Around Canal Winchester


CW Sertoma meets

Canal Winchester Sertoma Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Donatos Pizza, 6310 Prentiss School Drive, Canal Winchester. Sertoma’s main sponsorship focus is speech and hearing. Sertoma exists for the noble purpose of "Service to Mankind" by communication of thoughts, ideas and concepts to accelerate human progress in health, education, freedom and democracy. Call Kim Hoffman 837-7504.

At Wagnalls Memorial

The following activities will be held at The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis (for information visit

•Gentle Yoga with Gail Sky, Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. $10 each class. Call (614) 235-7369 for information.

•Belly Dancing Exercise Class Mondays 10-11:30 a.m. $7 each class.

•Art Classes with Teresa Satola, $10 per class or paid monthly.   For information, or to register for either class, call 837-4765, ext 127. Adult class is 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Juvenile class (ages 8-13) is 4-6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

•Photography Class (no charge) at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on  Feb 7. Register at circulation desk or call library extension 127.

•Family Story Hour Sundays from  2-3 p.m. Volunteer readers needed, call (614) 837-4765 ext, 118.

•In the Wagnalls Auditorium – Auditions for "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" on Feb. 17-18 at 7 p.m.  Cold reading. Bring headshot.

•In the Wagnalls Auditorium – Elimination round for "Wagnalls Star Search" on Feb. 17 & 18 at 6:30 p.m.   Audience admission is $3 adults and $1 for kids 12 and under. Final judging for "Wagnalls Star Search" is Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Audience admission is $5 adults and $2 for kids  12 and under.

CW chamber events

The Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce (CWACC) announces the following events (for information call  Kim Rankin at (614) 837-1556):

•Feb. 7 from 5-7 p.m. -Business After Hours at Distinctly Debera’s Nail Design, 57 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester.

•Feb. 9 – Gender Road Business Alliance Winchester Square Blood Drive. Details to follow.

•Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. -CWACC Monthly Networking Luncheon. Speed networking & new member plaque presentations at Southgate Potters Lodge, 651 Groveport Road. RSVP by noon on Feb 11. Cost is $10 or walk-ins $11.

•Feb. 27 at noon – Gender Road Business Alliance Luncheon at Butch’s Italian Cafe, 6394 Gender Road.

•Tune in every Thursday at 3:45 p.m. for The Canal Winchester Chat Chamber Radio Program on WFCO fm 90.9 Call to find out how you can be a guest. Listen live on your computer

•Enjoy a seven day cruise to the eastern Caribbean on the Carnival Valor leaving from Miami on Sept. 21, 2008. Call 614-837-1556 to reserve your Getaway Trip for 2008.

CW chamber annual dinner and business expo

The Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner and business expo, "Sailing to Success!", will be held March 14 at Pope John XXIII Parish with the expo from 5-7 p.m. and dinner and awards at 7 p.m. Dinner ticket is $40. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle, Chamber cruise raffle, silent auction, and expo exhibitors. For information call Kim Rankin at the chamber at (614) 837-1556.

Pork & sauerkraut dinner

David Lutheran Church, 300 Groveport Road, Canal Winchester, will hold its 40th annual pork & sauerkraut dinner on Feb. 5 from 4:30-7 p.m. Cost is $3 for children and $7 for adults. For information call (614) 837-7041.

CWHS Madrigal

Tickets are now on sale for Canal Winchester High School’s 18th annual Madrigal Dinner, William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."  Performances will be Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the high school cafetorium. The shows include a professionally catered five course meal on Feb. 16 and luncheon on Feb. 17.  Tickets are $15 for Feb. 16 and $10 for Feb. 17 and can be reserved by calling (614) 836-1448.

Relay for Life kick off

The American Cancer Society’s Canal Winchester Relay for Life Kick Off will be held at Shade on the Canal, Pine Room, on  Feb. 5 from 6-9 p.m. Shades will donate 10 percent of proceeds of everyone’s meals and that money will go to the team who has the most people registered (up to 15) by the end of that night.To do this your team  must be registered. Call Kris Sims at (614) 834-5609 or visit for information.

Relay for Life will be held June 6 & 7, at the Canal Winchester High School beginning at 6 p.m. Committee and team meetings will be Feb. 21, March 13, April 17, May 8, and May 22.  

Blood drive in CW

The Gender Road Business Alliance will hold a blood drive in the Winchester Square Shopping Center on Feb. 12 from 1-7 p.m.

Dunsmore exhibit

The art of John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945) will be on exhibit in the Gallery Room of The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis, during  February.

Dunsmore, born near Oxford, Ohio, specialized in historical subjects and exhibited his works in the U.S., England, and France.  This exhibit will display a majority of artwork depicting scenes from the American Revolution. Many are oil sketches in preparation for the full size art pieces he later painted.  

The Gallery Room is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wagnalls Family Theatre

Wagnalls Family Theatre is presenting "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" by Joseph Robinette, on May 9-26.  Auditions will be held Feb 17-18 at 7 p.m. in Wagnalls Auditorium, 150 E. Columbus St, Lithopolis. For information call (614) 837-4765 Ext 106 or e-mail Karen Edwards, theatre manager, at

CW kindergarten

Canal Winchester’s Indian Trail Elementary will hold kindergarten registration on March 17-20 for the 2008-09 school year. Call (614) 833-2154 on or after Feb. 19 to schedule an appointment for one of the following sessions: 9:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Your child must be age 5 before Aug. 1, 2008 to be eligible.

Firefighter honored

Columbus firefighter Gregory Gary of Canal Winchester was honored by Columbus City Council on Jan. 28 for his service to the city. A firefighter since 1988, Gary earned the Fire Service Award of Merit in 2004. In 1991 he earned the Medal of Merit for his bravery during a fire on Columbus’ Linwood Avenue.

CW artists go digital

Art students at Canal Winchester High School are going digital as students in Tracey Pearson’s digital design class are learning to design art on the computer.

As a final project in this class, students become graphic designers.  For this assignment created a new beverage for teenagers and use all their computer and design skills to make it attractive to the audience.

Students use computer programs like Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS2.  These are the same programs that real graphic designers use.  

Said Pearson, "This project integrates technology into visual arts and gives students alternatives to the typical drawing and photography classes."


According to Pearson, students love to use the computers to design and to create new packaging. They create an original name and use digital photographs or designs on the package. Their goal is to make their product stand out. Attention to every detail is a must. Labels must be authentic right down to the nutrition and recycling information.

Another benefit is that they learn how package design makes people buy a product. All of their skill goes into trying to make a package that would sell in the real world.

Students also worked on packaging for an original snack food with all the same principles.    

Pearson stated, "The kids are excited by these digital design projects because they give computer oriented kids who have an artistic focus an outlet. They love it."

Through this experience they learn about the digital side of the creative world.  Some of these students may even use these skills in the future as graphic designers, photographers, illustrators or in other digitally based careers.  

Warm hearts, warm coats

Students at Winchester Trail Elementary learned lessons in civics and in leadership while helping others who need a warm coat for the winter.  

Gifted class teacher, Paula Cronan, with the help of third grade teacher, Mary Brown, created a project which challenged students to stretch their academic as well as civic muscles.

Students were in charge of the project which collected coats, hats and mittens for St. Stephen’s Homeless Shelter. The organization, publicity, and actual collection of the coats was completely headed by the students.  

Students wrote and delivered their own announcements. They learned how to hook an audience and include practical facts in the text and learned public speaking skills when delivering them.  

Cronan stated, "This project teaches values and leadership, as well as citizenship."


Students learned how to create a project and then try to create a community inside and outside of their school.

"This project made me think about others and what it would feel like if I didn’t have a coat," said student Ashton Brown.

Students set up a collection box in the lunchroom. The box was wrapped like a gift so that students would understand the nature of the present they were offering others.  

Brown added the idea of mittens and hats to the project and encouraged students in the third grade to be a part of a community.


"This makes academics come to life," she said.  "It shows that anything academic can be tied to service in the community."

Added Cronan, "I believe that children know that real leaders are helpers. They have learned the relationship between support and leadership. Our class is taught in such a way as to facilitate this idea of helpfulness and cooperation and commonality as well as responsibility for others. At the same time they are taught that acceptance and understanding of the individual needs of others is part of being well-educated."


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