Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Grafting the Right Way - Saturday, January 31, 8:30 a.m. to noon., Zand Education Center greenhouse classroom, $30/$20 members. Rich Larson, The Arboretum's propagator, will show you how to graft plants the right way for success in reproducing your own plants in this hands-on class. Rootstock and scion wood will be provided so you can take home your own grafted woody plant.
Breakfast with the Birds and Bird Walk - Saturday, January 31, 9 a.m. to noon, Visitors Center, $8/$5 members. 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.
Tracking While Cross Country Skiing - Saturday, Feb. 7, 1-4 p.m., Dutch Fork Wetlands, $5/members free. Join the Natural Resources Department on cross country skis (your own of course, if weather is appropriate!) for a glide through the Dutch Fork Wetlands. February brings some of the snowiest weather of the season and some of the best tracking conditions. We'll ski along the trail and talk about the different creatures utilizing the wetlands. If weather is not appropriate for skiing, join us anyway for a nice leisurely hike through the wetlands.
Plants for Health: How to Eat Your Heart Stronger with Every Beet! - Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to noon, Visitors Center, $15/$10 members. Find out how to keep your ticker in tip-top form while eating some very tasty plants. Plants and herbs have always contained the phytonutrients to keep human beings healthy. Find out how you can take the best advantage of all that Mother Nature has to offer.
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.
Granville Rotary Culinary Festival - Granville. Come out Sunday, January 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cherry Valley Lodge for an afternoon of great food and fabulous auction items while supporting the many programs and charitable causes of the Granville Rotary Club. The fundraiser featuresgourmet fare from the area's finest restaurants and caterers, including Bake n' Brew, The Chapel Grove Inn, C-TEC Culinary Arts School, Cherry Valley Lodge, Denison University's Sodexho Catering, Granville Inn, Kendal at Granville, Licking Memorial Health Systems, The Longaberger Company, Royal Thai, and Short Story Brasserie. In addition to great food, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on unique live and silent auction items, including creative dinner parties, golf packages, college and professional sports tickets, as well as one-week stays at the Mayan Palace Resort in Mexico and Lakeside on Lake Erie and much more! Tickets are $35 per person, and may be purchased at the Granville Inn, from any Granville Rotarian or at the event.
Sweet Honey and the Rock founder - Denison University, Granville. PBS series creator Bernic Johnson Reagon is the Keynote speaker for this year's the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations. She will present her address at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, at Swasey Chapel. The convocation is free and open to the public. Reagon was founder of the Grammy-winning a capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. She spent more than a decade putting together what became the Peabody Award-winning series for National Public Radio "Wade In the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions," and later was consultant, composer and performer for the PBS series "Eye on the Prize" and "We Shall Overcome."
"Cocktails by the Fire" - Newark. The Works hosts the annual fundraiser and social event, Saturday, February 7th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the museum in downtown Newark. There will be a fire raging in the glassblowing studio, good food and drink, live music, art and science. Perennial favorites, Tom Carroll and Andy Carlson from Denison University will perform their acoustic music throughout the evening. Internationally known glass artist, Eoin Breadon will demonstrate his glassblowing techniques during the event. Aaron Buchholz, Glass Studio Manager at The Works, is creating 30 signed and numbered glass pieces available only during this event. Cocktails by the Fire includes a cash bar with celebrity bartenders, a variety of heavy hors d'oeuvres, chocolate dessert and a coffee bar. Local restaurants are supplying the food. Tickets are $25 each for members of The Works and $30 for non-members. The ticket deadline is January 30. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit or call 740-349-9277.
LCAP Comedy Fling - Newark. Local comedian Dave Lehman wis the headline attraction at the Jan. 23 Comedy Fling at Zerger Hall Senior Center. The monthly Fling series features entertainment and a full-compliment meal for senior citizens. The program begins at 11 a.m. There is no charge for the dinner but donations are accepted.
Seniors can reserve their meal by calling Zerger Hall's nutrition department at 345-0821 or 1-800-452-0097. You can inquire about transportation at the same time. Zerger Hall, located at 745 E. Main St., is the headquarters of the Licking County Aging Program, the chief older-adult agency in the area. LCAP provides home services, home chore maintenance, transportation, meals, respite, daily smilemaker calls to senior shut-ins, and a variety of educational and recreational programs.
"Notes from a Pullman Porter's Daughter" - Denison University, Granville. The onewoman show will be performed by its creator, JoAnne F. Henry, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 28 and 29, in Denison's Ace Morgan Theatre as part of this year's campus celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event is open to the public at no cost; reservations are requested and can be made by calling the theatre box office at 740-587-6527. "Notes from a Pullman Porter's Daughter" is an innovative performance piece based on autobiographical materials. It traces Henry's struggle to become an artist, a scholar, and an activist. The work explores the intersections of creativity and the sacred along with her passion for social justice. Informed by black feminist thought, womanist theology and feminist performance strategies, "Notes from a Pullman Porter's Daughter" weaves narrative with popular music across several decades. It includes freedom songs, rock music, hymns and folk music.
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.
• 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. and language.
Music Sweet Serenades - Newark- Granville Symphony Orchestra. Join the orchestra at 8 p.m. on January 24 at Newark's Midland Theatre. "Sweet Serenades" will be a concert sure to tug the heart strings. Melting away the winter chill just in time for Valentine's Day, the orchestra will perform two of the world's most beautiful and romantic serenades and include feature performances by Stan Warren, tenor, and Kim Mc- Cann, horn soloist. For tickets, call 740/345-LIVE (5483). For more information visit www.ngsymphony. org.