Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Art Show— Greenery and Scenery, Aug. 13 – 28. “Greenery and Scenery” is the theme of the annual Arboretum and Licking County Arts annual art show. The show features artists from all over central Ohio. Works can include media such as watercolor, oil paint, fabric art, photography, sculpture and more. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, Free, open during Visitors Center hours.
Music in the Garden for Kids!—Radio Disney, Saturday, Aug. 20, noon – 2 p.m. This music program is especially for kids! Singer Bob Piacsek entertains children of all ages with his covers of Radio Disney tunes. Enjoy the music as well as wagon rides, ice cream, and educational games! All Music in the Garden concerts are free and you are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com, meet at the All Seasons Garden.
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
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.
31st Annual MOPAR Nationals - Hebron. Mopar Nationals will celebrate the Tribute to the Plymouth Duster (1970 - 1994) as part of three days of racing and burning rubber, National Trail Raceway transforms this weekend into a sea of Mopar vehicles and the people who drive them, love them, and restore them, Friday through Sunday, August 12 - 14, visit www.moparnats.org or www.nationaltrailraceway.com for more information.
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.
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.
Terrific Tomato Tasting - NightCrawler Gardens, Pleasantville. Here’s your chance to taste up to 85 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. The tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, and is in cooperation with OSU Fairfield County Extension’s Master Gardener Program. Jason England, owner of NightCrawler Gardens, will be speaking as well as two speakers from the OSU County Extension Offices – Jim Skeeles and Cindy Schuster. The fresh tomato recipe contest is back; share your favorite salsa recipes. Water will be available for those tasting the “warm” varieties. Attendees will vote on their favorite recipe and the People’s Choice Favorite Tomato. In 2009 Brandywine was the winner, in 2010 Black Cherry won. The tasting is free. Please register online at fairfield.osu.edu or call OSU Extension at 740-653- 5419. Bring your own lawn chair. NightCrawler Gardens is located at 1700 Pleasantville Rd. (County Road 17) 1/2 mile east of Ohio 37.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day - Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster. Here’s an opportunity from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 20, for residents of Coshocton, Fairfield, Licking and Perry counties to properly dispose waste labeled flammable, corrosive, reactive, toxic or poisonous typically found in your garage, basement, under sinks and in bathrooms. DO NOT BRING empty containers. Please read the following restrictions closely: No business or industry waste will be accepted; no tire or appliances will be accepted; and NO PAINT will be accepted. Once paint is solidified, it is no longer harmful and can be placed in your regular trash pickup. Sand, kitty litter, sawdust and commercial paint hardener can be used. For more information visit www.fairfieldrecycles.org.
Sherman Cannon - Buckeye Lake Marina/Weldon’s Ice Cream, Millersport. The recently restored Sherman Cannon will be at Buckeye Lake Marina/Weldon’s Ice Cream from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 20. The cannon was given to Lancaster’s Civil War veterans in 1882 at the behest of Lancaster native General William Tecumseh Sherman after he had received a request for a “proper cannon” from the Ben Butterfield post of the Grand Army of the Republic. A new carriage and wheels were manufactured this year to original specifications, returning it to blank-firing condition. The first firing after refurbishment was July 4. The cannon’s regular home is on Lancaster’s Public Square.
Dog Paddle 2011 - Heath Water Park, Heath. How about a summer swim for your pooch? Plan to bring your four-legged friend to the Heath City Water Park from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, August 21. The Licking County Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Fund will benefit from the proceeds of this event. The cost is $8 per dog in advance or $10 at the door. Two people will be admitted free with each paid dog admission. Children under 12-years of age are admitted free with an adult. To register in advance, visit www.lcounty.com/ ac/lcaso or call Shelly Myers at (740)-973-3060 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For everyone’s safety, proof of current county dog license and rabies vaccination is required.
Columbus Museum of Art - Columbus. It’s free admission during the months of July and August, including all special exhibitions.
The Rick Brunetto Big Band - Weldon’s Ice Cream, Millersport. 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.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo - Newark. The Midland Theatre welcomes Pat Benatar at 7:30 p. m. on Tuesday, August 23. Songs such as “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “We Live For Love,” and “Heartbreaker” became anthems for a new attitude. At the dawn of MTV, Benatar was the image of the female rocker for an entire generation of young women... and the young men who loved them! That generation has grown up with her and many others have walked down the path she helped pave. Sure to be a night of favorite sing-along ballads! Tickets prices: $72.50, $62.50, $52.50 and $42.50. To purchase tickets, call 740/345-LIVE (5483) Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the web at www.midlandtheatre.org. Visit midlandtheatre.org for more information.
Fall Hookahville 2011 - Thornville. Fall Hookahville returns September 2-5 featuring ekoostik hookah, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Little Feat, Perpetual Groove and many more at Legend Valley Music Center in Thornville, just off of I-70. Hookahville is celebrating its 18th year in 2011. It is hosted by the Columbus’ ekoostik hookah who headline both nights. The music and camping event features the talents of veterans of the improvisational music world, as well as some of the top younger talent the scene has to offer, visit www.legendvalley.not for more information.