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.
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.baltimore- farmmarket.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.
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
Birds of Prey Display - William C Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Come out from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and enjoy which birds of prey are in the aviaries today. Talk with the our volunteers about some of the experiences that they have had at Ohio Nature Education. FREE!
Introducing the Dinosaurs - William C Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join Dale Gnidovec , Curator of the Orton Geological Museum at The Ohio State University at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, as he describes how we find, excavate and reconstruct these marvelous beasts, discusses the major groups of dinosaurs, and ends with a look at some of the other animals that lived at the same time. $5 per person.
Indian Mud Run - Coshocton. This is a 5K run with grueling obstacles set from 8 a.m. until sundown on Saturday, July 14, at Coshocton’s Lake Park Complex. There are over 20 obstacles set up along the course, including a log ladder, 150 foot water slide, 20 foot climbing wall, 50-foot mud pit and a maze of hanging arrows with some hooked to an electric fence charger. Preregistration is required at www.Indianmudrun.com The participant fee is $45 and includes a T-shirt, IR timing chip, completion medal, food, beverages and live entertainment. Participants must be 14 years old or older. There will also be a kid’s obstacle with registration on site. All proceeds benefit Lake Park.
The Woods in Your Backyard - Deer Haven Preserve, Delaware. The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program presents a full day workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 20, for landowners who have a small section of woods on their property that they would like to learn and to explore. Subjects include Which trees and shrubs are ‘good’ ones and for what; Want to attract wildlife, improve the health of your trees? and Learn about invasive species? Morning session to be indoors and afternoon field session outside. Dress appropriately. Registration costs $35 per person, includes lunch and class materials. For more information, contact 614-688-3421 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Quilting for Beginners - Buckeye Lake. Join Connie Gaiser from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at the Buckeye Lake Library to learn how to sew a quilt or just brush up on your quilting skills.
Magic Show - Buckeye Lake. The Dave Lehman Magic Show returns at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at the Buckeye Lake Library. Fun for the whole family!
Drawing for Teens - Buckeye Lake. Join Russell Merritt at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Buckeye Lake Library. Session is for teens in grades 6-12.
Teen Video Game Night & Pizza Party - Buckeye Lake. Come to the Buckeye Lake Library from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, to play Kinect for XBOX 360 or the Wii and enjoy pizza from the Pizza Cottage. For teens in grades 6-12
Cool Jazz - Columbus Zoo. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Jazz Arts Group team up to heat up the summer with some cool jazz during the Jaz- Zoo Concert Series. All concerts feature Artistic Director Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at Water’s Edge Events Park. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. with the concerts starting at 8 p.m.
July 13 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Meets the Blues. Columbus rocker Jonathan Elliott of The Floorwalkers will front the band as they play a set of classic rock hits.
July 20 - Ray Charles and the Legends of Soul. Join the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and special guest Phil Clark for the sweet sounds of Ray’s classic songs and legendary figures of soul.
General adult admission (which includes Zoo admission for the day) is on sale now for $29, or purchase your tickets the day of the concert at the Zoo entrance for $35. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Zoo at (614) 724-3485.