Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Maple Syrup Madness- To March 9, 10 a.m. 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!
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
Licking County Home & Garden Show - Granville. Get ready for spring at the home and garden show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at the Bryn Du Mansion & Field House , 537 Jones Rd., Granville. FREE admission and parking.
Granville Winter Farmers Market - Granville. The Granville Farmers Market, a favorite summer event, continues again this year every Saturday 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.
Liberty Union Youth Soccer - Baltimore. The spring season starts March 18. Sign-ups continue from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 9, at Bernie’s Barn and Grille. Online registration is available at http://www.libertyunionyouthsoccer.com/
In Search of the Woodcock - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, for a short hike into the fields of Taft Reserve as we look and listen for an odd little creature who becomes quite the entertainer this time of year. Visitors will also learn what else makes this late winter crooner such a cool critter! FREE!
“A Peek Behind the Scenes” - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology presents the final history lecture in the winter series entitled, “A Peek Behind the Scenes” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10. Cynthia Cort, The Works Collections Manager, will speak about the history collections process and the role of a museum curator. Following the brief lecture, attendees will receive an exclusive guided tour of The Works’ collections facility providing a rare opportunity to view historical artifacts not on display in the museum. Lecture admission is free for Members of The Works or general museum admission for Non-Members; $8 adult, $6 senior. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Maple Tapping Festival - Lancaster. Watch tree tapping, visit the sugar house and enjoy a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 10, at Alley Park. Visit lancasterparks,com for more information.
Senior Seminars - Newark. Seminars for seniors are scheduled in March at the Licking County Aging Program’s Heritage Hall Senior Center, 1058 E. Main St.
• Attorney Steve Roush, an expert in elder law, will speak at 11 a.m. on March 13 on VA benefits for assisted living, estate planning, Medicaid, trusts, wills and how to avoid probate.
• Officials from the Licking County chapter of the American Red Cross will speak at 10 a.m. on March 15 on measures that seniors can take to protect themselves during damaging spring and summer storms. The session will focus on making an emergency kit, dealing with power outages and dangers fierce storms can pose.
For more information, call 345-0821 or 1-800-452-0097. No reservations are necessary.
Free SAT Practice Test - Newark. Are you planning on taking the SAT? The Newark Library invites teens to take Princeton Review’s free SAT practice test. The practice test will take place in Meeting Room A on the main level of the Newark Library on Saturday, March 9. Remember to bring a calculator and some No. 2 pencils. We will get started at 10 a.m. and will finish at approximately 2 p.m. Please feel free to bring snacks and a beverage. Sign up by visiting the lower level service desk of the Newark Library or calling 740.349.5552.
Vegetables 101 & Seed Starting Buckeye Lake. Master Gardeners will lead a class on seed starting and growing vegetable from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 9, at the Buckeye Lake Library. FREE!
Teen Advisory Club - Buckeye Lake. Calling all teens for 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, at the Buckeye Lake Library. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to the first ever Teen Advisory Club. Let us know what books, music, movies you would like to see on our shelves. Help us develop programs that you would attend. Refreshments served.
“The Future of Book Collecting” - Columbus. Wes Cowan, the founder and principal auctioneer of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., a Cincinnati auction house, presents The Aldus Society’s annual Ravneberg Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus. Cowan has traveled all over the country appraising heirlooms for the PBS program Antiques Roadshow and has his own hit show, History Detectives, which also airs on PBS. Pre-program socializing begins at 7:00 p.m. and allows members and guests time to discuss their latest bibliophilic adventures. This program (and all Aldus Society programs) is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.aldussociety.com
Piston Powered Auto-Rama - Cleveland. The 47th Annual Auto-Rama will showcase more than 1,000 vehicles, filling over a million square feet at the I-X Center March 15-17. Participants will roll in from more than 13 states and as far as California to show off their custom cars, bikes, boats, aircraft, tractors, monster trucks, and interactive features giving fans the ultimate experience with a wide range of vehicles. General Admission $18; Children ages 7-12 $6; six and under FREE. Military discounts with valid military ID. Discount tickets available for just $16 each at Summit Racing Equipment and Discount Drug Mart. Hours are 3 - 10 p.m. on Friday, March 15; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 16; and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. The I-X Center is on Route 237, adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins Airport and easily accessible from I-480, I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike. For more information visit ixpistonpoweredautorama.com
Energy Day at The Works - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology hosts an afternoon of “energizing” fun sponsored by The Energy Cooperative from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17. Energy Day is a family event highlighting the importance of energy in our daily lives, ways to most efficiently use energy resources, and how energy professionals use science, technology, engineering, and math in their careers. Energy experts from The Energy Cooperative, The Ohio Energy Project, R&R Pipeline, Zane State, Owens Corning, Denison University, and OOGEP will be on hand to share knowledge in their respective fields of energy production and sustainability. Guests can take a ride on an energy bike, learn about sources of energy, and take a peek inside those big trucks that restore power after outages. Admission is free and open to the public.
“Living Your Small Farm Dream” - Zanesville. The conference and trade show is designed to help participants learn more tips, techniques and methods for diversifying their opportunities into successful new enterprises and new markets. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Muskingum County Convention and Welcome Center, 205 N. Fifth St. in Zanesville. Some of the topics include: Maple syrup, Sheep production, Goat health and production, Forages, Livestock nutrition, Direct marketing of meat, Christmas trees, Legal issues for small farms, Soil basics, Brambles, High tunnels, Beekeeping, Vegetables and Financing/loans. Registration is $50. The deadline to register is March 18. For more information or to register, visit http://muskingum.osu.edu
River City Blues Festival - Marietta. “One of America’s Best Little Blues Festivals ” returns for the 22nd time Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. The festival features a variety of blues styles performed by national & regional acts. For more information visit bjfm.org Tickets will be sold at the door, but advanced tickets and weekend passes are suggested. Weekend passes to all three shows are $70.. Tickets for individual shows are: Friday Night: $25, Saturday Matinee: $25, and Saturday Night: $30. Discounts are available for Society members. For tickets, passes and information, call Peggy Bolen at 740-376-0222 (evenings) or Mary Ann Osborne at 304-422-2944.