Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Evergreen Identification- Saturday Nov. 14, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., meet at the Auditorium, $12/$10 members. Conifers are a diverse and colorful group of plants. Being able to distinguish and identify different species is highly rewarding and can also be quite fun. Let Dawes Conifer Curator Jeff Bowman take you through some easy steps in distinguishing between many common conifers that we encounter in Ohio ecosystems and landscapes.
Night Hike- Friday, Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 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.
Luminary Tour- Friday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Canned food or monetary donations accepted for the Licking County Food Pantry.The Dawes Arboretum brings you an evening of illumination on the North Loop Auto Tour with 1,500 candle luminaries. Join us inside the Visitors Center after the drive for a cup of hot cocoa, a holiday treat and some activities for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit the Licking County Food Pantry.
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.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Nov. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before show time at the Millersport United Methodist Church, 2310 Refugee Street. All performances are general admission, and tickets are $8. Call 740-277-6479 for tickets or more information.
Golden Dragon Acrobats - Newark. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. As part of The Midland Theatre’s Family Series sponsored by The Energy Cooperative, The Golden Dragon Acrobats appear at The Midland Theatre, 36 North Park Place, Newark, on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, $20, $17.50, $12.50 and $10. To purchase tickets, call 740/345-LIVE (5483) or stop by The Midland box office, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour before the performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.midlandtheatre. org. Add $2 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Don’t miss these Licking Park District events:
• Dec. 5: Christmas In the Country - Start this holiday season off right with the Licking Park District for the annual “Christmas In the Country.” This event will give your family a chance to enjoy a relaxing evening during this old fashioned Christmas event. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, a guided night hike, chestnuts roasted over an open fire, local musical groups, a vist from St. Nicholas, childrens games and much more. Event activities start at 7:00 p.m. at the James E. Bradley Center in Infirmary Mound Park. For more information call 740-587-2535 or visit www.lickingparkdistrict. com
20th Annual Craft Show - Newark. The Career and Technology Education Center (C-TEC) of Licking County will host its 20th annual craft show on Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at 150 Price Road in Newark. There will be a large selection of homemade arts and crafts, collectibles and holiday items. There also will be a variety of foods available for purchase. Admission is $1. The event is organized by SkillsUSA, a student leadership club, and the proceeds will be used to fund student leadership and officer camps, contests and other events and activities.
Genealogy on the Computer - Newark. Licking County Library and the Licking County Genealogical Society are offering interactive genealogy workshops on a mobile lab during November. The workshops will be offered Saturday, November 14th at 1:00 pm, Monday, November 16th at 1:00 pm, and Tuesday, November 17th at 6:00 pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call 740-349-5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street for registration or more information.
Meet the Author - Newark. The Newark Library will host a Live @ the Library: Meet the Author program on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring four local authors. Each author will discuss their books, how they got started, where they get their ideas and more. Books will be for sale at the program. Presenters include: June Harman Betts, author of the Echoes in My Mind series including Father Was a Caveman and We Were Vagabonds; Deb Peters, who started writing in 1996 with a collection of children’s mysteries; Gary A Braunbeck, author of the acclaimed Cedar Hill Cycle of novels and stories based on his hometown of Newark; and Waneda Diller Gilligan, who published her first book, Andrew’s Journey this year. The program will be held in the meeting room of the Newark Library. It is open to the public and free of charge. For more information contact the library at 740-349-5553 or visit www.lickingcountylibrary.info.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast on from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 21 at 8474 High Street, Thurston. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is:sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carryout orders are welcome; call 740- 862-6542.
Harlem Wizards - Hebron. See the Lakewood staff take on the Harlem Wizards at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 in the Lakewood High School gym. Proceeds benefit the JIS PTO. Advance tickets are $8 for students/ seniors and $10 for adults. Prices are $2 higher at the door. Online ticketing is available. Visit www.lakewoodlocal.k12. oh.us for the link.