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Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Creating a Holiday Centerpiece - Three Sessions, Saturday Dec. 13, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Session One, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Session Two, noon - 2 p.m., Session Three, 3 - 5 p.m., $25/$15 members, reservations required (no vouchers accepted for this program). Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Dawes Arboretum grounds to decorate your hearth or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. We'll provide all materials, including decorations and candles to enliven your display. Meet at the Visitors Center.
Holiday Decorations for Wildlife Saturday Dec. 13, 9 - 11 a.m., $20/$10 members, reservations required, meet at the Zand Education Center Greenhouse Classroom. Come join this fun, entertaining workshop to build a wreath or swag for wildlife! Once you have the wreath or swag making basics down you can decorate your work of art with wildlife friendly, edible decorations. Of course a holiday decoration for wildlife must be set outdoors (front door, barn door, fence, etc.) where wildlife can take advantage of it. All materials will be provided for you to complete your creation—enough greens for a wreath or swag, unsalted popcorn and peanuts and cranberries for stringing, pine cones to be stuffed with peanut butter and birdseed, fruit slices, etc. Arboretum Conservation Director Lori Totman will lead the class.
Kids Holiday Workshop: Ages 5-12- Saturday Dec. 13, noon - 2:00 p.m., $20/$10 members (no vouchers accepted for this program), meet at the Visitors Center. If you're taking the Holiday Centerpiece workshop, consider bringing the kids along to be whisked away for their own masterpieces for keepsakes or to give away as unique, handmade gifts. Make a memory with us through music, games and a lot of festive fun. Children whose guardians are not attending the centerpiece workshop are also very welcome!
Night Hike- Friday Dec. 19, 5 - 7 p.m. Free, meet at the Visitors Center Deck. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend the hike through collections, woodlands and trails on one of our most popular programs.
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, 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.
Toy Drop Off Day - Millersport. Donations of new toys for children of all ages and monetary donations are accepted daily at the Millersport Fire Station. Take advantage of drive-thru convenience from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13.
Licking Park District - Licking County. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
• Dec. 19: Senior Ramble- We journey through the woods and fields of Infirmary Mound Park this month in search of signs that winter is on its way. Learn about goldenrod galls, rose hips and more as you exercise your mind and body. Infirmary Mound Park, shelter #5. 10 a.m.
• Dec. 30: Holiday Frivolity: Nature Detectives- Are you an aspiring CSI? If so, we have just the opportunity for you. Ohio Nature Education will test your skills as a nature detective and see if you are able to read clues left behind by wild animals! Aspiring private detectives will even have a chance to meet a few live animal ambassadors responsible for the clues. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 1 p.m.
Wildlights at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Columbus. Brighten your holiday season with more than two million twinkling lights, ice-skating, live reindeer, Santa Clause and many more family activities through Jan. 1. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 W. Powell Rd., Powell, Ohio (800) 666-5397, www. columbuszoo.org.
COSI's Holiday Science of the Season - Columbus. Avoid brain freeze at COSI this holiday season. When it is chilly, we get silly with science in a winter wonderland! Don't miss our Holiday Lights Show where our Gadgeteer takes you on a whirlwind tour of holiday lighting, with fiery explosions, super-cold liquid nitrogen fun, and a "reindeerpowered" generator that triggers over ten thousand twinkling holiday lights! Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday noon-6 p.m., through Dec. 31. Admission: Adults $12.50. Seniors $10.50. Children age 2-12 $7.50., 333 W. Broad St., Columbus (614) 228-2674, 888-819-COSI, www.cosi.org.
Gingerbread Season - U.S. 40 East of Jacksontown. The herb garden surrounding Herb-n-Ewe will be transformed into a candyland Nov. 28 through Dec. 23, 11755 National Road (US 40), Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (740) 323-2264, www. herbnewe.com.
The Nutcracker - Columbus. BalletMet Columbus presents "The Nutcracker," Dec. 12 through 23, 'Twas the night before Christmas and a girl named Clara embarked upon a wonderous journey, thanks to the mysterious Herr Droselmeyer and his enchanted nutcracker; this unconventional party guest has the ability to bring toys to life, Ohio Theatre, 39 E State Street Columbus, (614) 229-4848, www.balletmet. org.
Cracked Nutz - Columbus. BalletMet Columbus presents, "Cracked Nutz," Dec. 26 through 28, 'Tis the season to lose your reason with this wacky adaptation of a holiday classic, which demands audience participation, BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus, Friday 8 to 10 pm, Sat. 2 to 4 pm, Sunday 1to 3 pm, www. balletmet.org.
Grease - Columbus. Broadway Across America presents Grease, Dec. 16-21 at the Palace Theatre, Tuesday-Friday 8 p.m. Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Admission: $22.50- $69.50, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus, (614) 431-3600, www.broadwayacrossamerica. com,