Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Success with Seeds- Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. – noon. Learn how to have success with seeds. Botanical facts, tips for successful germination, hardening off and transplanting of young plants are covered. An interesting variety of seeds will be provided, and each student can take home a 36-cell tray planted with the annuals, perennials and vegetables of their choice. Meet at the Zand Education Center Greenhouse Classroom, $30/$20 members.
Kids Camp Open House & In-Person Registration- Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. – noon. Learn about Camp Dawes and discover the incredible experiences your child can have this summer. Meet camp staff, have your questions answered, watch demonstrations of camp activities and register on-site. Our camps are for children who are ages 6 – 14. Camps present a broad range of activities and are designed to satisfy campers with an interest in nature, outdoor pursuits and art. Full day and half day camps are offered. Check out what The Arboretum can do to make a child’s summer a fun and educational experience to remember! FREE, meet at the Visitors 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
Spaghetti Dinner - Millersport. Help support Millersport baseball and softball at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16, in the Millersport High School cafeteria. Cost is $8 per person.
2012 Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The Deer & Turkey Expo returns for its 20th year March 16-18 at the state fairgrounds. New this year are a trail camera demonstration area and seminars; predator calling and hunting seminars; Tech Info Center; and hunting dogs and puppies seminar. The state turkey calling championship will be Saturday in the DiSalle Center Auditorium. Hours are: Fri. 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sun. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adult-one day and $21 for adult two-day; Youth (12 - 18) - $13; Youth with hunter safety graduate proof (12 - 18) - $10; Children (6 - 11) - $4; and 5 & under are free. Parking is $5. For more information and ticket discounts visit www.deerinfo.com.
Ohio Beef Expo - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. This year’s event March 16-18, will feature seven breed sales, ten breed shows, and one of the biggest junior shows in the state. The centerpiece of the Expo, the trade show, boasts more than 100 vendors from 13 states. Exhibitors in this year’s trade show represent all segments of the industry from cattle handling equipment to show supplies, clothing to feed, genetics, and novelty items, and much, much more. Hours: Friday (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.); Saturday (8 a.m. - 6 p.m.); and Sunday (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). FREE admission. For more information visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com
The Great Train Expo - Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Come and see operating model railroads and more than 300 tables of train and toy merchandise with all sizes and scales at this March 17-18 show. Plenty of workshops and layout ideas will be offered for enthusiasts, while kids will enjoy a toy train play area. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: Adults $7 and children under 12 are free. For more information visit www.trainexpoinc.com
WWI Lecture at The Works - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology presents the final lecture of the winter WWI series on Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. with a presentation by Don Darmosentitled, “WWI Underground Warfare”. Darmos’ lecture will also include a display of WWI artifacts. 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.
In Search of Waterfowl - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Join members of the Licking Park District and Ohio Nature Education from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, as we look for migrating waterfowl at Mirror Lake at Infirmary Mound Park. FREE.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. This family Easter event from 10:00-11:30 a.m., 1:00-2:30 p.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, includes a wildlife display, kids crafts, egg hunt and an opportunity to get your child’s photo get your photo taken with a real rabbit! Program is for kids infant to 11 years old. Cost is $3 per child. Pre-register by calling (740) 967-8320 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. Tshirts 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.
Small Business Taxation Workshop- Newark. Licking County Library in conjunction with East Central Ohio SCORE will host a small business taxation workshop presented by Phil Renard, President of Fox Accounting Services. Some of the topics to be discussed are commingling company and personal funds, determining vehicle expenses, distinguishing employees from contract laborers, knowing when to ask for help, and more. Join us on Monday, April 9th at 5:30 p.m. in the 1st floor meeting room B of the Newark Library. The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required; reserve your spot today. Please call 740.349.5553 or visit the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street for more information. Refreshments will be served.
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.
The Retro Roots Tour - Newark. The Retro Roots Tour: Ralph Stanley, The Seldom Scene, and Jim Lauderdale will be performing on March 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the historic Midland Theatre, in downtown Newark. The legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley’s forlorn sound of remote Appalachia is the bedrock of his style. But don’t mistake an ancient voice for ancient ways. Stanley tours and performs with the vigor and elan of a rock star. Contemporary bluegrass heroes, The Seldom Scene has a reputation for challenging the bounds of Bluegrass, performing with the same fire and enthusiasm that characterized the band’s early days as a progressive group that took Bluegrass music to new heights with masterful guitar, dobro, bass, mandolin and vocals. 5 time Grammy nominee, Jim Lauderdale joins this exceptional night of bluegrass. Tickets prices are: $47.50, $34.50, $27.50 and $19.50. 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.
Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged - Newark. Three area actors will attempt to do The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged in about 90 minutes March 22 - April 1. A feat that would be considered a major accomplishment within its own right, but this troupe goes one better...they do it by the seat of their pants. Expect a lot of sight gags and laughs as we explore this parody of the Bard’s collection. Due to mature themes and language, this show may not be suitable for children. Performances are at 8 p.m. March 22-24 and March 29-31; and at 2 p.m. on March 25 and April 1. Ticket prices are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students. 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. All performances are located in a cozy 100-seat theatre at 131 West Main Street in downtown Newark. For more information, visit www.lickingcountyplayers.org