Registrations being taken for the Astonishing Race — Registrations are due Wednesday, July 29 for the “Astonishing Race,” a program that will have teams competing to complete challenges in the park. The first team to complete all the challenges with the best time will win the grand prize. The event, for all ages, will take place Saturday, August 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Gallant Woods Preserve, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road, Delaware. To register, email: < email@example.com >, or call 740-524-8600, ext. 3.
Thursday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. “What does the Rock Say?” — We’ll walk Big Run Creek to learn what the rocks and geologic formations tell us about the formation of the park landscape. Wear appropriate footgear for walking in the creek. Ages 10 and older. Shale Hollow Preserve, 6320 Artesian Run.
Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m. “Little Adventurers” — The informal OUTDOOR preschool program is designed to help children explore and become comfortable in nature. A short “look and find” hike will be followed by hands-on activities. Free; ages 0-5. Shale Hollow Preserve, 6320 Artesian Run.
Thursday, July 30, 7-8:30 p.m. “Thursday Evening Concerts: Lords of Literature” — This free concert will feature 80’s, 90’s and current rock. Please bring chairs or blankets, and a picnic dinner if you wish. All ages. Gallant Woods Preserve, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road.
Gallant Farm Book Club Preservation Parks’ monthly book club — The book club welcomes drop-ins; feel free to join us when you can. Books are those that focus on the 1930s or 1940s, or were written during that time frame, with an occasional nature-theme book thrown in. The club meets the last Wednesday of each month at Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone ages 14 and older is welcome. Upcoming books are: Half Broke Horses, by Jeanette Walls (August 26); Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver (September 30); Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls (October 28); and Persian Pickle Club, by Sandra Dallas. Read ahead, and come for the fun, lively discussion!
Final Thursday Evening Concert; Thursday, August 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. — This free concert, Cruizin’ Keys Dueling Pianos, will feature a fun sing-along as two pianos do battle! Please bring chairs or blankets, and a picnic dinner if you wish. All ages. Gallant Woods Preserve, 2151 Buttermilk Hill Road.
Information for this story came from Sue Hagan, Preservation Parks @ 740-524-8600, Ext. 5.