Community calendar for Eastside
•Reformation Lutheran Church, 1355 S. Hamilton Road, will host a free Easter Egg Hunt Saturday March 22 at 1. Please come at least 10 minutes early to register for the larger prizes. There will be candy-filled eggs, and also eggs containing prize tags for smaller prizes. Children will be grouped by age: 0-2 year olds, 3-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds, and 8-10 year olds. Open to the community. For info, call 235-4995.
•Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at the corner of North Merkle Road and Maryland Avenue, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. for preschool-age children through second- grade are invited to come and join in on the fun. Participants will meet in the Fellowship Hall before the hunt.
•Eastview United Methodist Church, 1045 Ross Road, will hold a St. Patrick's Day coffee for all men, March 15 at 10 a.m. in Anthony Hall. Everyone is invited to join us for a cup of coffee and a pastry or two and stay for the program. There is not charge, but RSVP's are necessaryat 235-7895, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
•Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave, will hold Holy Week services starting with Palm Sunday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. There will be a Holy Wednesday service at 12:00 noon and a Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday worship will be at 10:30 a.m.
SWACO award nominations
SWACO Emerald Awards will be an event of May 7 at the Hilton Inn at Easton beginning at 11:30 a.m. Deadline to enter environmental programs to be considered for the award are due by March 14. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Information may be obtained at www.swaco.org/Emeralds.aspx or call 614-871-5100. Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person or a table of ten for $250. Guest speaker will be actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr.
Whitehall Library bilingual story time
The Whitehall Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, at Broad Street and Yarling Road, invites you to join us for our weekly Bilingual Story Time and hear stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English.
Our fun, interactive program will help children get ready to read and develop language and social skills in both Spanish and English. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is offered every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Concert organist Todd Wilson
to perform at Capital
Celebrated concert organist Todd Wilson will perform at March 14 at 8 p.m., in Capital University's Mees Hall.
A respected performer and teacher, Wilson was among the first to perform during the inaugural season of Capital's Paul W. and Ella D. Hugus pipe organ, a 70-rank organ with 4,081 pipes.
Renown for his improvised accompaniments to classic silent films, such as "Phantom of the Opera," Wilson has performed in concert halls in major cities throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
Admission is free and no tickets are required, but a freewill offering will be taken. For information, call the Conservatory of Music at 236-6411.
Bexley Library children's programs
Registration is now being taken for Bexley Public Library's spring 2008 children's programs, set to begin the week of March 31. There is no fee for participating in any of the programs.
Babytime is a program for children ages 9 to 24 months and their caregivers. The 20-minute programs feature songs, bounces, and stories, and meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Toddler Storyhour is a half-hour program for 2-year-olds and an adult, and meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Programs will include stories, fingerplays, and simple craft projects.
Three to five-year-old children may participate in Preschool Storyhour held on Mondays at 2 p.m., Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Programs last about 45 minutes and include stories, crafts, games and songs.
"Explorers Club," an hour-long program for kindergarteners through third graders, will begin April 9 and meets on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
All programs, except for Explorer's Club, require pre-registration. Call the Children's Department at 231-2878 for more information and to register.
Bexley Community Book Club
2nd Bookfair March 15
The Bexley Education Foundation's Bexley Community Book Club will hold its second Bookfair at Barnes & Noble at Easton Saturday, March 15 from 9 a.m until 11 p.m.
On that day, The Bexley Education Foundation will receive up to 20 percent of proceeds from Barnes and Noble sales (books, videos, music and at the coffee shop) purchased through Bexley Community Book Club vouchers specifically earmarked for the Bookfair.
The event is part of a year-long calendar of activities focused on the works of journalist and novelist Pete Hamill, leading up to his appearance April 30.
The schedule of special performances iat the Bookfair include:
•11 a.m. - Presentation by District-Wide Fifth Grade Battle of the Books Team
•1 p.m. - Performance by Bexley High School String Ensemble
•2 p.m. - WBNS 10TV Anchor Andrea Cambern Reads Works of Pete Hamill, plus Trivia Contest with prizes
•3 p.m. - Book Discussion Group Meets in Café to Discuss Pete Hamill's "Downtown: My Manhattan."
•5 p.m. - Theatre performance by Bexley High School Theatre Ensemble
•6 p.m. - Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble
In addition to these performances, caricature and cartoon artists from Bexley High School will offer portraits on request, and visual art by Bexley Middle School students, featuring works inspired by Milt Caniff, who was an important creative influence for Hamill, will be on display in the store-along with visual art displays by Maryland Elementary students.
The event also will offer an opportunity for community members to buy books to donate to libraries on Andros Island in the Bahamas, where Bexley students and faculty visit each year for a period of study and service.
Information, including individual Pete Hamill ticket sales information (advance general admission tickets are $25 each and student tickets are available), can be obtained by calling the BEF office at 338-2093, or by visiting www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org and clicking on the Bexley Community Book Club link.
Bookfair vouchers can be downloaded from The Bexley Education Foundation website, and will be available at all five Bexley school buildings, the front entrance of the Cassingham complex, and at The Bexley Public Library, Drexel Theatre, Starbucks Bexley, and Cup O Joe.
Bexley Schools' parent seminar
on creating safe environment
Bexley Schools' next Parent Education session on March 10 will focus on "Building a Safe and Respectful School Climate: Parents and Teachers Working Together," at 7 p.m. in the Bexley High School Library at 326 South Cassingham Road.
The program, led by Bexley's school counselors, will show parents how to help children understand and prevent cruel, disrespectful behavior and learn to develop respectful friendships.
Parents will also hear briefly about the district's new policy concerning anti-harassment, anti-hazing and anti-bullying, which was approved by the Board of Education in December 2007.
For information or to register for the program, contact Bexley Schools' Parent Mentor, Sam McMillan, at 237-4309 ext. 3238.
Bexley Schools kindergarten enrollment April 1-2
Parents of children who will be five years old by September 30, 2008 and who live within the City of Bexley may enroll their children in the Bexley City School District's kindergarten program Tuesday, April 1, for students with last name beginning with A-M and on Wednesday, April 2, for students with last name beginning with N-Z.
Registration on both days will be from 9 - 11 a.m. or from 1- 3 p.m. at the area elementary schools.
Parents should bring the child's original birth certificate (to be copied) and proof of residency to their elementary school. It ishelpful to bring the child's immunization records at this time. Also bring custodial papers if this applies.
For information on early entrance for kindergarten or first-grade, or intra-district enrollment, call Dr. Anne Hyland at 231-7611.
Bexley Library Internet programs
Bexley Public Library reference librarians will conduct Internet Basics programs that will include discussion of navigating the Internet, using the library's website and catalog, and hands-on instruction about using specific Internet search engines. Each program consists of two one-hour sessions, from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11 and March 12, or Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and March 18. A Beyond the Basics program is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19 at 2 pm.
All programs are free but advance registration is required. Call 231-8795.
Knights of Columbus Women's
Club card party & style show
The Knights of Columbus Women's Club, Reynoldsburg will host their Annual Card Party and Style Show on Tuesday, March 25, at St. Pius X School Gym, 1061 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, from 7-10 p.m.
Tickets are $8 and include door prizes, dessert buffet, appetizers, coffee, tea and punch. A silent auction and raffle will be held. Fashions will be provided by Fashion Bug, 2857 Taylor Road, S.W., Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Bring your own cards or games.
Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling Dee Ansbro at 759-7876.
Shadywood baseball league
The Shadywood Baseball League, which includes t-ball for ages 5 and 6 through Little League for ages 11-13, is holding sign-ups at Angelina's Villa, 5450 E. Livingston Ave., Saturdays through March from noon to 3 p.m.
Cost of registration is $25 for t-ball, $50 for coached-pitched baseball for ages 7-8, and $60 for kid-pitch for 9-10-year-olds and for Little League. Games are played in May and June.
For information, contact Charles Rogers at 866-7874.
Whitehall Chamber of
The next Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting will be March 19 at Consumer Credit Counseling Services, 4500 E. Broad Street at 8:30 a.m.
Applications being accepted for
special ed preschool role models
Applications are being accepted for children ages 3-5 to be enrolled in a free preschool program as role models in one of the special needs classrooms at C. Ray Williams or Etna Road special needs preschool in Whitehall.
The programs operates on a half-day schedule, Monday through Thursday and begins Sept. 8. Transportation will be provided. All applicants must be Whitehall residents and applications will not be considered for students already enrolled for kindergarten.
Applicants must be received by March 13 and are available at the Whitehall Schools administration office, at 625 S. Yearling Road, or the beechwood, Kae Avenue and Etna Road elementary school offices. For information, call 417-5013.
Reynoldsburg Civic Club holds
The Reynoldsburg Civic Club will meet March 11 at noon at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road.
Following the business meeting, there will be a silent auction benefiting local charities. For information, call 866-8607.
St. Catharine's St. Patrick's Day dinner/dance
St. Catharine Church's St. Patrick's Day dinner/dance will be held March 15 at the school gym, 2865 Fair Ave., sponsored by Special People in Catholic Education. Proceeds benefit the Catholic education of St. Catharine Parish children.
The evening begins at 6 and includes an Irish dinner and music by Pauken-Farley and the General Guinness Band and performances by local Irish step dancers.
Cost is $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight.
Raffle donations and volunteers are needed. For information, call 235-1396 or 231-4509.
Community workshops on the law,
community crime patrols
Community Empowerment Workshops at United Way, 360 S. Third Street, Columbus, are scheduled for March 13 and March 19. The sessions are free, but registration is required.
The topic of the March 13 session, being held from 6-8 p.m., is an interactive workshop on how the law works. Lessons cover such topics as search and seizure laws, Miranda rights, attorney-client relationships, sentencing hearings, racial profiling and violence prevention. The presenter will be Robert Beattey, from the Columbus prosecutor's office.
The topic for March 19, from 6 - 8:30 p.m. is Community Crime Patrols In Your Neighborhood. Citizen patrols are a growing trend in the United States. Learn how Community Crime Patrol, Inc., is a program of highly trained citizen patrollers working to increase safety in Columbus neighborhoods. Hear how this project operates from the personal experiences of neighborhood patrollers and police liaisons. The presenter will be Eileen Moore of Community Crime Patrol, Inc.
For questions or registration information, contact Sharon Ware at 241-3071.
Rotary pancake breakfast includes music, contests
The annual Whitehall-Bexley Rotary Club pancake breakfast will be held March 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Whitehall Community Park Activities Building, 402 North Hamilton Road. You can purchase tickets from any Whitehall-Bexley Rotary Club member or at the door. Tickets are $6 each; children age 5 and under will be admitted free. The price entitles you to all you can eat.
A $100 certificate of deposit, donated by First Bexley Bank, will be raffled off to one lucky winner. Other prizes will also be raffled. The Maennerchor Thursday Nite Jammers will provide music.
The club supports a variety of local, national, and international charitable projects. Proceeds of the pancake breakfast will benefit club projects, including the Whitehall Youth Athletic Association.
to perform for historical society
The Whitehall Yearling High School theatre students will be performing an excerpt from the upcoming musical, 'Footloose" at the Whitehall Historical Society meeting March 12 at 7 p.m. following the 6:30 business meeting.
Whitehall Easter egg hunt
The Whitehall Community Celebration Association will be hosting the annual Easter egg hunt March 15 at John Bishop Park at 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed to stuff eggs March 3 at Whitehall Community Park. If you can help, please be at the park's activity building at 6:30 p.m. It will take about three hours to complete.
Bexley Schools sponsors Iraq
Bexley Schools will present an Iraq Seminar Series March 19 from 7-9 p.m. in the Bexley High School Library at 326 South Cassingham Road in Bexley.
"The series offers an opportunity to discuss what the current war in Iraq means for our world and our future," said Jesse Vogel, Bexley High School sophomore who is producing the series, along with classmate Graham Horn. The program receives support from a classroom grant awarded last year by The Bexley Education Foundation.
The session on March 19 will examine how the war in Iraq shapes current international policy. Speakers for this event are Dr. Andy Katz, professor of political science at Denison University and Dr. Sean Kay, who specializes in U.S. foreign and national security policy at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Vogel and Horn conceived of the seminar series because of their personal interest in the subject.
"The Middle East conflict will define our generation," commented Vogel. "The Bush Administration's policies with regard to the September 11 attacks, Afghanistan and Iraq will shape the future of U.S. foreign policy for our lifetimes."
An ongoing student discussion group will consider the topic further, meeting at lunchtime and after school with the guidance of Bexley High School librarian Mike Nolan.
Bexley Women's Club offers
high school, college scholarships
Applications for the 2008 Bexley Women's Club high school and college scholarships are now being accepted. High school students who have a 2.5 GPA or above and are legal residents of the city of Bexley are eligible to apply. College scholarships have no residency requirement. The postmarked deadline is March 31. Applications can be obtained by contacting Georgiana Van Syckle, at 235-6975.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements. Information is available at www.columbusjcc.org.
Jewish War Veterans Post
sponsors blood drive
The Jewish War Veterans Post 122 will sponsor a blood drive at the JCC, 1125 College Ave., March 19. To book an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543).
Artist David Moss to hold residency, exhibit in April
Internationally renowned artist David Moss will be in Columbus this spring for a week-long residency that opens a month-long exhibition of his work at the JCC.
A native of Dayton, Moss now resides in Israel, where his art has progressed from two-dimensional calligraphy to three-dimensional objects and even buildings infused with Jewish content.
While in Columbus, from April 3 to 9, Moss will give lectures and conduct workshops at the Columbus Museum of Art, OSU Libraries, Columbus Jewish Day School, Columbus Torah Academy, and the JCC.
"David Moss' extraordinary calligraphy, papercuts, bookmaking, and designs infuse traditional Jewish rituals and texts with meaning for contemporary audiences. His stories, demonstrations, and workshops are sure to provide wonder and insights for those who are familiar with Jewish traditions and those who are not," said Dr. Carole Genshaft, Adjunct Curator of Education at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Tennis lessons for ages 3-5
The Jewish Community Center is offering a Mighty Mite Tennis program for children ages three to five years in a seven-week program beginning April 7. The classes will be taught by JCC Tennis Pro Pam Lippy in the JCC gymnasium at 1125 College Ave.
Children will learn basic tennis and motor skills that lead to playing on "short" courses with foam balls, small racquets and other junior-sized equipment. Children of all skill levels are welcome.
The fee is $80. Wilson Pee-Wee racquets are available for $20.
For information, contact Jeanna Brownlee, JCC Director of Sports and Wellness, at 559-6274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery Players holds auditions for
Gallery Players, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus' theatre group, will present "Brooklyn Boy," May 17-June 1, with auditions March 16-18.
"Brooklyn Boy," a drama written by Donald Margulies, is a story about what happens when the marginally successful writing career of middle-aged author Eric Weiss begins to take off with the publication of his novel.
Tickets for individual shows are $12 for JCC members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for senior members, $16 for senior non-members, $8 for students, and $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.
Those interested in making contributions to support the theater may become a JCC Patron of the Arts. Patron levels are $100 (with the patron receiving two tickets to one show), $250 (four tickets to one show), $500 (two subscriptions) and $1,000 (four subscriptions).
For information on season subscriptions or becoming a JCC Patron of the Arts, visit the Gallery Players website at jccgalleryplayers.org, or call 559-6248.
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