Third annual Hilliard Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through August at the city parking lots at the corner of Main Street and Center Street. Patrons will find fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods and more. Non-food items include flowers, soaps and skin cream. All items for sale are produced in Ohio, and at least 75 percent of items sold at each booth are grown or made by the vendor.
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Third annual Hilliard Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through August at the city parking lots at the corner of Main Street and Center Street. Patrons will find fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods and more. Non-food items include flowers, soaps and skin cream. All items for sale are produced in Ohio, and at least 75 percent of items sold at each booth are grown or made by the vendor. Free off-street parking for farm market customers is available in the city lot on the corner of Wayne Street and Center Street. For more details, visit hilliardfarmmarket.com.
Homecoming Hitting Derby, softball and baseball hitting contest, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10, at Pastime Park in Plain City. This competition is for boys, girls and adults of all levels and ages. Trophies will be awarded to the first- and second-place finishers in each age bracket. Other prizes to be awarded include coolers, a tent and passes for family fun at Sports Ohio. Each registrant is also entered in a drawing to win a Wilson pitching machine. Register or learn more at homecominghittingderby.com. A $10 registration fee benefits the adoption fund of Jason and Lindsey Yoder, who are raising funds to adopt a boy from China.
Hilliard High School Class of 1973 40-year reunion will be held Aug. 17. Contact Nancy Campbell Minton at 614-293-7991 for more information.
Hilliard High School Class of 1978 is planning its 35-year reunion. Class members should contact Tamie Gangluff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-878-2473; or Jan McGrath VanEcho at 614-325-1830.
Hilliard Arts Council 2013 Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. July 28, at the gazebo on Norwich Street. The program will feature the Scioto Ridge Boys. There is no fee. For more information, call 614-527-4407.
St. James Lutheran Church's 30th annual Brats and Crafts Festival, Aug. 2-4, at 5660 Trabue Road. Hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 and noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. The event will include authentic German food and beer, live German music and dancing, a hot-air balloon launch Aug. 2 and an 1860s-era "base ball" game at 4 p.m. Aug. 3, played by the Ohio Village Muffins. The weekend concludes with the Columbus Maennerchor and the traditional German Worship Service on Aug. 4. For more information call Steve Dodson at 614-777-7792, the church office at 614-878-5158.
First Gotcha Day 5K Run, Walk or Bike for Adoption, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3, at the Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Darby Bend Lakes entrance, 2755 Amity Road in Hilliard. The event will begin promptly with a staggered start: 8:30 a.m., bicycles; 8:35 a.m., runners; 8:40 a.m., walkers-parents with small children. There will be prizes for the first finishers in various categories and entries for prizes from local sponsors. The event will be held rain or shine on a trail that may include gravel or dirt. Registration is $40. Hilliard high school coaches, staff or team members qualify for a $25 discount registration. Children ages 12 and younger participate free. Registration is required at www.gotchaday5k.com. Registration includes entry fee, Gotcha Day 5K T-shirt, sponsor goody bag and post-race food and beverages. Children's registration does not include a T-shirt, but a youth T-shirt may be purchased.
St. Brendan The Navigator Church, annual parish festival, 6 p.m. to midnight Aug. 9 and 10 with family fun hours from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 10, at 4475 Dublin Road. The event includes children's games, adult games of chance, a midway with rides, a silent auction, a raffle, live entertainment and the "Famous Chicken Dinner" on Aug. 10.
Taste of Hilliard & Business Expo, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, at the Makoy Center, 5462 Center St. in Hilliard. This is Taste of Hilliard's fourth annual event. Admission is $12 (cash only please), and open to the public. Sample tastes will be available from participating restaurants and vendors, along with information from surrounding businesses. The Makoy Center will have a cash bar available. For more information, go to hilliardchamber.org.
AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over with securing employment. The program offers paid work experience, specialized training, upgrading of skills and job-search assistance. Age, income and residency requirements apply. Call 614-258-7295 or 614-322-0600, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.