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Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder to speak at Capital
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder will speak at Capital University's Mees Hall Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Kidder is the author of "Mountains Beyond Mountains," which is the book chosen this year for the university's unified theme "Hearing the World's Call: Accepting the Challenge."
"Mountains Beyond Mountains" tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a humanitarian whose compassion draws him to work toward stemming the tide of new tuberculosis and HIV infections.
Farmer's actions ultimately cause him to emerge as a major force in revolutionizing world health by establishing clinics and hospitals to serve some of the poorest people on the planet.
Kidder is the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (1990) and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Book Review.
His most recent book, "My Detachment," was released in 2005 and is a memoir of his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam.
His appearance is part of the Gerhold Lecture Series. Author A.S. Byatt is scheduled to speak Feb. 5.
Reynoldsburg mayor to hold town meeting
Reyoldsburg Mayor Robert McPherson will hold his fall town meeting Sept. 25 at 7 p. m. in thr Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St.
Citizens are invited to meet the mayor and his administrative staff and voice questions and concerns.
Poker run benefits Whitehall service worker
A charity poker run for Whitehall service garage employee Mitch Lewis, will be held Sept. 15. Lewis has cancer, and the event is being sponsored by his co-workers.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the VFW Post 8794, 4100 East Main Street, and all bikes will leave at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $10/solo and $15/double.
The poker run will end at the Whitehall VFW where there will be live music and activities for the evening. For those who do not wish to participate in the ride, donations will be accepted all day at the VFW. The Mitchell Lewis Fund has been established at the Whitehall Credit Union.
For information contact Willie Ogg at 638-5620. To donate items for the bake sale at the VFW, contact Julie Ogg at 571-5620.
Premier Academy open for registration day
Premier Academy of Ohio, 1555 Elaine Road, will host an extended day for open enrollment on Sept. 13 from 4 to 6 pm. Parents should report to the school office for information, enrollment packages and tours of the school.
Premier is a charter school focused on career-based education. Premier has the ability to offer both regular education and special education services. The school office is open daily during the school day to assist parents with enrollment and other information. For information call the school office at 238-6760.
Reynoldsburg Chiropractic offers free backpack safety checks
Reynoldsburg Chiropractic Center at 7323 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg, is offering to do free backpack safety checks on any child or adolescent to help prevent injuries. Call 861-6222 for information.
Backpacks are a leading cause of back and shoulder injuries for millions of children. Call us for the free five-minute evaluation for your children during the month of September.
Hadassah meeting to screen award-winning film
Columbus Hadassah members and prospective members will come together the afternoon of Sept. 9, for the chapter's opening meeting. The event will be held in the sanctuary of Wexner Heritage House, on College Avenue, from 1-3 p.m.
Zusman Hospice Outreach Coordinator Jessica Strubel and new Columbus Community Shaliach Avi Kagan are the speakers, and there will be a screening of the 2006 Academy Award winning musical comedy "West Bank Story."
The cost of the meeting is $5 at the door. Entertainment books, greeting cards (including High Holiday cards) and breast cancer pins will be available. Those planning to attend Hadassah's opening meeting should RSVP to Arlene at the Hadassah office, 235-8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drexel East goes Western for sons & fathers
Drexel Theatres will celebrate the opening of the new Hollywood western, "3:10 to Yuma," with 'Bring Your Son To Yuma Weekend" at the Drexel East Theatre, 2254 E. Main St. The event will be held for all performances of the new movie starting Sept. 7 thru Sept. 9.
Directed by James Mangold and The theatre is encouraging fathers and grandfathers to bring their sons and grandsons to experience an authentic Hollywood western on the big screen together. Any girls who like cowboy movies are welcome to attend as well.
Because the MPAA rating for the film is R, fpr violence and some language, the Drexel is recommending it for boys anf girls 13 and up. Only boys accompanied by a parent or guardian will be admitted to the film.
To celebrate the event the Drexel will be giving away full-size "3:10 to Yuma" official movie posters to all boys attending over the weekend. In addition movie official t-shirts, backpacks and related promotional items will be given away during selected performances in western movie trivia contests.
The Drexel staff will be wearing cowboy garb all weekend and the adjacent Radio Café will be serving western grub including beans, corn-fritters and hardtack.
On Sept. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. members of the Scioto Territory Desperados, a central Ohio Cowboy Action Shooting Club will be on hand in full period dress from the Old West to demonstrate and talk about single action firearms, holster-making, cowboy clothing and gear.
Mathias Ridenour DAR to receive proclamation
The Mathias Ridenour Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will be meeting at the Gahanna Public Library, 310 Granville Street, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.
Gahanna Mayor Becky Stinchcomb will present a proclamation to mark the observance of Constitution Week September 17-23. Proclamations from Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's office and Governor Ted Strickland have been received and will also be read.
If you are interested in attending or for information, contact Sue Gilmore at 864-9609.
St. Catharine hosts NFL Punt, Pass & Kick contest
St. Catharine Athletics will be holding a local Punt, Pass and Kick competition, sponsored by the NFL, Sept. 15 at the football field at 500 S. Gould Road.
This is free for both youth boys and girls. Registration will be held at 10 a.m for ages 8-9 and 10-11, with competition beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Registration for ages 12-13 and 14-15 will be at 11 a.m., with competition at 11:30 a.m.
For information call Tom Brandewie at 419-9755 or email email@example.com.
Reynoldsburg Police Department celebrates 50th anniversary with open house
The Reynoldsburg Police Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an open house Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the station at 7240 E. Main St.
An opening ceremony with remarks from Jim Gilbert of the Fraternal Order of Police, Mayor Bob McPherson and Police Chief Dave Suciu will take place on the front steps of the police/public safety building.
The event will include guided tours of the station, a shooting range demonstration, digital fingerprinting for children, and SWAT and detective displays.
McGruff and Crime Dog, Teddy Trooper and the Keystone Kops will entertain, and 104.9 The River radio will provide music.
National City of Hope-Columbus Stargazer Luncheon, Style Show
The National City of Hope Columbus chapter will hold its annual Stargazer Luncheon and Style Show, Sept. 26 at the Columbus Country Club, 4831 E. Broad St.
Proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.
Angela Pace of Channel 10 news will be the mistress of ceremonies, and John carr, the
National City of Hope director of development, will be the guest speaker. Fran Luckoff will be honored as the Woman of the Year.
The event will begin with a social hour at 11 a.m., followed by a hat competition at 11:30 and the luncheon at noon.
The style show takes place at 1 p.m. and the requested donation is $50. Reservations are due by Sept. 10 by calling Carole Markle at 275-0208.
Parent seminar on school behavioral issues
A parent program entitled "School Is Starting - Now What?" will be presented at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. on Sept. 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The program is designed to address a variety of new school year issues (often issues really left over from last school year). The program will address behavioral issues that lead to suspensions and/or expulsion, additional academic support in school through the title or special education program, school placement issues, school phobia, special education issues, social skill problems, bully victimization, school difficulties arising from a child's mental health difficulties with conditions such as ADD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Autism, etc. and other matters of concern to parents.
The primary presenter will be Ellen Wristen, attorney at law. She, for over 20 years, has assisted parents facing all types of learning, placement and behavioral issues presented by their children at school.
The seminar is free but reservations are required. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call the church office at 235-3451.
Reynoldsburg VFW to hold vigil for POWs, MIAs
The Reynoldsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9473 will hold their annual POW/MIA Vigil on Sept. 14.
This event is held each year to allow the VFW and the community to remember our prisoners of war and missing in action. It is held in conjunction with other efforts across the nation to bring attention to the fact that we have many POW/MIAs unaccounted for.
The evening will begin at 7 p.m. This event will feature several speakers known to the Reynoldsburg area and the VFW. Ohio Department VFW Commander, Roger Fry, District 11 Commander Brad Price, Reynoldsburg VFW Commander, Ed Heckman and event organizer Steve Trimmer, along with Ohio Department Auxiliary President Marti Bridges, District 11 Auxiliary President, Fran Trimmer, and Reynoldsburg VFW Auxiliary President, Mary Shop. Reynoldsburg Mayor Bob McPherson will also speak.
After brief talks by the officials in attendance, candles are lit, "Taps" will be played and a 21-gun salute will be sounded. Color Guard units from all over central Ohio will be taking 15-minute watches guarding the American flag and the POW/MIA flag all through the night in honor of those Missing in Action and Prisoners of War. The vigil will end at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Ladies Auxiliary in support of the Color Guards will be providing food for them during the night, food donations will be accepted and appreciated. If you want to donate food contact Auxiliary President Mary Shop at 402-7993 to arrange pick-up or drop-off.
Military Officers Club
The Military Officers Club of Central Ohio will hold its next meeting Sept. 14 with a dinner/dance at the American Legion Post 532, 1571 Demorest Road, Columbus.
Reservations with an application fee of $15, plus $7 for spouses, is due by Sept. 10.
Luncheon meetings are held the second Friday of the month at the Berwick Manor Party House at Refugee Road and Winchester Pike.
The local chapter represents 344 retired military officers, widows and widowers and a ladies' auxiliary. The organization was founded in 1953 and provides members with legislative information, local news, information on survivorship benefits, and speakers, including members of Congress and local journalists.
Information is available on the web site www.themocco.org,
Orbiting Squares offers 2 free square dancing lessons
Starting Sept. 12, the Orbiting Squares and the Westerville Promenadors Western Square Dancing Clubs will be offering instructions on Wednesday evenings, from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at Whitehall Community Park, 402 N. Parkview Ave.
The first two lessons, on Sept. 12 and 19, will be free/
For information, contact Velma Doyle at 837-6974.
Capital University Theatre programs
Capital University's Theatre Program will hold the following events during the 2007-2008 academic year:
•"Uncloaked," compiled, adapted and directed by Communication Professor Dan Heaton, Oct. 11-14.
In "Uncloaked," Heaton looks at the various versions and psychological underpinnings of the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. Although the show deals with a classic fairy tale, this performance is not appropriate for children.
•"Little Shop of Horrors," the musical about a flower shop schlep and the man-eating plant he creates by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Nov. 15-18.
•"Twelfth Night," a comedy by William Shakespeare, Feb. 14-17.
•One-Act Play Festival, a series of student-directed plays, April 17-20.
Thursday and Friday performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday performances are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.
All performances are held in the Cabaret Theatre, located in the basement of the Harry C. Moores Campus Center. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 for student and senior citizens. Admission is free for students with a current Capital I.D. For more information, call 236-7174.
Capital University Conservatory of Music programs
Capital University's Conservatory of Music will hold the following events:
•University Bands concert, Sept. 30, 3 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Homecoming Choral concert, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Chamber Winds concert, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. in Huntington Recital Hall.
•High Street Four, Oct. 17, 8 p.m. in Huntington Recital Hall.
Ebony Fashion Show benefits Children's Hospital
Twig 110 of Children's Hospital will be sponsoring the 50th Annual Ebony Fashion Fair on Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main Street. All proceeds benefit Children's Hospital.
Fashions by top designers throughout the world will be featured. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. For information, call 470-4600.
Friends of Alum Creek bike ride
The Friends of Alum Creek & Tributaries (FACT) will lead a free family bike ride leisurely touring the newest part of the Alum Creek greenway trail, followed by a picnic, on Sept. 9, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Bikers will depart Pumphouse Park near Bexley (2025 E. Main Street - SE corner of Alum Creek Drive) at 1:30 p.m. and travel the dedicated paved path for about four miles to the northern perimeter of Three Creeks Park (near SR 104/33 & Performance Way) and back.
A complimentary BBQ picnic will be held upon return at Pumphouse Park shelter.
Donations are encouraged to benefit FACT and help offset costs. Vehicle parking available at adjacent AFL-CIO Union building lot (620 Alum Creek Drive).
The scenic recreational route follows the Alum Creek river corridor, passing through forests, meadowlands, several ponds, and has only two at-grade road crossings. Riders are encouraged to wear regulation bicycle helmets, observe all rules of the road, and follow safe riding practices
FACT is a community based not-for-profit organization serving as the environmental volunteer steward for the Alum Creek watershed within Franklin and Delaware counties.
For details on this recreational event, contact Kim Williams, FACT Watershed Coordinator, at 409-0511 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about FACT and other events can be found at www.friendsofalumcreek.org.
Mothers of Multiples meets
The Mothers of Multiples of East Columbus meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Road (south of Broad Street), for social time, a business meeting, and speaker or group activity.
The group produces a monthly newsletter for members, offers many social family and moms-only events, and hosts a clothing, toy and equipment sale twice a year.
Information about Mothers of Multiples is available at www.ecmom.org.
Capital's Schumacher Gallery announces 2007-08 season
Capital University's Schumacher Gallery has announced its schedule of exhibits for the 2007-08 season.
"East of Eden: Contemporary Ohio Landscape Painters" will be presented Sept. 4-Oct. 12.
Featured artists include Eric Barth, Ed Charney, Alan Gough, Jane Heller, M. Katherine Hurley, John Kortlander, William Kortlander, Gregg Kumlien, Ober-Rea Starr Livingston, Chuck Marshall, Kelly Moody, Stephen Pentak, Jenny Reynolds, Robert Robbins, Edwin C. Shuttleworth and Ernest Viveiros.
"Some Assembly Required," with artists using non-traditional materials to explore the potential of collage and assemblage, will run from Oct. 29-Dec. 7. An opening reception will be held Nov. 2 from 5-7 p.m.
"Beyond Boundaries," featuring self-taught artists who use unconventional subjects, techniques and materials, will be presented Jan. 11-Feb. 15. The exhibit, co-sponsored by Art Access, will have an opening reception Jan. 11 from 5-7 p.m.
"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.
Bexley Library children's programs
Fall programming for children ages 9 months through 5 years will begin the week of September 17, at Bexley Public Library, 2411 East Main Street. Registration is currently underway for Babytime, Toddler and Preschool Storyhours. These programs require advance registration since group size is limited. Register in person at the library or by calling the Children's Department at 231-2878.
Babytime is a program for children ages 9 to 24 months and their caregivers and meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. for stories, songs and rhymes. Themes will include things that go, farms, and mice.
Toddler Storyhour is a program for 2-year-olds and an adult. This 30-minute program is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Activities include stories, fingerplays, songs and simple crafts. Stories about weather, cats and trees will be featured.
Three to five-year-old children may participate in Preschool Storyhours held on Mondays at 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Stories, games, fingerplays and crafts are all part of this 45-minute program. Fall themes will include squirrels, scarecrows and apples.
"Explorer's Club," a program for kindergarten through third grade, will begin September 26. The one-hour programs are on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. Topics to be explored during the six-week fall series include dinosaurs, woodland animals and cowboys. This program does not require pre-registration.
There is no fee for participating in any of the programs. For additional information contact the Bexley Public Library's Children's Department at 231-2878.
Lecture on community engagement at United Way office
Mike Green, author and national speaker, will present an interactive session on "Twelve Guiding Principles for Community Engagement" and "When People Care Enough to Act" on Sept. 20, from 6 - 9 p.m at United Way of Central Ohio, 360 S. Third Street.
He offers a unique set of experiences and skills with Asset Based Community Development related work. For information or to make a reservation, call 241-3072.
Whitehall Chamber of Commerce annual meeting
The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting will be held Sept. 20 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Whitehall Community Park, 402 N. Hamilton Road. The meeting will feature Andrea Cambern as keynote speaker speaking on "Commit to Be Fit."
The meeting will also include presentation of the annual Beautification Awards and voting for open Board of Trustees positions. You may RSVP or get more information by calling the chamber. There will be board positions available, so be sure to call if you are interested. You must be in your second year of membership to qualify.
Reynoldsburg High Class of '82 25-year reunion
The Reynoldsburg High School Class of 1982 25-year reunion will be held Oct. 12-14.
Class members will meet at the Reynoldsburg High football game Oct. 12, and following the game will gather at Donerick's Pub House, 6935 E. Broad St.
On Oct. 13, a dinner dance will be held at Grand Host East, 8660 E. Broad St., from 7-11 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Make checks payable to Amy Kendall, 497 Cumberland Drive, Columbus 43213, by Aug. 15.
A Sunday brunch will be held Oct. 14 at Tee Jaye's restaurant, 2435 Brice Road, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bexley Farmers' Market
Bexley Farmers' Market will be held Saturdays from 10 am. to 1 p.m. in front of City Hall, 2242 E. Main St., through October. A variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and other items directly from farmers will be available.
The Columbus-Whitehall Toastmasters will meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Whitehall Municipal Building, 360 S. Yearling Rd, 7:30 to 9 p.m. All visitors are welcome.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements:
Holiday Bazaar vendors sought
The JCC Early Childhood Parent committee is seeking vendors for its annual Holiday Bazaar Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Holiday Bazaar showcases the work of artisans from across central Ohio. Each vendor has the opportunity to display and sell their goods during the bazaar, which is free and open to the community.
For information on becoming a Holiday Bazaar vendor, call 237-5223, ext. 102.
JCC seeks artwork from members for juried show
Artists - both amateur and professionals - will have the opportunity to showcase their talent this fall at the premiere of the JCC Juried Member Art Exhibit.
A jurist is being selected by the committee from outside the JCC membership to choose which pieces of art will be put on display.
JCC members may submit up to two pieces of their artwork for consideration. Artwork may be dropped off at the JCC's front desk for consideration for the exhibit on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. All types of artistic media are welcome, and must be ready for display.
The artwork selected will be placed on exhibit in the JCC lobby from Oct. 7 through Nov. 4.
For information, visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org, or contact Tim Kauffman, JCC assistant executive director, at 59-6223.
Kinderclub, Kaleidoscope for kindergarten through sixth-grade
When elementary school is out, Kinderclub and Kaleidoscope at the JCC are in and offering a structured, fun and creative curriculum that engages and encourages continued learning experiences and completing daily homework.
Kinderclub is designed for kindergarten-age children (ages 5 to 7) and is led by experienced, degreed teachers. Flexible options are available: from noon to 3 p.m., noon to 6 p.m., and 4 to 6 p.m. Kaleidoscope is offered Monday through Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m., for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Both programs are open to non-Jewish families. Kinderclub offers a family style hot kosher lunch, special Shabbat and holiday celebrations, swimming twice each week, a weekly library trip, arts and crafts activities, stories, drama, puzzles, games, and an occasional field trip.
Kaleidoscope does more than just provide students with homework assistance. They have special events, swimming, a low ropes course, a ball pit, a climbing wall, and scavenger hunts in the new, Mercaz Zusman all-purpose building, with new programs.
Kinderclub is offered at both the main JCC campus at 1125 College Ave., in Bexley, and at the JCC New Albany at 79 N. High St., in the Columbus Jewish Day School (CJDS).
Transportation to the main campus is provided by the JCC van from Bexley schools and St. Catherine's Elementary. Other students at local private or public schools should plan on parent-provided transportation.
Kaleidoscope is offered at all three JCC locations, including the JCC North at 1985 Swansford Dr., Dublin.
For information, visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org, or call (614) 231-2731.
Pooch Pond event Sept. 9
On Sept. 9, the JCC's outoor pool will host the first Pooch Pond, from 1 to 3 p.m. for dogs and their owners. Cost is $5 per dog, and owners will need to bring their own scoop to clean up after their dogs. For information, visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
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