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Eastland Performing Arts stages "Little Shop of Horrors"
Messenger photo by John Matuszak
Zach Alexander, front, as Seymour, is elated that his prize plant is thriving, while his girlfriend, Audrey, played by Elizabeth Testa, appears a little alarmed by the menacing monster (Chelsea Spencer and Matt Neumann) in the Eastland Performing Arts Program's production of the musical comedy "Little Shop of Horrors." The play will be presented Jan. 24 and 25 at 3 and 7 p.m.
The Eastland Performing Arts Program's Black Box Theatre will stage the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" Jan. 24 and 25 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.
The comedy, with a score by Alan Mencken and Howard Ashman, tells the story of a schlepp at a skid row flower shop who creates a new plant to impress his girlfriend, only to see it grow and decour everyone in sight.
The audience will be seated on the stage with the performers in the black box theater. Tickets are free but only a limited number will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Capital lecture with author A.S. Byatt cancelled
Capital University's Gerhold Lecture Series with A.S. Byatt, Booker Prize-winning author of "Possession," scheduled for Feb. 5, has been cancelled, due to a conflict with the author's schedule.
Bexley Women's Club
Bexley Women's Club will meet Jan. 15, at 12:30pm at Kensington Place, 935 Cassady Avenue. The program will be "Discovering Ideas & Hints For Container Gardening" by Joey Thomas, Innswood Garden volunteer.
Contact Carol Pfau at 231-0915 for reservations. Visit www.bexleywomen.org for information.
Olde Cellar Band benefit for Make-A-Wish Foundation
Olde Cellar Band will be hosting a benefit concert for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Jan. 19 at House of Crave, 391 Neil Ave. The band has been performing in the central Ohio area since 2002. They have two self-produced albums, "Calm" and "Slow Moving Ceiling."
Voted one of the "Best Bar Bands in Columbus," they have opened for nationally known artists, including Eddie Money, Ted Nugent, Dickey Betts and Lou Gramm.
|Olde Cellar Band members, from left, Nick Funk, Tim Delelles, Tim Kovacs and Ryan Smith, will perform at a benefit concert for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Jan. 19 at House of Crave on Neil Avenue.
Also performing will be Red Hyper Giant, Groove Soda and Cotton Jackson. Olde Cellar Band will perform last. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, or may be purchased at the door for $5. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8.
Parent seminar on school suspensions & expulsions
"Stupid Stuff Kids Do To Get Suspended/Expelled From School" is the topic of a parent seminar at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. on Jan. 20 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The seminar is designed to help parents deal with the behaviors, understand the behaviors and find supportive services in the public schools.
Glenn Byers, LISW, will present information about behavioral issues and intervention. Byers is an experienced social worker who has counseled youth with behavioral problems and worked in child welfare in the foster care system.
Ellen Wristen, an attorney, will present information about alternative placement opportunities, special needs interventions, and special education issues as they apply to student with behavioral issues, suspensions and expulsions.
To register for the seminar or for additional information, call the church office at 614-235-3451. The cost of the seminar is $5.00 per person with scholarship assistance available for those in need.
Willis Park Civic Association
The meeting of the Willis Park Civic Association will be held on Jan. 16, at Liberty Christian Academy at 4938 Beatrice Drive at 6 p.m.
There will be a short presentation of the Court Watch Program which is provided by the Franklin County prosecutor's office. Attention will be given to the completion of the Willis Park Gateway Project.
Input will be asked from residents on ways to spend a rather large amount of money that should be used for the betterment or improvement of the neighborhood. The Newsletter Program will be addressed in this regard.
he Columbus Police Department will be present to instruct neighborhood residents on just what attracts a burglar to a particular house and how that homeowner can protect their property. The importance of all residents working together to protect each will be stressed.
Attempts to meet with the Plaza Properties, Inc., responsible for the day to day management of Wyandotte East Apartments, to discuss concerns will be addressed.
Input regarding what next steps should be taken to resurface Manfeld Drive from at least Justin to Teddy Drive and eliminate the continual use of cold patch asphalt to band-aid the problem but not cure it will also be addressed.
All residents of the area are urged to attend.
Seminar to discuss how to request special education evaluation
How to effectively request that your child be evaluated for special education services by the public school is the topic of a seminar offered on Jan. 17 from 7- 8:30 p.m. at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave.
Ellen Wristen will present the seminar for the benefit of parents, guardians and professionals who regularly help parents with this issue.
In order for the seminar to be most helpful, the parent should bring with them documents describing the student's academic success (grade cards or school discipline notices), prior psychological evaluations and/or letters from physicians describing the students medical/mental health problems (ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Diabetic, etc.)
Ohio Historical Society Echoes in Time Theatre
The Ohio Historical Center's Echoes in Time Theatre will be presenting "Salmon P. Chase, A Man of Complexity," and Conflict in January, "The Woman Behind the Man: The President's First Lady" in February and "Saints Preserve Us! The Irish in America" in March.
All shows take place twice each Thursday evening at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Discovery Theatre, and are free with admission to the Ohio Historical Center.
In "Salmon P. Chase, A Man of Complexity and Conflict," Richard Schuricht, of Buckeye Lake, portrays the Ohio politician who in the Civil War era served as Ohio's governor and senator, Lincoln's treasury secretary, and finally as chief justice of the Supreme Court. The presentation will be Jan. 17, Jan. 24 and Jan. 31.
For "The Woman Behind the Man: The President's First Lady," Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, Betty Meneer of Columbus plays Mrs. Oscar E. Bland, wife of Judge Bland. As a dear friend of First Lady Florence Harding, Mrs. Bland will share her joys and concerns about President and Mrs. Harding.
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Sean O'Shaugnessy tells his story of leaving Ireland with his young bride in "Saints Preserve Us! The Irish In America," on March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Learn about their journey across the Atlantic and the reality of coming to America, the land of golden opportunity. Sean will be performed by Mike Follin of Chesterville, Ohio.
Admission to the Ohio Historical Center is $7/adults, $3/students and free for OHS members and children 5 years of age and under. For more information, visit www.ohiohistory.org or call 297-2300 or 800-686-6124. The Ohio Historical Center is located at I-71 and 17th Avenue.
Pete Hamill to be subject of Bexley Book Club discussion
|The life and career of journalist and novelist Pete Hamill, the Bexley Community Book Club's 2008 selected author, will be the subject of "An Author's Journey," on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St.
The life and career of journalist and novelist Pete Hamill, the Bexley Community Book Club's 2008 selected author, will be the subject of "An Author's Journey," on Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St.
Web-based talk show host Kacey Kowars will discuss Hamill's life and work, including fiction and non-fiction. The event is the second of two book talks sponsored by the Bexley Community Book Club in partnership with the Bexley Public Library.
Information about Pete Hamill's career is available on the Bexley Community Book Club website, http://www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org/BookClub.htm. In his talk, Kowars will pay special attention to the books "A Drinking Life," "Snow in August," "North River," "Why Sinatra Matters," "News is a Verb," and "Manhattan."
The year-long Bexley Community Book Club initiative aims to promote reading and showcase Bexley's belief in the importance of education and lifelong learning.
Additional in-school programs are being planned to expose students to several Hamill books. All events will culminate in the special community-wide appearance by Mr. Hamill at Bexley High School on April 30.
Proceeds from Bexley Community Book Club, through sponsorships, ticket sales and book sales, will help support literary, performing and visual arts facilities and/or programs for the Bexley City Schools through the Arts Endowment Fund of The Bexley Education Foundation.
Further information, including individual ticket sales information (advance general admission tickets are $25 each), can be obtained by calling the BEF office at 338-2093, or visiting www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org and clicking on the Bexley Community Book Club link.
The Bexley Education Foundation funds programs and projects to ensure educational excellence in the Bexley City Schools, one of the top public school districts in the state and nation.
Bexley City Council meetings at Cassingham school complex
The Jan. 22 Bexley City Council and committee meetings will be held in the community room at the Cassingham Complex, to the left of the main entrance. Meetings are being relocated to provide access to handicapped residents who cannot reach the second-floor city hall chambers.
Knights of Columbus free-throw contest, spaghetti dinner
The Knights of Columbus Council 5253 of St Pius X Catholic Church, 1061 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, will sponsor a youth basketball free throw competition Jan. 26 at the school gym, for boys and girls ages 10 to 14. Registration begins at 7 p.m.
Participants are required to furnish proof of age and parental consent. For entry forms and information, contact Scott Harris at 740-927-1672.
An all you can eat spaghetti dinner will be served Jan. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children. Carry-out meals are $5. Proceeds benefit religious vocations.
Capital's Schumacher Gallery announces 2007-08 season
Capital University's Schumacher Gallery has announced its schedule of exhibits for the 2007-08 season.
"Beyond Boundaries," featuring self-taught artists who use unconventional subjects, techniques and materials, will be presented Jan. 11-Feb. 15. The exhibit is co-sponsored by Art Access.
"Art on a String," with Asian kites in a variety of imaginative shapes associated with festivals, holidays and special events, will take flight March 3-April 11. An opening reception will take place March 7 from 5-7 p.m.
Capital University's Student Art Exhibition will be held April 18-26, with a meet-the-artists reception April 18 from 5-7 p.m.
The Schumacher Gallery, which includes an extensive permanent collection of European, American, Asian, African and Inuit art, is located on the fourth floor of the Blackmore Library. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m., during the school year. Admission is free.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements. Information is available at www.columbusjcc.org.
Gallery Players to perform Sondheim's "Forum"
Gallery Players, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus' theatre group, has announced a change in its upcoming show schedule. Instead of the previously scheduled "South Pacific," the company will present Stephen Sondheim's "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum."
The musical is a comedy in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful, but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom.
"We made the switch in the schedule due to a variety of reasons, most importantly, that there currently is a renewed interest in Stephen Sondheim's work," said Jared Saltman, JCC Cultural Arts director. "Those auditioning for 'South Pacific' expressed more of an interest in auditioning for 'Forum,' when given a choice between the two."
Sondheim is receiving renewed attention due to a Broadway revival and a film version of "Sweeney Todd."
"Forum" has a script by Larry Gelbart, known for creating the television show "M*A*S*H" and the screenplay for "Tootsie."
The show schedule will follow the previous one, set for Saturday, Feb. 23, March 1 and 8, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 24, March 2 and 9, at 2:30 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 6, at 7:30 p.m.
All season ticket holders' ticket purchases will be honored at the newly scheduled show.
The other show remaining in the schedule is "Brooklyn Boy," May 17-June 1, with auditions March 16-18.
"Brooklyn Boy," a drama written by Donald Margulies, is a story about what happens when the marginally successful writing career of middle-aged author Eric Weiss begins to take off with the publication of his novel.
Tickets for individual shows are $12 for JCC members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for senior members, $16 for senior non-members, $8 for students, and $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.
Those interested in making contributions to support the theater may become a JCC Patron of the Arts. Patron levels are $100 (with the patron receiving two tickets to one show), $250 (four tickets to one show), $500 (two subscriptions) and $1,000 (four subscriptions).
For information on season subscriptions or becoming a JCC Patron of the Arts, visit the Gallery Players website at jccgalleryplayers.org, or call 559-6248.
Camp Hoover overnight reunion is for everyone
While it won't be time for the JCC Summer Camps for a few months, kids still can get together with all of their friends and counselors from Camp Hoover on the Hoover Reunion Overnight, scheduled for Jan. 20-21.
The event will include a dance party, with giveaways for the best dancers, provided by Buckeye Sounds, a "Guitar Hero" tournament, and other surprises.
All kids in 4th through 8th grades are invited to attend - even if they've never been to Camp Hoover. Reunion participants receive a t-shirt, so they should sign up in advance.
Drop off will be Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. and pick up Monday, Jan. 21, at 9 a.m. The fee is $50 for JCC members and $65 for non-members. Bring a friend who has never been to Camp Hoover and save $5!
For information or to sign up, contact John Weaver at (614) 559-6266 or email@example.com.
Summer camp brochure to go online for early registration
On Feb. 1, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus' Summer Camp brochure will be made available online, with registrations beginning Feb. 8.
Rachel Fox, JCC camping services director, stressed that fees are remaining the same as they were for the 2007 season.
JCC Summer Camps, accredited by the American Camping Association, offer camping options for ages 3 to 25. The variety of programs include an early childhood camp, traditional day camps and intensive specialty camps, such as Circus Camp, Theatre Camp, Art Camp and Sports Camp.
A special needs camp also is offered for children, youth and adults. Daily swimming lessons also are included for all campers (excluding Specialty Camps). In addition, a registered nurse or an American Red Cross certified first aid provider is at each of the three camp sites during all hours of camp operation.
The JCC offers flexible enrollment options to meet the needs of busy families, and transportation and extended childcare also are offered. A sibling discount also is available.
For information, contact Fox at 559-6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids can audition for "Willie Wonka"
The Children, Youth and Camping department of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus will hold auditions for this spring's presentation of "Willy Wonka" Auditions Feb. 4 and 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
"Every child who auditions will be given a part," said Rachel Fox, director of the Children, Youth and Camping department. "This will be a great opportunity for kids who are interested in theater to learn more about acting."
Students in the 2nd through 12th grades are invited to audition for placement in the show.
Rehearsals will begin Feb. 13, and be held every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m., and Monday and Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., through April 9.
Performances are scheduled for Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m.; Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m.; and Sunday, April 13, at 1 and 5 p.m.
For information, visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org, or contact Rachel Fox at (614) 559-6253 or email@example.com.
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