The Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Court in Hilliard, is offering an adoption special during November.

The Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Court in Hilliard, is offering an adoption special during November.

The public can adopt cats from the shelter and receive two for the price of one cat adoption.

Every cat will receive the following services for the price of one adoption fee: spay/neuter surgery, first vaccinations, rabies vaccine, deworming medication, flea control, feline leukemia test, microchipping and microchip registration.

Cats are a particular challenge for the humane society because there is no protection under Ohio law for cats who are lost.

Dogs are subject to required holding periods mandated and funded by county dog licenses and tax support.

The Capital Area Humane society is an open-admission shelter for cats.

For more information, visit

The Ohio Historical Society will host several holiday events during November and December.

During "Get the Picture: Holiday Card Photography" 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, a photographer will snap family holiday photos in a life-sized vintage holiday greeting card. An image will be provided on CD for $14.50.

Clement Moore, of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" fame, will be at the center for an Echoes in Time Theatre presentation. Moore, portrayed by Ronald St. Pierre, will talk about his life and how his family inspired his classic holiday poem. Performances are at 7 and 8 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Free with admission.

At the "Holiday Craft Workshop," held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, participants will make holiday decorations such as beeswax ornaments, pomanders, beaded snowflakes, cut-out snowflakes, Moravian stars and miniature gingerbread houses. Ages 14 and up are welcome. The cost is $30 per person, or $20 for Ohio Historical Society members. A boxed lunch is available for $12. Reservations are requested.

"The Pleasure of the Cup" will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Ohio Village. Sample quirky concoctions at this old-fashioned pub crawl. Participants must be 21 years of age. Regular admission is $30, or $25 for members.

The society's "Rockwell's America" exhibit can be experienced in perfect harmony as the sounds of the Music Men Barbershop Quintet fill the exhibit with song during "Harmony for the Holidays." The quartet will entertain with a cappella singing throughout the center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, and 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, as well as several dates in January and February of 2009. Visit the for additional dates and times. Free with admission.

Costumed interpreters will bring Christmas in the Victorian era to life during, "Dickens of a Christmas," held the weekends of Dec. 12-13, and 19-21. The event hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Event features caroling, holiday crafts, storytelling and entertainment. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for children, $10 for adult members and $7 for child members.

"Dickens of a Dinner" will be served at 6 p.m. Dec. 12-13 and 19-20. "Christmas Brunch" will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The society will also stage a dinner theater production of "Dickens of a Mystery" from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17-18. Dinners are $57 for adults and $47 for adult members. The brunch is $35 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 6-12. Members are $28 for adults and $12.95 for children. Reservations are requested.

The center will offer extended Friday hours beginning Friday, Nov. 28, and continuing Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Jan. 2. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit or call (614) 297-2300. Parking for all events if $4, and free for members.

The Women's Board of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association will host the Deck the Halls Tour of Homes and Candlelight Celebration Dec. 4 and 5.

The tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at six Upper Arlington residences. Area florists will dress each home in holiday splendor. An added bonus for visitors will be a home that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The tour will include a Jingle Bell Boutique, complimentary sweets and beverages at Café Fa La La, a raffle of themed gift baskets and Dasher's Dining Ornaments.

Tickets for the Deck the Halls Tour are $17 per person in advance, and $20 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at Huffman's Market, Tortoise Shell and online at

The Candlelight Celebration is a cocktail party that runs from 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Galbreath home, 2525 Leeds Road. Tickets for the Candlelight Celebration are $100 per person, and include a complimentary Tour of Homes admission.

Proceeds of both events will support the camp and youth programs of Central Ohio Diabetes Association. For more information, call 884-4400, or visit the Web site.

TechColumbus, a nonprofit organization that focuses on technology-based economic development in central Ohio, is encouraging local high school students in grades 9-12 to apply for the 2008 Student Innovation Awards.

Students can share their top ideas for the chance to win a 529 college savings account worth $2,500 to help fund their college education.

Interested students must demonstrate contribution and success or understanding of a finding in one of the following technology-related fields: information technology, advanced logistics, advanced materials and advanced joining technologies.

TechColumbus will announce five award winners the evening of Feb. 5 at its annual celebration gala. The top two winners will each receive a college savings account in the amount of $2,500 and the third-, fourth- and fifth-place winners will receive $50 gift cards.

All nominees who submit a complete packet and meet the verification review will be honored in the written awards event program. More information is available at

The deadline to submit an application is Dec. 1.