Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
Storybook Science: Signs of Winter Tracks: Thursday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting. Each 45-minute session includes songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science suitable for young scientists ages 3 – 5, Free, donation welcome, meet at the Discovery Center.
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.
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. 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. Add $2 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
Christmas Eve Service - Thorn Township. South Shore Ministries in Thorn Township will have a traditional Christmas Eve Service at their Center on the corner of Ohio 13 and Township Road 391 at 8 p.m. All that will come to the birth of the King are welcome.
First Night Columbus - Columbus. First Night Columbus, Central Ohio’s award-winning New Year’s Eve celebration is a community-oriented, familyfriendly, alcohol-free event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children’s festival, Dec. 31. Visit www.firstnightcolumbus. com for more information.
“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.