Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Maple Syrup Madness- Thru March 16, Mondays - Saturdays; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays; 1 - 4 p.m. Self-guided tour begins at Main Shelter House, It’s here, that time of year when the sugar maples are tapped and visitors indulge in the sugary goodness of maple syrup! Discover how sap is collected and processed to produce this scrumptious treat on the self-guided trail. End your journey at the Log Cabin where sap is boiled down and all are given a delicious sample of homemade syrup. FREE.
Maple Syrup Public Tours- Saturdays, March 8 and March 15, 2 p.m., Departs from the Main Shelter House, Travel back in time on this guided tour as the fascinating history of maple syrup production is revealed. A warm fire, lots of sweet smelling steam, and samples of syrup await visitors at the journey’s end. Groups can book tours through the Education Department, call to set up a tour today! FREE.
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.dawesarb.org
Indoor Yard Sale & Cans 4 Cancer - Buckeye Lake. Tired of waiting for yard sale season? Stop by the Buckeye Lake VFW Post 1388, 3430 North Bank Road (Ohio 360) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, to kick off the season. Use stage door entrance. Bring your aluminum cans to help fight cancer. Food will be available. Proceeds benefit cancer research and aid. Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to Post 1388.
Saturday Morning Hike - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come join us at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Shelter 6, for a gentle hike at Infirmary Mound Park! Hike will be led by a staff member and last about an hour depending on trail conditions. Please dress appropriately for weather and terrain.
Disc Golf Clinic - Licking Park District, Lobdell Reserve. Join Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club from 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, for a free disc golf clinic! Paul Jay will cover disc golf history, basic rules, throwing technique and putting instruction. You will even play a few rounds with the Flyers! No experience necessary- meet at the disc golf parking lot at Lobdell Reserve.
Buckeye Lake Area Bride & Prom Show - Harbor Hills. Check out the latest styles from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, at the Harbor Hills Country Club. Style show begins at 2 p.m. Bridal vendors and door prizes. $1 entry fee benefits Lakewood High School Music Boosters.
Food for Fines Week - Licking County Libraries. Pay down your fines by donating canned goods during “Food for Fines” week. During March 3-9, bring in nonperishable food and/or personal care donations to any Licking County Library location. Each item donated will remove $1 of overdue fines from your card. Debt collection fees will not be waived. All items donated will go to the Licking County Food Pantry Network to support the Operation Feed fundraiser. Some accepted donations include: Canned meat/stews, peanut butter, packs of diapers, baby wipes, baby shampoo, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, juice, personal care items, saltine crackers (1 lb. box), muffin mix, pasta, canned pork & beans, tuna, macaroni & cheese, and canned soups. No items requiring refrigeration, rusted or damaged cans, open packages or homemade food will be accepted. Even if you do not have any overdue fines, your food and personal care donations are still welcome. Drop them off at any Licking County Library location. Cash donations may be sent directly to the Licking County Food Pantry Network, 823 Steel Ave, Newark, OH, 43055.
Best of The U.S. Alpaca Show - Ohio Expo Center. Come see this exciting show March 8 - 9 as hundreds of vendors & exhibitors will be displaying tons of Alpaca products, as well as, merchandise and equipment for breeders. It is expected that there will be more than 600 alpacas on display. Hours: Saturday ( 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.) and Sunday (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). FREE! Visit www.BestoftheUSAlpacaShows.com for more information.
Portrait Painting Class- Somerset. Somerset Co-op is offering a beginning portrait painting class by local self-taught artist and former classics teacher, David Kunkler. Five oil painting classes for beginners are offered from 1- 3 p.m. on consecutive Sundays beginning March 9. The focus is on self portraiture and no previous painting or drawing experience is necessary. The course costs $45 and sessions will be held in the Perry County Historical Building next to Carpenter’s Market. It is wheel chair accessible, warm and is easy to get to with plenty of parking. For more information, visit www.somersetartistsco-op.com, call Kunkler at 740-605-0401 or email him at email@example.com
Preschool Story Time - Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at the Buckeye Lake Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for our Preschool Story Time. We offer a story, craft, and snack. The winter story time session will run through April 9.
Hebron Knitettes - Hebron Library. Drop in every Thursday from 4 - 7 p.m. for a laughterfilled evening of knitting and companionship as the Knitettes knit, crochet, and generally craft with yarn.
Life in the Book World - Columbus. Bob Fleck, owner of Oak Knoll Books and Oak Knoll Press which specialize in the field of books-about-books, is the featured speaker at The Aldus Society’s annual Ron Ravneberg Lecture. His talk will feature a discussion of his life in the book world. Bob has spent the last 38 years in bookselling, publishing and bibliomania including terms as a past president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America as well as a past president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. A resident of New Castle, Delaware, he lives in an old colonial house a half block from his business which is in an Opera House built in 1879. His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue. Admission is free. Informal socializing begins at 7:00 p.m. and allows members and guests the opportunity to discuss their latest bibliophilic adventures. For more information, call 614-299-1980 or visit www.aldussociety.com
Ladies Luncheon - Newark. The Licking County Historical Society will host a Ladies Luncheon at noon on Saturday, March 15, at the Buckingham Meeting House, Veterans’ Park. A special program, “Reminiscing Through My Mother’s Aprons,” will be presented by Jean Hovland. Guests are encouraged to wear or bring their favorite apron! Cost is $13 for LCHS members, $15 for non-members. Reservations are required by March 13. Please call 740-345-4898 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Moon Night Hike - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Join us at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14, as we walk by the light of the Full Worm Moon this March. Depending on the weather, we should be hearing the first of the spring amphibians! This hike will be led by Park Director Bob Williams and last about an hour depending on trail conditions. Please dress appropriately for weather and terrain. Feel free to bring a flashlight but be prepared to keep it off- the moon will light our way! Meet at Shelter 4.
Ohio Beef Expo - Ohio Expo Center. The March 14-16 Ohio Beef Expo is Ohio’s premier beef industry event. The trade show boasts more than 100 vendors from 13 states, representing all segments of the industry from cattle handling equipment to show supplies, clothing to feed, genetics, and novelty items, and much, much more. Hours: Friday (10 am - 6 pm); Saturday (8 am - 6 pm); and Sunday (8 am - 5 pm). FREE! For more information, visit www.ohiobeefexpo.com
Field and Stream Outdoor Life Deer and Turkey Expo - Ohio Expo Center. This March 14 - 16 well-known event, now in its 21st year, brings activities, free seminars, gear, more than 450 booths, demonstrations, contests, displays and more. Hours: Friday (2 - 9 p.m.); Saturday (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.); Sunday (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).
Price: Adult single-day pass - $14; Adult two-day pass - $22; Youth with hunter safety graduate proof (12 - 18) - $13; Children (6 - 11) - $4; Children (5 and under) - Free; First year hunter - Free with proof of hunter education course completion; Hunter education instructor - Free with proof of current certification. For more information, visit www.deerinfo.com/ohio
History Comes to Life in Somerset - Somerset. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dine with a United States President? Step back in history as acclaimed Lincoln presenter, John Cooper, seemingly brings the extraordinary life and times of our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln to life Saturday, March 15, at Somerset’s historic Clay Haus Restaurant. John Cooper, a renowned Lincoln presenter, has over a quarter of a century experience in portraying Abraham Lincoln. He has extensive knowledge of President Lincoln and thoroughly enjoys mingling with the public in character. Those attending the event will have their choice of two menus: Pork loin with dressing, green beans, cole slaw, chocolate peanut butter pie, and a beverage; or chicken breast with an orange glaze and rice, green beans, cole slaw, chocolate peanut butter pie, and a beverage. The historic Clay Haus Restaurant offers its own unique history which dates back prior to the American Civil War. President Andrew Jackson and other notable historical figures were reported to have enjoyed a meal within the historic structure. Proceeds benefit the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society and the Phil Sheridan Society. For reservations please send a check or money order to the Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society, P.O. Box 746, Somerset, Ohio 43783. The cost is $20 per person and seating is limited so reservations are required. Also, please note your menu choice at the time of your reservation. For more information, please email the Perry County Historical Society at email@example.com.
Scholastic Spring Book Fair - Millersport. Stop by Millersport Elementary School March 18 - 21 for the Spring Scholastic Book Fair. Buy one, get one free. Hours: Tuesday, March 18 - 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1-4 p.m.; Wednesday, March 19 - 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Thursday, March 20 - 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 1-4 p.m.; and Friday, March 21 - 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Hebron Homeschoolers - Bird Feeders - Hebron Library. Spring is just around the corner, and the birds that are coming back to Ohio are hungry! Let’s help out our feathered friends by making some bird feeders out of recycled materials from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19.
Teen Game Night - Hebron Library. Join us from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, March 21, for an evening of gaming! We will provide Xbox, PS3 and Wii consoles and a selection of games.
Check out your VA benefits! - Thornville. The Thornville American Legion Post 342 is sponsoring an informational presentation about VA benefits that is open to all veterans and their family members at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the South Shore Center located at the corner of State Route 13 and Thorn Township Road 392. Representatives from the Perry County Veterans Service Office and various VA Medical personnel will be present. There will be time for Q & A’s. Light refreshments will be served. Call Doug Lynn at 740-246-5049 for more information.
Master Gardener Conference Newark. The Licking County Master Gardener, volunteers, and OSU Extension holds their Spring Gardening Conference on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 am-4:00 pm at C-Tech Career & Technology Education Center, 150 Price Rd., Newark. Keynote speakers are: Kim Todd author of “Tinkering With Eden” and Jessica Walliser author of “Good Bug, Bad Bug”. Six other speakers Three break-out sessions feature six speakers plus there is a raffle and 30+ vendors. Ticket includes a continental breakfast, and a soup and salad lunch. Tickets may be purchased online at: www.fourseasonsofgardening.com through Pay Pal. Or by phone at (740) 503-5108 Tickets will also be available at the door. Tickets are $35. The Midland Theatre presens Playing By Air at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7, as part of The Family Series sponsored by The Energy Cooperative. Playing By Air captivates public audiences with a joyful fusion of music, juggling, and circus in which traditional theatricality meets absurd comedy. Tickets: $12 - $20. 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.