Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Luminary Tour- Friday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Dawes Arboretum brings you an evening of illumination with 1,500 candle luminaries. Join us inside the Visitors Center after the drive for a cup of hot cocoa, a holiday treat and some activities for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit the Licking County Food Pantry.
Holly Fair- Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Our second annual gathering of local artists and crafts people displaying their holiday treasures. Enjoy refreshments while shopping for those one-of-a-kind special gifts for your loved ones. Daweswood Gifts will offer 10% off to all visitors and, as a special holiday "thank you," an additional 10% discount to our members. Free, meet at the Visitor Center.
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.
Breakfast with Santa - Millersport. Come out Saturday, Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon to have breakfast with Santa at the Millersport Fire Station. Enjoy waffles, omelets, pancakes and all the sides. Cost is $6 for adults and children 12 and under $3.
Breakfast with Santa, Elf Shelf Workshop - Millersport. Load up the entire family for a fun filled morning at the Millersport Lions Clubhouse on Saturday, December 13, 8 a.m. to noon, to join Santa Claus in a delicious Pancake Breakfast fit for all of Santa's elves. Don't miss the opportunity to get a photo with Santa and let the wee folks shop for mom, dad, grandparents and siblings.
Enjoy breakfast, add a photo to the family album and let the children shop all at affordable family prices. Breakfast costs are: $5 for adults and children over 11 years; $2 for children ages 2 -10 years; any children under age 2 eat for free. Photo costs start at $2.50 per photo. The Elf Shelf Workshop is a special shopping area for children under age 12 to purchase gifts for mom, dad, grandparents and siblings at low prices. Adults will be allowed to shop after 12:30 PM only. There will be elves to assist all shoppers and gift wrap all gifts purchased.
Baltimore Lions Club Community Day - Baltimore. Free funnel cakes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Baltimore Square (Ohio 256 & 158). Please bring non-perishable food items for the Baltimore Food Pantry. Items needed include box dinners, canned soup, canned fruit, marcaroni, spaghetti and sauce, pork & beans, flour, sugar, saline crackers, shortening, catsup, toilet paper, liquid dish soap, shampoo, cake mixes and frosting. Bring used eye glasses for reuse in other countries and learn about programs available through the Baltimore Lions Club.
Licking Park District - Licking County. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
• Nov. 29: Give Thanks to Nature Hike- Tired of sitting around the house? Join us for a refreshing hike along the trails of Lobdell Reserve and burn off some of the holiday calories. Who knows we may even see a wild turkey along the trail. Lobdell Reserve, disc golf course parking area. 1 p.m.
• Dec. 6: Christmas in the Country- Kick off a fun, old-fashioned, country Christmas with a twist. Our annual event will have a few surprises in store that will last throughout the holiday season. You can still relax on a horse drawn wagon ride under the clear winter sky or warm up as you roast marshmallows over a roaring fire. Inside you can sample homemade cookies and hot wassail while listening to sounds of the season provided by local musical groups. Jolly Old St. Nicholas will also be on hand to listen to those special Christmas wishes. Free admission for the kick-off. 7 to 9 p.m.