Engage and Enjoy This Summer With Community Shares

Summer is finally here! With so much going on there’s no better time to learn, get involved, and have fun. Here are some great events courtesy of our member charities for you to get started with:

June                    July                    August

June 9 / June 15-23 / June 29

There is plenty of excitement to be had at COSI this summer due to the fact that from May 1st to September 2nd COSI will expandings its operations to seven days a week! On June 9th, COSI offers an Autism Awareness and Activity Day where patrons can explore COSI an hour before opening in an autism friendly environment. Resources from autism specialists will be available, as well a continental  breakfast and discounts on COSI’s Adventure Exhibition and Extreme Screen movies. Other summer event highlights include The Science of Big Machines (June 15-23) and Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition Science Day (June 29). More info can be found on COSI’s website.

June 15

Yay Bikes, one of the Community Shares’ newest members, will be continuing their Year of Yay monthly bike rides throughout the summer (and into December). These monthly rides span 15-25 miles and include stops at local businesses along the way. Additionally, riders will receive limited edition buttons incorporating monthly themes. This month’s theme is “biking bakeries”.

Bikers ride over a bridge in Columbus

June 15th

This month Columbus Landmarks Foundation’s Walking Tour ventures to the North Market Historic District. Built in the late 19th/early 20th century, the North Market area now serves as an exciting recreational hub for many of Columbus’ residents. This tour promises to be packed full of things to see and do. Plus, the North Market Grillmaster’s Festival serves an added bonus to those who stick around after the tour.

June 17

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association offers plenty of events for those interested in sustainability, local food, and environmental protection. This month OEFFA is holding a Genetically Engineered Foods Working Group Meeting in order to brainstorm grassroots strategies that educate consumers about the the risks of GE food as well as initiatives to get GE foods labeled.

June 17 - August 16

Throughout the summer, CampFire USA offers a variety of camps and classes for youngsters looking to enjoy nature while learning along the way. For those interested solely in daytime activities Camp Otonwe, which takes place at Highbanks Metro Park, offers weekly themed activity camps targeted at children in grades 1-6. Camp Otonwe runs weekly sessions from June all the way through August and is sure to be a blast for anyone looking for outdoor excitement.

Boys exploring nature

June 23 - July 27

For the more adventurous, a week-long overnight camp is offered at Camp Wyandot, adjacent to the Clear Creek Metro Park.  Activities include but are not limited to archery, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, field games, stage performances, and firemaking/wilderness skills. Camp runs from late June to July.

Boys prepare to go camping overnight!

June 25

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County is hosting its second annual FORE! The Child Golf Classic presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. The winning team of four will receive a team entry into the Central Ohio NFL Alumni Golf Tournament, a $5,000 value. Proceeds from the event will benefit CASA of Franklin County whose mission is to provide victims of child abuse and neglect with a voice to represent them in the juvenile court system. The event takes place on Tuesday, June 25th at Tartan Fields Golf Club and should be a ton of fun.

Smiling woman at CASA function

July 3rd

COSI is offering a unique opportunity to view Columbus’ annual Red, White, and Boom fireworks display from their downtown location. Along with the great seating for the fireworks, the event also includes a dinner at Atomic Cafe, access to select COSI exhibits, as well as a Science of Fireworks Live Show. People of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come and enjoy the best view of Red, White, and Boom in all of Columbus!

July 4-12

For the first time in its existence, the American Council of the Blind will be holding its national convention in Ohio. The event is geared towards anyone, young or old, losing their vision and will offer a variety of workshops, seminars, exhibits, and tours. The convention spans from July 4-12, and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

July 6

WGC has two exciting July events in I SEE THE SOUNDS I HEAR THE COLORS as well its monthly Speak Easy event. I SEE THE SOUNDS I HEAR THE COLORS is a site-specific installation at Wild Goose Creative created by local artists Jacoti Sommes and Jill Raymundo that opens July 6th. The opening of the installation will be preceded by a Boombox Parade Party beginning at Glen Echo Park where guests are encouraged to bring boomboxes or any other musical instruments in order to form a live interactive soundscape as they march to the installation.

Man views beautiful art installation

As for Wild Goose Creative’s Speak Easy; it is a monthly theme-based live storytelling event that is free and open to all. All that’s needed is an audience, a microphone, and gripping stories. This month’s theme is “Freedom and Stories for All.” Come out and enjoy the wonderful storytelling!

July 7-12

Deaf Services Center promises plenty of fun this summer for deaf/hard of hearing children looking to get outdoors with its 2013 Deaf Adventure Camp. The camp is intended for children aged 8-15 years old and will take place at YMCA Camp Kern. Activities include a variety of outdoor pursuits such as climbing, hiking, high ropes courses, and group activities. For registration as well as a camp brochure visit Deaf Services Center’s website.

Woman uses sign language to communicate

July 12

This year’s City Hop will take place Friday, July 12 and features a fun night in the Brewery District! Evening includes food & drinks at Graystone Winery & Via Vecchia PLUS Shadowbox Live’s late-night performance. Come see why this nearly 200-year-old downtown neighborhood is once again a hot spot! Tickets are limited and go on sale Friday, June 7.

July 20

Yay Bikes, one of the Community Shares’ newest members, will be continuing their Year of Yay monthly bike rides throughout the summer (and into December). These monthly rides span 15-25 miles and include stops at local businesses along the way. Additionally, riders will receive limited edition buttons incorporating monthly themes. This month’s theme is “interesting grocers”.



July 21

This month OEFFA kicks of their Organic Farm Growth and Transition Tour where the owners of Northridge Organic Farm will discuss strategies for growers to meet the demand for quality locally grown foods while embracing change and challenges in the near future. Come listen, discuss, and hang out with fellow farmers of all kinds.

July 29th

Come out and hit the links at the 2013 Golf Outing sponsored by Homeport and Columbus Commercial Industrial Investment Realtors (CCIIR). The event will take place at Little Turtle Golf Club in Westerville, Ohio. The entry fee includes golf cart, range, boxed lunch, dinner, and more. Hole sponsorship opportunities are also available for any businesses looking to expand their visibility. Proceeds benefits both Homeport and CCIIR.

Group learns about housing at a workshop

August 10

Located at Hocking Athens Perry Community Action’s Regional Food Center, The Southeastern Ohio Food Bank has strived to lessen hunger in southeastern Ohio for thirty years. To benefit this great organization the Athens Foundation has created a fundraising dinner entitled “Bounty on the Bricks”. Bounty on the Bricks takes place on August 10th and honors locally grown food  from the Athens area while raising money to strengthen food security in the county. The event will feature a gourmet spread complete with cash bars offering Jackie O’s crafted beer as well as regional wine.

August 14-18

This month COSI closes out the summer with their Farm Days: Little Seeds, Big Tractors  exhibit. Patrons will get to see massive farming equipment - including a combine, a four-wheel drive tractor, antique tractors and more. Also part of the exhibit is an opportunity to learn about raising crops as well as livestock. Activities  include seeing a baby chick hatch, milking COSI's fiberglass cow, and growing your own seed necklace. More info can be found on COSI’s website.

August 17 / August 31

This month, Yay Bikes will hold their annual Bike the Cbus 25 mile biking adventure around Columbus. The ride will begin at the Lincoln Theatre and travel through many historic Columbus neighborhoods. Last year’s event had 600 riders so this year promises to be even more epic. Additionally, Yay Bikes’ Year of Yay monthly bike rides continue with this month’s theme being “Columbus rec centers.”

August 23 / Sept 8

In honor of VOICEcorps’ former board chair, the late David Liebchen, VOICEcorps is holding its Eighth Annual David Liebchen Memorial Golf Outing on Sunday, Sept. 8 at NorthStar Golf Club. The cost of the outing is $99 per person, which includes 18 holes of golf, a boxed lunch, golf cart expense, prizes, refreshments, and a gift card to the Refectory Restaurant and Bistro. Proceeds of the event will benefit VOICEcorps and the fantastic service that it provides to Central Ohio’s blind. Now in its 37th year, VOICEcorps serves 21 counties in central Ohio with 24-hour broadcasts by volunteers reading local, state and national publications for people who are blind, or have other disabilities and cannot use standard print.

James records a program at VOICEcorps reading service

August 27

This month OEFFA closes out the summer with their “Innovative Cover Crop Farm Tour” which explores innovative cover cropping techniques and the massive impact they can have for farmers/needs for chemicals. Come along and learn about these exciting techniques!

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