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.
Home School Investigations: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Tuesday, February 1, 9 - 10:30 a.m., $3 per child at the Discovery Center. Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each 90-minute session includes hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Science. Sessions are for ages 6 - 10.
Storybook Science: Animal Habitats: Thursday, February 10, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Free, donations welcome, at the Discovery Center. 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.
Home School Investigations: Daweswood House Tour: Tuesday, February 15, 9 - 10:30 a.m., $3 per child at the Discovery Center. Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each 90-minute session includes hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Science. Sessions are for ages 6 - 10.
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.
Friday Fling - Zerger Hall Senior Center, Newark. The first Friday Fling of the year features a performance by the “Zerger Hall Zannies” spoofing the Grand Old Opry. The new Friday Fling takes place at 11 a.m. on Jan. 28. The lunch served at noon features country fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cornbread muffins and peach cobbler for dessert. Reservations are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 24 by calling 345-0821 or 1-800-452-0097. Transportation inquiries can also be handled by calling the same numbers.
Power Show Ohio - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Plans are revving up for the 2011 Power Show Ohio to be held January 28, 29 and 30. The show now encompasses four buildings totaling 300,000 square feet. The show features displays of the newest and best in tractors, skid steer loaders, commercial mowing equipment, all terrain vehicles, grain handling, computer software, fence building, hay equipment, buildings, backhoes, logging and firewood equipment, compact tractors, livestock equipment plus a number of lifestyle items. Special daily educational seminars, cooking demonstrations conducted by OhioProud and the National Kiddie Tractor Pull are also featured. Free admission tickets can be picked up at equipment dealers that are members of the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association. The admission price for individuals that don’t get free tickets in advance is just $5 per person, with children ages 12 and under admitted free. Check the association website, www.omeda.org/ powershow for more details and a listing of dealers that have free tickets. Parking is $10.
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 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