Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Night Hike: Wildlife in Winter – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19. FREE. Do you ever wonder where wildlife goes when winter hits and how they survive harsh weather conditions? Meet at the Visitors Center for a brief presentation on hibernating animals, then follow our staff into the night to locate the habitats where wintering animals survive.
Homeschool Investigations: Elementary – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6. $5 per student. Wonderful Wiggly Worms; Explore a worm bin, have worm races and learn about our fa- vorite decomposers. Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each 90-minute session begins in the Discovery Center (unless noted otherwise) and includes a handson science study correlated with Ohio Learning Standards. Sessions are for ages 6 to 10 and cost $5 per student. Classes are typically held the first and third Tuesday of the month from September through April.
5 -Part Beginner’s Yoga Series – 6 – 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5. Cost $50 for adults ($40 for members). If you have a resolution to get fit, feel better, or ease tension, an opportunity awaits you! In this beginner-focused workshop, learn the basics of yoga techniques including breathing and introductory postures.
Preschool Storybook Science – 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8. FREE. Preschoolers explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting as only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science for children ages three to five and their special caregivers. Join us on this day as we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Second Saturdays Speaker Series: Memories of the Pure Oil Company – 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10. FREE. Listen to a presentation about the gas station chain The Pure Oil company and its connections to Arboretum cofounder, Beman Dawes. Guests have an opportunity to look at a display of artifacts and discuss personal memories of the Pure Oil stations in Licking County.
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
Wildlights – Columbus Zoo. It’s our biggest, brightest, most memorable Wildlights yet! All your Wildlights favorites will be here, as well as a few new ones. You can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, tour the Global Celebrations Village in Asia Quest, as well as ride the Bob Evans Polar Bear Express. New attractions this season include: Electric Yultide – Experience the spectacular display of lights set to the sound of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (shows every 30 minutes starting at 5:45); and Holiday Magic – An animated light show presented by Disney on Ice (shows every 30 minutes starting at 6 p.m.). Celebrate your holiday tradition with us while surrounded by the magical, twinkling flow of three million lights. Hours: Sundays thru Thursday – 5-9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays – 5-10 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. For more information visit www.columbuszoo.org
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. The market has moved indoors from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Granville Elementary School. There will be no market on Saturday, Dec. 27.
Storybook Christmas – Zanesville. More than 50 attractions and businesses in Zanesville, New Concord and Dresden have chosen their favorite storybooks and have decorated with that theme in mind. The holiday booklet is available at www.visitzanesville.com Stop by the light and music show 6 to 9 p.m. nightly Dec. 3 to Jan. 4, at the Muskingum County Courthouse in downtown Zanesville.
Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show – Columbus. The Columbus show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, features over 100 local vendors who hand-make each item. Handmade items in the show range from jewelry, clothing to home décor. The Show will be held at St. Agatha Church (Parish Hall) – 1860 Northam Road, Columbus, 43221. Admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pets Without Parents, a non-profit, no-kill, all-breed shelter for cats and dogs, which places each pet into a loving, permanent home.
Licking Valley Holiday Church Tour – Hanover. Enjoy a tour of four churches decked out in their Christmas glory starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21. Each church will feature something unique to them as well as a personal tour and refreshments. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Each person attending will have a chance to put their name in at each chapel for one grand door prize. Tickets may be purchased in advance at participating churches or at the door. Contact Luellen Deeds at (740) 349-7502 for more information.
Live Nativity – Glenford. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 127 Mill Street, Glenford, will host a live nativity from 6 – 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21, featuring live animals, music, Scripture reading, refreshments, luminaries and a bonfire. Everyone is welcome. FREE. Canned food donations will be accepted for the Glenford Food Pantry.
Live Nativity – Hebron. Experience the true meaning of Christmas at Hebron New Life United Methodist Church’s live nativity from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 925 West Main St. Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 7 p.m.
“Let’s Have a Blast Magic Show” – Newark. Erica Carlson will perform fun magic with her sidekick Sedgewick the Hedgehog from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday December 27, at the Main Library in downtown Newark. For ages 2 – 7. Free! No registration is needed.
Jesus Christ Superstar – Newark. Weathervane Playhouse brings the passionate rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” to its stage Dec. 18 – 28. Show times are Dec. 18, 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.; Dec. 26 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 27 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $30 for adults, $28 for senior citizens, $23 for season subscribers, $20 for students with ID, and $12 for children (12 and younger). For more information visit weathervaneplayhouse.org