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    Lights twinkle as guests enter the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on Dec. 17. The conservatory at 1777 E. Broad St. is open daily, including 5 to 10 p.m. today, Christmas Day.

    Slideshow: Holiday break

    From Franklin Park's Merry and Bright to Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo, there is no reason to be bored while the kids are on winter break.
  • Larson's Toys and Games

    Greg Larson, who is retiring and moving to Florida, plans to close Larson's Toys and Games in the Shops on Lane Avenue.

    Owner retiring, will close popular UA store

    An old-fashioned Upper Arlington toy store that has sold classic, hands-on playthings to generations of children will close its doors in January -- or possibly sooner, if the stock is sold before then.
  • ThisWeek News' E-Edition

    It's like reading the paper without the actual paper.
  • Weather where you live

    Dreaming of a white Christmas

    If you ask me, if it's going to snow this time of year, it better snow on Christmas Day. But historically the chances of "white Christmas" are rather low here in Central Ohio. And there is no guarantee of a white Christmas this year.
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  • Football

    Bowling Green's Roger Lewis, with pressure from Indiana's Tim Bennett, catches the winning touchdown pass Sept. 13. The former Pickerington Central player signed with the Falcons last February.

    Area players getting ready for bowl games

    Roger Lewis took advantage of a second chance.

Area teams keeping busy during holidays

One of the busiest high school basketball teams over the holidays in recent years has been the Centennial boys.
Groveport Madison Roundup

Charles-Martin propels boys team

Led by Tre Charles-Martin, the Groveport Madison High School boys basketball team earned its first win of the season by beating Hilliard Darby 65-47 on Dec. 16.
Licking Heights Roundup

Yeager setting example for younger brother

Ty Yeager recognizes what his younger brother, Luke Yeager, is going through as he tries to make the adjustment from middle school to high school varsity wrestling.

State success won't elude area football teams for long

For the first time since 1993, the Central District had no representatives in any of the state finals. So is central Ohio football really as bad off as it seems at the state level?
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    Harlem Globetrotters dribble their way into town Dec. 29

    Sure The Beat loves writing about the arts, but, like most of you, we love our sports, too. And before the calendar turns to 2015, the ultimate in performing arts-meets-sports, the iconic Harlem Globetrotters, make a stop at the Schottenstein Center Monday, Dec. 29 at 1 and 6 p.m.
  • The collaborative production Twisted featured the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet Columbus and Opera Columbus.

    Rewind: The Beat's Year in Review for 2014

    Before putting 2014 to bed, The Beat offers our annual Rewind (points if you still understand what that means), a look back at arts and entertainment happenings from the past year and some of the people who made them happen.
  • Table Talk

    Chen Xue presents chicken with wok-glazed ginger at his new restaurant, Typhoon, 10 N. Sandusky St. in downtown Delaware.

    Asian restaurant with scratch kitchen opens in Delaware

    Typhoon takes over the old Chandra’s Kitchen location 10 N. Sandusky St.

'Nutcracker' parody is BalletMet's bonus gift

BalletMet Columbus' annual holiday-season production of The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday tradition, and this year the company has a bonus gift to the community at the close of the ballet's run.

Kids' Club members reveal themselves via art

The Grandview Heights City School District's Kids' Club before- and after-school child-care programs at Stevenson and Edison schools are serving as art galleries this week.

Stonybrook to present 'Darkness into Light'

Stonybrook United Methodist Church invites the community to performances of its Christmas cantata, Darkness into Light: A Christmas Musical Journey, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Stonybrook church, 485 Cherry Bottom Road.
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