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Sonic Temple announces full lineup for 2020

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Update: Sonic Temple has announced the full lineup of performers for the 2020 edition of the fest. Check it out below, via the Sonic Temple Facebook page:

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Exit light, enter night: Sonic Temple Fest has announced all-time metal legends Metallica will grace the stage for the first time ever in 2020.

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One of the “big four” of thrash metal, Metallica have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have sold more than 125 million albums worldwide. The group is currently the only act announced for the second year of the hard rock festival formerly known as Rock on the Range.

Sonic Temple 2020 is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 at Mapfre Stadium. Passes go on sale on October 14 at noon, with layaway options available. For more information, visit sonictemplefestival.com/.

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2 tiny Columbus Zoo babies bring big hope for endangered species

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The newest babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be small, but they bring big hope for one of the most endangered species on the planet.

On November 1 and 3, reptile keepers at the Zoo’s Shores region successfully hatched two rare yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), the first ever hatched in an indoor zoological environment. The breakthrough is critical in efforts to boost the numbers of temple turtles, which are facing extinction, according to a release from the zoo.

Keepers note that the two hatchlings are "very active" and "very healthy." They are being cared for in behind-the-scenes habitats as they continue to grow stronger. Right now, the hatchlings are about the size of a racquetball and weigh approximately 80 grams–the same weight as a small tomato. They will grow to be up to about 2 feet long and weigh about 35 pounds.

These two turtles were the only ones to survive out of their mother's nest. Of five eggs, one turtle hatched on its own, and the care team helped another break out of its shell when it was experiencing some difficulties. Two other eggs did not contain viable hatchlings, and the fifth egg did not hatch.

“Our team is extremely proud of hatching these turtles, as well as being able to do so inside the Columbus Zoo’s Reptile House," said Becky Ellsworth, Curator of the Zoo’s Shores region. "This is a wonderful achievement as our Animal Care staff has been able to learn more information about this rare and important species, contributing significant knowledge to the zoological community working to help protect these turtles."

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Local attraction makes “World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019” list

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Today, TIME For Kids revealed the first-ever World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 list, and among other international attractions, a Columbus business found itself in the mix.

Otherworld, which shook up the local entertainment scene when it opened earlier this year, was named one of the "World's Coolest Places" because of its quality, originality, sustainability, and accessibility. 

For those who haven't made the trip out to 5819 Chantry Dr. in southeast Columbus yet, Otherworld is an immersive and interactive art installation, featuring dozens of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles throughout its 47 rooms. Read more about it in our (614) Magazine coverage.

See below for the Otherworld write-up by Ellen Nam of TIME For Kids:

"Otherworld is an art installation built by more than 40 artists. They filled a 32,000-square-foot facility with large-scale works, secret passages, and playgrounds that blur the line between virtual and digital. Each of Otherworld’s 47 rooms is designed to resemble a science-fiction fantasyland. Visitors are encouraged to explore freely. Kids can fill in magical coloring books and solve puzzles. Those who are feeling adventurous can crawl into the mouth of a giant fuzzy monster."

To see the full list of the World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 and to learn more about how each attraction was chosen, visit time.com/kid-places.

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6 local places to find a Clark Griswold-approved Christmas Tree

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Besides the places you can easily Google like Ace Hardware, Lowe's, Kroger, and Walmart, there are a slew of other Christmas tree farms operating in our back yards.For a real, live, sap-making Christmas tree, consider paying the following local businesses a visit:

Taylor Christmas Tree Farm

868 West Lane Avenue Unit Z, Columbus
(614) 488-8877
"We have the best selection of Christmas trees in Columbus and probably even in Ohio because we meticulously hand-pick each tree and manicure them all year long and grow them in colder climates there for producing trees that are full and very shapely." -Taylor Christmas Tree Farm website

HTH Christmas Tree Lot

2340 W Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus (614) 396-6313"HTH is your full service Christmas Tree Lot, open the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 23rd, 7 days a week. We carry beautiful Ohio and North Carolina grown Fraser Fir, Blue Spruce', Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir and White Pine trees ranging from 2 feet to 11 feet. We also have Fraser Fir Wreaths, Garland, Tree Stands and much more." -HTH Christmas Tree Lot website

Oakland Nursery Christmas Tree Lot

Multiple locations (614) 268-3511You wont need the chainsaw for this visit, but you will needs lots of hands to carry not only your new, live, pre-cut tree, but also the copious amounts of christmas decorations you'll be purchasing in the shop.

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Mr. Tree Farm

1099 Reynoldsburg - New Albany Rd, Blacklick (614) 577-0081With over 12,000 trees, Mr. Tree provides a wide variety of live, cut trees including Scotch Pine, White Pine, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Colorado Spruce, and Norway Spruce.

Fly A Way Farm

1950 Lackey Old State Rd, Delaware (740) 548-7355This farm features Canaan Fir, Scotch Pine and White Pine trees. Customers are met on the drive into the farm by greeters who will provide saws and direction on which trees to cut. Fly A Way Farm will only be open December 7th and 8th from 9am until dusk.

Homestead Farm

2573 Loudon St, Granville (740) 587-1345

"Here at Homestead Farm, we believe picking out your REAL Christmas tree should be a memorable experience for all! You are sure to enjoy the beauty of the country and we will make your visit as pleasant as possible." -Homestead Farm website

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