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March Insider: 19 awesome events happening this month

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3.05.20 | OSU Men’s basketball vs Illinois Fighting Illini | The Schottenstein Center
The Ohio State men’s team has had it’s ups and downs this year, but anything is possible in March. Illinois comes into Columbus as one of the top teams in the Big Ten while the Buckeyes are still piecing together parts of the puzzle in hopes of securing a spot in the big tournament. If anything can help your March Madness resume, it’s wins against the top contenders, and the Fighting Illini are no exception.

3.05.20 – 3.08.20 | The Arnold Sports Classic | The Greater Columbus Convention Center
Arnold is a man of his word. When he says, “I’ll be back,” he means it. The Arnold Sports Classic is back and better than ever as it will take over The Greater Columbus Convention Center for fours days. Stock up on free swag, test out some supplements, and meet all your favorite body builders.

3.06.20 | snarls album release show | Ace Of Cups
If you haven’t caught snarls on stage yet, don’t miss your chance! This Columbus band has caught some serious national attention, with media outlets like NPR and Rolling Stone recognizing the group as an act to look out for. Stop out at Ace Of Cups early in March to see them live and in action.

3.08.20 | Pop up plant shop | Seventh Son
Break free from the grips of winter with a breath of spring at Seventh Son. At the pop-up, you’ll find a plethora of plants waiting to be taken home. Warmer days are almost here, Columbus! Hang tight!

Take up space: International Women’s Day| Strongwater Food and Spirits
International Women’s Day is March 8, and Strongwater is putting together a star-studded cast of female leaders to celebrate. This all-day event is broken up into a morning session with guest speakers including Aslyne Rodriguez, founder of Empowerbus, while the evening session will focus on women of color with sounds, spoken word, and art from artists such as Miir, Gabrielle Solange, and WYZE.

3.11.20 | The Peking Acrobats | Southern Theater
The Peking Acrobats are a spectacle in every sense of the word. The gravity-defying aerial acrobats are electrifying and the live music provided by traditional Chinese instruments serve as a soundtrack to the performance. Watch in amazement, and don’t try this at home!

3.12.20 | Columbus Blue Jackets vs Pittsburgh Penguins | Nationwide Arena
It will be a showdown of some of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division when the Penguins come to Columbus in March. Let’s show this Pittsburgh team a thing or two about the good old hockey game. Go Jackets!

3.13.20 | Zac Brown Band| Nationwide Arena
Zac Brown Band’s discography is loaded with hits—“Toes,” “Knee Deep,” and “Chicken Fried” are just the tip of the iceberg. The group will be bringing their country-fried sound to Nationwide Arena playing all of the favorites as well as new songs from their album Owl, which was released in 2019.

3.13. 20 | Ron White | Palace Theatre
While Ron “Tater Salad” White rose to fame with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, he’s maintained his superstar status on his own with more than 14 million comedy recording units sold and two Grammy nominations. He will be taking the Palace Theatre stage in mid-March, presumably with a glass of liquor close by.

3.14.20 | Columbus Crew vs Real Salt Lake City | Mapfre Stadium
To hell with a name change! This is The Crew. Be loud and be proud as our hometown soccer squad takes on Real Salt Lake City at Mapfre Stadium.

3.14. 20 | Flannagan’s St. Patrick’s Day 5k and celebration | Flannagan’s Dublin
The only way to justify slugging back green jello shots all day is participating in a 5K in the morning at Flannagan’s Dublin. Or not; we promise not to calorie count or tell. However you decide to go about your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Flannagan’s is always a solid bet.

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3.17.20 | The Ohio Primary | Varies
Amid all the fun St. Patrick Day celebrations and concerts going down in March, the Ohio primary will be taking place to help decide who will be on the November ballot. Make sure your voice is heard!

3.20.30 |The Price is Right Live | The Palace Theatre
There are two types of people in this world: those who want to be the next contestant on The Price Is Right, and liars. The iconic game show will be taking place live in Columbus near the end of March to test Columbusites’ abilities in Plinko games and guessing grocery prices. Our word to the wise is to start taking notes at Easton now.

3.24.20 | Riff Raff | Skully’s Music-Diner
In one word, RiFF RAFF is eccentric. Between his legendary zig-zag beard to his colorful hairstyles, he’s definitely created an image for himself. And beyond all the funny and sometimes wild antics, he’s also a talented hip-hop artist who has worked with the likes of Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, and Mike Posner.

3.24. 20 | Dillon Francis | Express LIVE
Ever since Dillon Francis came into the EDM scene, he’s been making waves. His 2014 album found its way onto Rolling Stone’s Best Electronic Albums of 2014 list, and his follow up LP, This Mixtape Is Fire, rose to the top of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums Chart in 2015. Catch the electrifying DJ at Express LIVE with rapper Yung Gravy.

3.28.20 | UFC Columbus: Ngannou vs Rozenstruik | Nationwide Arena
For the first time since 2016, UFC Fight Night is returning to the Capital City and we’ll be feasting our eyes on a heavyweight bout. This time around, Francis Ngannou will be taking on Jairzinho Rozenstruik for the main event, with both fighters ranking in the top five of their weight class.

3.28. 20 | Columbus Brew Festival | COSI
If you think about it, brewing is a form of science, so catching a buzz o beer at COSI doesn’t only make sense—it’s scientific research. The Columbus Brew Festival is bringing more than 150 different beers from 60 different brewers to COSI for one boozy evening. Browse through the museum and enjoy your buzz!

3.29.20 | Craftin’ Outlaws | Columbus Museum of Art
The Columbus Museum of Art will be getting extra crafty at the end of the month as it welcomes in loads of artists and vendors for Craftin’ Outlaws. This free-to-attend event starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. giving you plenty of time to browse, shop, and buy all your crafty needs.

3.29. 20 | Sesame Street LIVE! | The Schottenstein Center
The iconic show Sesame Street is coming to Columbus! Catch Elmo, Big Bird, and Abby Cadabby for a brand new adventure taking place at The Schott. Parents, this is your chance to make your little one’s year!

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Where to get your Red, White & BOOM on this July 4th

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It was a bummer to hear that Red, White & BOOM would be canceled and changed to a virtual format for 2020. However, that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating in a somewhat traditional sense. Even with one of the biggest fireworks celebrations put on hold, there’s still plenty to do around Columbus, fireworks or no fireworks.

We here at (614) know that given the modern-day circumstances, people have the choice to celebrate in whatever way they feel most comfortable. Below you can find three ways to celebrate–Local 4th of July events; Red, White & BOOM alternatives; and places where you can legally celebrate yourself.

THINGS TO DO ON JULY 4TH

Fourth of July Fireworks

West Jefferson July 4th Streetfest

When: July 4 at 10 p.m.

Where: Watch from home

Obetz Fireworks

When: July 4

Where: Watch from home

Fourth of July Activities

Neighborhood Bike Brigade

When: Various start times

Where: Dublin neighborhoods

Sherm Sheldon Fishing Derby

When: June 26 through July 4

Where: Any Dublin pond

Fourth of July Parades

Front Yard Parade in the Round

When: July 4 at 6 until 9 p.m.

Where: Your front yard

2020 Cruisin’ On The 4th of July

When: July 4 at noon

Where: Northbridge Ln., Columbus, OH 43235

New Albany 4th of July Parade & Festival

When: July 4 at 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Where: Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E Dublin Granville Rd., New Albany, OH 43054

Other Fourth of July Events

Zoombezi Bay Family Movie Night featuring The Goonies

When: July 3 from 6 until 11 p.m.

Where: Zoombezi Bay, 10101 Riverside Dr., Powell, OH 43065

HOW TO CELEBRATE WITH RED, WHITE & BOOM

Red, White & BOOM was gearing up for its 40th anniversary before COVID-19 shut the mass gathering down. However, the beloved Columbus fireworks show will be hosting a virtual event over the first four days of July. The virtual campaign will air on NBC4.

Here are some of the events that will take place:

  • Highlighting the best Red, White & BOOM stories
  • Stories from local veterans inducted into the Ford Oval of Honor
  • Broadcasting the best Red, White & BOOM fireworks over the show’s 39-year history
  • Looking back on the tradition of parades honoring veterans

HOW TO TAKE CELEBRATING INTO YOUR OWN HANDS

We here at (614) also know that setting off fireworks yourself is illegal. We also know that buying them within the state is legal (OK?).

So here is a list of places around Columbus you can buy fireworks from. What you do from there is up to you, but we advise you to stay within the law:

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Zoo Babies! We’ve got the photo cuteness

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Start the ooo-ing and ahhh-ing, Columbus, because we’ve got Zoo baby pics!

A Masai giraffe calf, a sea lion pup, two red panda cubs, and a siamang (gibbon) baby—all recent births at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for these endangered species. It’s a show of commitment from the organization how they were able to nurture these species populations at-risk for extinction and bring new generations of them into the world. 

“We are extremely proud to welcome these babies as they all represent hope for the future of species that are increasingly facing challenges in their native ranges,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO, Tom Stalf. In the press release, Stalf detailed how special these births are as the threatened species received around-the-clock, top-quality care by the Animal Care staff over the three-month-closure of the Zoo, due to COVID-19. 

OK, no more waiting—get your fill of cuteness below with these Zoo baby pics!

Masai Giraffe Calf

“A Masai giraffe calf was born on June 28, 2020, at 2:29 p.m. to mother, Zuri, in a behind-the-scenes barn of the Zoo’s Heart of Africa region.”

Sea lion Pup

“During the early morning hours of June 25, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the first sea lion pup ever to be born at the facility!”

Two Red Panda Cubs

“Two healthy red panda cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a welcomed addition to this endangered species.”

Siamang (Gibbon) baby

“On the morning of May 29, 2020, the Australia and Islands region welcomed a baby siamang. Mom, Olga, is being very attentive to her little one, whose sex and name have not yet been determined.”

Get information about conservation at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium here.

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City council aims to give youth opportunities this summer

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Walking down Weber Rd. toward I-71 this week, something was happening that most probably thought wouldn’t for at least another year: a group of kids playing basketball and being mentored by adults.

With the 2019-20 school year canceled, children have been confined to home, with most basketball hoops being boarded up. Summer camps were postponed and parents were starting to wonder, “What am I going to do with all of this bottled-up, youthful energy that’s been bouncing against my walls for the past few months?”

That answer was partially given on June 15, when Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced legislation to provide funds to programs for Columbus youth. The $2 million in grants was supported by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. 

“Providing a safe place for our kids to learn and grow during the summer is vital for them and for working parents everywhere, and Columbus children deserve every opportunity to access enriching services that connect them to nature, wellness, and creativity,” Brown said in a press release.

In mid-June, the Columbus Recreation and Parks opened a select number of programming and camps with adjusted group sizes and increased safety protocols. With funds from the CARES Act, Columbus can expect to see more opportunities arise over the next couple of months.

To find a full updated list of programs that the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department will be offering this summer, click here.

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