Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Maple Syrup Madness- Saturday, Feb. 19 – Saturday, March 5. Don’t miss this once a year event! Sap is collected from our own sugar maple trees and boiled down to sweet smelling syrup right before your eyes. Witness the process and sip a tasty sample! Take the trail on your own for a self-guided adventure, attend a Saturday 2 p.m. public tour, or sign up for a group tour with the Education Department, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays, Free.
Great Trees & Shrubs: Function in the Landscape, Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – noon. Use trees and shrubs to their best advantage in the landscape. New plants are talked about this year as the Horticulture Director covers some appealing alternatives to standard selections, how to use native selections and where to buy many of the species discussed. $10/$8 members, meet at the Visitors Center.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. 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. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www.dawesarb.org.
Master Gardener Speaker Series – Utica. Master Gardener volunteers will host two programs on Saturday, March 5th, at the Hufford House Museum Carriage House in Utica. At 9 a.m., Rosamary Amiet and Linda Scheetz will demonstrate potting two different containers/baskets, one that could be used for a birthday, an anniversary, a housewarming, etc. and one as a memorial gift for a lost loved one. The next program, by Dick Baltisberger, will be “Starting a New Garden From Scratch, in Ohio”, which will take you from the decision to create a garden to the planting stage.
Division of Wildlife Open House – Columbus, Athens. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife invites the public to its annual open houses on Saturday, March 5, from noon until 3 p.m. Fish and wildlife biologists along with law enforcement officers will be on hand to answer questions. Public input gathered at these open houses will be forwarded to the division’s central office in Columbus, and considered during the formulation of regulations. For more information or directions to the open houses, visit the Division of Wildlife’s Web site at wildohio.com or call 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). Central Ohio- Wildlife District One Office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, (614) 644-3925 and Southeast Ohio- Wildlife District Four Office, 360 E. State Street, Athens, (740) 589-9930.
Central Ohio Home & Garden Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The 2011 Central Ohio Home & Garden Show begins Saturday, Feb. 26, and runs through Sunday, March 6, at the Ohio Expo Center. The show’s continued popularity has led to extended hours to accommodate day trips, corporate and social groups and clubs. For 2011, the show hours are: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Tuesday-Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door for adults. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. $2 off discount coupons are available at www.dispatchevents.com along with complete show information. Parking is $5.
Arnold Sports Festival – Columbus. The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport festival in the nation. The March 3-6 event will attract an estimated 175,000 attendees to see nearly 18,000 athletes competing in 45 sports and events, including 12 Olympic sports. The Arnold Fitness EXPO, a highlight of the festival, takes place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. It features more than 700 exhibit booths offering the latest in fitness apparel, equipment, training tools, nutrition and entertainment. New to the festival in 2011 are an IFBB sanctioned Bikini International competition, the Arnold Sports Film Festival, the Arnold Track and Field Championships, the Arnold Hockey Challenge, and the Ultimate Teen Challenge, a weightlifting event. Locations: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Nationwide Arena, The LC, and Veterans Memorial. Visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com for more information.
Short North Gallery Hop – Columbus. The first Saturday of every month, thousands of visitors converge on the strip, the epicenter of the High Street experience. They come to celebrate art and partake in an evening of sights, sounds, food, shopping, and cosmopolitan fun. Countless art experiences. District specials. Prize drawings. Ramped up entertainment. Unexpected surprises. Join us March 5, at the Short North Arts District, 4-10 p.m. North High Street from Goodale Boulevard to Fifth Avenue, Columbus. FREE, visit www.shortnorth.org for more information.
“Genealogy on the Cheap” – Newark. Join the Licking County Genealogy Society for this presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, in the first floor meeting room at the Licking County Public Library, 101 W. Main St., Newark. Free and open to everyone. For more information call the LCGS Library at 740-349-5510.
“Taste of Italy” fundraiser – Newark. A full-course spaghetti dinner benefiting the Reese Adult Day Center in Newark, is set for 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at RADC, 123 S. Second St. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Zerger Hall Senior Center, 745 E. Main St. or at RADC. A family maximum price of $50 also is available.The dinner features homemade spaghetti with sauce, salad, bread sticks and a variety of desserts. There will be raffles and door prizes.
Pancake Breakfast – Hebron. The Lakewood Lancer Pride Committee will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, in the Lakewood High School cafeteria. The breakfast is in conjunction with the annual Spring Expo & Craft Show that runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast prices are $5 for adults (13 and over), $3 for children (3-12) and free for ages 2 and under.
Composting Dead Animals Workshop – Newark. Proper composting – done without odors, vermin or objectionable gases – is the focus. Speaking will be experts from Ohio State University Extension and Soil and Water Conservation Districts. A composting manual is included. The March 8 workshop runs from 7:30-9:30 p. m. at Licking County OSU Extension, 771 E. Main St., Suite 103, Newark. For details, contact Howard Siegrist, 740-670-5315, email@example.com. Registration costs $10 and can be done at the door.
Shamrock Musical – Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “Shamrock Minstrel” directed by Mark A. Severance. The production will be at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster St. on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5t at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Reservations are requested. Call 740-277-6479 to reserve your seats. If available, tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Civil War Dinner Theatre – Newark. Join the debate between the North & South at the Davis Shai House at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Enjoy a delicious dinner and an exciting program featuring two of the most influential men in Civil War history. Al Stone (General Lee) and Barry Meadows (General Grant) have performed in History Channel documentaries and participated in numerous reenactments and events. Cost is $35 a person. Call for reservations (740) 788-8942 or visit www.davisshaihouse.com for more information.
Count Basie and the Great American Songbook Concert – The Reese Center, Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble Big Band will present a concert titled Count Basie and the Great American Songbook on Sunday, March 13, at 7:00 p.m. The concert will be held in the Alford Performing Arts Hall of the John Gilbert Reese Center on the Newark Campus of The Ohio State University and Central Ohio Technical College. HWE Music Director Dr. Russel Mikkelson, Director of Bands at The Ohio State University, will lead the 20 member ensemble which has a traditional big band instrumentation of five saxophones, five trumpets, five trombones, rhythm section and vocalist Kelly Delaveris. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults are $15, seniors (60+) are $10 and students are $5. For more information visit www.heiseywindensemble.org
Arlo Guthrie – Newark. The Midland Theatre welcomes Arlo Guthrie at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. Born with a guitar in one hand and harmonica in the other, eldest son of Woody Guthrie, folk legend Arlo Guthrie is an artist of international stature. A natural-born storyteller, Arlo mixes tales and anecdotes with iconic hits like The Motor Cycle Song and Alice’s Restaurant, which helped foster a new commitment among the ‘60s generation to social consciousness and activism. Winning a wide, popular following, Arlo has been touring internationally over the last four decades. Visit www.midlandtheatre.org for more information.