Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70. The Dawes Arboretum began charging admission fees to non-members on April 15, 2019. Arboretum admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 -15. Children younger than 5 will be admitted for free. Arboretum members do not pay an admission fee.
Daily Walking Tours – from 1 – 2 p.m. daily through November. Enjoy a guided walking tour of some of a portion of The Dawes Arboretum! Daily walking tours are included with the admission fee. Check in at the Visitors Center.
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. 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.
Botanical Arts and Crafts – from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 16. Cost: Non-members – $30. Using pressed dried plants straight from Arboretum grounds, participants can create their own display specimens or botanical wall art, greeting cards and air-dry clay ornaments. Let your creativity bloom and take home a bit of The Arboretum (or gift it to your family and friends for the holidays)! All plant and craft materials will be provided.
Licking County in 1929 – 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19. Join Dawes Arboretum Historian Leslie Wagner and Licking County Historical Society Curator Emily Larson for a presentation about Licking County in 1929. Find out what major news stories were happening 90 years ago with photos and documents from both the Licking County Historical Society and The Dawes Arboretum. This event is free, however registration is required.
Beginner Tai Chi Chuan- Winter – 1 or 2 p.m. on Sundays beginning November 24 through January 5. Cost: Non-members – $65. 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. Class will not be held on December 22.
Intermediate Tai Chi Chuan- Winter – 2 or 3 p.m. on Sundays beginning November 24 through January 5. Cost: Non-members – $65. 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. Class will not be held on December 22.
Turkey Trail Challenge – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 29. Join us for a post-Thanksgiving trail adventure! Guests who walk 2,500, 5,000 or 10,000 steps at The Dawes Arboretum on November 29 will receive a prize. Bring your own pedometer and register at the Visitors Center then come back to collect your prize after putting in some steps out on the grounds. Healthy snacks will be offered from 12 to 2pm in the Visitors Center provided by Licking Memorial Health Systems.
Winter Wonders Walk – from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm on Thursday, December 12, Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14. Walk through The Arboretum’s winter wonderland surrounded by illuminated trees. Explore the Daweswood House Museum before heading to the Learning Garden to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!
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
Bikes for Children – Buckeye Lake area. It’s the season of giving. Bike Buckeye Lake works with schools, churches, and Job & Family Services in our tri-county area to provide local, underprivileged children a bicycle for Christmas during the organization’s annual Christmas Bike Drive going on now. Giving the blessing of a bicycle for Christmas to a local child in need is easy. $100 provides a child a bicycle, and $20 provides a child a bicycle helmet. Donations can be made online at bikebuckeyelake.org, and checks are accepted payable to Bike Buckeye Lake, PO Box 523, Buckeye Lake, OH 43008 with Child Bike Donation in the Memo.
Granville Farmers’ Market – Granville. The market is now indoors at Granville Elementary School from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The market returns to its regular summer home for the annual Thanksgiving Market from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 23, on Broadway in downtown Granville. There is NO market on Saturday, November 30. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Free Up-Cycling Craft Workshops – Newark. Licking County Recycling has announced a series of free up-cycling craft workshops that will introduce participants to the joys of up-cycling and how to create fun and decorative crafts out of commonly discarded items. The four workshops scheduled for this fall are free and open to all Licking County residents, with most workshops focusing on holiday crafts and decorations.
The first workshop is scheduled for September 25 when participants will create a pair of fashionable earrings out of pull-tabs from aluminum cans. The following workshops, October 15, November 16, and December 5, will highlight holiday crafts and decorations, including scarecrows, snowmen, and tree ornaments. Each workshop is held at the Licking County Recycling office at 295 Wilson Street in Newark. The workshops are free and all materials will be provided. There is a limit of 12 participants per workshop and interested individuals can call Licking County Recycling at 740-670-5125 for more information or to register.
Family Story Time – Hebron Library. Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13.
DAV RecruitMilitary Columbus Veterans Job Fair – The Fawcett Center, The Ohio State University campus. DAV and RecruitMilitary are joining forces to attract, hire and retain military veterans and military spouses in the Columbus area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. This is a free hiring event for veterans, transitioning military personnel, National Guard members, Reserve members and military spouses. To register visit
Family Story Time – Buckeye Lake Library. Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 15.
Legacy of the Newark Earthworks – OSU – Newark.It is a story similar to hundreds told before — the destruction of historical land to make way for the growth of a booming city. Once encompassing more than four square miles, the Newark Earthworks were built by the people of the ancient Hopewell Culture between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D. All that remains today of the Earthworks are two major segments: the Great Circle Earthworks and the Octagon Earthworks. John Low, associate professor of comparative studies and the new director of the Newark Earthworks Center, will discuss these incredible indigenous monuments in their former days and what remains today at an upcoming free Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture on Friday, November 15, at 3:30 p.m. in room 175 of the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center.
“It is important to be familiar with these ancestral sites not only because they will likely soon be a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, but also because they represent a legacy of human achievement in architecture, astronomy, geometry and evidence of humankind’s ability to work together in collaborative undertakings,” said Low. He will discuss how the Newark Earthworks are an architectural wonder of ancient America, and how they are part cathedral, part cemetery and part astronomical observatory. He will note the work of the Newark Earthworks Center and the importance of the Earthworks as a potential UNESCO World Heritage site
Finding the Missing – downtown Newark library. Discover how experts locate the missing. Professional investigator Richard Harp will be here at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, to give us the scoop on how he solves cases and offer some resources on starting your own investigations.
Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert – Buckeye Lake Library. Do you have a question about technology? Drop by from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, November 18, or schedule an appointment about your laptop, smartphone, tablet, Kindle, software or other technology needs. Call 740.349.5509 today! Brought to you from a grant from the Licking County Foundation.
Tech Tuesday – Buckeye Lake Library. Bloxels, spheros, cozmos, oh my! Get your hands on a variety of tech gadgets and experiment with different activities at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19. Design an obstacle course, create a work of art or make a robot friend.
Cutting the Cord – downtown Newark library. Our Techsperts provide information on devices and services you can use in place of cable TV providers at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20.
Family Story Time – Hebron Library. Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20.
Family Story Time – Buckeye Lake Library. Enjoy stories, songs and activities for the whole family at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 22.
Backstage Show with Foghorn Stringband – Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville.Sit on the stage with Foghorn Stringband at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, at Stuart’s Opera House. The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead. American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. Doors open at 7 pm, with music starting at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org
Backstage Show with Michael Nau – Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville. Sit on the stage with Michael Nau at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Wildflower will open the show. Michael Nau’s latest single, “No Quit,” via Karma Chief/Colemine, is a thick slab of intergalactic soul, with his ethereal tenor mixed right out front under the lights. He performed and recorded the whole track himself, save some auxiliary percussion added by Graeme Gibson. The song has received love from BBC6, KCRW, KEXP, Sirius XMU, Aquarium Drunkard and more. Doors open at 7 pm, with music starting at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org
The Wayfarers – Ohio Valley Opry, McConnelsville. Headlining the Saturday, November 16, show at 6 p.m. will be the Wayfarers. Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music. While much of their repertoire is drawn from the Appalachian tradition they revere, The Wayfarers fuse tight musicianship – centered largely by the fiddle – with the high energy that characterized early mountain music. With old-time radio shows setting the example, their style encompasses Appalachian dance music, traditional mountain fiddle tunes, and pre-bluegrass music of the 1920’s – resulting in an addicting dose of nostalgic Americana music their fans can’t resist to tap their toes to.
Also on the lineup will be Marvin and Deana Clark, Matt Coleman, Mike Morrison and the OVO Staff Band, featuring Rick Troyer, Gary Sigler, and Bryant Sigler. For tickets, log onto www.OhioValleyOpry.com, or call 740.525.9218.
The Ohio Valley Opry is also hosting a free old-fashioned community hymn sign at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 15. Led by the good folks from the Seventh Street Church of Christ, everyone is welcome to participate and enjoy the joyful songs of the church hymnal. Come and sing along, or listen to the voices of friends and neighbors as they raise the roof this Friday night.
A Night at the Opera House: A New Year’s Eve Fundraiser for Stuart’s Opera House – Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville. Come celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Stuart’s Opera House from 8:30 to 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31! Our grand lobby is the place to be for an exciting evening featuring games of chance, live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and a champagne toast to bring in 2020! Please note, there will be no exchange of real money when playing games. Your purchased ticket allows you to play the games as a fundraiser for Stuart’s Opera House, a 501(c)3 organization. Tickets are on sale at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org
Town Mountain – Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville. Tickets are on sale now for the 8 p.m. performance on Friday, February 28, 2020. Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain’s music is the first and second generation of bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and boogie-woogie. It’s what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group’s wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon, and Merle. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are on sale at (740) 753-1924 or www.stuartsoperahouse.org
Fall Colors Gaining Momentum Throughout Ohio
ODNR Fall Color Report #4
Ohio’s state parks, forests, and nature preserves are always free to enter and are starting to display a dynamic palette of oranges, yellows, and reds that provide the perfect backdrop for hikers enjoying the fall color this weekend. Near peak and peak conditions are expected across most of Ohio this coming weekend.
“While the fall rains are welcome to relieve drought conditions, the rain combined with winds will drive many leaves off the trees,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester Greg Smith. “Get outside and enjoy Ohio’s beautiful fall colors while there’s time, and check out the many special events and accommodations ODNR has to offer.”
Fall is a great time to stay overnight in one of your Ohio State Parks. Overnight accommodations include cabins, lodges and campgrounds, as well as more unique options like yurts. Many of our state park cabins have been recently renovated to offer upgraded amenities like fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, and cable tv. For more information or to book your stay, go to ohiostateparks.org.
People interested in where to find most eye-catching leaves throughout the season should check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov, Ohio’s official guide to the changing colors. This website includes:
• Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure.
• Informational videos about Ohio’s native trees.
• Links to fall activities, scenic road trips, and unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks and more.
ODNR and Ohio. Find It Here. encourage people to take fall color photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #FallInOhio and #OhioFindItHere. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook and @OhioDNR, @OHStateParks and @OhioFindItHere on Instagram to see more fall color photos.