Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
“Rock-in in the Treetops”- with the Bill Foley Band. Free public concert and activities, Saturday, July 31, 6 - 9 p.m. Food vendors open at 5 p.m. This is truly a fun family event perfect for a summer evening! Join us for fun children’s activities, including professional face painting as well as a free “Rock-in” concert. The Bill Foley Band will play from 7 to 9 p.m. Mousetrap’s Bill Piascik will open the show with children’s music. Visit http://www.omgilts.com/ for more information on Bill Foley. Visit http://www.classacts.com/Entertainers/mousetrap/index.htm for more information on Mousetrap.
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.
Tour of Homes - Liebs Island. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s annual Tour of Homes returns for its 25th Anniversary Edition on Sunday, August 8. The first boat will leave the Lieb’s Island Boat ramp at noon and the last boat embarking on the tour will depart at 3 p.m. This year’s tour features lakeside homes on the south side of the lake. $15 donation.
Farmers Market - Baltimore. Stop by every Friday from 5-7 p.m. starting July 16 through Oct. 22. The market is located 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.
Baltimore Area Community Yard Sale - Baltimore. Yard, garage and sidewalk sales will be held throughout Baltimore and at the Griley House, 209 E. Market St. (Ohio 256) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 31. Sponsored by the Baltimore Area Chamber. Visit www.BaltimoreAreaChamber.com for more information.
Ohio State Fair Entertainment - Columbus. Ticketed acts are Jeff Dunham, Sunday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at $38; Jeremy Camp, Monday, Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m. at $12; Darius Rucker, Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at $28; and Heart , Thursday, Aug. 5 at 7:00 p.m. at $30. Free events are All- Ohio State Fair Band & Choir at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1; The Harry James Orchestra directed by Fred Radke at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3; Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade on Tour at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7; and Sale of Champions Livestock Auction at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8. Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone 1-800-745-3000.
American Cancer Society Luminaria Ceremony - Newark. A luminaria ceremony for cancer patients and survivors, and in memory of those we’ve lost to the disease is set for 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 31 at the TJ Evans Athletic Complex, 950 Sharon Valley Road, Newark. During the ceremony, the names of those touched by cancer are written on the outside of hundreds of luminaria bags. Then, a candle is placed inside each luminaria. At dusk, the candles are lit and the names of those who’ve passed from cancer are read aloud. Luminaria may be purchased for $10 per name from 7-8 p.m.
Pickerington Violet Festival - Pickerington. The Violet Festival celebrates the area’s historical heritage and pays tribute to the sweet and wood violets which blanket the area each spring. In addition to musical performances, the Pickerington Violet Festival offers an arts and crafts show, the annual violet parade, the Miss Violet Festival and many other rides and attractions, July 28-31, Victory Park, visit www.violetfestival. org for more information.
Dublin Irish Festival - Dublin. The Irish Festival features seven stages featuring Irish music and dance. Cultural stages include storytelling, folklore, music and hands-on workshops. Shop the Irish Marketplace for traditional Irish wares and an Emerald Arts Isle featuring hand-made Irish arts. Sample an endless variety of Irish food and drink, Aug. 6-8, Coffman Park. Friday 4 p.m.-midnight. Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight. Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Adults $10. Seniors $7. Children 12 and under free, visit www.dublinirishfestival.org for more information.
FREE Admission - The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus. The Columbus Museum of Art is offering free admission during the months of July and August, including all special exhibitions. Summer Fun includes a host of activities to engage and inspire visitors and is made possible through the generosity and support of CMA members. Please see below for August event information.
• Art Challenges: Sundays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29; Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18, & 25; and Fridays, August 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 1 - 3 p.m. Visit the Art Challenges station in the galleries to participate in exciting, art-based games that highlight a CMA artwork or collection. Compete against friends and family members, or challenge the scores posted by other visitors. All are welcome to participate and prizes are part of the fun! Admission is free.
• Family Adventures: Sundays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 2 p.m.; and Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19, & 26 at 1 p.m. Share ideas, laugh, and play games during this docent-guided experience. Your family team may embark on a scavenger hunt, imagine yourselves inside a painting, or discover a work of art that tells a family story. Family Adventures are a great way to share quality time and make new memories together. Admission is free.
• Make Art!: Tuesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, from 1 - 3 p.m. Make an animal-themed art project to celebrate animals depicted in artworks from the CMA collection. Admission is free.
• Surprise Supplies Saturdays: Saturdays, August 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 1-3 p.m. Play and create with a unique assortment of art supplies and funky materials. Admission is free.
• Community Capers: Thursdays, August 5, 12, 19, & 26, 2-3 p.m. Meet and learn about some terrific central Ohio organizations and individuals who work to support animals. Each Thursday will feature a different guest including the Turtle Lady, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio Wildlife Center, Columbus Dog Connection, and Capital Area Humane Society. Admission is free.
• Creative Fridays: Fridays, August 6, 13, 20, & 27 at noon. Come join a stimulating discussion about a topic inspired by the exhibition Fur, Fins & Feathers every Friday in July and August. Hear about filming animals and animal celebrities, be inspired by Art & Poetry, unlock your creativity in a special workshop, or discover new works of art. Admission is free. For specific topics, please visit www.columbusmuseum. org/summerfun
• Music in Our Garden: Sundays, August 1, & 8 from 2 - 3 p.m. The Museum’s beautiful Russell Page Sculpture Garden will come alive with the sound of music. Adult Admission is $10 per person. Those eighteen years and younger are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets are available at the entrance to the garden on concert days.
• Jazz in the Garden: Sundays, August 15, 22, & 29. Featuring Mark Flugge, this series of concerts includes other great local artists in our tranquil garden setting. Adult admission is $10 per person. Those eighteen years and younger are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets are available at the Admissions Desk on concert days. For more information, visit www.columbusmuseum.org or call 614.629.0312.
CMA and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. The Palette Express is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For additional information, call 614.221.4848 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.
Kindergarten Kick-Off - The Works, Newark. The Works: Museum of History, Art & Technology will host its annual Kindergarten Kick-Off on Sunday, August 15 from Noon to 4:00 p.m. to welcome Licking County’s newest students to Kindergarten. All incoming Licking County Kindergartners for the 2010-11 school year are invited to enjoy a special afternoon of fun and educational activities. This free event is open to the public and is a way for children and parents to start the school year off right by getting acquainted with various school representatives throughout the Licking County. School representatives will be on hand from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
“Hairspray” - Newark. Weathervane Playhouse proudly presents the Ohio premiere of “Hairspray.” Performances are July 29-31 and August 2-7 at 8 p.m. There is a matinee performance Saturday, August 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for senior citizens and students and $15 for children under 12. Matinee ticket prices are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and students, and $14 for children under 12. There is a special ‘Two For’ Tuesday performance on August 3, where two tickets cost $26. Call 740-366-4616 or visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.org for tickets. Weathervane Playhouse is located at 100 Price Rd, Newark.
Nature’s Fireworks - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. What lights up the summer sky and even glows in some animals bellies? Many a child has caught these little insects in jars, by the thousands, across the United States and almost every continent on earth! What are they, Lighting Bugs? Want to learn more about these glowing creatures? Bring your little insect to shelter house #6 at Infirmary Mound Park on August 7 at 8:30 p.m. for Nature’s Fireworks. Participants will learn about the science behind their glowing behinds as well as the medical uses for lighting bugs. Enjoy hands on activities, crafts and then we will venture out into the evening to reminisce about childhood memories of yore. Nets and viewing jars will be provided and participants are asked to dress for the weather. Be prepared to hike off trail! There is a $3 fee per person with a $10 family max. Deadline for registration is July 31. Call (740) 587-2535 or e-mail mail@lickingparkdistrict. com to register. Don’t delay register today!
“Cruise In At the Park” - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Gas up your classic car, turn the key and head out to a Saturday of classic fun at the Licking Park District’s Cruise In at the Park. Join the Park District and the Mound City Corvette Club on Saturday, August 28 at Infirmary Mound Park’s James E Bradley Center for a motoring trip down memory lane! Guests can admire the classic cars and trucks that will spark their inner engines and take them back to better times. While you rev up your engines, rock out with great music and eat delicious homemade food. Trophies will be handed out for the top 25 cars, as well as dash plaques and door prizes galore! Registration, from 9-11 a.m. is $5 and open to anyone with a toy they love to share. Activities begin at 11 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Admission is FREE! After gazing amongst the classic cars and trucks, take your family on a leisurely stroll around Mirror Lake or hike through the woods fields of Infirmary Mound Park to put an end to a wonderful day. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend quality time with your family at Infirmary Mound Park. For more information about any park program, please contact the Licking Park District at (740) 587-2535 or visit us at www.lickingparkdistrict.com
“Reflections - A Musical Review” - Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre presents “Reflections - A Musical Review” on Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14 at the Millersport Lions Club Park and Clubhouse, 2645 Chautauque Blvd., Millersport. A dinner and show is planned with the dinner starting at 6 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. Tickets for ages 11 and older are $20 for dinner and the show, $15 for dinner only, and $10 for just the show. Tickets for ages 10 and under are $15 for dinner and show, $10 for show only, and $5 for the meal. The show is outside so you will need to bring a lawn chair. The director is Rodney Helser. Please call 740-277-6479 for tickets or more information.
Dark Star Orchestra - The Midland Theatre, Newark. The Dark Star Orchestra is bringing the Grateful Dead experience to the Historic Midland Theatre in downtown Newark on Sunday August 1 to celebrate Gerry Garcia’s birthday. The Dark Star Orchestra’s commitment to bringing their audience a true Grateful Dead experience is what makes them one of the best bands around. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are $30. For more information call 740-345-LIVE or visit www.midlandtheatre.org.
Jazzoo - Columbus. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium are teaming up again this year with the Jazz Arts Group to bring you their fifth annual jazz concert series, JazZoo. This year’s series schedule includes:
• August 6 at 8 p.m. – Satchmo & The Duke. A full evening of classic Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington featuring the rich tenor voice and dynamic stage presence of Dwight Lenox.
• August 13 at 8 p.m. – Gershwin Under the Stars. Michael McElroy and Capathia Jenkins are back by popular demand to lend their powerful voices and celebrate the music of George and Ira Gershwin.
Seating is general admission; individual adult tickets are $27 ($30 day of concert), student tickets are $15 (must show student ID). All concert tickets include Zoo admission for the day. To purchase general admission tickets please visit www.columbuszoo. org , or call 614-645-3570. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic and blankets, but alcohol, straws, or glass containers of any kind are prohibited.