Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Luminary Tour- Friday, Dec. 3, 5:30 – 8 p.m.,.The Dawes Arboretum brings you an evening of illumination with 1,500 candle luminaries lining the North End Auto Tour. 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. Please bring a non–perishable food or monetary donation for the Licking County Food Pantry. Free, Visitors Center and North Loop Auto Tour.
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.
Which eReader? - Newark. Licking County Library is offering a workshop on eReader devices on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 2 pm in the Newark Library. This workshop will include information about eBooks, eReaders and a short demonstration about downloading eBooks from the library’s website. For more information, contact the library at 740.349.5553.
Turkey Trot - Granville. Run in the Granville Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Morning-- Great Cause, Great Family Fun! Presented by St. Luke’s Church and sponsored by the Jennie-O Turkey Store, the 2010 Granville Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk will start Thursday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m. in downtown Granville. Proceeds benefit the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. To learn how to get your 5th Anniversary Commemorative Race Day t-shirt by completing your online registration visit granvilleturkeytrot. com.
“Passport To Play” - The Works, Newark. The Works: Museum of History, Art and Technology is hosting its annual Holiday Traditions event on Friday, November 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Attendees can pick-up a “Passport To Play” and travel the world without leaving The Works! On their journey, visitors will learn about numerous holiday traditions celebrated around the world through hands-on activities. Admission is $2for members of The Works and general admission for non-members. Awesome science and art activities will keep kids learning and creating all afternoon. In addition, amazing science shows begin at Noon and 2:00 p.m. to “wow” everyone with holiday science. This event is also a great opportunity to visit the museum’s gift shop and take advantage of a 20% discount on all hand blown glass merchandise. For more information visit www.attheworks.org or call The Works at 740-349-9277.
Holiday Card Printmaking Workshop - The Works, Newark. Create elegant personalized holiday cards while learning the traditional method of letter press printmaking. This workshop runs from Noon - 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27 and is open to children and adults at a cost of $20 per person for Works members or $25 for non-members. This workshop is taught by artists from Columbus’ Phoenix Rising Printmaking Cooperative and all supplies, including envelopes, are included. For more information visit www. attheworks.org or call The Works at 740-349-9277.
Pet Photos with Santa - Heath. Bring your furry companions to Complete Petmart, 597 Hebron Road in Heath, on Saturday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Nov. 28, for a Christmas photo with Santa. The photos will be available each day from 12 to 4 p.m. Participants will receive a framed 4 x 6 photo of their pets with Santa. There will be free treats for dogs and cats. A $10 donation is requested for each photo. All proceeds will benefit the Licking County Humane Society.
Santa Comes to Baltimore - Griley Home and Museum. Baltimore opens the holiday season with Santa visiting the Grily Home and Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 30. The program begins at 6 p.m. with instrumental Christmas music under the direction of Peggy Lawlis. Liberty Union fourth graders will sing seasonal favorites from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Santa arrives at 7:00 p.m. Treats for the children are sponsored by the Sands Fund. Refreshments will be served by the Baltimore Area Museum Corporation.
Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival - Columbus. Come to The People’s House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, for a free family-friendly festival of holiday activities including: holiday music performed by local choirs, arts and crafts, special performances, community mascots, refreshments, and much more! Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by helicopter at 5:30 p.m. on the Statehouse lawn at Broad and High streets downtown. To help those in need, please bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
CCAD Art Sale - Columbus. Here’s your chance to purchase great art from artists on the rise. Sale is Saturday, Dec. 4, in the Loann Crane Center for Design. $50 First Choice Admission starts at 9 a.m. $5 General Admission runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All admission proceeds fund student scholarship. For more information, visit www.ccad.edu or call 614.224.9101
Cookie Walk - Lancaster. FairHoPe Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc is excited to announce their 11th Annual Cookie Walk being held on Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 8 a.m. - noon. The event will be held at St John’s Episcopal Church, 134 N Broad St, across the street from Shaw’s in downtown Lancaster. Thousands of cookies, and an assortment of baked goods, will be prepared by FairHoPe volunteers for the event. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Hospice Memorial Fund, which supports terminally ill patients and their families. Come early for the best selection. .
The Steppin Generals 4th Annual Stomp Out Hunger - Thornville. Help the Steppin’ Generals stomp out hunger. Join them for a spirited performance from 4 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5 at Sheridan High School. Admission is free with non-perishable food item. Donations will benefit the Northern Local School District, Somerset, Glenford and Thornville food pantries. Help your neighbors and support your community and have fun while doing it. A community dance follows the Steppin’ Generals performance. If you are a dance team or step team and would like to perform we would love to have you. Contact us on FaceBook under Steppin Generals.
Holiday Toy Drive & Chicken Dinner - Millersport. Join the Millersport Volunteer Firefighter Association in helping make dreams come true this Christmas. Enjoy a grilled chicken dinner on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. in the Millersport fire station. Donate toys or make monetary donations from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18. Donations may also be dropped off 24 hours a day at either the Millersport or Fairfield Beach fire stations.
Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour - Granville. This 25th annual Candlelight Walking Tour features a Living Nativity and numerous musical performances by church choirs and other musical groups, as well as the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visit the museums and enjoy an old- fashioned wagon ride downtown and the open houses hosted by various businesses throughout the Township and Village. Sponsored by the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, Dec. 4. Visit www.granvilleoh.com for more information.
Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - Powell. Turn up the wattage on your holiday season with Wildlights at the Zoo., We’ve decked the halls, trees, bushes, everything but the animals with all new ecofriendly LED lights to bring you the brightest Wildlights display ever! Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition will celebrate its 22nd year and offer more holiday fun than ever before! Nov. 19 through January 1, 2011, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Visit www.columbuszoo.org for more information.
Olde Pickerington Village “Olde Village Holiday” - Pickerington. Join us for free carriage rides, strolling carolers, free kids activities and more. Visit & photos with Santa. Pickerington’s city tree lighting ceremony! December 3, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visit www. pickeringtonvillage.com for more information.
Santa Comes to Hebron - Hebron. Santa arrives on a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9 at the Hebron Muncipal Complex. There will be refreshments, crafts, goodie bags and storybook reading . Bring your cameras so you can take a picture of your child with Santa. For more information contact the Hebron Library at 928-3923.
Baltimore Lions Club Community Day - Baltimore. Enjoy a free funnel cake courtesy of the Baltimore Lions Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Olde Village Pizza, at Market and Main streets. Please bring your donations for the Baltimore Food Pantry. Items needed are: box dinners, canned soup, canned fruit, macaroni, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, pork & beans, flour, sugar, saltine crackers, shortening, catsup, toilet paper, liquid dish soap, shampoo, cake mixes and frosting. Cash donations are also welcome. Drop off used eye glasses for reuse in other countries. Find out about programs available through the Baltimore Lions club including referrals for free eyeglasses and assistance with diabetic supplies.