Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
Home School Investigations: Winter Preparations - Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 9 - 10:30 a.m., $5 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. More more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Santa Visit - Buckeye Lake. Santa will be at the Buckeye Lake Youth Association (140 W. 3rd Street) from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2011.
Wildlights - Columbus Zoo. Festivities take place Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1, 2012. This year’s display will be bigger and brighter than ever before with the addition of the Global Celebrations Holiday Light Show, an animated holiday light show featuring new songs and designs and a globe in the center of Conservation Lake. For more information visit www.columbuszoo.org.
LEGO® Robotics Tournament - Newark. Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark is hosting an Ohio FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics Regional Tournament on Saturday, December 17, in the John Gilbert Reese Center. The event includes 12 central Ohio teams and marks the first time an FLL tournament will be held in Newark. The public is invited and welcome to attend the robot performance portion of the competition, which will be held from 1:45 - 3:45 p.m. in the Reese Center’s Alford Performing Arts Hall.
Free eBooks for your Nook or Kindle - Newark. Licking County Library offers an workshop on Nooks and Kindles at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, at the Newark Library. This workshop will include information focused on these two types of eReaders and a short demonstration about downloading eBooks from the library’s website. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to reserve your spot, call the library at 740.349.5553.
Family Craft Time - William C Kraner Nature Center. Come in out of the cold and create some crafts and hear stories about snow. Free from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 17, at William C Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Rd., Newark.
It’s All About Bears! - William C Kraner Nature Center. Families are invited to drop in anytime during the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, to participate in self led activities that center around Ohio’s Black bear. We will have a bear rug and skull on display. Free at William C Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Rd., Newark. eReaders or MP3 players - Newark. Did you get an eReader or MP3 player as a present? Did you know you can download eBooks and audiobooks from the library? Licking County Library is offering workshops about downloading books on Tuesday, December 27 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, January 5 at 6 p.m. in the small, first floor meeting room of the Newark Library. These workshops will include information about eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and a short downloading demonstration from the library’s website. The class is limited to 15 participants and registration is required. To register for the class or more information, contact the library at 740.349.5553.
Children’s Book Swap - Newark. Hey, kids! Are your shelves overflowing with books you’ve outgrown? Bring up to 20 gentlyused children’s books to the Newark library and trade them in for new-to-you reads! The fun starts at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, December 30. There will be a short, fun program while library staff organizes your old books, and then you get to pick your “new” books! This book swap is for kids of all ages, and parents and teachers are welcome to bring children’s books to trade, too. Call the Children’s Department at 349.5550 for more information.
Buckeye Lake Library Preview Party - Buckeye Lake. Join the Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library for a first look at the beautiful new library from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7. Enjoy the music of the Jack Gorham Quartet, beer, wine and h’orsderves. Cost is $40 per person. Proceeds help pay the local share of the library’s operating expenses. RSVP by Jan. 3 to Friends, PO Box 708, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008.
Buckeye Lake Library Grand Opening - Buckeye Lake. Celebrate the opening of the beautiful new library from 2 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the King Plaza, 4455 Walnut Road (across from the KOA Kampground). Free refreshments.