Open mic night: Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave. Looking for a place to showcase your musical talent? The library is putting out a call for vocalists, acoustic instrumentalists and pianists. A baby grand piano is available for use. Performers must register by calling 302-731-7550.
City council meeting: Monday, 7 p.m., at city hall, 220 S. Main St. City council will discuss the recommendations of a rental housing taskforce as well as a proposal by State Rep. Ed Osienski to combat panhandling along roadways.
Planning commission meeting: Tuesday, 7 p.m., at city hall, 220 S. Main St. The planning commission will vote on a proposal for five townhouses on New London Road as well as a proposal to annex properties at 734 Paper Mill Road and 5 and 11 Possum Hollow Road and build 10 single-family homes.
Newark High School play: Feb. 6-8, 7 p.m., at Newark High School, 750 E. Delaware Ave. The NHS theater department will present the musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Adults $10, children $5.
Artist reception: Friday, Feb. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St. Photographer Sasha Aber will exhibit a series of captivating images experienced over three weeks of journeying in Nepal.The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 28. Free.
Winter birding for families: Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m., at White Clay Creek State Park Nature Center, 1475 Creek Road. Join the park naturalist at the nature center to learn about birds at your feeders and more. Make a bird-feeder craft, learn about local birds, and go on a short hike. Free. Call to register, 302-368-6900.
The Art of Dessert: Saturday, Feb. 8, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Newark Arts Alliance, 276 E. Main St. The annual Newark Arts Alliance fundraiser offers guests samples of desserts from several Newark restaurants. Tickets are $20 and are available at www.newarkartsalliance.org or at the door.
Black History Month presentation: Saturday, Feb. 8, 1 p.m., at Newark Free Library, 750 Library Ave. The program gives the audience an intimate look at Jackie Robinson and the impact he has had on society and today’s culture. Registration required, 302-731-7550.