Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Second Saturday Speaker Series: Our Founders’ Favorite Things – 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. Cost: $2 recommended donation. Participants will learn about the significance of the natural history collections at The Dawes Arboretum through the eyes of its founders, Beman and Bertie Dawes. Bertie’s personal collections of shells, fish, gardening diaries, and photographs will be featured, as well as Beman’s collection of tree samples.
Fox Frenzy & Coyote Craze - Learn from a local wildlife expert – 5 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. Cost: Non-members $8; Members $3. Zane State professor, Al Parker, will be joining The Dawes Arboretum for an exciting presentation on some of Ohio’s carnivorous canines. Come ready to learn all about foxes and coyotes from a local wildlife expert.
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
Granville Farmers Market - Granville. Last Saturday for the winter market. Stop by from 9:30 a.m to noon on Saturday Feb. 4, in the Granville Elementary School. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Create your own glass heart - The Works, Newark. Create a special glass heart for the special someone in your life with one-onone instruction from The Works’ professional glass artist. This hot glass experience is $35 per heart; $25 for Works’ members; pre-registration is required and spaces are limited. Registration can be completed online at www.attheworks.org or by calling 740- 349-9277. Glass will not be available immediately after session. This fun, hands-on experience is available for children as young as nine and for adults at The Works at 55 S. 1st Street, Newark.
World War II: Back The Attack! Arsenal of Democracy - The Works, Newark. This temporary history exhibit is curated by Tracie Hill, Works’ firearms curator. Admission to “Back The Attack” is free to the public and open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through April 1, 2017. General admission is required to experience The Works Museum.
Perry County Groundhog Breakfast - Sheridan High School. Former OSU Head Football Coach Jim Tressel is the featured speaker at the second annual Perry County Chamber of Commerce’s Groundhog Breakfast at 6 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, Sheridan High School. Doors open at 5:45 a.m. with the program beginning at 6:45 a.m. An opportunity for autographs and pictures will be available. Tickets are still available at $30 for non-chamber members and $25 for chamber members. Corporate tables are also available for $300 and $250 respectively. Tickets are available at the Chamber Office, 121 S. Main St., New Lexington, 740-342-3547 or through John Ulmer, Executive Director at 740- 281-7672.
Saturday Movie Musical Matinee - Buckeye Lake Library. Buckeye Lake Library will host a Movie Musical Matinee at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. . Swing by the library to escape into a tropical romance set during the Second World War. Enjoy popcorn and experience the tropics on this musical afternoon at the library.
“Robogirls” - Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology is still accepting registrations for its next Girls Night In program, “Robogirls,” on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for youth grades 4-6, and Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for youth grades 7-9. Ever wonder how scientists are able to develop and create robots? This program will allow youth to create and take home their very own robot, explore coding and color language through their robots, and receive an introduction to the FIRST(r) LEGO(r) League robotics program. Admission is free for Works members; $5 per person for non-members. Youth may bring any adult with them to attend the session: parent, older sibling, relative, or friend.
Free Triple P Parenting Seminar - Newark. A Triple P Positive Parenting Program seminar (The Power of Positive Parenting), will be held at the Licking County Family YMCA in Newark on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. All parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children from birth to age 12 are invited to attend. This program will also include free food, free childcare for children ages 7 and under, and a gift card raffle. You will learn researched based parenting strategies that you can use with your children every day! To register: call 740-522-1234, Ex.22 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To request childcare you must register by February 3.
Teen Vintage Valentine’s Day - Buckeye Lake Library. The Buckeye Lake Library is hosting a vintage Valentine’s Day party from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, for teens and tweens. Get all dolled up and drop by the library for candy, cookie decorating, and the chance to win a gift. It’ll be the cat’s meow! No registration is required. Grab your friends and stop into the library for a swell time.
Backyard Series: Birdfeeding 101 Make and Take - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Spend a cozy evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, with a cup of tea or coffee, snacks, and good company! This is the first program in our 2017 “In Our Backyards” Series. Join our program coordinator and resident ornithologist, Anne Balogh, to learn how to attract winter birds to your yard. We will discuss the pros and cons of the various types of bird feeders, seed choices, bird species, costs, and more. We will finish by constructing a mason jar feeder for you to take home! Pre- Registration required; $5 fee. To register, please visit our website calendar or call 740-587-2535.
Full Moon Hike - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Join Licking Park District staff at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at Infirmary Mound Park Shelter 6 for a guided hike by the full moon. The topics will highlight the flora and fauna of Licking County. The hike will last about an hour. Feel free to bring a flashlight, but be prepared to keep it off. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather. We hope to see you under the Full Moon!
Columbus Fishing Expo - Ohio Expo Center. With a jam-packed schedule of educational seminars, speakers and activities, the February 10 - 12, Columbus Fishing Expo will provide an excellent opportunity for anglers of all ages and skill levels to expand their fishing knowledge. Hours: Friday, 12 pm - 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am - 8 pm; and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. For more information visit www.columbusfishingexpo.com
Columbus Gun Show - Ohio Expo Center. C & E Gun Shows provides firearm owners and enthusiasts with venues to purchase, trade and sell firearms, ammo, and related merchandise February 11 - 12. Hours: Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm; and Sunday, 9 am - 4 pm. Cost: $9 adults; children under 12 years of age with supervising adult admitted free. For more information visit www.cegunshows.com
All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast – Buckeye Lake. Enoy an All-UCan Eat Breakfast from 8 – 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, at the First Community Church. 4381 Walnut Road SE (Ohio 79), Buckeye Lake. Across from the KOA Kampground. Cost is $5 adults; $3 children 12 & under.
Winter Hike - Burr Oak State Park. Come out to Burr Oak State Park on Saturday, Feb. 11, for the annual winter hike. No matter what a person’s hiking ability is, we have something for everyone. Lengths vary from 1, 3, 5 and 8 miles. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. Bean soup and cornbread will be served in the lodge following the hike. For more information, call 740-767- 3570.
Pop-Up Card Craft Program - Buckeye Lake Library. Saturday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m. the Buckeye Lake Library is hosting another installment in the Adult Only Card Crafting program. This month patrons can craft a personalized pop-up card just in time for Valentine’s Day. Registration is required. Call (740) 928-0472 or stop by the library to register for this creative experience. All materials will be provided by the library.
Sweethearts Hike - Hocking Hills State Park. Meet at the Ash Cave parking lot on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m. Take your sweetheart for a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk. Afterward, enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments, available from 5-7 p.m. For more information, call 740-385-6842.
The Oldest Profession - Newark. The Licking County Players present the comedy The Oldest Profession by Paula Vogel. As Ronald Reagan enters the White House, five aging practitioners of the oldest profession are faced with a diminishing clientele, increased competition for their niche market, and aching joints. With wit, compassion, and humor, they struggle to find and learn new tricks as they fight to stay in the Life. Performances are February 2-4 and 9-11 at 8 p.m. with matinee performances on February 5 & 12 at 2 p.m., All performances are held at the Licking County Players Theatre, 131 West Main Street in downtown Newark. For tickets visit lickingcountyplayers.org or call 740-349-2287.
I Dream of Broadway - Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre presents I Dream of Broadway, a musical adaptation, on at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4, in Millersport Elementary School. Tickets are $10 available at the door. Visit www.mctohio.com for more information.