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It may be cold outside, but that doesn't mean you have to stay stuck inside this winter. From a winter hike to a chocolate walk in downtown Worthington, we've rounded up several (and tasty!) things to do near Hocking College this February.


Live Music at The Union
February 2 & 8 • 9PM

The Union (18 W. Union St. — Athens, OH)
WLCI (Hocking College Radio) & Blackout Booking are hosting two musical events at The Union. The bands that will be performing will be Counterfeit Madison with opening performances by Crooked Spines and SeatWorkers on February 2, and STEMS with opening performances by Water Witches and King Buu will play on February 8.

Winter Hike
February 9 • 10AM — 3PM
Burr Oak State Park (
10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road — Glouster, OH)
Join fellow hiking enthusiasts for a fun day of hiking. Hiking length is 3.5 and 8 miles, and afterwards enjoy some free bean soup and corn bread at the lodge.

Wild About Winter
February 16 • 9AM — 12:30PM
The Market on State (1002 E State St. — Athens, OH)
Hocking College's Interpretation Capstone class is hosting this free event which will include a variety of family-friendly activities, games, and crafts. This event is a learning experience for the students as it is being planned, developed, and marketed entirely by them in order to gain practical experience in the field.

Hocking College Spring 2019 Career Fair
February 19 • 10AM — 2PM
Hocking College Student Center (3301 Hocking Parkway — Nelsonville, OH)
Come network with 70+ employers who are looking to fill positions at their company. Industries that will be attending include natural resources, allied health, public safety, workforce development, and arts, business, & science.

An Evening With Jonathan Richman
February 27 • 8PM
ARTS/West (132 W State Street
 — Athens, OH)
Jonathan Richman has been writing music, recording, and touring for most of his life, gathering the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor, and insightful lyrics. In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major progenitor of punk music. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand, and other popular bands in Tucson, AZ. Jonathan and Tommy continue to record, write music together, and tour across the U.S. Tommy’s drumming along with Jonathan’s guitar and singing create a live experience that is hard to forget. Admission is $22 in advance and $25 at the door.



Ice Cave Hike
February 16 • 10AM — 1PM
Clear Creek Metro Park (185 Clearcreek Road — Lancaster, OH)
Take a self-guided 3.5-mile backcountry hike to the ice cave. Warm up along the way with Das KaffeeHaus coffee and locally made pastries. Participants should meet at the park office.

Cross Your Heart Hike
February 16 • 11AM — 1PM
Cross Mound (16 Road SW — Stoutsville, OH)
Enjoy a half-mile walk across the scenic WPA Pedestrian Bridge and through the forest to visit the mound. There will be refreshments, activities, and even a collection of vintage Valentine's for you to see at the shelter. The walk to the mound is only a half-mile, but portions of the walk are moderately steep. Trail conditions vary with weather conditions, and may be slippery or muddy.

Hogwarts Yule Ball
February 16 • 7PM — 9:30PM
The Wagnalls Memorial Loft (150 Columbus Street — Lithopolis, OH)
Enjoy a magical evening under twinkling lights and experience Hogwarts for the night at the Wagnalls Memorial Loft. There will be a DJ, dancing, appetizers, prizes, and a cash bar with specialty Harry Potter drinks. Non-alcoholic drinks are included in the ticket price. This event is for ages 16 & older, and dress attire is semi-formal; however, Harry Potter themed costumes are also encouraged. Admission into the event is $25 per person.

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Sweet Treats Dessert Festival
February 3 • 11AM — 4PM
The Exchange at Bridge Park (6520 Riverside Drive — Dublin, OH)
Celebrate all things sweet at this dessert festival! The event will feature bites from Columbus's best treat makers, as well as interactive experiences, hands-on stations, cocktails, and more! Tickets are $15 and participants can select from two timed sessions (12-2PM or 2-4PM). Each ticket gets guests full access to the event and a treat sample from each local vendor.

Old Worthington Chocolate Walk
February 6 • 6PM — 9PM
COhatch (752 High Street — Worthington, OH)
Enjoy a sweet stroll through the beautiful historic business district of Worthington while enjoying an unique, yummy chocolate treat from 15 businesses.
The tour begins at the new COhatch location where you'll receive your tour map and a goody bag for toting your chocolate. Tickets cost $20 and can be picked up at 5PM the day of the event.

Disney's Ohio Connections
February 9 • 12:30PM — 1PM
Ohio History Museum (800 E. 17th Ave. — Columbus, OH)
Learn how the House of Mouse—its animators and even Walt's family—is connected to Ohio in this staff-led talk.

Valentine's Day at the Conservatory
February 14 • 5:30PM — 9PM
Franklin Park Conservatory (1777 E Broad Street — Columbus, OH)
Enjoy a romantic evening under the stars with three delicious wine and chocolate pairings, as well as live music and beautiful orchid displays. Small plates in the Garden Cafe and bottles of the featured wine will also be available for purchase. Cost is $20 for non-members and $17 for members. Guests must be 21 & older to attend.

The World's Toughest Rodeo
February 16 • 7:30PM
Nationwide Arena (200 W Nationwide Blvd — Columbus, OH)
The World’s Toughest Rodeo will feature three fan favorite events: Bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding. Get there early to enjoy the pre-show beginning at 6PM. Fans can meet and greet the cowboys and cowgirls, as well as get autographs and take photos. Tickets range between $23 - $84.

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Sweethearts Hike
February 9 • 5PM — 7PM
Hocking Hills State Park (19852 OH-664 — Logan, OH)
Take your sweetheart for a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk. Afterwards, enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments. This hike is free and those interested in attending should meet at the Ash Cave parking lot.


Contemporary Gunmakers & Allied Artists Show
February 9 • 9:30AM — 4PM
Campus Martius Museum (601 2nd St.— Marietta, OH)
The museum will feature the work of several dozen traditional gunmakers from around the Ohio Valley, as well as several other craftsmen who work in the manner of the 18th & 19th century. Many of these artists are nationally recognized for their work which can be found in museums and private collections around the country. Featured along with the gunmakers will be horn makers, hunting bag makers, leather workers, tinsmithing, cabinet making, and other allied trades. Cost for admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students in grades kindergarten through college, and free for children ages 5 & under.

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