Check out the family friendly late summer events around Columbus and beyond! Highlights of the week is the Columbus Food & Wine Festival, Sternwheel Rockin Rib Fest, Short North Gallery Hop and FranK lloyd Wright's Westcott House Centennial.

Wednesday, September 3


Become a Stratford Farm & Nature Guide Volunteer
Stratford is dedicated to the education of children and adults toward understanding the relationships between living things and their environment, thereby fostering an appreciation of the land and all life that depends on it. We are looking for dedicated volunteers for farm and nature guides who will lead a small group of children on an adventure around our farm and nature preserve. Please contact Jane at 740-363-2548, or e-mail secvolunteer@aol.com for more information. Training is in two parts: the first runs from 9 a.m - 1 p.m. The second is on September 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Thursday, September 4


Annual Sternwheel
Rockin Rib Fest
The 8th annual Rib Fest kicks off at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. Enjoy a concert and some of the tastiest ribs around. The Rib Fest is at the Lafayette Hotel parking lot in Marietta. Admission is $15 for 12 and older, $10 under 12, and kids under 5 are free.

Teen Volunteers
Got some great ideas for teen programs? Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join the library's Teen Advisory Board that will meet from 7-8 p.m. Well discuss future teen programs and help the library. Applications are available at the youth services desk. For more details, visit westervilleteens.org.



Friday, September 5


Columbus Food & Wine Festival
This proven event provides the setting for more than 25 of central Ohio's finest restaurants to display their most delectable offerings, and it opens the door to over 450 international wines. Add to that an abundant silent auction and beautiful music, and you have all the ingredients necessary to create a spectacular evening. Best of all, the gala affair benefits a number of Columbus-area charities and the Central Ohio Restaurant Association. The Grand Tasting, open to the public, is set for 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., Columbus. Visit www.foodandwineaffair.com for details and tickets.

The Perkins Observatory Guest Night
Come view the stars as only the Perkins Observatory can show you. Program begins at 9 p.m. at 61 S. Sandusky St., Powell. Tickets and more information are available at 740-363-1257.


Saturday, September 6


The Crew vs. New England Revolution
Enjoy the thrill of Major League Soccer at Crew Stadium as the home team takes on the New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, go to www.thecrew.com. Tickets start at $14.

Doodles
Shape it up! Explore beautiful weavings by mobile artist Alexander Calder, then use a variety of fabric to make a cool geometric wall hanging for your home. Event is at 480 E. Broad St. from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Doodles are free with admission.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House: A Centennial Tribute
A visual retrospective with accompaniment by the Springfield Symphony will celebrate the innovative design of Wright, Springfields golden era and the life of the Westcott House. This event is at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, 300 S. Fountain Ave., Springfield and costs $35 to the public $30 for Wescott house members, and $18 for students For more information, call 937-328-3874.

Gallery Hop
In September the Short North will celebrate Summer in the City. Galleries are open from 4 p.m.- 10 p.m.


Movies at the Library
Bring snacks, pillows, blankets and friends to fun movies at the library. Join us for The Spiderwick Chronicles from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. for ages 6 and up. This is a free event at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State S., Westerville.

Saturday Story Stomp
Free stories, songs and dancing for ages 2-5, from 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. For more information, call 614-481-3778.



Sunday, September 7


Doggie Paddle
Bring your pooch to the pool at Highlands Park, 245 S. Spring Rd., Westerville for a special swim time for the dogs. This event is from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. and costs $5 per dog. Call 614-901-6500 for more information.

Grandparents Day Celebration
Join the festivities with entertainment, food and fun for everyone as we celebrate Grandparents Day. This free event is at Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St., Westerville from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more information, call 614-901-6500.

Youth Tutors & Adult English Literacy Classes
First through fifth graders who need help with homework. Free. Adult English literacy beginner's program costs $20. Scholarships are available on a needs basis. Please pre-register. Classes are from October 1 - November 19, 6 - 8 p.m., on Wednesdays. Call 614-876-7926.