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. 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. The organization meets on the third Wednesday of every month. The next meeting is from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the Lakewood High School library.
Columbus Zoo Free Admission - Columbus. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is offering free admission on President’s Day, February 15. In addition, the Zoo will continue to offer half price admission through the month of February. February is a great month to visit the animals that are outside in the North American Region, as well as, Asia Quest. Guests can also view a variety of animals at the Zoo’s many indoor exhibits as well including, the gorilla building, Bob & Evelyn’s Roadhouse, Habitat Hollow, Manatee Coast, the reptile house, Discovery Reef and the Naomi Coyle Dempsey Quest for Enlightenment Interpretive Center at Asia Quest. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open 363 days a year 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. after Labor Day. General admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 2 to 9 and seniors 60+. Children under 2 and Columbus Zoo members are free.
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.
For more information visit www.lickingparkdistrict.com.
Underground Railroad Program & Quilt- Newark. The Licking County Library has partnered with the Ohio Humanities Council to host a program on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. featuring Cathy D. Nelson founder of the Friends of Freedom Society and the Ohio Underground Railroad Association. Ms. Nelson will present a slide presentation and introduce the Ohio Underground Railroad Quilt which will remain on display in the library through February 27, 2010. The program will be held in the Meeting Room at the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street, and is open to the public and free of charge. For more information call 740.349.5553 or visit www.lickingcountylibrary. info
‘Tech Fest’ - Newark. The Works in downtown Newark will host “Tech Fest,” a hands-on educational event for children and families, February, 16, 17 and 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $2 for members of The Works and $4 for non-members.
Lead by local engineers, each evening will feature a variety of demonstrations and activities exploring the field of engineering. Topics will include the science behind flight, the mechanics of design and information about the skill sets required for careers in engineering. For more information, call 740-349-9277 or visit www.attheworks.org.
Civil War Lecture - Newark. Dr. David Bush, Professor of Anthropology at Heidelberg University, will present an illustrated lecture about Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison, at The Works museum on Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Admission to the lecture and the entire museum is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children and free for members of The Works. Pre-registration is not necessary but seating is limited.This is the second of three lectures on Civil War topics scheduled this winter at The Works. The final lecture in the series will be held Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. March’s speaker will be Wayne E. Motts, historian and Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park. Motts will discuss Pickett’s Charge.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast on from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 20. 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. Carry-out orders are welcomed: call 740-862-6542.
Denison Theatre - Granville, All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Ace Morgan Theatre (211 W. College Street). For ticket information, call 740-587-6527 or visit the Denison web site. The spring season opens with “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment—The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself).” Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Donald Margulies, “Shipwrecked” is inspired by the true story of an unlikely hero who spellbound Victorian England with his incredible tale. “Performances are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19 and 20, and Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 23-27.
A Night At The Oscars - Millersport. The Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “A Night At The Oscars” 2010 Minstrel on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 at 8 p.m. The annual performance will take place at the Millersport Elementary School Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street, Millersport. All tickets are $8 and reservations are requested. Call 740-277-6479 for tickets. If available, tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.