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.
Maple Syrup Madness- Feb. 25 – March 10. Saturday public tours 2 p.m., Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., It’s here, that time of year when we tap the sugar maples and indulge in the sugary goodness of maple syrup! Discover how sap is collected and processed to produce this scrumptious treat as you walk the self guided trail. End your journey at the Log Cabin where sap is boiled down and all are given a delicious sample of homemade syrup. FREE, meet at the Log Cabin.
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
The Great Backyard Bird Count - Newark. Join the folks at Ohio Nature Education anytime between the hours of noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19, as we take part in this citizen science project that happens across the North American continent. We’ll have binoculars handy along with volunteers to help you with identifying the birds at the nature center feeders. FREE at the William C Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Rd., Newark.
WWI Lecture - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology presents the second in a series of winter lectures focusing on “The Great War”, WWI. The Sunday, February 19 lecture begins at 2:00 p.m. and features Philip Schreier’s lecture entitled, “Eye Deep in Hell - Life in the Trenches of the Great War.” Philip has been with the National Firearms Museum for more than 21 years and he appears regularly on NRA News, American Rifleman television, the History Channel, A&E and a host of other cable shows with firearms related programming. Lecture admission is free for members of The Works or general museum admission for Non-Members. Seating is limited and on a firstcome, first-serve basis. For more information visit attheworks.org or call 740-349-9277.
Central Ohio Home & Garden Show - Columbus. The gardens will be redesigned this year with a new format and themed to incorporate a party atmosphere! Honored with the highly prestigious “Show of the Year,” awarded by the National Association of Consumer Shows, the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show is renowned for its breathtaking live gardens, HGTV talent appearances, cooking demonstrations and interactive home and garden features and more than 400 exhibitors and attractions. Feb. 25 - March 4, at the Ohio Expo Center. Show hours are: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday-Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Closed Monday, Feb. 27. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults with special $10 admission after 5 p.m. every day. $10 advance discount tickets are available at all area Kroger stores through Feb. 24. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is $5. Visit www.ohioexpocenter.com for complete schedule.
Teen Art Contest - Licking County Libraries. All students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit an original piece of artwork at any Licking County Library location that represents the Teen Summer Reading theme, “Mysterious Night”! Artwork will be chosen from the submissions to sport some teen summer reading prizes and be used on many of our teen summer reading materials. The Teen Art Contest submission deadline for all artwork is Thursday, March 1, 2012. All submissions will be displayed for public viewing in the Newark Library’s Teen Art Gallery. Prizes will be awarded to all artists whose artwork is chosen by Library Teen Services staff to be placed on summer reading prizes and/or LCL summer reading materials. Pick up a “Mysterious Night” Art Contest guidelines form at any LCL service desk.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. Join the Thurston-Walnut Township Firefighters Association for breakfast at the firehouse from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 18. 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.
Baked Steak Dinner - Buckeye Lake. Stop by the Buckeye Lake Fire Station from 4 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, for a delicious baked steak dinner. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children/seniors. Carryout is available by calling 740-928-3473.
Furniture-Making Talk - Lancaster. Lancaster furniture maker Kerry Pierce will present a lecture at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster on Sunday, February 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The talk, titles “Shop-Making vs. Factory Made,” will explore the use of simple machines in 19th-century furniture-making. Starting in the early 1800s, the use of powered machinery like the circular saw became standard practice even in the most stylish custom shops. Discover the differences between items manufactured by the hundreds in factories and items made one at a time by highly skilled workmen. Pierce will use historic furniture in the collection at the Reese-Peters House as examples during this presentation. Cost is $10 for members of the Center and $12 for non-members. For more information about the Center and to register for the February 27 event, go to decartsohio.org or call (740) 681-1423.
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
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.