Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike - The Squirrels Are Nuts! - Friday, November 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Although it is still autumn, it looks more like winter! In spite of the barren landscape and apparent quietness, the fields and woods are full of activity. During November, squirrels, as well as chipmunks, sense the impending bad weather right around the corner and frantically spring into action storing more food. Learn the differences in Ohio’s squirrel species in this program by how their nuts are eaten and storing techniques. Visitors Center, Outdoors, $5/members free.
Division of Wildlife Hunter Education Course - Saturday, November 16, noon - 4 p.m. The Dawes Arboretum hosts an Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife home-study hunter education course. For more details and to register please go to www.dnr.state.oh.us and click on hunter education. Visitors Center, Free.
Botanical Feast - Saturday, November 16, 2013 ,10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sample and learn about common and exotic foodstuffs from around the global pantry. Discover the fascinating and little-known botanical relationships of fruits and vegetables, their surprising geographic origin and the folklore surrounding them. Enjoy recipes prepared by local Culinary Arts Instructor Jess Karr and C-Tec Culinary Arts students offering an in-house smorgasbord. Visitors Center, $40 (No Member Discount or Vouchers).
Luminaries Light up The Dawes Arboretum - Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Join us for an evening of illumination with over 2,000 candle luminaries lighting the Auto Tour. This year, expect lighted trees on grounds, holiday festivities, music, and a special walking tour to the Learning Garden and Daweswood House where Flurry the Snowman will meet visitors on the front porch. Delight in the season with a drive through the glowing lights lining the South End Auto Tour. Afterwards, warm up inside the Visitors Center with a cup of hot cocoa, a holiday treat and some activities for the whole family. Purchase a poinsettia from our beautiful variety and help support The Arboretum (ranging from $5 - $10 each), or browse the selection of unique holiday gift items at Daweswood Gifts. This is a free, family-friendly event. In keeping with the spirit of the season, monetary and canned food donations will be accepted for the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
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 Farmers Market - Granville. The indoor market runs Saturdays from 9:30 to noon at the Granville Elementary School. The outdoor market returns one last time for its special Pre-Thanksgiving Market from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good things to eat and drink plus holiday specialities.
Pre-School Storytime - Hebron Library. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us every Tuesday at 11 a.m. for stories, songs and a craft. Fall storytime themes include kitchen fun, pets, and things that go zoom!
Teen Art Walk – Newark. The Newark Library invites students in grades 6-12 to take part in the 2013 Teen Art Walk. This is an opportunity for teens to share their talent with the community. Teens are invited to submit up to three works of art. Two and three-dimensional works are welcome. Entries will be accepted at any Licking County Library location from Friday, November 1 – Friday, November, 22. Entry cards must be completed for all entered works. Artwork will be judged and prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Most Original and Crowd Favorite. All ages are welcome to attend the Teen Art Walk Reception on Saturday, December 7 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Newark Library. Guidelines and entry cards are available at all library locations.
Genealogy Classes – Newark. The Licking County Genealogical Society presents Session V– “Vital Records, Births – Marriages – Death – Wills - Land” and Session VI – “Review of Ancestry.com; family search, findagrave, and other genealogy websites,” starting at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Meeting Room A in the Newark Library, 101 W. Main St. Cost $2 per person per session. Pre-registration appreciated but not required. Registration forms are available in the LCGS library and at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohlcgs2
Citizens Academy - Newark. The Licking County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a Citizens Academy starting Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at COTC/OSU-Newark. Classes will be held weekly through February. Participants will learn about the daily operations of the sheriff’s office. Anyone 18 years of age or older and living or working in Licking County is eligible to apply. A criminal background check is required. Tuition is FREE. Applications are available from the sheriff’s office, www.lcounty.com/sheriff or www.lcsocaaa.com. Applications must be received by Thursday, Nov. 14. For more information, call Deputy Barr at 740-670-5549.
Mid-Ohio Cluster Dog Show - Ohio Expo Center. This confirmation show Nov. 14 -17, sponsored by four kennel clubs, will include approximately 3,000 dogs representing more than 150 breeds from all over the United States and Canada. Hours: Thursday, Friday & Sunday: 7 am - 6 pm, Saturday: 7 am - 7 pm. For more information visit http:// www.columbusdogshows.com/
Ohio Mopar Expo - Ohio Expo Center. It is your last chance to get out before the end of the season! Pick up that winter time project or those needed parts and accessories to keep your car in top shape. From 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. Early Bird admission (7 a.m. - 10 a.m.) is $10; general admission is $ 5 (10 a.m. - ). For more information, visit www.jeffjohnsonmotorsports.com/moparexpo.php
Ohio Business Expo - Ohio Expo Center. To support the effort to expand access to state contracts for minority, women-owned and small businesses, the State of Ohio is hosting the 2013 Ohio Business Expo on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rhodes Center at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Admission is free; parking is $5.
Wildlights - Columbus Zoo. We’ve decked the halls, trees and everything but the animals with millions of LED lights for the 25th anniversary of our Wildlights display, beginning Nov. 22, and running through Jan. 5, 2014. A new holiday light show at Conservation Lake will delight guests of all ages. The eight-minute show features new songs, new elements and 25 animated trees. Shows will take place every 30 minutes beginning nightly at 5:30 p.m. Wildlights runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 - 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Regular admission rates apply.
Granville Turkey Trot - Granville. This 5K run/walk lines up on Broadway in front of Opera House Park on Thanksgiving morning. The route goes east on Newark Granville Road, turns near Bryn Du Mansion, and returns. For more information or to register visit stlukesgranville.org and click on the turkey. All proceeds benefit the Food Pantry Network of Licking County.
Annual Licking County Courthouse Holiday Lighting Ceremony - Newark. The holiday season in Licking County starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, continuing a tradition that began in 1949. Generations of local families return each season for the annual lighting ceremony. In addition to the courthouse itself, the grounds and gazebo also are decorated. The event starts with a musical program and culminates in the arrival of Santa. Visit www.facebook.com/courthouselighting for more information.
Music Under the Cupola- North Fork Rounders - Newark. Join us for a lively musical afternoon with the North Fork Rounders. The Rounders will be playing selections from the archives of traditional folk, Appalachian, and Celtic fiddle tunes to western swing and early American dance music. This event is free and open to the public on the upper level of the Main Library, Sunday, November 17 from 2- 3 p.m.
Ohio Valley Opry - McConnelsville. Country music royalty is coming for this year’s Twin City Christmas show on Saturday, December 7. Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee is the featured guest for shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Visit www.OhioValleyOpry.com for more information.
White Christmas - Newark. The Licking County Players present White Christmas Nov. 14-17 and Nov. 21-24. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act following World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is The Ocean, and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are available at www.lickingcountyplayers or by calling the box office at (740) 349-2287. Tickets are $15 for regular adult admission, $13 for seniors and students, and $10 for children under 12. Visit www.lickingcountyplayers.org for more information.