Acoustic guitarist Chris Smither will perform at Newark's Midland Theatre at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 10.

Guitarist Smither
to play at Midland
Acoustic guitarist Chris Smither will perform at Newark's Midland Theatre at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 10.

Smither's appearance is part of the theater's Stage Door Cabaret Series sponsored by Huntington Bank.

All seats are arranged on stage in tables of four. Light snacks and a cash bar are available beginning one hour before the show.

Tickets are $27.50. Call (740) 345-5483, visit www.midlandtheatre.org or stop by the Midland's box office at 36 N. Park Place in downtown Newark between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on Smither, visit http://smither.com.


Artist Joan Baez
to sing at Midland
Legendary artist Joan Baez will perform at the Midland Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

Baez has been a musical force of nature for 50 years, beginning at Boston's Club 47.

She released her most recent album, "Day After Tomorrow in September of 2008.

Tickets are $28, $34, $42, $48 and $56. Call (740) 345-5483, visit www.midlandtheatre.org or stop by the Midland box office at 36 N. Park Place in Newark from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Fisher joins LMH
senior management
Jeanine M. Fisher, J.D., has been named vice president of corporate compliance at Licking Memorial Hospital.

In this position, Fisher directs and oversees all aspects of the corporate compliance and health information departments.

She also serves as the hospital's corporate compliance officer and Health Information Portability and Accountability Act privacy officer.

Fisher earned her Juris Doctor at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Kent State University.


Student wins prize
at yearbook camp
Student Nicole Kostiuk of Licking Heights High School won a layout design contest while attending Balfour-Taylor yearbook camp at Ohio University in Athens.

Kostiuk and fellow staff members Luke Hillier and McKenzie Hillier, along with "Highlander" yearbook adviser Mary Jo Jones, attended the camp from July 20-22.

The camp is coordinated and run by local Balfour-Taylor representatives, who provide information on photography, marketing techniques and design trends.


Tribute set at
Davis-Shai House
A program will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, on the lawn of the Davis-Shai House, 301 Central Parkway in Heath.

"A Tribute to 9-11" will feature the comments of George Sleigh, who survived the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center's North Tower. Sleigh, whose office was two floors below where the terrorists flew the American Airlines plane into the building, will discuss "Terrorism First Hand."


Davis-Shai to reopen
with celebration
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to note the completion of the Davis-Shai House's expansion will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.

The Grand Re-opening Community Celebration is open to the public and will feature self-guided house tours, an art and photography show and a display of prehistoric artifacts. Carriage rides, classic cars, the Regions of the Mounds' traditional dance and dress, Victorian lawn games and the Licking County Players also will be featured.

Music will be played by the One Man Band, the "Doc" and the "Perfesser." Other entertainment includes the Shiloh Baptist Choir, the Granville Strings, the Heath High School Chorale Girls and a Sojourner Truth presentation by the Amazing American Women.


Davis-Shai to host
Pepsi thank-you
A Pepsi Celebration Party will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at Geller Park to thank everyone who helped the Davis-Shai House to win the $250,000 Pepsi RefreshEverything grant for July.

Jan Wilkin, executive director of the Davis-Shai House, encourages everyone to take a lawn chair to Geller Park, enjoy the band, eat hotdogs and "of course," she said in a news release, drink Pepsi.


Newark Earthworks
wins NEH grant
The Ohio State University's Newark Earthworks Center (NEC), in partnership with the Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historical and Archaeological Sites (CERHAS) at the University of Cincinnati, was awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The grant, "Interpreting America's Historical Places," will facilitate work on materials to enhance the Ancient Ohio Trail, a driving tour of Ohio that explores the earthworks built by ancient Native American cultures of central and southern Ohio.

The University of Cincinnati is producing a multi-layered website that will direct visitors to Ohio sites and allow them to explore those sites by means of commentary, videos, visualizations of how they might have looked when first constructed and so on.

The Ancient Ohio Trail's four anchor sites are Newark, Fort Ancient, Serpent Mound and Hopewell Cultural National Historical Park in Chillicothe. The tour also will direct visitors to historic towns such as Granville, Lebanon and Marietta as well as Chillicothe.

The NEC is an interdisciplinary academic center of the Ohio State University at Newark. CERHAS is an interdisciplinary research and media lab at UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

For more information about NEC, call (740) 364-9584 or e-mail earthworks@osu.edu. For more information about CERHAS, visit http://cerhas.uc.edu; for more information about the Ohio trail, visit www.ancientohiotrail.org.


Monday workshop
location moved
The MHA Compeer Program's Smoking Cessation Training set for Monday has been moved.

Originally scheduled to be held at Licking Memorial Hospital, the free lunch-and-learn workshop will be held at 65 Messimer Drive in Newark.

The program begins at noon.


Theater rolls out
45th season
The all-volunteer community theater, Licking County Players, has begun its 45th season.

The troupe will open with the musical "Cinderella," which will be staged Sept. 23 through Oct. 10 at the theater, 131 W. Main St. in Newark.

Next up is the comedy "Greetings!" which will run Nov. 11-21. The farce "Who's In Bed with the Butler?" will run Jan. 13-23.

The season will continue with the comedy "Opal's Husband," the drama "Twelve Angry Women," and the musical "No Way To Treat a Lady." A show by LCP's youth, "Tom Sawyer," will be the penultimate production and the season will close with the thriller "Postmortem." Dates for LCP's last five shows are not yet available.

Season ticket prices are $89. The price for senior citizens and students (with identification) is $75, and children under 12 are $59.

Call (740) 349-ACTS (2287) or visit www.lickingcountyplayers.org.