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.
Poetry in Nature Art Show - August 11-26. “Poetry in Nature” is the theme of The Arboretum and Licking County Arts’ annual art show. The show features artists from all over central Ohio. Media includes watercolor, oil paint, fabric art, photography, sculpture and more. Free, open during Visitors Center hours.
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 - 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the Buckeye Lake Goodwill store parking lot.
Ohio State Fair - Columbus. The 159th Ohio State Fair started Wednesday, July 25, and runs through August 5. This year’s event offers new attractions, agricultural exhibits, sports competitions, great Fair food and a variety of shopping opportunities you won’t want to miss. Gates are open 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. The midway is open 10 a.. - 11 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. All-day ride wristbands are $22. Admission is $10 for adults (13-59); $8 for youth (5-12) and seniors (60+); and children under five are free. $6 admission tickets are available at Kroger stores. Sunday, July 29, is Veterans & Military Day with free admission for veterans and active military with identification. Parking is $5 per vehicle with easy access to AAA Parking Lots from I-71 at the 17th Avenue exit and the Hudson Street exit at Silver Drive. Handicapped parking available. Free shuttles from parking to the main entrance. Visit Ohio StateFair.com for more information on additional discount days, entertainment and detailed event schedule.
Doughty Valley Steam Days - Charm, Ohio. It’s the 12th Annual Reunion July 26-28 at 5023 Ohio 557, north of Charm. Daily activities include tractor dyno, threshing, corn sheller, grinders, shingle mill, baling, mini baler and saw mill. Gate opens 7 a.m. daily with demonstrations beginning at 9 a.m. Steam engine games and tug of war at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by Sundown Spark Show. Steam engines, tractors, hit-n-miss engines plus flea market and great food. Admission is $4 with 12 & under FREE.
The Rainbow of Hope Foundation Benefit Auction - Mt. Hope, OH. Auction starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, with a large selection of new Amishmade hardwood furniture, ranging from single pieces to multi-piece bedroom suites. More than 100 handmade quilts and wallhangers go on the block beginning at 9:30 a.m. Second ring features power equipment, lawn furniture, tools, sporting goods etc. Plenty of food available at reasonable prices. Cash, check with identification or Visa/MasterCard. Rain or shine. Visit rohfoundation.org for more information.
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.
Licking County Historic Jail Tour – Newark. In collaboration with the Downtown Newark Association Final Friday event on July 27, the Licking County Historic Jail located at 46 South 3rd Street will open its doors for the first time to the public since 2005. From 4 - 8 p.m., visitors can step back in time by touring the jail’s matron’s quarters and two floors of prisoner cells as well as receiving their own souvenir (photo) mug shots.
There is unexplained activity and two paranormal investigators have recorded voices of the dead “living” in the jail. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults and free to children under 12.
Community Yard Sale - Baltimore. Check out hundreds of yard sales and business sidewalk sales from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, in Baltimore. Approximately 20 household sales will be set up on the Griley House Museum lawn. Start your adventure at the intersection of Ohio 158 and 256.
Native American Dancing - Columbus and Newark. Glenna Wallace, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, and Shawnee youth and adults will share American Indian Social Dance, Stomp Dance, and Fancy Dance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Ohio Historical Center public square next to the Ohio Village, adjacent to the State Fair grounds, 800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus. Activities move to the Octagon Earthworks public area, 125 N. 33rd Street, Newark, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, for Native American singing, drumming and dancing. Both events are free and open to the public.
Women’s Self-Defense Training - Hebron. Join Hebron Police Lt. Larry Brooks and his family from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at the Hebron Municipal Complex. Learn awareness, self defense stances, striking techniques, kicking techniques and choke escapes. All ages and fitness levels welcome. FREE! Cosponsored by the Hebron Police Department and Hebron New Life Church.
“OMG! He Read My Mind” - Hebron. The Hebron Library invites teens in grades 6-12 to enjoy “OMG! He Read My Mind,” the Comedy Magic of Rory Rennick at the Hebron Library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. Come see comedy mentalism and magic that encourages reading. Teens will enjoy hilarious illusions that won’t insult their intelligence.” Enjoy a magical fun time! Visit the Hebron Library or call 740.928.3923 for more information.
Heritage Hall Senior Center Grand Opening - Newark. The grand opening is set for 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, August 3, at 1058 E. Main St., Newark, with the ribbon-cutting taking place at 4 p.m. The Comedy Night runs from 7 to 11 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Licking County Aging Program. Tickets are $10 and available at Heritage Hall., The performers include local comedians Mary Miller and David McCreary, the host of the Cash Explosion TV lottery show that is broadcast statewide. Persons must be 21 and older to attend. Heritage Hall is the new home of the Licking County Aging Program. LCAP provides personal care, homemaking and home chore services as well as transportation, home-delivered meals, adult day care, daily phone calls to senior shut-ins, a hobby craft shop and various educational and recreation programs for seniors. Call (740) 345-0821 or visit lcap.org for more information.
27th Annual Tour of Homes - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association presents the 27th Annual Tour of Homes on Sunday, August 12. Visitors travel by pontoon boat to visit five waterfront homes. The tour starts at the North Shore boat ramp just off Ohio 79 (about 1/2 mile south of I-70) in the Village of Buckeye Lake. The first boat leaves at noon and the last boat departs at 3 p.m. The tour takes approximately two hours. A $15 donation per person covers the boat rides and tour.