Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Music in the Garden – Classic Brass, Sunday, July 15, 1:30 – 3 p.m., A brass quartet is featured on this date. Enjoy the fusion of music and nature as The Arboretum presents a series of performances this summer. All concerts are free, unless noted otherwise. You are encouraged to bring a blanket, chair and picnic. The Arboretum does not permit pop-up tents or large umbrellas.
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. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Queen of the Lake Public Tours - Buckeye Lake. Enjoy a relaxing and interesting tour of Buckeye Lake at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday aboard the Queen of the Lake II. Board at the North Shore boat ramp in the Village of Buckeye Lake, just off I-70. $10 per person. For more information visitwww.buckeyelakehistory.org or call 749-929-1998.
Farmers Market - Baltimore. Enjoy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, crafts and more from 4 - 7 p.m. on Fridays now thru Oct. 5 at old Basil Firehouse at the corner of West Market and North High streets. For more information visit www.baltimorefarmmarket.com
Farmers Market - Buckeye Lake. Find local produce, crafts and more from 3 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays in the Buckeye Lake Goodwill store parking lot.
Teen Movie Night - Buckeye Lake. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to the Buckeye Lake Library on Thursday, June 28th at 5 p.m. for our Teen Movie Night. We will be showing Soul Surfer (PG), and teens will be able to enjoy the movie and light refreshments.
Chip’s Tips for Better Outdoor and Wildlife Photography - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join W. H. “Chip” Gross, former Ohio Division of Wildlife employee, outdoors writer, author, and professional photographer at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. Feel free to bring your camera, as the Nature Center offers numerous opportunities to try out your new-found photo techniques following the presentation. $5 Wildlife 200+ Years Ago - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Drop in any-time between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, and test your skills on the wild animals that roamed Ohio as it was being settled. Enjoy the pelt display. FREE!
Granville Independence Day Celebration - Granville. Enjoy the street fair, with rides and food for the whole family. On the evening of the 3rd, there will be fireworks at Wildwood Park, with live music and concerts while you are waiting for dusk to approach. On the 5th, grab your lawn chair, for the annual 4th of July parade heading through downtown Granville. The street fair runs from the 2nd to the 5th. Visit http://www.granvillekiwanisclub.org for more information.
Thorn Dunker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament – Thornville. The annual 3 on 3 Thorn Dunker returns Wednesday, July 4, to the streets in downtown Thornville. Games begin at 1 p.m. on 10+ courts. Divisions for both boys and girls are: 8 and under, 9 & 10, 11 & 12, 13 & 14, 15 & 16, 17 & 18, 19 - 25, 26 - 35, and 36 and over. Entry fee is $70 per four-person team. All players receive a t-shirt. Top two teams in each division will receive trophies. Proceeds fund scholarships for local high school graduates. Registration deadline is June 23. For more information and/or entry forms, call John Ulmer @ 740.281.7672.
Car Show - Thornville. Celebrate Independence Day on Sunday, July 1, at the Thornville bowling alley. Registration from 1-3 p.m. with awards at 5 p.m. $5 registration per vehicle. Food, door prizes, DJ and 50:50 drawing. For more information call the Village of Thornville at 740- 246-6020.
BLASST - over Buckeye Lake. The spectacular communityfunded fireworks display is set for 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. Your tax-deductible contributions are needed. Mail checks made payable to “ BLASST” to BLASST, PO Box 475, Millersport OH 43046.
Independence Day Concert & Fireworks - Newark. The annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks display will be held on Tuesday, July 3, on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The event is free and open to all. Sticks and Stones will open the festivities at 6 p.m., followed by the Heisey Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. After the fireworks, Sticks and Stones will return to the stage for an encore presentation. Performances will be held at the Martha Grace Reese Amphitheatre. Vendors will offer food and beverages. Bring lawn chairs, picnics, and blankets for a fun-filled evening of music and entertainment. Free parking is available at the campus.
4th of July Boat Parade - Buckeye Lake. Meet off the Lieb’s Island boat ramp at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The theme this year is “Proud to be an American.” Grand Marshals are State Senator Tim Schaffer and former State Representative Dan Dodd. No registration is required. Just show up and have fun. For more information call Don Carley at (614) 746-1940 or (740) 467-7018.
Freedom of Life Benefit - Buckeye Lake. New Life Pentecostal Church of Buckeye Lake is holding a fundraiser in honor of Baby Joseph Steven Drench for his parents, Steven and Tracy French, from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Truth B Told will provide live music. Activities include a cornhole tournament and crafts for the kids. Food for donations will help support the family.
Goodguys Hot Rod Drags - National Trail Raceway, Hebron. The Goodguys make a stop at National Trail Raceway Friday, July 6, with great Hot Rod racing and some of the coolest cars in the country on display in the pit area. Gates open at 2, on track at 4. Adults $20, Kids 7-12 just $6. Friday, July 6, 2 p.m., visit www.nationaltrailraceway.com for more information.
“Tales from Beyond” - Newark. The Newark Library invites students in grades 6-12 to enjoy “Tales from Beyond” with Jim Kleefeld on at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9, in Meeting Room A, located on the main floor. “Stories of the strange and unusual! Exhibits of curious artifacts!” Accompany us on an adventure in the strange, bizarre, and macabre! Come look over evidence from the 1892 murder of Lizzie Borden’s parents, determine who lived and who died on the Titanic using turn-ofthe century portrait photographs, seek the truth about a 1920s era Louisiana voodoo doll, and more! To learn more visit the Newark Library or call 740.349.5550 for more information.
Night of Thunder - National Trail Raceway, Hebron. It’s the 25th Anniversary show starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, featuring Bob Motz, world’s quickest and fastest jet semi; Danny O’Day, world record holding wheelstander; 150 mph snowmobiles; jet trains; jet funny cars; Blastro; and fireworks. Gates open at 8 a.m. for bracket racing. Tickets are $25, $5 for kids 6-12. For more information visit www.nationaltrailraceway.com
Perry County Fair - New Lexington. Fair Week is July 16 -24. Rides open at noon and close at 11 p.m. Monday - Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Special events includes Nitro Demo Derby on July 16; AMS Motor Cross on July 17, Rough Truck & Car contest on July 18, ATV Pull on July 19, Tonny Petersen’s Hell Drivers on July 20 and Truck & Tractor Transfer Pull on July 21. Admission is $8. Visit www.perrycountyfair.com for more information.
Free Civil War and Patriotic Band Concert - Lancaster. On Sunday, July 8 at 4:30 p.m., the 122nd Army Band will offer a free performance of Civil War and Patriotic music in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Fairfield County. The concert will take place in the Downtown Lancaster Bandstand at the corner of Main and Broad Streets in Lancaster.The band is known throughout the nation for its high quality of musicianship and professionalism. Members of the 122nd come from all corners of Ohio and neighboring states. For more information about this and other Fairfield County Civil War 150 Alliance events, go to www.civilwarfairfieldcountyohio.org
Central Ohio Bluegrass Festival - Hartford Fairgrounds, Croton. The 34th Annual Central Ohio Bluegrass Festival returns July 12-14. This year features two national acts: Phillip Steinmetz amd Goldwing Express. Also performing are Mule Skinners, New Grass Station, Slate Ridge, Berachah Valley, R U Bound, Idyletymes, Kentucky 31, Open Rail, and Salt Creek Inc. For more information on the festival, pricing, camping etc. go to www.centralohiobluegrass.com or call 740-965-2877.