Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Fall Festival & Plant Sale – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. FREE! Celebrate the harvest season with a family event featuring hands-on apple cider making, guided wagon tours, storytelling, a plant sale, tours of the newly expanded Learning Garden and presentations featuring an animal ambassadors from Ironwood Wolves.
Creatures of the Night Halloween Walk – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27. Cost: Non-members – $7; Members – $5. Celebrate Halloween with this family-friendly night hike. We will travel around the grounds in search of Ohio’s most notorious nocturnal animals, so come ready for excitement and fun. Staff will assist the group in calling for owls, listening for bats and much more! There will be moderate walking during this program, so be sure to wear good outdoor shoes and dress for the weather.
Thanksgiving Wreath Workshop – 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 4. Cost: Non-members – $40; Members – $30. Create a beautiful wreath to decorate your entrance for the Thanksgiving season. Let natural materials spark your creativity to create your own unique look. All materials will be provided; please choose between a rustic or glittery look for your creation.
Speaker Series: Lighten Up for the Holidays – 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 11. Recommended donation is $2 per person. Shari Gallup from the OSU Extension Office will share practical ways to lighten up your favorite recipes for a healthier holiday season.
Clay Victorian Holiday Ornaments – from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 11. Cost: Non-members – $30; Members – $25. Paint and decorate a trio of ornaments to adorn your holiday display. These Victorian-inspired decorations are hand-crafted by local clay artist, Mary Grace Robertson. You’ll take home a star, a snowflake and a cone, perfect for displaying springs of greenery or flowers.
Grafting the Right Way – from 8 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, November 17. Cost: Nonmembers – $40; Members – $3. In this hands-on workshop, The Arboretum’s Propagator instructs participants on the art and science of grafting to ensure future success in reproducing plants at home. Rootstock and scion wood are provided; attendees may bring their own scion wood, if appropriate rootstock is available. All participants take home their own grafted material to nurture. This workshop is appropriate for ages 14 and above. Children must be supervised by an adult.
Green Friday Walk – from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, November 24. Don’t sit around or go holiday shopping – relax outdoors on a nice leisurely stroll as you walk off all the turkey, stuffing and pie you enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day! Traverse paved and unpaved trails as well as uneven terrain with the Executive Director, Luke Messinger. Dress for the weather. This program is free however we do request registration.
A Landscape for the Ages – from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. Cost: Nonmembers – $10; Members – Free. There are sometimes events that change the course of things for many years. What are some events that have occurred in the past that have helped evolve The Dawes Arboretum into the institution it is today? This PowerPoint lecture will cover collection history and development, storms, insect invasions and other factors that have had, or could have, great impact in the future development of The Arboretum.
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.dawesarb.org
Granville Farmers Market – Granville. Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.
All American Quarter Horse Congress – Ohio Expo Center. Columbus’ largest annual convention and the world’s largest single-breed horse show returns for its 51st annual legendary event October 3 – 29. The show receives more than 23,500 horse show entries and will house more than 7,000 registered American Quarter Horses during its four-week schedule. Hours: Trade show (begins Oct. 6) – 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily; Other activities – all hours. Cost: $25 per vehicle per day; $70 per vehicle for the entire event. Daily parking on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays is only $15. For more information visit Quarter- HorseCongress.com
New Moon Family Hike – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Explore Infirmary Mound Park on a guided family night hike from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19. The topics will highlight the world of the night creatures of Licking County, focusing on the senses they use at night. The hike will begin at Shelter 6, and be followed by s’mores at the campfire near the arena area. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather. We hope to see you under the New Moon!
Harvest Festival – Buckeye Lake Library. Join us at noon on Saturday, October 21, for a community harvest celebration with pony rides, a petting zoo, a mini corn maze, food, prizes and more. Come dressed in family friendly costumes!
Howl-o-Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Calling all dogs and their humans to join us from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 21! Get your costumes ready! We will have sheep herding demonstrations, an optional parade (walk) through Infirmary Mound Park, followed by the dog costume contest at the dog park. There will be vendors, a bounce house for the kids, treats for the whole family, and plenty of time for dogs to play in our 4 acre dog park! We will be joined by The Licking County Dog Shelter and The Licking Humane Society, who will have adoptable dogs. Newark Veterinary Hospital will be on hand to offer nail trimmings and microchipping. Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs. Polite, leashed dogs welcome.
Costume contest entries are encouraged to register through our website prior to the event. Guest judges will decide the winners of categories including: Most Humorous, Best Owner/Dog Combo, Most Original, Best Small, and Best Large Dog. Costume entries can enter TWO categories.
11:30 am: Sheep Herding Demonstration
12 pm: Dog parade (walk) through the park
12:30 pm: Sheep Herding Demonstration
KPop – Hebron Library. Join your friends in Grades 6-12 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 and dance to the latest musical hits from Korea.
Halloween Canned Food Drive – Hebron. The Lakewood High School National Honor Society is having their annual Halloween Canned Food Drive from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in front of Clay’s Café in Hebron. The cans collected will be donated to help local food pantries and the school’s Lancer Locker that provides food and supplies to students. We will also be walking door-to-door asking for donations of canned goods. Hope you stop by!
“A Haunted Happening” – Newark. Join the Licking County Historical Society for some old-fashioned Halloween fun for the whole family from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at the historic Buckingham Meeting House, located in the Old Graveyard (today known as Veterans’ Park – 5 N. Sixth Street, Newark). Witches and ghosts will be haunting about, and you may even bump into a ghoul or two. Start the evening by enjoying a hearty soup supper prepared by Let Me Do It! Catering, then try your hand at games of skill (pin the tail on the cat, “bobbing” for apples, tombstone toss, and more!) for a chance to win a prize. Sit for a spell to hear a spooky ghost story that is sure to make your spine tingle, or have your fortune told by a travelling gypsy who specializes in palm reading and futures told. Cost is $7 per person, or $3 for children 10 & younger. Costumes are encouraged, reservations are appreciated! Call 740-345-4898 to make a reservation or for more information.
“Celebrating Community” – Baltimore. The Baltimore-Thurston Ministerial Association presents its second annual Community Resource Fair, “Celebrating Community,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Family Life Center at Christ United Methodist Church, 700 S. Main St. The free event provides an opportunity for area residents to learn about services and opportunities offered through faith-based and civic initiatives, and to find ways to connect with local efforts of caring for one another and the world. The fair will highlight resources, groups, outreach and ministries that help meet needs of people of all ages, and will include hands-on activities for children as well as refreshments. Youth looking for community service opportunities and retirees interested in finding new purpose will find options for getting involved. Civic and church groups who would like to be represented at the fair may contact Holly Fackler at 419-564- 0964 or email@example.com, or Darcy Soliday at 740-862-4343.
Free Deer Field Dressing Workshop – Columbus. Hunters interested in learning to field dress and butcher their own white-tailed deer are encouraged to attend a free informational workshop provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife on Wednesday, November 8. Trained professionals will cover topics such as field dressing, skinning and butchering deer.
The workshop will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Wildlife District One Office, located at 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, 43215. The workshop is free of charge. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Register by calling Derek Klein at 614-644-3925, or email Derek.Klein@dnr.state. oh.us The course takes place outdoors and is hands on. Please dress appropriately for the workshop and for the weather.
Dion Pride – Ohio Valley Opry, McConnelsville. Dion Pride is special guest at the Ohio Valley Opry for two shows, 4 and 8 p.m., on Saturday, October 21, at the Twin City Opera House in historic downtown McConnelsville. Dion Pride connects with crowds of all types and works feverishly through his performances to win over crowds of all ages. Dion is the son of legendary Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride. Dion is also a songwriter and multi-talented instrumentalist. He plays guitar, piano, drums, and bass and has been performing since he was fourteen. With his impressive talent, honest heart and dedication, Dion Pride is leaving his own mark on country music. Also appearing on the show will be the Ohio Valley Opry regulars, including The Clark Family, Beth Sigler Bigham, Matt Coleman, Tai Ray, Mike Morrison, and special guest, Kaye Fouss.
Tickets are $20, $15, and $12 and are available online at www.OhioValleyOpry.com, or by calling 740/525.9218.
“Blood Brothers” – Weathervane Playhouse, Newark. Weathervane Playhouse presents “Blood Brothers” at 7 p.m. on Thursday October 19, Friday October 20, Saturday October 21, Thursday October 26, Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 29. Willy Russell’s “Blood Brothers” is the riveting and heartbreaking musical that tells the unforgettable story of the Johnstone twins. Separated at birth when their mother cannot afford to keep them both, Mickey and Edward grow up streets apart, becoming best friends but never knowing the truth of their heritage. The prophecy that twins who are separated at birth will die on the day they find out their heritage brings this stunningly crafted musical to its shattering, but inevitable, conclusion. Individual tickets are available online or at the Box Office. Individual ticket rates are $35 for adults, $33 for senior citizens, $24 for students with ID and $15 for children (12 and younger). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.weathervaneplayhouse.org or call 740-366-4616. Weathervane Playhouse is located at 100 Price Road in Newark, Ohio 43055.