Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Preschool Storybook Science – from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, September thru May. See the schedule below. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting only The Dawes Arboretum can provide. Each 45-minute session may include songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and a hands-on science activity suitable for children ages 3 – 5 and their caregiver. Free; donations appreciated. Registration is not required. Upcoming Sessions:
Fall Series Titles -Autumn Animals
10/11 Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
10/25 Be Nice to Spiders
11/8 Animal Houses
Winter Series Titles – Winter Wildlife
12/13 Curious Critters Ohio
1/10 Bear Snores On
1/24 A Loud Winter’s Nap
2/14 Owl Babies
2/28 A Tree for Me
Beginner Tai Chi Chuan – from 1 – 2 p.m. on Sundays, starting September 16 and running through October 28 (no session on Sunday, October 7). Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help improve balance, joint flexibility and posture and support mental health. This class focuses on basic Tai Chi skills along with completion of the Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style). Basic warm-ups start the class with a new portion taught each week. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.
Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan – from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sundays, starting September 16 and running through October 28 (no session on Sunday, October 7). Cost: Non-members – $65; Members – $55. Tai Chi is designed to help increase muscle and cardiovascular strength; help improve balance, joint flexibility and posture and support mental health. This class focuses on advanced warm-ups, the complete Modified Tai Chi Chuan Short Form (Yang Style) from the beginner’s class and additional Qi Gong exercises. Students are required to complete the beginner class at least once prior to participating in the intermediate class. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Fee includes 6 sessions.
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.Columbus’ largest annual convention and the world’s largest single-breed horse show returns for its 52nd annual legendary event through October 28. The show receives more than 24,500 horse show entries and will house more than 7,000 registered American Quarter Horses during its four-week schedule. Hours: Trade show – 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily; Other activities – all hours.Price: $25 per vehicle per day; $75 per vehicle for the entire event. Daily parking on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays is only $15. For more information visit QuarterHorseCongress.com .
Fairfield County Fair – Lancaster. It’s called “The Last and Best Fair” in Ohio. The 168th Annual fair runs October 7 – 13. Hours: Sunday: Gates open at noon; and Monday – Saturday: Gates open at 7 a.m. Admission: 10 years old and over: $5; Anyone 9 years and under: FREE. Rides operate: Thursday – Friday – 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Grandstand entertainment (some shows have an additional admission charge): Friday – Auto Demolition Derby at 7:30 p.m. (admission charge); and Saturday – Auto Demolition Derby at 7:30 p.m. (admission charge). For more information visit http://www.fairfieldcountyfair.org
Homeschool Happenings – Art and the Environment – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville.Homeschool Happenings programs are designed for ages 7 – 12 and run from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Wednesday (October 10) of the month unless otherwise noted. The typical program includes interactive and outdoor activities (weather permitting), crafts and games. Students may reserve a spot by calling 740-587-2535. We encourage this to be a drop off program. Meet at the James Bradley Senior Center.
Harvest Moon Rendezvous – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Bring your family to experience what life was like and see actors in period dress from the 1840s. Featured will be settlers, craftsmen, shooters, buckskinners and other re-enactors. Wander through the encampment to experience the sights, food aromas, and sounds of ages past. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13; and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, October 14.
Harvest Moon Family Festival – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Bring the whole family from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, to celebrate fall with the Licking Park District. The Harvest Moon Festival will feature pumpkin painting, crafts, artists, carriage rides, children’s activities, a petting zoo, a food truck, and more! There will be many photo opportunities to catch your family having a blast!
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival – Waynesville. The 49th Annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival will be held along the historic Main Street in Waynesville, on Saturday, Oct. 13 (9am-8pm) and Sunday, Oct. 14 9am – 6pm. It serves as a major fundraising event for many of the area’s civic and charitable groups. The festival is one of the largest arts and crafts shows in America featuring over 400 selected craft vendors from over 25 states, music, entertainment … and sauerkraut. There will be over 30 non-profit food vendors serving over 11 tons of Sauerkraut served in a variety of traditional and non-traditional ways. The festival will be featuring entertainers such as the Michelle Robinson Band, Streetwise, Twenty-Gour/Seven Band, and Timestamp.The Sauerkraut Festival is free. Parking is located at the High School, with free shuttle service to and from Main St. For more information visit www.sauerkrautfestival.com
Behind the Science – The Works, Newark. The presentations are FREE to Works members and just $10 for non-members to attend. Presentations are scheduled for the third Thursday of the month. Currently scheduled are:
- October 18 – Our Dynamic Earth by Luke Messinger, The Dawes Arboretum. What would life be like without plants? Not possible. Find your roots and discover how life as we know it depends on our photosynthetic friends.
- November 15 – Secrets of the Spider Web by Dr. Todd Blackledge, University of Akron. Stronger than steel and more elastic than a rubber band, spider silk has applications from medicine to the military. Join the real-life Spider Man and discover the amazing biology of spiders and their silk.
- December 20 – Your Place in the Universe byDr. Paul Sutter, The Ohio State University . How is a galaxy billions of lightyears away connected to us? Is our home nothing more than a tiny speck of blue in an ocean of night? Join cosmologist Paul Sutter on an exciting quest to understand our big, messy existence.
Presentations run from 6 to 7 p.m. Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call Guest Services at 740-349-9277 or visit www.attheworks.org.
Howl-O-Ween! – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Calling all dogs and their humans! Get your costumes ready! Come out to Informary Mound Park from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. 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 four-acre dog park! 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.
New Moon Family Hike – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Explore Infirmary Mound Park from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23, on a guided family night hike. 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!
Teen Halloween Paint the Parks – Infirmary Mound Park. Come explore your creative side frpm 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the night’s painting. Our price includes: pizza, candy, and all painting supplies. $25 fee; advance registration is required. For ages 13-17.
Coshocton Crush Wine Trail Event – Coshocton area. The eight partners of The Three Rivers Wine Trail will present the Coshocton Crush Wine Trail Event from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. on Fridays, November 2 and 9, and Saturdays, November 3 and 10. “Guests will enjoy the fall season and beautiful scenery while tasting a variety of different wines, beer and spirits,” said Mindy Brems, Executive Director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau. The partners are Baltic Mill Winery, Heritage Vineyard Winery & Guesthouse, Indian Bear Winery & Lodge, Killbuck Creek Distillery, Rainbow Hills Winery and Inn, Raven’s Glenn Winery & Restaurant, Wooly Pig Farm Brewery and Yellow Butterfly Winery. “Our Wine Trail is unique because it includes a brewery and a distillery in addition to the six wineries. There’s something for everyone!” said Brems. Advance tickets are required and are on sale now. Participants must be 21 and have proof of age at each location. Tickets are $40 per person, and include exclusive tastings at all eight locations, visits with the winemakers, brewers and distillers, and a special handmade gift. A $25 ticket is available for Designated Drivers, and will include non-alcoholic beverages in place of the wine, beer and spirits samples. Tickets may be purchased at ThreeRiversWineTrailOhio.com. For more information go to www.Threeriverswinetrailohio.com or call the Coshocton Visitors Bureau at (740) 622-4877.
Stop the Bleed Training – Union Township Complex, Hebron. Learn how to save a life with Stop the Bleed training. If you operate power equipment, particularly a chainsaw or other cutting device, this training, sponsored by Hebron Fire and EMS, could save your life. This free training, presented by trauma specialists from Ohio Health, runs from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7. For more information and to register contact Stacey Wickam at Stacey.firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-566-9808. Walk-ins are also welcome. The Union Township Complex is located at 1380 Beaver Run Road, Hebron.
Ohio National Poultry Breeders Show – Ohio Expo Center.
The Ohio National Poultry Breeders Show features approximately 5,000 birds and their dedicated owners in this extensive national show November 10 – 11. Hours: Saturday: 7 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 7 am – 10:30 am. Admission $5. For more information visit http://www.ohionational.org
Twig Bazaar – Ohio Expo Center. 96th Annual Twig Bazaar returns Sunday, November 11. One day only! You won’t want to miss more than 200 tables of handmade crafts, and can feel great about your purchases – all proceeds benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital! Hours: 10 am – 3 pm
Price: Free (Early admission passes available for $25 donation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital). For more information visit nationwidechildrens.org
Mid-Ohio Cluster Dog Show – Ohio Expo Center. This confirmation show November 15 – 18, sponsored by four kennel clubs, will include approximately 2,000 dogs each day, representing more than 150 breeds, from all over the United States and Canada. Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 8 am – 5 pm.
Price: Thursday and Friday – Free; Saturday and Sunday – Adults – $5, Children (under 12) – $2; Seniors – $3; Family (Two adults and any number of children) – $12. For more information visit http://centralohiokennelclub.com
Christmasfair – Ohio Expo Center. Christmas Fair returns for its 31st year November 17 – 18. Christmasfair is a holiday market featuring 150 artists and crafters with unique, handcrafted items….pottery, folk art, paintings, stained glass, jewelry, photography and much, much more. 2017 is the 31st year for Christmasfair! It’s the perfect place to find unique, made in America gifts and items for your home. Hours: 10 am – 5 pm. Admission: $6. For more information visit http://christmasfairartsandcrafts.com/
Dragon Lights Columbus – Ohio Expo Center. Dragon Lights returns November 23 – January 6, 2019. It is an International touring exhibit that has played to millions of guests around the world. This amalgamation of light, art and entertainment is intended to thrill, educate, and illuminate the guests. Dragon Lights is an opportunity to explore both the ancient culture of China while learning about China today. In 2018, the Ohio Chinese Lantern festival is returning with bigger and brighter displays under its new brand name Dragon Lights. 2018 features 100% NEW Displays and Entertainment.
Price: Onsite Box Office Hours nightly from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm; performances are included in festival admission. Ticket outlets: online, at the door, and CAM International Market – no advance purchase is necessary. Dragon Lights is an outdoor walk-through experience, but nightly performance, marketplace and food court will be indoor.
- Adults – $17 in advance; $19 at the door
- Youth (5 -16) – $12 in advance; $14 at the door
- Kids (4 and under) – Free
- Military (with ID) – $14 in advance; $16 at the door
- Senior (65+) – $14 in advance; $16 at the door
- Family Four Pack (2 adults and 2 youth tickets only) – $50 in advance; $55 at the door
- Discounts – Visit www.DragonlightsColumbus.com for information about additional discounts
Hours: 5:30 pm -10 pm Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Monday’s except for December 24 and December 31); performance times: Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 pm and 8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm. For more information visit www.DragonlightsColumbus.com
Ohio Ford Expo – Ohio Expo Center. The giant all Ford Swap Meet and Car Corral returns November 24 & 25. Browse acres of Ford Motor Company products and related parts – new, used, aftermarket, Mustang, 5.0, 4.6, high-performance, classic, restoration, literature, NOS, trim, vintage, collectibles, die-cast and Fords for sale. You can’t see it all in one day! Hours: Saturday – 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday – 9 am – 3 pm. Price: $8 Adults; 12 and under free. For more information visit: ohiofordexpo.com
Scott Antique Market – Ohio Expo Center. The amazing indoor Scott Antique Market November 24 & 25,features aisles upon aisles of one-of-a-kind antiques and collectible items available for sale. Hours: Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Free admission. For more information visit http://www.scottantiquemarket.com/
Columbus Winterfair – Ohio Expo Center. The Columbus Winterfair returns November 30 – December 2, with fine arts and crafts. Browse the holiday artists’ market and find unique and beautiful handcrafted items for the home, office or gift giving. Artists from across the nation will be showcasing their traditional and contemporary crafts including ceramics, wood, glass, painting, metals, fiber, jewelry, photography, sculpture and more. Hours: Friday and Saturday – 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday – 11 am – 4 pm. Admission: Adults – $7; Youth (12 and under) – Free (Ticket is valid all three days). For more information visit http://winterfair.org/
CFA All Breed Cat Show – Ohio Expo Center. The Ohio State Persian Club presents the CFA All Breed Cat Show December 1 & 2. Various cat vendors and accessories will be available, along with kittens for sale.
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm. Admission: Adults – $6; Kids (under 12) – $5; Seniors – $5; Family (2 adults and children) – $15. For more information visit http://www.pk-products.com/OSPC.htm
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 December 1 & 2. Hours: Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Admission: $9 adults; children under 12 years of age with supervising adult admitted free. For more information visit C & E Gun Shows
“The Full Monty” – Weathervane Playhouse, Newark. Weathervane Playhouse continues its 50th Anniversary Season in October with its third Fall Show, “The Full Monty.” Performances at 7:30 p.m. on October 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. on October 20. While spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out,” a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo sees how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically, but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they are stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to “let it go.”
Tickets are available online or at the Box Office: $37 for adults, $35 for senior citizens, $26 for students with ID and $15 for children (12 and younger). All Tuesday evening performances are General Admission and cost $19. For more information and 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.