Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Enjoy the fall colors. 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
All American Quarter Horse Congress - Columbus. Now in its 46th year, the All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single breed horse show. Come check out the competition and the amazing array of riding and horse-related products on sale. Through October 28, at the Ohio Expo Center, visit www.oqha.com for more information.
Circleville Pumpkin Show - Circleville. Nothing symbolizes the arrival of autumn more than Giant Pumpkins. If you’re looking for pumpkins with flair of homespun Americana, there’s no better place to go than to one of the nation’s largest pumpkin festivals, the 106th Circleville Pumpkin Show. The event attracts over 400,000 visitors to this small Midwest community of 13,000. Visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries come to see giant pumpkins, seven parades, entertainment, contests and sample pumpkin-flavored delicacies. Oct. 17-20, Downtown Circleville, FREE, visit www.pumpkinshow.com for more information.
Pink Strides Trail Run & Wellness Walk - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Saturday, Oct. 20, at the fifth annual Pink Strides Trail Run & Wellness Walk. On-line registration is available at www.lickingcohealth.org. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. with the run/walk starting at 9 a.m. Cost is $30per person and includes post-event refreshments and an event t-shirt that may have to be picked up at the health department.
Story Time - Buckeye Lake. It’s story time at 11 a.m. on Mondays through Nov. 12, for ages 3-5 at the Buckeye Lake Library. There’s a story, craft and snack. FREE!
Fall Fun on the Farm - Hebron. Visit Devine Farm for weekend fun through Oct. 28. Hours are Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sun. Noon - 6 p.m. Features include a barrel train, corn maze, face and pumpkin painting, make a scarecrow and other activities for young children. Plus hundreds of pumpkins of all sizes to purchase. Visit www.devinefarms.com for more information.
Exploring Spiders! - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join Dr. J. Andrew Roberts , of OSU Newark at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, as we discuss some little known facts about our eight-legged cousins. The ONE tarantulas will be on display for you to really get close! $5 per person Free to OSU/Newark students with college ID.
Ssssssssnakes! - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join Rich Niccum at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, as we explore this fascinating group of animals and how they are beneficial to us. Of course, we’ll have our live snakes on hand for your viewing enjoyment! FREE!
Halloween Fling - Newark. The Licking County Aging Program’s Halloween Fling is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at Heritage Hall Senior Center. Reservations are due by 5 p.m. Oct. 22. Seniors are invited to dress in costumes for a costume-judging competition with prizes. The luncheon includes your choice of cheeseburger or cheese hot dog, baked beans, cole slaw, potato chips, pumpkin pie and beverages. Seniors should call 345-0821 or 1-800-452-0097 for reservations.
Jazz Guitar Festival - Denison University, Granville. Denison University’s 16th Annual Jazz Guitar Festival kicks off a weekend of music with a concert featuring John Carlini and the “Music of David Grisman” with members of Denison’s music faculty, Andy Carlson, Michael Smith, Casey Cook and Doug Richeson, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). The festival continues with a series of clinics taking place from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Rehearsal Room of Burke Hall, and will conclude with a concert featuring the Gene Bertoncini/Michael Moore Duo and the Tom Carroll Quartet with Doug Richeson, Seth Rogers and special guest Mark Flugge on piano, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Burke Recital Hall This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu
Banded Together - Heath. Enemy By Mourning is hosting Banded Together at Captain Jack’s in Heath on Saturday, Oct. 20. Proceeds go to MMORE (Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research & Education) www.mmore.org. Ronni Hunter (DJ from 99.7 The Blitz in Columbus) is the host, featuring live music (from 10 bands), raffles, games, door prizes and much more! Last year, well over 1,000 people attended the event throughout the day and night. Visit www.bandedtogether.org for more information.
Tell Me Something Good with Todd Rundgren & Ethel - Newark. This 7:30 p.m. show on Wednesday, Oct. 24, is the thrilling collaboration between ETHEL and ‘70’s icon, Todd Rundgren. Having toured together in the United States and Europe in 2005, they found a deep connection and ongoing friendship in their passion for authenticity and their curiosity about what’s emerging. The energy onstage is explosive and beautiful. Tickets are $50-$28.50. For tickets, call 740/345-LIVE (5483), visit www.midlandtheatre.org , or stop by The Midland box office, 36 North Park Place, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before the performance. Please note: add $3 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees