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What's happening on the Westside
Westland Senior Citizens
The Westland Senior Citizens will meet on Feb. 11 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The program will be Sharon from the Free Store. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m., with the program to be presented at 11:30 and lunch at noon. Bring a dish to share. For more information, call 878-8996 or 870-6476.
Homes on the Hill open house
Homes on the Hill CDC will hold a New Location Open House Party on Feb. 10, 4-6 p.m., at their new location, 4318 Westland Mall (use the entrance between Sears and Staples).
Light refreshments will be provided. Executive Director Stephen Torsell will serve as host for the evening .
Homes on the Hill, CDC provides programs in housing development and homeownership services. These include acquisition, rehab and sales of property for ownership, pre and post purchase counseling, foreclosure counseling and maintenance programs in homeownership services. HOTH has developed over 60 single family rehabs, over 20 new single family homes while assisting hundreds of households become homeowners.
MOPS to meet
The LICF MOPS group will meet Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., starting with a light breakfast for moms. The group will view and discuss a segment of “Living Together on Planet MOM” and enjoy one of Kathy Park’s crafts.
All mothers of young children ages 0-5 are invited. Children have their own MOPPETS program. The group meets at 2020 SR 142 NE, just south of the I-70 exit, in the New Life Nazarene Church. Call Pam 853-2542 or Lois 878-3535 to register.
Franklinton Safety Task Force
The Franklinton Safety Task Force will meet Saturday, Feb. 13 from 1-3 p.m. They will discuss safety issues in the area and the Columbus Division of Police gang unit will make a presentation. All Westside residents are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at the Franklinton Branch Library, 1061 W. Town St., in the community room next to the glass display case on the second floor. For more information, call 223-1600.
Free clothing and lunch
New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s men’s and children’s clothing Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided. All are welcome. This is a monthly event.
HOTH hosts electricity workshop
Homes on the Hill, CDC, will host a free workshop on Feb. 16, from 6-8 p.m., focusing on electricity and household utilities for homeowners. This class will include advice on how to perform simple wiring repairs, installation of a dimmer switch, changing light and electrical sockets and additional minor electrical repairs.
A Columbus city employee will discuss tips on how to concerve electricity and perform electrical repairs.
HOTH counselors will also be present to consult with homeowners individually. This class is free and open to the public. To register or for more information, call 275-4663 or visit www.hoth-cdc.org.
HOTH is located at 4318 Westland Mall.
Free pancake breakfast
Abundant Life Tabernacle, 35 Derrer Road, is having a free pancake breakfast on Feb. 14, from 9-10 a.m. If you have any questions, e-mail email@example.com or call 279-5433.
Reach out and Read
The South-Western City Schools will once again be partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Central OEA/NEA to participate in the annual Reach Out and Read Program. Reach Out and Read is a pediatric literacy program which encourages family literacy activities in the home prior to a child’s entrance into school. Teachers, students, staff, and community members are asked to participate in the project by contributing new, age-appropriate books for children between five months and five years of age. Gently used books for students up to eighth grade level will also be accepted.
Books will be collected Feb. 22 through March 12 at all SWCS school buildings. Last year the district was the leading donor for central Ohio through the donation of 19,997 books. This year, the goal is to match or exceed last year’s total.
A kick-off celebration will be held at East Franklin Elementary School on March 12 at 1 p.m.
Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., will have its annual Chilli-Soup Cook-off on Feb. 20, from 5-7 p.m. Vote for your favorite chilli, soup, and dessert. Cost is $4 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 10 and under.
Saint Agnes fish dry
The Knights of Columbus and Saint Agnes Parish will host an all you can eat fish fry each Friday, Feb. 12 - March 26 in the Saint Agnes cafeteria, 2364 W. Mound St., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The dinner will include perch, two sides, rolls, drinks and a dessert. Meatless spaghetti will also be available. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children.
The Galloway Presbyterian Church is serving up a romantic spaghetti dinner on Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 13, 4-7 p.m. Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad, drinks and homemade pies are on the menu. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children under 12. The church is located at Hall and Galloway roads, at 6191 Hall Road. For more information call 878-5015.
The Central Baptist Church, 1955 Frank Road, will host a valentine’s banquet on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The church’s teen group (B.R.I.C.K.) will sponsor the event. The cost is $15 per person and $25 per couple. The price includes dinner and music. Tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the church at 279-3115 or visit www.centralbaptistcolumbus.org.
Glenwood Free Taxes Ministry
The Glenwood Free Taxes Ministry offers anyone making $49,000 or less during 2009 free tax preparation. This ministry is performed by IRS certified and trained preparers who will e-file your federal and state (Ohio only) tax returns. With direct deposit, refunds are received in as little as 8-15 days.
The ministry will run from Jan. 18 – April 12. Taxes will be prepared on Mondays from noon – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Appointments are expected to last approximately one hour and can be made by calling Glenwood United Methodist Church at 274-8469 or stopping by the church office at 2833 Valleyview Dr.
Do you or someone you know suffer from the addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, eating or any other addictions which makes your or their life unmanageable? There is a solution. Join Celebrate Recovery at Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Road, every Thursday at 7 p.m. or call 406-6616 or 570-9034.
Music, Message and Meal
There will be a free hot meal served at Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930 W. Broad St., on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 6-7 p.m. as a part of Hoge’s HM3 (Music, Message and Meal) program. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the church at 276-5433 or log on to hogepresby.org.
American Legion Post 799
American Legion Post 799 holds their monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 123 Inah Ave. Anyone interested in joining the legion should attend. For more information, contact Commander Vernon Hall at 878-9914 or Vice Commander Bill Cathey at 226-5606.
Westland Area Commission
Westland Area Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Doctors Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St. The commission boundaries are I-270 to the north, Hellbranch Run to the west and Johnson Road/Big Run South to the south. To find out more, log on to www.westlandareacommission.cocm.
Rock on the Hill
Rock on the Hill will provide free after school fun for Westside kids every Wednesday, from 4-6 p.m., at 2500 W. Broad St. Activities include snacks, art projects, games and help with homework.
Bus transportation will be provided from West Broad Elementary, but parents must pick children up by 6 p.m.
Now enrolling first grade through fifth grade. Call 233-5829 and speak with director Carmen Ator.
Friends hosts senior group
Senior citizens are invited to a seniors group at Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Road, on the first Thursday of each month from 12-2:30 p.m. The event will feature a light lunch, games and fellowship. There is no cost, but registration is required. Contact Martha at 875-8297, Juanita at 279-2382 or Debbie at 274-6505.
PTSC exercise programs
The Prairie Township Senior Center hosts the following exercise programs that are free and open to the public:
•Mondays - 10:30 a.m., aerobics; 2 p.m., line dance
•Tuesdays - 10 a.m., gentle stretchers
•Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m., body conditioning
•Fridays - 10 a.m., gentle stretchers
For additional information, call the center at 878-5110.
Free meals offered
The Church of the Lamb of God, 2216 Sullivant Ave., offers free meals on the fourth Saturday of each month.
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.
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.
VFW Post 6065
VFW Post 6065 will hold their meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.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.
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 questiions.
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.
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