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•Reformation Lutheran Church, 1355 S. Hamilton Road, will host the Walnut Ridge High School Choir under the driection of J. Eric Watson, for a free concert Wednesday April 9 at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow. For more information, call the church at 235-4995. The church is wheelchair accessible.
Bexley Women's Club House & Garden Tour, Gala
The Bexley Women's Club will host its first Bexley House & Garden Tour and Gala celebrating Bexley's centennial year. The invitation-only Gala on Saturday, June 21, will begin at 4 p.m. at the Governor's Residence with a welcoming by Ohio's First Lady, Frances Strickland.
Gala guests will have an opportunity to tour the residence and grounds before moving on to other residences and gardens on the tour. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bexley Gateway complex, and will wrap up at 8:30 p.m.
Gala reservations can be purchased for $75 per person and will be limited in availability (first-come-first-served).
On Sunday, June 22, a ticketed House & Garden Tour will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special hourly guided tours of the Governor's Heritage Gardens will be available, although the mansion itself will not be open for the public tour on Sunday. Additional tour tickets are $15 in advance ($20 on the day of tour) and will be available on-line beginning April 15 at www.bexleywomen.org and at select retail locations beginning May 10.
The proceeds from this landmark event will provide scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Bexley and undergraduate students nationwide. Over the past 70 years, the Bexley Women's Club has supported more than 700 students with over $300,000 in scholarships.
Bexley Athletic Boosters mulch sale
The Bexley Athletic Boosters annual mulch sale is underway. Order mulch by April 4 to be delivered on Saturday, April 26 by calling Tom Anderson at 237-2777.
Proceeds go to Bexley Schools athletic programs for necessities such as scoreboards, bleachers, uniforms, and safety equipment.
BEF Educator of the Year nominations sought
The Bexley Education Foundation is seeking nominations for its Educator of the Year award. For information or an applications, visit www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org. Nominations are due to the BEF office by April 8, with the award being presented at the Education Appreciation Banquet on May 21.
Columbus Children's Choir at Reynoldsburg United Methodist
The Columbus Children's Choir's New World Singers will perform at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, Graham Road, on April 6 at 3 p.m.
This concert will feature Alex Shaver, Hannah Mapes, Hannah Holstein and selections from the repertoire that will be performed by the New World Singers tour to Hungary, Austria and Germany.
The New World Singers are featured annually in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops.
A free will offering will be taken. For information, visit www.columbuschildrenschoir.org
Ohio Theatre celebrates 80th birthday with
|In celebration of the Ohio Theatre's 80th birthday, CAPA presents a nostalgic Sunday afternoon of "Mighty Morton" theatre organ music with Clark Wilson, April 13, at 3 p.m. at 39 E. State St.
organ concert benefiting food bank
In celebration of the Ohio Theatre's 80th birthday, CAPA presents a nostalgic Sunday afternoon of "Mighty Morton" theatre organ music with Clark Wilson, April 13, at 3 p.m. at 39 E. State St. Admission is free. CAPA will be accepting food donations for the Mid-Ohio FoodBank at the door.
Wilson, well-known to Columbus audiences as the official organist of CAPA's Summer Movie Series, will play a selection of popular tunes from the 1920s, when the Ohio Theatre first opened, through the 1980s.
Audience members will get a live, bird's eye view of Wilson's talented fingers on a large projection screen via an above-keyboard camera. A second camera will be mounted inside the organ to showcase the inner workings of the massive instrument.
Opened in 1928 as a Loew's movie house, the Ohio Theatre was a 2,779-seat Spanish-Baroque masterpiece complete with its own orchestra and theatre organ. In addition to movies, live stage shows touring on the Loews circuit found a home on the Ohio stage, featuring greats of vaudeville such as Milton Berle and Jack Benny.
Parent meeting about new year-round elementary school
A new elementary school, Centura Community School will be opening its doors this July at 1850 Bostwick Road in east Columbus, the former site of the Millennium Community School. The new school is now enrolling students kindergarten-2 with plans to add grade levels in future years.
Parents interested in learning more about Centura Community School are invited to attend a parent meeting on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at The Hamilton Plaza Hotel, 2124 South Hamilton Road in Reynoldsburg.
Centura joins a handful of local schools that offer class year-round, something that Director Jim Cowardin, sees as a benefit for parents and students alike.
For information or to RSVP for the parent meeting, call 774-7948.
"Weenie" author at local libraries
A lively discussion with teen author David Lubar, author of such whimsical books as "Invasion of Road Weenie," "Dunk," and "Curse of the Campfire Weenies," will take place at local branches of Columbus Metropolitan Library on April 1, at 10 a.m. at the Whitehall Branch Library, at the corner of Broad Street and Yearling Road, and 1 p.m. at the Southeast Branch Library on South Hamilton Road.
Author & Bexley grad to speak about creativity to students
| Dan Pink
Bexley High School alumnus Daniel Pink, author of the book "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future," returns to Bexley High School at April 11 at 9 a.m. to speak to students.
A former White House speech writer and currently a contributing editor for Wired magazine, Pink writes about the "abilities that individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced and automated world," according to danpink.com.
All students will attend the April program sponsored by the BHS Art Department, Visual Arts Parent Network and Bexley Education Foundation, with Pink meeting afterwards with selected art students and faculty members.
Pink graduated from Bexley High School in 1982, subsequently earning a B.A. in linguistics from Northwestern University and a law degree from Yale University.
His career includes stints as speech writer to Vice President Al Gore, aide to U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, and independent business consultant to Fortune 100 companies and start-up ventures.
Pink has recently completed an accessible and smartly designed career guide produced in the Japanese graphic novel style called Manga, the first Manga book of its kind in the United States.
Bexley High School's seniors will receive a free copy of the new career guide, which will be published just days before Pink's visit.
Denny Griffith, president of Columbus College of Art and Design, will introduce Pink and join in the question and answer session to be held afterward.
Willis Park Civic Association to meet April 9
The next meeting of the Willis Park Civic Association will be held on April 9, at 6 p.m. at Liberty Christian Academy at 4938 Beatrice Drive.
Members attending the meeting will be introduced to the newsletter's editorial board. A mailing of the newsletter will be made in the following month for all homes in the civic association.
Volunteers will also be sought to help in various areas for the improvement of the neighborhood. There will be a brief presentation on CPR to highlight the fact that the civic association will be sponsoring a CPR class in early summer for residents.
There will also be a brief explanation of a bicycle safety class being sponsored by the civic association and the Columbus Police Department.
Councilman Andrew J. Ginther will also be in attendance to review the items of interest that were given to him when he attended the meeting in October 2007.
The first contact between the City of Columbus and the civic association concerning the upcoming improvements and plans for the Livingston Avenue Corridor from Alum Creek Drive to the Reynoldsburg city limits will be given.
Information can be obtained at http://www.geocities.com/willis.park/.
Bexley program on safe schools rescheduled for April 7
The March Bexley Schools' Parent Education session, "Building a Safe and Respectful School Climate: Parents and Teachers Working Together," which was canceled because of snow, has been rescheduled for April 7 at 7 pm. 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 learn how to:
•Respond to a children when they have been a target of bullying
•Respond to children when they have bullied another child
•Communicate with the school when a child has been involved in a bullying situation
•Teach a child what to do as a bystander
•Consider one's own behavior as a good role model
•Encourage healthy friendships and increase resiliency
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.
Benefit for leukemia patient includes music, silent auction
A benefit for Mikala Paulk, a girl who has been undergoing treatment for leukemia for the past 18 months, will be held April 11 at 7 p.m. at Vineyard Community Church, 15187 Palmer Road, Reynoldsburg.
Admission is free but donations will be taken to see performers including Ryan Flannery, the Walker Family, India Franklin, Carl White, Leonard Napper, Mark and Chase Potter, the Watkins Memorial Vocal Ensemble, the Pickerington High School North Theatre and the Apple Core Four of the Singing Buckeyes.
A silent auction will also be held with items including a football singed by Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel, a souvenir hockey stick signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets, a breakfast tour of Sunny 95 radio studio and homebaked pies.
Check donations can be made out to the Mikala Paulk Benefit Account, in care of the Huntington National Bank, 36 W. Broad St., Pataskala, Ohio 43062.
Reynoldsburg schools kindergarten registration March 31-April 4
The Reynoldsburg school district will hold registration for kindergarten for the 2008-09 school year March 31 through April, from 9:30 to 3 p.m. at the home schools.
Registration is open to children who will be 5 by Sept. 30 and who reside within the district.
Parents should bring the child's original birth certificate, immunization records, a driver's license or photo identification, proof of residency and custody orders, if applicable.
For information on district boundaries, visit the web site www.reyn.org for the appropriate link. Contact the home school for additional information.
Tax assistance at Whitehall Senior Center
AARP Tax Aides will be available at the Whitehall Senior Center, 4924 Etna Road every Monday through April 7 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call the center at 501-8593 to make an appointment.
Also, in order to participate in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, a 2007 tax return must be filed, even for taxpayers who would not normally be required to file. Taxpayers who did not need to file in 2006 will receive a letter in mid to late March from the IRS with additional information.
Author and physicist to speak at Capital University
Lawrence Krauss, a Case Western Reserve University physicist known for his best-selling books using laymen's terms to explore the universe's deepest scientific complexities, and for his defense of science as a vocal opponent of "intelligent design," will give a lecture at Capital University on March 31.
Krauss will present "Nonsense, Non-Science, and Science: From Aliens to Creationism" at 7 p.m. in the Bridge of Learning, located in room 260 of Ruff Memorial Learning Center. The event, sponsored by Capital's Honors Program, Behavioral Sciences Department and Provost's Office, is free and open to the public.
Krauss has written seven books, including "Beyond Star Trek" and "The Physics of Star Trek," and dozens of opinion/editorials for national newspapers and magazines.
SWACO Emerald Awards ceremony reservations available
SWACO Emerald Awards will be an event of May 7 at the Hilton Inn at Easton beginning at 11:30 a.m. Information is at www.swaco.org/Emeralds.aspx or by calling 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 Yearling 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.
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 kindergartners 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 information and to register.
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 is helpful 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.
Shadywood baseball league sign-ups
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.
Bexley Women's Club offers
high school, college students 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.
Ohio Historical Society portrays abolitionist
Echoes in Time Theatre at the Ohio Historical Center will be presenting of "All Men Should Be Free!" on the 19th century abolitionist movement to end slavery, Thursdays, April 3, 10 and 17.
|Ronald St. Pierre of Westerville portrays abolitionist John Rankin at the Ohio Historical Center's Echoes in Time Theatre presentation of "All Men Should Be Free!" April 3, 10 and 17 at 7 and 8 p.m.
The year is 1851, and you are invited to attend a lecture sponsored by the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society. The speaker for the evening is the Rev. John Rankin, pastor of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ripley, Ohio, who will share his views on slavery and his experiences in the anti-slavery movement.
Ronald St. Pierre of Westerville will portray John Rankin. The 30-minute, solo performance takes place twice each evening at 7 and 8 p.m.
The performance is free with admission to the Ohio Historical Center, which is $7/adults, $3/students and free for OHS members and children 5 years old and under. Parking is $4 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ohiohistory.org or call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124.
The Ohio Historical Center is located on I-71 and 17th Avenue. It is one of 59 historic museums and sites operated by the Ohio Historical Society, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state's partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio's history, archaeology and natural history.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements. Information is available at www.columbusjcc.org.
Jewish Scholar/Athlete Award applications being accepted
The JCC of Greater Columbus is accepting applications for the annual Don Erkis/Lou Berliner High School Jewish Scholar/Athlete Award. Applications are due by Friday, April 4.
Applicants must be a Jewish high school senior who is planning on attending college after graduation. The applicant must also reside in central Ohio; have at least a 3.0 grade point average after seven semesters; and have participated in a high school sport, club level sport, or another amateur sport.
A $500 scholarship will go to one male and one female applicant. All applicants will receive a one year JCC Membership, $50 gift certificate, and a fitness evaluation by a JCC Personal Trainer.
For an application, contact JCC Recreation and Wellness Director Jeanna Brownlee at 559-6274.
Local kids to perform musical "Willie Wonka"
|The musical "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is being presented by the JCC's Children, Youth and Camping Department April 10, at 7 p.m., April 11, at 10:30 a.m., and April 13, at 1 and 5 p.m.
The musical "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is being presented by the JCC's Children, Youth and Camping Department April 10, at 7 p.m., April 11, at 10:30 a.m., and April 13, at 1 and 5 p.m.
Cast members include students from Bishop Hartley High School, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Torah Academy, and the Columbus Jewish Day School in Columbus; The Wellington School in Upper Arlington; and Bexley schools.
David Edgar, 13, plays Willy Wonka, alongside 11-year-old Hannah Rossio, who plays Charlie. Noah Portman, 13, fresh from his appearance as Shlimazel in the Gallery Players' production of "Mazel and Shlimazel," plays the ever-youthful "Grandpa Joe" as he accompanies Charlie on the famous tour of Wonka's factory.
The production is directed by Eileen Howard, who most recently appeared in and won a Theatre Roundtable award for the Gallery Players' production of "Jerry's Girls."
General admission tickets are $10 per ticket for adult and children ages 13 and older, and $5 per ticket for children ages 12 and under. Or, come to the JCC to win tickets! Simply check out the showcase in the JCC lobby to guess how many actual pieces of candy are in the case and you could win four Golden Tickets to a "Wonka" performance of your choice.
To purchase tickets, call the JCC at 231-2731, or stop by the JCC at 1125 College Ave., to win tickets.
Pre-Passover kosher dinner
The JCC will hold its Annual Pre-Passover Kosher Dinner on April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Chef Tony will be serving his famous fried chicken, along with soup, a mixed green salad, mashed potatoes, green beans and baby carrots, rolls, fresh fruit, and Italian ices. Dinner is being supervised by the Columbus Va'ad Ho'ir.
Meals are $16 for adults and $7.50 for children under age 8. (Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free.) To make a reservation, contact Tina Rice by April 9, at 559-6276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish educator-author to speak at JCC
Ron Wolfson, a Jewish educator and author of "The Spirituality of Welcoming" and "God's To Do List," will be the featured speaker at this year's annual Gaynor Lecture Series on April 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Following the lecture, he will be available to sign copies of his books, which also will be on sale in the lobby.
His current book, "God's To Do List," is written for middle school students and up. The book and the lecture will appeal to families, youth preparing for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, and young adults, said Melanie Butter, event coordinator.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Butter at email@example.com.
Singer Justin Roberts to entertain preschoolers April 6
| Justin Roberts
Justin Roberts, whose popular recordings for preschoolers include "Willy Was a Whale" and his most recent, "Meltdown," will present a concert Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. at the JCC. The concert is presented by the JCC's three preschools and the JCC Children, Youth, and Camping Department.
Roberts began his career as the leader of an indie rick band by night and a Montessori preschool by day before recording songs for young children.
His videos can be seen on the preschool cable channel, Noggin. His albums have earned four Parents Choice Gold Awards, and he has been written up in numerous magazines and newspapers - ranging from The New York Times to Sesame Street Parents magazine.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children if purchased by April 1, and $15 for adults and $5 for children after that date.
For information, including sponsorships, contact Talis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-6289.
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 email@example.com.
Gallery Players to stage "Brooklyn Boy"
Gallery Players, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus' theatre group, will present "Brooklyn Boy," May 17-June 1.
"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.
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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