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  • Thompson Park

    Jesse Montgomery, 6, plays on the new NEOS electronic playground equipment June 25 in Thompson Park near New Albany.

    Electronic playground a draw for all ages

    Residents of all ages appear to be enjoying the NEOS electronic playground equipment recently installed at Thompson Park by the New Albany Parks and Recreation Department.
    Colleen Heath (left) and Carol Bogaards display the 101 teddy bears they helped to make with other members of Crestview Presbyterian Church. The bears, along with several blankets, were donated Thursday, June 25, to My Very Own Blanket in Westerville.

    Project bears witness to church's 100 years

    A Clintonville church that's been around a large number of years but now has a small number of members came up with one last symbolic gesture to celebrate its centennial.
    Andrew Lorms waves an American flag during the Upper Arlington Civic Association's 2014 July 4 parade in Upper Arlington.

    Independence Day

    Guide to Independence Day parades, festivals and fireworks throughout central Ohio.
  • Marysville Summer Theatre Workshop

    Sean Richardson as Bert, Emma Klaus as Mary Poppins and Gracie Kruse as Mrs. Corry rehearse for the Marysville Summer Theatre Workshop production of Mary Poppins .

    Lessons taught to attendees go beyond acting skills

    When the Marysville Summer Theatre Workshop presented its first production in 1996, its founders couldn't have known that it would become about more than just putting on a show.
  • Weather where you live

    June's off to record wet start

    My daughter asked me the other day if this was going to be a year with no summer. In her 8-year-old world, most every day since school let out has been rainy. I bet her perception of June is shared by many and for good reason. This month is on its way to set records for rainfall in many parts of Ohio.
    Jane Hartman of Hilliard looks at a pepper for sale by John Evans and his son, Samuel, 7, of That's My Farmer of Galion on July 22, 2014 during the Hilliard weekly farmers market.

    Farm markets

    Looking to buy local? Then check out our guide to seasonal farm markets.
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  • Week 1: Honorable Mention

    The 2014 Olentangy football team enjoyed a breakthrough season, reaching a state semifinal for the first time before falling to Cincinnati LaSalle 48-13 in a Division II semifinal to finish 13-1.

    Series honors top football teams

    The numbers show that Central District high school football programs captured 13 championships during the first 18 years of the state playoffs, from 1972-89.
  • Women's Soccer

    Kinsey Propst and the Columbus Eagles FC earned their first Women's Premier Soccer League victory by beating FC Indiana 1-0 on June 21.

    Eagles FC gets first win, continues to progress

    Eryn Weber has heard more than a few fans of the Columbus Eagles FC say that for as well as the second-year amateur women's soccer team has played so far this season, it should have won more than once in its first seven games.
  • Athletes of the Year

    Pickerington North's Nick Gray, a senior and Ohio State recruit, helped lead the Panthers to the school's first team state title in any sport. He defended his championship in the 400 meters at the Division I state meet June 5 and 6, placed second in the 100 and 200 and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay.

    Area's best highlight spring sports season

    Now that the school year is over and summer is upon us, it's time to announce the Athletes of the Year for the spring season. Here are the honorees:
  • Football

    Dublin Coffman quarterback Gunnar Hoak eyes a receiver during the 7-on-7 State Passing Championships on June 20 at Coffman.

    Area teams compete in soggy 7-on-7 event

    The Dublin Coffman High School football team wasn't able to defend its title in the 7-on-7 State Passing Championships on June 20, but coach Mark Crabtree was encouraged by the host Shamrocks' performance.

Area kids delving into sport at Dublin camp

Like many young children, Vikram Srikonda has begun playing traditional sports like basketball and baseball. He plans on trying out for soccer in the fall.
Club Soccer

Central Ohio squads fall short in regional

None of the seven central Ohio club soccer teams that competed in the Midwest Regional Cup from June 20-24 in Fox Cities, Wis., captured a championship.

Alder is latest in battle over logo

One doesn't have to journey far from Ohio State on a given Friday night in the fall to hear the Buckeyes' fight song being played by a high school band.

Divisions changing for many area squads

Since the last time the Ohio High School Athletic Association determined its football divisions based on the enrollment numbers of its member schools in May 2013, Marion-Franklin's boys enrollment dropped by 36 while Beechcroft's was unchanged.
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  • Table Talk

    Patrons of Dick's Last Resort rip up their butcher-paper place settings. The Nashville-based restaurant chain opened a store Tuesday, June 23, in the Arena District.

    Shtick it to me: Dick's Last Resort dispenses with pleasantries

    The new Arena District restaurant promotes a zany environment and comfort food.
  • Jonny Lang will co-headline a show with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

    Tour finds blues guitarist in happy place

    For someone who is a modern blues master, Jonny Lang is pretty darn happy.
  • Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

    Cirque du Soleil will bring Kooza to Columbus June 4 through July 5, performing in its giant blue and yellow big-top setup on West Mound Street at the future home of the Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Complex (the former Cooper Stadium site).

    Ibarra's risky work with wheel makes the show

    When Cirque du Soleil performer Jimmy Ibarra was asked by The Beat how he came to be an acrobat on the apparatus called the Wheel of Death, his first answer was, "it was crazy."
Merion Village

Explorers Club closes

After a four-year run on Columbus’ South Side, the Explorers Club has closed.

Fischer's Fab 10

Cincinnati's Walk the Moon is fun, fresh and vibrant, but also tuneful, hooky and smart. Sadly, it's also sold out, as in the band's scheduled June 26 show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. This is a bummer. So The Beat offers a double-slate of 10 Fab shows to help ease the pain.

Restaurant planned for German Heritage House

The German Heritage House will become the site of a restaurant and beer garden this fall.

Frozen confections under development on South Side

Alchemy Juice Bar + Café is working on recipes for paletas, Latin-American frozen confections.
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