Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions – Wednesdays through August at 2 p.m. Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring children closer to the wonders of the natural world. Subjects include trees, flowers, weather and many creatures great and small. An assortment of fun pursuits are always in store with songs, activities, games, crafts and sometimes real animal visitors. Free at Visitors Center deck.
Nature’s Recyclers for Kids - Saturday, July 14 • 10 a.m. – noon. Experience recycling the way nature intended! This program for school-age children focuses on the helpful critters found on the forest floor. Highlights include a worm study, a rotten log investigation and rolypollyology. Main Shelter House; $12/$8 for members.
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.
Insect Safari Night Hike – Friday, July 20 from 9 – 11 p.m. Attend a short indoor program on nighttime insects and then go on a “safari” to look and listen for these creatures! Meet at Vistors Center; $5/members free.
Tried & True Pruning Series: Pruning Conifers – Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. To keep The Dawes Arboretum looking great, a LOT of pruning is involved. Take advantage of the skill and knowledge our expert horticulturists have to share in this intensive hands-on pruning series. Classes are open to all levels of experience. Love conifers and want to knowhow to care for them? Curator of Conifers Jeff Bowman takes participants to the Conifer Glen for outdoor experience. This is a very hands-on class featuring the proper methods for pruning different conifers in the landscape. Please dress comfortably for the weather. Meet at Visitors Center; $15/$10 for members.
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.
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.