Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
Storybook Science - Thursday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join us on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month for a look into science using stories in children’s literature. Each session is unique. Designed for children ages three to five years old, sessions include a tale, songs, finger plays, crafts, outdoor explorations, puzzles and creative movement. Free, donations welcome; meet at the Discovery Center.
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.
Santa visits Newark - OSUNewark/ COTC. Come one, come all, to the annual Holiday Celebration held on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. Happiness and fun times will take place at the John Gilbert Reese Center on Friday, December 4, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Children will visit with Santa and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from 6 – 7:15 p.m. and the University Chorus will perform a holiday concert from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Millersport Christmas Parade - Millersport. Kick off the Christmas season with the 9th Annual Millersport Christmas Parade. The Marching Lakers will escort Santa into Millersport. The parade starts at noon at the high school, moving up Lancaster Street to Watson’s Valero. Santa will be available for photos until 2 p.m.
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
Candlelight Walking Tour - Granville. Begin the holiday season at the 16th annual Granville Candlelight Walking Tour on Saturday, December 5, Main Street of this charming New England style village is lined with lighted live Evergreen holiday trees. The evening is filled with carriage rides, musical events, childrens’ activities, shopping unique boutiques for that perfect gift and dining in any of the fine restaurants. Santa arrives in style on a fire engine and spends time visiting with children. For more information on this “magical night in Granville” visit GranvilleOH.com.
Celtic Christmas Celebration - Thornville. The Celtic group Evening Rose will provide a Celtic Christmas Celebration at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at the South Shore Ministries Center on Ohio 13 and Thorn Township Road 391, two miles south of Thornville.The evening includes bagpiper Jordan Irwin. Traditional Scottish refreshments of puddings and shortbread will make this an evening to treasure. There will be a nursery for preschool children for the second half of the program. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Call 740 -246-9292 for more information.
Pet Portraits - Heath. Customized, digital pet portraits with Santa will be offered Saturday and Sunday, December 5th & 6th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Complete Petmart in Heath. Pets and pet lovers are invited to ring in the holiday season with music, treats, and gift items. Digital photo print packages start at $10. and includes a free box dog biscuits! Bring your flash drive and take ALL shots home for only $8.! All photo purchases include a free gift bag. The event is cosponsored by Complete Petmart and Purina to benefit Angel Paws Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy.
Naval historian - The Works Newark. Dr. James C. Bradford, Professor of Naval History at Texas A&M University, will give a lecture titled: “Turning Points in the Pacific War: Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal,” at The Works in downtown Newark on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m. The talk is open to the public. No registration is required. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (55+) and free for members of The Works. Bradford has authored numerous books and articles on naval and maritime history, World War II, early United States history and related topics. He has made appearances on The History Channel, A&E Network’s “Biography,” and The Discovery Channel.The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is a family fun and learning destination located at 55 S. 1st Street in Newark, Ohio. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 740-349-9277 or visit the web site at www.attheworks. org.
Improv Show - OSU-Newark. The Ohio State University at Newark’s improv troupe Outside the Box will present a free show on Wednesday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall. This performance is suggested for mature audiences.
Author Don Waters - Denison University, Granville. Awardwinning author Don Waters will read from his work at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Barney-Davis Board Room (200 West Loop) at Denison University. The event is free and open to the public. Waters comes to Denison as this year’s winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for fiction. For more information, contact 740-587-6207 or visit www.denison.edu
LCAP Annual Christmas Dinner and Dance - Newark. Tickets are on sale at Zerger Hall Senior Center for the annual Christmas Dinner and Dance set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10. The menu for the evening includes roast turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, holiday green beans, pear jewel salad, pecan pie and beverages. The dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by a two-hour music show at 6:30 p.m. featuring the NTO Band. Santa and Mrs. Claus will attend and seniors can get their pictures taken in front of a holiday backdrop. The tickets are $7 and are on sale at the senior center, 745 E. Main St. Transportation inquiries can be answered by calling the transportation office of the Licking County Aging Program at 345-0821 or 1-800- 452-0097.
Outville Christmas Parade - Outville. The 14th annual Outville Christmas parade is at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 12,. Parade registration and lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Township Community Complex located at 6750 Outville Rd. S.W. The parade features motorcycles, antique cars, trucks, tractors, equestrian units, organizations, bands and more! The parade travels north on Outville Road from the Community Complex. After the parade, there will be entertainment, a goodies auction, and a visit from Santa himself at the Community Complex.. Refreshments will also be served including cornbread and the renowned Outville ham and bean soup.
Live Nativity - Baltimore. New Zion United Methodist Church will present a live nativity from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.12. (Rain date is Dec. 13.) Live animals including a camel will be included in the scene as well as music. A “secret” family gift shop (all items are $1) will be inside the church as well as children’s crafts and refreshments for all. The church is on the corner of Stemen and Snyder Church roads, northwest of Baltimore. Food donations for the Baltimore food pantry will be accepted.
Handel’s “Messiah” - Denison University, Granville. The Denison University Orchestra, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers will present Handel’s “Messiah” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The event is free and open to the public. The Denison Orchestra is conducted by Andy Carlson, and both Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are directed by Wei Cheng. For more information, contact 740-587-6220 or visit www.denison.edu <http://www. denison.edu
“Venus and Adonis” - Denison University, Granville. Denison University presents the Singer’s Theatre Workshop performance of the opera “Venus and Adonis,” directed by Belinda Andrews-Smith, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, at 3 p.m. in Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). The opera is only an hour in length, and the event is free and open to the public. “Venus and Adonis” was composed in 1683 and is based on the classical myth of Venus and Adonis.
“It’s Christmas” - Granville. Vintage Voices of Granville will sing two performances of “It’s Chrismas” at 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 5 at Centenary United Methodist Church, 102 E. Broadway, Granville. The free performances are part of Granville’s Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour.
Heisey Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert - The Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark/COTC. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents their annual holiday program with a concert titled “Christmas, The Joy and Spirit” on Saturday, December 12, at 8:00 p.m. The 55 member concert band is under the direction of Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The band is celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2009-2010. Appearing with the HWE will be the Johnstown Monroe High School Symphonic Choir under the direction of Jeff Rings. Also featured will be former local radio personality Bob Brooker as narrator on a special arrangement by Randal Alan Bass of “The Night Before Christmas”. A capacity crowd is anticipated. Those planning to attend are urged to arrive early. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door. Adults are $10, seniors (60+) and students are $5, and children under 12 are admitted free.
Flutasia Concert - Millersport. The musical group , Flutasia, will present a free Christmas program at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 20 at the Millersport United Methodist Church. A candlelight reception will follow. Everyone is welcome.