Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Holiday Greenery Workshops: Saturday, Dec. 11, Session One: 9 – 11 a.m., Session Two: noon – 2 p.m. Create a festive arrangement of greens taken from The Dawes Arboretum grounds to decorate your hearth or table. Let the sight and smell of pine boughs, holly branches, cedar berries and other greens put you in the mood for the holidays. We’ll provide all of the materials, including decorations and candles to enliven your display. Two sessions of this popular program are being offered, please sign up for one, either the morning or the afternoon. $30/$20 members, reservations required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Night Hike: Friday, Dec. 17, 5 – 7 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend one of our most popular programs as we hike through collections, grasslands and woodlands, Free, donations welcome, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
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.
Holiday Toy Drive - Millersport. Join the Millersport Volunteer Firefighters Association in helping make dreams come true this Christmas. . Donate toys or make monetary donations from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. Donations may also be dropped off 24 hours a day at either the Millersport or Fairfield Beach fire stations.
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 eco-friendly 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.
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.
Community Christmas Celebration - Buckeye Lake. It’s the Buckeye Lake Community Celebration Committee’s 6th Annual Christmas Party from 1 - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, on Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake, across from the Buckeye Lake Village Office and next to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be there plus games and toys for children; free hotdogs, popcorn and drinks; and Christmas Music and Dance Explosion. Gloves, scarves and coats will be available for area children who need them.
Outville Christmas Parade - Outville. The 15th annual Outville Christmas parade steps off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, heading north on Outville Road. Parade registration and lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Township Community Complex located at 6750 Outville Rd. S.W. The parade features motorcycles, antique cars, trucks, tractors, equestrian units, organizations, bands and more! The parade will begin at 3 p.m. leaving from the Harrison Township Community Complex. Immediately following the parade at the Harrison Township Community Complex, there will be entertainment, a goodies auction, and a visit from Santa himself. Refreshments will also be served including cornbread and the renowned Outville ham and bean soup.
Heisey Wind Ensemble Christmas Concert - Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents their annual holiday program with a concert titled “Christmas at the Reese Center” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, at The Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark/COTC. This will be the groups 100th concert. A capacity crowd is anticipated. Those planning to attend are urged to arrive early. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults are $15, seniors (60+) and students are $10.
Meet Santa - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Firefighters Association invite you to Meet Santa at the firehouse from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12. Free refreshments and bring your camera for free photos with Santa. Please bring a toy or cash donation for our toy drive for less fortunate area children.
Santa is Coming - Hebron. Meet Santa from 6 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the New Life Community Baby Pantry, 130 W. Main St., Hebron. Free refreshments and free photos with Santa.
Breakfast with Santa – Millersport. It’s the Millersport Lions Club’s 4th Annual Breakfast with Santa and Elf Shelf Shopping from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 18. Children 12 and under will have the opportunity to shop for parents, grandparents, siblings and others during this time with our “Elves”. Breakfast cost: Children ages 3 – 10, $3; Adults and Children 11 & Over, $5; and Children age 2 & under, Free. Photos with Santa will be available for $2 each. All proceeds will be used to help local families in need.
Live Nativity - Hebron. Experience the true meaning of Christmas at New Life Community Church’s Live Nativity from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21 and Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 130 W. Main St.
The Sound of Christmas – Midland Theatre, Newark. The Sound of Christmas with The Empire Brass and Elisabeth von Trap is coming to the Midland Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 16. Elisabeth von Trapp, the granddaughter of the legendary Maria & Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music, enchants audiences with her ethereal and earthy, yet delicate and powerful voice. Joining her is The Empire Brass, North America’s finest brass quintet, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity featuring music that ranges from Bach and Handel to jazz and Broadway. Don’t miss this holiday classic featuring Christmas music! Tickets are on sale now: $50.00, $45.00, $35.00, $25.00 and $20.00. To purchase tickets, call 740/345-LIVE (5483), visit www.midlandtheatre.org , or stop by The Midland box office at 36 North Park Place in downtown Newark, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour prior to the show on the day of the performance. Please note, add $2 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
“Woven Expressions” Exhibit - The Works, Newark. “Expressions” is a beautiful exhibit of unique, never before seen prototype baskets from the Longaberger Concept Studio. In addition, the exhibit also features the works of local weaver, David Richards. He began weaving baskets over 25 years ago and enjoys creating replicas of traditional white oak Appalachian baskets and typical Shaker and Nantucket designs.”Woven Expressions” remains on display through January 9, 2011. Gallery admission is free. The Works Main Art Gallery is located at 55 S. First Street, Newark. For more information visit www.attheworks.org.