Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Storybook Science - The Snowy Day - Jan. 9, 2014, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., 1 - 1:45 p.m. Preschoolers explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting as only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science for children ages three – five years old and their special caregivers. FREE, meet at the Discovery Center
Backyard Maple Syruping- Jan. 18, 2014 1 - 3:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center. Please register by Jan. 15, 2014. Learn the entire process of making delicious maple syrup at home in this interactive class. See how trees are tapped; discuss collection, storage and cooking methods, explore kits and common household items that are used in maple syruping. General Admission: $15, Members: $10.
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.
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.
Dickens of a Christmas in Ohio Village - Columbus. Capture the spirit of Christmas Past at Ohio Village, where Charles Dickens’ festive and enduring vision of Christmas comes to life through carols, decorations and traditions inspired by his colorful tales. See holiday preparations underway in village homes and shops, enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations, meet St. Nicholas and Dickens himself, hear carols by the Ohio Village Singers and shop the General Store for old-fashioned gifts. Dec. 13-22, Ohio History Center/Ohio Village, visit www.ohiohistory.org for more information.
“Home for the Holidays” - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology celebrates the history of the season with “Home for the Holidays”, a special holiday display curated by Chuck Baughman highlighting the fabulous 1950’s. Now through December 28, guests are invited to visit the museum’s Land of Legend Shops and be transported back to this fun decade in American history. Peek into the lives of a family from the 50’s as they prepare for a visit from Santa by viewing a living room decorated for the holidays complete with a vintage aluminum Christmas tree. Make new memories with family and friends while playing classic board games from the decade. A classic 5 and Dime Store and beautifully decorated retail window displays also bring the spirit of the 1950s to the present day. Collections of Santa’s and children’s toys spanning generations will also take some guests on a nostalgic trip down memory while introducing this fun period in history to younger generations. Admission to “Home for the Holidays” is included in general museum admission. Exhibit is on display during regular hours of museum operation.
Holiday Movie & Cookie Exchange - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, for our free Holiday Movie & Cookie Exchange. We will be showing a mix of contemporary and classic holiday movies, and you are encouraged to bring in your favorite holiday cookies and recipes to share.
Live Nativity - Hebron. Bring your family and experience the true meaning of Christmas at 8:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 and from 6 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Hebron New Life United Methoidst Church, 925 W. Main St., Hebron.
Live Nativity - Glenford. Experience the true meaning of Christmas from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 127 Mill St., Glenford. The live nativity includes live animals, scripture readings and music plus free refreshments and a bonfire. Please bring a canned food donation.
Christmas Cantata - Millersport. Everyone is welcome at the Millersport United Methodist Church’s Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22.
“The Wizard of Oz” - Newark. The whole family will be enchanted by Stephens Puppets as they present “The Wizard of Oz” at the Newark Library on Saturday, December 28, at 2:30 p.m. This is a free program open to everyone of any age. After the show, you’ll have a chance to see just how the puppets work and ask questions of the puppeteer. Stevens Puppets tours fully-staged productions of fairy-tales and classic children’s literature, featuring hand-carved wooden marionettes in front of colorfully hand-painted scenery. The charming puppets come alive in their miniature worlds, transporting their audiences through magical journeys of endearing stories and artistic beauty. The puppeteers give life to their little actors, weaving a spell of childhood over audiences of all ages, as they invite everyone along for a trip through “Once upon a time.”
First Night Columbus - Columbus. The New Year’s Eve celebration is a communityoriented, family-friendly, alcoholfree event. There is something for everyone with more than 40 live performances including jazz, funk, ragtime, storytelling and magic, hands-on activities and a children’s festival. Dec. 31, throughout downtown, visit www.firstnightcolumbus.com for more information.
Yoga Classes - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Library will host free yoga classes for any skill level in the Conference Room at The Buckeye Lake Library. Classes will be instructed by Lenise Alexandra. Classes will be offered from 10 - 11 a.m. the first Saturday of the month begin- ning January 4, and continuing through March 1. Classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend. For more information, please call 740-928-0472,
Winter Taste of Buckeye Lake - Buckeye Lake Library. The Friends of the Buckeye Lake Library invite you to enjoy beverages from the Buckeye Lake Brewery and Buckeye Lake Winery, and to sample foods from around the lake from 6 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Musical entertainment by the Jack Gorham Band. Tickets (before Jan. 20) are $35 per person and $40 per person after Jan. 19. For more information visit www.FriendsoftheBuckeyeLakeLibrary.org Proceeds help fund the library’s operating expenses.
Great Vacations Travel EXPO - Vets Memorial, Columbus. Dream about getting away from our dreary winter weather January 24-26. EXPO hours are Friday: Noon - 7 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door (AAA members receive 50%-off admission). Children 16 and under are admitted free. For additional event details or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.AAAGreatVacations.com.
“ Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground” Conference - Granville. Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground. Pre-conference events will be held on Friday, February 14 and the conference will take place Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Granville Middle and High schools. As the state’s largest sustainable food and farm conference, more than 1,200 attendees from across Ohio and the U.S will come together to enjoy keynote sessions with Kathleen Merrigan and Atina Diffley; more than 100 educational workshops; two indepth pre-conference events; a trade show; locally-sourced and organic homemade meals, and more. For more information and to register visit www.oeffa.org/ conference2014.php