Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike: Holy Moly Batman, Bats Galore!, Friday, July 19, 9 to 11 p.m. Learn about the dozen species of bats that live in Ohio and six of those species that call The Arboretum “home.” Bats are some of the most misunderstood wild creatures and are therefore one of the most feared. Discover interesting bat information and learn to separate the bat facts from myths, putting some of these “old wise tales” to rest. The program concludes with a hike to look and listen for bats throughout the grounds, using The Arboretum’s electronic bat detector. General Admission: $5, members: Free, meet at the Visitors Center.
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 II Tour Boat - Buckeye Lake. Public tours begin Saturday, May 4, for the season on beautiful Buckeye Lake aboard the Queen of the Lake tour boat. Tours depart every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., boarding at Buckeye Lake State Park North Shore in the Village of Buckeye Lake off Ohio 79. Cost is $10 per person with children under 5 years free. The one-hour tour includes Buckeye Lake history told by a a local volunteer. Reservations are not needed. The boat has a sun roof and hold 40 passengers. Private tours are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org
Baltimore Farmers Market - Baltimore. Good things to eat on Fridays from 4 - 7 p.m. at Basil Park to Oct. 11.
Granville Farmers Market - Granville. Check out the area’s best farmers’ market from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Jazz & Rib Fest - Columbus. Downtown Columbus’Arena District hosts this summer tradition July 19-21. McFerson Commons and North Bank Park stages will anchor the event with performances featuring the best regional and international jazz artists. The Jazz Café at North Bank Pavilion will showcase local artists on an intimate riverfront stage set against the city skyline. Award winning rib-burners representing 10 states and Canada will fire up their grills along Spring & Long Streets to compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights. Hours: Friday, July 19: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday, July 20: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; and Sunday, July 21: 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. FREE admission. For more information, visit ww.hotribscooljazz.org
Ohio Valley Mud Run - Vincent. It’s the inaugural Ohio Valley Mud Run, beginning Friday, July 19, with live entertainment and camping before an entire day of filthy and challenging obstacles. For more information, visit www.ohiovalleymudrun.com
Tech Time - Buckeye Lake Library. Learn how to access FREE ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines, music and more from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22. FREE!
2013 Ohio State Fair - Columbus. Fun for everyone July 24 - August 4. Enjoy interactive educational activities, sporting competitions, a fine arts show, free entertainment stages, livestock shows, a free petting zoo, a farm animal delivery room, mouth- watering fair food, unbelievable roving performers, exciting rides, horse shows, an 8-acre natural resources park with free kiddie fishing and more! Hours: Admission gates - 9 a.m. - 10 p.m., except Aug. 4 until 8 p.m. Admission: Adults $10; Children 5-12 and Seniors - $8; Kids (under 5) - Free; Advance-sale tickets: $6 at Kroger, Ticketmaster and AAA with AAA membership. For a complete list of activities and entertainment visit www.ohiostatefair.com
Summer Reading Celebration - Hebron Library. Help us celebrate the end of another great Summer Reading Program at the Hebron Library. Children and their parents are invited to the library for a Summer Reading Party at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23. There will be prizes, Bingo and frozen treats for all attendees! Teens are invited to a Teen Summer Reading Party at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Pizza, prizes and zombie tag will be on the menu. No registration required.
Can You Dig It? - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us from 2 -3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24, for a ventriloquist program with Baltimore’s own Mark Wade. Lots of comedy, audience participation, and ventriloquism.
Teen Movie Night and Pizza Party - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, for a teen movie night and pizza party.
A Taste of Buckeye Lake - Buckeye Lake. Come in from your warm summer day and join the Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library for A Taste of Buckeye Lake, Saturday, July 27, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Buckeye Lake Library featuring food and drink from Buckeye Lake Brewery, John Doneff’s Island House, The Flour Shop, Weldon’s Ice Cream, Pizza Cottage, The Port Smokehouse, Buckeye Lake Winery, Doorbell Dinners, Northpole Frozen Custard & Water Ice, T’s Cones & Coneys, and featuring music by the Jack Gorham Band. Tickets are $40 each, send RSVPs to PO Box 708, Buckeye Lake, Ohio 43008. Proceeds help fund the library’s operating costs.
Doughty Valley Steam Days - Charm. The 13th Annual Reunion returns July 25 - 27, just off Ohio 557, north of Charm. Daily activities include threshing, saw mill, shingle mill, corn sheller, grinders, baling and more. A draft horse pony pull is set from 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. The popular Spark Show is at sundown on Friday evening. Breakfast served on Friday and Saturday mornings with food available all day. Admission $4; 12 and under FREE!
Back to School Savings Workshop - Newark. Licking County Library is offering a Back to School Savings workshop on Monday, July 29, 2013, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Newark Library, 101 West Main, Newark. The event is free and open to the public. In this workshop presented by Lynette Rice of CleverlySimple.com, participants will learn how to reuse and repurpose supplies, price match items at area stores and even how to find the best coupons and sales. This 1-hour class will help back-to-school shoppers slash their budgets this year. Registration is requested as seating is limited. Register online at http://www.cleverlysimple.com/savingsnation/ or call 740.349.5553.
The Music of Queen - Columbus. Nationwide Insurance Picnic with the Pops presents The Music of Queen - A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons on Saturday, July 20. Gates open at 6 pm. Concert begins at 8 pm. Tickets are $23 for adults when purchased in advance by phone at 614.228.8600, online at www. PicnicWithThePops.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.). Adult tickets are $25 at the gate on the night of the show. Tickets for children ages 3-14 are always $8. Children 2 and under are free.
Jake and Elwood’s Blues Review - Granville. Considered by many to be the nation’s #1 “Blues Brothers” tribute show, the band performs at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. FREE! Bring a picnic, lawn chairs or blanket to Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway. Visit www.Granvillerec.org for more information.