Artist reception: Friday, 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.
Newark High School play: Friday and Saturday, 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.
Winter birding for families: Saturday, 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.
Black history presentation: Saturday, 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.
The Art of Dessert: Saturday, 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.
Empty Bowls: Sunday, 4 p.m., at the Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Dr. To benefit the Meals on Wheels program, enjoy all you can eat soup and a piece of handmade pottery. Individual tickets: $50. newarkseniorcenter.com.
City council meeting: Monday, 7 p.m., at city hall, 220 S. Main St. Council will discuss a proposal to hire an additional school resource officer, a law regulating patios and decks on Main Street, and a request for a special-use permit to operate a cycle spin studio on South Main Street.
Voting machine demo: Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gallaher Elementary School, 800 N. Brownleaf Road. This free event will give attendees a chance to try out the new voting machines that will be used in the 2020 election. Staff from the Department of Elections will be on hand to answer questions.
School board meeting: Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road. The school board will discuss the upcoming referendum and the search for a new superintendent.
Camp/volunteer fair: Saturday, Feb. 15, 9:30 to noon, at Newark High School, 750 E. Delaware Ave. Representatives from various summer camps will be on hand to talk about their offerings. Attendees can also speak to members of Newark-area nonprofits about volunteer opportunities. The event will include crafts and other activities for kids. Free and open to the public.