Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Home School Investigations- Beautiful Birds - Tuesday, January 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., $5 per student 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 six through ten. Registration is required.
Storybook Science-Owl Babies - Thursday, January 12, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., free with donations welcome at the Discovery Center. Explore quality children’s litera- ture in a natural setting. Forty-five minute sessions include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science suitable for ages three through five.
Home School Investigations- Worms and Friends - Tuesday, January 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., $5 per student 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 six through ten. Registration is required.
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
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. 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.
After Christmas Book Sale - Newark. The Licking County Library will have a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, in Meeting Room A at the Newark Library. Materials will be sold for $1 per bag. The Library will provide grocery style bags for readers to fill. No outside bags permitted please. Visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street in Newark or call 740.349.5553 for more information.
Elks “Hoop Shoot” - Newark. The local qualifier competition for the 39th Annual Elks “Hoop Shoot”®, the national free throw shooting contest for youngsters ages 8 -13, will be held at the Licking County Family YMCA on Thursday, December 29, with registration at 6 p.m. The competition will take place at the Licking County YMCA in the Mitchell Recreation Center. Each contestant has 25 shots at the hoop. The boy and girl in each age group with the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the national finals. Contestants will compete in the appropriate age division based on their age as of April 1, 2012. Local winners will advance the district event on January 15, 2012, at Newark High School. For more information email tony. firstname.lastname@example.org
“Sleeping Beauty” - Newark. Looking for a great, entertaining, and fun family activity during the school break? Stevens Puppets will present “Sleeping Beauty” at the Newark Library on Thursday, December 29, at 2:30 p.m. Hand carved marionettes in beautiful costumes with specially painted scenes and puppet-sized props bring the story to life. You’ll be fascinated by the skills of the puppeteers. After the performance you can even take a peek behind the scenes of the puppet theater. Refreshments will be served. This is a free program provided by the Licking County Library. Call the Children’s Department at 349-5550 for more details.
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.
First Night Columbus - Columbus. Central Ohio’s award-winning New Year’s Eve celebration is a community-oriented, familyfriendly, alcohol-free event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children’s festival. COSI will stay open until 11 p.m. At COSI, see performances by Transit Arts, check out a talent show featuring some of Columbus’ teenage musicians and artists, take a whirlwind tour of holiday lighting with our Holiday Lights Live Show and explore COSI’s 300+ exhibits. Saturday, Dec. 31, throughout downtown with activities beginning at 5 p.m. and ending with fireworks at midnight. Admission is $10; visit www.firstnightcolumbus.com 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.
Get The Led Out - Newark. Led Zeppelin tribute band Get The Led Out performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, at the historic Midland Theatre, in downtown Newark. Tickets prices are $34.50, $29.50 and $24.50. To purchase tickets, call 740/345- 5483, visit www.midlandtheatre.org , or stop by The Midland box office at 36 North Park Place, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before the performance. Add $3 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.