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What's happening on the Westside
Be sure to read the Westside Messenger to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood! To submit events and announcements to this section, e-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paper recycling at Parkview
Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., is providing the community with recycling bins for paper products. Bring newspapers, magazines, junk mail, etc., to the green and yellow bins in the church parking lot. No cardboard or phone books will be accepted. Questions, call 875-7231.
Exercise for seniors
Seniors are invited to exercise on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave. Men and women aged 50 to 90 and up have exercised at the facility since 2001. The instructor leads each session with warm-ups, play balls, resistance bands, hand weights, some low-impact aerobics and balance activities. Each participant can adapt the routine to his/her comfort level. The cost is $35 for each eight-week session. Call the instructor, Lori Vazquez, at 989-4595 with questions.
VFW Post 6065
VFW Post 6065 will hold their meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. Meetings last about one hour and are held at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 West Broad St. Those interested in getting involved or volunteering time should attend a meeting. The Ladies Auxiliary meets at 6:30 p.m. The motivations of the VFW are patriotic, historical, and educational. They strive to perpetuate the memory and history of their dead, and to assist their widows and orphans. Call Will Davis at 309-0171 for further information.
Golden Age Center
The Salvation Army Golden Age Center, 2300 W. Mound St., invites anyone aged 60 or over to attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for lunch, crafts, movies, BINGO, games, health and fitness, and fun. Call Ellen Marvin, senior director, at 274-7600, ext. 108, one day in advance to reserve lunch for $1.25 per day. Fee for expenses is $9 per month.
GriefShare support group
GriefShare recovery support group (your journey from mourning to Joy) will be hosted by Cypress Wesleyan Church in Galloway each Sunday at 6 p.m. through Dec. 7. The class will meet at the District Center, 457 Alton-Darby Creek Road. This is the brick building north of the church, close to the railroad tracks. The class is free, however, there is a $12 workbook – scholarships are available. To register or to receive more information, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238. You can also check out the GriefShare Web site, www.griefshare.org for more information.
DivorceCare recovery seminar and support group will meet at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Roadeach Sunday at 6 p.m., through Nov. 23. There will also be one session held on Saturday, Sept. 27. DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) will be offered at the same time on Sundays and child/ren, ages 5-12, are welcome to attend if you are in the DivorceCare class. The classes are free, however, there is a charge for the workbook ($12.00 for DivorceCare and $15.00 per child for DC4K – scholarships available). To register or to receive more information, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238. You can also check out the DivorceCare Web site, www.divorcecare.org for information on both DivorceCare and DC4K.
MOPS at Cypress Wesleyan
Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) on Monday evenings 6:30 - 8 p.m. and Tuesday mornings 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. For more info or to register for MOPS, go to the Web site: www.cypressonline.net/what we do/women/mops or call the church 614-878-8192.
There will be a senior luncheon Nov. 11 at noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 S. powell Ave. They will serve a traditional turkey dinner. Open to the oublic, donations accepted.
Free clothing and lunch
New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s men’s and some children’s clothing Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided. All are welcome. This is a monthly event. Read the Westside Messenger for future dates.
Empty Bowls luncheon
Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, will host an Empty Bowls event to “Help Feed the hungry...one bowl at a time.” The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join them for a soup and bread luncheon. Take home a hand made ceramic bowl as a reminder of the meal’s intent. A $10 minimum donation is required. Questions? Call 614-878-4530.
PTA special education awareness night
The South-Western City School District Council of PTAs, along with the South-Western City School District Special Education Department, will present, the 2008 Parents’ Resource Fair on Nov. 18 at Holt Crossing Intermediate School, 2706 Holt Road in Grove City.
The program is open to the public and free of charge. It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The PTA has invited many different groups to attend the evening vendor’s fair. This is an opportunity to gather information and talk to the different organizations in attendance. Attendees are encouraged to bring children with them.
The Columbus Zoo will be on hand from 7:15 to 8 p.m. with some animals that the children will be encouraged to pet.
For more information, contact Kerrie Marshall at 539-1802.
Awana Clubs for boys and girls, from three-years-old to sixth grade, will be held Wednesdays, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Briggs Road Baptist Church, 3231 Briggs Road. Call 272-7430 for more information.
American Legion Post 799
American Legion Post 799 holds their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 123 Inah Ave. The Post is actively focusing on fund raising activities, family activities for the younger generation, setting up a Sons of the Legion auxiliary and increasing the ladies auxiliary.
The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 11. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. The American legion is dedicated to suporting veterans and our country and is a non-profit organization. For more information, call Commander Ben Aycock at 614-878-0069.
Westland Senior Citizens
The Westland Senior Citizens will meet Dec. 11 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. Special guests will be the Westland Choir, directed by Jeff Rone. Lunch will be at noon with euchre to follow. For more information, call 870-6476.
Free home maintenance workshop
The Lincoln Village/West Broad Clean and Safe Community in partnership with Homes on the Hill will present a free home maintenance workshop on Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. The workshop will be on drywall installation and repair and there will also be energy saving tips. The speaker will be Cliff Spurill, rehab tech for the city of Columbus. The workshop will be held at the Westland Area Library, located at 4750 W. Broad Street. Call 571-1274 to make a reservation for the workshop. This workshop is funded by a neighborhood partnership grant from United Way of Central Ohio and the Columbus Foundation.
Illuminati to perform at Parkview
The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Group, Illuminati, will be appearing at Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., on Nov. 23 at 9:45 a.m. for the Thanksgiving Sunday Celebration
Aglow to meet
Aglow: A Network of Caring Women, will meet Nov. 11, at The Potter’s House, 3220 Lowell Dr., at 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast will be served at a cost of $5. The speaker will be Robert Cericola, the founder of Acts Again Ministries. He will be speaking on healing, miracles, signs, and wonders.
For reservations and more information, call 263-0607 or 889-1708 by Nov. 7.
Chili and soup cook-off
Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 2930 W. Broad St., is having a chili and soup cook-off on Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. The cost is $3 for a bottomless bowl, crackers, drink, and dessert.
Great Western Blockwatch meeting
The Great Western Blockwatch and Civic Association will hold a blockwatch meeting on Nov. 11 at Hoge Memorial Church, 2930 W. Broad St., at 7 p.m. Code enforcement supervisor Heather Truesdell will share a PowerPoint presentation about what code enforcement does in our area and how residents can help. She will discuss the challenges of what they can and can’t do as well as what the codes are and how they are applied.
Officer Ken Ramos of the Columbus Division of Police will also attend. Everyone will have the opportunity to share any neighborhood problems with him.
There are also several special announcements about new programs for the neighborhood that will be shared that evening.
A light snack will be served. There will be a free door prize.
MOPS to meet
Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
MOPS is about celebrating being a mom, understanding needs, meeting other mothers, and learning about God’s love.
A MOPS Group sponsored by Life in Christ Fellowship meets monthly at the New Life Nazarene Church located at 2020 State Route 142 NE, West Jefferson.
The theme this year is “Adventures In Mothering” and at this meeting the moms will have a pedicure and a manicure. Moms will enjoy a light breakfast and two hours of adult conversation, discussions, crafts, and fun. Their preschool children are lovingly cared for in the MOPPETS program with stories, crafts, fun and snacks.
Meeting Times are 9:30 to 11:30 on the third Wednesday of each month September through May (no December meeting). Interested moms should contact Pam at 614-853-2532 or Lois at 614-878-3535 for more information and to receive a registration form.
Falcons break school record
The Franklin Heights High School marching band competed in the OMEA State Finals at Dublin Coffman High School on Oct. 25. The band received a superior rating, the highest rating given at the event. In order to compete at the state finals, a band must receive a superior rating during the regular competition season at any OMEA-sanctioned marching competition.
The band has qualified for the state finals every year since 1992. This is the sixth consecutive year they have earned a superior rating at this event, making this a new school record.
SWCS board president honored by OSBA
Cathy Johnson, president of the South-Western City School Board of Education, is among five public school board members named to the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) 2008 All-Ohio School Board. Johnson was recognized on Nov. 12 with the association’s most prestigious honor. The award recognizes outstanding service to public education.
Every year, OSBA names one board of education member from each of its five regions - central, northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest - to the All-Ohio School Board. Johnson, who has been a school board member for seven years, represents the central region. She has served as board president or vice president twice.
Johnson is chair of Central Crossing High School’s PTA Reflections Program and is a theatre boosters member. She also serves on a number of school board committees and foundations.
Kiwanis seeking volunteers
The Kiwanis Club of the Hilltop is looking for volunteers to go door-to-door to help sell their Christmas Newspapers on Dec. 4. All profits raised will go back into the community throughout the year. If any non-profit organization can provide a minimun of 10 volunteers to help, the Kiwanis will donate 20 percent of the monies collected on those routes back to that organization. For more information, contact Vicki Malone at 309-3803.
AP Scholars named at Bishop Ready
Eight seniors and one junior at Bishop Ready were recently named AP Scholars, receiving Advanced Placement Awards by the College Board.
Named AP Scholars, having attained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on three or more AP exams are Jessica Hanley, Lindsay Riggs and Sarah Welsh-Huggins, all seniors.
Named AP Scholars with Honor, having attained a grade point average of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on four or more of these exams are seniors Jordan Baumann and Kristen Schlanser and junior Russell (Rusty) Bonneville.
Named AP Scholars with Distinction, having attained a grade point average of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3.0 or higher on five or more of these exams are seniors Austin Brown, Jennifer Colley and Mary McAllister.
Chicken and noodle sale
The United Methodist Women of Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Hague, will be taking orders for the sale of quarts and pints of chicken and noodles. These will be available for pick-up on Friday, Nov. 21, from 5–8 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Quarts will sell for $8 and pints will sell for $4. If you wish to place an order, contact Carol at 614-276-4610 or Ruth at 614-274-4426. Orders will be taken until Nov. 16.
Briggs class of 1979
The Briggs High School class of ‘79 is looking for classmates for its 30th reunion. Even if you attended the last reunion, call to verify your address with Kim Burke Collins at 274-8359 or Cindy Hale Seeley at 875-5167.
Free NDCC career transition workshop
New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering a free workshop to those who are unemployed or seeking a career transition. “Achieving Financial Self-Sufficiency: How to Meet Financial Goals Through Effective Interviewing & Salary Negotiation Strategies,” the two hour session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to overcome objections and effectively present skills as well as abilities to potential employers. Expert advice on salary negotiation will also be provided.
The workshop, scheduled for Nov. 19 from 3:30–6:30 p.m., is open to the general public at no charge but registration is required. It will be held at 199 E. Rich St. To register, or for more information, call 849-0028, extension 100.
A Home of Your Own
Homes on the Hill CDC, 12 S. Terrace Ave., will host a free homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course, A Home of Your Own, is geared toward first-time homebuyers. The course is open to the public and free of charge. The workshop will cover topics ranging from financial literacy, credit and mortgage loans to how to choose a realtor, home inspections, and the closing process. Guest speakers will include area professionals in the fields of lending, real estate, and housing. This workshop may be a requirement for some down payment assistance programs and first time homebuyer loan programs. Registration is required; call 275-4663 ext. 100 to register.
Kid’s Club at Parkview
The Kid’s Club at Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., is for all young people between ages 5 and 11. Those in attendance will play games, have snacks, learn Bible stories, and do crafts. The club meets 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. There will be a snack, but no dinner. There is no cost.
The Miriam Blockwatch will hold their second meeting at Bishop Ready High School on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. Feel free to invite your neighbors. Officer Smith will discuss personal safety. Be thinking of topics you may want to discuss at this or future meetings.
For questions, call Linda or Larry at 276 - 9238
Let GriefShare help you through the holidays
No matter how long it has been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time. Griefshare will host a seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. This program will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 p.m., by Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road, in the district ministry center (brick building just north of the church).
The seminar is free; however, there is a $5 charge for the workbook, which includes devotionals for the holiday season. RSVP by calling Debbie Brisentine at 878-8192, ext. 238, any weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations will be accepted through Dec. 1.
DivorceCare helps with the holidays
DivorceCare will hold a seminar to discover how to enjoy the holidays again on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road. The event is free; however, there is a $5 charge for the workbook, which includes devotionals for the holiday season. RSVP by calling Debbie Brisentine at 878-8192, ext. 238, any weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 1.
Glenwood UMC turkey dinner
The Glenwood United Methodist Women will be cooking and serving their annual turkey dinner on Thursday, Nov. 13. The dinner features roast turkey with all the trimmings, including home-baked pie and cake for dessert, and will be served from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12 (children under 5 are free). The church is located at 2833 Valleyview Dr., on the corner of Valleyview and Hague. Use the east ramp door to the fellowship hall.
Free recruiting seminar
Former Buckeye football recruiter and current ESPN analyst, Bill Conley, will host a free recruiting basics seminar at Franklin Heights High School from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 17. Conley served as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University for 17 years, working under Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel. At the seminar, which will be a two-hour program for athletes and coaches of all sports and parents/guardians and school administrators, he will share information about the college recruiting process. For more inofrmation, call Bill Conley at 614-208-5463 or Jeff Phillips at 740-412-3408.
Grand Knight at Bishop Ready High School
Bishop Ready High School’s annual Grand Knight fundraiser will be held on Friday, Nov. 14, with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The annual event includes food, music, games of chance, a silent auction, and a reverse raffle with a grand prize of $5,000. Tickets to the event cost $65; the cost admits two adults (must be 21 or older to attend) and a chance in the raffle.
For more information, contact Russ Rehner at Bishop Ready, 614-276-5263. All proceeds benefit the Bishop Ready scholarship and student activity funds.
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