Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike - Friday, Feb. 20, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free, meet at the Vistiros Center deck. Experience The Arboretum at niht! 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, Feb. 21 - Saturday, March 7, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays, 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 2 p.m. Group tours are also available on weekdays as well.
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 holds its monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 21 at the Thurston firehouse, 8474 High St. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, OJ, coffee, tea, and milk. Firefighters will be available to answer questions, and will be selling T-shirts and reflective address signs.
Teen Library League - Hebron. The Hebron Library invites teens in grades six through 12 to join the Library League. The Library League is a group of teens teaming together to chat about books, what's current and library programs. Teens have the opportunity to share their ideas and hang-out with other teens. We are meeting on February 24 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and we are discussing Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Visit Hebron Library at 934 West Main Street in Hebron or call 740.928.3923 for more information.
No Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament - Millersport. The Millersport Little Lakers are sponsoring a two-day tournament, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Millersport American Legion Hall, 2557 Canal St. Cash tables open at 5 p.m. on Friday 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 visit www.burn-n-turnpoiker. com.
The Changing Climate of Agriculture - Granville. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's (OEFFA) 30th annual conference is set for Feb. 21-22 at Granville High School, 248 New Burg St., Granville. The conference features nearly 50 workshops, a trade show and two keynote speakers. Workshops range from Building Your Own Greenhouse to Vet Tips for Small Farmers. More information is available at www.oeffa.org.
Creating a Wildlife Oasis - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. The weather is warming ever so slightly and the days are getting longer, signaling the start of a gardening frenzy. Make plans for all of your gardening projects this year, with help from the Licking Park District. With thoughtful planning, you will decrease your workload, save money and enjoy wildlife visitors to your backyard for years to come. Join Park District Naturalist and National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Ambassador Suzan Jervey on Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m. at Infirmary Mound Park's James Bradley Center, as she shares ideas on how to Create a Wildlife Oasis. Many gardeners work against nature by surrounding themselves with plants that need lots of attention. Utilizing native plants that are adapted to Ohio's soils and climates create a beautiful landscape with much less work. Most of these native plants are perennials that once planted will continue to grow for years to come. They are normally resistant to disease and insects and do not need additional watering once they are established. The added bonus is the bounty of birds and butterflies that will be attracted to such a wonderful oasis.
Bring your landscape plans and/or photos of your yard and spend the afternoon obtaining and sharing ideas to create a backyard wildlife habitat. Advanced registration is required by March 8 and there is a fee of $3 per person with a $10 max per family. Park Express Members are free. You may register by calling (740) 587-2535 or e-mail at mail@ lickingparkdistrict.com.
"Heritage of American Music" - Millersport. The Millersport Community Theatre presents "Heritage of American Music" 2009 Minstrel on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m. at the Millersport Elementary School auditorium. All tickets are $9 and reservations are recommended. Order online at www.theatreconnection. com or call 740-277-6479. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.