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getting started: TABLE OF CONTENTS ColumbusParent.com

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NEWS ON THE GO BEST BETS PRODUCT PIX COLUMBUS PARENT PROFILE: Westerville’s Frankie Hejduk HOUSEBROKEN: from the Dispatch’s Joe Blundo VITAMIN ME: from Capital Style’s Kristy Eckert NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT: Sunbury & Galena SHOP SPOTLIGHT: Jeff Bartlett of Fins and Fangs Exotic Pets and Supplies

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Pick Your Battles with Picky Eaters

AGE-APPROPRIATE: 22 23 24

BREASTFEEDING: Nursing into the toddler years EATING GLUTEN-FREE: The medical reasoning behind it WHEN TEENS GO VEGETARIAN: Approaching it the healthy way

NEED TO KNOW 26 27 28

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PEDIATRIC HEALTHSOURCE: from Nationwide Children’s Hospital FAMILY FINANCE: with Denise Trowbridge THE GO-TO GUIDE: Smaller Museums, Part Two

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HANDS ON: Recycled crayons from Clintonville’s Wholly Craft COOKING WITH KIDS: Real Power Bars PARTIES: at Indian Village Outdoor Education Center EATING OUT WITH KIDS: Food Trucks Food Court at Columbus Commons DAY TRIPPIN’: Cedar Point (for wimps) PLAYGROUND PATROL: Fryer Park in Grove City REVIEWS: Books, apps and a family-friendly website

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THINGS TO DO THIS M ONTH ON THE COVER: 14-year-old Nesta Hejduk (Frankie’s kid) keeps his eye on the ball at Crew Stadium PHOTO BY ALYSIA BURTON

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getting started: LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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Jane Hawes puts the hurt on her son Colin during a friendly chess match at Columbus Commons. Is it me or does this happen to other parents as well? I’m well enough along the parenting path to have endured several cycles of my children’s love/hate/love/hate relationship with mushrooms. And every time the cycle does a 180, they act like I either should know which phase of the cycle they’re on or, even worse, they deny there ever has been a different phase - i.e., “Mom is making it up that I ever didn’t hate mushrooms.” And it’s not like I’m dealing with preschoolers here, whose grasp of the language is shaky enough that they occasionally mix up the meanings of “opposite words” like love and hate. No, we’re talking kids who are old enough now to write 10-page research papers and to devour Radiolab podcasts about interplanetary exploration. And yet, from one

month to the next, I have no clue which phase of the mushroom love/hate relationship they’ll be in. Sorry if that’s bad news to any of you who are banking on the fact that once your bambinos hit doubledigit age, they’ll become more rational, reasonable consumers of food. They won’t. They’ll just be themselves, only older and with a larger vocabulary. But if there’s any good news to be offered, it’s that these fluctuating tastes are OK. Several months ago, we decided that July would be a perfect month to take a closer look at the topic of Food and, more specifically, “How We Eat.” I think for most families the issue of eating comprises a big part of our daily lives. Hopefully it’s mostly a happy issue, but it’s also perfectly normal for eating to sometimes be a not-so-happy issue, as our

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writer Joel Oliphint explores in his story about picky eating. There is also the challenge of voluntarily or involuntarily giving up certain foods, as writers Melissa Kossler Dutton and Heather Weekley explore in some of our Age Appropriate articles. And, speaking of cycles, breastfeeding has taken another hit thanks to that cover story in TIME Magazine, but hopefully our writer Dana Wilson’s take on the topic will restore some sanity to the local dialogue about this form of nutrition. Food is a fascinating subject. I just hope we can all respect each other’s choices about how we eat…even if it means a few innocent mushrooms get pushed to the side of the plate.

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on the go: NEWS ON THE GO

200 REASONS why columbus is a great place to RAISE A FAMILY

Our countdown heats up with the summer:

121. Red, White and Boom: You know

they’re going to blow out all the stops for the city’s Bicentennial Boom!

122. Dive-In Movie at Zoombezi Bay: Float

around, sip a beverage and watch a movie? Doesn’t get much better than that.

123. County Fairs: ‘Tis the season! 124. Summer Thunderstorms: The cat and

dog might disagree, but there’s nothing like watching the storms pop up at 5 p.m. and cool things off.

125. Jazz & Ribs Festival: Food, familyfriendly activities and free music!

126. The Wex Drive In: Kick back, relax and

watch a flick on the Wexner Center Plaza. Titles appeal more to older kids (and the grown-up kids have a cash bar at their disposal).

127. Fourth of July parades: and the communities that still have the nerve to toss candy!

128. Movies on the Mile: Yeah, we’ve got a

theme of great outdoor movie series this month. This one takes place on the Scioto Mile, Columbus’s newest iconic landmark.

129. The Doo-Dah Parade: Probably the

best introduction to LOL (and sometimes lewd) satire and political discourse you could ever hope to give your kids.

130. Fryer Flicks on the Hill: Grove City’s bid

for the free outdoor movie market in its spacy cool Fryer Park.

131. Granville’s Fourth of July: fireworks, 5-

mile race, talent competition, street fair and more from July 4-7!

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132. The Lancaster Festival: world-class arts and entertainment in a small city setting

133. Cinema Under the Stars: rotates

135. Dive-In Movies: at Gahanna’s Hunters

Ridge Pool. This month, it’s “Twilight” (imagine the sound effects possible) on July 13.

through Gahanna’s different parks. This month, it’s the “Adventures of Tintin” in Hannah Park on July 7.

136. Outdoor Classic Movie Series: at Everal

134. Movie in the Park: in Upper Arling-

137. Bicentennial Pavilion at the Columbus

ton: You can join Columbus Parent in Sunny95 Park on July 6 for “Kung Fu Panda 2” (and free food and swag).

Barn and Homestead in Westerville. “Wizard of Oz” on July 20! Commons: It’s already become a great performance space, especially now that Actors’ Theatre and Shadowbox Live are popping in with shows!

138. Life-sized Chess Sets: We’ve got two great

ones in Downtown Columbus. There’s the one at Columbus Commons and the “Alice in Wonderland” set just returned to the Columbus Museum of Art!

139. Ashville’s Fourth of July: is actually a fiveday affair with their famous fish fry every day (from June 30-July 4)

140. Classic Loony Toon and other cartoon

movies at the Ohio Theatre: They’re part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series on select Saturday mornings.


BEAT THE SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN

AND THE WINNER IS ... Tazmin Appiah! This 9year-old from Powell was nominated by her mom, Tracy, and has won our Ultimate Birthday Party contest package. The prizes include $600 in goodies from EACH of these fine businesses: Pete DeLois’ Recreations Outlet, Bob Evans and Velvet Ice Cream. Congrats, Tazmin, and have a great birthday party!

Here are five great ways to prepare children for kindergarten because talking, singing, reading, writing and playing are all simple and fun things to do: *Talk about sounds, smells, sights and tastes you experience. Knowing lots of words before starting school is closely tied to reading comprehension. *Singing teaches children rhymes and patterns. Clap out syllables in songs and have your child complete the rhymes. *Point to words in books when you read to your child. This helps kids become successful readers. *Encourage children to color and scribble. Let them cut paper with safety scissors and make shapes using strips of tape to build muscle control to hold pencils properly. *Play with boxes, empty containers and other non-toys. This helps children learn that objects can stand for something else (box becomes a ship). This is an important step toward understanding letters stand for sounds to make up words. And remember — you are your child’s first teacher.

Around Town Where the happening kids just happened to be NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY CELEBRATION DAY SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012 PHOTOS BY JEFF KONCZAL

Owen and Tyler Mason

Anadiah Taylor, Charles Gooch, Alyvia Gooch and Christian Gooch

— DRAGANA SASS, READY TO READ PROGRAM LEADER, COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY

DRAW AND ENTER TO WIN Every year, the TWIG organization that serves Nationwide Children’s Hospital selects two pieces of children’s artwork and creates beautiful holiday cards, which are sold to raise money for this great institution. Through July 31, any child 16 and younger can enter an original holiday-themed drawing or painting by mailing it to: Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation, Attn: TWIG Holiday Card Contest, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio, 43205. Along with the artwork, include a statement with: name of artist, age of artist, name of parent/guardian, mailing address, phone number, email address, and please answer the question “Has the artist been a patient of Nationwide Children’s Hospital?” and, if so, feel free to briefly share your family’s story (but you don’t have to, and it’s not necessary for the artist to have been a patient in order to enter). Four winning entries will be selected and notified by Sept. 15, and all non-winning entries can be picked up at the hospital after that date. The winning entries will be reproduced and available for sale beginning Oct. 1 at nationwidechildrens.org/TWIG. All proceeds benefit the hospital and especially those areas of greatest need.

Naje Alvaravo and Alex Christian

Rowan and Garin Archer

Carmen and Daniela Rubio

Isabella and Caitlin Remick

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July 2012

Summer is in full swing, and so are the festivals in and around the Columbus area! Our festival edition of Best Bets highlights several during July that are family friendly.

PICKERINGTON VIOLET FESTIVAL Stop and smell the flowers at the annual fest that celebrates Violet Township. Events and activities include a parade, musical performances, a car show and a beer garden (for Mom and Dad!). Check out the Violet Festival July 25-28. Admission prices vary by day and time, but range from $3-$5 for adults. Children under 12 are free. Victory Park, 100 Lockville St., Pickerington, 614-5244758, violetfestival.org

COLUMBUS FOOD TRUCK AND CART FEST It’s a foodie’s heaven: More than 50 area food trucks will gather at the Columbus Commons on Friday, July 13. From 12 noon to 10 p.m., the family can experience the food-truck trend that has been making waves in Columbus (turn to page 36 for our Eating Out with Kids review to learn more!). Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Downtown, columbusfoodtruckfest.com

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LANCASTER FESTIVAL

OHIO STATE FAIR

Each year, the city of Lancaster celebrates the arts during its namesake festival. Various locations around Lancaster showcase the different art forms, and this year brings big-name musicians like LeAnn Rimes and Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. The Lancaster Festival is July 18-28, and prices for performances and activities vary. Don’t miss the Festival Fair Day on July 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lancaster Fairgrounds. Kids under 13 get in free, and admission is $5 for all others. City of Lancaster, 117 W. Wheeling St. (ticket office), Lancaster, 740-653-8700, lanfest.org

At this Central Ohio summer staple, you'll find so many fried foods you won't even know where to begin! The Ohio State Fair is back once again, starting July 25 and running until Aug. 5. There's plenty to do: See the farm animals, explore the carnival rides, listen to live music and take a walk around the fairgrounds. The fair hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day (except the final evening, when it closes at 8 p.m.). Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-12 and seniors 60 and older, and kids under 5 are free. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., North Side, 614644-3247, ohiostatefair.com

JAZZ & RIB FEST Downtown Columbus is bursting with activity during this three-day celebration of jazz music and tasty ribs. Visit the Riverfront July 20-22 to see a myriad of live performances, and taste eats from more than 20 different rib burners (they come from all over the continent, including Canada!). Admission is free for all, and the festival runs 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Columbus Riverfront, 614-645-7995, hotribscooljazz.org


on the go: PRODUCT PIX

SUMMER POOL FUN

HANGIN’ OUT I FELT LIKE WRITING!

From Chronicle Books comes artist Suzy Ultman’s very touchable felt-cover journals — like this one, the Happy Trails Felt Doll Journal($14.95). These colorful keepsake journals will inspire you and your little writers to put pen to paper! Available at Fritzy Jacobs, 635 High St., Worthington, 614-885-8283, fritzyjacobs.com

Going places, but can’t lend the kids your iPhone to play games? Let them go low-tech (it’s good for ‘em) with the Pocket Posh Hangman ($7.99). Made by The Puzzle Society and published by Andrews McNeel Publishing, this 4 inch by 6 inch book contains 120 puzzles with scratch-off letters to guess. There are also Word Search, Word Roundups, Brain Games and Crossword editions. Available at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Botanica Gift Shop, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus 43203, 614-645-8733, fpconservatory.org

Test your memory at the bottom of the pool! The Maritime Mates Memory Game ($14.99) from Melissa & Doug is a fun, water-friendly game that features smiling sea creatures. Simply drop them in the water and open them up to find the matching shells. The memory game is great for land play, too. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Available online at melissaanddoug.com

TOOTHSOME DELIGHT

A PUZZLING PUZZLE

It looks like an ordinary 1,000-piece puzzle, but it’s actually an “augmented reality” puzzle. Huh? Translation: complete this Ravensburger puzzle, download a free app to your iPhone or iPad 2, then hold your gadget over the puzzle for a video-animation and sound-effect treat that adds layers of info to what’s pictured in the puzzle. Available at Toyville, 679 High St., Worthington, 614-824-8187, On Facebook: Toyville

WATER LIMBO SPRINKLER

Add some excitement to your backyard summer fun with Soak N’ Splash’s Water Limbo ($15.99). It shoots a steady stream of water that kids can wiggle underneath, all while music plays. And if you’re a limbo master, the water “pole” is adjustable and can move up and down for a challenge. Available at Larson’s Toys and Games, 1617 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington, 614-486-7701, larsonstoys.com

Sending a baby tooth on its way to the Tooth Fairy is a very special occasion, so send it off in style! The Pea Soup Tooth Fairy ($22.50) is a keepsake-quality, baby-tooth transporter made by western Pennsylvania artist Nicole Golden. Available at Helen Winnemore Craft, 150 E. Kossuth St., German Village, 614-444-5850, helenwinnemores.com

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on the go: COLUMBUS PARENT PROFILE

Frankie Hejduk What is the most played song on your iPod right now? Anything Bob Marley. We have a nightly dance session before bath time. If you HAD to be on a reality-TV show, which one would it be? “The Amazing Race” — I’ve already traveled around the globe for the past 20 years, so I think I would be pretty good at dealing with all the craziness that comes with traveling and getting around.

Who is your favorite TV/movie parent? Anyone from “Modern Family.” They’re all pretty classic in their own ways.

Which super hero would you like to be? Silver Surfer…that way I could still surf, even in Ohio!!

Favorite thing to do for low- or no-cost family fun in Central Ohio: Go to all the awesome parks and pools. Favorite restaurant to take the kids: We like to go to Mellow Mushroom. They have great pizza and a cool hippy van that the kids think is from the movie “Cars.”

AGE: 37 SPOUSE: Elissa, married for 6-1/2 years now (she’s a graduate of Ohio State) KIDS: Sons Nesta (14) and Coasten (4), and daughter Cali (2) NEIGHBORHOOD: Westerville JOB: Brand Ambassador now for the Columbus Crew, a role made possible by a 16-year career as a professional soccer player during which Hejduk played in two World Cups and two Olympic Games for the U.S., and was part of two Major League Soccer Cup winning teams (Columbus Crew in 2008 and Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011).

Favorite movie that you went to see with the kids: “Cars” Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon: Playing in the backyard — scootering, playing soccer, bubbles, tag, etc., and then getting ready for the Crew game. How would you spend a day all to yourself? Golfing. Best advice you ever received as a parent: Trust your parental instincts.

What have you learned as a parent that you wish someone had told you before had that first kid? Take deep breaths and learn to be patient. Don’t overreact.

What’s something your mom or dad did that you thought was nuts when you were a kid and now you understand? Curfew…I get it now!! Thanks, Mom and Dad, for giving me one!!

Your life’s motto:

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“Don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing is gonna be alright.” That’s from Bob Marley. That statement is so true. Don’t sweat the small stuff — it all works out in the end!


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on the go: HOUSEBROKEN

REMODELING 101 The first thing I’d say about remodeling while married is—don’t do it. You will ignore this advice because our species has a powerful remodeling gene. It dates to early human history when men decorated cave walls with primitive drawings of animals — and women told them it didn’t match the furniture. The subject of remodeling comes up because I recently received a press release containing advice from “The Family Handyman,” a splendid magazine and website that knows much about remodeling and nothing about human relationships. Under the guise of saving marriages, “Handyman” sent a list of tips on maintaining marital harmony when the back half of the house is draped with tarps and you’re doing dishes in the bathtub. I didn’t start scoffing at the advice until

the third bullet item, which is actually pretty good for this sort of thing. “Set your expectations appropriately when using a contractor,” it said. Here’s the problem with that: No matter how “appropriately” you set them (and appropriately means low), misery is sure to follow. The relationship between a couple and its contractor is really a sort of love triangle, or perhaps love-hate triangle. One half of the couple is going to like the contractor better than the other half does. The contractor is going to pick up on this and play the friendly half off against the unfriendly half. The unfriendly half is going to blame the friendly half for allowing this to happen. Issues of jealousy will arise. Alliances will form and break. Basically, you’ll be living in a reality TV show. Or, heaven forbid, you can do it yourself.

There’s advice on that, too: “Getting the whole family involved in a DIY project is a great weekend activity,” it says. Yes, if you live on a farm 15 miles from the nearest neighbor, and if it’s 1794, then it might be a great weekend activity. But having raised kids in a more modern era, I can’t remember more than three or four weekends in two decades that weren’t dominated by various kid-related athletic, educational and social obligations. It didn’t leave much time for framing a two-story addition. And what’s this “great weekend activity” stuff? This isn’t a picnic we’re talking about. This is remodeling. It takes forever. I’ve spent a good two months painting a room, if you count the five weeks it took to decide on a color. Speaking of color, it’s a leading area of disagreement between couples when remod-

BY JOE BLUNDO

eling, “Handyman” says. That implies that there are areas of agreement, which I’m not sure I’ve ever seen. What I’ve seen are areas of surrender, in which one party, overcome by exhaustion, falls asleep while arguing over the nearly imperceptible differences between colors named Arabian Dunes and Sands of the Sahara. The other party takes that as an opportunity to paint the half-bath. My remodeling advice differs slightly from the magazine’s. It sent six suggestions. I’ll send one: When you get the urge to remodel, move.

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on the go: VITAMIN ME

Perfect Pedis

Kristy Eckert is the editor of Capital Style.

BY KRISTY ECKERT If you run, you know the sport can do awesome things to your feet. Because calluses are gorgeous and there are few things more stunning than a bloody, torn-off toenail, right? Nonetheless, it’s the cheapest and most convenient workout option most Mommas have, so whether by choice or default, many of us pick it. (We may also like it because it gives us the same happy rush as when the house is spotless and the last load of laundry has been done.) With the money-saving part in mind, then — and as the fairy godmother sent to remind you there should be no guilt in occasionally splurging on you — I hereby give all Momma runners* permission to indulge in a pedi.** You are, after all, saving a few hundred dollars a year in gym fees***, so you’ve

earned the right to spend a fraction of that on a pedi.**** For our July issue of Capital Style, we sent our team city-wide to find the best pedicures around (tough job, we know!). So I’m summarizing the highlights…plus sharing a deal that’s almost too good to pass up. *actually, all Mommas, period ** and some wine while you’re at it ***and if you’re not, you’ve probably clipped more than that in grocery coupons...or resisted the urge to buy those shoes that cost five times a pedi ****you’ve actually earned the right to spend a lot more than that. And if you need help justifying it, give me a buzz. It’s one of my fortes

STRESS-FIX PEDICURE: Go organic with a

THE RETREAT’S SPA PEDICURE: Enjoy water and a yogurt parfait (cool, right?!) while having your feet and lower legs soaked, exfoliated, massaged and wrapped a couple times in hot towels. It’s $60 for 60 minutes at The Retreat Salon & Day Spa (theretreatspa.com).

foot soak in a copper tub, a body polish made from crushed walnuts and herbs, and occasional air spritzes of lavender and sage oils. It’s $55 for 55 minutes at Nurtur the Salon (nurtursalon.com).

LEMONADE PEDICURE: Get your lemon on with a lemon sugar scrub, lemon tonic masque, lemon lotion massage and glass of lemonade while you enjoy it all. It’s $56 and up for 55 minutes at Charles Penzone Grand Salon, Polaris (charlespenzone.com).

THE ESSENTIAL: A house-made scrub, sea-

ORGANIC SUGAR SCRUB PEDICURE: Get the

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full-on spa experience — plush robe, sandals and wine or mimosa — while pampering your feet and lower legs with a sugar scrub, lotion and a warm volcanic stone massage. It’s $60 for 50 minutes at The Woodhouse Day Spa (woodhousecolumbus.com).

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on the go: NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT

Sunbury ANDGalena STORY BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON • PHOTOS BY ALYSIA BURTON

Weidner’s Antique Mall When the Village of Sunbury was laid out in 1816, the village square was designed to be the center of activity. Nearly two centuries later, the square still serves as the heart of the community, said Cindy Hall, executive director of the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce. “The historic Sunbury square serves to bring the community together in a somewhat old-fashioned, hometown setting,” she said. Community organizations host flea markets, historic reenactments, concerts and children’s activities on the square, which is flanked by businesses and restaurants. Families can get a sense of the community’s history during a visit to the Myers Inn Museum and Gift Shop. Portions of the building, which has served as a house and a stage coach inn, may date back to 1816, according to local historians. Among other things, the museum tells the story of Delaware County native William Starke Rosecrans, a Union general during the Civil War. Sunbury offers several interesting shops to explore. Weidner’s Antique Mall features almost 30 vendors and is a great place to browse. Linda’s 3 also offers an interesting array of antiques and other merchandise. Katie’s Kloset On The Square is a fun resale shop with a small but eclectic inventory. Owner Katie Cautela recently started offering sewing classes for children. She and her friend Gail Castro are teaching a sock monkey class July 14 and Aug. 17 (for details and registration, call 614-935-2594).

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Doodle Dips ice cream shop Kids will not want to miss Fins and Fangs Exotic Pets and Supplies, a small pet store that’s big on customer service. The owners love to talk about their animals and are eager to interact with customers or curi-

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ous kids. For more active fun, check out Sunbury Skate Club, a roller rink with a wooden floor. The rink opened in 1965 and offers inline and traditional skate rentals.

The Community Library offers plenty to do, including story hours and family-oriented evening programs. Visitors also will find several interesting dining choices in Sunbury. Joe’s Firehouse


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Hoover Nature Preserve 12 Tavern makes tasty burgers and spicy chili. The Sunbury Grill has a diner feel and serves yummy pies. Locals rave about the food at Wah Yuen, a Chinese restaurant on the square. Long Branch Pizza has family specials seven nights a week. For cool treats, check out Doodle Dips, an ice cream shop that also sells gourmet hot dogs. The nearby Village of Galena, located a few miles to the south, also offers some good eating options and spots for family-oriented fun. A visit to Galena must include a stop at the Hoover Nature Preserve, where a 1,500-foot boardwalk gives visitors a peek at the fish, birds and water snakes that live in and around the Hoover Reservoir and the Little Walnut Creek. Young anglers may enjoy casting a line from the boardwalk, which attracts lots of fishermen. Be sure to apply sunscreen because the wood platform does not offer much shade. If the munchies strike,

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Fins and Fangs Exotic Pets and Supplies there are two good options near the boardwalk. Mudflats Bar & Grill serves a nice variety of sandwiches, salads and Cajun-inspired seafood dishes. Many dishes are served with the restaurant’s signature potato chips. The Galena Diner, known for its great selection of breakfast food and friendly service, is also worth a visit.

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5. LONG BRANCH PIZZA 34 S. Vernon St. 740-965-3383 longbranchpizza.webs.com

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When the economy started to sour and construction work was harder to come by, Jeff Bartlett opened a pet store with his wife, Amy. “The economy was headed for the dump,” he said. “We figured Sunbury needed a pet store.” That was four years ago and the business has acquired a regular following, he said. “It’s kind of like a zoo,” he said. “People come in here and they want to check out what’s new.”

Tell us a little about your store. It’s a mom-and-pop store. We have no employees. We’re in it for the animals. We’re not just trying to make a quick sale. We’re going to take care of you, whatever you buy. I want the animal to live.

Do you encourage people to do research before purchasing an exotic pet? Absolutely. It’s a commitment. You’re looking at a 20-year commitment — at least. They need good food. You can’t just give them junk. They need healthy food.

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Do you breed any of the animals you sell? We breed corn snakes, geckos and bearded dragons. We’re trying to breed birds and degus, a rodent out of Chile. It’s a relative of the guinea pig. It’s real social. It’s a fun pet.

How will Ohio’s new exotic pet law impact your business?

What kind of fish do you sell?

It won’t. We don’t sell anything that’s covered in the bill. The longest snake we sell gets 6 feet.

We like to specialize in oddball stuff. We have bichirs, an eel-like fish. —MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON


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hot topic: HOW WE EAT

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Pick Your Battles with Picky Eaters BY JOEL OLIPHINT My son Liam started out eating anything. He’d gobble down veggies, meat, pasta — you name it. Then, sometime around his second birthday, he began refusing food. This made no sense to me, so I fought it. I tried cutting it into smaller bites. I made it into smiley faces. I doused it in ketchup. I pleaded. I cajoled. I got angry. Eventually, I told Liam he had to eat his meals, and I made him sit at the table until he finished. He never did, because Liam knew something I didn’t: You can’t make a toddler eat. It’s a losing battle. In fact, once it becomes a battle, you’ve already lost. “Eating is supposed to be enjoyable,” said Jane Case-Smith, a professor and chair of the Occupational Therapy Division at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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“As your child grows into an adult, you want him to view eating as something social, something he enjoys and gives him pleasure, and something that’s not forced on him.” Picky eating is a complex problem, and there are no simple solutions, Case-Smith said. But eating is an integral part of everyday life, and there are plenty of ways to make mealtime a more enjoyable process — even with a stubborn eater at the table. Know, first, that your child could be refusing food for a variety of reasons, some of which are completely unrelated to food. Gahanna mom Jenny Bickley noticed her son Reef Murray, who’s now 5, has problems with the texture and smell of foods, while Reef’s 2-year-old brother, Finn Murray, seems to refuse food out of a desire for control. “Finn will pick and choose when he eats,”

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she said. “With him it’s a power thing. But Reef has sensory issues keeping him from eating.” Neither reason is unusual, according to Case-Smith. Some kids “can’t tolerate the sensory experience of eating — the taste, the smell or the texture of foods,” she said. It’s a phenomenon occupational therapists often see in children with autism, she said, but kids who don’t have autism are by no means immune. Embracing the sensory experience of food early can help. “Some of the first experiences a child has with food are playful,” Case-Smith said. “They’re exploring foods. The fact that they mess their hands in it, get it in their hair, on their face — all that is normal and natural. Kids need to do that. Just lay some sheets and know that your kid is going to get a

Overcoming food-intake obstacles with kids

bath afterward.” The power struggle makes sense, too, if you look at it from a toddler’s point of view. “There are so many areas of a child’s life where they’re not given choice, so (mealtime) can be a primary way to show their preference,” Case-Smith said. “It can become a battleground for a child expressing his will. And if children are picky, it usually has a highly emotional response on the parent’s part. The child immediately perceives that his refusing food has this really emotional reaction in the parent, so now they know they can get attention.” That can help explain why a toddler may one day love mac and cheese and the next day act like it’s a bowl of monster guts. The child could just be tired and cranky, and the dinner table is the only place where he can act on it.


PHOTO BY ALYSIA BURTON

Jenny Bickley with her sons, Finn (left) and Reef (right). Look for patterns, too, in your child’s refusal of foods, as well as how his or her body reacts so you can rule out allergies or intolerances to lactose or gluten. But what if your picky eater is far removed from the toddler stage and still just as stubborn? Is there hope? Well, Liam is now 5 and still eats peanut butter toast almost every day for lunch, and he has yet to incorporate a vegetable into his diet. But, there’s hope. We recently made something called a “New Food List,” with the promise that if he filled it with 10 new foods, Liam would get a new Spiderman bed at his grandma’s house. Though the foods on the list read like a concession stand (popcorn, peanuts, fruit punch), he eventually filled the list. Case-Smith said rewards for increasing your child’s diet are a great idea, particularly if you find a reward system that has meaning to the child. But the most important thing you can do is to keep everything lighthearted and low-stress. It’s not easy, especially when just getting dinner on the table feels like a monumental accomplishment. But making mealtime fun can go a long way on your kid’s journey from “picky eater” to “eater.”

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Breastfeeding Nursing into the toddler years

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Heather Ponsano is in no rush to stop breastfeeding her toddler. When 212⁄ -year-old Annabella feels frustrated, tired or overwhelmed, nursing for just a few minutes while cuddling in her mom’s arms soothes her and makes her happy. “She’s very verbal, so she’ll say ‘all done’ and just walk away,” said Ponsano, 39, of Gahanna. “She takes this big sigh, (as if saying) ‘I just feel so much better.’ ” Ponsano has nursed all six of her children into toddlerhood. The oldest is now 18. She plans to let Annabella, her youngest, wean on her own. Annabella nurses several times a day — before her mom leaves for work, when she returns home, and usually two or three more times before bed. She also nurses about three times during the night, which is made easiPHOTO BY ALYSIA BURTON er by co-sleeping, Ponsano Heather Ponsano and Annabella said. son to quit until both mom and child are “It probably seems like a lot to other ready. people, but, even if she wasn’t nursing, she In recent years, she has observed more would require my time and attention often and more women nursing beyond their at her age,” Ponsano said. “It’s amazing child’s first birthday, but most do so quiethow nursing a toddler helps them feel cen- ly amid social pressure to wean sooner. tered again.” Ponsano said she’s comfortable nursing Breastfeeding beyond infancy offers her daughter just about anywhere. Her immunological and nutritional benefits, husband, Matthew, and the women she’s too. befriended through La Leche League, a Human milk contains live antibodies support group for breastfeeding mothers, and changes over time to meet children’s champion her long-term commitment. needs, said Whitney Mirvis, lead lactationIf Annabella wants to nurse while away education specialist at Riverside Methodist from home, she asks her mom for “na-na,” Hospital. their code word. Toddlers who nurse get “a high-fat, “I am discreet,” Ponsano said,” but I high-cholesterol milk that’s very good for think meeting her needs is more important them,” Mirvis said, adding there’s no reathan what others think.”

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*Teach your child a code word or sign for nursing *Wear a loose-fitting or button-down shirt; use the extra fabric to cover up *Carry your child in a sling for added privacy *Nurse before outings if you feel uncomfortable in public SOURCES: HEATHER PONSANO; WHITNEY MIRVIS

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD CHILDREN STOP BREASTFEEDING? TIME magazine raised that question, and some eyebrows, when it recently featured a young mother nursing her 3year-old son on its cover. The photo and headline “Are You Mom Enough?” accompanied an article on what has been dubbed “attachment parenting.” Our sources weighed in on the ensuing debate: “It’s a mom choice and a baby choice. If the child isn’t really interested in continuing (breastfeeding), they don’t. Every child is different.” — Whitney Mirvis, lead lactationeducation specialist at Riverside Methodist Hospital “I just kind of found (the cover photo) offensive because it took something that I think is a really positive relationship and made it seem cheap. It took any warm fuzzies and positive thoughts away. … I just saw this as a way to pit women against each other, and I don’t like that.” — Heather Ponsano, local mother of six


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Eating Gluten-Free The medical reasoning behind it Tanner Barton was diagnosed with celiac disease when he was 10 years old. In order to control it, the Dublin 17-year-old was forced to eliminate all foods with gluten from his diet. Gluten is a protein found in many wheat products: It thickens and holds food like bread together. “It was really difficult,” said Tanner,” because it went from eating whatever you wanted to looking at all the labels.” As more Americans, including kids, discover they have either a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, some may not understand what these illnesses are and how they affect the body. Mary K. Sharrett, a clinical dietician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, explained the similarities and differences between the two. Gluten intolerance, Sharrett said, is a diagnosis of exclusion. In this case, a person has been screened for celiac and tests negative, but still gets sick when they eat gluten. Celiac disease yields a positive antibody test and shows damage to the intestine. According to Sharrett, symptoms really vary between individuals. However, some of the more common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and even a lack of growth in kids. Doctors are finding gluten allergies in kids as young as 6 months, and it boils down to our genes. Everyone with celiac has one of two genes — DQ2 or DQ8 — revealed Sharrett. “Forty percent of the population in the U.S. has one of these two genes, but only 1 percent will develop celiac disease,” she said. “It can be triggered by stressors, abdominal trauma or infection.” Whether the diagnosis is celiac or gluten intolerance, a gluten-free lifestyle must be adopted. “Diet is the only treatment at the moment,” said Sharrett, “Although there are some other options that are being researched.” So how do we know what contains

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Tanner Barton gluten? “Anything with flour,” explained Sharrett. “Baked goods like cakes, cookies and pies, bread, pasta, sandwiches, subs, pizza and cereal are the big things.” This is a daunting list, considering most people eat these foods on a daily basis. When Tanner was diagnosed, the area grocery stores didn’t have as expansive of a selection of products. Now, more stores and restaurants have

Should we be eliminating gluten from our diets, even if we don’t have an allergy to gluten? Sharrett said between 7 percent and 10 percent of the U.S. population follows a glutenfree diet, and many don’t have to for medical reasons. Some adherents believe it’s a healthier way to eat, but nutritionists caution we need to be aware that gluten-free foods can have just as many or more calories than foods with gluten.

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When Teens Go Vegetarian Approaching it the healthy way

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When Cassie Murray decided to stop eating meat while still in high school, her parents were concerned she wouldn’t get the nutrition she needed. “They were worried because they thought I would hurt my health,” recalled Murray, who will be a senior at Ohio State University in the fall. Her parents didn’t really understand the nutritional demands of a vegetarian diet but neither did she, Murray admitted. A vegetarian avoids beef, pork, poultry and fish but does eat eggs and dairy. A vegan does not eat meat, dairy or eggs. It took the now 21-year-old from Toronto, Ohio, some time to figure out what she needed to add to her diet to replace meat. “I was eating pretty unhealthy in high school,” she said. Often people interested in eating vegetarian replace meat with carbohy-

drates, which is not a proper substitute, said Murray, who serves as president of The Vegetarian Club at OSU. Today she takes supplemental vitamins and eats plenty of tofu, nuts and meatless foods made for vegetarians. “It’s all about replacing. You need to replace (meat),” she said. “I feel my diet is so much more balanced now.” Establishing a healthy diet is crucial to anyone who opts to stop eating meat, added Dr. Robert Murray, a professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and a board member with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He and Cassie Murray are not related. He urges parents to take a child’s decision to become a vegetarian seriously. “Parents should educate themselves, then talk about it with their kids,” he said. Dr. Murray also counsels parents

that many children experiment with vegetarianism but very few commit to it. Children who stop eating meat need to take supplements that include iron, folic acid, vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D. They also need to find “quality protein sources,” he said. It’s also important to ask children why they want to change the way they eat. If parents find out that the child views vegetarianism as a way to lose weight, they need to discuss other options, Dr. Murray said. Children need to be taught that exercise and nutrition impact weight loss — not dieting, he said. If a child seems committed to a vegetarian diet, he recommends enlisting the help of a dietician. When done properly, a vegetarian diet is healthy, he said. “What you want is a really educated kid,” he said. “Parents need to encourage them to do it well.”


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EXPERTS FROM NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ANSWER COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY There seems to be a lot of talk lately about breastfeeding. Is there really that much of a difference between this and bottle feeding? What do most doctors recommend? Deciding how to feed your baby is a very personal decision, and there are many things to think about when choosing between breast/human and formula feeding. Most healthcare professionals, including the American Academy of Pediatricians and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Nehal Parikh, DO, Practitioners, recommend breastfeeding for your baby’s first year. MS is an Associate Human milk is the best, most natural and only source of nutrition necesProfessor of Pedisary for the first six months of life. It is loaded with all sorts of protective atrics and Principal antibodies and nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and good fats Investigator in the such as omega-3 fatty acids. It also provides the digestive proteins Center for Perinatal (enzymes), minerals, vitamins and hormones that infants need. Research at NationResearch has shown that babies who are breastfed, as compared to wide Children’s Hoscow’s milk-based formulas, have higher IQs and are less likely to get ear pital. infections, infant allergies and eczema. They are also at less risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, digestive problems, tooth decay and weight problems. If you choose to breastfeed your baby, be sure to drink a lot of water every day and eat very nutritious, well-balanced meals. Keep in mind that whatever you ingest, including medications, has the potential to be passed to your baby through breast milk. Many moms have a lot of questions and some may need assistance breastfeeding, especially in the early stages. Be sure to talk with your primary care physician about all of this, and any concerns you may have.

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For many kids, summer means no school and lots of free time. Though it's tempting to pass the hot days inside watching TV or playing video games, it's not the healthiest option. This summer, practice smart screen time. LIMIT. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under age 2 have no screen time, and kids older than 2 keep it under two hours a day. PROVIDE OTHER ACTIVITIES. Stock the house with lots of non-screen entertainment like books, puzzles and board games. GET OUTSIDE. Throw a ball around, play a sport, take a walk or even just sit outside. It is summer, after all - enjoy the beautiful weather!


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CANCEL OR ALTER SERVICES YOU DON’T USE AS MUCH AS YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD. Cable television, subscriptions and gym memberships often fall into this category. If you never find time to hit the treadmill, cancel the membership and put that money to work elsewhere. Some changes are painless.

I paid $50 a month for 1,000 minutes with my old cell plan, but used only 200 minutes a month. I cut my bill by switching to a payas-you-go plan. Same service, less money.

FIND CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES TO REGULAR EXPENDITURES. Don’t pay one penny more than you have to for services and products you use every day. For me, it was swim lessons. I used to pay $120 per six-week session for my son, until I found lessons that were just as good somewhere else at $28 for six weeks.

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Smaller Museums (PART 2) BY JANE HAWES AND MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON

And now for the second batch of reviews for some of the great smaller museums found in Central Ohio!

THE SANTA MARIA

This replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ three sailing ships may never leave port but it still offers a great opportunity for children to experience history. Visitors have the chance to explore the nooks and crannies of the ship, climb ladders and imagine what life would be like aboard the vessel. Guided tours last about 45 minutes and explore every part of the working ship. Tour guides explain the navigational tools the sailors used and demonstrate that games crew members played to pass the time. They also offer insights about a sailor’s diet and what passed for toilet paper in 1492. The ship, touted as the world’s most authentic representation of Columbus’ flagship, was built in 1991 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the trans-Atlantic voyage. 25 Marconi Blvd., Columbus, 43215; 614-645-8760 or 614-645-0351; santamaria.org COST: Adults, $4.50; senior citizens, $4; children (5 to 17), $3.50 HOURS: Until Aug. 31 — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 12 noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday; Sept. 1 to Oct. 21 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

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THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ORTON GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

If you’ve got a kid who’s obsessed with fossils, rocks and/or minerals, this small museum is definitely worth a visit. Located on the south side of the OSU Oval, the museum is overseen by super-enthusiastic Dale Gnidovec and a rotating cast of college-aged earth-science buffs who will gladly discuss Precambrian and Carboniferous period lore with you. Gnidovec recommends that children ages 7 and up will get the most out of a visit. Touring the three-room suite takes about 40 minutes. You’ll see several large replica fossils, mineral displays, meteorite chunks and small fossils from Ohio and around the world. Not to be missed is the black-light booth where you can check out fluorescent minerals. Their little store has all sorts of cool stuff, including fossilized shark teeth for 25 cents each and geodes for $3. The museum is handicapped accessible via an entrance in the south rear of the building. It’s easiest to park in the Ohio Union South garage ($2 for the first two hours). 155 S. Oval Mall, Columbus 43210; 614-292-6896; geology.ohio-state.edu COST: Free (but donations are welcomed) HOURS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays and by appointment JEFF HINCKLEY/DISPATCH PHOTO

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OHIO RAILWAY MUSEUM

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The Ohio Railway Museum has been through some tough times, struggling to raise the money needed to maintain the very unusual collection at this Worthington site. But its hardworking volunteer staff devotes thousands of hours all year to do just that. There are no tour guides because, as one volunteer explained, they find it best to just let people climb aboard the train engines, street cars and passenger cars on site and ask the staff questions. The showcase piece of the collection is a 1910 steam locomotive engine: It’s ginormous. Any child in the train-loving phase of his or her life will be amazed to see this thing. You’ll also enjoy a ride on an interurban car, along the mile-long rail line the museum owns. During the Halloween season, the museum also stages non-scary events that are appropriate for young children. 990 Proprietors Rd., Worthington 43085; 614-885-7345; ohiorailwaymuseum.org COST: $6 per person, free for children ages 3 and younger HOURS: Sundays only 12 noon-4 p.m.

THE OHIO STATEHOUSE

The challenge in visiting our state’s capital building (at least for us) is deciding which free tour to take. There’s the tour with a trained guide or a self-guided tour using one of four different media: a map/brochure available from the gift shop; an audio tour “wand” you borrow with a photo ID from the gift shop; a cell-phone tour where you call the phone numbers associated with sites inside and outside the Statehouse; or you can download 21 podcasts from iTunesU (each ranging from 34 seconds to 2:31 in length). Just to make things exciting, none of these tours hits all the same sites as the others or imparts exactly the same info even at the same site. Our favorite was the podcast tour simply because it had a scavenger-hunt quality. First, you need that tour map from the gift shop in order to find anything because the podcasts don’t really tell you how to find anything. So serious sleuthing is involved, which may intrigue your surly tweens and teens. Another bonus: Wearing earbuds, you can walk into any room and keep listening to the podcast, even if there’s a hearing or ceremony going on (and the people who work there don’t bat an eyelash at visitors wandering through). 1 Capitol Square (southeast of Broad and High streets), CHRIS RUSSELL/DISPATCH PHOTO Downtown; 614-752-9777 or 1-888-OHIO-123; ohiostatehouse.org COST: Free HOURS: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, closed holidays. Free guided tours depart from the ground floor Map Room (enter from Third Street) and take place Monday-Friday on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon-3 p.m.

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family fun: HANDS ON

Magic Crayons BY OLIVERA BRATICH

Don’t know what to do with that box of half-used crayon pieces? Turn them into new crayons! Kids love this project which uses up all those bits and scraps of crayon to create chunky swirled magic crayons.

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HOW YOU DO IT 1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. 2. Tear away all the paper coverings from the crayon pieces. 3. Break up any full-sized crayons into smaller pieces. 4. Group together colors you like or shades of the same color (i.e. light green, grass green, blue-green) in small plastic bowls 5. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. 6. Layer pieces from your bowls into the individual tins, filling up about half way. 7. Place inside the oven for 5-8 minutes. Watch carefully and remove when the crayons are melted. 8. Let cool completely. 9. Pop your new crayons out of the metal tins and color away!

WHAT YOU NEED

• Box of old crayons and crayon pieces • Muffin tin • Non-stick cooking spray • Oven • Empty plastic bowls or containers

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WHO THOUGHT THIS UP

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m., weekdays except Tuesdays when they’re closed, 12 noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.


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family fun: COOKING WITH KIDS

REAL POWER BARS BY JANE HAWES

It’s all about the authentic with the Baillieul family and that includes their “power bars.” Mom Rachel Tayse Baillieul explained, “We’re going to make what we call ‘real food power bars’” as she, husband Alex and their 6 1/2 –year-old daughter Lillian arrived at City Folk’s Farm Shop in Clintonville one Sunday afternoon. Rachel has been working with shop owner Shawn Fiegelist to develop foodpreparation classes that will appeal to customers of the “urban farming and homesteading” store that just opened this spring. Fiegelist and the Baillieuls are experts when it comes to making their urban yards and homes

sources of food and “authentic living,” as Rachel described it. “We have a teeny, teeny, tiny yard filled with edibles and one chicken,” Rachel said of her own Clintonville home. Lillian supplied a perfect impersonation of their chicken’s soft clucking and explained that the Australorp-breed fowl delivers one egg a day. Rachel also has become an expert at drying and preserving foods, and she often blogs about her culinary adventures on her website, houndsinthekitchen.com. Today’s agenda, however, is creating Real Power Bars, mostly out of dried fruits and using a food processor. “What’s the first step in

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cooking?” Rachel asked Lillian. “Not playing with knives,” Lillian observed solemnly before her mother reminded her that washing her hands also is necessary. Clean hands at the ready, they made their way through the fruit dicing (by Rachel), processing (Rachel and Lillian), and then mixture shaping (mostly Lillian). Rachel, who also homeschools Lillian, quietly pointed out various “teaching moments” as they

worked together: asking Lillian for synonyms for “smooshing” the ingredients into the food processor’s workbowl (“packing” and “compacting” were some of Lillian’s suggestions) and introducing the concept of adding fractions when they realized the recipe needed two 1/4-cups of dates instead of the one 1/4-cup they had planned. “It’s very easy to use food as a basis for a lot of the learning we do,” Rachel said.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

• About City Folk’s Farm Shop and any upcoming classes, visit their website at cityfolksfarmshop.com. They are located at 4760 N. High St., Clintonville/Beechwold. Rachel Tayse Baillieul will be teaching a class on Dehydration at the store on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3:30 p.m. • About culinary classes that Rachel is teaching at the Franklin Park Conservatory this summer and fall, visit houndsinthekitchen.com/events or fpconservatory.org/programsfoodedu.htm.

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INGREDIENTS

•1/2 cup dates, sliced open and cut into small squares or strips •1/4 dried apples, each slice cut into 2-3 pieces •1/4 raisins •3/4 cup pecans (unsalted) •dash of ground cinnamon •optional: other tasty ingredients can include cocoa powder, sunflower seeds (a great substitute for anyone with nut allergies), coconut flakes, orange or lemon zest INSTRUCTIONS 1. GROWN-UP: Do the slicing and dicing of fruit with a sharp knife. 2. KID: As each ingredient is prepared, add to the food processor’s workbowl. 3. GROWN-UP: Cover the food processor’s workbowl and give it the first, loud pulses. 4. KID: Once the pulsing isn’t too loud, take over on the pulsing until the ingredients are reduced to a moldable mix of small pieces. If the mixture isn’t sticky enough, add some more dates or raisins. 5. GROWN-UP: Empty the mixture onto a flat, clean surface. 6. KID: Knead the mixture together, then shape small handfuls of the mixture into interesting shapes (balls, hearts and stars were some of Lillian’s favorites; cookie cutters whose interior has been greased lightly can also yield interesting shapes). If feeling generous, let the grown-up shape a few, too. The Real Power Bars can be eaten right away or wrapped individually in wax paper or plastic and refrigerated. They transport well for a day-trip snack since the high natural-sugar content helps prevent them from “going bad.”


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family fun: PARTIES

Indian Village Outdoor Education Center BY MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON

Bet you didn’t know about this intriguing (and highly affordable) party possibility — a Columbus Recreation and Parks facility that offers kids a chance to party while enjoying the outdoors. They can run around, get dirty and learn a thing or two about nature. ALYSIA BURTON PHOTOS

Indian Village offers six types of parties with animal or nature themes for CHILDREN AGES 4 TO 12: • Fossil Fun: Children will make a fossil and track down some real ones at a cave on the park property. • Stream Stomp: Party guests will search for live animals. Park staff will lead kids on a walk through a creek where they will learn about the critters that live there.

• Night Wonders: Staff teaches guests about what senses animals use to survive at night. • Radical Reptiles: Guests will meet snakes and turtles. • Bug Out: Youngsters use real bugs to make “dye” that is used to create a tie-dyed shirt. • Bird Brain: Staff shares some of the cool feats of our feathered friends of the sky.

KIDS AGES 8 TO 12 have three adventure-themed parties from which to choose: • Archery: Staff members teach party guests basic bow and arrow skills and safety, then let them shoot at balloons. • Fishing: Would-be anglers have a chance to drop a line in

the Scioto River during this fishing-themed party • Canoeing: The Scioto River serves as training water for party goers. Kids learn a bit about maneuvering a canoe and staying safe on the water.

COST: $100 for Columbus residents, $155 for non-residents. A nonrefundable deposit of 20 percent of the party costs is required to reserve an event. Full payment is due the day of the party. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. The number of party participants ranges from 12 to 15 depending on the theme. Some type of parties can accommodate more children for an extra fee. WHEN: Indian Village can host parties Monday through Saturday. Party times are very flexible. Park staff is available from morning through evening. Parties are scheduled for three-hour time slots, which includes an hour for setting up and cleaning up afterward. The program portion of the party lasts one hour. Park staff members lead the programs. WHAT THE VENUE PROVIDES: Indian Village has a lodge with a full kitchen. There are tables inside and outside the facility. The lodge also has a fireplace, plus there’s an outdoor fire pit, where guests can roast marshmallows or hot dogs. Indian Village provides all of the necessary equipment for the adventure parties and the supplies to make fossils

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for the fossil party.

WHAT YOU PROVIDE: Food, beverages, cake, place settings and tablecloths. People often schedule the parties before or after lunch and dinner so they do not have to bring in meals to serve to guests. If you want goodie bags, you must supply them. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Families often arrange for the park’s portion of the party to begin 30 minutes after the official party start time. That arrangement allows guests to get settled and typically means everyone is present when the program starts. CONTACT: 614-645-3380, parks.columbus.gov/outdooreducation.aspx


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The 2012 Burn Season ignites with the Columbus Arts Festival! 2012 WATERFIRE SCHEDULE Saturday, June 2 In conjunction with the Columbus Arts Festival Friday, June 15 MoJoFlo Friday, July 13 Arnett Howard Friday, July 27 Entertainment TBD Saturday, August 4 Grassinine Saturday, August 18 The Floorwalkers Friday, September 7 Ladies of Longford Friday, September 28 In conjunction with the Riverfront Arts Festival Saturday, September 29 In conjunction with the Riverfront Arts Festival

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About the Columbus Arts Festival After a four-year absence, the Columbus Arts Festival returns to its former home on the Riverfront, along the beautiful new Scioto Mile and Bicentennial Park, on June 1-3. The Columbus Arts Festival is the city’s welcome-to-summer event, pairing the finest artists and craftspeople from around the country and the world with continuous entertainment including handson art activities, musical performances and great food from area restaurants. HOURS: Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. Sunday 11:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. FREE. www.columbusartsfestival.org.

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I’ve been plotting this one for a while. How better to feed a growing boy than to unleash him on food trucks all parked in one place? Throughout this summer and until Sept. 27, the Columbus Commons is hosting a “Food Truck Food Court” every Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Though the lines of Downtown workers form quickly, we also saw plenty of other families there and, with all the activities available (carousel, play equipment, art supplies, reading room), you can easily make a day trip out of it. But show up by 11 a.m. if you want to avoid the long lines or food shortages. We had eight trucks to choose from and sampled from four. I’ve had Mikey’s Late Night Slice pizza before and it is delicious. Very generous slices. My son devoured his slice before I even got back from Sophie’s Gourmet Pierogi, where I had ordered “The Vintage” ($6) plate. It had three nicely crisped pierogi with carmelized onions, sour cream and a compound butter that added interesting sweetness. I also got their clearly homemade watermelon-lemon Italian ice ($2.50). For the price, I was disappointed by the small serving size, but then I ate the stuff and, holy cow, it’s worth all 250 pennies. Colin moved on to The Cheesy Truck. I was pleasantly surprised by how ungreasy

his grilled cheese sandwich was (it was also very tasty). I also tried the PerZoot truck (no lines and the food sounded lighter than what other trucks had). The PerZoot focaccia sandwich ($6.50) had prosciutto, mozzarella and argula. Very fresh and tasty. My only quibble would be the rind on the prosciutto (I kept removing it), but the side salad of greens, strawberries and parmesan chips lightly dressed with balsamic vinaigrette would have made an awesome meal on its own. Altogether, a great meal comprised of several meals. My only suggestion for improvement, especially during these hot-weather months, would be to offer more light and/or cool-temperature foods like that PerZoot sandwich/salad or Sophie’s Italian ice. —JANE HAWES

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THE FOOD TRUCK FOOD COURT

160 S. High St., Downtown; columbuscommons.org HOURS: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 27 COST: Lunch items range from about $3-$8 per serving, all the trucks seem to offer Pepsi products and bottled water for $1 each; you could easily bring your own beverages TIPS: The umbrella-shaded seating fills quickly so bring a blanket for lawn sitting. Public restrooms are available. The carousel costs $1 per ride (but is free on Fridays from 10 a.m.2 p.m.). Parking is available at two nearby garages.


THE KID SAYS

I thought the Columbus Commons looked fun: It was really big and open, and I really liked the life-sized chess set (I crushed my mother in a game after we ate from multiple food trucks). I think having a food truck is interestingly smart because it’s mobile. It was hard to pick which food trucks to eat at. There were about eight of them. We ended up trying four altogether. The first food truck I tried was a pizza truck called Mikey’s Late Night Slice. I got one slice of cheese pizza ($3) and a Dr. Pepper ($1). Their pizza slices were the size of two regular slices. It tasted really good. It was a little bit spicy, but I could eat it. I did not try any of their sauces because I don’t like sauces on pizza. My mom’s first truck was a pierogi truck and she let me try some. I really like pierogi and we have them about once a week. I thought this one tasted a little duller than the ones at home, but it was good. The potatoes and cheese were good. The Italian ice, despite them saying it was watermelon and lemon, tasted like kiwi to me. I didn’t like it

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HOW’D THEY LIKE IT? FAVORITE BITE: MOM: Sophie’s Gourmet Pierogi Italian ice KID: Mikey’s Late Night Slice cheese pizza

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that much. My second truck that I went to was The Cheesy Truck. I got a grilled cheese sandwich called “The Boarding School” ($4). It was your choice of white or wheat bread (I got wheat) and it had cheddar and jack cheese on it. I also had bacon with mine ($1.50 extra) because there were four choices of extra things you could put on one (tomatoes, pickles and I forget the other one). It tasted really good. Bacon in a grilled cheese sandwich is a profound food discovery for me. After The Cheesy Truck, I was too full to eat anything else, but I am looking forward to going back next Thursday. —COLIN HAWES

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family fun: DAY TRIPPING

CEDAR POINT (for Wimps)

BY JANE HAWES

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Top Thrill Dragster — not suitable for wimps

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Cedar Point’s new Dinosaur Alive exhibit — suitable for wimps The things we do for our kids. Exhibit A: Amusement Parks. Now, yes, I know there are many parents out there who love roller coasters and other thrill rides. I’ve even visited some of them in the hospital. Oh, but I kid! The truth is I’m just not an amusement-park aficionado — unlike “Patches,” the interesting gentleman so dubbed by my son and his buddy when we all converged on Cedar Point in May for the opening day of their 2012 season. Patches wore a jacket emblazoned with patches for all the rides there and loudly evangelized the virtues of each to anyone who would listen. Patches and I are polar opposites. So what’s a parent to do when you want to be a good parent and avail your children of this iconic American experience we call “going to an amusement park” but you really have no desire to test your intestinal fortitude on Top Thrill Dragster (more about

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that one later)? You come up with a plan to amuse (no pun intended) yourself. *EAT: There are 32 cafes, restaurants and food carts on the grounds of Cedar Point. You could spend the day eating, if you were so inclined. Because I had brought two young teens, armed with wristwatches, we made plans for occasional meet-ups at specific locations, and then I nibbled my way around the place. *WALK IT OFF: And then I walked it all off because Cedar Point is huge — 364 acres to be precise which is like a square that’s more than a half-mile long on each side (but by mid-afternoon, it will feel much longer). *WATCH: In my opinion, you’d have to be clinically insane to ride Top Thrill Dragster, but apparently a lot of people are. They strap these people into open seats, shoot them 420 feet straight up a track at 120 miles per hour and then fling them straight back down, all in less than a minute. But I’ll

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admit I was fascinated to watch these lunatics get shot down the track, their faces distorted by fear and G-forces (they even have stands for people like me to sit and watch the insanity).

*BYOSC (BRING YOUR OWN SMALL CHILD): If you’re lucky

One Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870; 419-6272350; cedarpoint.com HOURS: For most of July and August, the park will be open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. or until 12 midnight on Saturdays. COST: It’s a little complex (spend quality time on the website to figure it out), but for sure you’ll want to pay for and print off your tickets online (it saves $7 for each one). A one-day, online-issued pass for someone between the ages of 3 and 61, and at least 48 inches tall, is $44.99. Visiting Dinosaur Alive costs an extra $5 each. Many employers and stores have discounted tickets available, and all past and current members of the military get a $15 discount. TIP: If you drive the recommended route up Rt. 23 from Columbus (and then get on Rt. 4 from there), know that the last Starbucks until you get to Sandusky is in Marion, just off Rt. 95.

enough to possess a small child, you will have a good excuse for going on the kiddie rides or even hitting the splash pad. Doing so alone probably would have earned me a chat with one of the many security guards roaming the place. However, you could safely ride the CP & LE Railroad or Sky Ride by yourself and not look like a Tier III offender waiting to happen. *VISIT DINOSAUR ALIVE: Part of why we visited Cedar Point on its 2012 Opening Day was to get a special “media sneak peek” at this new animatronic dinosaur exhibit they

set up underneath part of the Millennium Force ride (another one you’ll never see me on). It’s got about 50 dinosaurs that you visit along a snaking boardwalk course. Nearly all the dinosaurs are about half their estimated adult size, but the few that are full size are truly impressive. It’s a nice break from riding (or avoiding) the rides and is also an ingenious use of otherwise empty space.


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Have your Birthday at the Coolest New Place in Town

family fun: PLAYGROUND PATROL

Fryer Park’s Discovery Frontier

Choose from one of our great themes and let our educators do the rest!

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All of it… invitations, decorations, fun activities, fabulous cake, party favor bags and clean up!

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In a galaxy not so far away, there’s a playground designed to be out of this world. Grove City is home to Fryer Park’s Discovery Frontier, an all-accessible playground with an outer-space theme. Yet, it’s how the playground appeals to an individual’s “inner space” that makes it unique. From the moment the planet-themed playground took shape, special consideration was taken to make the surroundings and equipment appeal to children who are blind, deaf or have autism. Custom play pieces mirror those that therapists use when working with children who have autism. An earth mound features planet plaques with Braille descriptions and the nearby Venus Music Garden offers brightly colored bells, chimes and drums that beckon all children, even those who can’t hear the music. A custom climbing wall constructed of red concrete and colorful stones represents Mars. Those who prefer not to climb will have fun peering through the many craters. The Moon Station offers more fun. The circular structure features a lookout perch complete with telescopes and craters allow little ones to tunnel to a 4-foot high “moon room” hidden underneath. While visitors to this playground won’t find the typical slides or swings, there is a Mercury Sandbox and plans for a Jupiter Splash Pad and Pluto Shelter House. If you visit, watch your step (but in a good way): There is a walking path with a stamped time line of significant dates of discovery of the solar system as well as what was happening in Grove City at those times. —KRISTEN MAETZOLD

FRYER PARK’S DISCOVERY FRONTIER

3899 Orders Road, Grove City 43123 614-277-3050 parks.grovecity ohio.gov/cityParks/ communityParks/ HOURS: dawn to dusk DETAILS: Additional Fryer Park perks include Century Village, a one-mile recreational walking and biking trail, a dedicated preserve perfect for bird watching, Rotary Lake, a sledding hill, and public restrooms and water fountains next to the playground.


JIM BROWN. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Dispatch Magazines. Some things just dominate in Cleveland. We congratulate our publications’ 30 finalists at the Press Club of Cleveland’s recent Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. Among them were Columbus Parent, which was named runner-up for Best Magazine in Ohio, and Alysia Burton, who received second place in the General Photo (Multiple Images) category. We also honor these first-place winners:

John Ross Community/Local Coverage

Will Shilling Best Photographer in Ohio

Michaela Schuett Spread or Multiple Page Design (Tabloids)

Yogesh Chaudhary Spread or Multiple Page Design Jodi Miller General Photo/Multiple Images Craig Rusnak Covers/Business Publications

Sherry Beck Paprocki Medical/Health Writing Molly Willow and Ray Paprocki Analysis

G.A. Benton and Jill Moorhead Departments/Columns

Jennifer Wray Features/General Features/Personality Profile General News/Single Story

Will Shilling General Photo/Single Image Portrait/Personality Photography

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family fun: MEDIA REVIEWS

BOOKS FOR KIDS —MEREDITH PATZER, TEAM LEADER II, KARL ROAD BRANCH OF THE COLUMBUS METROPOLITAN LIBRARY

“NINA IN THAT MAKES ME MAD”

“BOY + BOT”

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by Ame Dyckman Bot and Boy are instant friends when they meet but when Bot inadvertently gets turned off, Boy thinks his new friend is sick and takes care of him. Later, Bot gets his power back but believes that Boy has malfunctioned (Boy is asleep). His hilarious attempts to fix Boy (including spare batteries) lead to a happy reunion. Can two such different beings stay good friends — that’s an “affirmative!” Be sure to check out the fun, colorful illustrations for the whole story! FOR AGES 3 TO 6.

“THE PRINCESS AND THE PACKET OF FROZEN PEAS” by Tony Wilson In this offbeat “fairy tale,” Prince Henrik realizes that it is time to find a bride and asks his brother Prince Hans for advice. It turns out that Prince Hans tested his own wife with a pea under the mattress and when she woke up cranky, he knew he had found a real princess. Unfortunately, she hasn’t stopped complaining since! Prince Henrik decides he would rather find an “unreal” princess and devises his own test using a packet of frozen peas. Will the experiment work and help him find a true companion? FOR AGES 4 TO 7.

by Hilary Knight; based on a text by Steven Kroll Graphic novels can be difficult to find for very beginning readers but this one not only is written on a basic level but also features a main character who faces situations early readers will recognize. Nina often finds herself in frustrating situations beyond her control. Like any young child, she struggles to express herself clearly and make herself understood. “When I need you and you make me wait,” she sighs, “it makes me mad” — especially because the project she wanted to show her mom has fallen apart during the wait. Or she is accused of creating a bathtub mess that wasn’t her fault (sort of). Nina is hilarious, adorable and every child. FOR AGES 5 TO 8.

“A WORLD OF FOOD” by Carl Warner Fans of the “I Spy” and “Look-Alikes” books will love this collection of illustrations made entirely out of food. Orange-juice rivers, candy-bar train tracks, a rib-eye steak sky and a garlic moon are just some of the clever uses of food waiting to be discovered by keen observers. Although the rhyming text does guide readers to some details, most are surprises. The fishing village scene is particularly fascinating, with its clever use of fish for the ocean. FOR AGES 5 TO 10.

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FAMILY APPS

“THE FALSE PRINCE” “THE GREAT CAKE MYSTERY” by Alexander McCall Smith Precious, a young girl from Africa, loves to ask questions and thinks she might like to be a detective when she grows up. When treats start disappearing at her school, the other children accuse one of their classmates of being a thief. Precious, however, believes there is another culprit and cleverly sets out to prove her theory. Set in Botswana, this sweet, gently humorous story will appeal to mystery lovers and anyone who craves to know more about other cultures. FOR AGES 7 TO 10.

WEBSITE GREATGROUPGAMES.COM

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Want to get your kids outside running around and using their imaginations too? Greatgroupgames.com includes more than 100 games, categorized by age, type, action-level, occasion and size. Most games require few props and are set up and played quickly. The directions are well organized and lay out the requirements and rules simply. A great place to go if you need an activity for a group of kids or just want to remind yourself about the rules of an old favorite.

by Jennifer A. Nielsen Years ago, Prince Jaron was killed in an attack by pirates. Or was he? Four boys have recently been removed from orphanages by a mysterious nobleman named Conner. He intends to train the boys in royal manner, swordplay and education, and then use the most convincing boy to claim to be the missing prince. As the boys compete and scheme to become the most “princely,” questions about Conner’s true intentions arise. Is he really a patriot, as he claims? Is the royal family in danger? One of the boys, a thief named Sage, resists his training and looks for a way to escape. But his own secrets may threaten the plan altogether and endanger his life. The first in a planned trilogy, “The False Prince” has enough intrigue and treachery to have teens clamoring for the sequel. FOR TEENS.

“TAPDRAGONDROP”

The popular “How to Train Your Dragon” movie has spawned the DreamWorks Dragons: TapDragonDrop app ($1.99). The film’s main characters, Hiccup and Toothless, have the starring roles. The premise of the game is that a major storm has hit a Viking Village and sheep are scattered everywhere. Hiccup, Toothless and your child have to gather up the herd and bring them home by solving a series of puzzles. There are more than 40 challenging levels. The task gets increasingly difficult as new obstacles are introduced as the game goes on. This app features great graphics and easy to understand controls.

“WORLD WAR II INTERACTIVE”

When a child is old enough to put away his or her toys, and you feel it’s time they start learning about the real world around them, World War II Interactive ($4.99 for iPad app; a more limited version is available for free) is a book featuring text, audio, video and photos that teaches about the biggest conflict in world history. Every month of the war is reported. Every battle, every leader and every weapon is included in this interactive book. The publisher rates this app for children 10 years old and up. It’s designed to be engaging, easy to navigate and simple to understand. This app is divided into nine time periods. You can watch a video demo of what’s offered at worldwar2app.com —PHIL PIKELNY

—MEREDITH PATZER

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SUNDAY 1 Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 6 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com Fourth of July Family Camp, Come join us at YMCA Camp Willson for our Fourth of July Family Camp. Family Camp is an opportunity for you to be able to spend quality time with your family while we take care of the entertainment and the cooking. Enjoy taking on thrills with your kids like our climbing wall, high adventure activities or horseback riding. Spend time relaxing on a boat or swimming in our 40 acre lake. YMCA Camp Willson, 2732 CR 11, Bellefontaine. 937-593-9001. ymcacampwillson.org Freedom Celebration, The gospel quartet Antioch will provide a program of inspirational and patriotic music. The OSU Alumni Band will also participate in the celebration, which culminates with a fireworks display at dark. 6 p.m. Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 S. Sunbury Rd., Westerville. 614-882-2347.

MONDAY 2 FREE! Book Buddies: Little Buddies, Students entering grades 1-3 can practice reading with a local teen during this 5-week program. Registrants must commit to at least 3 weeks (Note weeks you will be unavailable during registration). A variety of reading materials will be supplied. 2-3 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Crafty Tales, Kids ages 3-6 will play games, use their imaginations and make a craft with a new theme each week. 10-10:50 a.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-8827277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org

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Dream Big Days, Let your imagination grow - Dream Big at these fun programs which include stories, games, crafts and more. Ages 5-12. 1-2 p.m. $1 per child donation appreciated. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Family Evening Storytime, 7 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Just for Kids 4th July Craft, Kids will make patriotic crafts just in time for the July 4th festivities. The class is open to kids ages 3 and up. Advanced registration required, call to register. 7-8 p.m. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., 614-836-3333. groveport.org

TUESDAY 3 Read, White & Boom, The mission of Reach Out and Read is to prepare central Ohio’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Focus is given to children living in poverty who face the highest risk for academic failure. Join us as we light up the night at the 3rd annual Read, White & Boom! This family friendly backyard style party provides a fantastic view of the Red, White & Boom fireworks! 4:30 p.m. $30 per single ticket, $50 per couple, $65 per family. All American Moving & Storage, 371 Maier Pl, Brewery District. 614-355-0519. nationwidechildrens.org/reach-out-and-read FREE! Red, White and Bikes, Join us outside the library entrance with your bike and decorate it for the Independence Day parade. Materials available while supplies last. Ages 2-12. 2 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd.; Lane Road Library, 1945 Lane Road, Miller Park Branch Library, 1901 Arlington Ave., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621.

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FREE! Summer Stories on the Lawn, Ages 2-5. Bring a blanket! 10:15-10:45 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951.

WEDNESDAY 4 FREE! Baby Games, Ages 0-18 months. 10:15 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Canoe the Lakes, Stop by anytime and take a canoe out for a ride around Darby Bend Lakes. Children must fit into life jacket to ride. 1-4 p.m. Prairie Oaks Metro Park, 2755 Amity Rd., West Jefferson. 614-895-6365. FREE! Create, We’ll be offering 6 weeks of art camp (break for July 4th) on Wednesday nights for ages 5-8 and 912. Children will get an opportunity to choose between different classes: painting, printmaking & sketchbook creation, felt crafts, paper bead making and building birdhouses. 7-8 p.m. Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High Street, Clintonville. 614-262-2006. cbcohio.org Family Fun with RMT, Band RMT performs their “Songs of America” concert. 4-5:30 p.m. Free with $6-$11 admission. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, East Side. 614-645-8733. fpconservatory.org FREE! Tram Trek, Learn about the park’s past, present and future while enjoying a tram ride on the trails. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Walnut Woods Metro Park, 6723 Lithopolis Road, Groveport. 614-895-6365.

THURSDAY 5 FREE! Crafts at the Library: Dreamcatchers, Together we’ll create our own dreamcatchers as inspired by the traditional Native American charms. We’ll provide all materials. Registration is

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WESTERVILLE MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15—The area around Heritage Park and Everal Barn in Westerville comes alive during a weekend of music and the arts. This annual festival features more than 130 exhibitors. Plus, there will be multiple music stages with live acts, family-friendly activities and a silent auction. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission won’t break the bank, with a $1 entry fee for adults and no cost for children. Visit westervillechamber.com for more information. required and begins July 12. Grades 4-6. 2 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614486-9621. FREE! Family Support Group, For caregivers of children with special needs. ECRN+ Family Support Group is a monthly gathering held in an environment for families of special needs children to facilitate connections, share information and ideas. 6-8 p.m. ECRN Office, 6555 Busch Blvd., Columbus. 614-543-9000 x 215. ymcacolumbus.org/ECRN FREE! Little Green Thumbs Gardening Club, Being in the garden, digging the weeds, finding worms - who could ask for more? Kids ages 3-5 can help us nurture

our Children’s Garden, hear a story, make a craft and have fun! Registration required. 11-11:30 a.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Preschool Story Time, Ages 3-5. 11-11:30 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Teen Wordshop: Time Travel, Time travel is a piece of cake, as long as you’ve got a pencil and your imagination in full working order. In this workshop, you’ll design your own time machine and take it on a few test flights. While we’re imaging and exploring time travel, we’ll also practice the three components

of writing a story: character, setting and challenge. This is a 4 week writing workshop series. Registration is required and begins June 14. Grades 5-8. 7 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621.

FRIDAY 6 30th Annual Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In, Join us for the spectacular 30th annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In! The show features more than 1500 cars, including antiques, classics, muscle cars, customs, motorcycles, street rods and European exotics. $10, 12 and under are free.


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Dublin Metro Center, 500 Metro Place North, Dublin. 614-876-8200. ArthritisAutoShow.com FREE! Animal Tales Campfire, Hear tall tales, strange facts and songs about the animal kingdom. 8 p.m. Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. 614-895-6365. Clay Time for Kids at Clayspace, Clayspace artists will present a new project every week that kids will love! We’ll make toad houses, piggy banks, masks, and more! Come inside and play with clay! Call to reserve a spot. Ages 7 and up. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $30. Clayspace, 831 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614-449-8144. clayspace831.com Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Commons for Kids, Friday mornings are all about kids at Columbus Commons. Kids can read, play and take a free spin on the carousel. The Columbus Metropolitan Library will also bring the book mobile and will be sponsoring free Wi-Fi in the Reading Room. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Downtown. columbuscommons.org. FREE! Dublin Art Fair, The 5th annual community celebration of art. Features more than 100 art vendors, food and entertainment. 5-9 p.m. John Sells Middle School, 150 W Bridge St, Dublin. 614579-5743. dublinartfair.org Multicultural Families Potluck & Discussion Group, This is a group for parents and children with diverse cultural backgrounds. We will meet at least once a month for potlucks, cultural festivals and playdates. The goals of the group are support, friendship and fun. 6:308:30 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist, 93 W Weisheimer Rd., Clintonville. 614-8530039. Teen Time Fridays, Bring your ideas & your friends to Clayspace and be creative with clay. Clayspace artists are on hand to provide inspiration and instruction. We will have new ideas every week or help you with your original creations. A great way to start the weekend! Call to reserve a spot. 4-6 p.m. $35. Clayspace, 831 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614449-8144. clayspace831.com

tures more than 1500 cars, including antiques, classics, muscle cars, customs, motorcycles, street rods and European exotics. $10, 12 and under are free. Dublin Metro Center, 500 Metro Place North, Dublin. 614-876-8200. ArthritisAutoShow.com Adult and Pediatric CPR Training, Tiny Tot Tutoring will be hosting free CPR Training for parents, child care providers and community members. Pre-registration required for certification. Spaces are limited so register today! 2-6 p.m. $55 with discount code CPJuly. Northside Library, 1423 N High St, Campus. 614-772-4520. FREE! Archery, Learn to use a simple bow and shoot arrows at targets. Age 8 and older. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester. 614-895-6365. Child Abuse Recognition and Prevention, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $70. American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, 995 E. Broad Street, East Side. 614-253-2740 ext. 2477. Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Dublin Art Fair, The 5th annual community celebration of art. Features more than 100 art vendors, food and entertainment. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. John Sells Middle School, 150 W Bridge St, Dublin. 614-579-5743. dublinartfair.org FREE! Family Wading, Take a one mile hike to Big Darby Creek to catch and release aquatic critters. 11 a.m. Prairie Oaks Metro Park, 2755 Amity Rd., West Jefferson. 614-895-6365. FREE! Let’s Go Camping!, Hiking and bug spray and boots, oh my! Explore all things camping and work on early literacy skills at this drop-in family event. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Open Chess Club, Calling all chess players 6 and up! Keep your skills sharp with a session of free play. Basic chess knowledge required. 3-4 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Stories & Signs, 10-10:30 a.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Technology Scavenger Hunt, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sharon Woods Metro Park, 6911 S. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-895-6365.

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evaluation sheet will be given to each camper showing their areas for improvements with a detailed list of drills and goals. Campers receive the individual instruction necessary to become a better player. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $65. Capital University Bernlohr Stadium, 1 College & Main Street, Bexley. 614236-6184. capital.edu/football Columbus Clippers vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com Family Fun Day, Children create monarch butterfly crafts at the Pollinators Garden. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with $6$11 admission. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, East Side. 614-645-8733. fpconservatory.org FREE! Technology Scavenger Hunt, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sharon Woods Metro Park, 6911 S. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-895-6365.

MONDAY 9 FREE! Book Buddies: Big Buddies, 2-3 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614486-9621. FREE! Book Buddies: Little Buddies, Students entering grades 1-3 can practice reading with a local teen during this 5-week program. Registrants must commit to at least 3 weeks (Note weeks you will be unavailable during registration). A variety of reading materials will be supplied. Registration begins June 4 and will be limited by the number of volunteers we recruit. 2-3 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Crafty Tales, Kids ages 3-6 will play games, use their imaginations and make a craft with a new theme each week. 10-10:50 a.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-8827277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org Dream Big Days, Let your imagination grow - Dream Big at these fun programs which include stories, games, crafts and more. Ages 5-12. 1-2 p.m. $1 per child donation appreciated. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Family Evening Storytime, 7 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Henna & a Movie, Henna tattoos and new movie trailers...what’s not to like? For grades 4 and up. 3-4 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Joanie Calem: Singing Stories from Around the World, Kids will have fun and learn valuable lessons will listening to Joanie’s multicultural song-stories. Free tickets, which are required, will

be available at the Old Worthington Library Children’s Desk one week prior to the performance. 3-4 p.m. Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Lolli-Pops! Kids Concert - The Marvelous Toy, Lolli-Pops! is a free concert series where kids get to interact, sing and dance along with the performers. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Village Green Amphitheater, 47 Hall St., Powell. 614396-3322. cityofpowell.us/residentsevent-details.php FREE! Madcap Puppets: When You Wish Upon a Fish, The famous Grimm brothers take the stage in one of the most popular Madcap shows of all time. The brothers can’t decide which fishy fairy tale to choose for their book. Each outrageous version includes audience participation, a magical talking fish and a surprise ending. (Youth: All Ages) 3-4 p.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E Main St., Bexley. 614-231-2793. bexleylibrary.org FREE! Mother-Daughter Book Club, Girls in grades 4-6 and their mothers (or grandmothers!) are invited to join us and talk books. Selected title: “The Pepins and their Problems” by Polly Horvath. 7-8 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Nature Kids: Creepy Crawlies, Search for multi-legged critters like insects and spiders. Ages 6-12. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. 614-895-6365. Teen Photography Camp, Our new Teen Photography Camp will keep your kids engaged, learning and having fun this July. Kids will learn techniques for taking award winning photos, action shots, portraits and more in this 4 week camp that meets for four Mondays in July. The camp is open to kids ages 1216. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $80 Residents, $90 Non-Residents plus basic digital camera. Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport. 614-836-3333. groveport.org Theater Camp, Children will learn how to make sets, props, costumes and memorize lines from a play in this camp. Performance will be held for family and friends on the last day of class. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $85 resident, $90 non-resident. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333. groveport.org

TUESDAY 10 Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $110. American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, 995 E. Broad Street , East Side. 614-253-2740 ex2477. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 6-9 p.m. $110. Delaware County Red Cross, 380 Hills-Miller Road, Delaware. 614-253-2740 ex2477.


Thurber House Young Writers’ Studio, Hone your writing skills, share your pieces to be critiqued by the group and beat the boring summer blues with creative selfexpression. Available for those entering grades 9 through 12. Visit website for full event details. 6-8 p.m. $15. The Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave., Downtown. 614-464-1032. thurberhouse.org FREE! Watch It: Movie Days, Cool off, have some popcorn and watch a movie in our meeting room! Movies are all rated PG-13. Participants under 13 must have a signed permission slip to attend. Grades 7-12. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951.

WEDNESDAY 11 Art of Movement: Foundations, The Art of Movement Foundations combines the East and West intuitive dance practices to help you add energy and relieve stress. Open to ages 16+. No class on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 6:30-8 p.m. $4 Resident, $5 Non-resident per class. Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., 614-836-3333. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 6-9 p.m. $110. Delaware County Red Cross, 380 Hills-Miller Road, Delaware. 614-253-2740 ex2477. FREE! Baby Games, Ages 0-18 months. 10:15 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Create, We’ll be offering 6 weeks of art camp (break for July 4th) on Wednesday nights for ages 5-8 and 912. Children will get an opportunity to choose between different classes: painting, printmaking & sketchbook creation, felt crafts, paper bead making and building birdhouses. 7-8 p.m. Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High Street, Clintonville. 614-262-2006. cbcohio.org FREE! FountainSide Presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 fm): Buckeye Bonanza, Splish-Splash into summer! Join us for FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM) for a variety of free children’s activities. This delightful Columbus Recreation and Parks Department series offers water play and fountain fun at the 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain in Bicentennial Park on select Wednesdays throughout the summer. Don’t forget to stop by the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck to cool down with a tasty ice cream treat all summer long! 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Downtown. 614-645-7995. SciotoMile.com FREE! Just for Kids: Caterpillars, Learn how monarch caterpillars live on milkweed and change into butterflies. Ages 6-12. 10 a.m. Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365.

Knitting Skills Level 1, Knitting skills 1 Skill Level Easy: We will knit a variety of decorative squares which will enable us to learn how to cable, lace and make embossed designs in knitting. The squares will then be sewn together to create 14x14 decorative pillow covers. Ages 16 and up are welcome to join. Basic knitting skills are necessary for this class. 6:30-8 p.m. $10 Residents, $12 Non-Residents plus supplies. Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport. 614836-3333. groveport.org FREE! Pajama Jam, Hop into your pajamas and get comfortable as we enjoy books, music and activities. 6:30-7 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Preschoolers: Flowers, Discover colorful wildflowers. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. 614-8956365. FREE! Soil Stew, Discover how to make your own soil by composting. Age 8 an younger (accompanied by an adult). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Spanish-English Preschool Storytime, Come for this preschool storytime for ages 3-6 that incorporates the learning of Spanish words and phrases into the fun. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Stories from Dreamtime, Weaving together two famous Australian dreamtime tales through the use of interactive storytelling, puppetry, props and costumes, World of Difference Ltd.’s Lindsay Bonilla will delight audience members as they learn the secrets behind why we dream and discover why the kangaroo has a pouch. No registration is necessary. Ages 3 and up. 2 p.m. Lane Road Library, 1945 Lane Road, Upper Arlington. 614-459-0273. FREE!Summer Family Story Time, Ages 2-5. 7-7:30 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Summer Splash, Wear your swimsuit and prepare to get wet at Heritage Park! Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free Just for Kids program. Preregistration is required. Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7-8 p.m. Groveport Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333. groveport.org Wacky Wednesdays, Parents may enjoy a day away while their child enjoys a day filled with fun games, crafts, movies, lunch and field trips. Open to the community, we have a limited number of spaces (20). This program is for children age 4 up through 5th grade. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 per child per week. First Presbyterian Church, 41 W College Ave, Westerville. 614-5601682. westervillefirstpresbyterian.com

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FREE! Captured Fairies, Create a home for your captured fairy friend! Bring a glass jar from home or use one of ours. For ages 5-9. Registration required. 2-3 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Homeschoolers: Bats, Learn myths, lore and facts about these fascinating animals. 10 a.m. Highbanks Metro Parks, 9466 Columbus Pike, Powell. 614895-6365. Kids’ Guitar Lessons, Ages 5 to 8 will meet from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Ages 9 to 12 will meet from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Students will need to provide their own acoustic guitar. Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 6:30-8 p.m. $45 Residents, $47 Non-Residents. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333. groveport.org FREE! Parent-Child Book Discussion, Library instructors lead a discussion of the selected title to teach critical thinking and appreciation for literature. This month we will read Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. Grades 3-5. 7 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Preschoolers: Bats, Learn about bats through games, stories and activities. 10 a.m. Pickerington Ponds Metro Park, 7680 Wright Rd., Pickerington. 614-895-6365. FREE! Preschoolers: Creek Adventures, Wade in the creek and discover what critters live there. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park, 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway. 614-895-6365. FREE! Reading to Rover, Meet some therapy dogs from Central Ohio Good Shepherds, and improve your reading skills too! Beginning readers can read to these very patient listeners, and learn about the therapy dog program. No registration is required. Grades K-5. 7 p.m. Miller Park Branch Library, 1901 Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington. 614-488-5710. FREE! Soil Stew, Discover how to make your own soil by composting. Age 8 and younger (accompanied by an adult). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Stories & Crafts, Ages 3-5 years. 1 p.m. Lane Road Library, 1945 Lane Road, Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Summer Stories on the Lawn, Ages 2-5. Bring a blanket! 10:15-10:45 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Sunny 95 Block Party, A free evening of fun, music, and food for you and your family brought to you by Sunny 95. Be sure to visit the Columbus Parent booth to enter to win a family four pack of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium tickets. 4-8 p.m. Selby Park Shelter House, 358 Selby Blvd S., Worthington. 614-451-2191.

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july 2012 THURSDAY 12 FREE! Dirty Dozen Gardening Club, Kids ages 6 and up are invited to explore the garden and have fun! We’ll have a new experiment or activity every week in addition to our regular gardening activities. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and assist. Registration required. 11-11:45 a.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Family Entertainment: Jon Petz, Magician, Jon has been called “the most exciting family entertainer” by the Columbus Dispatch. His energetic personality and unique style combining comedy, magic and illusion captivates audiences. Entertainment is held in the Homestead Amphitheater, in the event of inclement weather, performances will be in the Lakeside Pavilion. Presented by Washington Township Parks & Recreation. Sponsored by Giant Eagle. 7-8 p.m. Homestead Park, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard. 614-652-3922. wtwp.com/parks-and-recreation/programs-and-services/special-events/ Friends Ice Cream Social & Storytime, Enjoy stories, live music, face painting and ice cream with toppings at the 19th annual ice cream social sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Rain or shine. 7-8:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $1 per sundae. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 2164. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Get Your Art On: Graffiti It, Kids

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in grades 4-6 will design a “name tag,” and add it to a favorite shirt or pair of jeans. Those attending should dress to make a mess, and bring clothing on which to paint. 2-3 p.m. Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Preschool Story Time, Ages 3-5. 11-11:30 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951.

FRIDAY 13 Clay Time for Kids at Clayspace, Clayspace artists will present a new project every week that kids will love! We’ll make toad houses, piggy banks, masks and more! Come inside and play with clay! Call to reserve a spot. Ages 7 and up. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $30. Clayspace, 831 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614-449-8144. clayspace831.com FREE! Commons for Kids, Friday mornings are all about kids at Columbus Commons. Kids can read, play and take a free spin on the carousel. The Columbus Metropolitan Library will also bring the book mobile and will be sponsoring free Wi-Fi in the Reading Room. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Downtown. columbuscommons.org. FREE! Family Storytime: How Does Your Garden Grow, Enjoy a story, help with some gardening chores and taste some of the vegetables grown in the kitchen garden. 10:30 a.m. Slate Run Living Historical Farm, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester. 614-895-6365. FREE! Natural Play Area: River Romp, Explore the Olentangy River and find some of the animals that live there. 10 a.m. Highbanks Metro Parks, 9466 Columbus Pike, Powell. 614-895-6365. FREE! Sidewalk Chalk ‘n’ Hop, Kids can play different kinds of hopscotch

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from around the world, decorate the sidewalk in front of the library, blow bubbles, jump rope and try to master the hula hoop. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Summer Concert Series: The DewDroppers, Don’t miss this up and coming quartet that combines modern indie rock and a 1950s pop vibe! Sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries 7-8:30 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar Tales to Treasures, Pre-readers and beginning readers team up with one of our fabulous Volunteens to read a story and create an artistic treasure about a character in their book. Participants earn one hour’s worth of reading for this half hour program. Ages 4-8. 10:30-11 a.m. $1 per child donation appreciated. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. Teen Time Fridays, Bring your ideas & your friends to Clayspace and be creative with clay. Clayspace artists are on hand to provide inspiration and instruction. We will have new ideas every week or help you with your original creations. A great way to start the weekend! Call to reserve a spot. 4-6 p.m. $35. Clayspace, 831 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614449-8144. clayspace831.com

SATURDAY 14 Babysitter’s Training, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $85. Sylvan Learning Center, 4067 3rd St, Grove City. 614-253-2740. FREE! A Call to Action Youth Summit, An event for young adults ages 13-21 and their parents. The theme for this year’s event is “Empowering New American Youth to Take Action for the

Future.” There will be workshops, presentations, skits, lunch, giveaways and prizes. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Columbus Police Academy, 1000 N. Hague Ave., Columbus. 614-252-5362. ethiots.org Columbus Crew vs. Sporting KC, 7:30 p.m. $22-$46. Columbus Crew Stadium, One Black & Gold Blvd., North Side. 614447-2739. thecrew.com Dash For Donation, Join us for the 2012 Dash for Donation on July 14! We offer a 5K, 1K Family Fun Walk and Kids and Mascots Dash in downtown Columbus. Help us promote organ and tissue donation and provide hope to the more than 114,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving transplant. Discounts available for registered organ and tissue donors! Varies by race. Arena District, Between Neil Ave. and Nationwide Blvd., Arena District. 614-384-7375. lifelineofohio.org Family Fun with The Shazzbots, Children enjoy a space shuttle craft. The Shazzbots musical group perform at 11am and 2pm. Free with admission. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with $6-$11 admission. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, East Side. 614-645-8733. fpconservatory.org FREE! Family Storytime: How Does Your Garden Grow, Enjoy a story, help with some gardening chores and taste some of the vegetables grown in the kitchen garden. 10:30 a.m. Slate Run Living Historical Farm, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester. 614-895-6365. FREE! Family Wading, Take a half mile walk to Big Darby Creek to catch and release aquatic critters. 4 p.m. Prairie Oaks Metro Park, 2755 Amity Rd., West Jefferson. 614-895-6365. First Aid Training, Tiny Tot Tutoring will be hosting First Aid Training for parents, child care providers and community members. Pre-registration required for certification. Spaces are limited so

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Through March 2013—Next time you visit the Columbus Museum of Art, there’s an exhibit you won’t want to miss. Making Faces features works from the museum’s permanent collection along with hands-on elements for guests. One of the popular interactive components is a photo booth, which helps visitors answer the question “What emotions do our expressions reveal?” The exhibit also includes other puzzles and games. Making Faces is included in normal gallery admission. The CMA website, columusmuseum.org, has more information on hours and ticket prices. register today! 2-6 p.m. $45. Northside Library, 1423 N High St, Campus. 614772-4520. tinytottutoring.com FREE! Just for Kids: Caterpillars, Learn how monarch caterpillars live on milkweed and change into butterflies. Ages 6-12. 10 a.m. Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. KidZFest, Jungle Jack’s Landing comes alive as this kid oriented event with spe-

cial zoo programming and many other fun activities geared toward families spice up this weekend of fun! 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Adults $14.99, Seniors $10.99, Children 2-9 $9.99, Children under 2 free. Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell. 614-645-3550. Legacy: Mother-Daughter Day, Like the characters in Just Us Women by Jeannette Cains, Mothers and daughters will spend much needed quality time.


Activities will include making a memory box, designing their own bracelets, and participate in a mini Zumba lesson. Also during the event, the book Just Us Women will be read aloud and each family will receive their own copy. 3-6 p.m. Admission is Free, Suggested Donation $5 per person are welcome. MineBodySole Boutique and Beauty Bar, 4764 N. High St., Clintonville. 614-6541776. legacymotherdaughterday.eventsbot.com/ FREE! A Morning with Maisy, Meet the Maisy costumed character, and enjoy a special storytime all about her. 10-11 a.m. Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Drive, Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Stories for Babies, Babies and their caregivers are invited for a special Saturday morning storytime. Older siblings are invited to bring a doll or stuffed animal to be their “baby.” 11 a.m.-12 noon. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Northwest Side. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Summer Songs with Joanie Calem, Come dance and sing along to some summer songs by local musician Joanie Calem! All ages welcome. Free tickets are required and will be available in the Youth Department starting June 23. 10:30 a.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Teens Cook: Ice Cream, What tastes better than ice cream in the summer? Teens will make their own ice cream in this tasty program. Registration is required and begins June 3. Grades 6 and up. 2 p.m. Lane Road Library, 1945 Lane Road, Upper Arlington. 614-459-0273. Westerville Music and Arts Festival, This fantastic family event features over 150 juried fine arts/crafts exhibitors from throughout the United States. In addition, the Heritage Area will feature artisans in traditional dress demonstrating colonial and American crafts. Music stages will offer a variety of music acts including, Country, Big Band Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical, Celtic and Solo Guitar. There will also be hands-on children’s activities and entertainment as well as a Silent Auction which will include donated pieces from participating exhibitors. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $1 adults, free for children. Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-882-8917.

SUNDAY 15 FREE! Critter Campfire, Sing animal songs and share animal-themed snacks like Ants on a Log and Shaggy Dogs. 7 p.m. Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville. 614895-6365. A Date with Mom: The Outdoor

Experience, This is an opportunity for moms and sons to spend time together and have some fun outside (away from video games). We’ll have a Moms vs. Sons kick ball game, water balloon games, 3 legged races, potato sack race and tug of war. Because they are all winners, every family who participates will receive an award. So that we may have an accurate count, online pre-registration is required. 3-6 p.m. Admission is Free, Suggested donation $5 per person are welcome. Wolfe Park, 1911 Broad Street, East Side. 6146541776. adatewithmom.eventsbot.com/ Summer Bash, Come out and enjoy a cookout, hayrides, games, pony rides, face painting and more during our big summer celebration, featuring musical guest Todd Berry! And make sure not to miss the horse demonstrations that will be going on throughout the day! 1-6 p.m. Circle P Sanctuary, 1909 County Road 24, Marengo. info@circlepsanctuary.org. Westerville Music and Arts Festival, This fantastic family event features over 150 juried fine arts/crafts exhibitors from throughout the United States. In addition, the Heritage Area will feature artisans in traditional dress demonstrating colonial and American crafts. Music stages will offer a variety of music acts including, Country, Big Band Jazz, Bluegrass, Classical, Celtic and Solo Guitar. There will also be hands-on children’s activities and entertainment as well as a Silent Auction which will include donated pieces from participating exhibitors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $1 adults, free for children. Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-882-8917.

MONDAY 16 Columbus Clippers vs. Louisville Bats, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Crafty Tales, Kids ages 3-6 will play games, use their imaginations and make a craft with a new theme each week. 10-10:50 a.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-8827277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org Cupcake Camp for Kids, During this camp kids will learn different techniques for decorating cupcakes. The best part of the camp is that there will be plenty of cupcakes to “sample” for each kid. This camp is designed for kids ages 6-12. Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 12:30-1:30 p.m. $25 Resident, $27 Non-Resident. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333. groveport.org FREE! Dr. Dave’s Whiz Bang Science Show, Learn about rocket science, aerodynamics and robots and remote exploration. Presented in partnership with OSU Libraries and Sigma Xi - OSU chap-

ter. Free tickets, required for this program, will be available at the Northwest Library Children’s Desk one week prior to the performance. 7-8 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Northwest Side. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar Dream Big Days, Let your imagination grow - Dream Big at these fun programs which include stories, games, crafts and more. Ages 5-12. 1-2 p.m. $1 per child donation appreciated. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. An Evening In the Garden, Come to the Youth Services Snack Garden to hear stories, sing a song or two and make something to take home (along with something from the garden). Each night-themed story time will be held outside if weather permits. Registration required. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Family Evening Storytime, 7 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614486-9621.

TUESDAY 17 Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 6-9 p.m. $110. American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, 995 E. Broad Street, East Side. 614-253-2740 ex2477. FREE! B-I-N-G-O, Join us for an old fashioned afternoon of bingo. We’ll have lots of prizes, many of them space related. Snacks, too! 2 p.m. Miller Park Branch Library, 1901 Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington. 614-488-5710. Columbus Clippers vs. Louisville Bats, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com Decorate It: Flip Flop Workshop, Bring a pair of flip flops and decorate them with fun fur, hardware, ribbon and more! Space is limited, registration required beginning July 3. Grades 4-6. 34 p.m. $2. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Get the Dirt on Soil, Get your hands dirty with fun activities and discover why soil is important. Ages 8 and younger (accompanied by an adult). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Nature for Kids: Tricky Tracks, Look for animal tracks and prints on a half-mile walk to Buzzard’s Roost Lake, and make an animal track craft to take home. 1 p.m. Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester. 614-895-6365.

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july 2012 FREE! Scare Me S’more, Storyteller Jim Flanagan will tell chilling campfire tales guaranteed to creep you out. (Youth: Grades 5-12) 7-8:30 p.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E Main St, Bexley. 614-2312793. bexleylibrary.org FREE! Summer Stories on the Lawn, Ages 2-5. Bring a blanket! 10:15-10:45 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-4862951. FREE! Sunny 95 Block Party, A free evening of fun, music, and food for you and your family brought to you by Sunny 95. Be sure to visit the Columbus Parent booth to enter to win a family four pack of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium tickets. 4-8 p.m. Millstone Creek Park, 745 N. Spring Rd., Westerville. 614-451-2191.

WEDNESDAY 18 Art of Movement: Foundations, The Art of Movement Foundations combines the East and West intuitive dance practices to help you add energy and relieve stress. Open to ages 16+. No class on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 6:30-8 p.m. $4 Resident, $5 Non-resident per class. Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport. 614-836-3333. FREE! Baby Games, Ages 0-18 months. 10:15 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Bookworms Book Club, Ages 46 are invited to a book club just for prereaders. Simply read the selected picture book in advance and come to each meeting ready to talk, sing and have fun! 4:30-5:30 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Worthington. 614-8072626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Child Check, The Early Childhood Resource Network offers Child Check developmental screenings for children ages 1 month through 5 years in the areas of gross-motor, fine-motor, speech and language and personal/social skills. Vision screenings are offered to children over 3 and hearing screenings for all ages. Appointments are necessary. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. G. Tyree Learning Center, 1077 Lexington Ave., Columbus. 543-9000 ext. 216. Columbus Clippers vs. Louisville Bats, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Get the Dirt on Soil, Get your hands dirty with fun activities and dis-

cover why soil is important. Ages 8 and younger (accompanied by an adult). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Howl at the Toons, Draw beyond your wildest dreams as cartoonist Jeff Nicholas offers step-by-step drawing instruction and shares entertaining original stories to capture the imagination. 7-8 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Magic Tree House Party: Hour of the Olympics, Travel back in time with Jack and Annie to ancient Greece and the first Olympics. We’ll have activities, games and snacks all related to Mary Pope Osborne’s book. Grades 1 and up. 3 p.m. Lane Road Library, 1945 Lane Road, Upper Arlington. 614-4590273. FREE! Sidewalk Chalk Night, Bring the family to Heritage Park for a fun, free evening. We will provide the sidewalk chalk if you provide the creative art! Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free Just for Kids program. Preregistration is required. Children ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 7-8:30 p.m. Groveport Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-8363333. groveport.org FREE! Spanish-English Preschool Storytime, Come for this preschool storytime for ages 3-6 that incorporates the learning of Spanish words and phrases into the fun. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org Wacky Wednesdays, Parents may enjoy a day away while their child enjoys a day filled with fun games, crafts, movies, lunch and field trips. Open to the community, we have a limited number of spaces (20). This program is for children age 4 up through 5th grade. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 per child per week. First Presbyterian Church, 41 W College Ave, Westerville. 614-5601682. westervillefirstpresbyterian.com

THURSDAY 19 FREE! Books and Cooks: Edible Rockets, Young children are invited to hear stories about rocket ships, then make a yummy edible rocket! Registration is required and begins June 25. Ages 3-6. 11 a.m. Lane Road Library, 1945 Lane Road, Upper Arlington. 614-459-0273. Columbus Clippers vs. Louisville Bats, 12 noon. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Family Ride Night, Join the park ranger for a slow-paced bike ride on the Greenway trails. 6:30 p.m. Three Creek Metro Park, 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport.

CLASSES, CAMPS & ONGOING EVENTS FREE! Appalachian Strings: The Instruments, Their Makers, The Music, See an extensive collection of dulcimers, banjos, fiddles, guitars and mandolins, gathered from collections across the United States. Through Sept. 9. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster. 740681-1423. Blooms & Butterflies, Experience the emergence of exotic butterflies and watch their release into the Franklin Park Conservatory’s Pacific Island Water Garden. Daily through Sept. 9. Extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $6$11 admission. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St., East Side. 614-645-8733. fpconservatory.org Cincinnati Reds Baseball and Softball Camp, Open to boys and girls ages 6-14. The camp includes 30 hours of instruction packed with skills development, competition, camaraderie and fun. Campers will be given a full Reds uniform (jersey, pants, hat and belt), four tickets to a 2012 Reds game and a special graduation certificate. Includes special instruction from a Reds coach plus a guest appearance by a current Reds star. July 16-20. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $395. Dublin Jerome High School, 8300 Hyland Croy Rd, Dublin. 513-7657234. The Depot Rail Museum, Open again for summer hours! Visit the B&O Railroad Depot, then on to our Great Northern Railroad Dining Car. Hop on the Scioto Valley Railroad and visit the

614-895-6365. FREE! iPad Space Adventures, You and a partner can blast off on a constellation scavenger hunt using the Starwalk app on the library’s iPads to locate planets, galaxies and stars. then create your very own story using Toontastic. Registration is required and is limited to 10 students. Registration begins July 5. Grades 3-6. 2 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Little Green Thumbs Gardening Club, Being in the garden, digging the weeds, finding worms - who could ask for more? Kids ages 3-5 can help us nurture our Children’s Garden, hear a story, make a craft and have fun! Registration required. 11-11:30 a.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Preschoolers: Happy Hoppers,

rest of our attractions and experience true railroad history. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. $6 Adults, $5 Seniors (65 and over), $4 Kids (3 and up), Free (2 and under). The Depot Conference Center, 921 Old Henderson Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-324-5930. the-depot.org Junior Docent Program, Provides opportunities for middle school and high school students to participate in a training program to conduct guided tours. King Arts Complex, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., East Side. 614-645-5464. thekingartscomplex.com Peter Pan the Musical, July 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and July 29 at 2 p.m. 7-2 p.m. $5, children 12 and under free. Grandview Heights High School, 1587 W 3rd Ave, Grandview. 614-488-3111. gcpplayers.com/ Phoenix Theatre for Children: Peter and the Wolf, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave., Downtown. July 6-8. 614-4690939. catco.org Water: H20 = Life, An immersive look at our world's most precious resource. Interactive elements of the exhibit tell us how water is used, how important it is and how to conserve it. Daily through Sept. 3. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-6 p.m. Additional admission fee required. General admission: Adults $14.75, Children 2-12 $9.75, Seniors $13.75. COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad St., Downtown. 614-447-8894.

Take a short walk to catch some grasshoppers and learn about their lives. 10 a.m. Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Preschool Story Time, Ages 3-5. 11-11:30 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951.

FRIDAY 20 FREE! 2012 Jazz & Rib Fest, There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz. The 33rd annual Jazz & Rib Fest presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department returns to the Arena District riverfront on July 20-22. Three stages will host the finest local and international jazz artists, while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more.


Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights. Arena District, Between Neil Ave. and Nationwide Blvd., Arena District. 614-645-7995. hotribscooljazz.org/ FREE! Campfire Sing-Along, Toast marshmallows and enjoy songs and stories around the campfire. 7:30 p.m. Highbanks Metro Parks, 9466 Columbus Pike, Powell. 614-895-6365. FREE! Classic Movie Series, 9-11 p.m. Heritage Park and Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-9016500. westerville.org/parks Clay Time for Kids at Clayspace, Clayspace artists will present a new project every week that kids will love! We’ll make toad houses, piggy banks, masks, and more! Come inside and play with clay! Call to reserve a spot. Ages 7 and up. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $30. Clayspace, 831 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614-449-8144. clayspace831.com FREE! Commons for Kids, Friday mornings are all about kids at Columbus Commons. Kids can read, play and take a free spin on the carousel. The Columbus Metropolitan Library will also bring the book mobile and will be sponsoring free Wi-Fi in the Reading Room. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Downtown. columbuscommons.org. FREE! Grandparents & Grandkids: Here Comes the Sun, Take a close-up look at the sun using special telescopes that won’t harm your eyes. We may see magnetic storms (sunspots), solar flares and huge prominences arching away from the edge of the sun. Make a craft too. 10 a.m. Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Summer Concert Series: The Shazzbots, Families will love this blend of folk, swing, rock and jazz with lively theatrics reminiscent of Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries 7-8:30 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar

Teen Time Fridays, Bring your ideas & your friends to Clayspace and be creative with clay. Clayspace artists are on hand to provide inspiration and instruction. We will have new ideas every week or help you with your original creations. A great way to start the weekend! Call to reserve a spot. 4-6 p.m. $35. Clayspace, 831 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614449-8144. clayspace831.com FREE! The Turtle Lady, Discover the world of turtles, bearded dragons and amphibians of many kinds with The Turtle Lady. Lots of time for touching with more than 20 turtles. (Youth: All Ages) 11 a.m.-12 noon. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E Main St, Bexley. 614-231-2793. bexleylibrary.org

SATURDAY 21 FREE! 2012 Jazz & Rib Fest, There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz. The 33rd annual Jazz & Rib Fest presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department returns to the Arena District riverfront on July 20-22. Three stages will host the finest local and international jazz artists, while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights. Arena District, Between Neil Ave. and Nationwide Blvd., Arena District. 614-645-7995. hotribscooljazz.org/ Babysitter’s Training, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $85. Delaware County Red Cross, 380 Hills-Miller Road, Delaware. 614-2532740 ex2477. Columbus Crew vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. $22-$46. Columbus Crew Stadium, One Black & Gold Blvd., North Side. 614447-2739. thecrew.com FREE! Family Outdoor Movie Night, Bring the family to Groveport’s Heritage Park for free outdoor movie night. Popcorn will be provided. 8-10 p.m. Groveport Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333. groveport.org

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july 2012 FREE! Family Tram Ride, Hop on board the tram for a tour of the park. Tram runs continuously. Look for the yellow “tram stop” signs located in parking lots. 1-4 p.m. Sharon Woods Metro Park, 6911 S. Cleveland Ave., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Gardening and Arts Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Scioto Gardens, 3351 State Route 37 W, Delaware. 740-363-8264. sciotogardens.com FREE! Moms and Tots Craft Show, Lots of fun for the whole family. Over 70 vendors with items geared toward children mostly. Face painting and door prizes will be going on all day as well! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Polaris. 614-586-2090. momsandtotsshow.com Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $90. American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, 995 E. Broad Street, East Side. 614-253-2740 ex2477. FREE! Preschoolers: Happy Hoppers, Take a short walk to catch some grasshoppers and learn about their lives. 10 a.m. Blendon Woods Metro Park, 4265 E. DublinGranville Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. Tutoring Assessments, Tiny Tot Tutoring will be holding free Phonics and Math Educational Assessments for children 3 to 7 years of age. Assessments will be approximately 20 minutes. Reserve your child’s spot today! 1:45-6 p.m. Gahanna Public Library, 310 Granville St., Gahanna. 614-772-4520. tinytottutoring.com

SUNDAY 22 FREE! 2012 Jazz & Rib Fest, There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz. The 33rd annual Jazz & Rib Fest presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department returns to the Arena District riverfront on July 20-22. Three stages will host the finest local and international jazz artists, while barbeque pit masters serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights. Arena District, Between Neil Ave. and Nationwide Blvd., Arena District. 614-645-7995. hotribscooljazz.org/ FREE! Sing-Along Campfire, Sing silly nature songs with Musical Mark and learn about bats, bugs and other animals. Bring outdoor seating. 7 p.m. Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland Croy Rd., Dublin. 614-895-6365.

with his puppet show and hilarious stories. Don’t miss it! No registration is required. 11 a.m. Miller Park Branch Library, 1901 Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington. 614-488-5710. FREE! Nature Kids: Creeking, Explore Blacklick Creek with nets and buckets. Includes a 2 mile round-trip walk. Ages 6-12. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. 614-895-6365. Tombstones and Materials, During this presentation we will review the various tombstone types and the materials used to make tombstones from the 17th century to present. In addition, we will look at the handcrafted lettering and letter placement and spelling on 17th and 18th century tombstones. This class is appropriate for ages 6 to 99. 6:30-8 p.m. $5 Residents, $6 Non-Residents, Children 12 and under Free. Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport. 614836-3333. groveport.org

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FREE! Family Evening Storytime, 7 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Gator Dave’s Safari Adventure: Night Watch, Explore what’s wide awake when we are fast asleep. Gator Dave will bring live animals to this fun program. Free tickets, required for this program, will be available at the Old Worthington Library Children’s Desk one week prior to the performance. 7-8 p.m. Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington. 614-8072626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Major Arts for Minors, Circleville’s legendary banjo artist Tony Ellis will present a program for young people. 10 a.m. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster. 740-681-1423. FREE! Mr. Puppet, Bob Abdou, also known as Mr. Puppet, will entertain you

FREE! Columbus Artmobile, We’ll make our own versions of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and talk about the history of the famous painting during this visit by the Columbus Artmobile crew for ages 5-7. Registration required. 2-3 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! For Kids: People in the Park, Learn about the different jobs people do at the park and how we use trucks and tractors. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland Croy Rd, Dublin. 614-895-6365. FREE! Move It: Just Dance Tournament, Are you the best? Come dance

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COMMONS FOR KIDS Every Friday during July and August—The Columbus Commons are a vibrant, exciting place to bring the kids for an afternoon. Each Friday during the summer, head down between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the special Commons for Kids series. The youngsters can read books from the Columbus Metropolitan Library Bookmobile and ride the carousel. The Friday events are free and open to children of all ages. your face off and compete against your best friends in our Just Dance Tournament! Space is limited, register beginning July 10. Grades 7-12. 3-4:30 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Preschoolers: Puppets and Play, Enjoy a puppet show about a hummingbird and then play like the puppets play in our natural play area. 1 p.m. Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 State Route 674 N., Canal Winchester. 614-895-6365.

FREE! Soil Salad Snackers, Meet some plant-eating soil creatures through activities and a puppet show. Age 8 and younger (accompanied by an adult). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Stick It, Kids in grades 4-6 will find themselves in the middle of a sticky situation during this workshop, where they’ll use duct tape to make wallets, bracelets and more. 7-8 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Northwest Side. 614-807-

2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Sunny 95 Block Party, A free evening of fun, music, and food for you and your family brought to you by Sunny 95. Be sure to visit the Columbus Parent booth to enter to win a family four pack of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium tickets. 4-8 p.m. McCorkle Park, 200 McCutcheon Rd., Gahanna. 614-451-2191. FREE! Summer Stories on the Lawn, Ages 2-5. Bring a blanket! 10:15-10:45 a.m.

Summer Fun Days for Families July 21, 28 and August 11th. Farm animals, trail rides, hayrides, rock wall climbing, kids play areas, plus swimming and kayaking in the pond. $25 includes trailride $5 without trailride

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Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. Thurber House Young Writers’ Studio, Hone your writing skills, share your pieces to be critiqued by the group and beat the boring summer blues with creative selfexpression. Available for those entering grades 9 through 12. Visit website for full event details. 6-8 p.m. $15. The Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave., Downtown. 614-464-1032. thurberhouse.org

WEDNESDAY 25 FREE! Baby Games, Ages 0-18 months. 10:15 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com Family Fun Day, Children explore creative writing with artists Mimi Chenfield. 3-7 p.m. Free with $6-$11 admission. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street, East Side. 614-645-8733. fpconservatory.org FREE! FountainSide Presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 fm): Pirates on the Mile, Splish-Splash into summer! Join us for FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM) for a variety of free children’s activities. This delightful Columbus Recreation and Parks Department series offers water play and fountain fun at the 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain in Bicentennial Park on select Wednesdays throughout the summer. Don’t forget to stop by the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck to cool down with a tasty ice cream treat all summer long! 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr., Downtown. 614-645-7995. SciotoMile.com FREE! Pajama Jam, Hop into your pajamas and get comfortable as we enjoy books, music and activities. 6:30-7 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Preschoolers: Creek Critters, Take a short walk to the creek and wade in the water to find critters. 10 a.m. Three Creek Metro Park, 3860 Bixby Rd., Groveport. 614-895-6365. FREE! Sock Puppets, Bring a pair of socks and we’ll provide the supplies to make your own sock puppets. We’ll have some samples to give you inspiration, but feel free to get creative. No registration is required. 2 p.m. Miller Park Branch Library, 1901 Arlington Ave, Upper Arlington. 614-488-5710. FREE! Soil Salad Snackers, Meet some plant-eating soil creatures through activities and a puppet show. Age 8 and younger (accompanied by an adult). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365.

FREE!Summer Family Story Time, Ages 2-5. 7-7:30 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951.

THURSDAY 26 Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Dirty Dozen Gardening Club, Kids ages 6 and up are invited to explore the garden and have fun! We’ll have a new experiment or activity every week in addition to our regular gardening activities. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and assist. Registration required. 11-11:45 a.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614882-7277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Duct Tape Crafts, Meet up for an hour of “ductivities!” Teens will have a choice of creating a duct-tape wallet, key fob or beaded bracelet. All materials will be provided. Registration is required and begins on July 5. Grades 7-12. 2 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Family Entertainment Series: Madcap Puppets, When You Wish Upon a Fish, The famous Grimm Brothers take the stage in one of the most popular Madcap shows of all time! Don’t miss this hilarious slapstick adventure! Entertainment is held in the Homestead Amphitheater, in the event of inclement weather, performances will be in the Lakeside Pavilion. Presented by Washington Township Parks & Recreation. Sponsored by Giant Eagle. 7-8 p.m. Homestead Park, 4675 Cosgray Rd., Hilliard. 614-652-3922. wtwp.com/parks-and-recreation/programs-and-services/special-events/ FREE! Get Your Art On: Print It, Kids in grades 4-6 will use printmaking techniques to create their own images. Registration is required. 2-3 p.m. Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., Worthington. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar FREE! Moonscape Story and Craft, Listen to a space-related story and make your own tactile picture of the moon. Registration is required and begins July 5. Ages 3-8. 11 a.m. Lane Road Library, 1945 Lane Road, Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Preschool Story Time, Ages 3-5. 1111:30 a.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. FREE! Outrageous Olympics, The library puts on its own physical and mental competitions to mark the 2012 Summer Olympics. For grades 4-6. 3-4 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Northwest Side. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar

FRIDAY 27 FREE! Annie Jam Band Concert, Expand your universe with Annie Hawe of the Annie Jam Band. Children will use finger puppets and musical instruments, and participate in songs that will get them moving and grooving. No registration is required. Ages 2-9. 3 p.m. Lane Road Library, 1945 Lane Road, Upper Arlington. 614-459-0273. Clay Time for Kids at Clayspace, Clayspace artists will present a new project every week that kids will love! We’ll make toad houses, piggy banks, masks, and more! Come inside and play with clay! Call to reserve a spot. Ages 7 and up. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $30. Clayspace, 831 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614-449-8144. clayspace831.com Columbus Clippers vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 12 noon. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Commons for Kids, Friday mornings are all about kids at Columbus Commons. Kids can read, play and take a free spin on the carousel. The Columbus Metropolitan Library will also bring the book mobile and will be sponsoring free Wi-Fi in the Reading Room. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St., Downtown. columbuscommons.org. FREE! Preschoolers: Creek Adventures, Wade in the creek and discover what critters live there. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. BattelleDarby Creek Metro Park, 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway. 614-895-6365. FREE! Touch A Truck, Hands-on Firetrucks, Police Cruisers and largerthan-life construction equipment. Bring you preschooler for an up-close experience with a variety of construction equipment and service vehicles that are usually seen from far away. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Westerville Parks & Recreation, 350 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville. 614901-6500. westerville.org/parks Teen Time Fridays, Bring your ideas & your friends to Clayspace and be creative with clay. Clayspace artists are on hand to provide inspiration and instruction. We will have new ideas every week or help you with your original creations. A great way to start the weekend! Call to reserve a spot. 4-6 p.m. $35. Clayspace, 831 S. Front St., Brewery District. 614449-8144. clayspace831.com FREE! Spectrum Storytime, This monthly storytime is designed for children on the Autism spectrum, and/or children with sensory integration issues. We have stories, songs, and activities to encourage literacy and positive associations with reading and the library. Registration is required and is limited to 10 children and their caregivers. There is no age restriction, however this program is designed for children with a developmental stage of 3-5 years old. 4 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621.

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13th Annual Medical Mututal Walk for Wishes, Spend the day with family and friends for a three mile walk at Huntington Park, while helping to grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 1-877-206-9474 . makeawishohio.kintera.org/faf/home/defa ult.asp?ievent=1016671 FREE! 19th Annual Lazy Daze of Summer Festival, Juried crafts, food, music & more. Festival on the lawn and street surrounding the Library. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Grandview. 614-486-2951. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $110. American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, 995 E. Broad Street, East Side. 614-253-2740 ex2477. Columbus Clippers vs. Rochester Red Wings, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com Groveport Kids Triathlon, Come out for our kids triathlon ages 4-15! Register at www.kidslinked.com/kidsroll. Block Party is free for the public and includes bounce houses, game truck, laser tag, and much more! 8-11:30 a.m. $40-$50. Groveport Aquatic Center & Water Park, 7370 Groveport Road, Groveport. 614209-2600. kidslinked.com/kidsroll FREE! Natural Play Area Adventure: Fun and Fire, Work up an appetite as you play in the woods and creek, then roast treats over an open fire. 7 p.m. Slate Run Metro Park, 1375 State Route

674 N., Canal Winchester. 614-895-6365. Ohio Idol, Do you dream of seeing your name in lights? Ohio Idol could be your chance if you’re 12 years old or older. There is no age limit! You’ve seen the thousands of hopefuls traveling great distances and waiting for days to capture a place in the spotlight on television. Now, you can register and audition right here in Ohio for a chance to win $10,000 and a recording contract from John Schwab Recording Studio! 1-4 p.m. Celeste Center, 717 E. 17th Ave., North Side. 740-398-9573. ohio-idol.com FREE! The Science of Baseball, Young baseball fans can slide in for fun experiments, and learn exciting baseball facts. For kids in preschool through third grade. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Northwest Side. 614-8072626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar

SUNDAY 29 Columbus Clippers vs. Rochester Red Wings, 7 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com Downtown Powell Street Market, A fun family shopping experience with over 125 vendors lining the streets of historic downtown Powell with antiques, collectibles, arts/crafts, handmades, home-based businesses, flowers/plants, produce, great edibles, and much more! Rain or shine. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Powell, 44 N. Liberty St., Powell. 614-396-3336. visitpowell.com FREE! Family Creekin’, Catch and release aquatic wildlife in Big Darby Creek. 1 p.m. Battelle-Darby Creek Metro Park, 1775 Darby Creek Dr., Galloway. 614-895-6365. Family Fun Day, Children make puppet crafts. Madcap Theater performs Rumpelstiltskin at 2pm. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with $6$11 admission. Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1777 E Broad Street,

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MONDAY 30 Art Around the World Summer Art Camp, Children ages 6-11 will experience art and learn about other cultures around the world during this summer camp. 12 noon-6 p.m. $75 Resident $80 Non-Resident/$20 supply fee. Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Rd., Groveport. 614-836-3333. groveport.org Columbus Clippers vs. Rochester Red Wings, 6 p.m. $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Harry Potter Celebration, Go on a trip through the wizarding world! Get sorted into houses, attend Hogwarts classes, visit the Owlry and have a snack at Honeydukes and the Three Broomsticks. End the day with a Care of Magical Creatures class at 7pm with live animals and an instructor from Ohio Nature Education. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville. 614-8827277 ext. 5006. westervillelibrary.org FREE! Jim Kleefeld’s Dream Big Magic Show, Take a magical journey into the imagination! Jim Kleefeld shares magic and stories about dreams, sleep, daydreaming and nighttime. This event is for children ages 4 and up with their parents. Free tickets are required and will be available starting July 9 in the Youth Dept. 2 p.m. Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington. 614-486-9621. FREE! Preschoolers: Bats, Learn about bats through games, stories and activities. 10 a.m. Pickerington Ponds Metro Park, 7680 Wright Rd., Pickerington. 614-895-6365. FREE! Science Cafe: Close-up Animals with Steve McKee, Get up close and personal with a variety of amphibians, reptiles and birds, courtesy of the Gorman Nature Center. Presented in partnership with OSU Libraries and Sigma Xi OSU chapter. Free

tickets, required for this program, will be available at the Northwest Library Children’s Desk one week prior to the performance. 7-8 p.m. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Northwest Side. 614-807-2626. worthingtonlibraries.org/calendar

TUESDAY 31 2012 Emerald City Music Games, A local stop on Drum Corps International’s Summer Music Games Tour, the event will feature several of the world’s top drum and bugle corps in a late season competition just weeks from the World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. 7 p.m. $10-$35. Dublin Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Rd., Dublin. 614761-3748. emeraldcitygames.org Columbus Clippers vs. Rochester Red Wings, noon $6-$20. Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane, Arena District. 614-462-5250. milb.com FREE! Rabbit Tales Retold: Storyteller Lyn Ford, Lyn Ford, teller of Home-Fried Tales, shares tales of the trickster hero, known to some as Brother (B’rer) Rabbit. (Youth: All Ages) 11-11:45 a.m. Bexley Public Library, 2411 E Main St, Bexley. 614-231-2793. bexleylibrary.org FREE! Soil Animal Snackers, Learn about the soil organisms that make meat their primary source of food. Ages 8 and younger (accompanied by an adult). 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 S. Hempstead Rd., Westerville. 614-895-6365. FREE! Sunny 95 Block Party, A free evening of fun, music, and food for you and your family brought to you by Sunny 95. Be sure to visit the Columbus Parent booth to enter to win a family four pack of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium tickets. 4-8 p.m. Hampton Oaks and Heather Ridge, Intersection of Avery Rd. and Dixon Dr., Hilliard. 614-451-2191.


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5 drawer chest with added pull-out shelf.

$499!

Nightstand features charging station, nightlight & touch lighting.

$259!

58â&#x20AC;? double dresser

$499!

Functional trundle or storage drawer $299!

42â&#x20AC;? shaped & beveled mirror

Full size panel headboard, footboard & rails $499! (also available in twin size $479)

$159!

POLARIS 8701 LYRA DR. | 614.896.2700 TUTTLE CROSSING 5770 BRITTON PKWY. | 614.339.8700

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