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The Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market will be open for business from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 25 in Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of Main Street. For information about becoming a vendor or other questions about the Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market contact Nadine Morse, market manager at (614) 322-6832.
JCC winter cruise
The JCC Travel Group is planning a Caribbean cruise on board the Emerald Princess for 10 days beginning Feb. 8, 2009.
The cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and include ports of call at Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Thomas, and Princess Cay, Bahamas. Pricing starts at $970 for an inside cabin, $1,250 for an ocean view cabin, and $1,599 for a balcony cabin. Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 10 nights on board the Emerald Princess, all cruise features on board the ship, and all meals and entertainment. For information, contact Tour Leader Peggy Kaplan at (614) 235-8813 or (614) 560-5652.
The Reynoldsburg High School Class of 1978 will celebrate its 30-year class reunion Aug. 1-3. For information visit reynoldsburgclassof1978.googlepages.com or call (614) 864-1947. Send reservations/contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistance available to unemployed workers
New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering men and women the opportunity to jump-start their careers. Advanced Career Techniques (ACT), a three day program, held from 5-9 p.m. on July 28-30, will help participants discover search strategies that work in today's fast-paced, competitive job market. The sessions also provide an opportunity for participants to further develop successful interviewing techniques. Placement services are available - free of charge - to graduates of the ACT class.
For more information, call NDCC at 849-0028, extension 100. ACT will be held at NDCC, 199 E. Rich St. in downtown Columbus. NDCC assists individuals - regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarships for all programs - including private career counseling - are available.
Staff writer takes first place
Columbus Messenger staff writer Sandi Latimer won a first-place award from Ohio Professional Writers for articles she wrote for the seniors editions of the Messenger.
Judges chose her articles on grandparents caring for grandchildren and the Columbus City Schools retire/rehire program for first-place in the state organization. Those entries have been forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women for national competition.
State awards were handed out at the OPW meeting June 21 at Malabar Farm State Park. National winners will be announced at the NFPW convention Sept. 11-13 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Latimer, who has been writing for the Messenger since 2001, also received second-place awards for feature stories, sports articles and history articles.
She has been a member of OPW/NFPW since 1979 and has won numerous state and national honors for her writing.
The Holy Rosary class of 1953 will hold its 55 year class reunion at the Jessing Center at the Josephinum on Sept. 7. For information call Mary Jane (Pumphrey) Ritter at (740) 929-2942.
Bexley Farmers' Market
The Bexley Farmers' Market will be open for business in front of Bexley City Hall on Saturdays through October. Hours are from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Central Ohio farmers will be featuring a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and much more. Aug. 16 will be the Farmers' Market Festival, also from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when Bexley food vendors and other businesses will have display tables with free food samples, coupons, and other information. Loosely Strung will again be performing music at the Festival in front of City Hall. For information, or to reserve a table for the Festival, contact the Bexley Development Department at 559-4255 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Ohio Theatre offers tours
In celebration of the Ohio Theatre's 80th birthday, CAPA will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the historic theatre with free, guided tours on Saturday, July 26, at 4:30 p.m.
The hour-long tours will begin in the front lobby of the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and will include a look at the history and restoration of the State Theatre of Ohio, as well as a demonstration of the "Mighty Morton" theatre organ by featured organist Clark Wilson.
Tours are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Those interested in a tour can make a reservation by sending an e-mail specifying the preferred date to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 614-469-0939. Tours do include stairs.
Columbus East reunion
Columbus East High School is looking for lost classmates. If you are a 1974 Tiger contact Sandi Potts @ email@example.com
Short term radon kits
The city of Bexley, in conjunction with the Franklin County Board of Health, has free, short term radon testing kits available for residents to check radon levels in their homes.
Radon is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, but it could be a problem in a home. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. According to to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and leading cause among non-smokers.
To pick up a free radon testing kit, visit the Bexley Muncipal Building, 2242 E. Main St., Monday through Friday during normal business hours. For information call the Franklin County Board of Health at (614) 462-3859 or visit www.franklincountyohio.gov/health
At the Bexley Library
•The Bexley Public Library will host the Bexley Historical Society's tribute to the city's "Centennial Celebration" exhibit with its display of photographs and artifacts recording Bexley's early history and founding families. Items are from the Historical Society's collection and the public is invited to submit additional photographs.
•Young people can "Catch the Reading Bug" during the summer with the library's reading program. Prize incentives include stickers, temporary tattoos, free Johnston's ice cream and roller-skating at United Skates of America. A colorful "buggy" picnic display encourages reading. Teens can select pool side reads from a wide collection of recently added young adult paperbacks. Also, area students can obtain copies of books on summer reading lists in the children's and adult circulating areas. The library maintains lists from many local schools.
•For information call 231-9709.
Hartley golf outing
Bishop Hartley High School's fourth annual alumni-sponsored golf outing will be held Aug. 2 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Cumberland Trail Golf Club, 8244 Columbia Road SW in Pataskala. Proceeds benefit Bishop Hartley students through the Alumni Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Fund.
It will be a four-golfer scramble, shot-gun start. Cost is $85/golfer; $95/golfer for skins game and mulligan. Fee covers golf, cart, range and lunch. For information call (614) 352-8441.
Tomato Festival seeks queen and court candidates
The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival is seeking candidates for the 2008 Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Queen and Court.
Young ladies ages 16-18 entering the 11th or 12th grade who live in the Reynoldsburg School District are eligible. Candidates may complete an application or nominations for a candidate may be made. Nominations for candidates can be made be by sending a resume of 100 words or less about the nominee, plus the nominee's name, address, and phone number, the name of the person nominating the candidate and the address and phone number of the nominator.
For an application and contestant rules and guidelines call Nancy Mergel, Queen's Program Chair at (614) 866-2861, e-mail TomatoFestival@aol.com or download the information at our website at www.ReynoldsburgTomatoFestival.com . Applications must be returned by July 31. The Queen and Court must be willing and able to attend at least 15 festivals during their year's reign. This year the pageant will be Sept. 7 at 4 p.m.
For information about the Tomato Festival call TOMATO-1 (866-2861) or e-mail TomatoFestival@aol.com. or check out our web site at www.ReynoldsburgTomatoFestival.org
Senior Tomato King
& Queen being sought
Nominations for the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Senior King and Queen titles are being accepted.
The competition is open to all seniors, age 60 and over who reside in the city of Reynoldsburg. Each entry should include a resume of 100 words or less about the nominee. Entries also need to include the nominee's name, address, telephone number, the name of the person nominating the candidate and the address and telephone number of the nominator. Winners will be recognized at the Festival's opening ceremony on Sept. 3 at 6p.m.
Entries should be mailed to Tiffany Adams, Sr. King and Queen Chair, 6850 Laird Avenue, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 and be postmarked by Aug. 15. For information contact the Tomato Festival at (614) 866-2861 or email TomatoFestival@aol.com or download an application at our website at www.ReynoldsburgTomatoFestival.com
Princess pageant candidates
The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Little Princess Pageant is open to all girls enrolled in the second grade for the 2008-09 school year living in the Reynoldsburg School District.
The pageant is Sept 3 at 7 p.m. on the stage. Nominations for Little Princess can be made by mailing the girls name, age, address, phone number, school of enrollment and parent(s) or guardian's name(s) or downloading an application from the website and sending the information to Tiffany Adams, Little Princess Chair, 6850 Laird Avenue, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068. Entries must be mailed and postmarked by Aug. 22 to be eligible. For information contact the Tomato Festival at 614-866-2861, email TomatoFestival@aol.com or go to the Festival's website at www.ReynoldsburgTomatoFestival.com.LITTLE
Briggs class of 1993
Briggs High School Class of 1993 is looking for former classmates for the 15 year reunion. The reunion is in the planning phase and those involved would welcome anyone interested in helping out. The plan is to have the event sometime in the latter part of October, 2008. Interested alumni can contact Mark Clanin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michael Crist at 614-274-9692. Leave contact information and note if you can help.
Help Tiger Stadium
After this summer's flooding rains, the Pickerington Central's historic Tiger Stadium was under at least four feet of water.
The Athletic Booster Concession stand was also under water and paper products, 103 cases of water, and equipment were lost.
The Athletic Boosters need money donations and/or the following products:
•one popcorn machine, one deep freezer, 103 cases of bottled water
•eight cases of hot cups and lids, four cases popcorn butter, four cases of nacho trays
•five cases of potato chips, three cases of Cheetos, four cases of plastic spoons
•six cases of powerade, two turkey fryers, one refrigerator, six cases of napkins
•eight cases of 16 ounce plastic cups
•two cases of water bottles, three cases of Fritos
•six cases of nacho chips
•four cases of plastic forks
These are items needed to begin fall sports season.
Contact Robin Hesse at 614/837- 6539 or e-mail: email@example.com.
According to Bexley High School college counselor Stephanie Krosnosky, the following students are among 50,000 top scorers in a field of 1.5 million program entrants who met requirements to enter the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program. From this pool, approximately 16,000 will learn in September whether they are National Merit Program semi-finalists. The Bexley students are: Christopher Balch, Elizabeth Baskin, Samuel Brock, Cecilia Burke, Sarah Fedner, Ellen Fishel, Tyler Kennedy, Adam Neubauer, Preston Phillips, Eric Sachs, Ari Schwartz, and Rachel Tyroler.
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