Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Arboretum Yoga: Releasing Tension and Optimally Aligning- Sunday, March 23, 1 to 3 p.m., meet at the Visitors Center. Join Loretta Zedella as the group uses foam rollers, small therapy balls, and belts to release tension from the body. How might a person’s habits of standing, sitting and bending lead to tension in the body? Locate tension from its hiding places and examine many of the common alignment issues experienced which affect energy, sleep patterns and mood. Enhance range of motion and return home with a small therapy ball, handouts and skills to practice these simple and specific realigning techniques. General Admission: $30, Members: $25.
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
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.
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.
Spaghetti Dinner - Millersport. Help support the Millersport High School softball team by enjoying a spaghetti dinner from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 21, in the high school cafeteria. Adults - $8 and kids under 10 - $5.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Spring Break Nationals - The Works, Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology waves the green flag for its annual Spring Break Nationals competitions on Wednesday, March 26, with race heats at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. This annual event hosted by National Trail Raceway is free to members of The Works or general admission for nonmembers.
Spring Break Nationals is a day filled with racing fun! Using creativity and ingenuity, children build a fast and furious race car from K’NEXÒ pieces in The Works Go Lab. Car creations are put to the test on the track as they compete in head-to-head races against other competitors. When the dust settles, awards are given to winners courtesy of National Trail Raceway.
Racecar driver Rick Watson will also be in attendance with his souped-up Chevy Malibu during Spring Break Nationals. Rick is a driver with Watson Brothers Racing sponsored by Coughlincars. com and Auto Additions. For more information visit attheworks.org
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.
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.