Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Walk to Be Well – Three sessions (7:15 – 8:00 a.m.; Stroller Stroll 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.; and 6:00 – 6:45 p.m.) at the Visitors Center deck every Wednesday. FREE! There are new opportunities to socialize and get moving in 2015! Enjoy a morning or evening stroll as staff and volunteers lead a group through The Arboretum grounds during these weekly walks (30 – 45 minutes). Stroller Strolls are intended for caregivers with young children to explore the outdoors together from the comfort of a paved trail.
Food Truck Festival – 4 – 8 p.m. on_ Friday, August 21. FREE with a $5 per car parking fee. The Dawes Arboretum, in collaboration with the Licking County Local Foods Council and Local Food Week 2015, invites you to an event that is all about local food and flavor, in support of the local foods community. In its second year, this event boasts a variety of cuisine for purchase from local food trucks and a selection of beverages from Ohio breweries and wineries, all in a beautiful setting that only The Arboretum can provide. Musical entertainment, a special children’s area and a peek at how Arboretum staff and program participants are utilizing their green thumbs to grow produce for a local food bank, add to the atmosphere.
Night Hike – 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21. Meet on Visitors Center deck. FREE, donations welcome. Search for night-time critters and look for stars, as daylight fades and your senses change. Each season brings something new to see and hear.
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.dawesarb.org
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. It’s back!! Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
Mopar Nationals – National Trail Raceway, Hebron. The 35th Annual Mopar Nationals return August 7-9. Everything Mopar including drag racing, parts and accessories manufacturers, car corral and swap meet. Spectator/ Additional Passes $20-Single Day; $30-Two Day; and $40-Three Day. For more information visit www.moparnats.org.
Hartford Fair – Croton. The biggest little fair in the world runs August 9 – 15. Rides operate from 12 noon to 5 p.m., reopening from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., weather permitting. Nightly FREE grandstand events are: Thursday, Aug. 13 – Fast Traxx Motocross Racing; Friday, Aug. 12 – Rough Truck Contest; and Saturday, Aug. 15 – Championship Horse Pull. Admission: Ages 8 and over – $7; Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. is Senior Citizens and Veterans Day – $3; and children ages 7 and under are FREE. Parking is FREE. For more information visit www.hartfordfair.com
Plight of the Pollinator – Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Museum (4729 Walnut Road) presents its fourth program in its Natural Resource Series at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15. Join Stratford Ecological Center’s Apiarist, Dave Noble for a discussion of the challenges and problems facing honey bees and pollinators. Together with you and your questions he will help to make sense of the many factors that are contributing to the loss of pollinators. Free will donations are accepted as pollinators. Free will donations are accepted as admission.
The Columbus Food Truck Festival – Columbus. The Columbus Food Truck Festival is back this bigger and better then ever August 14 -16, at the Columbus Commons. More than 70 of the best food trucks in Ohio are participating. Plus live music, arts & crafts and family fun for all ages. The fun will begin Friday, August 14 from noon till 10 p.m., continue noon till 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, and noon till 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 16. FREE admission to the grounds.
Back to School Community Giveaway – Hebron. Free school supply giveaway for Grades K -5, while supplies last from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Hebron New Life UMC, 925 W. Main St., Hebron.
Lunch ‘n Learn Workshops for Small Businesses – Millersport. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and help your business survive the lake crisis. Learn how to promote your business with social media from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, at The Island House. Get valuable tips on surviving the lake crisis from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at The Island House. Presentations by the East Central Ohio SCORE Chapter. Cost for each session is $10, which includes workshop materials and lunch. Reservations are required. Co-sponsored by the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce. For more information and reservations, visit www.eastcentralohioscore.org
Spaghetti Dinner – Millersport. Support the Millersport Laker football program by enjoying a complete spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, in the Millersport High School cafeteria. Dinner includes free admission to the annual foundation scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. Adults – $10; Children – $7.
Want to Build a Robot? – Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology has opened registration for children ages 9 – 13 to join a FIRST(r) LEGO(r) League (FLL) robotics team. The Works will host several seven-member teams this fall. Registration is first-come, first-served and cost is $125 per student. Being a member of The Works is not a requirement of being a team member. Team rosters will be announced in early September. Teams will meet regularly during September, October, and November in preparation for participation in a regional robotics tournament in late November or early December. Exemplary teams will move on to District competitions. Teams generally meet Tuesday and Thursday of every week, and occasionally on Saturdays. For more information visit www.attheworks.org
Taste of Buckeye Lake – Buckeye Lake Library. Sample great food from local restaurants, featuring the Buckeye Lake Brewery and Buckeye Lake Winery from 6 – 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. Enjoy live music featuring the Jack Gorham Jazz Band. Proceeds help fund the library’s building expenses. $35 before Aug. 15/$40 per person. RSVP to www.friendsofthebuckeyelakelibrary.org
Licking County Genealogical Society Meeting – Newark. This month’s program is the “Kelly Family Tree,” presented by Sunda Peters. Join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, in the in the 1st Floor Meeting Room A of the Licking County Library, 101 West Main Street, Newark. FREE and open to the public.
Final Music in the Courtyard – Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology presents the final concert of its annual Music in the Courtyard free summer concert series on Friday, August 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the LeFevre Courtyard with Tom Carroll and Andy Carlson. Admission to Music in the Courtyard is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot, which can be accessed directly from 1st Street during downtown Newark’s streetscape renovation.
Ohio Valley Opry – McConnelsville. Marty Haggard, the son of Merle Haggard, is featured for two shows on Saturday, August 15. He will be presenting his “Tribute to My Dad,” featuring some of his father’s many classics. Also appearing on the show will be the OVO regulars: The Clark Family; Mike Morrison; Beth Sigler; Matt Coleman; The Rays; and country comic, Uncle Doofus. Show times are 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $10/$12/$15 and are available on the website at www.OhioValleyOpry.com, or by calling the box office at 740-525-9218.
An Evening with Dailey & Vincent – Chillicothe. Following the release of their #1 Billboard Bluegrass charting album “Dailey & Vincent – Alive! In Concert,” the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” bring their critically acclaimed signature sound to the Sugarloaf Mountain Ampitheater in Chillicothe, Ohio on Sunday, August 23. The award-winning duo is set to take the stage at 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $21 and can be purchased at www.etix.com
WCOL Country Jam 2015 – Thornville. Eric Church wraps up his record breaking tour at Legend Valley on Sept. 5. The Country Jam, held on Labor Day Weekend September 4 and 5, is a country music festival packed with artists from a multitude of country genres including, classic country, southern rock and modern country. Also performing are Thomas Rhett, Raelynn, Joe Nichols, Big & rich, Love and Theft, Aaron Lewis, The Cadillac Three, Mark Chesnutt and Joe Diffie. Admission: $120-$130. For more information visit www.legendvalleyfestivals.com
“Duck Variations” – Buckeye Lake. Buckeye Lake Winery is adding live professional theatre to their menu. Columbus’ professional touring company A Portable Theatre kicks off the winery’s premiere show with “Duck Variations” by David Mamet on Wednesday, Aug. 19. The comedic play, featuring equity actors Geoff Nelson and Jon Putnam, grapples with the changing seasons of life. For $45, show goers will enjoy a pre-show Wine and Gourmet Cheese Happy Hour at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. performance and a postshow actor/audience talk back. Advance pre-paid reservations are required and may be made by calling 740-246-5665 or visiting www.buckeyelakewinery.com.