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

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.

Spring Mole Salamander Migration – from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. from February 21 through April 7. While salamanders return faithfully to The Arboretum’s Cypress Swamp each spring, migration only occurs under certain conditions. Migration typically takes place during an early spring rain, though in recent years migration has occurred as early as late winter. Join us for a short presentation and the opportunity to experience this unique phenomenon!Email your name and contact information to in order to sign up to receive an email when conditions are right for migrating salamanders. Further details and a link to register will be provided 1-2 days in advance of the anticipated migration.

Date Night at Dawes: Maple Syrup with a Grown-Up Twist – 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, February 23. Cost: Non-Members – $20; Members – $15. Enjoy a guided, evening tour of the Maple Syrup Trail. Sip on winter beers and warm up by the fire at the Log Cabin. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Maple Syrup Days – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily February 24 through March 4. Learn the history and process of maple sugaring as you meander down the paved trail toward The Arboretum’s Log Cabin.Guided tours of the Maple Syrup Trail will be offered at noon, 1pm and 2pm on February 24, February 25, March 3 and March 4. The guided tours are FREE for members and $2 for non-members. At the end of the guided tour, guests will have a chance to stop inside the Log Cabin where docents will greet you with a warm fire and a taste of syrup as you witness the evaporator at work.Private, group tours can be scheduled February 26- March 2. Contact or 740.323.2355 for pricing and availability.

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

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:

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

The Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show – Ohio Expo Center. Find craftsmen, experts and professionals February 17 -25, from more than 350 companies for every area of your home – inside and out – who you can talk to in person about your home improvement ideas and projects. Explore emerging trends in home design, décor, furnishings, remodeling, gadgets and technologies – plus immerse your senses in 10 spectacular gardens designed by central Ohio’s top landscapers, each based on a popular children’s storybook. You’ll find this is the perfect place to spend a few hours, or the whole day to discover, learn and get a jump on your spring projects list. And you can pick up a FREE reentry pass at the information booth in case you just can’t get everything on your list done in one day. Time: Saturdays (10 am – 8 pm); Sundays (10 am – 6 pm); Monday (10 am – 8 pm); Tuesday (CLOSED); Wednesday Friday (12 pm – 8 pm); Cost: General admission (at the door) – $13; General admission (online in advance) – $10; Children (17 and under) – Free; and $3 off coupons are available at Lowe’s (not valid with any other offer). For more information visit www.Dispatch-

Saturday Morning Hike – Great Backyard Bird CountTaft Reserve – North, Flint Ridge Rd parking lot, Heath. Join us on Saturday, February 17, at 10 a.m. for a hike along the paths and trails of the park district. This month we will be exploring Taft Reserve and counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. The hike will last about an hour and may be moderately strenuous. Please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather.

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

Family Adventures: Camping in the Old Ways James Bradley Senior Center, Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Spend a little or a lot of time at this program from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, that will include demonstrations and ideas for camping and fire making. Old style camping is fun and trains the mind in preparedness for less convenient times outside the home. There will be hands-on fire striking with ferrocerium rods, as well as opportunities to make s’mores.

The Lighthouse 9th Annual Style Show and Luncheon – Lancaster. Emmy Award-winning journalist and 10TV co-anchor, Angela An will be the 2018 Emcee for the Annual Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter Spring Luncheon and Style Show from 12 – 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Lancaster Country Club. Tickets are on sale now! The Lighthouse Shelter has been helping victims of domestic violence for more than 35 years – providing a safe haven, court advocates, and counseling. Preview beautiful spring fashions from local fashion boutiques and to enjoy the latest fashion looks and accessories from Christopher Banks, CJ Banks, JCPenney, A Season in Time, Benesque Boutique, and Cabbie’s. Tickets are $35 and include lunch; call 740-689-2558. Raffle tickets are available for three prizes: $400, $200 gift card, and a Red Star Quilt. You do not have to be present for the three door prizes. All proceeds benefit The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter.

Learn Academic Success Strategies – OSU-Newark. If you or your child struggle to start projects or get thrown off task by an emotional reaction, your exquisitely sensitive nervous system may be partly to blame. To help you gain some insight in to the “secret” workings of the brain and how they influence behavior, The Ohio State University at Newark will be hosting a lecture on March 5, 2018 at 6 p.m. in The John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, Room 126, 1219 University Drive, Newark, Ohio. Leslie Cohen and Antoinette Falco will present Mirror, Mirror: Peering in to Your Secret Brain. The speakers will offer methods to help students (and their parents) succeed and therefore will be particularly useful for parents and teachers as well as those wishing to increase their productivity at work. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Marcy Melanson at RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Field and Stream Outdoor Life Deer and Turkey Expo – Ohio Expo Center. This well-known event March 16 – 18, now in its 26th year, brings activities, free seminars, gear, more than 450 booths, demonstrations, contests, displays and more to the Ohio Expo Center. Hours: Friday – 2 – 9 p.m.; Saturday – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: Adult single-day pass – $14; Adult twoday pass – $22; Military personnel single-day pass (ID required) – $13; Youth (6 – 15) – $5; Children (5 and under) – Free; Hunter education instructor – Free with proof of current certification; CASH ONLY for onsite tickets. For more information visit.


LancasterChorale – Lancaster. Central Ohio’s premier professional chamber choir, will perform a program entitled Symphony of Voices, Choral Landscapes and Transcriptions on Saturday, February 17, and Sunday, February 18. The program explores choral compositions with rich harmonic and textural sonorities, particularly those originally written for orchestra and subsequently transcribed for voices. Barber’s Agnus Dei, drawn from his poignant Adagio for Strings, Elgar’s Nimrod Variation as set to the text Lux aeterna by James Cameron, Vaughan Williams’ lyrical Greensleeves from his orchestral fantasia, and a new transcription of the “chorale” from Holst’s The Planets (“Jupiter”) as set to the text I Vow to Thee, My Country by our Artistic Director, Stephen Caracciolo. Also to be performed is the sumptuous and rarely heard Four Songs for Double Choir Op.141 by Robert Schumann. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2151 Dorset Road, Columbus and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 105 E. Mulberry Street, Lancaster. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. For reduced priced tickets, order online at For phone orders call (740) 687-5855.

Bonnie Bishop – Ohio University Lancaster. Join Bonnie, along with guitarist Ford Thurston at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Ohio University Lancaster’s Wagner Theatre for a memorable evening of dynamic music steeped in soul, blues, rock and country. Born in Cincinnati, Bonnie started out writing and performing more country influenced songs including “Not Cause I Wanted To” recorded by Bonnie Raitt and “The Best Songs Come from Broken Hearts” featured in the ABC hit show, “Nashville”. After taking a break from extensive touring, she went back to school and considered giving up a life in music when Thirty Tigers’ David Macias, and producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton) convinced her that she should make a soul album. It was a decision that would prove to be providential for both Bonnie and her audiences. In 2016, Bonnie released the Cobb produced, “Ain’t Who I Was” marking her triumphant return to a life that she may have once considered leaving behind, but clearly never left her. Tickets are available for $20 at

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