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Things to Do – November 17


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:

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

Give Thanks Centerpiece Workshop – Two sessions: 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, November 16 or Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 . Cost: Non-members – $45; Members – $35. Create a beautiful Thanksgiving Centerpiece using elements of nature (many collected at The Arboretum).  All materials will be provided as a kit.  You will also receive easy care instructions on keeping your centerpiece looking beautiful through the holiday season.

Feeding Birds in Your Backyard – From 1 – 3 p.m. on Friday, November 23. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. Learn about attracting more birds to your backyard, and hike to The Arboretum’s most popular birding sites.  Get tips from experienced birdwatchers who have a knack for attracting backyard wildlife.  Each participant will take home a birdfeeder, several bags of basic birdseed and plans for making a bluebird nest box.

Holiday Greenery Workshop – Five separate sessions: Noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 6; 3 – 5 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, December 7; and 9 – 11 a.m. and Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. Cost: Non-member – $45; Member – $35.Bring your friends or family and enjoy the views of the great outdoors while creating a beautiful holiday centerpiece or wreath. Registration for members is open now! Members, please call 800.44.DAWES to register today! Non-members can begin registering on November 1

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 returns to downtown Granville for the annual Pre-Thanksgiving market from 8:30 to noon on Saturday, November 17.  The market goes back in-doors on Saturday, December 1,  at the Granville Elementary School multi-purpose room from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. There is no market on Saturday, November 24. All kinds of good thing to eat and drink.

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:

  • December 20 – Your Place in the Universe by Dr. 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

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

Thanksgiving Centerpiece DIY Craft – Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Come and get creative with the Licking Park District from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 17. We will be using natural objects found in the park, as well as traditional flowers, to make a Thanksgiving Centerpiece! Fee is $10 and registration is required.

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

“Understanding North Korea” – OSU-Newark. Over the past few years, the Korean Peninsula has become the center of much of the world’s attention. Mitchell Lerner, Ph.D., director of the Ohio State Institute for Korean Studies and associate professor of history, will provide some relevant background about contemporary North Korea and offer insights into both how U.S. – North Korean relations have evolved and how we might proceed at an upcoming Faculty Talks Outside the Box lecture at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20,. in room #175 of the John. L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center. Lerner will discuss topics ranging from North Korea’s dramatic nuclear tests and human rights record to the current American efforts to spark denuclearization and the rapidly changing North-South relationship during his talk entitled “Understanding North Korea.”

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields as it relates to our community and answer questions. All talks are free and open to the public. The Warner Center is located at 1219 University Drive, Newark, Ohio.

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 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

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:

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

Long Term Health Care Planning Session – Newark Library (downtown). Worried about home health care, assisted living and nursing home costs?   Attend this session at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, on how Medicaid and Veteran’s benefits can help you prepare for the cost of health care.  Learn how to protect your assets, tap into benefits, and put together an estate plan.  Take this opportunity to speak with a qualified attorney and get the answers at no cost to you.

Paint the Parks 1 – Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Rd, Granville. Come explore your creative side from 6 – 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the night’s painting. Our $25 fee includes: pizza, snacks, and all painting supplies. BYO wine or beer.   Registration required. We may paint at a shelter if the weather is good.

House History Research Lab – Newark Library (downtown). Are you interested in researching your historic home?  This hands-on research lab at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, helps you navigate LCL’s local history resources so you can begin your research.

 Paint the Parks 2 – Infirmary Mound Park, 4309 Lancaster Rd, Granville. Come explore your creative side from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 29! Our instructor will guide you step by step through the night’s painting. Our $25 fee includes: pizza, snacks, and all painting supplies. BYO wine or beer. Registration required. We may paint at a shelter if the weather is good

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

Friends of the Licking County Library Book Sale – Newark Library (downtown). You are invited to a Book Sale from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 1!  Books are sold for $5 per bag.  Bags are provided by the Friends and distributed at the door.  Friends of the Licking County Library members have a chance to shop early.  Not a member?  Join at the door: $10/students and seniors; $20/individuals; $30/families; and $150/lifetime memberships.  New members receive a $5 coupon to be used at a book sale.

WinterFest – Newark Library (downtown). Celebrate the holidays at the Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 1!  Have your picture taken with Santa Claus; interact with animals during Animals of the Season programs; become a sous-chef or judge during Chef Battle with Cooking Caravan; shop local and fresh during our Winter Farmers Market in collaboration with Canal Market District (12-4 pm); and enjoy a performance of the Nutcracker by the Central Ohio Youth Ballet (3 pm).

Licking County Historical Society Museums’ Holiday Event – Newark. Stop by the Sherwood-Davidson House and the Webb House for our holiday celebration from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. The Sherwood-Davidson House, located in Veterans’ Park, 31 N. 6th St., will be holding a “Jazzy Christmas.”  The house will be decorated in the style of the roaring 20’s, with flappers, jazz, and some Prohibition “fun.”
The Webb House Candlelight Christmas, 303 Granville St., will feature “Colorful Collections.”  Unique items from the Webb House will be on display, as well as friends’ personal collecting hobbies.  Refreshments will be served. The Buckingham Meeting House in Veterans’ Park will also be a part of the festivities with refreshments, entertainment, a children’s craft, and Santa. Admission to all sites is FREE.

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

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

Open Gym – Christ United Methodist Church, Baltimore. Christ UMC will host an open gym for children and adults starting in December.  Family gym time will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday beginning on Dec. 4 and ending March 21. Although the church will provide adult supervision, children under age 7 must be accompanied by a related adult. Open gym for teens and adults (ages 14 and up) will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. All children, youth and adults must complete a waiver and emergency contact form before playing. If the participant is under age 18, a parent or guardian must give permission by also signing the form, which will be available at the church office or at the open gym. Open gym will be closed on Dec. 13, 20, 25 and Jan. 1.


The Wayfarers – Ohio Valley Opry, McConnelsville. November is traditionally set aside to feature local talent at the Ohio Valley Opry, and this year’s lineup is sure to be a crowd favorite.

Appearing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, will be Ohio’s premier old-time string band, The Wayfarers.  Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers have been featured on the national PBS television series “Song of the Mountains,” and have toured much of the Midwest and Southern Appalachians. They emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music. Their spirited approach to live performance is infectious, and people of all ages are drawn in to the sounds of thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles, and rich harmonies. The Ohio Valley Opry is excited to be featuring two new female country artists who are making their debut: Maranda Lee from Marietta and Abby Ann Miller from Lancaster.

Maranda Lee’s love of music began at an early age when her father encouraged her to sing. He passed away when she was eight years old, but his desire for her to develop her singing talent has continued to motivate her.

Since graduating from high school this year, Abby Ann Miller has been in Nashville working with producers and recording songs.

Returning to the show will be Matt Hansell from Waterford, and Opry regulars – Matt Coleman, Mike Morrison, The Clarks, and comic Uncle Doofus.

For tickets or more information, log onto, or call 740-525-9218.

LancasterChoraleLancaster. LancasterChorale, central Ohio’s all-professional chamber choir, will perform its popular annual prelude to Christmas, In Dulci Jubilo!, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 132 South High Street, in Lancaster. This year’s performance will feature Christmas in Spain with works of Tomas Luis de Victoria and Francisco Guerrero transporting listeners to a Spanish Christmas Eve in Renaissance Europe. Victoria’s popular motet, O magnum mysterium, and the well-known choral mass based on this gem, Missa O magnum mysterium, will form the centerpiece of the performance, joined by Victoria’s setting of Ave Maria for double choir.

Adult tickets are $30 for LancasterChorale performances, with senior tickets at $25. Tickets for students and active-duty military personnel in uniform are free. For reduced priced tickets, order online at Phone orders may be made by calling 740-687-5855 or e-mailing

Fall Choral Concert – OSU-Newark. The University Chorus at The Ohio State University at Newark will present “All You Need Is Love: A Beatles Tribute” on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Founders Hall Auditorium, 1179 University Drive, at the Ohio State Newark campus. The concert is free and open to the public. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine. When it premiered, Yellow Submarine received accolades from both critics and audiences. It’s also important for bringing interest to animation as a serious art form. Selections for the concert will include a number of selections from the film: Yellow Submarine, When Im Sixty-Four, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, With a Little Help from My Friends and All You Need is Love along with other favorites by the Fab Four. Chorus members will also sing a number of selections for the holidays including classical selections from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, Hanukkah songs and Christmas favorites.


Crossing DelanceyBlack Box Theater, OSU-Newark. The Black Box Theater at The Ohio State University at Newark presents the romantic comedy, Crossing Delancey by Susan Sandler.

Isabelle is a modern young woman who lives alone and works in a bookshop. When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her grandmother (Bubbie) in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This irascible granny and her matchmaker friend have found a “good Jewish catch” for Isabelle who isn’t interested in a match with a pickle vendor. As Izzy’s “old world” heritage clashes with her ethnically neutral career world, she must decide who she is and what kind of life she wants to live. Izzy’s reluctant journey offers hope of a blossoming romance and a new beginning.

Performances run from Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10, and again Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 15-17. The curtain opens this season at a new time, 7:30 p.m., in the Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall, 1199 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. Additionally, there will be two matinees at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 and 18. General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door.









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