Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
Half Price Zoo Admission - Powell. The winter months are always a great time to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, especially with 50% off regular admission this January and February. Admission rates during this time period are $6.50 for general admission, $4.00 for children ages two through nine and senior citizens 60 years and over. Children under two years of age and Columbus Zoo members are always free during regular operating hours. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 17, 2011) and President’s Day (Feb. 21, 2011) admission will be free for everyone. Worried about the cold? Don’t be. There are a variety of indoor attractions where guests can take a tropical vacation at Discovery Reef and Manatee Coast, say G’Day to some animals from down under at Bob & Evelyn’s Roadhouse, meet the gorillas in the African Forest, slither on over to the reptile building, and explore Asia Quest including a visit with the elephants. Many animals thrive in the cold weather including polar bears Aurora and Anana who can be seen swimming year round in pool water maintained with geothermal energy at a comfortable 40-65 degrees. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open every day through February from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and to purchase advance Zoo admission tickets, visit www.columbuszoo.org
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.