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Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.

Tai Chi (Six Class Series) – from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, and February 4 and 11. Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. Tai Chi is designed to increase muscle and cardiovascular strength as well as improve balance, joint flexibility and posture. The fire will be crackling as Sifu Wayne Melton instructs a yang style of movement to help maintain physical as well as mental health. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.

Grafting the Right Way – from 8 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. Cost: Nonmembers – $40; Members – $30. 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.

Tap Your Trees Maple Syrup Workshop – from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 24. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. Join the Granville Kiwanis, syrup producers since 1971, to learn the entire process of making delicious maple syrup. This interactive class explores: techniques for tapping trees; collection, storage and cooking methods; and kits and common household items that are used in maple syruping.

Introduction to Essential Oils – from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. Cost: Non-members – $10; Members – $5. Join Julie Johnson, doTerra® Wellness Advocate, to learn how to safely and effectively use essential oils. Sample and experience their purity and potency and learn how to empower your family with the use of essential oils.

Once in a Blue Moon Hike – from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. A Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. This rare phenomenon occurs only once every few years. Join us for a night hike through the Deep Woods. Stop at the Log Cabin for a roaring fire with hot cocoa and marshmallows. View the spectacular moon through a telescope and learn about the history and folklore behind this unique celestial event.

Fox Frenzy & Coyote Craze: Learn the Facts, Practice the Calls – from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 9. Cost: Nonmembers – $10; Members – $ 5. Join us for an exciting presentation on some of Ohio’s carnivorous canines. Come ready to learn all about foxes and coyotes from a local wildlife expert. We will then venture on a short hike to Arboretum East to call coyotes. Please dress for the weather.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop – from 4 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13 or 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 17. Cost: Non-members – $30; Members – $20. Hypertufa troughs are unique stone-like containers that are fun and easy to make. These sturdy, light-weight containers add extraordinary appeal to the garden. In this class you will learn step-by-step how to create your personal container and the best plants to fill it with in the spring. Space is limited. Please register by Friday, February 9.

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

Granville Farmers Market – Granville. The market is now indoors at the Granville Elementary School auditorium. Hours are 9:30 to noon on Saturdays. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.

Open Gym – Christ United Methodist Church, Baltimore. Christ United UMC will host an open gym in its Family Life Center, 700 S. Main St., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 28 through March 22. Family gym will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Children age 6 and younger must be accompanied by a related adult. Open gym for those who are age 14 and older will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. All participants must complete a permission/waiver form before being allowed to play. Forms are available through the church office, Facebook page and website, and will be available at open gym. Direct questions to the church office at 740-862-4343.

Vietnam War History Lectures – The Works, Newark. This year’s winter lecture series focuses on the Vietnam War, featuring speakers from the Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 55. The free lectures, from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Works, 55 S. 1st St., Newark, are:

• Equipment and materials of the war – Saturday, February 10; and

• The legacies of the war – Saturday, March 17.

Columbus Golf and Travel Show Ohio Expo Center. Central Ohio’s premier winter golf event returns to Columbus January 26 – 28! Attendees will see the east coast’s largest presentation of golf equipment, apparel and accessories all under one roof. In addition to great buys, you can also plan your next golf vacation! Both local and national golf resorts will be on-hand to help with travel plans. Other show features include a 2018 Manufacturers Demo Range, several contest and competitions, stage presentations, celebrity appearances, FREE one-on-one golf lessons and more. All activities are included FREE with admission. A FREE one year subscription to Golf Magazine is also included with admission. Hours:Friday, 1 pm – 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. Cost:Adults $12; Children (under 12) – Free (admission good all three days). For more information visit:

Ohio Log Home and Timber Frame Show – Ohio Expo Center. Have you always dreamed of living in a log or timber frame home or enjoy the rustic lifestyle and simple, elegant furnishings? You are invited to spend time January 26 – 28, with the industry’s top log home and timber frame builders and experts all under one roof at the Ohio Expo Center’s Rhodes Center. Hours: Friday (1 – 7 pm); Saturday (10 am – 6 pm); Sunday (10 am – 4 pm). Cost: Admission – $12; Admission is valid for the duration of the show. For more information visit:

Winterfest – Buckeye Lake. Will Benny the Bass give us some winter relief and predict an early Spring? Come out at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, at the Buckeye Lake Village Hall on Ohio 79 and find out. There will be music to wake you up and the suspense of whether Benny will take the bait for an early Spring or predict six more weeks of winter. Fireworks over the lake from the Fairfield Beach State Park will follow Benny’s prediction. Then head out for a day-long trek around the lake, featuring Open Houses, drink and food specials and live entertainment.

Polar Plunge – Buckeye Lake Winery, Fairfield Beach. Come out Sunday, January 29, at 1 p.m. to take the icy plunge into Buckeye Lake or just to watch the shocked expressions when warm bodies hit icy water. Registration/ Pledge Sheets & donations to the Buckeye Lake Library starts at 11 a.m. followed by costume contest at noon and the icy plunge at 1 p.m. Parking donation benefits the Buckeye Lake Library’s operating expenses.

Night Hike – Owls – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Explore Infirmary Mound Park from 6 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, on a guided night hike. The topics will highlight the world of the owls of Licking County. 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. Recommended age: 5+.

Thursday Night Flicks – Main Library, Newark. Adults are invited to enjoy popcorn while watching a newly-released movie at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 1.

Family Story Time—Buckeye Lake Library. Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 2.

Made From Scratch – Buckeye Lake Library. Made From Scratch is a monthly cooking club where participants have an opportunity to share their favorite dishes and recipes based on the current month’s theme. Bring your completed dish along with list of ingredients to share at noon on Saturday, February 3. February’s theme is Comfort Food Makeovers.

K-pop Teen Dance Club – Hebron Library. Dance with your friends to the latest musical hits from Korea at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3.

Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert – Hebron Library. Do you have a question about technology? Drop in for one-to-one help with technology issues including laptops, smartphones, tablets, Kindles and software at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 5.

Columbus Fishing Expo – Ohio Expo Center. With a jam-packed schedule of educational seminars, speakers and activities, the February 9 – 11, Columbus Fishing Expo will provide an excellent opportunity for anglers of all ages and skill levels to expand their fishing knowledge. Hours: Friday, 12 pm – 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm; and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Cost: General admission at the door (single day) – $12; Advance-sale admission purchased online (single-day) – $10; Three-day pass at the door – $25; and Advance-sale three-day pass purchased online – $20. For more information, visit

Columbus Gun Show – Ohio Expo Center. C & E Gun Shows provides firearm owners and enthusiasts with venues to purchase, trade and sell firearms, ammo, and related merchandise February 10 -11. Hours: Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Cost: $9 adults; children under 12 years of age with supervising adult admitted free. For more information visit C & E Gun Shows

2018 Blaine Wilson Sportsfest – Ohio Expo Center. This year’s Blaine Wilson Sportsfest February 16 – 18, will feature men’s artistic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling as well as women’s artistic gymnastics. Hours: Friday and Saturday – 9 am – 10 pm; and Sunday – 8 am – 8 pm. Cost: Children (4 – 12) $5; Adults, $10; Family (2 Adults, 2 Children), $25; and children under 3- free. For more information visit blainewilsonsportsfest

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