Roberta’s Catering, 51 pine Street. $10 admission for lawn seats. Alcohol available after 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit Mentoring Center of Coshocton County.