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
Thornville’s Bicentennial Celebration - Thornville. Help Thornville celebrate its 200th anniversary from noon to dusk on Sunday, July 3, in Jake Shaner Memorial Park. Car show, tractor show, pedal pull, bed races, food and crafts booths plus special movie presentation at dusk on the history of Thornville and Thorn Township.
Buckeye Lake Carp Fest- North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. Help Buckeye Lake for Tomorrow reduce the lake’s excessive carp population. More than $3,500 in cash prizes will be awarded for carp caught during the first ever Carp Fest July 15-17. Registration is just $5 per fisherman and begins at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 15. Cash prizes are awarded for the most carp by weight caught over the 48-hour tournament and for the largest carp by weight caught during the same time. Daily cash prizes are also awarded in the same categories. There are separate cash prizes for youth (under 16), teams (two members) and families (up to four fishing and no more than two adults). For more information visit www.buckeyelakefortomorrow.org.
Buckeye Lake Carp Cookoff - North Shore Boat Ramp, Buckeye Lake. Become part of history by competing in Buckeye Lake’s and likely Ohio’s first ever Carp Cook -off. Carp chefs will be competing for $350 in cash prizes for the top three best tasting carp dishes. They will have up to six hours to cook their best dish before presenting to the judges for tasting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. All carp preparation must be done at the contest. Fresh carp will be provided to contestants. Registration is $5 per competitor and teams are welcome. For more information visit www.buckeyelakefortomorrow.org
Buckeye Lake Craft Show - KOA Kampground, Buckeye Lake. It’s the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Buckeye Lake KOA. The show is limited to hand-crafted items. Open to the public.
Summer Programs - Buckeye Lake Library, Buckeye Lake. Join us for the Magical World of Dave Lehman at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. It’s Puppet Pallooza at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Free and open to the public.
Teen Open Mic Night & Pizza Party - Buckeye Lake Library, Buckeye Lake. It’s Open Mic Night and a Pizza Party for students in grades 6-12 at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 14.
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 twenty-five 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).
Millersport Police Open House - Millersport. Check out the new Millersport Police Station built entirely with donated materials and labor from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.
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 Galleries, 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.
Red Wench - Weldon’s Ice Cream, Millersport. Hear Gayla Smith and Jamie Whetstone in a unique dueling piano concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Free, but remember to bring your lawn chairs.
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.PicnicWithThe- Pops.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