The Works in downtown Newark will host its annual "No Nog Days" from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 26 and 27.

The Works in downtown Newark will host its annual "No Nog Days" from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 26 and 27.

Tickets are $7 general admission; $5 seniors; and $3 for children. Members of The Works will be admitted free.

Live science shows and hands-on activities based on a non-holiday theme will be featured. Saturday's theme is "Fancy Flight;" Sunday's is "Circus Science."

The event is described by events and volunteer coordinator Ben Clemons as a way for families to escape the "holiday hoopla."

The Works will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.

American Stars in Concert for the Holidays, featuring former "American Idol" finalists, brings a festive holiday show to the Midland Theatre at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

AI finalists Alexis Grace (Season 8), Gina Glocksen (Season 6), David Hernandez (Season 7) and Michael Sarver (Season 8) will perform a variety of holiday favorites sung by each artist. (Visit the Midland's Web site, www.midlandtheatre.org, to hear a sampling of the artists' performances.)

To purchase tickets, call (740) 345-LIVE (5483) or stop by The Midland box office at 36 North Park Place in downtown Newark. Tickets also may be purchased online at www.midlandtheatre.org.

The Licking County Coalition for Housing recently held its annual luncheon, followed by the board of directors' monthly meeting. Officers were elected for new one-year terms. The Rev. Jeff Gill will continue as president; Siobhan Clovis was elected vice president; Roger Lossing was elected treasurer; and Sharon Bolen was elected secretary.

During the luncheon portion of the event, Sue Chen and Carl Dugan were recognized for being 10-year agency employees.