Rockin' and rollin' family fun Skate Zone 71 Roller skating is fun and good exercise. Skate Zone 71, 4900 Evanswood Drive, is offering free skate nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday's free skate from 6:30-9 p.m. features hip hop and R&B music and Thursday's free skate features pop rock music from 6-9 p.m. Skate rental is extra and costs $3. They also offer the climbing wall for $2. For more information, visit

United Skates United Skates, 3362 Refugee Road, offers $1 admission on Wednesday and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday is Hip Hop and R&B music and Thursday features Top 100 music. Bring your own skates or in-line skates or pay for skate rental. There's a BOGO (buy one get one free) coupon at the bottom of their Web site, Also, pick up a FREE admission pass at Kroger stores on Refugee, Gender, Hamilton, Groveport or Parsons.

TRIVIA TIME: I have 2 family four-pack passes for Skate Zone 71 to give away that feature free admission, skate rental and an extra activity for up to 4 people. Here's the question: Name the Columbus-based women's roller derby organization. Send answer to

Ugly Sweater Saturday Get out your reindeer jumper Mark Darcy! Park Street bars are having a fun summer event this Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. for those 21 and older. The "Christmas in July " block party will feature gifts and prizes from Santa and his helpers, along with drink specials. For example, Bar Louie's features an Ugly Sweater Contest, $5 snow cone bombs, and cash drawing. Also, bring a new, unwrapped gift for a local charity and receive a free gift from Santa!

Fair farewell The Franklin County Fair ends Saturday. The fairgrounds are located at 4100 Columbia St. in Hilliard and feature free parking and $6 admission. Be sure to take money for rides and food! Also, get discount tickets ($6 vs $10) for admission to the Ohio State Fair at participating AAA locations with membership, Kroger stores and Ticketmaster outlets through Aug. 9. Also get all-day ride wristbands vouchers at a discount ($17 vs. $20) at Ticketmaster outlets through July 28.