What's happening on the Westside (updated Oct. 5)
Fight the Hike petition online
Fight the Hike Ohio, a newly formed coalition of citizens and civic leaders across the state opposing Ohio American Water’s (OAW) proposed rate increase, has sponsored an online petition. The petition can be found on the consumer advocacy group’s Web site, www.fightthehikeohio.com/
Uptown on the Hilltop returns
The Uptown on the Hilltop Parade will return this year. It will take place on Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m.
The parade will begin at the Ohio Department of Transportation on West Broad Street and continue to the intersection of Broad and Powell.
It will be hosted Friends of the Hilltop (FOTH) and co-chaired by state representatives Dan Stewart and Jim Hughes.
According to Stewart, the parade will be “bigger and better this year.”
To particiapte in the parade, contact Gary Baker of FOTH, at 404-3024 or visit www.friendsofthehilltop.com.
Read the Westside Messenger online for updates and additional information as it becomes available.
Westland Senior Citizens
The Westland Senior Citizens will meet on Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the York Steak House on West Broad Street. For more information, call 830-0134.
Westland Senior Citizens
The Westland Senior Citizens will meet on Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The Moose Band will entertain. A potluck lunch will be served at noon. For more information, call 830-0134.
Hilltop Post Office to have new retail hours
The Hilltop Post Office will reduce hours at the end of October.
Because of the significant drop in mail volume and economic recession, the U.S. Postal Service is expected to incur a $7 billion budget shortfall this year. As a result, the USPS has implemented several strategies to try and offset the situation, including a revision of Post Office hours.
“We’re trying to find ways to offer the same excellent service for our customers while staying within our budget,” said Columbus Postmaster Robin Ware.
Beginning Oct. 24, the retail window at the Hilltop Finance branch will change to 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Mail delivery will be unaffected by the change.
Free clothing and lunch
New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s, men’s and some children’s clothing on Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided. All are welcome. This is a monthly event.
St. Steven to host spaghetti dinner
St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 4131 Clime Road, will host a spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Women’s Club, on Nov. 7, from 5:30-8 p.m. The dinner will feature spaghetti and meatballs or chicken alfredo with salad, Italian bread, dessert and a drink, Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12.
Blockwatch Leadership and Community Training
The Great Western Blockwatch and Civic Association, in cooperation with the Columbus Division of Police, the Columbus City Attorney’s Office and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office will present a Blockwatch Leadership and Community Training Seminar on Oct. 13, from 6-8:30 p.m., at the United Way Building, 360 South Third St.
This workshop is intended to give participants the tools to develop and support an active blockwatch. Facilitators will be current blockwatch coordinators who will chronicle their experience in establishing and maintaining a blockwatch. Training will include protection against identity theft, Columbus police radio room operations, Columbus police liaisons and much more. This workshop is open to anyone interested in starting or learning more about blockwatches.
African Children’s Choir set to perform
The internationally acclaimed and grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir will be appearing in concert at The Church Next Door, 5755 Feder Road, on Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. No ticket is required.
The African Children’s Choir is a group of approximately 20-25 African children, ages 5-12, slected from especially needed children. They perform a wide variety of songs accompanied by African drums and ethnic instrumentation.
For more information, contact Kim Davis at 878-0123, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spaghetti dinner at St. Agnes
St. Agnes Parish, 2350 Mound St., will host a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $3 for child (8th grade and under); $6 for adults and $5 for senior citizens. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, roll, butter, dessert, coffee, tea or punch. Carry-out is available.
Spirit Breakfast kicks off Ready’s homecoming activities
Bishop Ready High School’s annual Spirit Breakfast, held at the school’s gym, will be Oct. 15, at 7:30 a.m. Guest speaker for the event, which serves as a pep rally for the school’s homecoming football game, will be Chris Strickland, assistant athletic trainer for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cost for the full breakfast is $15 and reservation deadline is Oct. 12. Proceeds benefit the school’s athletic programs. To reserve a place at the table, call Michelle Kelly at Bishop Ready, 276-7827.
Aglow International to meet
Aglow International will meet Oct. 13, at The Potter’s House, 3220 Lowell Dr., at 9:45 a.m. The cost is $5 and includes a continental breakfast. Dr. Tahira Saleem, the national director for Aglow in Pakistan, will be the guest speaker. For reservations call 879-7253 or 451-4068.
Hilltonia Homecoming celebration
Hilltonia United Methodist Church, 514 Columbian Ave., is celebrating more than 80 years of ministry on the Hilltop with a Homecoming on Oct. 11.
Former members, pastors and those whose lives have been touched by Hilltonia are invited to a day of celebration.
Morning Worship Bishop C. Joseph Sprague will be the featured preacher at 10:45 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch at noon. Bring a covered dish to share. The Homecoming celebration will follow at 1 p.m. with music by the Westside Men’s Chorus and The Boggs Family. Former Pastors will reflect on their days at Hilltonia.
Low-cost flu shots
This year, more than ever, it is important to protect yourself and your loved ones against seasonal influenza. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu.
LifeCare Alliance is helping to ensure a healthy central Ohio community this flu season by offering low-cost flu shots to anyone, age 3 and up. Also, LifeCare Alliance offers a no-cost flu shot alternative to high risk adults without health coverage and who meet specific financial guidelines.
Walk-in flu shot clinics will be held at LifeCare Alliance every Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 1699 West Mound St. In addition, flu shots will be given by appointment for those unable to attend the walk-in clinics. Flu shot clinics are also scheduled at a number of public locations throughout Central Ohio. Visit www.lifecarealliance.org for a complete list of public flu shot clinics.
Baked steak dinner
Parkview UMC, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., (across from Westgate Park) will hold their annual baked steak dinner Oct. 17.
Seating times are 4-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. Carry-out is available. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Reservations are needed by 9 p.m. on Oct. 13, and may be called to 875-0393 or the church at 274-8431.
Music, Message and Meal
There will be a free hot meal served at Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930 W. Broad St., on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 6-7 p.m. as a part of Hoge’s HM3 (Music, Message and Meal) program. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the church at 276-5433 or log on to hogepresby.org.
Lincoln Village clean up
The Lincoln Village/West Broad Clean and Safe Community Project has scheduled a neighborhood clean up for Oct. 17. Volunteers should meet at the Lincoln Lodge at 8:30 a.m. for a hot breakfast. Clean up will be from 9 a.m. to noon. Any student participating in the cleanup will receive a community service certificate.
Westland class of ‘79
Westland High School class of 1979 will hold its 30th reunion Nov. 28 at Oakhurst Country Club, 3223 Norton Road in Grove City, from 6:30-10 p.m. Cost is $38 per person or $76 per couple. Mail payment and contact info by Nov. 1 to: Westland 79, P.O. Box 82, Galloway OH 43119. For more info contact Gretchen Connors at 614-774-4654 or Lorri Seedle at 740-739-0677.
American Legion Post 799
American Legion Post 799 holds their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 123 Inah Ave. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 13. Anyone interested in joining the legion should attend. For more information, contact Commander Vernon Hall at 828-9914 or Vice Commander Bill Catheey at 226-5606.
Westland Area Commission
Westland Area Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Doctors Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St. The commission boundaries are I-270 to the north, Hellbranch Run to the west and Johnson Road/Big Run South to the south. To find out more, log on to www.westlandareacommission.com
Rock on the Hill
Rock on the Hill will provide free after school fun for Westside kids every Wednesday, from 4-6 p.m., at 2500 W. Broad St. Activities include snacks, art projects, games and help with homework.
Bus transportation will be provided from West Broad Elementary, but parents must pick children up by 6 p.m.
Now enrolling first grade through fifth grade. Call 233-5829 and speak with director Carmen Ator.
Friends hosts senior group
Senior citizens are invited to a seniors group at Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Road, on the second Tuesday of each month from 12-2:30 p.m. The event will feature a light lunch, games and fellowship. There is no cost, but registration is required. Contact Martha at 875-8297, Juanita at 279-2382 or Debbie at 274-6505.
PTSC exercise programs
The Prairie Township Senior Center hosts the following exercise programs that are free and open to the public:
•Mondays - 10:30 a.m., aerobics; 2 p.m., line dance
•Tuesdays - 10 a.m., gentle stretchers
•Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m., body conditioning
•Fridays - 10 a.m., gentle stretchers
For additional information, call the center at 878-5110.
Free meals offered
The Church of the Lamb of God, 2216 Sullivant Ave., offers free meals on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Awana Clubs for boys and girls, from three-years-old to sixth grade, will be held Wednesdays, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Briggs Road Baptist Church, 3231 Briggs Road. Call 272-7430 for more information.
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.
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.
VFW Post 6065
VFW Post 6065 will hold their meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 7 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.
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 questiions.
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.