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.
Unlocking the Mysteries of Moss – From 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 5. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. Are you interested in exploring the tiny world of moss and hornworts? Don’t miss this chance to learn more about Earth’s oldest plants! We will explore bryophyte biology, morphology and identification using microscopes and specimens we collect on Arboretum property. Collecting is prohibited outside of Arboretum sponsored programs.
Fall Seed Collecting at The Dawes Arboretum – From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6. Cost: Non-members – $15; Members – $10. Accompany Arboretum propagators Rich Larson and Carrie Brown as we hike Arboretum grounds in search of seed to harvest. Learn about sustainable collection techniques and keep the seed that you collect! Seed collecting is prohibited outside of Arboretum sponsored programs.
Sustainable Landscape Series: HANDS ON! Propagating Native Trees and Shrubs – From 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Cost: Non-members – $20; Members – $15.Learn about seed selection, stratification methods and growing techniques. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to explore various methods of stratification, propagation and proper planting to ensure success with growing hardy native plants. Take home a native tree, along with seed of various species, to plant in your yard.
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 Ohio Contemporary Ceramics Competition and Show – Zanesville. Show runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, at the PSZ Clay Center (former Pioneer School), 952 E. Main Street, Zanesville. FREE!
Family STEM Festival – COTC, Newark. The public is invited to the free festival to enjoy STEM games and more from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 6, in the Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall located in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive. Families will be able to solve puzzles, play games and take part in activities that explore how the technical programs at COTC use STEM in the classroom. At 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. children can enjoy math story time that will invoke imagination to show them that math isn’t just about numbers. Attendees will also see how STEM can be used in everyday life.
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. Sunday is free day for everyone. Rides operate: Sunday – Noon to 6:30 p.m.; Monday – Wednesday – Noon to 10 p.m.; 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): Monday – Monster Truck Throwdown at 7 p.m. Day of Show: Reserved Grandstand – $15 and Bleachers – $20; Tuesday – Soul’d Out Quartet at 7:30 p.m. FREE; Wednesday – Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. FREE; Thursday – “Farm Implement Demolition Derby” at 7:30 p.m. FREE! Youth Power Wheel Derby at 8:30 p.m. FREE; 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!
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.
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.
“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.