Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Howl-a-ween Dog Costume Parade and Contest- Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 – 11 a.m. Outfit your canine in the most frightening, ghoulish or most ridiculous costume you can muster to take part in a parade of pooches. We will have four highly-discerning judges on hand to evaluate the costumes and hand out ribbons in various categories. A ‘Tricks for Treats’ stage will be set up for dramatic pooches who love the spotlight. Local canine-focused vendors will be on-hand to speak with dog owners about merchandise and services, meet at the Main “Barking” Lot.
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.
Drive Thru Haunted Park - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Park District staff and volunteers are busy “digging up” ghosts, goblins and freaks of all types to join in the haunting Oct. 27 - 30. No more standing in line, cold and hungry. You will be scared to death by visions of ghosts and haunts of the past. Be on guard, as you never know what undead creature lurks behind the trees, bushes and shelter houses of Infirmary Mound Park? Find out for yourself, if you dare! And as you anxiously wait your turn to be scared, relax with warm food and drinks in the comfort of your own vehicle This is a family oriented event, but beware; some scenes may not be suitable for very young children. Hours are 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $20 per car. For more information visit www. lickingparkdistrict.com.
Free AutoCAD Workshop - COTC, Newark. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will host a free AutoCAD (computer aided drafting) workshop on Friday, November 12, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., for members of the general public interested in learning the fundamentals of the design program. The workshop will be held in LeFevre Hall, on COTC’s Newark Campus. To register, contact Michael Rice at 740.366.9139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is designed for those who have no previous experience with the design program. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the world of architecture and civil engineering through the use of computer aided drafting. This no-cost experience is a must for anyone interested in these fields. All participants will have access to a computer workstation to create and plot out drawings using AutoCAD in the COTC lab.
Northridge Craft Show - Northridge Middle School, Johnstown. This annual tradition for crafters and shoppers is set for Saturday, Nov. 6, with the doors opening at 9 a.m. The craft show, formerly known as the Homer Craft Show, is one of the longest running craft shows in central Ohio. The craft show has become almost as well-known for its home made food. Admission is free. Northridge Middle School is located at 6066 Johnstown- Utica Road, Johnstown.
Chicken Noodle Dinner & Bake Sale - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Firefighters Association is hosting a Chicken Noodle Dinner and Bake Sale from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the fire station. Carry-out is available. Proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots to make sure Buckeye Lake area children have a great Christmas.
Mini Mall and Craft Bazaar - Millersport. Tables are still available for the Saturday, November 13, event at Millersport Elementary School. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If interested in renting a table, please call Mandy Schneider at 740-808-2497.
Marching Lancers Hi- Lights 2010 Concert - Hebron. You have two chances to see the Lancers perform all the music and dancing from the 2010 season. Concerts are set for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Friday, Nov. 5, in the Lakewood High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are just $6 and can be purchased by calling 928-4496 or visiting www.lancerband.net
Marching Lakers Highlights Concert - Millersport. Enjoy dinner and a concert for just $7 on Friday, Nov. 5. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the “Pride of the Port” presents music from the 2010 marching band season at 7 p.m. For reserved tickets call 467-2929 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 467-2669 after 3 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.
Jazz Guitar Festival - Denison University, Granville. The festival is celebrating its 14th year with guitar clinics and two concerts featuring Gene Bertoncini. The Festival will be held Nov. 6 and 7, with all events free and open to the public. Events are:
Saturday, Nov. 6:
• Clinics for guitar and string players will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Burke Rehearsal Room (240 West Broadway).
• A Guitar and Strings Concert with Gene Bertoncini at 7 p.m. in the Burke Recital Hall.
Sunday, Nov. 7:
• Grande Finale Concert featuring Gene Bertoncini and Tom Carroll at 3 p.m. in the Burke Recital Hall.
Denison Bluegrass Ensemble - Newark. Licking County Library welcomes the Denison Bluegrass Ensemble and the musical duo A’Chording to Tradition for a performance of bluegrass and traditional music on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 11 a..m.
Live @ the Library: Meet the Authors - Newark. The Licking County Library will present three diverse and talented Central Ohio writers on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street, Newark.
Newark resident Jim R. Woolard is the author of numerous historical novels, including the award-winning Thunder in the Valley, Winds of Autumn, Cold Moon, and Blood at Dawn. Woolard’s goal is to portray everyday life on the Ohio frontier as accurately as possible, and his writing has been described as “a must read for every historical fiction fan.” He recently completed Feathered Tide, a novel based on the River Raisin Massacre and the first siege of Fort Meigs during the War of 1812.
Toni Leland has been a fiction and non-fiction author for 25 years. Her fiction work includes a paranormal romance, a young adult novel, and five equestrian novels, including Hearts Over Fences and Winning Ways. Leland’s short stories have appeared in Arabella Romance Magazine, True Story, and Horse Tales for the Soul. Leland also writes feature articles for Grit Magazine, Over the Back Fence and Ohio Magazine. Her latest novel, Rescue Me, deals with two serious subjects: domestic violence and horse rescue.
William Zink is the author of several books of poetry and four novels, including The Hole, Ballad of the Confessor, and the Ohio River Dialogues, which was a finalist for the 2008 Ohioana Fiction Award. He has been praised by Booklist and Andrei Codrescu, among others. With the release of his latest novel, Pieta, Zink establishes himself as one of the truly important voices to emerge on the American literary scene in recent years.
The authors will have copies of their books available for purchase, and a question and answer session and book signing will follow the program. The program is open to the public and free of charge.
HighBall Halloween - Columbus. A cross between Carnivale and Mardi Gras with a pinch of Halloween and a healthy splash of the Short North’s artistic spirit. This year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland so come as your favorite character. The evening’s festivities will include Outrageous Costume Contests (all entries are welcome!), a Couture Costume Fashion Showdown for fashion professionals, the Dogtober Howloween Procession for costume-crazed pet owners, live bands, the city’s hottest DJs, and prizes! Oct. 30, Short North Arts District, Saturday 4-11:45 p.m., Admission: $5, visit www. highballhalloween.com for more information.