Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Fox Frenzy & Coyote Craze - Learn from a local wildlife expert – 5 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. 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.
Pruning in the Landscapes: The Basics - 9 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Feb. 25. Cost: Nonmembers $25; Members $20 Proper pruning enhances the beauty and value of almost any landscape tree and shrub so they live longer and healthier lives. The basics of pruning are covered along with how to “unshear” a plant, rejuvenation, correcting deer damage and more. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced gardener, this presentation will have you pruning like a pro! Join Arboretum Director of Living Collections Mike Ecker for this informative session.
Maple Syrup Days - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, March 12. FREE! Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum’s log cabin. Inside, docents greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you witness the evaporator at work turning sap into syrup. During Maple Syrup Days, the cabin is open from 10 am - 4 pm daily and guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 2 pm. Organized groups can schedule a free, private tour by calling 800.44.DAWES.
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
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.
Saturday Movie Musical Matinee -Buckeye Lake Library. Join us for a Movie Matinee at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18. The film, set in 1950s, follows a World War II veteran/ reporter who is covering a local murder trial for the paper. As the trial unfolds, the reporter finds that he may hold the key to the defendant’s innocence.
The Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show - Ohio Expo Center. You’ll find the craftsmen, experts and professionals from more than 350 companies for every area of your home - inside and out - who are ready to talk with you about your ideas and projects. Explore emerging trends in home design, décor, furnishings, remodeling, gadgets and technologies February 18 -26. Plus immerse your senses in a dozen spectacular gardens. You’ll find this is the perfect place to spend a few hours, or the whole day to discover, learn and get a jump on your spring projects list. Hours: Saturdays (10 am - 8 pm); Sundays (10 am - 6 pm); Monday (10 am - 8 pm); Tuesday (closed); and Wednesday - Friday (12 pm - 8 pm). Cost: General admission (at the door) - $13; General admission (online in advance) - $11; Children (12 and under) - Free; Free Next Day Re- Entry Passes are available: Onsite only, unlimited supply, controlled at the ticket window. $3 off coupons are available at Lowe’s (off general admission purchased at the door only). For more information visit http://www.DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com
Owl Walk - Mohican State Park. Welcome to an evening all about owls in Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8-10 p.m. Meet at the Nature Center in the Class A campground. Learn about the different species of owls and their life histories. Then a short hike to call our region’s most stealthy predator, the owl! Dress for the weather. Call 419-994-5125, ext. 20, to sign up. The walk will be easy to moderate.
Homeschool Trivia - Buckeye Lake Library. All homeschoolers are invited to show off their trivia knowledge in subjects like science, history, and so much more at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 20.
Preschool Storytime - Buckeye Lake Library. Preschool storytime returns every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. February 22 through March 15. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to attend the weekly Storytime program, complete with stories, songs, snacks, and a craft as well as laughter and learning.
Owl Prowl - Burr Oak State Park. Hocking Hills State Park naturalist Pat Quackenbush will lead this program at Burr Oak State Park on Thursday, Feb. 23, which starts in the lodge with a presentation including a live owl! Then we will head outside for a hike to call for owls. The lodge will offer soup beans and cornbread for purchase prior to the program. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served. Meet at the Burr Oak State Park Lodge at 6:30 p.m., event will last until 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 740-767-3570.
Scott Antique Market - Ohio Expo Center. The amazing indoor Scott Antique Market returns Feb. 25 & 26, featuring aisles upon aisles of one-of-a-kind antiques and collectible items available for sale. Hours: Saturday 9 am - 6 pm; and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm. FREE! For more information visit www.scottantiquemarket.com
Winter Classic Motorsports Expo - Ohio Expo Center. Mopar and all race fans! Here’s your chance to kick off the automotive season on February 25. . Shop for those needed parts and accessories to get your vehicle ready for summertime action. You can also pick up season schedules for area events or just get reacquainted with old friends. Of course, AMC and Jeep products are also welcome. Hours: 9am - 5 pm. Cost: $10 before 10 am; $5 after 10 am; and FREE after 2 pm. For more information visit jeffjohnsonmotorsports.com
The Lighthouse 9th Annual Style Show and Luncheon - Lancaster. Emmy Award- Winning journalist and 10TV co-anchor Angela An will be the Emcee for the annual Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter Spring Luncheon and Style Show from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, at the Lancaster Country Club. The Lighthouse Shelter has been helping victims of domestic violence in this area for more than thirty-five years - providing a safe haven, court advocates, and counseling. Tickets are a $35 donation and can be purchased by calling 740-689-2558. All proceeds benefit The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter.
All About Cats Expo - Ohio Expo Center. A great show for pet lovers of all ages! Over 200 cats of all types will compete March 10 - 12 for ribbons in an officially judged TICA (The International Cat Association) Event, hosted by Show Cats Columbus. House cats welcome to participate; to enter please visit www.allaboutcatsexpo.com . Vendors will be on hand with everything from A to Z in cat products and other pet products. Cat entertainment, cat agility course, ASK THE VET booth, cat rescues (adopt a cat at the show!) plus a small horse exhibit, llamas, and even Johnny Peers famous “Muttville Comix” comedy dog ac featuring over a dozen dogs. Hours: Friday (3 pm - 9 pm); Saturday (10 am - 6 pm); and Sunday (9 am - 5 pm). Cost:Adults - $10; Seniors (60+) - $8; and Children (12 & under).
10TV Commit To Be Fit Expo - Ohio Expo Center. Mark your calendar to join us for the All-New, free to attend 10TV Commit To Be Fit Expo March 11 & 12. Enjoy two days of free, indoor, healthy family fun to beat the late winter blues and cabin fever. Hours: 10 am - 5 pm,. FREE! For more information visit 10TV.com
Pancake & Sausage Breakfast - Millersport. The Millersport Lions Club is sponsoring a pancake & sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 11, at the Lions Clubhouse. Bower & Sons Meat is providing the sausage. $5 donation. Proceeds will help pay for a disability swing in Veterans’ Park behind the Village Hall.
Wild Turkey Calling Clinic - Newark. Outdoors enthusiasts interested in learning to call turkeys are encouraged to attend a free informational workshop from 2 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, at the Licking County Library, 101 West Main Street, Newark.
Field and Stream Outdoor Life Deer and Turkey Expo - Ohio Expo Center. This well-known event, now in its 25th year, brings activities, free seminars, gear, more than 450 booths, demonstrations, contests, displays and more to the Ohio Expo Center March 17 - 19. Hours: Friday (2 pm - 9 pm); Saturday (9 am - 7 pm); and Sunday (9 am - 4 pm). Cost:Adult single-day pass - $14; Adult two-day pass - $22; Military personnel single-day pass (ID required) - $13; Youth (6 - 15) - $5; Children (5 and under) - Free; Hunter education instructor - Free with proof of current certification; CASH ONLY for on-site tickets. For more information visit deerinfo.com
Ohio Beef Expo - Ohio Expo Center. The Ohio Beef Expo is Ohio’s premier beef industry event. The March 17 - 19 Expo includes a trade show, breeding cattle sales and a junior show. Ranked as one of the Top 5 largest meetings/conventions in Central Ohio, the Beef Expo attracts more than 30,000 attendees annually. The centerpiece of the Expo, the trade show, boasts more than 100 vendors from 13 states. Exhibitors in this year’s trade show represent 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 (8:30 am - 6 pm); Saturday (8:30 am - 6 pm); and Sunday (8:30 am - 2 pm), FREE! For more information visit ohiobeefexpo.com
“Pericles by William Shakespeare as Performed by Ms. Gower’s 1st Grade Class” - Newark. Weathervane Young Artists’ Repertory Theatre presents “Pericles by William Shakespeare as Performed by Ms. Gower’s 1st Grade Class”: Friday February 24 and Saturday February 25 at 7pm, Saturday February 25 and Sunday February 26 at 2pm. Tickets are $7 General Admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.wyart.org
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.
“Text This” & #letsevolveNewark. Weathervane Young Artists’ Repertory Theatre presents “Text This” & #letsevolve: Friday March 3 and Saturday March 4 at 7pm, Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5 at 2pm. Tickets are $7 General Admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.wyart.org
“Les Misérables School Edition” - Newark. Weathervane Young Artists’ Repertory Theatre presents “Les Misérables School Edition”: Friday March 10 and Saturday March 11 at 7pm, Saturday March 11 and Sunday March 12 at 2pm. Tickets are $17 Adults (13 and older); and $12 Children (12 years and younger). For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.wyart.org