The Harrisburg Library, 1036 High St., sponsors an ongoing book sale Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
Some books sell for $5 a bag, others range from $10 cents to $1. The library accepts donations of all books and movies but they ask you not send magazines. All items must be clean and in good condition.
All proceeds benefit the Harrisburg Library Association. Donations are tax deductible.
Screenings at Evans
Amity Care Home Health Services provides a nurse at the E.L. Evans Senior Center in Grove City to do free diabetic screening and blood pressure testing every first and third Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Amity Care Home Health at 334-6800.
The Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society is offering $1,000 scholarships to young Ohio cancer survivors entering college for the 2010/11 academic year.
American Cancer Society Youth Survivor College Scholarship applications are now available online at www.cancer.org/ohiogrants. All applicants must be residents of Ohio, United States citizens, diagnosed with cancer before age 21, under the age of 25 at the time of application, and planning to attend an accredited university or community college in the United States. This scholarship is not intended for family members or caregivers of cancer survivors.
The application deadline is Feb. 26. More information may be obtained by calling your American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 800-227-2345, or by visiting www.cancer.org .
All scholarships will be awarded by the society’s volunteer scholarship review committee and will be based on scholastic performance, community service and leadership. Due to limited funding and the competitive nature of this program, the American Cancer Society is not able to award scholarships to all young cancer survivors who apply. Priority will be given to first-time applicants. However, former recipients are encouraged to apply, but will not be guaranteed funding. Applicants will be notified in May 2010 of their funding status.
The scholarship program was established in 2000 and is made possible through proceeds from Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature activity to honor cancer survivors and their families.
RecSchool will begin registration for the 2010-11 school year in February.
Operated by the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department and licensed by the state of Ohio, the RecSchool preschool program is designed to support the developmental needs of prekindergarten children who are three years of age and older. The program operates September through May with half-day classes offered one, two or three days per week at Gantz Barn, 2259 Home Road, in Gantz Park.
Morning classes meet 9 to 11:30 a.m.; afternoon classes meet 12:30 to 3 p.m. Participants must be 3 years old by Sept. 30, 2010.
The RecSchool philosophy recognizes that children learn best through meaningful play. Experienced teachers plan a curriculum that supports cognitive, physical and social development through art, literacy, music, math and science experiences. This nurturing environment prepares students for successful experiences in school and beyond by fostering competence, social skills, independence, creativity and a love of learning.
To receive registration information, contact RecSchool Coordinator Michele Demmy at 871-6330. The registration process includes a classroom observation and a meeting with the RecSchool Coordinator to discuss questions. For more information on RecSchool, visit www.grovecityohio.gov.
The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department will hold registration for spring/summer youth baseball during the month of February.
Interested participants should sign up in person at City Hall, 4035 Broadway, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 26. The office will be open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. All registrations received after Feb. 26 will be charged a $20 late fee.
Leagues are available for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Participants who reside outside Grove City or Jackson Township are eligible to play, but are required to pay an additional $10 non-resident fee. First-time registrants must bring the participant’s birth certificate, proof of residency (i.e. current utility bill, current check stub, bank statement) and the full fee payment.
New this year, observations will be held for players in the minor, major and pony leagues on March 20 at Windsor Park, 4330 Dudley Ave. The rain date is March 27.
Practices will begin April 5, and opening day is May 8. Games are held at Windsor Park. Volunteer coaches are needed; applications may be picked up at City Hall. Paid umpire positions are also available.
For more information, visit www.grovecityohio.gov or call the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department at 277-3050.
Grove City Preschool is registering for the 2010/11 school year, which will begin in September. Classes are available for children who will be 3, 4 or 5 years old by Sept. 30. Parents can choose two or three half-day classes. The school is located at 4850 Haughn Road in the Trinity United Methodist Church. For more information, contact the preschool at 875-4432.
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.
The Grove City High School NJROTC parent boosters will host a spaghetti dinner on March 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion, 3363 McDowell Road in Grove City. Adults eat for $6; children ages 4-10 eat for $3; kids under 3 eat for free. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds benefit the NJROTC program.
Concert for job seekers
On March 7 at 3 p.m., the public is invited to experience a free musical event designed to change lives. Held at the Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St., the concert features the Grove City Chamber Singers, Grove City Community Winds and the Grove City High School jazz band. It also benefits job seekers who reside in the South-Western City Schools District. Proceeds from a free will offering, will establish the James R. Staten Scholarship. Those funds honor Jim Staten, a retired SWCS administrator and a volunteer at New Directions Career Center (NDCC), and directly support job seekers. NDCC, a non-profit organization serving central Ohio for 30 years, assists individuals who are in the midst of career change. For more information on this concert, contact Cindy Kazalia at 849-0028, ext. 104.
Garden Tea Party
The Gardens at Gantz Farm Volunteers will present "A Garden Tea Party" for gardening enthusiasts from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 20 at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave.
The event will include brunch, a tea party, luncheon and four speakers including specialized herb experts and the author of Desirable Trees for the Midwest. Vendors with merchandise ranging from green cleaning products to garden art, seeds and pottery also will be in attendance.
"It is a day full of education, fun and mingling with our peers," said Gardens at Gantz Farm Volunteer President Mary Lewis.
The cost is $50, and all proceeds benefit the Gardens at Gantz Farm. Preregistration is required by March 15.
For more information or to register, contact the Gardens at Gantz Farm at 871-6323 or ghar...@grovecityohio.gov. A registration brochure as well as information on the presenters and vendors is available at www.grovecityohio.gov.
The Kiwanis Club of Grove City will hold its annual pancake breakfast on Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to noon at the United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St. in Grove City. It is an all you can eat breakfast, featuring pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and milk. The cost is $6 per person at the door, or $5 if purchased from a Kiwanis member prior to the event. Kids 5 and under will receive a free meal.
Military prayer service
The Alkire Road Church of Christ, 2779 Alkire Road in Grove City will host a military prayer service on March 7 at 5 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 875-1028 or visit www.alkirechurchofchrist.com.
The Hilltop Kiwanis Club and the Crossroads United Methodist Church have joined together to raise money to support the children of the Westside. For only $5 you get all the pancakes you want to eat, a sausage patty and a drink. The event will take place on March 13 from 7 a.m. to noon at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Hague Ave.
Little Theatre auditions
The Little Theatre Off Broadway will hold auditions for "Over The Tavern," by Tom Dudzick.
In the idealized years of Eisenhower’s 1950′s America, the Pazinski family has a lot going on in its cramped Buffalo apartment. Twelve year-old Rudy is a smart, wise-cracking kid who begins to question his family’s Roman Catholic Church and values. When he announces to ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa that instead of being confirmed he’d rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose. A warm and hilarious look at family, growing up, and God.
Auditions will take place at 7 p.m., March 7 and 8 at the Grove City Christian Child Care Center, 2996 Columbus St. The show calls for two women (40+), one man (40+); one girl (16), three boys (12, 13 and 15). The 12-year-old is the lead.
Auditions will consist of cold reads from the provided script, but the director will accept prepared monologues. Please bring a calendar of rehearsal conflicts to the audition. Acting resumes and photos are helpful but not necessary.
Contact the theatre’s Web site at ltob.org or call 875-3919 for more information.
"Plaza Suite" comes to LTOB
The Little Theatre Off Broadway presents "Plaza Suite," by Neil Simon.
Composed of three acts, each involving different characters but all set in Suite 719 of New York City’s Plaza Hotel. The first act introduces Sam and Karen Nash, who are revisiting their honeymoon suite in Karen’s attempt to bring the love back into their marriage. The second act involves a meeting between movie producer Jesse Kiplinger and his old flame, suburban housewife Muriel Tate. The third act revolves around married couple Roy and Norma Hubley on their daughter Mimsey’s wedding day.
The show runs on weekends and Fridays from March 12 through April 3. Tickets are $10; student and senior citizen tickets are $8.
Little Theatre Off Broadway is one of the oldest continuously operating theatre groups in Ohio. It is located at 3981 Broadway in Grove City. Call 875-3919 for ticket information.
Garden at Gantz to offer scholarship
The Gardens at Gantz volunteers will offer a scholarship of up to $1,000 to a student interested in studying landscaping, horticulture, sustainable living or conservation at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of the South-Western City Schools District. Application deadline is March 31. For additional information, call 871-6323.
Health fair at Evans
The Ohio State University offers a free senior health fair every year to the public. This year’s health fair will be held April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. in Grove City. There will be over 50 different vendors offerings screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glaucoma, diabetes, bone density and much more. For more information, contact osu....@gmail.com.
Darby Garden Club to meet
The Darby Valley Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m., Feb. 25 at the Harrisburg United Methodist Church. The guest speaker will be Susan Dunham from the Darby Creek Honey Farm. Call Ruth Osborne at 875-4626 if you have questions. Visitors are welcome.
Concert at First Baptist
The First Baptist Church, 3301 Orders Road in Grove City, will host an evening of gospel music on March 19 at 7 p.m. Soul Purpose and the Dove Brothers Quartet are scheduled to perform. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, call the church at 991-0205.
Civic Club to meet
On March 4, Jeff Davis of Friends of the Library, will speak at the first Women’s Civic Club Of Grove City. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Township Administration building. The civic club dedicates time, talent and financial support to numerous community projects each year. Anyone interested in joining the club can contact Carol Rorick at 871-2484.