Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike- Friday, Feb. 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Experience The Arboretum at night! Kids and adults are welcome to attend one of our most popular programs as we hike through collections, grasslands and woodlands. Night Hikes are for individuals, couples and families. Scout troops and other “groups” are asked to call The Education Department for current program offerings, just for scouts and groups. Free, with donations welcome; meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
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
Teen Art Contest – Licking County Libraries. All students in grades 6-12 are invited to submit an original piece of artwork at any Licking County Library location that represents the Teen Summer Reading theme, “Mysterious Night”! Artwork will be chosen from the submissions to sport some teen summer reading prizes and be used on many of our teen summer reading materials. The Teen Art Contest submission deadline for all artwork is Thursday, March 1, 2012. All submissions will be displayed for public viewing in the Newark Library’s Teen Art Gallery. Prizes will be awarded to all artists whose artwork is chosen by Library Teen Services staff to be placed on summer reading prizes and/or LCL summer reading materials. Pick up a “Mysterious Night” Art Contest guidelines form at any LCL service desk.
Love Your Library Film Festival – Newark. Celebrate “Love Your Library Month” with popcorn, prizes, and three great movies starring LCL’s Teen Film Clubs. The Film Festival will begin Monday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Newark Library’s Meeting Room A with the first movie, Extreme Metamorphosis. The second movie, Circus of Dreams will begin at 4:45 p.m. and the third movie, Pages of Time will begin at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to vote for their favorite movie. All ages are welcome to attend. Free refreshments while supplies last. Don’t miss out on this fun and entertaining event! To learn more please call 740.349.5550.
Art From The Heart – Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology, in partnership with Licking Memorial Hospital, presents Art from the Heart on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Art from the Heart brings fun, heart health activities to kids and adults just in time for Valentine’s Day! Hospital staff will educate visitors about ways to live healthier lifestyles through demonstrations, activities, and healthy snack ideas. Children can also create beautiful pieces of art to be displayed at Licking Memorial Hospital. The Works also invites visitors to visit the Glass Studio during Art from the Heart to create a glass blown heart paperweight for an additional $25 per heart. The Works museum is only open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 11. Visit www.attheworks.org for more information.
Grant Writing Webinar for Nonprofits – Newark. Licking County Library will host a live Foundation Center webinar on Proposal Writing Basics for Nonprofits on Thursday, February 16, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Newark Library, Upper Level Conference Room, 101 West Main Street, Newark. The webinar will be presented and moderated online by Foundation Center staff and will explore the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Participants will learn what to include in a standard proposal, how to make each section stronger, and what funders expect to see in a proposal. Sample proposals will also be reviewed. Participants may stay after the webinar to explore Foundation Directory Online and other Foundation Center resources available at the Newark Library’s grant collection with the assistance of a reference librarian. Registration is required as class size is limited. To register, please contact the library at 740.349.5553 or register in person at the Newark Library.
Pancake Breakfast – Thurston. Join the Thurston-Walnut Township Firefighters Association for breakfast at the firehouse from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 18. 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.
Furniture-Making Talk – Lancaster. Lancaster furniture maker Kerry Pierce will present a lecture at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St., Lancaster on Sunday, February 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The talk, titles “Shop-Making vs. Factory Made,” will explore the use of simple machines in 19th-century furniture-making. Starting in the early 1800s, the use of powered machinery like the circular saw became standard practice even in the most stylish custom shops. Discover the differences between items manufactured by the hundreds in factories and items made one at a time by highly skilled workmen. Pierce will use historic furniture in the collection at the Reese-Peters House as examples during this presentation. Cost is $10 for members of the Center and $12 for non-members. For more information about the Center and to register for the February 27 event, go to decartsohio.org or call (740) 681-1423.
8th Annual Blue Grass Festival Concert – Denison University, Granville. Enjoy the “Bluegrass All Stars,” concert featuring Don Rigsby, Kathy Chiavola, Richard Bailey and Mark Schatz and special guests the Denison University String Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Bluegrass Festival Concert featuring Blue Highway, with Andy Carlson and Casey Cook directing, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive).
Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu
Ohio C&W Association – Newark. The Ohio Country and Western Music Association Newark Chapter meets Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m. at the Grotto Hall 124 Waterworks Road Newark for a Valentine’s celebration. Music, food, drawings, and much more! Call (740) 323-2715 for more information.
Faculty Recitals – Denison University, Granville. Damien Mahiet and guest artist Angela Early, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Tom Carroll, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu
Heisey Wind Ensemble Winter Concert – Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents the third concert of their 2011-12 season on at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, at The Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark/COTC. For this concert the 65 member concert band will be under the direction of Jeffrey Shellhammer. He conducts Capital University’s Wind Symphony and instructs music education classes. For this concert Mr. Shellhammer has selected a nautical themed program titled Sailabration. Tickets are: $15 adults, $10 for seniors (60+) and students $5.
20th Annual River City Blues Competition – Marietta. Ohio’s oldest and largest blues talent competition returns Feb. 17 -18 at the Hotel Lafayette, Marietta. A total of 15 acts are competing for sponsorship to the International Blues Challenge ( IBC). First preliminary ($15 admission) is from 8 -11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17; second preliminary ($20 admission) is from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18; and the finals ($20 admission) are from 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. A weekend pass is $40. Doors open one hour before showtime. For passes, tickets or info call Mary Ann Osborne 304-422-2944 or Peggy at 740-376-0222 (evenings). VISA/ MasterCard/Discover accepted for will call tickets.
“ The Big Easy Minstrel” – Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “The Big Easy Minstrel” at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3, at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium. The minstrel style musical review is directed by Mark A. Severance, and Rodney Helser. Assistant musical director for the second half will be Steve Mohler. In the first half, the chorus and soloists will have a Mardi gras look, and feature New Orleans jazz intermixed with jokes by our endmen and women. The second half includes the Spiritual Choir and various groups either singing or dancing. Everyone participates in the Grand Finale. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets cost $8 and reservations are requested. Call (740) 467-3217 or visit www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com.