Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Luminary Tour- Friday, December 7, Inclement Weather Date:, Saturday, December 8, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Silent night, festive night! The North End of the Auto Tour is lit with 1,500 candle luminaries. Enjoy a unique and peaceful view of the Park Woods and Daweswood House after dark. All proceeds will benefit the Licking County food pantry. Please bring two non-perishable food items or a $5 donation, begins at the North End of the Auto Tour.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www.dawesarb.org.
Mid-Ohio-Con - Columbus. Ohio's longest-running and largest comic book and pop culture collector's show returns to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Nov. 24-25. Mid-Ohio-Con presents in person appearances by classic TV and movie stars, pop culture media personalities and major comic book artists, writers and editors. Special interest programming and a gigantic retailer display area with tons of comic books, toys, videos and other great pop culture collectibles, round out this lively event. Hours: Saturday- Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10-$15.
Give Thanks to Nature Hike - William C. Kraner Nature Center. Bring your guests, stretch your legs and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful 425 acre Taft Reserve. on Saturday, November 24, at 1 p.m. The hike will be an approximate four mile adventure through the woods and fields. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the reserve on and off the trails as we hope to catch glimpses of wild turkey, deer, coyote and more. Participants are encouraged to bring water and a snack. After the hike participants can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. The program is free but donations for refreshments will be accepted. Meet at the William C. Kraner Nature Center located at 10380 Fairview Road, five miles southeast of Newark. For more information call (740) 587-2535.
Christmas in the Country - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come to Infirmary Mound Park's James E. Bradley Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 for an old-fashioned Christmas gathering. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides under the clear winter sky or take a guided hike through Infirmary Mound Park. Roast marshmallows over a roaring fireor listen to sounds of the season. Guests can sample some fresh homemade cookies; grab a cup of hot wassail or crack open a roasted chestnut or two. Children can gather around Santa Claus for a reading of T'was the Night Before Christmas or search for the traditional Christmas pickle. This event is free and open to the public with donations appreciated. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour - Granville, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 to 9 p.m.
• 2-4 & 5-9 p.m. Opera House Park & Old-fashioned hay wagon rides.
• 2 to 2:30- Granville Elementary School- Dance performance by Granville Dance Academy.
• 2 to 3- Centenary United Methodist Church- A Recital of Holiday Music and Other Favorites by Flutists and Pianists of the Denison University Suzuki Program.
• 2 to 4- First Baptist Church Education Building- (Basement Classroom), Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, Holiday craft, cookies and hot chocolate. (Drop-in activity)
• 2:30 to 3- Granville Elementary School- Dance performance by Granville Dance Academy.
• 2:30 to 4:30- First Baptist Church, Children's Program. Cookie Decorating and Crafts (Drop-In Activity)
• 3- Burke Recital Hall (lower campus at Denison University), Singer's Theatre Workshop presents the musical HONK!
• 3:30 to 4- Centenary United Methodist Church- A Concert of Holiday Music and Other Favorites by the String Ensemble from the Denison University Suzuki Program.
• 3:30 to 4- Granville Village OfficesWelsh Hills School students will be singing on the steps.
• 4:30- Granville Village OfficesSanta & Mrs. Claus arrive for the evening
• 6- Centenary United Methodist Church- Centenary UMC Children's Choir presents "The Christmas Family Tree." Composer: Kathie Hill.
• 6- Broadway Pub- Celts Crossing, traditional Irish music with a twist.
• 6 to 7:30- First Baptist Church- Ensembles from the Department of Music, Denison University.
• 6:15- Pilgrim Lutheran Church- Folk Legends of Central Ohio. Folk music on acoustic instruments, including dulcimers, guitars, and autoharps.
6:30 to 7:30- First Presbyterian Church- Combined concert by the Festivo Handbell Choir and Chancel Choir.
• 7- St.Luke's Episcopal Church- Classical and Christmas Favorite Music. Jane and Fred Karaffa, Flute and Violin. Scott G. Hayes, Organ.
• 7:30- Centenary United Methodist Church Vintage Voices of Granville "Sing a Song of Christmas."
• 7:30- Pilgrim Lutheran Church- Newark-Granville Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra.
• 7:30 to 8:30- First Presbyterian Church- The Youth Choir.
• 7:45 to 8:15- First Baptist Church- Performance by Newark Brass.
• 8- St.Luke's Episcopal Church- Classical and Christmas Favorite Music. Jane and Fred Karaffa, Flute and Violin. Scott G. Hayes, Organ.
• 8- Swasey Chapel, Denison University Denison University Orchestra performs music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet and a World Premiere by Assistant Professor Hye Kyung Lee. by Andy Carlson and Nicolas del Grazia.
Animal Rights - Denison University, Granville. Peter Singer, the bio-ethicist credited with starting the animal rights movement with his book Animal Liberation, speaks on "Extending Ethics Beyond the Species Barrier" at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Swasey Chapel. Free and open to the public.