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•Reformation Lutheran Church, 1355 S. Hamilton Road, will host a free Easter Egg Hunt Saturday March 22 at 1. Please come at least 10 minutes early to register for the larger prizes. There will be candy-filled eggs, and also eggs containing prize tags for smaller prizes. Children will be grouped by age: 0-2 year olds, 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds, and 8-10 year olds. Open to the community. For info, call 235-4995.
•Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave, will hold Holy Week services starting with Palm Sunday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. There will be a Holy Wednesday service at 12:00 noon and a Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday worship will be at 10:30 a.m.
•Eastview United Methodist Church, 1045 Ross Road, announces the following Holy Week services: Good Friday Service, March 21 at 7:00 p.m., Easter Sunrise Service, 8:00 a.m., Easter Breakfast immediately following the Sunrise service, traditional morning worship service, 10:00 a.m. with Sunday school for nursery through grade 6 at 10:00 also. For additional information, contact the church office at 235-7895.
Tax assistance at Whitehall
AARP Tax Aides will be available at the Whitehall Senior Center, 4924 Etna Road every Monday through April 7 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call the center at 501-8593 to make an appointment.
Also, in order to participate in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, a 2007 tax return must be filed, even for taxpayers who would not normally be required to file. Taxpayers who did not need to file in 2006 will receive a letter in mid to late March from the IRS with additional information.
Author and physicist to speak
at Capital University
Lawrence Krauss, a Case Western Reserve University physicist known for his best-selling books using laymen's terms to explore the universe's deepest scientific complexities, and for his defense of science as a vocal opponent of "intelligent design," will give a lecture at Capital University on March 31.
Krauss will present "Nonsense, Non-Science, and Science: From Aliens to Creationism" at 7 p.m. in the Bridge of Learning, located in room 260 of Ruff Memorial Learning Center. The event, sponsored by Capital's Honors Program, Behavioral Sciences Department and Provost's Office, is free and open to the public.
Krauss has written seven books, including "Beyond Star Trek" and "The Physics of Star Trek," and dozens of opinion/editorials for national newspapers and magazines.
SWACO Emerald Awards ceremony
SWACO Emerald Awards will be an event of May 7 at the Hilton Inn at Easton beginning at 11:30 a.m. Information is at www.swaco.org/Emeralds.aspx or by calling 871-5100. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person or a table of ten for $250. Guest speaker will be actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr.
Whitehall Library bilingual
The Whitehall Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, at Broad Street and Yarling Road, invites you to join us for our weekly Bilingual Story Time and hear stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English.
Our fun, interactive program will help children get ready to read and develop language and social skills in both Spanish and English. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is offered every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Bexley Library children's programs
Registration is now being taken for Bexley Public Library's spring 2008 children's programs, set to begin the week of March 31. There is no fee for participating in any of the programs.
Babytime is a program for children ages 9 to 24 months and their caregivers. The 20-minute programs feature songs, bounces, and stories, and meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Toddler Storyhour is a half-hour program for 2-year-olds and an adult, and meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Programs will include stories, fingerplays, and simple craft projects.
Three to five-year-old children may participate in Preschool Storyhour held on Mondays at 2 p.m., Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Programs last about 45 minutes and include stories, crafts, games and songs.
"Explorers Club," an hour-long program for kindergarteners through third graders, will begin April 9 and meets on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
All programs, except for Explorer's Club, require pre-registration. Call the Children's Department at 231-2878 for more information and to register.
Bexley Community Book Club
2nd Bookfair March 15
The Bexley Education Foundation's Bexley Community Book Club will hold its second Bookfair at Barnes & Noble at Easton Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m until 11 p.m.
On that day, The Bexley Education Foundation will receive up to 20 percent of proceeds from Barnes and Noble sales (books, videos, music and at the coffee shop) purchased through Bexley Community Book Club vouchers specifically earmarked for the Bookfair.
The event is part of a year-long calendar of activities focused on the works of journalist and novelist Pete Hamill, leading up to his appearance April 30.
The schedule of special performances iat the Bookfair include:
•11 a.m. - Presentation by District-Wide Fifth Grade Battle of the Books Team
•1 p.m. - Performance by Bexley High School String Ensemble
•2 p.m. - WBNS 10TV Anchor Andrea Cambern Reads Works of Pete Hamill, plus Trivia Contest with prizes
•3 p.m. - Book Discussion Group Meets in Café to Discuss Pete Hamill's "Downtown: My Manhattan."
•5 p.m. - Theatre performance by Bexley High School Theatre Ensemble
•6 p.m. - Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble
In addition to these performances, caricature and cartoon artists from Bexley High School will offer portraits on request, and visual art by Bexley Middle School students, featuring works inspired by Milt Caniff, who was an important creative influence for Hamill, will be on display in the store-along with visual art displays by Maryland Elementary students.
The event also will offer an opportunity for community members to buy books to donate to libraries on Andros Island in the Bahamas, where Bexley students and faculty visit each year for a period of study and service.
Information, including individual Pete Hamill ticket sales information (advance general admission tickets are $25 each and student tickets are available), can be obtained by calling the BEF office at 338-2093, or by visiting www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org and clicking on the Bexley Community Book Club link.
Bookfair vouchers can be downloaded from The Bexley Education Foundation website, and will be available at all five Bexley school buildings, the front entrance of the Cassingham complex, and at The Bexley Public Library, Drexel Theatre, Starbucks Bexley, and Cup O Joe.
Bexley Schools kindergarten enrollment April 1-2
Parents of children who will be five years old by September 30, 2008 and who live within the City of Bexley may enroll their children in the Bexley City School District's kindergarten program Tuesday, April 1, for students with last name beginning with A-M and on Wednesday, April 2, for students with last name beginning with N-Z.
Registration on both days will be from 9 - 11 a.m. or from 1- 3 p.m. at the area elementary schools.
Parents should bring the child's original birth certificate (to be copied) and proof of residency to their elementary school. It ishelpful to bring the child's immunization records at this time. Also bring custodial papers if this applies.
For information on early entrance for kindergarten or first-grade, or intra-district enrollment, call Dr. Anne Hyland at 231-7611.
Bexley Library Internet programs
Bexley Public Library reference librarians will conduct Internet Basics programs that will include discussion of navigating the Internet, using the library's website and catalog, and hands-on instruction about using specific Internet search engines. Each program consists of two one-hour sessions, from 2-3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and March 18. A Beyond the Basics program is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19 at 2 pm.
All programs are free but advance registration is required. Call 231-8795.
Knights of Columbus Women's
Club card party & style show
The Knights of Columbus Women's Club, Reynoldsburg will host their Annual Card Party and Style Show on Tuesday, March 25, at St. Pius X School Gym, 1061 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, from 7-10 p.m.
Tickets are $8 and include door prizes, dessert buffet, appetizers, coffee, tea and punch. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Fashions will be provided by Fashion Bug, 2857 Taylor Road, S.W., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Bring your own cards or games.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Dee Ansbro at 759-7876.
Shadywood baseball league
The Shadywood Baseball League, which includes t-ball for ages 5 and 6 through Little League for ages 11-13, is holding sign-ups at Angelina's Villa, 5450 E. Livingston Ave., Saturdays through March from noon to 3 p.m.
Cost of registration is $25 for t-ball, $50 for coached-pitched baseball for ages 7-8, and $60 for kid-pitch for 9-10-year-olds and for Little League. Games are played in May and June. For information, contact Charles Rogers at 866-7874.
Whitehall Chamber of
The next Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting will be March 19 at Consumer Credit Counseling Services, 4500 E. Broad Street at 8:30 a.m.
St. Catharine's St. Patrick's Day dinner/dance
St. Catharine Church's St. Patrick's Day dinner/dance will be held March 15 at the school gym, 2865 Fair Ave., sponsored by Special People in Catholic Education. Proceeds benefit the Catholic education of St. Catharine Parish children.
The evening begins at 6 and includes an Irish dinner and music by Pauken-Farley and the General Guinness Band and performances by local Irish step dancers.
Cost is $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. For information, call 235-1396 or 231-4509.
Workshop on community
A Community Empowerment Workshop at United Way, 360 S. Third Street, Columbus, is scheduled for March 19 from 6-:30 p.m. The session is free, but registration is required.
The topic is "Community Crime Patrols In Your Neighborhood." Citizen patrols are a growing trend in the United States. Learn how Community Crime Patrol, Inc., is a program of highly trained citizen patrollers working to increase safety in Columbus neighborhoods. Hear how this project operates from the personal experiences of neighborhood patrollers and police liaisons. The presenter will be Eileen Moore of Community Crime Patrol, Inc.
For questions or registration information, contact Sharon Ware at 241-3071.
Rotary pancake breakfast includes
music, raffle, contests
The annual Whitehall-Bexley Rotary Club pancake breakfast will be held March 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Whitehall Community Park Activities Building, 402 North Hamilton Road. You can purchase tickets from any Whitehall-Bexley Rotary Club member or at the door. Tickets are $6 each; children age 5 and under will be admitted free. The price entitles you to all you can eat.
A $100 certificate of deposit, donated by First Bexley Bank, will be raffled off to one lucky winner. Other prizes will also be raffled. The Maennerchor Thursday Nite Jammers will provide music.
The club supports a variety of local, national, and international charitable projects. Proceeds of the pancake breakfast will benefit club projects, including the Whitehall Youth Athletic Association.
Easter egg hunts
The Whitehall Community Celebration Association will be hosting the annual Easter egg hunt March 15 at John Bishop Park at 10 a.m.
The Bexley Celebrations Association and the Parks and Recreation Department will hold its Easter egg hunt March 22 at noon at Jeffrey Park, 165 N. Parkview Ave.
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has scheduled Easter egg hunts for children and teens March 22 at the following locations:
•Barnett, 1184 Barnett Road, 10 a.m. for ages 3-11. There will be a teen flashlight hunt for ages 12 and up March 21 at 6:30 p.m.
•Driving Park, 1100 Rhoads Road, 10 a.m. for ages 12 andunder.
•Far East, 1826 Lattimer Drive (near Walnut Ridge High School), 10 a.m. for ages 11 and under.
•Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St., German Village, 10 a.m., for ages 10 and under. Teens can meet in the gym for instructions for their outdoor hunt.
The Reynoldsburg VFW Post 9473 will sponsor an Easter egg hunt March 22 at 1 p.m. at Huber Park.
Bexley Schools sponsors Iraq
Bexley Schools will present an Iraq Seminar Series March 19 from 7-9 p.m. in the Bexley High School Library at 326 South Cassingham Road in Bexley.
"The series offers an opportunity to discuss what the current war in Iraq means for our world and our future," said Jesse Vogel, Bexley High School sophomore who is producing the series, along with classmate Graham Horn. The program receives support from a classroom grant awarded last year by The Bexley Education Foundation.
The session on March 19 will examine how the war in Iraq shapes current international policy. Speakers for this event are Dr. Andy Katz, professor of political science at Denison University and Dr. Sean Kay, who specializes in U.S. foreign and national security policy at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Vogel and Horn conceived of the seminar series because of their personal interest in the subject.
"The Middle East conflict will define our generation," commented Vogel. "The Bush Administration's policies with regard to the September 11 attacks, Afghanistan and Iraq will shape the future of U.S. foreign policy for our lifetimes."
An ongoing student discussion group will consider the topic further, meeting at lunchtime and after school with the guidance of Bexley High School librarian Mike Nolan.
Bexley Women's Club offers
high school, college students scholarships
Applications for the 2008 Bexley Women's Club high school and college scholarships are now being accepted. High school students who have a 2.5 GPA or above and are legal residents of the city of Bexley are eligible to apply. College scholarships have no residency requirement. The postmarked deadline is March 31. Applications can be obtained by contacting Georgiana Van Syckle, at 235-6975.
Bexley High students to exhibit
photographs in Short North
Bexley art students will present "Contact! Photograms by Bexley High School Students" at Edward Jones Investments at 850 North High Street in the Short North. The exhibition, hosted by Dave Weibel, runs through March 31.
High school art specialist Mabi Ponce de Leon served as curator for the exhibition, which features the work of photography students enrolled in Bexley High School's Photography and Printmaking classes.
Echoes in Time Theatre
tells Irish immigrant's tale
The Ohio Historical Center's Echoes in Time Theatre will be presenting "Saints Preserve Us! The Irish in America" in March.
|Mike Follin portrays Sean O'Shaugnessy, who tells his story of leaving Ireland with his young bride in "Saints Preserve Us! The Irish In America," on March 20 and 27.
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.
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 20 and 27.
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.
The Ohio Historical Center is located at I-71 and 17th Avenue. It is one of 59 historic museums and sites operated by the Ohio Historical Society, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state's partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio's history, archaeology and natural history.
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 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.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements. Information is available at www.columbusjcc.org.
Gypsy/Klezmer music concert
Gypsy Klezmorim music and dance will be the highlight of the evening on March 15, when world-renowned musicians Arkady Gips, Vadim Kolpakov, Alex Gorodezky, Mikhail Popov, Lucy Smirnov, Steven Fox and Neil Jacobs, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the JCC of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave. Also featured in the performance will be dancer Marina Kolpakov.
Concert tickets are $20 for JCC members and seniors, and $25 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Raisa Patlashenko, JCC Russian Acculturation director, at 559-6215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film festival opening
Due to the inclement weather that occurred on the Opening Night of the Columbus Jewish Film Festival, the festivities previously scheduled for March 8 will now take place on Sunday, March 16, at the Gateway Theater, 1550 N. High St.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. with the showing of My Mexican Shivah, followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in The Event Place at the Gateway. The festival will close with the film, The Bubble, at 6:45 p.m.
For more information, visit the film festival website at www.cjfilmfest.org or call (614) 231-2731.
Jewish educator-author to speak
Ron Wolfson, a Jewish educator and author of "The Spirituality of Welcoming" and "God's To Do List," will be the featured speaker at this year's annual Gaynor Lecture Series on April 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Following the lecture, he will be available to sign copies of his books, which also will be on sale in the lobby.
His current book, "God's To Do List," is written for middle school students and up. The book and the lecture will appeal to families, youth preparing for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, and young adults, said Melanie Butter, event coordinator.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Butter at email@example.com.
Singer Justin Roberts to entertain preschoolers April 6
Justin Roberts, whose popular recordings for preschoolers include "Willy Wasd a Whale" and his most recent, "Meltdown," will present a concert Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. at the JCC. The concert is presented by the JCC's three preschools and the JCC Children, Youth, and Camping Department.
| Justin Roberts
Roberts began his career as the leader of an indie rick band by night and a Montessori preschool by day before recording songs for young children.
His videos can be seen on the preschool cable channel, Noggin. His albums have earned four Parents Choice Gold Awards, and he has been written up in numerous magazines and newspapers - ranging from The New York Times to Sesame Street Parents magazine.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children if purchased by April 1, and $15 for adults and $5 for children after that date.
For information, including sponsorships, contact Talis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-6289.
Jewish War Veterans Post
sponsors blood drive
The Jewish War Veterans Post 122 will sponsor a blood drive at the JCC, 1125 College Ave., March 19. To book an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543).
Artist David Moss to hold residency, exhibit in April
Internationally renowned artist David Moss will be in Columbus this spring for a week-long residency that opens a month-long exhibition of his work at the JCC.
A native of Dayton, Moss now resides in Israel, where his art has progressed from two-dimensional calligraphy to three-dimensional objects and even buildings infused with Jewish content.
While in Columbus, from April 3 to 9, Moss will give lectures and conduct workshops at the Columbus Museum of Art, OSU Libraries, Columbus Jewish Day School, Columbus Torah Academy, and the JCC.
"David Moss' extraordinary calligraphy, papercuts, bookmaking, and designs infuse traditional Jewish rituals and texts with meaning for contemporary audiences. His stories, demonstrations, and workshops are sure to provide wonder and insights for those who are familiar with Jewish traditions and those who are not," said Dr. Carole Genshaft, Adjunct Curator of Education at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Tennis lessons for ages 3-5
The Jewish Community Center is offering a Mighty Mite Tennis program for children ages three to five years in a seven-week program beginning April 7. The classes will be taught by JCC Tennis Pro Pam Lippy in the JCC gymnasium at 1125 College Ave.
Children will learn basic tennis and motor skills that lead to playing on "short" courses with foam balls, small racquets and other junior-sized equipment. Children of all skill levels are welcome.
The fee is $80. Wilson Pee-Wee racquets are available for $20. For information, contact Jeanna Brownlee, JCC Director of Sports and Wellness, at 559-6274 or email@example.com.
Gallery Players holds auditions for
Gallery Players, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus' theatre group, will present "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.
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