Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
.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 fourpart 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 handson 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 through Feb. 8.
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 began 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.
Friday Fling - Newark. Free admission tickets are available for the Jan. 31 “Fling” at Heritage Hall Senior Center, 1058 E. Main St., featuring famed southern Ohio singer and performer Hayley Watson. The Flings are entertainment events held monthly for older adults at the center. They also feature a luncheon, door prizes and Bingo. The Jan. 31 lunch includes cabbage rolls, roasted red potatoes, and cake. The event begins at 11 a.m. Tickets are required for an accurate meal count and available at the front desk of the senior center until 4 p.m. Jan. 27.
The Woodworking Show - Ohio Expo Center. Do-it-your- selfers and woodworkers flock to this show January 31- February 2, for the latest in tools and education. Here, you’ll find more than 100 free classes and seminars on topics ranging from cabinetmaking to furniture finishing, and an incredible assortment of hand, power and standing tools and accessories.Hours: Friday (Noon - 6 pm); Saturday (10 am - 6 pm); Sunday (10 am - 4 pm). Admission is $12. For more information visit www.thewoodworkingshows.com/webapp-shows/ Columbus
Yoga Classes - Buckeye Lake Library. The Buckeye Lake Library is hosting free yoga classes for any skill level. Classes will be instructed by Lenise Alexandra. The next class is set for 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1. Classes are free and open to the public.
Polar Bear Plunge! - Buckeye Lake. Help breakup the Buckeye Lake ice at the First Annual Polar Plunge at noon on Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Buckeye Lake Winery, 13750 Rosewood Road, Fairfield Beach. Proceeds benefit the Buckeye Lake Historical Society. Reid Coleman entertains. For more information visit www.BuckeyeLakeWinery.com
Licking County Genealogical Society - Newark. Join them for an “In Depth Look at familysearch.org, ” presented by Deborah Lichtner Deal, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, in the first floor meeting room at the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street. Free and open to the public.
Origami Star Wars - Newark. Create unusual Star Wars characters at Newark Library’s Origami Star Wars program just for Tweens in grades 3 through 6 on Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 - 2 p.m. As Yoda would say, “Paper folding art is Origami!” Make your own Yoda, Darth, Jabba, and more. All materials for this free program will be supplied by the Library. Call 349-5550 for more information.
“The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture” - Columbus. OSU Professor Jared Gardner of the Department of English and the Film Studies Program will discuss his latest book “The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture.” The book explores the question of why sensible, practical, and penny-wise men and women devoted considerable time and resources to making these early magazines, publications which were doomed to inevitable failure by almost any of the calculations by which pragmatic early Americans usually made decisions. This program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus. Pre-program socializing begins at 7:00 p.m. and allows members and guests time to discuss their latest bibliophilic adventures. Fee and open to the public. For more information visit www.aldussociety.com
Jason Farnham - Newark. The Midland Theatre presents Jason Farnham on February 13 & 14, 2014. Farnham of Los Angeles, is truly the “International Entertainer of Contemporary Piano Music.” His spectacular show “An Evening of Contemporary Piano” delights audiences around the U.S. Fans have affectionately dubbed him “Schroeder” from Peanuts because of his toy piano, his witty Victor Borge-style piano comedy antics and the clever way he interacts with the audience. The variety includes contemporary romantic piano, jazz, bossa nova, blues, and classical with a twist!
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage - Newark. The Midland Theatre presents bluegrass stars Rhonda Vincent & The Rage on February 16, along with special guests Robin & Linda Williams. Vincent is an artist at the top of her game with multiple Grammy nominations, five consecutive Entertainer of the Year Awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, and an unprecedented seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. And when you add up the lifetime of accolades bestowed upon Rhonda and her band The Rage; they emerge as the Most Awarded Band in Bluegrass Music, with over 80 awards!
To purchase tickets, Call 740/345-LIVE (5483), visit www.midlandtheatre.org , or stop by The Midland box office at 36 North Park Place in downtown Newark, Monday - Friday, 9am to 4pm or one hour before the performance. Please note: add $4 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
“60 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll” - Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents the 2014 Minstrel “60 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll” (a Musical Review Minstrel style), directed by Jill R. Henwood, and Mark A. Severance. In the first half the chorus and soloists will feature songs from the 50’s and early 60’s intermixed with jokes by our endmen and women. The second half includes songs from the late 60’s through today with various groups either singing or dancing. Everyone participates in the Grand Finale. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1, at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $8 and reservations are requested. Call (740)862-4951 or visit www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com.