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 Tour- Saturday 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.dawes arb.org
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.
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.
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 E-mail: 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
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.
The Totally Gross Magic Show with Dr. Ooze-Perry County District Library, New Lexington. Spring Family Nights continue at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, with the Totally Gross Magic Show. FREE!
Home Energy Conservation - Newark. A representative from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be at Heritage Hall from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, to discuss ways to reduce home energy costs. Reservations are not needed.
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.
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.
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.
Chili Cook-off - Brownsville. Friends of Bowling Green Township is hosting a free fun chili cook-off from 4 - 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 4 to 7 pm. in the Brownsville Community Building. FREE entries and sampling. For more information please contact Barb Selegue at 740-787- 2292 or email email@example.com
Memories Scrapbooking Expo - Ohio Expo Center. Enjoy hours of shopping March 21 and 22, at more than 100 booths packed with supplies, papers, punches, tools and more. Looking to learn? There are education classes for beginners through experts. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (class registration begins at 9 a.m.). Cost: $10/day or $15 for two-day pass. For more information and a discount admission coupon visit www.memoriesscrapbookingexpo.com
Crisis in Ukraine Lecture - Newark. A public lecture on Crimea, Russia and Ukraine is set for Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Ohio State University at Newark. Dr. Sergei Zhuk from Ball State University will present a historical perspective of current events in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center that is free and open to the public.
Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus - Ohio Expo Center. The Aladdin Temple Shrine Circus returns to the Ohio Expo Center March 27 - 30, with tons of family fun with clowns, aerialists, animal acts, indoor carnival rides, elephant rides and more! The ticket window opens one hour prior to each show. Tickets: Adults $10 - $25; Children (12 and under) $5 - $13. Shows: Thursday, March 27 (3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.); Friday, March 28 (3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.); Saturday, March 29 (11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.); and Sunday, March 30 (1 p.m. & 5 p.m.). For more information, visit www.aladdinshrine.org/circus.php
Friday Fling - Newark. The March 28 Friday Fling features the return of the popular young musicians of Sugar Creek, a bluegrass band. Tickets are free and are available at the receptionist desk at Heritage Hall until 4 p.m. March 24. Tickets are required to ensure an accurate meal count. Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. The Fling series includes entertainment, lunch, games and door prizes
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.
Annual Dinner - Baltimore. The Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce holds it annual dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Baltimore VFW Post 3761. Tickets are $30 per person. Visit www.BaltimoreChamber.eventbrite.com or call 740-438-0837 for tickets or more information.
Chili Cook-Off-Jacksontown. The Licking Township Fire Company Firefighter Association is calling all chili chefs for a cook-off from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Jacksontown UM Church Outreach Center. Entries at $10 each are due April 5. Prizes to the top three chili chefs. A sampler’s pass is $5 and children 12 and under are free. Enjoy chili, hot dogs, pop and a JUMC Youth Bake Sale. For more information call 740-323-2612 or visit www.lickingtwpohio.us.
Celts Crossing - Zanesville. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Weekend with the region’s favorite Irish Celtic/Americana band Celts Crossing at Zanesville’s Weaselboy Brewing Co. Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m. and at Zanesville’s The Barn for an after work show St. Patty’s Day, Monday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. Celts Crossing features the local talent of Liz Redrow, guitars and vocals; Robin Brown, fiddle and vocals; Dr. Paul Mumma, guitars, pipes, and vocals; Frank O’Brien- Bernini, world percussion; and Scott Rawdon, bass and vocals. Visit the Celts Crossing Facebook page for more information.
NPR’s Mountain Stage - Ohio University, Athens. The two-hour live performance radio show returns to Athens at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, featuring Pink Martini and the von Trapps. Additional artists will include the Parkington Sisters, Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo, and Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound. The show features five guest artists in a twohour showcase that is recorded for later distribution to over 100 NPR stations nationwide and overseas on the Voice of America satellite service. Tickets are available at the Memorial Auditorium ticket office (740-593-1780) or online at www.ohio.edu/performingarts.
David Francey - Newark. The Midland Theatre presents Scottish singer/songwriter David Francey at 8 p.m. on March 20 and 21. A truly authentic folk singer. Francey, a Scottish-born Canadian carpenterturned songwriter, has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers.” Tickets are $29.
Merle Haggard-Newark. The Midland Theatre presents country icon Merle Haggard at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. Merle Haggard is widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist. A rugged individualist who simultaneously embodies and transcends the genre, Haggard is both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider. Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he’s consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, far more concerned with pursuing his iconoclastic vision than with meeting the expectations of the music-industry establishment. Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 #1 country hits and won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards. Tickets are $36-86.
To purchase Midland 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. Add $4 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
The Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival - Wilmington. The Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington will be a hotbed of award-winning bluegrass talent March 28 and 29. This is the 20th production of the biannual acoustic music event that occurs each March and November. It’s a homecoming of nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians and music fans gathering to celebrate a truly American style of music. Festival doors open Friday at 10 A.M. with performances by host band, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; the “Queen of Bluegrass” and most awarded band in the industry, Rhonda Vincent & The Rag; threetime IBMA Entertainer of the Year, three-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, two-time Grammy nominee, Dailey & Vincent; SPBGMA’s five-time Entertaining Group of the Year, Nothin’Fancy; and Mountain Faith. The awardwinning talent continues on Saturday with performances by Feller & Hill; nine-time IBMA Fiddler Performer of the Year, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; and more. Joe Mullins and Junior Sisk will partner for a special “Hall of Fame” show on Saturday night celebrating the fall release of their chart-topping album, Hall of Fame Bluegrass. In addition to two full days of award-winning music, there will be a Jam Session Central area for pickers and opportunities to win door prizes and drawings. Tickets are on sale now for advance purchases online or via phone. General admission tickets for children 16 and under are free with an adult purchase. Call 937-372-5804 or visit www.somusicfest.com for complete ticket details. Advance ticket sales end, Tuesday, March 25, at 5 P.M. Tickets will also be available at the door.