Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
ART Series-Drawing Series, Thursdays, February 7, 14 & 21, 6 – 8 p.m. Visitors Center – $60/$50 members, reservations required Join Art Educator Jennilyn Haer in a three-session drawing class. Learn the basic skills of drawing-the elements and principles of design, shading techniques and how to portray value. Through supportive guidance, each class will offer warmup exercises and a different focus of observational drawing. Pencils will be provided, but please bring an 18” x 24” drawing pad.
Night Hike-”Love” in the Canine World – Friday, February 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Visitors Center/ Outdoors-$5/free for members. Celebrate with that special someone and learn about Ohio’s wild canines. Red and Gray Fox, as well as Coyote, all call The Arboretum home. February marks the peak breeding time for these creatures. After a brief indoor discussion, participants hike and attempt to “call in” some of these seldom seen predators. Both fox species and coyote respond to taped small mammal calls such as a “squealing” rabbit. Please note, sounds may be too intense for young children.
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.dawes arb.org
Granville Winter Farmers Market – Granville. The Granville Farmers Market, a favorite summer event, continues again this year every Saturday (except Dec. 29) with the Winter Farmers Market! Every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Winter Farmers Market takes place at the Granville Elementary School. Enter from the Sunrise Street entrance and park in the school parking lot.
Free President’s Day (Feb. 18) Admission – Columbus Zoo. Don’t worry about the cold. There are a variety of indoor attractions where guests can take a tropical vacation at Discovery Reef and Manatee Coast, say G’Day to some animals from down under at Bob & Evelyn’s Roadhouse, meet the gorillas in the African Forest, slither on over to the reptile building, and explore Asia Quest including a visit with the elephants. Many animals thrive in the cold weather including polar bears Aurora and Anana who can be seen swimming year round in pool water maintained with geothermal energy at a comfortable 40-65 degrees. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open every day through February from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone gets in free on Monday, Feb. 18. There will be a parking charge per car. Admission is 50 percent off daily in February.
Boy Scout Day! – William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Troops or individual boy scouts are invited to join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, as we meet most of the requirements for the Bird Study Merit Badge. Activities include a close-up view and study of some of our live birds of prey. $6 per scout. Call or email to register: email@example.com or 740 967-8320.
Astronomy Night – William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join the Central Ohio Astronomical Society(COAS) for their monthly meeting and program at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, as they discuss the latest news in astronomy. They’ll have telescopes set up for star gazing, weather permitting. Free!
Great Backyard Bird Count – William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Help from Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, count the birds outside of the nature center to report to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Don’t have binoculars? We’ll lend you a pair! Free!
Antique Bottle and Fruit Jar Show -Ohio Expo Center. Serious collectors, glassware enthusiasts and antique lovers will love the bottles, stoneware and small table- top antiques available from more than 130 vendors at this one-day show on Saturday, Feb. 16. Admission: Early Bird (7 a.m. – 9 a.m.) -$25 and after 9 a.m. – $2.
Ghost Hunting – Newark. Come Ghost Hunting with the Licking County Historical Society in Veterans’ Park on Friday, February 22 at 8:30 PM. Spend the night with paranormal search team, GEMIN(EYE), and explore the haunted Sherwood-Davidson House and Buckingham Meeting House. Cost is $50 per person ($35 for LCHS members) Includes investigation of both houses and refreshments. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED (Limited to 20 people). Call 740-345-4898.
18th Annual All Mopar Winter Swap Meet – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. Ohio’s largest one-day indoor Mopar only swap meet and outdoor car corral is back from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Adults – $6; Youth (12 and under) – Free. For more information visit www.mopowernow.com
Central Ohio Home and Garden Show – Ohio Expo Center, Columbus. The annual Central Ohio Home & Garden Show returns Feb. 23 – March 3, featuring seminars, vendors and fantastic ideas for all aspects of home improvement and gardening, ranging from decks to spas to landscaping. Hours: Saturdays (10 a.m. – 8 p.m.); Sundays (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.); Tuesday – Friday (Noon – 8 p.m.); and closed on Monday. Adults – $12; Children (12 and under) – Free. For more information visit www.dispatchevents.com
Lego Fun- Newark. Show your creativity with Lego (r) bricks on from 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, at Licking County Library’s downtown Newark Library. This free activity is for children in grades K – 5. Registration is required. Call 349.5550 for more information.
Drugstore Savings Secrets Workshop – Newark. Licking County Library is offering a Drugstore Savings Secrets workshop from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m. on Monday, February 25, at the Newark Library, 101 West Main. The event is free and open to the public. Lynette Rice of CleverlySimple.com will show how to take full advantage of the rewards programs offered by drugstores, begin to shop for free, and even understand how to make shopping profitable. Participants will receive a comprehensive overview of best shopping practices for CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid and will leave the workshop ready to grow stockpiles of toiletries, cleaning products, household goods, and even food. Registration is requested as seating is limited. Register online at http://www.cleverlysimple.com/ savingsnation/ or call the Newark Library at 740.349.5553.
February music events – Denison University, Granville. The following music events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.denison.edu
• Granville-Tutti Music Festival Concert I, “Asian Inspirations” featuring Kia-Hui Tan, violin, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West College Road).
• Granville-Tutti Music Festival Concert II, at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West College Road).
• Granville-Tutti Music Festival Concert III featuring Mayumi Hama and Chris Froh, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West College Road).
• Granville-Tutti Music Festival Concert IV at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Knapp Performance Space (300 Ridge Road).
• Granville-Tutti Music Festival Concert V, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West College Road).
• Granville-Tutti Music Festival Concert VI, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West College Road).
• Granville-Tutti Music Festival Concert VII featuring Pittsburgh
New Music Ensemble, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive).
• Granville-Faculty Recital with Tom Carroll, guitar, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West College Road).
“Swinging Through The Years” – Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre presents its 2013 Minstrel “Swinging Through The Years” directed by Julie Whetstone. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street, Millersport. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $8 and reservations are requested. Call (740) 503-1365 or visit www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com.