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celebrates 40th anniversary
On April 22, Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools will celebrate our 40th anniversary, dedicate our recently completed Auto Academy and the renovated Computer-Aided Design Drafting lab, and induct alumni into our Hall of Fame.
Every five years, alumni are selected to join our Hall of Fame. Nominations were submitted this fall, and 11 alumni were selected for this honor based on their positive involvement as an Eastland-Fairfield high school or adult student, success in their chosen career, and positive involvement in their community.
The 2008 inductees are T.J. Baggett , Robert Durkin, Josh Groce ,Abby Hammock, Christina Knightstep, Steve Levin, Dennis Nicodemus ,Christopher Prater ,Edward Rutherford , Ginny Spires and Mark Waishnora.
The celebration is open to the public. The reception begins at 6 p.m., and the ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the Auto Academy building at Eastland Career Center. If you'd like to attend, call 614.836.4530 or email Kim Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org to R.S.V.P.
Author & journalist Pete Hamill in Bexley April 30
Writer Pete Hamill, the Bexley Community Book Club's selected author for 2008, will speak at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Hamill is a legendary New York reporter and editor who has published 21 books, many of them best-sellers.
Billed as a "yearlong community read of the works of a selected author" and designed to involve the community through a host of book-related events culminating in the author's visit to Bexley April 30, the Bexley Community Book Club aims to encourage lifelong reading. It is a new initiative of The Bexley Education Foundation, which in 2008 is celebrating its 25th year.
Pete Hamill was chosen as the book club's first selected author because of the breadth and wide appeal of his work. His books include the best-selling novels Snow in August and North River, the gritty memoir A Drinking Life, and biographies of Diego Rivera and Frank Sinatra.
In his four decades as a journalist, Hamill has reported from wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland, as well as the great domestic disturbances of the 1960s. He witnessed the events of September 11, 2001 and reported on them for the New York Daily News.
Hamill will meet with students at Bexley High School during the day on April 30.
Hamill's visit to Bexley will also include a private "meet and greet" dinner reception for sponsors at Giuseppe's Ritrovo and a 7:30 p.m. community-wide presentation in the Schottenstein Theatre at Bexley High School, followed by a book signing.
WBNS 10TV news anchor Andrea Cambern will serve as master of ceremonies at the community-wide presentation.
In his 7:30 p.m. presentation at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre, Hamill will speak on the topic, "Fiction & Journalism: What's the Difference?"
Advance general admission tickets are $25 each; tickets are $30 at the door. Student ticket prices are available.
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.
For tickets and information, call the BEF office at 338-2093 or log on to www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org.
The Bexley Education Foundation funds programs and projects to ensure educational excellence in the Bexley City Schools.
Reynoldsburg Reach public meeting schedule
The Reynoldsburg school district has scheduled a series of public meetings to gather input on the configuration of new buildings following the passage of a bond issue in March.
Officials are considering four options for a second high school and a seventh elementary school.
•A traditional high school for grades 9-12.
•One high school building for grades 9-10, and the other for grades 11-12.
•Small "schools of choice" within the high school buildings focusing on different academic areas.
•A traditional elementary school or a magnet "school of choice."
All meetings will take place at 7 p.m. Locations and dates are:
•April 22, Herbert Mills
•April 23, Waggoner Road JH
•April 29, Graham Road
•May 1, Hannah Ashton MS
•May 6, Rose Hill
•May 8, Baldwin Road JH
•May 13, Taylor Road
•May 15, Slate Ridge
•May 22, French Run
•May 29, Reynoldsburg High
Whitehall Senior Center
rummage, craft & bake sale
The Whitehall Senior Center will be hosting its annual rummage, bake and craft sale April 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bean soup, corn bread and hot dogs will also be available.
Anyone who has items to donate may drop them off April 22 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the center at 4924 Etna Road. Any questions or for more information, call Ginni Kocher at 235-1158.
Bishop Hartley Drama stages
story of Archbishop Romero
The Bishop Hartley Drama Department will present "The Fifth Sun" April 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. at 1285 Zettler Road in Columbus.
"The Fifth Sun," a drama by Nicholas A. Patricca, playwright and theology professor at Loyola University Chicago, is the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in March of 1980 because of his defense of the poor against the exploitation and terror rendered by the El Salvadoran government.
The experimental play combines elements of ancient tomb rituals, Mayan temple dramas, and medieval morality plays into a contemporary dramatic structure.
Tickets are $7 at the door. Call 237-5421 for information.
Youth Philharmonic performs
at Reynoldsburg High
The Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio will present its free spring concert April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg High School auditorium, 6699 East Livingston Avenue.
The orchestra will perform a variety of selections, including Mozart's Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Blue Ridge Legend" by Paul W. Whear. There will be a reception after the concert. Call 470-0739 for information.
Auditions for play "Sweet as
Suguh in M'Tee"
Auditions for Hit the Ground Running's production of "Freedom, Sweet as Suguh in M'Tee" will be held April 21, 22, 28 and 29 at the gateway Wellness Center, 112 Jefferson Ave., from 8-9:30 p.m., for actors and dancers ages 18 to 65.
Those auditioning should be ready to perform a two-minute dance composition and a one-minute monologue, as well as a cold reading.
This play focuses on a little-known argument between Harriett Tubman (the "Moses" of the Underground Railroad), and Sojourner Truth about Truth's trip to Washington, D. C. to thank President Lincoln for signing the Emancipation Proclamation, and reasons for Tubman's refusal to participate.
The play also concentrates on the kinds of treatment endured by African-Americans and the progress made despite institutionalized ill-treatment - from the days of the Civil War to the present.
The play will be performed June 12, 13, and 14, 2008, at 8 p.m. in the Gateway Wellness Center.
Tickets will be $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, in advance, and will cost $25 and $20 respectively at the door. Children under age 12 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
AT&T fundraiser to benefit
Kae Ave. Elementary
A new fundraising endeavor has announced by Larry Morgan of AT&, benefiting Kae Avenue Elementary School in Whitehall.
Through the remainder of the school year, when anyone switches over to AT&T the company will donate up to $225 for home phone, high speed Internet and U-Verse digital TV. The school will receive $50 for home phone service, $75 for Internet and $100 for U-Verse. All proceeds will be used to purchase new playground equipment. You do not have to have a child at Kae Avenue to participate. For more information, contact Morgan at 886-7207 or by email at email@example.com.
Bexley Women's Club House &
Garden Tour, Gala
The Bexley Women's Club will host its first Bexley House & Garden Tour and Gala celebrating Bexley's centennial year. The invitation-only Gala on Saturday, June 21, will begin at 4 p.m. at the Governor's Residence with a welcoming by Ohio's First Lady, Frances Strickland.
Gala guests will have an opportunity to tour the residence and grounds before moving on to other residences and gardens on the tour. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bexley Gateway complex, and will wrap up at 8:30 p.m. Gala reservations can be purchased for $75 per person and will be limited in availability (first-come-first-served).
On Sunday, June 22, a ticketed House & Garden Tour will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special hourly guided tours of the Governor's Heritage Gardens will be available, although the mansion itself will not be open for the public tour on Sunday. Additional tour tickets are $15 in advance ($20 on the day of tour) and will be available on-line beginning April 15 at www. bexleywomen.org and at select retail locations beginning May 10.
The proceeds from this landmark event will provide scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Bexley and undergraduate students nationwide. Over the past 70 years, the Bexley Women's Club has supported more than 700 students with over $300,000 in scholarships.
For information, visit www.bexleywomen.org.
BEF Friend of Education nominations sought
The Bexley Education Foundation is seeking nominations for its Friend of Education award.
The Friend of Education award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to public education in Bexley and is not a current employee of the district.
Nominations must be returned to the Board of Education office by April 28.
The awards, including the Educator of the Year, will be presented at the Education Appreciation Banquet on May 21. For information or an application, visit www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org.
Building Doctors to make rounds in Bexley April 24-25
A Building Doctor Clinic, offering guidelines for renovations and repairs to owners of buildings constructed before 1955, will take place in Bexley April 24-25, sponsored by the Bexley Historical Society, the City of Bexley and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.
The clinic features advice from preservationists Marianangela Pfister and Mark Epstein, both Bexley area residents.
The event will begin with a free seminar April 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave.The seminar will feature guidelines for renovation of buildings constructed between 1800 and 1955.
On April 25, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Pfister and Epstein will be available to visit buildings within five miles of downtown Bexley, advising owners on specific technical or design problems. The on-site consultations are free.
Advance registration for the seminar and clinics is required at 1-800-499-2470 or www.building-doctor.org.
For information, contact Nancy Beck of the Bexley Historical Society at 559-4360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whitehall Library bilingual
The Whitehall Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, at Broad Street and Yearling 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.
Pulitzer Prizing winning photos,
Kent State discussions at OHS
"Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs," the largest display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown, will open April 25 at The Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. This special exhibition will feature 150 award-winning images from 1942, when the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism was established, through 2007.
Some of the photographs have become icons of their time: the flag raising on Iwo Jima, the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, the joyful family reunion of a returning Vietnam POW, the World Trade Center attack. Others record forgotten events of the last six decades. While some images tell the stories of famous people, others portray the lives of ordinary citizens.
To tie into the 1971 Pulitzer winner "Kent State Massacre" by photographer John Paul Filo and the upcoming anniversary of the event, the Ohio Historical Center will feature "It Happened in Ohio: The Kent State Shootings."
Visitors will learn about the build-up and reaction to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, through artifacts, photos and personal accounts.
In conjunction with the display, the Center will host "Reflections on Kent State," one of its Community Conversations series, on May 15. Visitors are invited to experience both exhibitions from 6 to 7 p.m., and then gather for informal conversations with a panel, including Alan Canfora, director of the Kent May 4 Center, and others who experienced that fateful day.
"Capture the Moment" runs through July 25. Admission to the Ohio Historical Center is $7/adults, $3/students and free for OHS members and children 5 years of age and under.
The Ohio Historical Center is located at I-71 and East 17th Avenue in Columbus. Parking is $4 per vehicle and free to OHS members. For information on upcoming events, call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/capture.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements. Information is available at www.columbusjcc.org.
Self-defense, belly dancing classes
return to JCC
Back by popular demand, the Krav Maga and Belly Dancing Class each will have another session in April. Krav will start April 23 and run for six weeks every Wednesday, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., until May 28.
Beth McCullough, JCC Fitness Specialist, explained that Krav Maga is a practical, reality-based system of self defense originating with the Israeli Defense Forces. It teaches techniques and principles to handle realistic hostile encounters of all kinds and is designed to be effective no matter the size, gender, strength, age or previous training of the student.
Krav Maga also has a strong emphasis on physical fitness.
The cost for the six-week course is $75 for JCC Health Club members, $85 for JCC general members, and $100 for non-members. There is no drop-in availability.
Learn the womanly art of Belly Dancing while strengthening your core muscles, increasing your stamina, and practicing your balance, during the JCC's six-week Belly Dancing classes, to be held Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., from April 9 through May 14.
The cost is $60 for JCC Health Club members, $70 for JCC General members, and $85 for non-members. Drop-in rate is $12 per class.
For more information about upcoming classes and events, contact McCullough at 559-6207 or email@example.com, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
One month free for new members
who sign up in April
New members who join the JCC in April will get 13 months of membership for the price of 12. Full year membership includes: heated indoor and outdoor pools, The Diamond
Family Fitness Center and all cardiovascular, strength and free weight equipment, racquetball and tennis courts, free water and group exercise classes including Zumba and Spinning, locker rooms and family changing rooms, gymnasium with a walking/running track.
Membership also offers access to (for an additional fee): Daycare and Preschool, Summer Camp, Swim lessons, Youth and Adult Sports leagues, Yoga and Pilates, personal trainers and massage services, Passover Camp for kids K-8, School's out Days and afterschool programs for grades K-6, Middle school activities, babysitting and more.
As an added bonus, JCC members who refer new full year members will receive a $25 JCC gift card.
Call Member Services Director Linda Starr at 559-6229, or Member Services Assistant Janet Schwarz at (614) 559-6227 for rates and additional information, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
JCC closes for Passover
In observance of Passover, the JCC will be closed on Sunday and Monday, April 20 and 21, and Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27.
The JCC building also will be closing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 and Friday, April 25.
In addition, the JCC kitchens will be closed immediately after the LifeCare Alliance lunches are served on Friday, April 18 until Monday, April 28.
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