Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Licking Memorial Hospital “For Your Health” 5K Run And Fun Walk At The Dawes Arboretum!: Saturday, August 6, 8:30 a.m. Licking Memorial Health Systems teams up with The Arboretum again this year! Walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join the For Your Health 5K and Fun Walk, Saturday Aug. 6. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 8:40 a.m. Registration is $20 for runners only. Fun Walkers can choose between a 3.1-mile course or a 1-mile walk. Advance registration can be made by calling LMHS at 740-348-4102 or online at www.premierraces.com. On event day, registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Awards will be given for the first male and female finishers for several age groups as well as the top three overall finishers.
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
Baltimore Festival - Johnson Park, Baltimore. The fun runs from August 3 through August 6. The Grand Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6, traveling east on Ohio 256 to Johnson Park. Teen night with DJ Johnny Garber begins at 4 p.m. on Friday. After Midnight performs at 8 p.m. on Friday and the Mike Grover Band takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday. The Mark Wade Show is at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Fun for everyone.
26th Annual Tour of Homes - Buckeye Lake. Here’s your chance to tour some of Buckeye Lake’s finest waterfront homes via pontoon boats on Sunday, August 14. This year features homes on the West Bank and South Shore. Start your tour at the Lieb’s Island boat ramps. The first boat out leaves at the noon and the last boat starting the tour departs at 3 p.m. $15 donation per person. Proceeds help fund the Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s community projects.
Baltimore Farmers Market - Baltimore. Check out fresh produce and more Fridays from 4- 7 p.m. through Oct. 21 at West Market and North High streets. Special events weekly. For more information visit www.baltimorefarmmarket.com.
The 153rd Hartford Fair - Croton. “The Biggest Little Fair in the World” returns August 7-13. Visit www.hartfordfair.com for more information.
The 158th Ohio State Fair - Columbus. It’s back through August 7. Gates are open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. except 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 7. Dates
Gate admission prices are Adults: (13 - 59) $10; Youth: (5 - 12) $8; Senior: (60+) $8; and Children under five: Free.
Thursday, August 4 – Trace Adkins presented by BC Powder with special guest Brantley Gilbert - 7 p.m. / $28
Friday, August 5 – Journey with special guests Foreigner and Night Ranger (Show is in Crew Stadium) - 7 p.m., $25, $45, $55, $75
Friday, August 5 – The O’Jays - 7 p.m., $20
.This iconic group, originating in Canton, Ohio in the 60’s, has remained in the music industry spotlight for more than 50 years.
Saturday, August 6 – Buckeye Sports Fest-11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Free event
Buckeye fans catch all the action of The Ohio State University Athletics. Meet and mingle with Ohio coaches, get discounts on upcoming Buckeye sporting events and try out some of the Buckeye interactive activities. Teams participating include women’s ice hockey, women’s gymnastics, wrestling, men’s hockey, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s gymnastics and women’s basketball.
Saturday, August 6 – Melissa Etheridge -7:30 pm, $32
Sunday, August 7 – Sale of Champions Livestock Auction -2 p.m. Free event
See the best of the best from the 2011 Ohio State Fair junior fair livestock competitions as the champion exhibitors sell their prize- winning animals to the highest bidders. This year there are three new categories: dairy products, turkey and goats.
Sunday, August 7 Brad Paisley featuring Blake Shelton and Jerrod Niemann (Show is in Crew Stadium) -7:30 pm $25, $45, $60
Community Worship Service - Baltimore. On Sunday, August 7, 2011, area churches would like to invite everyone to join together for a community worship service. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. and will be held at the shelter house behind Faith Lutheran Church, 990 S. Main St. Baltimore. The local gospel quartet “Cornerstone” from Lithopolis, will be featured. Following the service everyone is invited for a carry-in dinner at Christ United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 700 S. Main St., Baltimore, (just across the yard from Faith Lutheran Church). Parking is available at Christ United Methodist Church, Faith Lutheran or Liberty Union Elementary. We will take up a free-will offering for “Cornerstone.” Bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and dress is casual. Hope to see you there!
Kid’s Fishing Rodeo - Buckeye Lake. The Ladies and Men’s Auxiliaries of Buckeye Lake VFW Post 1388 are inviting children under age 16 to try their hand fishing in the canal along Ohio 360 across from the Post from 8 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult and licenses are not required. Bring your own pole for fun, prizes, and refreshments. Rain date is Saturday, August 20.
Dublin Irish Festival - Dublin. Come experience the unforgettable annual Dublin Irish Festival - named “one of the biggest and best festivals in the country” by Chicago’s Irish American News. 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. Visit the Wee Folk area for children, Aug. 5-7, at Coffman Park, visit www.dublinirishfestival.org for more information.
Festival Latino - Genoa Park (downtown riverfront), Columbus. Celebrate family and community from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. August 13-14, with children’s activities, music, food, and dance from the heart of Latin America. Saturday night performance by 24 Horas. Sunday night performance by Tito Rojas and the Sammy DeLeón Orchestra. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.FestivalLatino.net.
Newark Music And Wings Festival - Newark. Nationally recognized entertainment acts each night, as well as delicious buffalo wings served up by some of Central Ohio’s best restaurants and vendors. “Best Wings in Licking County” title will be awarded during the event, Aug. 12 and 13.
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.
“The Great American Songbook, Part 1” - Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “The Great American Songbook, Part 1” (a Musical Revue) directed by Rodney C. Helser. The performance will be held at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street, Millersport at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6. All seats are general admission. A pre-show buffet dinner will be available in the Millersport Elementary School Cafeteria from 6 to 7:45 p.m. by reservation only. Show admission is $10 and the dinner an additional $10. To get tickets for show, and reservations for dinner call 740- 467-3217. Information is also available at www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com.
The Rick Brunetto Big Band - Weldon’s Ice Cream, Millers- port. Enjoy the Big Band sound of the 18-member Rick Brunetto Big Band at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 20. Free. Don’t forget your lawn chairs or dancing shoes. Rain date is 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 21.
Music In The Garden— Deighton Charlemagne - Jacksontown. Enjoy the fusion of music and nature as The Dawes Arboretum presents a series of performances this summer. All concerts are free and you are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Appearing Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m. is steel drummer Deighton Charlemagne. Free! Visit www.dawesarb.org for more information.