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How to avoid Bike Week

Morgan Addington-Hodge • Jun 1, 2011 at 11:35 AM

The infamous Ohio Bike Week has finally arrived. Sure, it’s just one week a year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to avoid it at all costs. The easiest way to avoid Bike Week would be to just spend every night for the next 10 days at home. However, for those who want to avoid it without becoming a hermit, we at Funcoast have compiled this list of  five fun activities that will keep you busy — at least, until the madness has passed.

Bald Eagle Tour

• WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. June 5

• WHERE: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 14000 St. Rt. 2 W., Oak Harbor

• INFO: 419-898-0014 ext. 17

Get your outdoor fix on Sunday with the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge staff. Take a guided tour of the refuge to see both adult and baby bald eagles hanging out in nature. Plus, the staff will talk about bald eagles’ feeding and nesting habits, along with some of their history in Ohio. Registration is required, so be sure to call sooner rather than later.

Group Meditation

• WHEN: 7-8:30 p.m. June 7

• WHERE: Converging Paths Meditation Center, 158 E. Market St., Feick Building Room 405, Sandusky

• COST: $2 donation

• INFO: Email jccyoung@aol.com or botdog313@yahoo.com

We know that going into downtown Sandusky when you’re trying to avoid Bike Week may sound counterintuitive, but hear us out on this one. It’s halfway through Bike Week and we know you’re at the end of your rope, so we suggest you head to a relaxing night of meditation. You don’t even have to know anything about meditation — they provide guided meditation, along with walking meditation, stillness sitting and yoga stretching. Just repeat your mantra: “the bikers will be gone soon, the bikers will be gone soon, the bikers will be gone soon…”

Open Chess

• WHEN: 3:30-4:30 p.m. June 6 (and every Monday)

• WHERE: New London Public Library, 67 S. Main St., New London

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-929-3981

Get your nerd on at open chess at the New London Public Library. It may sound like a snoozefest, but it’s a great family activity — and best of all, it’s free! The library even provides the chess sets, though I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if you brought your Star Trek collectible set either. (Also, don’t forget: you can find more open chess events at Funcoast.com’s online calendar.)

Genoa Homecoming

• WHEN: 5-11 p.m. June 3 and 9 a.m.-11 p.m. June 4

• WHERE: Rt. 163 and W. Fourth Street, Downtown Genoa

• COST: Free

• INFO: 419-855-7761 ext.238

Just because you don’t want to go to Bike Week doesn’t mean you don’t want carnival food. Lucky for you, the town of Genoa is having a homecoming celebration this weekend! There will be rides, contests, raffles, inflatables, fireworks and more, so get to Genoa for your festival fix.

City Wide Garage Sale

• WHEN: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4

• WHERE: Huron Boat Basin and Amphitheater, 417 Main St., Huron

• INFO: 419-433-5000

Everyone loves a community wide garage sale, but with gas prices as high as they are and that hole in the ozone layer that keeps getting bigger and bigger, not everyone loves the idea of driving to every single house. With this garage sale, you won’t have to worry about those problems. Just head over to the Huron Boat Basin & Amphitheater, grab a parking spot and do all your garage sale shopping in one place.

For more non-Bike Week fun and entertainment, check out our online calendar!

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