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Long Weekend Warriors: Home for the Holidays

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As your family gathers close this holiday weekend, keep them entertained and happy with these wonderful events.


Sweet Turkeys!
Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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11:00 AM — 4:00 PM
$6.00 – $12.00

Listen to a story, presented at 11am, 12pm & 1pm, about a turkey that got away, then make a turkey-shaped cookie for a sweet treat. $3 per cookie.

Music at the Conservatory Series
Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

NOV 26 — NOV 30
2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
$6.00 – $12.00

NOV 26 7:00 PM — The Four Winds & Company
NOV 28 7:00 PM — The Seasons Sax Quartet
NOV 29 at 7:00 PM — Silver & Spruce
NOV 30 at 2:00 PM — The Broad Street Bells
NOV 30 7:00 PM — The Salty Caramels

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Venue: Columbus Children’s Theatre

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Showtimes Vary
$12.00 – $25.00

60 Minutes, Recommended for everyone age 4 and older

The Herdmans return to CCT in this hilarious Christmas tale. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history! You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! Described by the Seattle Times as “One of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest,” this delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling book.

A Thanksgiving Alternative: A Concert of True Gratitude
Venue: Maynard Avenue United Methodist Church

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7:30 PM — 9:00 PM

Friends. Freedom. Food. Music. Jobs. Parents. Children. Laughter. Emotions. And dozens of other things. We all have so much to be thankful for — everyday, not just Thanksgiving Day. So join me from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday November 28 as I sing a unique concert of songs that express gratitude for all that we have.

Gingerbread Friday!
Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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11:00 AM — 4:00 PM
$6.00 – $12.00

Create a house with graham crackers, frosting and candy. Supplies available on a first come, first served basis. $3 per house.

Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

NOV 29
11:00 AM & 2:00 PM
$6.00 – $12.00

Ventriloquist David Crone brings along a number of his beloved characters in this unique combination of comedic ventriloquism, magic and audience participation. 11am & 2pm.

8th Annual Gingerbread Competition
Venue: Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

NOV 29 – NOV 30
10:00 AM — 5:00 PM

A holiday tradition, the eighth annual gingerbread display will be on public display starting December 2, 2014. Participants can register in one of four categories – Youth, Teen, Adult or Family – by November 30, 2014. Download a registration form at Entries must be delivered to the Conservatory November 29 or November 30 and will remain on display until January 4, 2015. Celebrity judges will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners in each age category and then Conservatory patrons will vote on a “Best in Show” winner who will receive a $500 prize.

Edible Holiday Gifts
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NOV 30
3:30 PM — 5:30 PM
$30.00 – $35.00

New, healthy ideas for savory holiday gifts! Create spice rubs, tangy infused vinegars and dried dip mixes, and take home samples. Learn packaging ideas to put the finishing touch on your homemade gifts. Hands-on. VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE. Preregister online.

Orphan Art Show Reception
Venue: Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch

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2:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Art Show and Auction to Benefit Orphans!

All ages are welcome to attend the Orphan Art Show and Auction to benefit Orphan World Relief. It will be hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch Children’s Section on November 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. The artwork created by children in Honduras and Bolivia is currently on display at the library until the Art Show and Auction to help people learn more about orphans at-risk kids. Orphan World Relief is a Worthington-based 501(c)(3) organization that helps at-risk children around the world where there are few, if any, social services.

There will also be artwork created by local and national artists for silent auction, music, and story time. Anyone who donates $20 or more at the Art Show will be permitted to select and take home art by one of our international child artists! All of the proceeds will benefit Orphan World Relief. There is no fee to attend this open house event. The Columbus Metropolitan Library is located at 96 S. Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

Orphan World Relief directly supports six high quality programs to help orphans and at-risk kids in Bolivia, Honduras, India, Ukraine, and Russia with nutritional, educational, and financial assistance. With more than 147 million orphans worldwide suffering from disease, poverty, and social issues, President Doug Riggle strives for one common goal, “…relief for orphans and at- risk children. No one is too young or old to make a difference.” For more information, visit Orphan World Relief’s website at

Venue: Shadowbox Live

NOV 30— JAN 4
2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
$10.00 – $35.00

Don’t miss Shadowbox Live’s holiday musical Scrooge! A musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic: A Christmas Carol, Scrooge follows miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge as he undergoes a profound experience of redemption in one magical family friendly evening.

Kids Tickets available for $10.