Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Maple Syrup Madness- Thru 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
Columbus RV Supershow - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Columbus RV Super Show is back bigger and better than ever March 9 -11, featuring dealers from Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. Don’t miss more than a mile of new motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and pop-up campers.Hours: Friday (1 - 8 p.m.); Saturday (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.); and Sunday (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Tickets: Adults - $7; Youth (under 14) - Free. For more information visit www.rvexpo.net/ rv_ shows/columbus/index.php
Best of The U.S. Alpaca Show and Sale - Ohio Expo Center. The Best of the U.S. Alpaca Show and Sale returns March 10 & 11 to the Bricker Building. Come see this exciting NEW show as hundreds of vendors and exhibitors will be displaying tons of Alpaca products, as well as, merchandise and equipment for breeders. There will be over 600 alpacas on display, with an auction Saturday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring 45 alpacas. Hours: Saturday: 8 am - 3 pm (with an auction from 3 pm - 9 pm); Sunday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE. For more information visit www.bestofthemidwestalpacashow.com
Backyard Gardening Classes - Newark. Newark Library will continue a series of backyard gardening classes for beginners with four sessions in the month of March led by volunteers from the Master Gardeners program. The classes welcome gardeners of all levels of experience, but will focus on basic, sustainable practices that can be used by anyone, anywhere. Topics to be covered include: Growing Vegetables 101 with Paula McDonald on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 pm; Seed Starting with Carol Edmister on Saturday, March 17 at 1 pm; Growing Tomatoes with Dick Baltisberger on March 22 at 6:30 pm; and Composting and Soil Composition with Bob Wulhforst on Saturday, March 31 at 1 pm. The first session will be held in the library’s second floor conference room. All other sessions will take place in Meeting Room B at the Newark Library. For more information call 740.349.5553 or visit the CSI desk on the first floor of the library. Space is limited so call or stop by to reserve a spot prior to class dates. This event is free and open to the public.
Free Computer Training- Newark. March computer classes are forming now! Licking County Library and Connect Ohio offer six hours of free introductory coursework to help adults understand the basics of computers, the Internet, and the benefits of broadband. Students who complete all three classes are eligible for incentives from various broadband providers in the area. Space is limited so please call 740.349.5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street to reserve your spot.
Becky Warthman Memorial Benefit Dinner - Buckeye Lake. Come out for food, fun and a good cause from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Buckeye Lake. Proceeds benefit the Warthman Children Education Fund. Pasta dinner with family bingo from 4-6 p.m., silent auction, dessert auction, family fun and games, plus a “Buckeye Lake has Talent” show at 6:30 p.m. Donations and items for the auctions are encouraged; please call Stacey Hoffman at 740-398- 0084.
COTC Health Career Expo - Newark. Central Ohio Technical College will hold a Heath Career Expo on Wednesday, March 14, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the John L. and Christine Warner Library & Student Center, on COTC’s Newark Campus. The event is free and open to any community members interested in learning about COTC’s associate degree and certificate offerings in Nursing, Sonography, Medical Imaging in Radiologic Sciences Technology, STNA and Surgical Technology. Healthcare employees will also be in attendance to talk about the job market in the healthcare industry. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information about the event or to RSVP, call 740.366.9494 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. Join the Thurston-Walnut Township Firefighters Association for breakfast at the firehouse from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 17. 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.
Thornville Elementary 5K - Thornville. The third annual Thornville Elementary 5K sets off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the school. T-shirts are available on race day and guaranteed for all registered by March 6, with pre/post race refreshments. Race day registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Entry fees are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Checks should be payable to Thornville Elementary School. For more information call 740- 246-6636.
Doktor Kaboom! - Newark. Doktor Kaboom! will be performing on at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at the historic Midland Theatre, in downtown Newark. Doktor Kaboom combines hysterical original Comedy with the pure, unadulterated “wow” factor of Science, and creates an unforgettable entertainment experience for all ages. The Show is so highly interactive that no two performances are identical. Tickets prices: $15, $12.50, $10, $8, and $6. To purchase tickets, call 740/345-LIVE (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. Please note: add $3 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
DodgeBall Tournament - Thornville. ASTRA – Academic Scholarships and Awards – is sponsoring the tournament at Sheridan High School on Saturday, March 24. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the games starting at 10 a.m. Registration is $40 per team of six to eight players. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Forms are available in the office of any Northern Local school. For more information or questions call Peg Wilkinson 743-2854 or Melissa King 743-1335.
Heisey Wind Ensemble Big Band - Granville. The Heisey Wind Ensemble Big Band, featuring Dwight Lenox as vocalist, presents “Swing Is The Thing” on Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will be held in the Granville High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and students $5.
The Screaming Orphans - Newark. The Screaming Orphans will be performing at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the historic Midland Theatre. This pop-rock band is comprised of four fun, high-spirited, musically-obsessed sisters from Ireland. Featuring a sound compared to the Bangles and the Cranberries, their musical influences range from the Beatles, R.E.M., Indigo Girls, Abba, to traditional Irish music. Acclaimed to be a spirited musical journey at every live show! Tickets prices are: $25, $18, $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, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before the performance. Please note: add $3 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.