Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Home School Investigations: Wildlife CSI - Tuesday, December 6, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. $5 per child; 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: Time to Sleep - Thursday, December, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free, donations welcome; 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.
Holiday Greenery Workshop- Saturday, December 10, from 9 to 11 a.m. OR 12- 2 p.m. Cost is $30/$20 members. Meet in the Visitors Center. Don your holiday attire and head over to The Arboretum for our popular centerpiece class! Deck your table or hearth with a custom made arrangement filled with aromatic greens and eye-catching accents harvested from our grounds. We’ll supply all the materials needed to complete your display including candles and ribbon. Two sessions of this program are being offered; please sign up for either the morning or afternoon session.
Holiday Decorations for Wildlife Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. - noon. Cost is $30/$20 members; Zand Education Center. Attend this fun, entertaining workshop to build a wreath or swag for wildlife! Once you have the wreath or swag making basics down you can embellish your work of art with tasty, edible decorations just for wildlife. These holiday decorations must be set outdoors on a front door, barn door or fence where wildlife can take advantage of it. All materials are provided to complete your creation-greens, unsalted popcorn and peanuts, cranberries for stringing, pine cones to be stuffed with peanut butter and birdseed, fruit slices and more!
Night Hike - Friday, December 16, from 5 - 7 p.m. Free with donations welcome. Meet on the Vistors 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.
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. More more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Craft and Cookie Bazaar - Thornport. AMVETS Post #51 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Craft and Cookie Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Toy Drive - Thornville. The Thorn Township Fire Department’s annual Toy Drive will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. New toys and cash donations may be dropped off at the new fire station at 13770 Zion Road. Donations will benefit needy children in the community. For more information call 246-4480.
Breakfast with Santa and Christmas Cookie Walk - Baltimore. The annual Christmas Cookie Walk benefiting non-profits in Baltimore and Breakfast with Santa have combined this year to celebrate the Christmas Season. Stop by the Liberty Union Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, to have breakfast with Santa or pick up a box of homemade Christmas cookies. LU Music Boosters will be serving pancakes, sausage, juice, milk or coffee for $5 per person with tickets w available at the door. The Secret Santa Shop will be open for holiday shopping and photos with Santa will be available. Cookies by the box cost $8, $6 or $4.. For more information on the Cookie Walk please go to www.BaltimoreDowntownRestoration.com. Credit/debit cards will be accepted.
Millersport Christmas Parade - Millersport. The Marching Lakers escort Santa through downtown Millersport for his stop at the fire station at noon on Saturday, Dec. 3. Enjoy a chicken dinner at the fire station from 1 - 5 p.m. Dinner donations will be used to buy Christmas toys for needy families.
Country Holiday Home Tour - Pataskala area. Four homes, a church, two historical sites and a tractor display are all festively decorated for the holiday season from 1 - 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. The tour is sponsored by the West Licking Historical Society. Donation: $10 per person; $15 per family. For more information call 740-927-9212 or 740-927-4807.
Thornville Remembers Pearl Harbor - Thornville. The 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor is December 7, 2011. The Thornville American Legion Post will present an American Flag to the Thornville Elementary School in an assembly at 9:30 a.m. in remembrance of those who served and died in World War II. The Veterans Memorial Society will display flags on the streets of Thornville as a tribute to this date which “has lived in infamy.”
HeroClix - Newark Library. In partnership with Comic Shop Plus, Licking County Library presents a night of HeroClix, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 pm. Enjoy a night of gaming for all experience levels. Beginners and advanced gamers are welcome. This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments and door prizes will be on hand. Call 740.349.5521 for more information.
Outville Christmas Parade - Outville. The 16th annual Outville Christmas parade starts at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. Parade registration and lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Harrison Township Community Complex, 6750 Outville Rd. S.W. The parade features motorcycles, antique cars, trucks, tractors, equestrian units, organizations, bands and more! Immediately following the parade at the Harrison Township Community Complex, there will be entertainment, a goodies auction, and a visit from Santa himself. Refreshments will also be served including cornbread and the renowned Outville ham and bean soup.