Weekend Roundup 1/21-1/23

A magic show with a hedgehog? Yep! And some nature events, an indoor farmer’s market and more! 

🦉Nocturnal Hour – Blacklick Woods

Friday, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us in the Nature Center as we lure in night-time critters for a closer view.


🧀Indoor Farmer’s Market

Saturday, 9:30 am-12 pm

Find us at the Annex, next to the United Church of Granville.

Masks are required. Please consider shopping between 11am-noon for a lighter crowd.

Products include locally grown produce, honey, meats, milk and cheese, eggs, mushrooms, bread, bath and body products, and gluten-free/Paleo baked goods.

Thank you for supporting local!


🪄Find the Joy Magic Show – Featuring Sedgewick the Live Hedgehog!

Saturday, January 22: 2:00pm – 2:45pm

PPL Main – Meeting Room A

Recommended for ages 3–7

How do you find joy? Singing and dancing? Reading a book? Playing with your pet? Entertainer Erica Carlson wants to share her pet hedgehog with you during this fun-filled, 30-minute comedy magic show. Prepare yourselves for a magically joyful adventure featuring Sedgewick, a real live hedgehog!

🦗Insects in Winter @Blacklick Woods

Saturday, 2-3 pm

Learn how insects survive in winter, then dig through leaf litter and look under logs to find some.


🌕Parks After Dark-Sharon Woods

Saturday, 6 PM

Venture out onto the trails to see whooooo may be active at night during this chilly time of year. We’ll hike 1.2 miles while looking and listening for animals. Get your winter hike card stamped or pick one up at this event. Seven hikes in seven parks = a cool patch! 

Meet at the Apple Ridge Bulletin Board.


🏮Lantern Hike, Blendon Woods

Saturday, 6:30 pm

Come join us for a 2-mile lantern-lit hike around the golf course.  

Some lanterns will be available for use, feel free to bring your own lantern, flashlight, or headlamp.

Meet at the Pro Shop building.


Or if you want to stay home…



📫Winter Letterbox

The Winter Letterbox is back with another fun, cold cold weather adventure. Looking for something to ward off cabin fever, then bundle up the family and get out into the parks. Much like our popular Summer Letterbox Adventure, clues will guide you on a winter exploration of 5 parks. Collect a secret word or words at each of the parks, unscramble them to discover the secret phrase and win a prize. The adventure runs December 20 – March 20. 

Visit the official Winter Letterbox page here.


🥾Winter 100

The Winter 100 is back for a second year. It is a great way to stay healthy–mentally and physically through the cold Ohio winter. Walk 100 miles or 100 kilometers from January 1 – March 31, 2022. Register, log your miles, and get energized by a supportive community of walkers and runners this winter. Gain access to a private Facebook group, bi-weekly emails, and expert tips from our partners. Registration begins December 27, 2021.

Visit the official Winter 100 page here.

📖Read and Bring Joy @Westerville Library

December 13, 2021 – February 26, 2022 – Challenge yourself to a winter of reading and earn prizes along the way. For all ages.

Sign Up

Starting December 13, register in person or online

Complete a BINGO Card

Choose from a variety of suggested activities, from reading together with a friend to trying a new recipe.

Earn Prizes

Ages 0-18 – Complete a row of 5 activities to earn a book & a chance at grand prize drawings for a $50 VISA gift card.

Ages 18+ – Complete a row of 5 activities to earn a Bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes and a chance at grand prize drawings, including free Bundtlets for a year or a 10-inch holiday Bundt Cake.

📮Dublin Riverboxes

Dublin Arts Council has commissioned the creation of Riverboxes™, artist-created vessels that are inspired by the hobbies of letterboxing and geocaching which combine map-reading or GPS skills and artistic pursuit with delightful ‘treasure hunts’ in beautiful, scenic places.

Riverboxes contain a unique artist-made stamp, journal and historical and environmental information for visitors to discover in Dublin parks along the banks of or connected to the Scioto River and its tributaries. Clues to the whereabouts of the discreetly installed Riverboxes can be found on this site. Press here to download a Riverboxes Passport Booklet.


📚Annual program returns Dec. 1 through Jan. 31


COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library is bringing back for a fourth year its Winter Reading Challenge, in which students can earn prizes just by reading over break. A twist on CML’s Summer Reading Challenge, Winter Reading Challenge aims to keep reading skills strong when students are out of school over the holidays. From Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, K-12 students can register in person at CML’s 23 locations throughout Franklin County. Those interested can learn more at columbuslibrary.org.

The annual program challenges students to track their progress as they read for 20 days and complete five activities on their game boards. Examples of game board activities include “Read a book about a famous person,” “Read a book with a magical creature,” “Tell a staff member about a book you read” and many more. Just for signing up, students will receive a bookmark, mechanical pencil, eraser and sticker. Students who complete the program will earn a book they can keep, as well as a drawstring bag.

Last winter, approximately 7,800 students participated in the program.

Studies show that kids who read during out-of-school time maintain reading skills that are critical to future school success. The Third Grade Reading Guarantee in Ohio means many central Ohio third graders could repeat the grade if they don’t pass state proficiency testing.

📌Please note-Events can be changed by hosts, please check the event before attending. I try my best to provide up to date information. Please stay safe and do what you feel is most comfortable for your family with COVID-19 risks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.