It’s hard enough getting out of your house to go grocery shopping, but why hibernate when there are so many cool things going on around town during the winter? Wake up and get out to explore a world of raptors, theatre, tornado alleys and professional baseball bat making. Below is a list of activites happening around Dublin, Ohio this week and through February.

Raptor Hike Search for owls and hawks at Glacier Ridge Metro Park on this 1.5 mile hike led by a Park Ranger. Meet at the bulletin board by the picnic shelter. Sunday, January 29th at 2 pm. Free. 9801 Hyland-Croy Road. 891-0700.

Echos in Time Theatre: Ruth Lyons Meet beloved pioneer broadcaster Ruth Lyons (1905-1988), said to have “invented” talk TV. “Mother” as she became known to millions of fans, hosted the 50/50 Club, one of the most popular shows on Cincinnati station WLW from 1949-1967. Portrayed by Robin Schuricht, the performance will start at 1 and 3 pm. Saturday, January 28th. Performance is included with your admission to the Ohio History Center. 800 East 17th Ave., Columbus. 297-2300.

Support Your Local Artist Day is this Saturday, January 28th. Come to TehKu Tea Company in Historic Dublin to see local art and enjoy a hot cup of tea! 55 South High Street. 761-3808.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium wants to thank everyone for their record breaking attendance last year by offering half-price admission through February 29th. Adults will be $7, $4.50 for children ages two to nine, and $5 for senior citizens age 60 and over. Be sure to see the polar bears Aurora and Anana swimming in their geothermal heated pool or enjoy the warm indoor exhibits like the aquarium at Discovery Reef, gorillas in the African Forest or the Manatee Coast buildings.  9990 Riverside Drive. 645-3400.

COSI is having their Family Friday Night this week. A special admission rate of $9 provides non-stop fun from 5-9 pm. Experience all their exhibits plus a movie in the Giant Screen Theatre.  Current features are “African Adventure – Safari in the Okavango” and “Tornado Alley”. 333 West Broad Street, Columbus. 228-2674.

Phoenix Bats is open for tours during the winter! Tours run every Tuesday at 6 pm and on Thursday and Friday at 1:30 pm. During the one-hour tour, you will learn how the business began, how they work with professional baseball players and teams, the process of creating a bat and will also spend time in the shop seeing a close-up view of the bat making and finishing process. 7801 Corporate Blvd., Plain City. 873-7776.

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-Post by Allison & Katie