Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Maple Syrup Madness – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays, and 1 – 4 p.m. on Sundays, Feb. 21 – March 8. FREE! Your self-guided tour begins at Main Shelter House. It’s maple sugar time! Discover how sap is collected and processed to produce this scrumptious treat on the selfguided trail. End your journey at the Log Cabin where sap is boiled down and all are given a delicious sample of homemade syrup.
Maple Syrup Public Tours – 2 – 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 28, and March 7. FREE! Departs from the Main Shelter House. Travel back in time on this guided tour as the fascinating history of maple syrup production is revealed. A warm fire, lots of sweet smelling steam, and samples of syrup await visitors at the journey’s end. Groups can book tours through the Education Department, call to set up a tour today!
Landscape Design Certificate: 4-part Series – 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. Cost: $60; Members – $50. In this four-part series, learn from an expert and uncover the secrets to planning and implementing landscape deisgns around your home. The Arboretum’s Director of Landscape Operations guides participants through the fundamentals of landscape design, and provides useful advice with hands-on experience. Once completed, participants will have the knowledge and skill to readily craft their own outdoor spaces. Additional meeting dates are March 14, 28, and April 11, 2015.
Wildlife Structures Workshop: A Home for Eastern Bluebirds – 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Cost: $40; Members $35. Eastern Bluebirds are a familiar and favorite site across Ohio. These cheerful birds grace us with activity all summer long. While they don’t often visit feeders, they are a great prospect for nest boxes. In this workshop, learn the dos and don’ts of box construction and build one to take home.
Second Saturdays Speaker Series: The Landscape and Wildlife of Frontier Ohio – 10 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. FREE! The Ohio countryside has changed dramatically over the past 200 years. Join Bob Glotzhober, Emeritus Curator of Natural History – Ohio History Connection, as he explains the changes in forests, rivers, wetlands, prairies and the plants and wildlife that inhabited them and discuss the impact of these changes.
Night Hike – 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20. FREE! This hike guides participants through several natural areas near wet fields, where the group may catch a glimpse of the Woodcocks’ fascinating courtship display. On the 3rd Friday of each month, join our team of educators and volunteers for a guided hike on our main grounds, after hours. Search for night time critters and look for stars, as daylight fades and your senses change. Each season brings something new to see and hear.
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
Preschool Story Time – Buckeye Lake Library. On Wednesdays thru April 8, children ages 3-5 are invited to join us for a story, snack and craft. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are all welcome. Free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.
Friday Fling – Heritage Hall Senior Center, Newark. Brenda Sue and the Out-of-Towners will perform a country music show at the “Friday Fling” starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27. The onehour show is followed by a hot lunch, 50-50 drawing and door prizes. Tickets for the Fling are $1 and can be purchased through Feb. 20 at the receptionist desk at Heritage Hall, located at 1058 E. Main St.
“Our Ellis Island Ancestors” – Newark. Cindy Thompson presents the Licking County Genealogy Society’s monthly program at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, in the first floor meeting room at the Licking County Library. Free and open to the publc. For more information call the LCGS Library at 740-349-5510.
Empty Bowls – Baltimore. Local churches will be serving a variety of homemade soups, crackers, cookies and beverages from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at the Baltimore VFW, 2155 Baltimore-Reynoldsburg Road. There will be a silent auction of items donated by churches, businesses and individuals. At 6 pm auctioneer Doug Leith will conduct a live auction. New this year will be a Chinese Auction for children. Proceeds help support the Baltimore/Thurston Food Pantry and the Liberty Township Community Chest.
Storytime – Perry County District Library Thornville branch. Story time for you and your little ones begin for five weeks at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 3.
Spring Family Nights – New Lexington Library. A Frozen Family Night Spectacular at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, kick-offs these events, and will include games, crafts, karaoke, refreshments and more…all based on Disney’s Frozen. The evening will be packed with fun for all ages! Family Nights will continue on Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. with a live animal program presented by Marissa Dubina of Realm of the Reptiles (March 10), Act Out Loud with Candace Mazur Darman (March 17), Peeps on Parade (March 24), and the Eric Herman Music Show (March 31).
Tracing your family history – Heritage Hall Senior Center, Newark. Licking County Genealogy Society members will detail how you can trace your family history and information about how the society can help from 10 – 11 a.m. on Monday, March 4. Reservations for this free event are due Feb. 25 and can be made by calling 345-0821 or 1-800- 452-0097 Extensions 212 or 234.
“Licking County’s Role in World War I” – Newark. The Works, in connection with its current World War I exhibit, is presenting a lecture, “Licking County’s Role in World War I,” on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. The lecture will be presented by Doug Stout, coordinator of the “In the Company of Heroes: Licking County Veterans” project. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at The Works Museum, 55 S. 1st Street, Newark.
Gadget Basics – Perry County District Library Thornville branch. This free computer class for adults will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10.
Poetry Contest & Celebration for Grades 7-12 – Newark. April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, Licking County Library is sponsoring a poetry contest for students in grades 7 through 12. Students may submit poems through their teachers, youth workers, or directly to the Library. Judges will be selected from among language arts professionals and librarians in the community. Entries will be accepted from February 16 through March 20, and prize winners will be notified by April 03. Gift cards will be awarded for each of three categories: seventh & eighth grades, ninth & tenth grades, and eleventh & twelfth grades; First Place – $20 gift card, Second Place -$15 gift card, and Third Place – $10 gift card. All entries will be displayed in the lower level of the Main Library after the judging. Prize winners will be recognized and have a chance to read their work at our Poetry Contest Celebration on April 7 at 6:30 pm in the Main Library’s Meeting Room A. Pick up guidelines at the lower level service desk of the Main Library or any other Licking County Library location. Call 740.349.5550 for more information.
Create Glass Blown Eggs – Newark. Sign up to create your own blown glass egg during one of our March Hot Glass Experiences at The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. Dates are Saturdays, March 14, 21, and 28. Select colors of your choice and then receive personal instruction from a professional glass artist who will help you craft a beautiful egg. This hot glass experience is $25 per egg for members of The Works and $35 per egg for non-members. It’s a great way to experience the art of glassblowing! Pre-registration is necessary and can be completed online at www.attheworks.org or by calling 740-349-9277. Payment is required at the time of registration and is non-refundable. Glass will be available for pick-up the following week. Must be nine years old to participate, wear closed-toe shoes, and eye protection during all hot glass experiences.
Ohio Deer & Turkey Expo – Ohio Expo Center. The popular expo returns March 13-15, featuring more than 460 exhibit booths of hunting products, accessories and outdoor lifestyle products. An ‘Ask the Experts’ Info Center will be available. Outdoor Life will hold a trophy whitetail deer contest with entries accepted from noon on Friday, to 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Measuring and scoring will be done by Buckeye Big Buck Club members. . Seminars will be held all three days, ranging from how-to’s on hunting topics, to food plot development and habitat improvement. New products will have a specialty display area, an Outdoor photo contest will be open to amateur photographer attendees, a Trail Camera photo contest is open to everyone, and chainsaw carving demonstrations will be held daily, along with flint knapping. A free one-year subscription to Field & Stream or Outdoor Life is included with paid admission. Hours: Friday – 2 – 9 p.m.; Saturday – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For advance ticket purchase information and all expo details, visit deerinfo.com/Ohio.
Heisey Wind Ensemble Winter Concert – Newark. The Heisey Wind Ensemble presents “A Sousa-Style Spectacular!” at their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, at The Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark/COTC. This concert will be directed by Heisey member Jeffrey D. Shellhammer. Mr. Shellhamer has selected a varied, fast paced program done in the style of the great John Philip Sousa Band concerts of the early 1900’s. Appearing as guest vocalist will be Dr. C. Andrew Blosser of The Ohio State University. He will join the HWE for three selections including “Bring Him Home” from the award winning musical “Les Miserable.” Tickets are only available at the door. Adults are $15, seniors (60+) $10 and students are $5. For more information visit www.heiseywindensemble.org
A Night at the Las Vegas Copa Room – Millersport. Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents the 2015 Minstrel “ A Night at the Las Vegas Copa Room” ( a musical reviewminstrel style) directed by Jill R. Henwood. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at the Millersport Elementary Auditorium, 11850 Lancaster Street. Tickets are $10 and reservations are requested. Call 740-616-4449 or visit www.millersportcommunitytheatre.com for more information.
A Night of One Acts – Baltimore. The Liberty Union-Thurston Middle School Theatre Department presents “A Night of One Acts” Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m. Admission is a donation to the Middle School Drama Department. One act plays include: “Ditzies,” with Lorelei McKinney and Lindsay Robinson; “Trapped,” with Anna Nielsen and Garrick Keiffer; “The Boy Book,” with Ja’Leigh Mummey and Brooke Barnhill; and “Macbeth Mixed Up,” with Savannah Javins, Anabel Barker, Myranda Nye, and Ava Poling.