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.
Mushrooms 101: Thursday, July 21, 7 – 9 p.m., Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. – noon (miniforay). Join the Ohio Mushroom Society for an introduction to the fascinating hobby of collecting mushrooms in the wild. This class covers the proper procedures for collecting fleshy fungi, an overview of the many different forms that can be found in woods and grassy areas, how to make a spore print and some descriptive terms used by mycologists. The class is followed by a “mini-foray” on Saturday morning to put the teachings into practice. The foray is a leisurely walk through designated collecting areas and fungi specimens collected are brought back to a staging area to be sorted and examined, $15/$10 members, 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.
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
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
Veggie 101 Workshop - Newark. New to vegetable gardening or would like to learn more about growing vegetables? Come to the Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers demonstration garden at 771 E. Main St., behind the Agriculture Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. You will learn basic vegetable gardening tips plus creating great soil, insects and diseases to watch out for, what to plant and where and how to plant it. Workshop is FREE and no registration is required.
Newark Jazz And Rib Festival - Newark. The delicious smell of ribs and the great sound of jazz music make this event an exciting time for all who attend each year. Participants compete to be awarded the title of “Licking County’s Best Ribs” as visitors enjoy the food and then cast a vote for their favorite rib vendor, Saturday, July 9, beginning noon.
North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival - Columbus. Ohio wine is something to drink about! Come sip, savor and cultivate your appreciation for Ohio wines at the ninth annual North Market Food and Ohio Wine Festival. The North Market hosts a weekend celebration of Ohio’s finest wines and great foods to pair with them. The event features Ohio wineries offering select vintages, July 8-10, at the North Market visit www.northmarket.com for more information.
Goodguys 14th PPG Hot Rod & Custom Car Nationals - Columbus. Don’t miss this huge indoor and outdoor happenin’ at the Ohio Expo Center featuring over 6,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks thru ‘72. Shop at hundreds of vendor/exhibitor booths or take a trip to the swap meet for automotive related parts and cars for sale. Check out the Goodguys AutoCross and the Hot Rod How-To Seminars. There’s fun for the whole family with a Goodgals Gallery, a model car show and kids free model make and take, plus live entertainment all weekend long! July 8-10, at the Ohio Expo Center, visit www.goodguysnats.com for more information.
Summer Programs - Buckeye Lake Library, Buckeye Lake. JIt’s Puppet Pallooza at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Spoonman at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church social hall. 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.
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.
The McClymonts- The Midland, Newark. The up and coming country music trio, comprising of sisters Brooke Maree Mc- Clymont, Samantha Kate Mc- Clymont, and Mollie Therese McClymont, all from Grafton, New South Wales. will be performing on Sunday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Midland Theatre, in downtown Newark. T These three sisters have voices of angels and are bringing their urban-savvy, new country from heartland Australia to Newark. Tickets prices: $25.00, $18.00, $15.00 and $10.00
To purchase tickets, Call 740/345-LIVE (5483), visit www.midlandtheatre.org, or stop by The Midland box office at 36 North Park Place in downtown Newark, Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm or one hour before the performance. Please note: add $3 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
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