Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 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 and other “groups” are asked to call The Education Department for current program offerings, just for scouts and groups. Free, with donations welcome; meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
Storybook Science - Groundhog’s Day- Thursday Feb. 9, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting. 45-minute sessions include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science suitable for ages three through five. Free with donations accepted; meet at the Discovery 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
Teen Games Night - Buckeye Lake. Join us at the new Buckeye Lake Library from 5 - 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month for Teen Games Night. There will be a variety of games for teens in grades 6-12 to play plus snacks.
Library Ladies Book Club - Buckeye Lake. Each month we read a book and share our written. No meetings; just great reading. Titles are: February - The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and March - The Book of Hours by T. Davis Bunn.
The Licking County Genealogical Society - Newark. This month’s program is “Buckeye Confederates” presented by John Morgan, Sons of the Confederacy, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, in the first floor meeting room at the Newark Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call the LCGS Library at 349-5510.
Buckeye Lake Movie and Dinner - Millersport. Enjoy a night at the movies at the Island House on Lieb’s Island near Millersport Wednesday, Feb. 8, with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by a movie about Buckeye Lake, starring Jack Gorham and Donna Braig. Special event menu. Admission is free and purchasing dinner is not required. Call (740) 467-7013 for reservations.
Excel Workshop - Newark. Licking County Library, in partnership with Phil Renard of Fox Accounting and SCORE, invites you to hone your Microsoft Excel skills with this series of three workshops. Sessions will be held at Newark Library from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on three Wednesdays: February 8, March 7, and April 11. The first session will cover formulas, formatting, and working with charts. The second session will focus on filtering data, pivot tables, and exporting into Microsoft Word. Finally, the third class will discuss Quickbooks reports and exporting into Excel. These classes are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptop. A limited number of laptops will be available for class use on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Kenton Daniels at 740-349-5521.
Backyard Gardening Classes - Newark. Newark Library is beginning a series of backyard gardening classes for beginners with a session on seed selecting Thursday, February 9. Gardener Janell Baran from Blue Owl Garden Emporium will lead the session, focusing on how to find seeds for your garden. Gardeners of all levels of experience are welcome, with the presentation focusing on basic, sustainable practices that can be used by anyone, anywhere. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Newark Library, 101 West Main St., Newark. For more information call 740.349.5553 or visit the CSI desk on the first floor of the library. This event is free and open to the public.
Grant Writing Webinar for Nonprofits - Newark. Licking County Library will host a live Foundation Center webinar on Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits on Thursday, February 16, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Newark Library, Upper Level Conference Room, 101 West Main Street, Newark. The webinar will be presented and moderated online by Foundation Center staff and will explore the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Participants will learn what to include in a standard proposal, how to make each section stronger, and what funders expect to see in a proposal. Sample proposals will also be reviewed. Participants may stay after the webinar to explore Foundation Directory Online and other Foundation Center resources available at the Newark Library’s grant collection with the assistance of a reference librarian. Registration is required as class size is limited. To register, please contact the library at 740.349.5553 or register in person at the Newark Library.
Speaker on Art Theft - Newark. The Booked to Death Mystery Group at the Newark Library will welcome a guest speaker at their February 22 discussion of The Art Thief by Noah Charney. David Jackson, a retired British police officer with 25 years’ experience as a SWAT officer (including royalty protection), Art and Antiques officer, and detective (drug trafficking and counter terrorism), will speak to the group about his experiences in various branches of British law enforcement including art theft and detection. The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A at the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street. Copies of The Art Thief are available for checkout.. This event is free and open to the public.
Percussion Day Concert - Denison University, Granville. The concert features Glenn Schaft and Ron Coulter with the Denison Percussion Ensemble, Latin Percussion Ensemble and Gamelan Dwara Udyani at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Burke Hall Rehearsal Room (240 West Broadway). Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.denison.edu
8th Annual Blue Grass Festival Concert - Denison University, Granville. Enjoy the “Bluegrass All Stars,” concert featuring Don Rigsby, Kathy Chiavola, Richard Bailey and Mark Schatz and special guests the Denison University String Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in Swasey Chapel ( 200 Chapel Drive). Bluegrass Festival Concert featuring Blue Highway, with Andy Carlson and Casey Cook directing, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive).
Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu
Faculty Recitals - Denison University, Granville. Damien Mahiet and guest artist Angela Early, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Tom Carroll, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu
Heisey Wind Ensemble Winter Concert - Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents the third concert of their 2011-12 season on at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at The Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark/COTC. For this concert the 65 member concert band will be under the direction of Jeffrey Shellhammer. He conducts Capital University’s Wind Symphony and instructs music education classes. For this concert Mr. Shellhammer has selected a nautical themed program titled Sailabration. Tickets are: $15 adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and students $5.
20th Annual River City Blues Competition - Marietta. Ohio’s oldest and largest blues talent competition returns Feb. 17 -18 at the Hotel Lafayette, Marietta. A total of 15 acts are competing for sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge ( IBC). First preliminary ($15 admission) is from 8 -11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17; second preliminary ($20 admission) is from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18; and the finals ($20 admission) are from 8:00 - 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. A weekend pass is $40. Doors open one hour before showtime. For passes, tickets or info call Mary Ann Osborne 304-422-2944 or Peggy at 740-376-0222 (evenings). VISA/ MasterCard/Discover accepted for will call tickets.
“The Big Easy Minstrel” - Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “The Big Easy Minstrel” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium. The minstrel style musical review is directed by Mark A. Severance, and Rodney Helser. Assistant musical director for the second half will be Steve Mohler. In the first half, the chorus and soloists will have a Mardi gras look, and feature New Orleans jazz intermixed with jokes by our endmen and women. The second half includes the Spiritual Choir and various groups either singing or dancing. Everyone participates in the Grand Finale. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets cost $8 and reservations are requested. Call (740) 467-3217 or visit www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com.