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. 20 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.
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.
Book Discussion Groups - Newark and Hebron. Love to read? Enjoy talking to others about what you’ve read? The Licking County Library invites you to join one or more of their monthly book discussion groups. Three groups meet at the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Booked To Death, held on the fourth Wednesday, features a mystery title. No Page Unturned held on the first Monday of the month opts for non-fiction books. The Fiction Discussion Group, held on the first Wednesday of the month reads a variety of fiction. The Bookmark Group meets at the Hebron Library, 934 W. Main St., on the last Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Copies of the book selection for the month are available at the host library approximately one month prior to the discussion and are available for check-out free of charge. Each group is facilitated by a library staff member or community member and lasts approximately one hour.For more information call the library at 740.349.5553 or visit the library website at www. lickingcountylibrary.info
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
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. Preregistration 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. Carryout 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.
The Girl in the Freudian Slip - Newark. Licking County Players’ production opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Performance dates at 8 p.m. are Feb. 26-27 and March 4-6. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. are set for Feb. 28 and March 7. In this comedy, a staid New York psychiatrist has a fashion artist for a wife, a perceptive seventeen year old for a daughter, a social lion bachelor author for a friend, a wildly hung up young man as his principle patient, and a former patient for his Achilles heel .Tickets cost $13, $11 for students and senior citizens and $8 for children (under 12). Call 740-349-2287 or visit www. lickingcountyplayers.org
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. in 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.