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.
Grafting the Right Way: Saturday, Jan. 29, 8:30 a.m. – noon. The Arboretum’s propagator instructs students on the art and science of grafting to ensure future success in reproducing their own plants. Rootstock and scion wood is provided, though attendees may bring their own scion wood of woody material as well. All participants take home their own grafted material to nurture at home. $40/$30 members, meet at the Zand Education 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.
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.
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.
Christmas Eve Service - Hebron. New Life Community and Hebron United Methodist churches have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. at the Hebron United Methodist Church, 502 East Main St., Hebron.
Christmas Eve Service - Buckeye Lake. First Community Church has a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Communion at 7 p.m. at 4381 Walnut Road, Buckeye Lake.
Christmas Eve Mass - Buckeye Lake. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church has Mass at 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. with Christmas music beginning at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
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.
The Band Perry - Newark. Up and coming artists The Band Perry is coming to the Midland Theatre Jan. 9, 8 p.m. Inheriting a cross-pollinated love of country and rock & roll from their parents, The Band Perry - siblings Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry - say that they bleed the bright red blood of American music. The three have always felt the drive to perform and create music, sweating out the summers in Mobile, Alabama playing in any dusty roadhouse or church that would have them. Visit www.midlandtheatre.org for more information.
Amy Speace at The Midland - Newark. This Americana folk singer/songwriter moves audiences with effortless melodic appeal and soulful vocals,fusing country, pop, folk and rock into a style uniquely her own. Winner of the 2007 North American Folk Alliance “Emerging Artist of the Year,” Thursday, Jan. 13, 8 p.m., visit www.midlandtheatre.org for more information.