Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Backyard Maple Syruping- Jan. 18, 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. ure at home. $40, members $30.
Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Pin - Saturday, January 18, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Discovery Center - $5 per student Become a wildlife scientist for the day. Discover why natural resources and endangered species are important to the wildlife you study. Session is for ages 6 to 11.
Home School Investigations: Living Green - Tuesday, January 21, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Visitors Center - $5 per student. What can you do to promote conservation of our natural resources? Join other home school students in exploration of the natural world. Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Life Sciences. Sessions are for ages six to ten.
Storybook Science: In the Snow-Who’s Been Here? - Thursday, January 23, at 10 a.m., Discovery Center. Free, donations welcome, with no registration required. 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 to five and their special caregivers.
Grafting The Right Way- Saturday, Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m. - noon, at the Visitors Center, please register by Jan. 24. The Arboretum propagator instructs attendees on the art and science of grafting to ensure future success in reproducing their own plants. Rootstock and scion wood is provided, though attendees many bring their own scion wood as well. All participants will take their own grafted material to nurture at home. $40, members $30.
Home School Investigations: Furry Friends-Mammals - Tuesday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Visitors Center - $5 per student. What do skunks, deer, mice and bats have in common? Explore Ohio’s mammals and their unique characteristics. Join other home school students in exploration of the natural world. Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Life Sciences. Sessions are for ages six to ten.
Landscape Design Certificate - Begins Saturday, February 8, 9 - 11 a.m., Visitors Center - $80/$65 members. This four-part series covers everything from planning to implementing designs around your home. Join The Dawes Arboretum’s Curator of Grounds Brent Pickering as he guides participants through the fundamentals of designing a landscape, provides useful advice and offers hands-on experience. Obtain the knowledge and skill to readily craft beautiful landscapes in all your outdoor spaces. Sessions are on Saturdays Feb. 8; Feb. 22 - 9 a.m. to noon; March 8 - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; and March 22 - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Visit www.dawesarb.org for full details.
Hypertufa Workshop - February 11, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Zand Education Center - $35/$25 members. Register by Feb. 10. Create an elegant, artificial stone trough that is great for planting. In this workshop learn how to mix hypertufa ingredients, sculpt troughs over interesting forms, and choose the right plants. Discuss how forms can be made and what materials are needed to build one at home. Join the fun, get your hands dirty and take home a beautiful planter to brighten your landscape.
Storybook Science: The Mitten - Tuesday, February 13, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors Center - Free, donations welcome, no registration required. 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 to five and their special caregivers.
Basic Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop - Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m. - noon. Register by February 14, $15/$10 members. Anticipating spring? Break up the monotony of waiting with an excursion to Ochs Fruit Farm in Lancaster, Ohio (participants provide their own transportationcarpool with a friend!). Learn the basics of fruit tree pruning from an industry expert. The best time to prune most fruit trees is early spring before the leaves appear. The class opens with a short introduction inside and then moves into the orchard for hands-on work. Attendees MUST dress for the weather, with gloves and boots, and should bring hand shears and loppers if possible. Driving directions provided.
Very Veggie Valentine’s Vittles - Saturday, February 15, 1 - 3 p.m. Visitors Center - $35/$25 members. Join us for this special afternoon as natural foods Chef Mark Zedella, “The Duke of Fork,” demonstrates healthy and delicious plant-based delicacies to accompany your Valentine’s weekend celebration. Class includes a live cooking demonstration, samples of the chef’s creations, recipes, tips on menu planning, plus a dash of wit and a heap of entertainment. Chef Mark shows you how to create tasty treats by using whole, unprocessed foods-even something chocolatey! Chef Mark Zedella is a certified natural foods chef and cooking instructor specializing in health-supportive, plant based cuisine.
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.
Childrens Storytime - Thornville. The Thornville branch of the Perry County District Library will have a five-week childrens storytime at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 14. Each session will include stories, songs, finger plays, crafts and fun!
Reading Tutoring Program - Buckeye Lake. The Water’s Edge Community Center begin their reading tutoring program for all elementary students on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The sessions start at 3:30 p.m. and will be held every Tuesday at The Center. The free tutoring will focus on developing better reading and comprehension skills.
Home Away from Home - New Lexington. This five-week session for home-schooled children and their parents meets at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Jan. 15. The theme is Paging through Literature, and will end with an exciting Literary Scavenger Hunt at the Library on February 12.
Scrapbooking Tips & Techniques - Hebron Library. Now that the cold, dark days of winter have arrived, it’s time to sort through all of those old photos, clippings and other keepsakes and make some sense of them. Bring your scrapbook and mementos at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, and let scrapbooking instructor Jeannine Johnston show you how to create an attractive and interesting family heirloom. For ages 14 and up.
Great Train Expo - Ohio Expo Center. America’s favorite traveling train show is coming to town Jan. 18-19, with operating model railroads, train dealers, collectors, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, and much more! Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission - $7 with children (under 12) - Free. For more information, please visit www.greattrainexpo.com/
Compost Tea - Baltimore. Join the Basil Garden Club at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 20, at the Basil Park Community Center, North High and Washington Street, Baltimore. The program is Compost Tea -- what it is, how to make it, what to do with it. Contact club president, Jackie Cooperrider, at 740 862-4432 for more information.
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.
Power Show Ohio - Ohio Expo Center. One of Ohio’s largest conventions returns January 24-26. This amazing power equipment show brings the newest and best from more than 600 brands of agricultural, construction and outdoor power equipment and products to one central location at the Ohio Expo Center. Hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $10 carload admission and parking. For more information visit www.powershowohio.com
Ohio Log Home and Timber Frame Show - Ohio Expo Center. Have you always dreamed of living in a log or timber frame home or enjoy the rustic lifestyle and simple, elegant furnishings? You are invited to spend time January 24 -26, with the industry’s top log home and timber frame builders and experts all under one roof at the Ohio Expo Center’s Rhodes Center. Hours: Friday (1 - 7 pm); Saturday (10 am - 6 pm); and Sunday (10 am - 4 pm). Admission: Individual - $12; Family - (2 adults and children under 18) - $20; Youth (18 and under) - Free; Admission is valid for the duration of the show. For more information visit www.loghomeshows.com/ upcoming-show-3/index.asp
Ohio Farm Toy and NASCAR Collectibles Show - Ohio Expo Center. New and old farm toys, collectibles and shelf models are available for sale or trade at this Jan. 24 -26 show. It doesn’t stop at farm-related toys; you’ll find Barbie dolls, Beanie Babies, Matchbox toys and plenty of other collectibles! Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $2. For more information visit www.facebook.com/pages/Expo-Ohio- Farm-Toy-Nascar-Collectible- Show/163116060535
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.