What's happening on the Westside
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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.
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 questions.
VFW Post 6065
VFW Post 6065 will hold their meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 5 p.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.
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.
The Westside International Farmer’s Market will be held each Thursday through Oct. 16 from 3-7 p.m. at the Hilltop Business Center, 3600 Sullivant Ave. Vendors are still needed for this growing market. Local gardeners and farmers are invited. There is no charge to vendors. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Jim Haller at 275-4484.
GHAC seeks committee members
The Greater Hilltop Area Commission is actively recruiting community members to serve on various committees. For more information or to volunteer your services, visit www.TheGHAC.com.
GriefShare support group
GriefShare recovery support group (your journey from mourning to Joy) will be hosted by Cypress Wesleyan Church in Galloway each Sunday at 6 p.m. through Dec. 7. The class will meet at the District Center, 457 Alton-Darby Creek Road. This is the brick building north of the church, close to the railroad tracks. The class is free, however, there is a $12 workbook – scholarships are available. To register or to receive more information, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238. You can also check out the GriefShare Web site, www.griefshare.org for more information.
DivorceCare recovery seminar and support group will meet at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Roadeach Sunday at 6 p.m., through Nov. 23. There will also be one session held on Saturday, Sept. 27. DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) will be offered at the same time on Sundays and child/ren, ages 5-12, are welcome to attend if you are in the DivorceCare class. The classes are free, however, there is a charge for the workbook ($12.00 for DivorceCare and $15.00 per child for DC4K – scholarships available). To register or to receive more information, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238. You can also check out the DivorceCare Web site, www.divorcecare.org for information on both DivorceCare and DC4K.
Green Lawn seeking volunteers
Central Ohioans looking for a community project for Make A Difference Day on Oct. 25 can perform volunteer service at Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave.
A variety of tasks are available for individuals and groups who will be assisting the ground crew in preparing the area’s largest cemetery for winter. Many of the tasks involve fall landscaping chores.
People looking for volunteer assignments that day, or any other day of the year, can visit the Web site www.greenlawncolumbus.org, call 614-266-5218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours for volunteering for Make A Difference Day are between 9 a.m. and noon.
A picnic is being planned for all volunteers when their assignment is completed.
Fall Bazaar at St. Paul
A Fall Bazaar will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave., Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be local crafters, a chocolate bake-off, a bake sale, homemade noodles and candy and lunch to eat-in or take-out. Tables are $25 each. Call the church at 878-4715 for more information.
Car seat inspection
Does your child’s car seat fit correctly in your vehicle? Are your children in the correct type of seat and facing the right way for their height, weight and age? Is the harness system snug enough to prevent injury? Make sure your child’s car seat is properly installed on Oct. 18 at a free car seat safety check outside the Grove City YMCA.
Conducted by Columbus Public Health, the car seat safety inspection will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Grove City YMCA, 3600 Discovery Dr.
Those performing the safety checks are certified child passenger safety technicians.
“Four out of five car seats are not used correctly,” says Brandie Keys with Columbus Public Health. “This is why we encourage parents, grandparents and caregivers to take advantage of this free inspection.”
The safety check, co-sponsored by the MOMS Club of Grove City and Chick-Fil-A will be held in conjunction with the annual touch-a-truck event held every year at the Grove City, YMCA.
For more information or appointments, call 645-7748.
The Franklin Heights High School band boosters will hold its annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Franklin Heights High School, 1001 Demorest Road in Columbus.
Crafters of all kinds are needed to set up tables and sell their wares. Tables are $25 each, plus a charge of $2 if electricity is needed. Those interested are asked to reserve space today. For more information call Deb Kakos at 275-4480 or Chris Irvin at 871-8612 or e-mail email@example.com.
The craft bazaar is an annual fund raiser for the school’s band and is sponsored by the band boosters. All proceeds from the event will benefit the marching band.
Central HS class of 1959
The 1959 graduating class of Central High School will be holding their 50-year reunion next year and is looking for former classmates. Contact George Heery, 614-595-9989, firstname.lastname@example.org; Earnest Hicks, 614-877-3286, email@example.com; or Bobby Dobbins at 614-279-1467 to confirm your current information.
Free finance workshop
The Salvation Army West Mound Corps and STE Credit Union have joined efforts to provide a free personal financial education workshop which will focus on managing your checking account, credit cards, budgeting, saving, planning and insurance.The workshops will be held Tuesdays Sept. 16 through Oct. 21 at The Salvation Army, 2300 W. Mound St., 3-4:30 p.m. Sessions are open to all adults and teenagers. Call Keri Moser at 614-728-5931 to register.
CLC information session
The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an information session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities Oct. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. The session will take place at the CLC offices, 195 N. Grant Ave. Register at www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.
“Nature in Your Backyard”
Tha Garden Guild at St. Paul Lutheran Church invites you to “Nature in Your Backyard” on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the church, 55 Pasadena Ave.
Jim McCormac, avian education specialist for the Ohio Division od Wildlife, will present the program. He will share unique and usefull information on attracting birds, the do’s and don’ts of landscape plantings, and transforming your yard into a beautiful bird-friendly property. McCormac is author of the book “Birds in Ohio.”
This event is open to everyone. For more information, call the church office at 878-4715.
St. Mary Magdalene Parish is having a Christmas bazaar Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the church hall. The bazaar will feature Christmas items, crafts, baked goods and food. Vendors (non-food) are welcome. Tables can be rented for $20 each or $25 with electric. For more information call Mary Margaret Gerlach at 274-8935 or Rosie Crego at 276-9690.
Briggs class of 1993
The Briggs High School class of 1993 will hold their 15th reunion Oct. 11 from 3-7 p.m. at the Crest Tavern, on the corner of Crestview and Indianola, three blocks south of Weber Road in Clintonville. Cost is $20 per person or $25 the day of the event. RSVP to Michael Crist at 614-274-9692 or checks may be made out to Michael Crist and mailed to Briggs class of 1993, PO Box 164078, Columbus, OH 43216.
FHHS class of 1988
Franklin Heights High School class of 1988 will hold their 20th class reunion Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on Demorest Road. RSVP to falcons1988.com.
MOPS at Cypress Wesleyan
Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) on Monday evenings 6:30 - 8 p.m. and Tuesday mornings 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. For more info or to register for MOPS, go to the Web site: www.cypressonline.net/what we do/women/mops or call the church 614-878-8192.
A Night of Comedy
Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host A Night of Comedy with Christian comedian Kerri Pomarolli on Oct. 21, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the east auditorium. Go to the Web site: www.cypressonline.net or call the church (878-8192) for ticket information.
Hilltop Green Summit
The Hilltop Neighborhood Action Group invites the community to the Hilltop Green Summit, Oct. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2745 W. Broad St. The event will incude information, workshops, food and more. Learn how to save money and energy while saving the Earth. For more information, log on to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 571-4918.
The Franklin County Board of Health will offer child and adult immunizations at the Prairie Township Fire Deaprtment, 123 Inah Ave., on Oct. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m. required immunizations are available for $10 to children ages one month to 18 years of age. In addition, there is a $15 assessment fee that will be charged each visit. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay for childhood immunizations.
Adult immunizations are also available at the clinic and vary in price according to the vaccine; however travel immunizations are not available.
Be sure to bring your child’s shot record with you to the clinic. A completed consent form is required if a parent or legal guardian is not present at the clinic.
For more information, call 462-3160 or visit www.franklincountyohio.gov/health.
The United Methodist Women are sponsoring a Turkey Dinner at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Carry out is available as well as crafts for sale provided by the Methodist Women. The menu includes turkey with all its trimmings as well as dessert and drinks. Questions? Call 614-878-4530.
Christian Women’s Job Corps
Metro Columbus Christian Women’s Job Corps provides life skills and employment preparation skills training. The training is done in a classroom setting. It is different from others in that they provide mentors for each lady who completes the program. The next class will begin Oct. 20. CWJC is located at 911 Parsons Ave. Contact V. J. Sanchez at 614-449-9144, email@example.com or P.O. Box 06218, Columbus, Ohio 43206 for further information.
American Legion Post 799
American Legion Post 799 holds its monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 123 Inah Ave. For the remainder of 2008, the post is actively focusing on fund raising activities, activities for the younger generation, setting up a Sons of the American Legion program and increasing membership in their ladies auxiliary.
The next meeting for teh scheduled for Oct. 14. Anyone interested supporting the post’s programs or joining is welcome to attend.
For more information, contact Commander Scott Wright, 614-878-5888.
St. Cecilia PTO craft show
The St. Cecilia PTO fall craft show is Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The craft show has handcrafted items, baked goods, lunch, raffle and free admission. This event will be held in the parish center located behind the church at 434 Norton Road. Interested vendors call Kim Kowal at 851-9098.
National Road program
Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will present an entertaining and fact-filled presentation about the National Road, also known as Route 40, or Broad Street to Columbus folks! Sylvia Miller, a retired educator, will present an audio/visual program about this historic byway that crosses Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 12:15 p.m., in the church’s café. The program is free, however, if you would like to attend lunch at 11:30 a.m., there is a $5 charge. To sign up for lunch, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192, ext. 238. Luncheon reservations are due Oct. 5.
Boo on Binns!
The WNA is sponsoring an afternoon of Halloween fun on Oct. 26 beginning at 3 p.m., for kids, at Boo on Binns! The event will include a costume parade of neighborhood kids on the island at the north end of Binns, a costume contest, goodie bags for the kids, games and treats.
Fall bazaar/craft show
A fall bazaar/craft show is to be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilltop Church of God, 635 S. Whitethorne Ave. Tables are $20 each. Call 459-8959 to reserve your table. Proceeds will benefit the youth group.
Lunch and Learn
Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St., is sponsoring Lunch and Learns sessions as follows:
•Oct. 8, 12 p.m. - “A Healthy Haert” will show you how to care for your heart and be aware of heart problems.
•Oct. 22, 12 p.m. - “Medicare Part D” will discuss the Medicare prescription pland and the “donut hole.”
These sessions, including lunch, are free and open to the public. For information and reservations, call 878-5110.
There will be a senior luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 S. Powell Ave. There will be ameatloaf dinner. open to the public, donations accepted.
Doctor, ER or Urgent Care?
Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St., is sponsoring the seminar “Doctor, ER or Urgent Care?” on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Participants will learn when you really need to go to the emergency room or whether you can wait to see the doctor, and what you can expect at an urgent care facility.
The Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St., will resume their monthly “Soup-er” Saturday fundraisers on Oct. 18 from 1-3 p.m. These events are open to the public. Featured will be homemade vegetable soup, salad and beverage for a $5 donation. For more inofmration, call 878-5110.
Look Good, Feel Better
Look Good, Feel Better is a program designed for women undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment to help them look and feel their best. Participants enjoy two hours of fun, relaxation and refreshments. The next scheduled event is Oct. 27, from 2-4 p.m. at Hobbs Radiation Oncology Center, 5200 W. Broad St. Register by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-6446, prompt 2.
Hilltop Home & Garden Tour
Friends of the Hilltop is seeking nominations for the 2009 Hilltop Home and Garden Tour, featuring Homes of Westgate, on Saturday, June 6.
To nominate a home and/or garden, contact Friends of the Hilltop at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristen at 614-271-9488. Nominations must be received by midnight, Oct. 16.
Bean and cornbread dinner
Hilltonia UMC, 514 Columbian Ave., will have a bean and cornbread dinner on Oct. 11, from 4:30-7 p.m. The menu will include North American beans, corn bread, sherbet and a drink. Cost for adults is $5. Children under 12 are free.
BR Spirit Week
This year’s annual Spirit Week Breakfast, a part of Bishop Ready High School’s Homecoming/Spirit Week activities, will be held on Oct. 9, at 7:30 a.m. at the high school, and will feature Bishop Ready and OSU alum, champion wrestler Tommy Rowlands. Cost for the full buffet breakfast is $15 per person and reservations are required. Rowlands was the most decorated wrestler in the OSU program and is also a gold medalist in the World University Games and a silver medalist in the Pan American Games. He is a four-time All American and a two-time NCAA Champion at OSU and a four-time NCAA Division I All American at Ready and a National High School Champion.
Other homecoming activities at Bishop Ready include a carnival and bonfire on Oct. 8, and the homecoming football game against Notre Dame of Toronto on Oct. 10.
For more information about Bishop Ready homecoming activities or to make a reservation for the Spirit Breakfast, call the Bishop Ready Alumni Office at 614-276-7827 or e-mail email@example.com.
All proceeds from the Spirit Breakfast benefit the Bishop Ready athletic programs.
Baked Steak Dinner
Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., will hold their 32nd annual Baked Steak Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 18. Early seating :is from 4-5:30 p.m.; late seating is from 5:30-7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Reservations required by Oct. 14. Call reservations to 875-0393 or 274-8431.
A Home of Your Own
Homes on the Hill CDC, 12 S. Terrace Ave. will host a free homebuyer education workshop on Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from 6-9 p.m.
A Home of Your Own, geared toward first-time homebuyers, is open to the public and free of charge. The workshop will cover topics ranging from financial literacy, credit and mortgage loans to how to choose a realtor, home inspections, and the closing process. Guest speakers will include area professionals in the fields of lending, real estate, and housing. This workshop may be a requirement for some down payment assistance programs and first time homebuyer loan programs.
Registration is required; call 275-4663 ext. 100 to register.
Westland Senior Citizens
The Westland Senior Citizens will meet at the Hometown Buffet in Consumer Square off West Broad Street on Thursday, Oct. 9, in the reserved room from 12:30-3 p.m. For more information, call 870-6476.
Bazaar and craft show
A bazaar and craft show will be held Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Galloway Presbyterian Church, 6191 Hall Road. Lunch will be served. Crafters are needed - tables are $18. Call 878-3726 or 878-5149.
Torsell named OCDCA president
Homes on the Hill Executive Director Stephen Torsell was elected as presdient of the Ohio CDC Association at the annual OCDCA Annual Conference in Toledo. Torsell has served on the board of the OCDCA for two years and held the position of board treasurer for one year.
The OCDCA is a statewide organization of Community Development Corporations that engages in capacity-building, advocacy and public policy development that fosters socially and economically healthy communities.
Torsell is a resident of Grove City.
The Hilltop Business Association will host a Candidates Night on Wednesday Oct. 8, from 7-9 p.m. at the J. Ashburn Youth Center, 85 Clarenden Ave. Candidates from both parties will speak and take questions. For more information, call Call Karen Whitman at 614-274-1275.
A gospel sing will be held at West Broad Church of the Nazarene, 435 Amity Road, on Oct. 5. The Crusaders Quartet will be singing as Nazarene churches around the world celebrate their 100th anniversary. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. Call 878-6127 for more information.
Revival services will be held at West Broad Church of the Nazarene, 435 Amity Road, Oct. 9-12. Evangelist Ed Simons will be preaching. Service times are, 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Call 878-6127 for more information.
Sending help to the troops
The office of Dr. Michael Alexander, D.O., 3219 Sullivant Ave., is having a raffle to raise money for postage and to buy items that are not donated to send to our troops in Iraq. Raffle items include Ohio State statues, Pampered Chef items, Home Interior items, clothing, Christmas items, restaurant gift certificates a fresh water pearl necklace and more. Ticket prices vary according to item.
Items that can be donated are personal hygiene items (women are having a very difficult time finding personal hygiene items), baby wipes, dryer sheets, chap stick, insect spray, individual drink mixes, microwave popcorn, snacks, food that can be microwaved or eaten from a sealed container (cannot contain pork or pork by-products), beef jerkey CDs, DVDs, hard candies, chewing gum, crossword puzzles, toilet paper, socks, shorts and t-shirts.
Call 614-272-5244 for office hours or for more information.
Harris to speak to West’s PTA
West High School’s newly-formed PTA will hold their first meeting on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m in the school’s cafeteria. Dr. Gene Harris, superintendent of Columbus City Schools, will speak at the meeting.