Fall entertainment and events

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

March of Dimes Night Moves

Every September, runners throughout central Ohio join together to make a difference in the lives of babies. On Friday, September 19, for the 28th year, the March of Dimes Night Moves will take place. Night Moves is a 5K and 5-mile nighttime run through downtown Columbus. All proceeds from the race benefit the March of Dimes, whose mission is to promote the health of babies.

The March of Dimes is inspired by all babies--those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive. They are the millions of reasons behind the urgent mission and why every day the March of Dimes:

  • Fights for health insurance for all pregnant women and children;
  • Pushes for newborn screening that could save lives and prevent mental retardation;
  • Provides comfort and information to families with a newborn in intensive care;
  • Supports all-important, Nobel Prize-winning research offering hope for prevention and solutions for babies born too soon or with birth defects.

March of Dimes carries out its mission in the name of babies, moms and families everywhere. For more information on Night Moves, log onto www.marchofdimesnightmoves.com.

The Lion King returns to Columbus

Experience the phenomenon of Disney's The Lion King when Columbus' best-loved musical returns.

Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score, including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar-winning song " Can You Feel The Love Tonight "and " Circle of Life ."

Let your imagination run wild at the Tony award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment." Columbus' most eagerly-awaited stage production is now playing at the Ohio Theatre through September 28 only: Tuesday through Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 1 and 6:30 p.m. An additional matinee performance is scheduled for Thursday, September 25, at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices range from $20 to $127.50 for VIP seating. Tickets are available at the Broadway Across America and Ohio Theatre box offices, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by phone at (614) 431-3600, or online at BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The world-famous Radio City Rockettes will present the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Nationwide Arena, December 9 and 10, for four performances only.

This year marks the debut of a whole new Christmas Spectacular, re-imagined specifically for large-scale venues and playing in 18 cities across the country, including a two-day stop at Nationwide Arena. Performances will take place at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. Tickets will go on sale Monday, September 15.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Radio City Rockettes, is an unparalleled show featuring the Rockettes' signature eye-high kicks and precision choreography in multiple show-stopping numbers, including the legendary "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "New York at Christmas," a dynamic holiday celebration. Families will be delighted as Santa flies high above the crowd, and the true meaning of Christmas will come to life in the awe-inspiring "Living Nativity." The Radio City Christmas Spectacular has dazzled and inspired over 65 million people for more than 75 years and continues to create memories that last a lifetime.

Tickets priced at $72, $49 and $25 and can be purchased by phone at: (866) 448-7849 or (614) 431-3600; online by visiting www.radiocitychristmas.com; or by visiting the Nationwide Arena box office.

18th annual I Know I Can newspaper sale helps send Columbus graduates to college

I Know I Can, Columbus' largest and most successful college access program, is excited to announce the 18th Annual Special Edition Newspaper Sale, which will take place on Friday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Battelle Plaza in the Arena District.

I Know I Can is dedicated to helping all deserving students in the Columbus City School District achieve their college dreams, but they can't do it alone. More than 50 volunteers will join I Know I Can to sell this year's newspaper at various downtown locations. The organization celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and I Know I Can will feature one fantastic graduate from each year of its existence in this year's newspaper.

Proceeds from the sale have helped I Know I Can award more than $21.5 million in Last Dollar grants since 1988, which help students take care of the "last dollars" necessary to meet tuition needs after all of the expected family contributions, scholarships, federal and institutional aid are accounted for. One Last Dollar Grant recipient recently wrote, "I want to go to college because I realize it is the key to success. However, I did not always think a post-secondary education would be possible, because I come from a family living in poverty. I am a first-generation college student and will be the first one in my family to graduate from college."

The Columbus business community has enthusiastically supported I Know I Can students' pursuits of higher education and the annual newspaper sale. Time Warner Cable will sponsor the event; media sponsorship once again will be provided by CD101. Purchasers of the newspaper will be treated to a free lunch and will receive ice cream compliments of CD101.

Those interested in volunteering to raise funds and help Columbus kids, may contact Caitlin Kredell at ckredell@iknowican.org or by telephone at (614) 233-9510 x110.

Franklin Park Conservatory dedicates historic glass Palm House in honor of John F. Wolfe

To honor his lifetime of philanthropy, civic leadership and service to the community, the Franklin Park Conservatory board of trustees recently dedicated its historic glass Palm House in honor of local civic leader and humanitarian, John F. Wolfe, publisher of The Columbus Dispatch and chairman and CEO of The Dispatch Printing Company.

The naming of the John F. Wolfe Palm House was announced in conjunction with the unveiling of the recently expanded Palm House and its new, permanent light installation by world-renowned artist James Turrell.

"John Wolfe has made Columbus and its people his priority and passion throughout a lifetime of philanthropic service," said Frederick L. Ransier III, president of the Franklin Park Conservatory Board.

The John F. Wolfe Palm House is a Columbus landmark and the Conservatory's most recognizable and treasured building. Local architect J.M. Freese designed the 1895 Victorian glass house after the famed horticulture building at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Franklin Park Conservatory is located at 1777 E. Broad St. For more information, visit the Conservatory's website at www.fpconservatory.org.

A day for kids at the BEST of Fall Home Show

Sunday, September 14 is Kids Day at the BEST of Fall Home Show, presented by Teeters Windows & Remodeling, and is designed to entertain kids of all ages. The family-friendly fun starts at 11 a.m. with Kids Korner crafts, pumpkin painting, beading and other activities led by The CW at WWHO53-TV.

Matt the Balloon Guy will also appear on Kids Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 1 p.m., the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will present a special animal program. Columbus' own "Queen of Cakes," renowned pastry chef Sue Larson of Le Gateau, will take the stage at 2 p.m. to demonstrate how to decorate dazzling and whimsical holiday cookies for kids. A cookie tasting will follow.

The BEST of Fall Home Show opens Friday, September 12 and runs through Sunday, September 14, at the Ohio Expo Center. Show hours are Friday from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are free at all Columbus area Kroger locations, or $5 at the door. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. For show information and ongoing updates, log on to www.dispatchevents.com.