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.
Smithsonian Day Live – The Works, Newark. As a proud Smithsonian Affiliate, The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology will host Smithsonian Day Live on Saturday, September 22. This year’s theme focuses on female trailblazers in culture, history, and air & space. Nothing embodies this theme quite like The Works’ own Jerrie Mock exhibit, celebrating her worldwide flight in her plane Spirit of Columbus. In addition, The Works will be screening the Smithsonian special Shark Girl, the story of 20-year-old Australian native Madison Stewart and her fight for shark preservation. Smithsonian Day Live takes place during The Works’ normal hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are encouraged to visit https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2018/ to receive a free ticket to the event. Shark Girl will have one showing at 1:00 p.m.
Spend Saturday, September 29 in Somerset – Somerset. Saturday, September 29, is a great day to visit Somerset. The Somerset Artists Coop is having its first annual Yard and Perennial Plant Sale. No clothes just vintage and other cool stuff needing a new home. Get great prices on perennial plants from members’ gardens. We’ll also be offering tile and pottery painting for adults and youth at a nominal fee. Stop in and paint a re-purposed roof tile from Ludowici Tile or browse our selection of unglazed pottery. Open 10:00 to 4:Attend the dedication and unveiling of the Nellie Sheridan Wilson statue at the southeast corner of the square at 11:00 a.m. See one of the few pieces of public art in Ohio honoring a female. Nellie Sheridan was one of the first US female postmasters and the first appointed to Somerset.
At noon, the Historical Society of Perry County opens their annual Oktoberfest. Stroll Pigeon Square and see artists’ demonstrations and vendors, enjoy music and other entertainment. Mt. Airy Beef will be serving traditional fare from their food truck. Also starting midday is the first annual Somerset Pub Crawl highlighting downtown dining and gathering places in Somerset. Limited supplies of a commemorative clay “pint” can be purchased at the Clay Haus, Hole in the Wall, Strong & Co. and The American Legion. The pint is hand crafted from local clay by SAC’s President and member artist Dale Hague.
Fall Paddle on the Licking River – Blackhand Gorge. Join the Licking Park District from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, for a paddle down the Licking River from the Brownsville Rd canoe launch. Try your hand at either a kayak or canoe, as we explore this beautiful stretch of water. Space is limited and registration is required. $5 fee.
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.
Behind the Science – The Works, Newark. Behind the Science presentations are FREE to Works members and just $10 for non-members to attend. Presentations are scheduled for 6 – 7 p.m. on 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 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.
Seats are limited, so reservations are recommended. To reserve your spot, call Guest Services at 740-349-9277 or visit www.attheworks.org.
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.
Crossing Delancey – Black Box Theater, OSU-Newark. The season opens November 8, with Crossing Delancey, a romantic comedy by playwright Susan Sandler. Isabel is a modern young woman who lives alone and works in a book shop. When she is not pining after a handsome author, she is visiting her grandmother (Bubbe) in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This irascible granny and her matchmaker friend have found a “good Jewish catch” for Isabel who isn’t interested in a match with a pickle vendor. Crossing Delancey plays on Thurs., Nov. 8 and will run through Sat., Nov. 10 and again Nov. 15-17. All evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, there will be two matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 11 and 18. All performances are held at the Black Box Theater in LeFevre Hall located on the shared campus of Ohio State Newark and Central Ohio Technical College at 1199 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.