Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Wonderful World of Wiggly Worms Series- Saturday, Jan. 10, 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Come along and find out about our planet's friends—the mighty earthworms! We'll use our worm bin to explore the worm's habitat, behavior, needs and place in our lives. There will be plenty of worm information and fun, so be sure to make it back on the second Saturday of each month in 2009 to take part in new projects and fascinating programs, free, meet at the Discovery Center.
Breakfast with the Birds and Bird Walk- Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. - noon. Enjoy a light breakfast while identifying birds at the feeders—possibly including blue jays, cardinals, American goldfinches, house finches, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, red-bellied woodpeckers, downy woodpeckers, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, American tree sparrows, dark-eyed juncos, eastern towhees and more. Follow up with a bird walk through various areas of The Arboretum, $8/$5 members, meet at the Visitors 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.
First Night Co l Throughout Downtown. First Night Columbus, Central Ohio's awardwinning New Year's Eve celebration is a community-oriented, familyfriendly, alcohol-free event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children's festival. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 4:30 p.m.-midnight, Admission: $10-$12. Children 5 and under free. For more information visiti www. firstnightcolumbus.com
Thurber House Evening with Authors - Columbus. Evenings with Authors features nationally and internationally known writers reading and discussing their most recent books, 7:30 p.m. Each author gives a 50-minute reading, followed by a question-and-answer period and a book signing reception that is open to all, 77 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, Call (614) 464-1032 for more information.
• Friday, Jan. 23: Merrill Markoe, Nose Down, Eyes Up
• Tuesday, Feb. 10: Henry Alford, How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People
• Wednesday, March 11: Meg Wolitzer, The Ten-Year Nap
• Tuesday, Apr. 28: Terri Cheney, Manic: A Memoir
• Friday, May 15: Tony Horwitz, A Voyage Long and Strange
The Miracle Worker - Columbus. The Phoenix Theatre for Children presents TheMiracle Worker, Jan. 9-18, 2009, Studio One Theatre, Riffe Center, Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., Admission: Adults $20. Children $10, 77 S. High St., Columbus, (614) 469-0939, www.thephoenixonline.org. Helen Keller is an American hero. With the help of her unwavering mentor and teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen unlocked the mysteries of speech and communication despite the challenges of being blind and deaf. Following the success of Phoenix's criticallyacclaimed bilingual production of The Secret Garden last season, this production will employ deaf and hearing actors together and integrate American Sign Language and spoken English.
The Midland Theatre - Newark. Tickets are available at the box office, 36 N. Park Place in Newark, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the show; calling (740) 345-LIVE; or online at www. midlandtheatre.org.
• Garrison Keillor: An Evening with Garrison Keillor, Wednesday, January 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $85, $75, $50, $40 and $30. Charming, witty, and always entertaining, Garrison Keillor comes to the Midland stage on January 21, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. Best known as host of the immensely popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is one of this country's favorite humorists and storytellers, along with being a best-selling author. This one-man show highlights his wonderfully dry sense of humor and promises to delight audiences with a truly enjoyable evening. True to his radio form, Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest as well as the aging process — including late-life fatherhood — all with his one-of-a-kind blend of humor, wit, and wisdom.
• The Second City Touring Company: Friday, January 30, 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $50, $40, $30 and $20.The Lively Arts Series completes with Second City Touring Company's legendary blend of comedy theatre. Performing a special medley of classic scenes, songs, and cutting-edge improvisation, the Second City Touring Company is always original, daring, and hilarious. This is a chance to see comedy stars in the making, as their alumni list is a veritable "Who's Who" of comedy including Bill Murray, John & Jim Belushi, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ryan Stiles, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis and so many more. Warning: Adult content.