Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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
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.
Fiery Foods Festival Week - Columbus. Heat up you winter with this annual spicy event Feb. 10-16 at the North Market! The annual spicy food event has become a must attend show for any lover of fiery cuisine. Visit www.northmarket.com for more information.
DIY Tote bags for Teens - Buckeye Lake Library. Teens in grade 6-12 are invited to the Buckeye Lake Library on Thursday, February 13, from 5-6:30 p.m. to decorate your own tote bag. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity and style!
Hebron Knitettes - Hebron Library. Drop in from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, or Thursday, Feb. 20, for a laughter-filled evening of knitting and companionship as the Knitettes knit, crochet, and generally craft with yarn.
“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
A Girls & Dolls Tea Party - Hebron Library. What’s better than a tea party? A tea party celebrating reading, American girls and their dolls! Girls ages 6-12 are cordially invited to bring their favorite doll to the library for a very girly tea party from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. Dress-up clothes, hats and best young lady manners are encouraged. Lemonade “tea” and teatime treats will be served, along with a big helping of fun and games. Registration required. To register, and for more details or further information, please call the library at 740-928-3923.
Art Thursday at The Works - Newark. Visit The Works the third Thursday of every month and let your artistic creativity flow! A new art project is featured each month. Per person cost includes all supplies and instruction. Noon - 4 p.m., $5/per person, price varies for pottery. Visit www.AtTheWorks.org for more information.
Who Ya Gonna Call? The Police! - Hebron Library. Homeschoolers meet the Hebron Police Department from 2 - 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and get a a tour of the Police Department -- including a close-up look at a police cruiser. Discover the duties and responsibilities of the officers, and what kind of education and training is needed to join the force.
President’s Day Dinner - Newark. The Licking County Historical Society is hosting a President’s Day Dinner at the Historic Buckingham Meeting House on Saturday, Feb. 22. After the dinner, which will feature favorite dishes of past presidents, a special program, “February-A Month for Presidents ‘A Future for the Republic,’” will be presented by local historian E. Chris Evans. Cost is $28 for society members and $32 for non-members. Please call 740-345-4898 for reservations by Feb. 20.
Basic Computer Class - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us on from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, for a basic computer class. Registration is required so please call 740-928-0472 to reserve your spot.
Soil Preparation and Composting for Gardeners - Hebron Library. Spring is almost here, so it’s time to get the garden ready for planting. Join Master Gardener Bob Wuhlforst from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 22, for a discussion of soil, compost, and generally how to make your soil the perfect home for your plants!
Edible Book Competition - Newark. As part of the Chocolate Fiesta celebration, the Main Library at 101 W. Main St. is hosting an Edible Books competition on Feb. 22, 2014. Participants are to make an edible creation that represents a book or book title. Prizes will be awarded for the Best-Tasting, Best Represents a Book or Title, Most Creative, and People’s Choice. Bring your creation to the library at 2:30 p.m. Judging will be at 3 p.m. and tasting for the public will be at 3:30 p.m. Registration is required by Feb. 17 for those who wish to enter an edible book. For more information or to register call 740-349-5553. You may also register in-person or on-line at www.lickingcountylibrary.info under the “Events Calendar”.
Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. to speak - Denison University, Granville. Former Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. will speak at Denison University at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The lecture, “Restoring America’s Leadership at Home and Abroad,” is free and open to the public. Huntsman began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four presidents in critical roles around the world, including as ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. trade ambassador and most recently as U.S. ambassador to China.
A Night of Murder and Mystery at the Art Auction - Heath. United Way of Licking County offers a night of art by wellknown local artists, set within a thrilling, hilarious Whodunnit, featuring a mystery piece of art that will be unveiled after the winning bid. The event begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, February 28, at the Davis Shai House in Heath. Tickets are $50 per person and include entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, plus coffee and dessert to end the evening. A silent auction and a wine grab are included. (A cash bar will be available.)
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.unitedwaylc.org.. Seating is limited.
Free ACT/ SAT Combo Practice Test - Newark. Are you planning on taking the ACT or SAT? The Newark Library invites teens to take Kaplan’s free ACT/SAT combo practice test. The practice test will take place in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the Newark Library from 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 08. Remember to bring a calculator and some No. 2 pencils. We will get started at 10:00 am and will finish at approximately 2:00 pm. Please feel free to bring snacks and a beverage. There is a limit of 40 to register. Go to www.kaptest.com and enter the code: AKKU14080 to register. We must have at least 10 registrations by February 28 for the practice test to be offered! Call 740.349.5550 for more information.
Bluegrass Concert - Denison University, Granville. Bluegrass Concert with Andy Carlson Band, the Dappled Grays with the Denison Bluegrass Ensemble Alumni Band, and the Denison University Suzuki Program Fiddlers at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Free and open to the public.
River City Blues Competition - Hotel Lafayette, Marietta. The Blues, Jazz & Folk Music announce the 22nd annual River City Blues Competition, February 14 & 15. It’s the oldest and largest blues talent competition in the state of Ohio. Past participants have come from New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Italy, Israel and Pennsylvania. They compete for sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge ( IBC). There will be 13 slots in the competition. The big winners, however, are the blues fans who enjoy a weekend of great blues entertainment. Doors open one hour before show time. For passes, tickets or info call Mary Ann Osborne 304-422-2944 or Helen Holt 304-428-8393. VISA/Master- Card/Discover accepted. Tickets $10/$15 member/non-member Friday 8 - 10:45 p.m.; Preliminary $15/$20 m/nm Sat. 11:30-6 p.m.; Finals $20/$25 m/nm Sat. 8:00-11:30 p.m.; or Weekend Pass $40/$55 m/nm.
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. 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.
Heisey Wind Ensemble Winter Concert - Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents“American Stories” at their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, in John W. Alford Performing Arts Hall in the John Gilbert Reese Center on the Newark Campus of The Ohio State University. The 60 member concert band is under the direction of Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Appearing as guest soloist will be award winning virtuoso pianist Dr. Caroline Hong an associate professor at The Ohio State University. She will be performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue”, setting for piano and wind ensemble. Tickets are only available at the door; $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and $5 for students. For more information visit www.heiseywindensemble.org
Ohio’s Youth Entertainers Stage Show Auditions - Granville. Got Talent? Want to Perform? We Need You! An exciting “vaudeville” musical variety performing company is holding auditions on Mondays, February 17 and February 24, starting at 6 p.m. in Granville. Calling all multi-talented youths, especially boys, ages 7 - 19, interested in the performing arts who want to perform all over Ohio at fairs, festivals, and other events. Singing, dancing, skits, satires, comedy, slapstick, juggling, magic, playing an instrument, or any other special performing talent. Contact Christina Barth, Director, at 740- 587-0837.
“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.