Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Ales in the Garden - Saturday, July 26, from 7 - 9 p.m. $25/$20 members. Delight your taste buds and ramp up your plant knowledge on this unique garden tour. Enjoy an open air wagon tour and learn about The Arboretum as we make our way to the Conifer Glen located near Dawes Lake. Guided by the Horticulture staff, tour through the collections unique plant attributes are pointed out and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of our world renowned conifer collection. Experience an evening of light bites and beer pairingstasting glass included! *Must be 21 and over to attend.
“For Your Health” 5K Run and Fun Walk - Saturday, August 2, starting at 8:30 a.m. Participants may choose to run the 5K course or enjoy the 1-mile fun walk. The 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the fun walk starts shortly thereafter. Registration for runners is $20 from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. There is no fee for the 1-mile fun walk, but registration is required.
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
The Queen of the Lake II - Buckeye Lake. This 40-passenger tour boat gives tours of Buckeye Lake Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors learn about the lake’s lively history and unique sites, including the one and only floating Cranberry Bog. Public tours depart from the North Shore Boat Ramp off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org/queen-of-the-lake.html for more information.
Granville Farmers Market - Granville. Saturdays from 8:30 to noon. On Saturday, July 26, the market moves from its North Main Street home to St. Edwards Catholic Church at 785 Newark Granville Road. On August 2, the market returns to North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Mystery Scavenger Hunt - Hebron. Stop by the Hebron Area Museum at 137 W. Main Street to pick up your entry blank for the Licking County History Mystery Scavenger Hunt and register through Aug. 1. One entry per family. Visit participating locations, answer the unique clue and receive credit to pur you in the running for the grand prize of $250. Additional runner-up prizes will be awarded. For more information, visit escapetolickingcounty.com, or call (740) 345-8224.
Ohio State Fair - Columbus. Now through Sunday, August 3. Hours: Admission gates 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. except 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 3; Midway is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. Admission: Ages 13 - 59: $10; Ages 5-12 or 60 or older: $8; and under 5: FREE. $6 discount tickets available at Kroger. Parking is $5. For complete details and additional ticket discounts visit www.ohiostatefair.com
5K Run & Walk and Put, Pass, Kick competition - Sheridan Stadium. Help support the RMA Backers and Sheridan’s Cross Country program on Saturday, July 26. 5K registration begins at 7 a.m. with the run/walk starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $20. Punt, pass, kick registration is $5. For more information call Randy SAnds 740-973-5110, Don Leavitt 740-246-6094, Mike Tolliver 215-551-2975 or Billy Reiter 740-403-7086.
Pancake Breakfast - Hebron. Help support the New Life Baby Pantry by enjoying an All-You- Can-Eat Pancake & Sausage breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Hebron New Life United Methoidst Church, 925 W. Main St. Suggested $5 donation.
Recycling Fun! - Kraner Nature Center, 10383 Fairview Road, Heath. Join Licking County Recycling and the Licking Park District for crafts and activities that will help you ‘green up’ your home and lifestyle! Guided hikes will depart at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27.
Free Pony/Horse Riding Day - Baltimore. All ages are welcome from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at Silent Fox Farm, 1918 Blacklick Road, Baltimore, for a free horse or pony ride. Rain or shine. For more information visit www.silentfoxfarm.com or call 614-286-8571.
Investigating UFOs - Newark. As part of the science-themed Adult Summer Reading Program, the Licking County Library is hosting a free presentation by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) of Ohio in Meeting Room A at the Main Library in Newark on Thursday, July 31 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. MUFON of Ohio will be discussing who they are, how they investigate UFO sightings, and their Ohio case files. If you have ever wondered about strange sights in the sky, bring along your curiosity and questions and please join us. Registration is recommended but is not required. Call 740.349.5553 to register.
Carson & Barnes Circus - Newark. Heath Moundbuilders Kiwanis are bringing the world’s biggest bigtop show to Newark for four shows on Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2, at More Life Church, 1718 E. Main St. Aug. 1, shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 2, shows are 2 and 5 p.m. Acts from more than 10 countires and over 50 animals from five continents. Discounted tickets available through July 31 at Park National Bank Heath locations and Kiwanis members. For more information visit Heath Moundbuilders Kiwanis Club on Facebook.
Yoga Classes - Buckeye Lake Library. The Buckeye Lake Library is hosting free yoga classes for any skill level. Classes will be instructed by Lenise Alexandra. The next class is set for 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 2. Classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
Community Healthfest - Lancaster. Bring the whole family from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 2, at Fairfield Christian Church, 1965 N. Columbus St. Fairfield Medical Center will be providing free health screenings and health information. Kids activities including exercise course. Free school supplies while supplies last. Children must be present.
Taste of Buckeye Lake - Buckeye Lake Library. Don’t miss the fun. Sample great food from area restaurants and enjoy wine from the Buckeye Lake Winery and craft beer from Buckeye Lake Brewery. from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Plus live music by the Jack Gorham Band and a sidewalk art show featuring Ray King’s art. $35 per person by July 22 or $40 at the door. Proceeds help fund the library’s operating expenses including utilities, maintenance and insurance. Tickets available at www.friendsofthebuckeyelakelibrary.org or at PO Box 708, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008.
Ice Cream Social - Thornville. Enjoy an ice cream social from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Trinity United Church of Christ, 20 South West St.
Hartford Fair - Croton. “The Biggest Little Fair in the World” returns August 2 - 9. Grandstand events are Pickup Truck Pull at 6 p.m. on Aug. 3; Drew Balridge, Natalie Stovall & The Drive and Cole Swindell starting at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 4; Truck/Tractor Pull at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5; Demolition Derby & Figure 8 Pickup Races at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 6; Fast Traxx Motocross Racing at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 7; Rough Truck Contest at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 8 and Championship Horse Pull at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9. Admission: $6 ages 8 and over; 7 and under FREE. For more information visit www.hartfordfair.com
Mopar Nationals – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. The 34th Annual NATS are set for August 8-10. It is a year of anniversaries – 100th Anniversary of Dodge - It all started in 1914 with John & Horace Dodge started their own Automobile Company. To celebrate the 100 years of Dodge, special milestone vehicles will be on display; 50th Anniversary of the 426 Hemi, featuring a display of 426 Hemi engines; 45th Anniversary of the Scat Pack; and 50th Anniversary of National Trail Raceway. Jammed packed weekend of everything Mopar. Spectator tickets: One day pass - $20; 2 day - $30 and 3 day - $40. . Children under 10 are free with a paid adult admission. Gates open at 8 am and close at 8 pm. Much more information at www.moparnats.org
Tour of Homes - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association’s 29th Annual Tour of Homes is set for Sunday August 10. The pontoon boat tours launch from the Buckeye Lake Winery near Fairfield Beach, for tours of lakefront homes on the North Shore, Lieb’s Island and in Harbor Hills. The first boats leave at noon with the last boat starting the tour at 3 p.m. Tickets: Advance - $13 by July 27. Mail checks to BLACA, PO Box 1106, Buckeye Lake OH 43008; Walk-up $15. For more information, visit http://buckeyelakecivicassociation.org
Classic Boat Regatta - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Yacht Club’s annual Classic Boat Regatta returns from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. FREE and open to the public. Boat displays by area marinas plus entertainment. Food and drink available.
Music on the Lawn - New Lexington. Enjoy free concerts at 6 p.m. on Friday evenings on the lawn at the New Lexington library. The line-up includes: Wayne Reed & Friends (July 25).
Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers - Granville. Ray received his first guitar at the age of 8 and initially inspired by the “Brtish Invasion,” until he discovered John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, BB King and other blues greats. The blues will be rocking at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway.
Doug Anderson & Devin McGlamery - Baltimore. Join two members of the Ernie Haase & Signature Sound Quartet in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, at the North Campus of Fairfield Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Road (Ohio 204). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door. Tickets are available online at itickets.com, at the church office or call 740-862-6245.
Red Hot Rhythm Review - Granville. With energetic arrangements of R&B, funk and classic dance tunes, the band features a full rhythm section, killer horns and powerful vocals. Sunday, August 3, at 6:30 p.m. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” - New Lexington. The New Lexington Community Theatre returns to present the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee under the direction of Roger Dusenberry. The storyline revolves around a group of six tweens who are competing in the spelling contest of a lifetime. The show does contain some adult content and is not recommended for young children. The show runs August 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. at the New Lexington High School Auditeria. Tickets will go on sale after the fair. Prices are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets are available from cast members: Skyla Strommes, Corey Brame, Abby Schnittke, Rhiannan White, Courtney Skillman, Brandon Clapper, Angela Stenson, JJ Joseph, and Ryan Wesney as well as at the following locations: Perry County Chamber of Commerce, Thompson Insurance Thornville, and Blacker’s Pharmacy in Crooksville.