Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike: Friday, January 21, 6 - 8 p.m. Free, donations welcome. Meet at the Visitors Center deck. 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. Night hikes are for individuals, couples and families. Scout troops are asked to call the Education Department for current scout- specialized programs.
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.
Greater Buckeye Lake Tea Party - Thornville. The Greater Buckeye Lake Tea Party meets at the South Shore Center in Thornville at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, The South Shore Center is located at 3885 Thorn Township Road 391 (intersection with Ohio 13). All concerned citizens are welcome.
Simulated Civil Rights March - Newark. The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College will hold the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Commemoration on Wednesday, January 19. The event includes a simulated civil rights march, followed by a program featuring both campus and community speakers. Participants will meet at Hopewell Hall, Room 64 at 4 p.m. The program and a reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the Founders Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to all.
Antique Treasure Hunt - Newark. Is it junk, or is it a “jewel?” Is it for real, or is it a reproduction? The Licking County Historical Society is sponsoring an antiques and collectibles appraisal fair Saturday, Jan. 22, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Buckingham Meeting House, Veterans’ Park, 6th Street. Auctioneer Craig Connelly will evaluate attic and basement “treasures” for a nominal fee of $10 for two items The public is invited to bring family heirlooms, garage sale bargains, and flea market finds to this entertaining and informative event. Call 740-345-4898 for more information.
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
Who’s In Bed with the Butler? - Newark. In the past, the British have cornered the market on farces. No more! Enter Michael Parker, an American playwright. His style of writing is classical in that its sources are verbal, visual, and circumstantial situations. What isn’t classical is that his shows have been setting nonmusical box office records across the USA since 1996. This show’s title sets the pace for the production, and sets-up more questions. Was the butler involved in changing the will of a billionaire who left his worldly possessions to his only daughter with the exceptions of a yacht, art collection, and antique cars? Is he fooling around with the ladies who inherited the aforementioned items? Why has the butler hired an actress to play the role of his wife? The main question here is: Will we find out the answers to these questions before the show leaves us splitting at the sides in laughter?
Tickets for this farce are available online day or night at lickingcountyplayers.org or call our Box Office at 740-349-2287. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 7 to 9pm during performance weeks. Single ticket prices are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students. Performances are at 8 p.m. on January 13 -15 and January 20 - 22. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 16 and 23. All performances are located in a cozy theatre at 131 West Main Street in downtown Newark. Check out our website www.lickingcountyplayers.org