Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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 crea- tures! $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
Genealogy Helpline - Newark. Do you have a question about genealogy? Want to know how to get started? Have you hit a brick wall? Have a genealogy software or genealogy website question? Come to the Genealogy Helpline at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, in the first floor meeting room at the Newark Library, 101 W. Main St. Bring your laptop if you have one. The Licking County Genealogy Society will have a panel of “experts” to answer your questions and help you with your genealogy software, and genealogy website inquiries. For more information call the LCGS Library at 740-349-5510.
Beginning Knitting and Felting
- Newark. Join instructor Monique Theoret from 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, as we teach you the first basic stitch and make a small swatch that we felt into a coaster. You’ll learn how to cast off and bind off. Bring size 10 or 11 needles, a skein of Lamb’s Pride or Cascade yarn, a small towel and gallon size Ziploc bag. $5 per adult at William C Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Rd., Newark.
All About Hibernation - Newark. Families are invited to drop in anytime between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, at the William C Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Rd., Newark, to participate in self led activities that center around hibernation. FREE!
Learn about Buddhism - Pataskala. The Lifelong Learning Institute of COTC presents a panel discussion, “An Introduction to Buddhism,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 14, at the COTC Pataskala Campus, 8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg. It is open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call 740.964.7090 or email to email@example.com. Attendees will learn about Buddha and the basics of Buddhism. Presenters will share life experiences as practitioners, learners, and participants in ecumenical endeavors. Presenters: Sister Marie Louise Pohlman, OSF, a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Penance and Charity, will speak about her involvement with the Community of the Healing Order of Sufi and her time spent in Sri Lanka. Eric Weinberg, practicing Buddhist will discuss “What is Buddhism.” A Buddhist Monk will describe his daily life and responsibilities. John Tai will present on his vision for the Pataskala Thai Temple initiative.
Mock Caldecott - Newark. Have you ever wondered about how certain books earn those shiny gold stickers on their covers? Come to the Mock Caldecott program at Licking County Library’s downtown Newark Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, oand find out! The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children published in the United States. Children and adults who attend the Mock Caldecott program will learn more about the award, look at some of this year’s new picture book releases, and vote for the ones they find most distinguished. Call the Children’s Department at 349.5550 for more information.
Sneak Peak at Media Careers - The Works, Newark. Kids of all ages are invited to get a sneak peak at careers in media during Media Day on Sunday, January 15 from noon - 3 p.m. Admission is free to Members of The Works or general museum admission for Non-Members. Media Day at The Works is a special STEM event for our friends in the media industry to “show and tell” to children about what they do and how the components of science, technology, engineering, and math are important to their jobs. Visitors will have a chance to get hands-on with equipment used in the industry, participate in activities, and receive giveaways from businesses.
Greater Buckeye Lake Tea Party - Thornville. The Greater Buckeye Lake Tea Party meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the South Shore Center on Ohio 13, south of Thornville. The Tea Party Patriots are also interested in local school and community issues. For more information call Chuck or Kathy Nichols at 740-246-5252.
Open Studio - The Works, Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology invites the public to drop-in for Open Studio in the museum’s Glass Studio the third Saturday of every month to create glass and art projects. It’s fun for kids and adults of all ages with a variety of projects to choose from including; blown glass paperweight making, fused glass handprints, custom glass jewelry making, pottery painting, and a special art project. No appointment necessary. However, space is limited for blown glass experiences and honored on a first come, first serve basis. Must be at least 9 years of age to participate in paperweight experience. For more details and pricing information, visit attheworks.org or call 740- 349-9277.
The Gifted Brain- New Discoveries in How Smart Kids Learn - Newark. OSU-Newark hosts the presentation by Carol Strip Whitney, Ph.D. and Richard Whitney, M.D. from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. Lunch is provided from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Any who works with or knows a gifted child can benefit from this presentation. To RSVP or for more information, call Virgina Cope, Ph.D. at 740-366-9293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Annual Honoring Traditions Eastern Woodland Native American Celebration - Lancaster. 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.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. Join the Thurston-Walnut Township Firefighters Association for breakfast at the firehouse from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 21. The menu is sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, coffee, milk, tea and orange juice. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Firefighters will be happy to answer any questions about the department or your health. T-shirts and reflective address signs will be available for purchase. Pick-up orders are welcome. Call 740-862-6542.
The Trouble with Cats - Newark. Licking County Players’ opens 2012 examining The Trouble with Cats by Gary Ray Strapp. Surprisingly, this show has little to do with felines. Although the pet of the house keeps disappearing, the main recipe for this comedy is the various personalities responsible for cat-sitting. A beautiful lakefront home is available for vacationers, but it is double-booked by the homeowner. Tickets are available online day or night at lickingcountyplayers.org or call our Box Office at 740-349-2287. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 7 to 9pm during performance weeks. Single ticket prices are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students. Performances are at 8 p.m. on January 12-14 and 19-21. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Sundays, January 15 and 22. All performances are located in a cozy 100-seat theatre at 131 West Main Street in downtown Newark. Check out our website www.lickingcountyplayers.org .
The Amazing Kreskin - Newark. The Amazing Kreskin will be performing at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, at the historic Midland Theatre, in downtown Newark. With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for five decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind, his own! His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows. Ticket prices: $30, $25, $20, $15 and $ 10. To purchase tickets, Call 740/345-LIVE (5483), visit www.midlandtheatre.org , or stop by The Midland box office at 36 North Park Place in downtown Newark, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before the performance. Please add $3 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.