Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
Glass artist lecture-demonstration - Newark. The Works in downtown Newark will host a lecture-demonstration by internationally known glass artist, Eoin Breadon, Saturday, February 7th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is required and seating is limited. The event is the second of four lecture-demonstrations in The Works' new "Artist-to-Artist Series." Admission to the session is $25 for students and members of The Works, and $30 for nonmembers. To register for the session, contact Janet Dillon at The Works at 740-349-9277 or by email at janetdillon@attheworks. org. Breadon is a member of the glass faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Breadon will talk about his art from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in The Works' meeting room and then move to the museum's Glass Works Studio from 11:00 a.m. to noon, where he will demonstrate his glassblowing techniques. The next session in the Artist-to-Artist Series will take place on March 14th and will feature the wood-burning art of Queen Brooks. On April 18th, printmaker Nicholas Hill will be the featured artist. Registration is now open for all sessions.
Winter on the Wilds - Cumberland. The Wilds is offering three special programs in February:
• Feb. 7 - Raptor Field ID Day: Enjoy live bird presentations by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium staff along with field identification training, then explore birding areas on the Wilds.
• Feb. 14 - Love is in the Air: Learn how the Wilds' creatures impress each other with courtship rituals that make us smile and squirm, and meet an endangered species up close. Find out how Species Survival Plans act as a match maker for animals around the world.
• Feb. 21 - Cabin Fever Tour: This tour will be the last chance of the season to see the Wilds' animals in their winter facilities, including the Rhino Management Center. See some species up close.
Cost for all Winter on the Wilds programs is $15 for adults and $9 for children 11 and under. Programs are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Contact the Wilds' Reservations Coordinator at 740-638-5030 ext. 2286 or reservations@ thewilds.org. The reservation deadline is the Tuesday before each program. Space is limited. Early registration is recommended.
8th Annual Taste of Italy - Newark. Make plans to join the Reese Adult Day Center for the 8th Annual Taste of Italy on Thursday, February 12, 2009. The event is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Reese Adult Day Center, 123 South Third St. in Newark. Proceeds support programs and services for older adults with aging conditions and people with disabilities in Licking County. Tickets are $20 each. The evening includes a Silent Auction, live music, and a delicious spaghetti dinner. Make your reservations now by contacting Pam Lichtenauer at (740)-345- 4771.
Ohio C&W Music Association - Newark. The Newark Chapter of the Ohio Country and Western Music Association's meeting is Sunday, Feb. 8, in the Grotto Hall on Waterworks Road in Newark with a spaghetti dinner at noon, including salad, garlic bead and dessert for $5, meeting at 1 p.m., music by Phyllis E. Laine 2 p.m. with the STAFF Band and members to follow, a Valentine king and queen will be crowned, door prizes, raffles, cake-walks, and a country store are available, door donation of $1 for members and $2 for non-members is asked, public is welcome, contact (740) 967-3448 or (740) 323-2715.