The Chef's Table at the Granville Inn has announced the launching of a new wine-tasting series.

The Chef's Table at the Granville Inn has announced the launching of a new wine-tasting series.

Wine Wednesdays will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Each Wine Wednesday will featured four wines and a delicious tidbit from chef Chad Lavely's kitchen.

Julie Mulisano, the inn's food and beverage director, will host the casual themed wine flights at the Chef's Table, the Granville Inn's new wine shop and private dining venue.

The Chef's Table opened in April and carries a wide selection of wines from around the world. Most of the wines also are available for purchase through the Chef's Table. Special orders are encouraged.

The theme of the Aug. 4 Wine Wednesday is "Great Picnic Wines;" on Aug. 18, "Dog Days of Summer;" and on Sept. 2, "Steals and Deals."

For more information about upcoming events, visit the Granville Inn at www.granvilleinn.com or Face book/Granville Inn.

A self-defense class will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Buckingham House, 5 N. 6th St. in Newark.

The Licking County Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn workshop for men and women, including college students, is sponsored by Licking Memorial Health Systems. Annarino's Martial Arts will teach the class, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. The fee includes lunch.

Casual clothes and tennis shoes are suggested.

For more information, call (740) 345-9757 or visit www.lickingcountychamber.com.

The Works: Museum of History, Art and Technology is partnering with Newark's Bake-N-Brew to host a Works Night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6.

For a cover charge of $3 a person, guests will hear the 1960s and '70s band, Sticks & Stones. Proceeds, including donations, will benefit The Works.

Bake-N-Brew's full lunch and dinner menus will be available. Door prizes, courtesy of the Works and Bake-N-Brew, will be awarded.

Reservations are recommended. Call (740) 344-2739.

Bake-N-Brew is at 1821 W. Main St.

The Works: Museum of History, Art & Technology will host its annual Kindergarten Kick-Off from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15.

All incoming Licking County kindergartners for the 2010-11 school year are invited to participate in an afternoon of fun, educational activities.

The free event is open to the public. School representatives will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Works is at 55 S. First St. in Newark. For more information, call (740) 349-9277 or visit www.attheworks.org.

"Eeek Squeak, It's a Mouse" will be presented at The Works: Museum of History, Art & Technology from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

The program includes a reading of the children's book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and a chance to meet the mouse. Mouse science, puppets, stories, crafts and other mouse-themed activities will follow.

"Eeek Squeak" is part of The Works' Curious Kids summer programming and is presented by the Licking County Library.

Admission for those who aren't members of The Works is the regular admission fee. The program is free to members of The Works.

Dark Star Orchestra will celebrate Jerry Garcia's birthday at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1 at the Midland Theatre in downtown Newark.

Tickets for the Grateful Dead tribute act are $30. Call (740) 345-5483, visit www.midlandtheatre.org or stop by the Midland box office at 36 N. Park Place in Newark between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

DSO was founded in 1997 to bring audiences a Grateful Dead experience.

It's still going strong more than 12 years later. For more information about the band, visit www.darkstarorches-tra.net/NEWSITE/HTML/dso.php.