Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Owl Prowl Night Hike – Friday, Jan. 20, 6 – 8 p.m. Watch a short indoors program on owls and then go on an owl prowl looking and listening for these nighttime creatures! $5/members free, registration required, meet at the Visitors Center.
Grafting the Right Way- Saturday, Jan. 28, 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Arboretum’s propagator, Richard Larson, instructs students on the art and science of grafting to ensure future success in reproducing their own plants. Rootstock and scion wood are provided, though attendees may bring their own scion wood as well. All participants take home their own grafted material to nurture at home. Please note: no class vouchers accepted, $40/$30 members, registration required, meet at the Zand Education 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. More more information visit www.dawes arb.org
AAA Great Vacations EXPO – Columbus. The annual travel show opens Friday, January 20 and runs through Sunday, January 22, at Veterans Memorial in downtown Columbus. Show hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $9 or $6 for any AAA member. Children ages 16 and younger are free. For more information, visit www.AAAGreatVacations.com.
“Antique Treasure Hunt” – Newark. Is it junk, or is it a “jewel?” Is it for real, or is it a reproduction? The Licking County Historical Society is sponsoring an antiques and collectibles appraisal fair from Noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, at the Buckingham Meeting House, Veterans’ Park, 6th Street. Auctioneer, Craig Connelly will evaluate attic and basement “treasures” for a nominal fee of $10 for two items (LCHS members get one item free). The public is invited to bring family heirlooms, garage sale bargains, and flea market finds to this entertaining and informative event. Lunch will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the “treasure hunt” will benefit the Licking County Historical Society. For more information, call 740-345-4898.
Open Studio – The Works, Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology invites the public to drop-in for Open Studio in the museum’s Glass Studio the third Saturday of every month to create glass and art projects. It’s fun for kids and adults of all ages with a variety of projects to choose from including; blown glass paperweight making, fused glass handprints, custom glass jewelry making, pottery painting, and a special art project. No appointment necessary. However, space is limited for blown glass experiences and honored on a first come, first serve basis. Must be at least 9 years of age to participate in paperweight experience. For more details and pricing information, visit attheworks.org or call 740- 349-9277.
The Gifted Brain- New Discoveries in How Smart Kids Learn – Newark. OSU-Newark hosts the presentation by Carol Strip Whitney, Ph.D. and Richard Whitney, M.D. from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. Lunch is provided from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Any who works with or knows a gifted child can benefit from this presentation. To RSVP or for more information, call Virgina Cope, Ph.D. at 740-366-9293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Annual Honoring Traditions Eastern Woodland Native American Celebration – Lancaster. A Native American educational event, bringing Native American culture to the public. Authentic dress, dancing, food, crafts and more at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Jan. 21 – 22, Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., call (740) 304-9720 for more information.
Pancake Breakfast – Thurston. Join the Thurston-Walnut Township Firefighters Association for breakfast at the firehouse from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 21. The menu is sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, coffee, milk, tea and orange juice. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Firefighters will be happy to answer any questions about the department or your health. T-shirts and reflective address signs will be available for purchase. Pick-up orders are welcome. Call 740-862-6542.
Family Astronomy – Granville. Families are invited to join Ohio Nature Education from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, as we explore astronomy with both outdoor(weather permitting) and indoor hands on activities. Dress appropriately for both. We’ll have a telescope and binoculars for stargazing. For ages 8 and up. FREE, in the Bradley Center at Licking Park District’s Infirmary Mound Park located south of Granville on Ohio 37.
Helping the American Kestrels – Newark. Join longtime conservationist Dick Tuttle from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, as he introduces us to the family life of Ohio’s smallest falcon, conservation techniques and shares his work of monitoring kestrel nest boxes. LIVE kestrels on display. Teens and up. $5 per person at the William C Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Rd., Newark.
Coyotes – Newark. Join Marne Titchenell OSU Extension Program Specialist from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 28, as we explore the world of the coyote and where they come from, what they eat and should we fear them. We’ll also discuss how to avoid conflict with them and what to do if you see one. $10 per family/$3 per individual at the William C Kraner Nature Center, 10380 Fairview Rd., Newark.
Preschool Story Time – Buckeye Lake. Join us at the new Buckeye Lake Library at 11 a.m. every Monday beginning January 30 for a story craft and snack. The program for children ages 3-5 years old runs through Monday, April 2.
Teen Games Night – Buckeye Lake. Join us at the new Buckeye Lake Library from 5 – 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month for Teen Games Night. There will be a variety of games for teens in grades 6-12 to play plus snacks.
Library Ladies Book Club – Buckeye Lake. Each month we read a book and share our written. No meetings; just great reading. Titles are: January – Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah; February – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and March – The Book of Hours by T. Davis Bunn.
Wild Game Dinner – Hebron. Hebron Church of the Nazarene hosts its second annual Wild Game Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, at the church (115 Cumberland St.). Plenty of food (including non-game), door prizes and fun. Adults $10 and children ages 5-12, $5, with under 5 free.
“Money, Money, Money” – Newark. Want to start the New Year by learning how to open checking and savings accounts? Interested in learning how to plan and stick to a budget? The Newark Library invites students in grades 6-12 to join us for “ Money, Money, Money” in the Teen Art Gallery on January 26, 2012. Starting at 4:30, Park National Bank representatives will share some practical money tips and distribute handouts to help. Directly following “Money, Money, Money”, we will have a Teens Advise the Library meeting, which will end at approximately 5:45. No materials are required. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up by visiting the Newark Library at 101 West Main Street in Newark or calling 740.349.5550.
The Trouble with Cats – Newark. Licking County Players’ opens 2012 examining The Trouble with Cats by Gary Ray Strapp. Surprisingly, this show has little to do with felines. Although the pet of the house keeps disappearing, the main recipe for this comedy is the various personalities responsible for cat-sitting. A beautiful lakefront home is available for vacationers, but it is double-booked by the homeowner. Tickets are available online day or night at lickingcountyplayers.org or call our Box Office at 740-349-2287. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 7 to 9pm during performance weeks. Single ticket prices are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and students. Performances are at 8 p.m. on January 12-14 and 19-21. Matinee performances are at 2 p.m. on Sundays, January 15 and 22. All performances are located in a cozy 100-seat theatre at 131 West Main Street in downtown Newark. Check out our website www.lickingcountyplayers.org .
The Amazing Kreskin – Newark. The Amazing Kreskin will be performing at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, at the historic Midland Theatre, in downtown Newark. With a showman’s flair, a comedian’s wit, and the capacities of a bona fide Mentalist or thought reader, The Amazing Kreskin has, for five decades, dramatized the unique facets of the human mind, his own! His very name has become an integral part of pop culture throughout the world, invoked in comedy clubs, comic strips, print stories, and TV shows. Ticket prices: $30, $25, $20, $15 and $ 10. To purchase 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, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before the performance. Please add $3 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.
The Nobodies of Comedy – Newark. Comics The Nobodies of Comedy will be performing at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 27, at the historic Midland Theatre, in downtown Newark. Get ready for a night of incredible comedy starring the funniest comics you’ve never heard of. We have scoured the country for the most talented rising stars in stand-up and we’ve rolled them into a night of comedy you’ll never forget. No over-hyped celebrities, no supersized ticket prices, just an amazing night of comedy starring the Nobodies of Comedy! Don’t let the name fool you. These young comics have paid their dues. They have worked every major club in the country and have been seen on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central. They’re not household names (yet), but they’re hip, young, and hilarious. Tickets prices are $25, $18 and $12. To purchase tickets, call 740/345- LIVE (5483), visit www.midlandtheatre.org , or stop by The Midland box office at 36 North Park Place, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or one hour before the performance. Add $3 to each ticket for handling and historic preservation fees.