Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Animal Survival Skills Day Camp (6 -11 years old) - Thursday, January 3, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This rousing, day-long camp brings out your inner-animal. Become a native animal for the day and learn how you could survive the long, cold winter. Fun, interactive games, crafts and hands-on activities help you explore how creatures have adapted over time to survive. All campers must bring a lunch and water bottle and have completed one year of kindergarten. Zand Education Center - $50/$35 members, reservations required.
Plant-mania Day Camp (6 -11 years old) - Friday, January 4, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Explore the wonderful world of plants. Learn how to germinate, propagate and grow your own plants. Take a tour through our greenhouses and discover the life cycle of a plant. Learn how soil and light affect plants and how to create the perfect backyard habitat for your home! All campers must bring a lunch and water bottle and have completed one year of kindergarten. Zand Education Center - $50/$35 members, reservations required.
Wildlife Conservation - Tuesday, January 8, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Become a zoologist or conservation officer for the day. Discover why natural resources and endangered species are important to the wildlife you study. Session is for ages six to eleven. Cub Scouts who participate will complete requirements for the Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Academics Pin. Discovery Center - $5 per student, reservations required.
Storybook Science-How to Hide a Meadow Frog - Thursday, January 10, 10 a.m and 1p.m. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting. Each 45-minute session includes songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science suitable for ages 3 to 5 and their special caregiver. Discovery Center - Free, donations welcome.
Home School Investigations- Super Scales-Reptiles - Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Science. Sessions are for ages six to ten. Discovery Center - $5 per student, registration required.
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. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Granville Winter Farmers Market - Granville. The Granville Farmers Market, a favorite summer event, continues again this year every Saturday (except Dec. 29) with the Winter Farmers Market! Every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Winter Farmers Market takes place at the Granville Elementary School. Enter from the Sunrise Street entrance and park in the school parking lot.
BODY WORLDS & The Brain exhibit - Columbus. COSI is showcasing Gunther von Hagen’s incredible BODY WORLDS & The Brain exhibit runs through Jan. 6. Presented for the first time ever in Ohio, the exhibit shows visitors a rare glimpse of how the human body and mind function together internally, offering views of both the body and brain that are not outwardly visible. The exhibit is open seven days a week, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission includes general admission to COSI: $24.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors, $19.95 for children 2-12 and $17 for teachers with valid ID. COSI also offers special hours to view only BODY WORLDS & The Brain for $16: Thursday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m., to Dec. 22.
Wildlights - Columbus Zoo. We have decked the halls, trees, bushes, everything but the animals with eco-friendly LED lights to bring you the brightest Wildlights display ever! Central Ohio’s favorite family holiday tradition is celebrating its 24th year and offers more holiday fun than ever before! Wildlights runs from to Jan. 1. Wildlights activities run from 5 - 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursday and from 5 - 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Regular admission rates apply. For more information, visit www.columbuszoo.org
End of the World Pub Crawl - Granville. Eight Granville establishments will host the End of the World Pub Crawl starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. Participating are the Acorn Pub at the Granville Inn, Brew’s, Broadway Pub, DaVinci’s Lounge, Snapshots Lounge, The Beverage Source, Day y Noche, and Taco Dan’s. Several bars will host live music that evening, and a commemorative tee shirt will be available for purchase at the Granville Inn front desk for $15. More information is available on the pub crawl’s Facebook page.
Glass Holiday Ornament Making - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology invites the public to create festive glass holiday ornaments from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 22. Select ornament colors then receive personal instruction from a professional glass artist who will help you craft a beautiful holiday keepsake. This glass experience is $25 per ornament and a great way to get hands-on with the art of glassblowing! Preregistration is required to reserve a specified time slot. Visit www.attheworks.org or call 740-349-9277. Payment is required at time of preregistration and non-refundable. After crafting an ornament, it must undergo an overnight cooling and annealing process. Ornaments are ready for pick-up at The Works the following week. Must be 9 years or older to participate.
Holiday Gift Wrapping - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Time is short so we’re here to lend a hand! Bring or drop off your boxed holiday gift items from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23, and we’ll gift wrap them for a donation to Ohio Nature Education! We’ll provide paper, ribbons, gift tags and bows and the man & woman power.
Brown Bag Book Swap- Newark. Pack your lunch for the Brown Bag Book Swap at Licking County Library’s downtown Newark Library at noon on Wednesday, December 26. Trade in gently used books and find different books to treasure. Bring your lunch and listen to stories before the “shopping” begins. This free program is for ages 3 - 12. For more information, call 349-5550.
13th Annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit - OSU, Columbus. The summit is designed to help interested parties learn various techniques, tools and methods to preserve farmland. The focus this year is to provide different ideas on enterprises and marketing strategies that can be used to generate income as a way to preserve farmland. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, at OSU’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, just across from the Schottenstein Center. Registration is $50 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Deadline to register is Jan. 10. For more details and online registration visit http://go.osu.edu/ farmlandsummit2013.
Hocking Hills’ Winter Hike - Logan. January 19 is the date for 2013 Annual Winter Hike, which traditionally has offered stunning scenery, as waterfalls freeze to offer unique gorgeous frozen sculptures that highlight the area’s magnificent rock formations. The six-mile trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave draws more than 6,000 hikers each year to experience southeast Ohio’s most spectacular scenery. The hike features continuous starts from 9-11 a.m. Steaming hot bean soup is served midway at Cedar Falls (donations accepted) and a shuttle bus returns hikers from Ash Cave to the parking lot at Old Man’s Cave. Hikers are advised to wear layered clothing and good traction footwear, as snow and ice can make the trail slippery. They’re also encouraged to bring a camera to record the region’s winter beauty.
A Big Band Christmas - OSU-Newark/COTC, Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble Big Band presents “A Big Band Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, in the Alford Performing Arts Hall of the John Gilbert Reese Center. The big band is an offshoot of the Heisey Wind Ensemble that has presented concert band programs for the past 28 years. Music Director Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University in Columbus, will lead the 16 member ensemble with Belinda Paisley as vocalist. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and students $5.
Ohio Watercolor Society Show - Riffe Gallery, Vern Riffe Center, Columbus. Enjoy watercolors from across the state now through January 13. Gallery hours are: Tuesday 10 - 4, Wednesday and Friday 10 - 5:30, Thursday 10-8 and Saturday and Sunday noon - 4. Free!
Last chance for “Annie Leibovitz” - Columbus. The Wexner Center for the Arts entire gallery space is dedicated to a major presentation of work by photographer Annie Leibovitz through Dec. 30, featuring more than 200 photographs. The bulk of the exhibition comes from “Master Set,” an authoritative edition of 156 of her images. The Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. (at 15th Ave.) is on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. Gallery hours are Tuesday- Wednesday and Sunday 11 a.m. -6 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission is $8 for adults (18- 64); $6 for senior citizens (65 or older); and free to all Thursdays, 4 - 8 p.m. Details and tickets at wexarts.org.