Editors' picks for things to see and do this month

Taste of Dine Originals (May 9)
Dine Originals’ annual celebration of locally owned restaurants returns this month to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Attendees can stroll through the conservatory’s greenhouses and biomes while sampling signature dishes and beverages from more than 20 Central Ohio restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits Buckeye Ranch. tasteofdineoriginals.com

Celeste Ng (May 13)
Both of Cleveland-raised author Celeste Ng’s books take place in Ohio and center on families with secrets that seem impossible to overcome. Ng, who will speak at Grandview Heights High School, earned critical praise for her 2014 debut, “Everything I Never Told You.” But it was 2017’s “Little Fires Everywhere” that catapulted her to literary fame. Among Ng’s fans are Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, who will produce and star in an adaption of “Little Fires” for Hulu. ghpl.org

“Our Town … Columbus” (May 17–18)
Columbus may be the nation’s 14th largest city, but we like to think it retains a small-town feel, inspiring Columbus Dance Theatre to reimagine Thornton Wilder’s classic play, “Our Town.” Seth Wilson, who stepped in as artistic director following Tim Veach’s resignation, and Jaime Kotrba, dancer and CDT executive director, are choreographing the production, which will feature an original score by Korine Fujiwara, performed by Carpe Diem String Quartet at Columbus Museum of Art’s Schottenstein Pavilion. columbusdancetheatre.com

Asian Festival (May 19 and 25–26)
More than 100,000 visitors convene at Franklin Park each Memorial Day weekend to enjoy an array of Asian cuisines, folk art and martial arts demonstrations, a marketplace, music and dance performances, and games like ping-pong and sepak takraw. Don’t miss the dragon boat race, beginning at 8 a.m. on May 19 at Westbank Park; expect 20-plus crews aiming for synchronization as they paddle elaborately painted boats along the Scioto River in several heats, as well as kites, lanterns, music and dance. asian-festival.org

Cinevent (May 22–26)
For half a century, early film buffs have been welcoming summer on Memorial Day weekend by spending three and a half days in darkened rooms, watching back-to-back screenings of silent and early sound films at Cinevent, an annual gathering of the early-movie faithful. Between screenings of Laurel & Hardy classics, episodes of “Hawk of the Wilderness,” early Westerns and Saturday morning cartoons, fans can shop for memorabilia at more than 100 dealers’ tables. While most of the convention takes place at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, the event includes an off-site tour of the Ohio Theatre with an organ and light demonstration, and a double feature (“Robin and Marian” and “Secret People”) Wednesday evening at the Wexner Center for the Arts. cinevent.com

Race for the Cure (May 18)
More than 20,000 walkers and runners are expected to participate in this annual Downtown event, raising dollars for underserved and underinsured women in Ohio and for national breast cancer research. Form a team and run, or come cheer at the survivor ceremony. komencolumbus.org

Girls on the Run Central Ohio 5K (May 19)
Staff a water station, be a “sparkle runner” or join the balloon crew to support third- to eighth-grade girls as they celebrate completion of a 10-week health and fitness program with a high-energy, noncompetitive 5K beginning and ending at Columbus Commons. girlsontheruncentralohio.org

Catch Court Mentor Training (May 25)
If you can give two hours a week to become a mentor to a survivor of human trafficking, come to this Saturday morning training session to learn about the ways you can be a friend and coach to a woman navigating a new life. freedomalacart.org/events

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