The Midland Theatre will screen the 3D animated feature film "The Polar Express" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

'Polar Express' to stop at Midland

The Midland Theatre will screen the 3D animated feature film "The Polar Express" at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Tickets are $6 general admission and $5 for students. Call (740) 345-5483, visit or stop by the Midland box office at 36 N. Park Place in Newark.

Theater to screen holiday movies

The Sterling Theater in the Pataskala Town Hall, 430 Main St., will reopen this holiday season after 20 years of abandonment.

The nonprofit group The Historic Pataskala Town Hall Inc. has been working to restore the 350-seat facility.

Two holiday events are planned in the theater.

A sold-out community dinner will be served on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Pataskala United Methodist Church before a screening of a holiday film at the theater. Seats for the movie still are available.

Also on Dec. 9 will be a celebrity auction of gingerbread houses.

On Friday, Dec. 10, the theater will feature a children's holiday cartoon night. Santa Claus will be in his house on Town Hall's front lawn.

Tickets for either night may be purchased at any Pataskala Banking Company or Nutcracker Family Restaurant.

Tickets for Thursday's movie are $10; Tickets for Friday are $10 general admission and $5 children under 14. For more information, visit Pataskala's Sterling Theatre's Facebook page.

Holiday celebration set for Dec. 3

The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College will host their annual holiday celebration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, at the John Gilbert Reese Center.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes a 7:30 p.m. holiday concert presented by the University Chorus in the Alford Performing Arts Hall.

Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus and cookies and hot chocolate will be served from 6 to 7:15 p.m. No professional photography will be offered, but parents and others are encouraged to bring their own cameras.

The chorus is directed by associate dean and professor of music education Paul Sanders. Jackie Dawson serves as accompanist.

The Reese Center is at 1209 University Drive. For more information, call (740) 364-9635 or visit or

'A Joyful Noise!' to be heard Dec. 5

The Newark-Granville Symphony will present the concert "A Joyful Noise!" at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Midland Theatre in Newark.

The symphony will be joined by the Newark High School concert choir and the Granville High School Chamber Singers.

Selections will include Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," "We Need a Little Christmas," and a carol sing-along.

The symphony is conducted by Timothy Weiss. The GHS Chamber Singers are led by Paul Jackson; and the Newark choir is directed by Kim and Mike Wigglesworth.

Tickets, $25 general admission and $5 students, are available by calling the Midland box office at (740) 345-5483 or at the door.

For information, call (740) 975-4633 or visit

Holiday events set for Dec. 11

Four of Newark's historic sites have scheduled their annual holiday open houses on Saturday, Dec. 11.

The Licking County Historical Society and National Heisey Glass Museum will host the event from 5 to 8 p.m. Luminarias will guide visitors to the three Sixth Street houses in Veterans Park.

The Sherwood Davidson House, 6 N. Sixth St., will be decorated according to the theme "My Favorite Things." Dolls, metal banks, toys and nutcrackers are just a few of the items in the circa 1825 house's unique collection.

Next door, in the 1835 Buckingham Meeting House, 5 N. Sixth St., the Folk Legends of Central Ohio will provide music. Refreshments will be served and Santa Claus will visit. Children may make a craft.

At the Heisey Museum, 169 W. Church St., an elegant table setting in the King House dining room will feature one of the Heisey patterns. A harpist will entertain.

The 1907 Webb House at 303 Granville St. will host its "Candlelight Tour." Following the theme "Pastimes," each room will be decorated to showcase various interests and hobbies that Mrs. Webb and her sister, Ethel Mosteller, pursued while living in the Webb House: gardening, art, photography, travel, bird-watching, music and bridge.

No admission fees will be charged, but donations are encouraged to help fund the operation of these Licking County structures.

For more information, call (740) 345-4898.

Health career expo Dec. 15 at COTC

Central Ohio Technical College will hold a Health Career Expo on Wednesday, Dec. 15, in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Drive. The free event is open to any community members interested in health care education and careers.

An optional campus tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. Information tables and refreshments will be available starting at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m.

Information about COTC's associate degree and certificate offerings will be offered.

To register, call (740) 366-9139 or visit The deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Holiday day camps offered at YMCA

The YMCA Western Branch will host a two-day "Drop and Shop" day camp for children ages 5- 12 and their parents, who need time alone to shop, wrap gifts or go to work.

The camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Dec. 22. Children may attend one or both days.

Children who attend the camp may participate in games, crafts and activities such as making gingerbread houses and watching movies.

The YMCA's summer camp counselors will serve as the camp crew.

The day camp is open to the community.

For more information, including costs and registration requirements, call the YMCA Western Branch at (740) 964-6522.

Classes target parents, teens

Mental Health America of Licking County will offer a seven-session program to help parents and parent-teen teams to cope with difficult issues while building better relationships.

The series is based on a book by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, "How to Talk So Teens Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk."

Workshop topics include curfews, cliques, grades, drugs, sex and cyberbullying, among others.

The program will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays from Dec. 1 through Feb. 16. A graduation ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 2.

The sessions are free, but participants must purchase a copy of the book, which is available at The program will be held at the MHALC offices, 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. Pre-registration is required.