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.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, January 17, at 8474 High Street, Thurston, from 8 a.m. to noon. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Firefighters will answer your questions about smoke/CO detectors, blood pressure/ sugar checks, medication list, or other concerns. You may also purchase/order T-shirts and reflective address signs which help firefighters find your property in case of an emergency.
Canal History - Newark. The Works is hosting an illustrated lecture titled "Riding the Silver Ribbon: The Rise and Fall of The Ohio & Erie Canal," on Sunday, January 18th at 2:00 p.m. Ohio author and historian, Aaron Keirns will be the speaker. The presentation will focus on The Ohio & Erie Canal, a hand-dug channel that ran across the state of Ohio from top to bottom, connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. The canal, which was a primary form of transportation during the early and mid 1800s, passed through Licking County and downtown Newark. Keirns is the author of three books on Ohio history and serves as director of communications at The Works.
In 2008, the remains of Lock #9 of The Ohio & Erie Canal were unearthed on The Works' property near the intersection of South 1st and Canal Streets in Newark. The Works plans to develop the find into an educational site. The January 18th lecture is being held in conjunction with a new hands-on canal exhibit opening at The Works on Saturday, January 17. The exhibit, called "Building America's Canals," is a traveling exhibit created by the National Canal Museum and Smithsonian Institution. It will be at The Works through April 10, 2009. Sunday's lecture begins at 2:00 p.m. and will last 45 minutes to an hour. The public is invited; no registration required. Admission to the lecture includes access to the entire museum. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children and $5 for seniors (55+). Members of The Works are admitted free. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is a family destination and educational facility located at 55 S. 1st Street in Newark, Ohio. Museum, gallery and gift shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays (October through April only) from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 740-349-9277 or visit the web site at www.attheworks.org.
Pack of Lies - Licking County Players, Newark. Pack of Lies, by English playwright Huge Whitemore, is the third show of the season for Licking County Players. Written in 1983, the play is based on a true centering on Bob and Barbara Jackson and their daughter, Julie, a television reporter and newspaper journalist in the UK. The Jacksons are friendly with their neighbors until the couple is arrested and charged with espionage. Are the friendly and outgoing neighbors really spies? Or is it a big mistake or even a clever setup by the government? The tense drama is sure to warm up a cold winter with suspense and a surprise ending? Performances: Jan. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 25 at 8 p.m. and Jan 18 and 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets prices are adults = $13, seniors (55+) - $11, students - $11 and child (under 12) - $8. For tickets or more information call (740) 349-ACTS or visit www. lickingcountyplayers.org.
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. Best known as host of the 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 dry sense of humor. True to his radio form, Keillor shares hilari- ous anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest as well as the aging process — including late-life fatherhood.
• 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. Warning: Adult content.