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.
Wonderful World of Wiggly Worms Series- Saturday, Feb. 14, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Free, meet at the Discovery Center. 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.
Night Hike - Friday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 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.
Maple Syrup Madness- Saturday, February 21 - Saturday, March 7, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m. Free, at the Log Cabin. From treetop to tabletop, the history of syrup production is fascinating. The Maple Trail leads curious hikers from the Shelter House to the Log Cabin where they'll find a crackling fire, lots of sweet-smelling steam and samples of syrup. Guide yourself down the Maple Trail or take part in a guided tour starting at the Shelter House on Saturdays at 2pm. Group tours are also available on weekdays as well. If you have a group and would like to schedule a tour, please call or e-mail to make a reservation—740.323.2355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
No Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament - Millersport. The Millersport Little Lakers are sponsoring a two-day tournament, Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Millersport American Legion Hall, 2557 Canal St. Cash tables open at 5p.m. on Firday and at 11 a.m. on Saturday. All proceeds benefit the Little Lakers football and cheerleader programs. For more information call Shelly Harkins at (740) 467-3113 or vist www.burn-n-turnpoker. com.
Winter on the Wilds - Cumberland. The Wilds is offering special programs in February:
• 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.
"Mystery-a-la-Carte" Mystery Dinner Theater- Newark. Join the Licking County Historical Society, Friday, Feb. 13, at Blue Line Hall (FOP Hall), 6th St., Newark, for "Mysterya la-Carte" - a Mystery Dinner Theater- - in collaboration with LCP Suitcase Theater. Includes dinner and play. Reservations are required. Call (740) 345-4898or visit lchsohio.org for more information or reservations. Cost: LCHS Members-$30/person,, $55/couple; Non Members-$35/ person, $65/couple, Social Hour: 5:30-6:30, Dinner: 6:30-7:30 and Play: 7:30.
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.
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; call (740) 345-LIVE; or online at www. midlandtheatre.org.
• Guitar Blues - Jorma Kaukonen, Robben Ford, and Ruthie Foster: Thursday, February 19, 8:00 p.m,.Tickets: $50, $35 and $25. A rare tour brings three outstanding blues guitarists together on the same stage. Guitar Blues features three of the most acclaimed blues players in America today. Join Hot Tuna's Jorma Kaukonen, the legendary Robben Ford, and the phenomenal rising star Ruthie Foster for a very special evening of music featuring the wonderful six-stringed instrument that is the heart and soul of the genre: Guitar Blues.