Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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 literature 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.
Owl Prowl Night Hike - Friday, Jan. 20, 6 - 8 p.m. Watch a short indoors program on owls and then go on an owl prowl looking and listening for these nighttime creatures! $5/members free, registration required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Grafting the Right Way- Saturday, Jan. 28, 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Arboretum’s propagator, Richard Larson, instructs students on the art and science of grafting to ensure future success in reproducing their own plants. Rootstock and scion wood are provided, though attendees may bring their own scion wood as well. All participants take home their own grafted material to nurture at home. Please note: no class vouchers accepted, $40/$30 members, registration required, 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. More more information visit www.dawes arb.org
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.adams. email@example.com
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 to Friends, PO Box 708, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008 or call 928-5541.
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.
7th Annual Honoring Traditions Eastern Woodland Native American Celebration - Lan- caster. A Native American educational event, bringing Native American culture to the public. Authentic dress, dancing, food, crafts and more at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Jan. 21 - 22, Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., call (740) 304-9720 for more information.
Thurber House Evening With Authors: Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel - Columbus Museum of Art. The two have joined forces to write Lunatics, a hilarious new novel of comic mayhem and sublime nuttiness. In alternating chapters, Barry and Zweibel have written an outrageous, laugh-out-loud humor masterpiece that tells the story of two ‘joe schmoes’ who meet through an escalating series of events, sending them running for their lives and ultimately solving everything from world conflicts to the perils of school soccer leagues. Friday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, visit www.thurberhouse.org for more information.