Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Maple Syrup Madness: Saturday, February 20 – Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m., Sunday, Admission is Free, meet at the Log Cabin. Don’t miss this once a year event! Sap will be drawn right out of our own sugar maple trees and boiled down to sweet smelling syrup right before your eyes. Witness the process and sip a tasty sample! Take the trail on your own for a self-guided adventure, attend a Saturday 2pm public tour, or sign up for a group tour with the Education Department.
Woodworking for Wildlife: Saturday February 27, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, $20/$15 members, reservation required, meet at the Zand Education Center, Give wildlife a helping hand! In this hands–on workshop participants may choose to build one or more wooden or gourd wildlife structures to take home. The wildlife structures include nesting houses and boxes (bluebird and wood duck), roosting structures (bat house and robin shelter) and feeders (bird and squirrel) to name a few.
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.
Lakewood girls softball signups - Hebron. Lakewood Girls Summer Softball Registration will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lakewood Middle School Cafeteria. Girls ages 7 to 14 as of Jan. 1 may register. Cost is $50 for the first child, $30 for the second child, with a $100 max per family. Bring your registration fee and copy of birth certificate to the sign-ups.
Licking Park District Winter Recreation Opportunities - Licking County. Are you sitting at home with cabin fever ready to venture out and enjoy the sun and snow? If you answered yes, pack up the kids, a sled or two and check out the Licking Park District’s sledding hill! The sledding area is located on the hill overlooking Mirror Lake at Infirmary Mound Park. To access the sledding hill, visitors should park in the shelter #6 parking area and follow the Mirror Lake Trail located north of the parking area. Visitors can utilize the sledding hill, conditions permitting, from 8:30 a.m. until dusk seven days a week.
There are also excellent areas to cross-country ski, hike or snow shoe. Infirmary Mound Park, Lobdell Reserve and Taft Reserve also offer horseback riding and hiking trails, weather permitting. The Ohio Canal Greenway is the only trail that is open to guests 365 days a year. It is a multi-purpose recreational trail located by the Hebron Fish Hatchery, off Canal St in Hebron. All Licking Park District trails are accessible seven days a week, conditions permitting, from 8:30 a.m. until dark. Trailheads at each facility are marked and maps are available at information kiosks, Park District Headquarters or on our website at www.lickingparkdistrict. com.
Areas of the T.J. Evans Recreational Trail are not groomed for walking or biking during winter months. For safety of users and to provide winter recreational opportunities, snowfall that accumulates on the trail is not removed. In addition, salt is not applied in order to prevent any irreversible trail damage. For more information, call (740) 587-2535, the program hotline at (740) 349-4823 or visit www. lickingparkdistrict.com.
Imani Winds and Stefon Harris - Denison University, Granville. The 30th-anniversary season of the Vail Series continues with a performance by wind quintet Imani Winds and jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). This special event concert is part of Denison’s 2010 Celebration of the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For ticket information, call 740-587-6557 or visit vail.denison.edu.