Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions: Wednesdays, June – August, 2 p.m.. Learn with a group as the creative educators of The Dawes Arboretum bring your family closer to the wonders of the natural world. Subjects include trees, flowers, weather and many creatures great and small. There is no telling what we’ll get into with songs, activities, games, crafts and sometimes real animal visitors. Free, donations welcome, meet at 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.
BLASST Fireworks - Buckeye Lake. The annual show begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1.
Queen of the Lake II cruises - North Shore boat ramp, Buckeye Lake. Take a relaxing cruise on beautiful and historic Buckeye Lake at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through October. $10 per person with children 5 and under, free. For more information visit buckeyelakehistory.org
Swimming Lessons - Millersport. Sign-ups for Sessions I & II for swimming leasons at the Millersport Pool are during pool hours on Friday, June 24; Saturday, June 25; and Sunday, June 26. Call 467-2729 for more information.
Freedom Picnic - Newark. Tickets for the annual Freedom Picnic will be on sale through 5 p.m. June 29 at Zerger Hall. The tickets are $3 to cover the picnic meal featuring hamburgers, brats, picnic side dishes and dessert. Local Elvis impersonator Jerry Markle is the entertainment. The Freedom Picnic will be held outside on the Zerger Hall campus lawn beginning at 11 a.m. July 1. It will be held inside if there is inclement weather.
Tour of Homes - Lancaster. The Fairfield Heritage Association is holding its 44th Tour of Homes on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 12-5 p.m. both days. “Town & Country” will include a self-guided tour of seven homes in and near Lancaster, offering a unique variety of architecture and decor, with tours of both the Sherman House and Georgian Museums included in the ticket cost. Tickets prices are $12 presale and $15 the day of the tour. They are available at Fairfield National Bank’s Kroger East, Meijer, and downtown locations and the Fairfield Heritage office at 105 E. Wheeling Street, all in Lancaster, or by phone or email. Children’s tickets are $6 and can be purchased through the FHA office or the day of the tour. Participants will receive a discount on admission to the Ohio Glass Museum that weekend and A Ha! A Hands-on Adventure will offer a free admission with a paid admission through August 1, 2011, with a home tour ticket. Guests are also encouraged to visit the latest exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio where admission is free. For more information or to order tickets call 740-654-9923 or visit www.fairfieldheritage.org.
Military Family Free Days - Columbus Zoo. Free admission to active or retired military personnel and their immediate families with a military ID July 2 through July 8. david hostetler unabridged - Lancaster. The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St. in Lancaster, will host david hostetler unabridged from June 26 through September 4, 2011. David Hostetler is the creator of a series of original and captivating works in wood and bronze that honor and celebrate the female form. The exhibition will include sculpture, paintings, prints and early ceramics. He has been an artist for more than 60 years, beginning in World War II when he was injured and was given drawing materials by a Red Cross volunteer. After the war, Hostetler studied art history at Indiana University. He is a professor emeritus of Ohio University, where he taught for 38 years. Hostetler’s works appear in more than twentyfive galleries and museums, from New Mexico to the Netherlands.. For more information, please visit www.decartsohio.org.
Concert & Fireworks - Newark. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display will be held on Sunday, July 3, on the shared campus of Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark. The event is free and open to all. Popular local singing group Sticks & Stones will open the festivities at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Newark- Granville Symphony Orchestra (NGSO) at 8:00 p.m. Joining the orchestra for a special guest appearances will be another local musical favorite, Common Thread. This group features the tight tenor harmonies of Hugh Price, Kevin Plaugher and Tim Hofmeister. A fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. After the fireworks, Sticks and Stones will return to the stage for an encore presentation. All performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. 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.
Kickin’ Ash Splash - Heath. The 7th annual Kickin’ Ash Splash, sponsored by the Licking County Health Department, Licking County Wellness Coalition, Licking Memorial Hospital, Park National Bank, Kroger and Time Warner Cable, is set for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at the Heath City Water Park. This event is to celebrate a tobacco, alcohol and drug free lifestyle and help encourage residents to create active, healthy habits. The Kickin’ Ash Splash pool party will give residents the chance to get active, eat healthy snacks and adopt a tobacco-free lifestyle for only $2/ person (Free for Heath City Water Park members).
Fright Nite Friday with Fritz - Ohio Theatre, Columbus. Local TV and radio legend Fritz the Nite Owl will host CAPA’s “Fright Nite Friday” double feature on Friday, July 8 - Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Day-of-show tickets are $4 and go on sale one hour prior to show time at the Ohio Theatre kiosk. Senior citizen tickets are $3.50. All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Columbus Museum of Art - Columbus. It’s free admission during the months of July and August, including all special exhibitions. Visit CMA’s new Center for Creativity, explore the newly refurbished galleries, and enjoy an enhanced schedule of activities for the summer including Family Adventures, Surprise Supplies, Drawing in the Galler- ies, and musical performances. July programs include:
Jazz in the Garden
Sunday, July 3 & 10, 24 p.m. Featuring Mark Flugge, these concerts include other great local artists performing in our tranquil garden setting. Adult admission is $10 per person; those sixteen years and younger are free when accompanied by an adult ticket holder. Tickets are available at the Admissions Desk on concert days.
Popcorn Pops - Columbus. The Nationwide Insurance Popcorn Pops, the Columbus Symphony’s Friday night summer series for children, kicks off its 2011 season with “American Salute” at Chemical Abstracts Service (2540 Olentangy River Rd.) on Friday, June 24. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Pre-concert activities will be available from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m. and will run for approximately one hour. Concert-goers are encouraged to dance and sing along with the evening’s program that will include “The Star Spangled Banner,” “This Land is Your Land,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” and many other patriotic favorites. Children will also enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and more. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-14 when purchased by phone at 614.228.8600, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, in person at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), or at the gate on the night of the performance. Children 2 and under are free. Discounted adult tickets are available at central Ohio Giant Eagle and Graeter’s locations for $10.
Music in the Courtyard - Newark. The Works: Center for History, Art and Technology will host its second Music In The Courtyard free summer concert on Friday, July 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the LeFevre Courtyard. Enjoy a great afternoon of summer entertainment with live music, food and fun outdoor activities. This afternoon concert is perfect for kids and adults of all ages. This concert features two talented musical groups! Twilight Junction will kick off the concert with a great blend of alternative folk and country music. At 1 p.m., Luke BC will take the stage to entertain the crowd with a fun mix of pop and soft rock music. 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.
Picnic with the Pops - Columbus. The 2011 Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops presents Chris Botti with the Columbus Symphony on Saturday, July 9, at Chemical Abstracts Service (2540 Olentangy River Rd.). American jazz trumpeter Chris Botti joins the Columbus Symphony and conductor Albert-George Schram in an unforgettable concert experience that bridges the gap between jazz and classical music. Botti, a master artist and performer that has sold nearly three million albums worldwide, will draw from a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz, and classical music. Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concert begins at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-14 when purchased by phone at 614.228.8600, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, in person at the Ohio Theatre Ticket Office (39 E. State St.), or at the gate on the night of the performance. Children 2 and under are free. Discounted adult tickets are available at central Ohio Giant Eagle locations for $18.
Central Ohio Bluegrass Association’s Summer Festival - Hartford Fairgrounds, Croton. The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show highlights the Summer Festival July 7-9. Opening night features the Muleskinners and New Grass Station. Other bands appearing are Black Diamond, Evan Lanier & Bluegrass Express, Appalachian Grass, Kentucky String Quintet all playing on Friday. New Outlook, Kentucky 31, For His Glory, and Country Grass along with The Karl Schiflett and Big Country all take the stage on Saturday. Food vendors include breakfast, desserts, beverages and a wide variety of food choices. For additional information visit www.centralohiobluegrass.com
Rockin’ In The Treetops— Country Blend - Jacksontown. Seven unique musical personalities have all come together to give Jacked Up a one-of-a-kind fusion of sound and style, making them popular with both country fans and non-country fans. Their voices, personalities, vibrant energy and solid instrumentation have made this band a top act at every venue. Jacked Up has shared the stage with country legends such as Tracy Byrd and David Allen Coe, Chris Cagle, Craig Morgan and Danielle Peck. Saturday, June 25, the band performs two 50 minute sets starting at 7pm. The Dawes Arboretum’s Education Department has lots of activities going on before the music as well as a professional face painter for the kid in all of us. Food and beverages are available for purchase at this free family event! Free. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., June 25, Music begins at 7 p.m. Visit www.dawesarb.org