Community calendar for Eastside Messenger
Author & journalist Pete Hamill in Bexley April 30
| Pete Hamill
Writer Pete Hamill, the Bexley Community Book Club's selected author for 2008, will speak at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Hamill is a legendary New York reporter and editor who has published 21 books, many of them best-sellers.
Billed as a "yearlong community read of the works of a selected author" and designed to involve the community through a host of book-related events culminating in the author's visit to Bexley April 30, the Bexley Community Book Club aims to encourage lifelong reading. It is a new initiative of The Bexley Education Foundation, which in 2008 is celebrating its 25th year.
Hamill was chosen as the book club's first selected author because of the breadth and wide appeal of his work. His books include the best-selling novels Snow in August and North River, the gritty memoir A Drinking Life, and biographies of Diego Rivera and Frank Sinatra.
In his four decades as a journalist, Hamill has reported from wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland, as well as the great domestic disturbances of the 1960s. He witnessed the events of September 11, 2001 and reported on them for the New York Daily News.
Hamill will meet with students at Bexley High School during the day on April 30.
Hamill's visit to Bexley will also include a private "meet and greet" dinner reception for sponsors at Giuseppe's Ritrovo and a 7:30 p.m. community-wide presentation in the Schottenstein Theatre at Bexley High School, followed by a book signing.
WBNS 10TV news anchor Andrea Cambern will serve as master of ceremonies at the community-wide presentation.
In his 7:30 p.m. presentation at Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre, Hamill will speak on the topic, "Fiction & Journalism: What's the Difference?"
Advance general admission tickets are $25 each; tickets are $30 at the door. Student ticket prices are available.
Proceeds from Bexley Community Book Club, through sponsorships, ticket sales and book sales, will help support literary, performing and visual arts facilities and/or programs for the Bexley City Schools through the Arts Endowment Fund of the Bexley Education Foundation.
For tickets and information, call the BEF office at 338-2093 or log on to www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org.
The Bexley Education Foundation funds programs and projects to ensure educational excellence in the Bexley City Schools.
Patricia Neal at Drexel fundraiser
| Actress Patricia Neal, shown with Gary Cooper, will make personal appearances at the Drexel Theater East April 18 for screenings of her Academy Award winning performance in "Hud," and her sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" April 19.
& Sci-Fi marathon
The Drexel Theatres Group will kick-off a series of events to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the historic Drexel Theatre with "Starring Patricia Neal" April 18 at 8 p.m., featuring a special appearance by one of Hollywood's legendary leading ladies at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St.
The gala evening will include a tribute to Neal's film career including film clips from her favorite performances, a screening of the film for which her performance won her an Academy Award for Best Actress, "Hud," co-starring Paul Newman, and a question and answer segment with Neal on the Drexel stage. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Drexel Theatre's Restoration Fund. The art deco Drexel Theatre opened as a neighborhood movie theatre on December 25, 1937.
In addition, Patricia Neal will also appear at the Drexel Theatre's 25th Annual
Ohio 24-Hour Science Fiction Film Festival on Saturday, April 19 and 20th. The Festival runs from Saturday at noon until Sunday at noon. Patricia Neal will appear after the screening of the 1951 classic film, "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
The Drexel Science Fiction Festival will present 12 classic and new sci-fi films, including "A Clockwork Orange, "Jounrey to the 7th Planet," "1984," "Battlestar Galactica" and "The Stranger from Venus."
"Starring Patricia Neal" tickets are $35 for general admission. A limited number of Director's Tickets ($55) which include a "Schmooze and Wine Reception" with Patricia Neal including light hors d'oeuvres at Radio Café are available and a limited number of Producer's Tickets ($150) which include a V.I.P. private reception with Patricia Neal at Bexley Gateway Condominiums, and feature hors d'oeuvres, wine & champagne, plus a photo op with Ms. Neal are also available.
Tickets are on sale at the Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St. and the Drexel Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Ave. Tickets can also be ordered by calling the Drexel Business Office at 222-0947 ext. 6 during business hours or online at www.brownpapertickets.com or at www.drexel.net. For complete details on this event visit www.drexel.net.
Tickets to the 25th Annual Ohio Science Fiction Film Festival are $35 in advance And $40 at the door and are on sale at Laughing Ogre Comics, 4258 N. High St.; Drexel East Theatre, 2254 E. Main St; Drexel Grandview Theatre, 1247 Grandview Ave. or by calling the Drexel Office at 222-0947 ext. 6. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com.
For complete details visit www.scifimarathon.com.
Reynoldsburg Reach public meeting schedule
The Reynoldsburg school district has scheduled a series of public meetings to gather input on the configuration of new buildings following the passage of a bond issue in March.
Officials are considering four options for a second high school and a seventh elementary school:
•A traditional high school for grades 9-12.
•One high school building for grades 9-10, and the other for grades 11-12.
•Small "schools of choice" within the high school buildings focusing on different academic areas.
•A traditional elementary school or a magnet "school of choice."
All meetings will take place at 7 p.m. Locations and dates are:
•April 17, Waggoner Road MS
•April 22, Herbert Mills
•April 23, Waggoner Road JH
•April 29, Graham Road
•May 1, Hannah Ashton MS
•May 6, Rose Hill
•May 8, Baldwin Road JH
•May 13, Taylor Road
•May 15, Slate Ridge
•May 22, French Run
•May 29, Reynoldsburg High
Whitehall Senior Center
rummage, craft & bake sale
The Whitehall Senior Center will be hosting its annual rummage, bake and craft sale April 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bean soup, corn bread and hot dogs will also be available.
Anyone who has items to donate may drop them off April 22 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to the center at 4924 Etna Road. Any questions or for more information, call Ginni Kocher at 235-1158.
Fraternal Order of Police has
scholarship fundraiser, raffle
The Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary Capital City No. 5 is planning its annual fundraising dinner, silent auction and presentation of the Sgt. Marc Muncy Scholarship May 7 at the Columbus Police Academy, 1000 North Hague Ave. Dinner will be served from 5:30-8 p.m.
Proceeds from the event benefit the FOP Auxiliary, which supports law enforcement officers throughout Franklin County through their fundraising efforts, political involvement and support of officers and their families during a time of crisis.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, or $35 for a family of four or more. To purchase tickets, contact Becky Muncy at 614-580-4574 or e-mail SgtMuncyScholarship@yahoo.com.
The Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary Capital City No. 5 is raffling off a 2008 Honda Civic LX, provided by Roush Honda, in conjunction with the Sgt. Marc Muncy Memorial Scholarship Program.
The cost is $20 for one raffle ticket or $50 for three raffle tickets. A minimum of 1,500 tickets must be sold or it will become a 50/50 drawing, and a maximum of 2,000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be conducted May 7, and you need not be present to win.
All proceeds benefit the Sgt. Marc Muncy Memorial Scholarship Fund. Muncy was a Columbus Police officer who died in the line of duty in 1995.
The family, in conjunction with the FOP
Tickets will be sold at the Wednesday "bike nights" at Quaker Steak and Lube, 8500 Lyra Drive in Columbus, on April 16, 23 and 30.
To purchase raffle tickets, contact Becky Muncy at 614-580-4574 or e-mail SgtMuncyScholarship@yahoo.com.
Capital University Jazz & World Music Festival April 14-20
Capital University will celebrate jazz and world music this month with its annual festival April 14-20, which features more than 60 events, including student and faculty recital series, daily Brown Bag Concert Series, an alumni concert, community outreach concerts, the Jazz Ensemble Invitational, and Carnivale!, an outdoor concert on The Plaza at Mound Street.
This year's guest artist is Dave Pietro, a saxophonist, composer and teacher who has been on the New York jazz scene since 1987. His credentials include a nine-year run playing lead saxophone for and recording six CDs with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra.
He also has toured, recorded and performed with the bands of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Blood Sweat & Tears, and Ray Charles. He also studies East Indian music and has performed with various groups led by Indian tablist Sandip Burman.
Other featured performers include:
•Ali Ryerson, jazz flutist who has toured the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Africa and has been voted one of the top flutists in the Downbeat jazz poll.
•Dennis Wilson, who began his professional career with Lionel Hampton as trombonist, arranger, and musical director. Wilson has been a lead/solo trombonist for the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, The New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and for 10 years with William James "Count" Basie and his Orchestra.
•Rob Parton, one of Chicago's busiest and most versatile trumpet players. Parton is well-known and highly regarded as a studio/theatre/jazz musician, performer-educator and band leader. He performs more than 250 jazz trio dates a year as the featured artist at Chicago's Catch 35.
•Luke Gillespie, a performer of jazz and classical piano music and the recipient of numerous awards, including best performance from Indianapolis Star in 1993.
From April 14-17, the Brown Bag Concerts will be held at noon on the lawn of Mees Hall, and the Bexley Monk will host concerts from 6-7:30 p.m. Student and faculty recitals will be held in the Huntington Recital Hall April 14 and 15, and April 17, beginning at 8 p.m.
A Jazz Invitational will be held at the Conservatory of Music April 18 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Carnivale will be held April 18 from 6-8 p.m. on the Plaza at Mound Street, featuring the Capital University Big Band, with Dave Pietro, Dennis Wilson, Rob Parton, Luke Gillespie and Ali Ryerson. The Jazz Percussion Ensemble will also play. Admission is free. There will be a $10 taco bar and cash bar with beer and wine.
The featured musicians, with Capital faculty, will play two sets April 19 at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. at Rumba Cafe, 2507 Summit St. There will be a $7 cover charge.
The festival will close April 20 with a faculty concert featuring pianist Mark Flugge at 3 p.m. in the Huntington Recital Hall. The free program will feature the history and music of jazz greats, from Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, to Rodgers and Hammerstein, and will include some original compositions.
Events are free unless noted. For a complete list of events for the 2008 Jazz and World Music Festival call the Conservatory of Music at 236-6411 or visit www.capital.edu/jazzweek.
Bishop Hartley Drama stages
story of Archbishop Romero
The Bishop Hartley Drama Department will present "The Fifth Sun" April 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. at 1285 Zettler Road in Columbus.
"The Fifth Sun," a drama by Nicholas A. Patricca, playwright and theology professor at Loyola University Chicago, is the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was assassinated in March of 1980 because of his defense of the poor against the exploitation and terror rendered by the El Salvadoran government.
The experimental play combines elements of ancient tomb rituals, Mayan temple dramas, and medieval morality plays into a contemporary dramatic structure.
Tickets are $7 at the door. Call 237-5421 for information.
Youth Philharmonic performs
at Reynoldsburg High
The Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio will present its free spring concert April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg High School auditorium, 6699 East Livingston Avenue.
The orchestra will perform a variety of selections, including Mozart's Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Blue Ridge Legend" by Paul W. Whear. There will be a reception after the concert. Call 470-0739 for information.
Auditions for play "Sweet as
Suguh in M'Tee"
Auditions for Hit the Ground Running's production of "Freedom, Sweet as Suguh in M'Tee" will be held April 21, 22, 28 and 29 at the gateway Wellness Center, 112 Jefferson Ave., from 8-9:30 p.m., for actors and dancers ages 18 to 65.
Those auditioning should be ready to perform a two-minute dance composition and a one-minute monologue, as well as a cold reading.
This play focuses on a little-known argument between Harriet Tubman (the "Moses" of the Underground Railroad), and Sojourner Truth about Truth's trip to Washington, D. C. to thank President Lincoln for signing the Emancipation Proclamation, and reasons for Tubman's refusal to participate.
The play also concentrates on the kinds of treatment endured by African-Americans and the progress made despite institutionalized ill-treatment - from the days of the Civil War to the present.
The play will be performed June 12, 13, and 14, 2008, at 8 p.m. in the Gateway Wellness Center.
Tickets will be $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, in advance, and will cost $25 and $20 respectively at the door. Children under age 12 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
Reynoldsburg High Drama Club
checks into "Plaza Suite"
The Reynoldsburg High School Drama Club will present Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" at the Reynoldsburg High School auditorium, 6699 E. Livingston Ave., April 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. The play is being directed by Ryan Britton.
The comedy tells the stories of three sets of people as they each have a unique experience in Plaza Suite 719, including a longtime married couple confronting possible infidelity, and a wedding that almost doesn't happen when the bride-to-be locks herself in the bathroom.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults, and $3 for students and seniors. The doors will open an hour prior to performances for ticket sales. For reservations or information, contact the high school at 501-4000.
Bishop Hartley to take one last
lap around old track
Join Bishop Hartley High School as it says farewell to the current track April 16 at 7 p.m., when the school at Livingston Avenue and Zettler Road will host a gathering around the track to celebrate the next phase of slated campus improvements.
Family and friends of Bishop Hartley High School are encouraged to join in the festivities for a last stroll on the track before ground is broken. Refreshments will be available. The event will be held rain or shine.
Work begins this spring to lay a new track and update the stadium lights.
The next phase of the outdoor facility plan will include fencing around the track, new bleachers, field turf, a new outdoor athletic facility entrance with public restrooms, and an additional facility to house locker rooms and concessions.
Bassist Mark Morton at Bexley
Library's Tea at Three
Tea at Three and a performance by Columbus Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassist Mark Morton, accompanied by pianist Dianne Frazer, will be given in the auditorium of Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., April 13 at 3 p.m.
The program will include compositions of Giovanni Bottesini and Scott Joplin. Bottesini has been called the "Paganini of the double bass" and Joplin is considered the "King of Ragtime". Auditorium doors will open at 2:30 p.m. when tea will be served. There will be no admission charge.
AT&T fundraiser to benefit
Kae Ave. Elementary
A new fundraising endeavor has announced by Larry Morgan of AT&, benefiting Kae Avenue Elementary School in Whitehall.
Through the remainder of the school year, when anyone switches over to AT&T the company will donate up to $225 for home phone, high speed Internet and U-Verse digital TV. The school will receive $50 for home phone service, $75 for Internet and $100 for U-Verse. All proceeds will be used to purchase new playground equipment. You do not have to have a child at Kae Avenue to participate. For more information, contact Morgan at 886-7207 or by email at email@example.com.
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.
For information, visit www.bexleywomen.org.
BEF Friend of Education nominations sought
The Bexley Education Foundation is seeking nominations for its Friend of Education award.
The Friend of Education award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to public education in Bexley and is not a current employee of the district. Nominations must be returned to the Board of Education office by April 28.
The awards, including the Educator of the Year, will be presented at the Education Appreciation Banquet on May 21. For information or an application, visit www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org.
Building Doctors to make rounds in Bexley April 24-25
A Building Doctor Clinic, offering guidelines for renovations and repairs to owners of buildings constructed before 1955, will take place in Bexley April 24-25, sponsored by the Bexley Historical Society, the City of Bexley and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.
The clinic features advice from preservationists Marianangela Pfister and Mark Epstein, both Bexley area residents.
The event will begin with a free seminar April 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave.The seminar will feature guidelines for renovation of buildings constructed between 1800 and 1955.
On April 25, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Pfister and Epstein will be available to visit buildings within five miles of downtown Bexley, advising owners on specific technical or design problems. The on-site consultations are free.
Advance registration for the seminar and clinics is required at 1-800-499-2470 or www.building-doctor.org.
For information, contact Nancy Bexley of the Bexley Historical Society at 559-4360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Theatre celebrates 80th
| 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.
birthday with organ concert
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 Food Bank 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 Loew's circuit found a home on the Ohio stage, featuring greats of vaudeville such as Milton Berle and Jack Benny.
Whitehall Library bilingual
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.
Ohio Historical Society portrays
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, Thursday, April 17.
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.
Pulitzer Prizing winning photos,
Kent State discussions at OHS
"Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs," the largest display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown, will open April 25 at The Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. This special exhibition will feature 150 award-winning images from 1942, when the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism was established, through 2007.
Some of the photographs have become icons of their time: the flag raising on Iwo Jima, the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, the joyful family reunion of a returning Vietnam POW, the World Trade Center attack. Others record forgotten events of the last six decades. While some images tell the stories of famous people, others portray the lives of ordinary citizens.
To tie into the 1971 Pulitzer winner "Kent State Massacre" by photographer John Paul Filo and the upcoming anniversary of the event, the Ohio Historical Center will feature "It Happened in Ohio: The Kent State Shootings."
Visitors will learn about the build-up and reaction to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, through artifacts, photos and personal accounts.
In conjunction with the display, the Center will host "Reflections on Kent State," one of its Community Conversations series, on May 15. Visitors are invited to experience both exhibitions from 6 to 7 p.m., and then gather for informal conversations with a panel, including Alan Canfora, director of the Kent May 4 Center, and others who experienced that fateful day.
"Capture the Moment" runs through July 25. Admission to the Ohio Historical Center is $7/adults, $3/students and free for OHS members and children 5 years of age and under.
The Ohio Historical Center is located at I-71 and East 17th Avenue in Columbus. Parking is $4 per vehicle and free to OHS members. For information on upcoming events, call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/capture.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements. Information is available at www.columbusjcc.org.
JCC, Bexley Rec offer
baseball league, camp
The JCC of Greater Columbus and Bexley Recreation are teaming up to offer a Youth Baseball League. The program will be under the instruction of Ron Golden and Vic Radcliff. Golden has been instructing and coaching baseball at the college and high school level for more than 35 years. Radcliff is a former Major League Baseball Player and is the assistant baseball coach at Capital University.
Registration deadline is April 18. To register, or if you are interested in coaching or sponsoring a team, contact Jeanna Brownlee at 559-6274. Registration forms also are available in the JCC lobby, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org/recreation.asp.
In addition, the JCC and Bexley Recreation are presenting the Vic Radcliff and Ron Golden Youth Baseball Camp from April 28 through May 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the JCC, for children in 1st through 6th grades who are interested in learning the fundamentals of throwing, pitching, fielding and hitting from two of the top baseball instructors in Columbus.
Cost is $80 for league members and $100 for non-league members. For information, contact Brownlee at the number listed above.
Self-defense, belly dancing classes
return to JCC
Back by popular demand, the Krav Maga and Belly Dancing Class each will have another session in April. Krav will start April 23 and run for six weeks every Wednesday, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., until May 28.
Beth McCullough, JCC Fitness Specialist, explained that Krav Maga is a practical, reality-based system of self defense originating with the Israeli Defense Forces. It teaches techniques and principles to handle realistic hostile encounters of all kinds and is designed to be effective no matter the size, gender, strength, age or previous training of the student.
Krav Maga also has a strong emphasis on physical fitness.
The cost for the six-week course is $75 for JCC Health Club members, $85 for JCC general members, and $100 for non-members. There is no drop-in availability.
Learn the womanly art of Belly Dancing while strengthening your core muscles, increasing your stamina, and practicing your balance, during the JCC's six-week Belly Dancing classes, to be held Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., from April 9 through May 14.
The cost is $60 for JCC Health Club members, $70 for JCC General members, and $85 for non-members. Drop-in rate is $12 per class.
For information about upcoming classes and events, contact McCullough at 559-6207 or email@example.com, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
One month free for new members
who sign up in April
New members who join the JCC in April will get 13 months of membership for the price of 12. Full year membership includes: heated indoor and outdoor pools, The Diamond Family Fitness Center and all cardiovascular, strength and free weight equipment, racquetball and tennis courts, free water and group exercise classes including Zumba and Spinning, locker rooms and family changing rooms, gymnasium with a walking/running track.
Membership also offers access to (for an additional fee): Daycare and Preschool, Summer Camp, Swim lessons, Youth and Adult Sports leagues, Yoga and Pilates, personal trainers and massage services, Passover Camp for kids K-8, School's out Days and afterschool programs for grades K-6, Middle school activities, babysitting and more.
As an added bonus, JCC members who refer new full year members will receive a $25 JCC gift card.
all Member Services Director Linda Starr at 559-6229, or Member Services Assistant Janet Schwarz at 559-6227 for rates and additional information, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
Chocolate Seder at Whetstone Park
The JCC's annual Chocolate Seder, sponsored by J-Link, brings together the best of both worlds - Chocolate and Passover - and this year is no exception.
Join Marc Rossio on Sunday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Whetstone Park Shelter House, 3901 N. High St., Clintonville, for a Passover Seder like never before.
Learn about and taste the symbols of Passover - in this version, made entirely of chocolate...chocolate covered matzah, chocolate eggs, bitter chocolate, chocolate for dipping, Elijah's cup filled with chocolate milk.
This free event is designed for families and individuals of all ages. Space is limited, so RSVP to Lindsay Folkerth at 559-6228. J-Link is a JCC outreach program in northwest Columbus funded by The Columbus Jewish Federation and supported by grants from The Columbus Jewish Foundation.
JCC closes for Passover
In observance of Passover, the JCC will be closed on Sunday and Monday, April 20 and 21, and Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27.
The JCC building also will be closing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 and Friday, April 25.
In addition, the JCC kitchens will be closed immediately after the LifeCare Alliance lunches are served on Friday, April 18 until Monday, April 28.
Local kids to perform musical
The musical "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is being presented by the JCC's Children, Youth and Camping Department 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.
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