Around Canal Winchester and Lithopolis

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 or call (614) 837-4765):

•Belly Dancing Exercise Class Mondays 10-11:30 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.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.

•Gentle Yoga with Gail Sky on Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25 and Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 9-10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 each class.

•Kid’s Club for grades 2-5 on Oct. 18 at 12:45 p.m.

•Computer Classes Oct. 7, 14, and 21 and Oct. 9, 16, and 23. Cost is $30 for three 1.5 hour training sessions. Register and pre-pay at circulation desk.  

•Wagnalls Family Theatre Educational Series Acting Classes on Saturdays from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15.

•Oct. 24 – Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre "Talk About Murder!" Call (614) 837-4765 ext. 104 to reserve tickets. Limited seating. Cost is $39 (plus gratuity) for dinner and show.

CW chamber events

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

•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

For details call the Chamber office at (614) 837-1556 or visit

CW’s Farmer’s Market

Main Street Canal Winchester will sponsor a Farmer’s Market each Saturday through Oct. 18 in historic downtown Canal Winchester from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors will offer fresh produce, flowers, hand made crafts, candy, cookies, and more. Vendors interested in participating may register on-line at the web site or call Gaynell Garrett, Market Coordinator at (614) 833-5787.  

SEFC membership rates

The Southeastern Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (SEFC) has announced a special membership rate for businesses interested in joining the Chamber for the first time.

Now through Nov. 30, businesses may take advantage of the special rate, based on the number of full time employees: 49 or below – $125; 50 – 99 full time employees – $240 and over 300 full time employees $360.  

This rate will allow  membership for the remainder of 2008 and the entire 2009 calendar year. Membership in the Chamber entitles participation in programs that lower worker’s compensation rate and health care insurance. Free quotes are available for both prior to joining the Chamber; however membership is required to receive the discount.

Monthly luncheons, business and community events, along with advertising and sponsorship specials are also available for members only. Join our almost 200 members in the Southeast corner of Franklin County to participate in year round networking opportunities.

Contact the office at (614) 836-1138 or download the form at  Monthly luncheons are held the third Wednesday, contact the office for specifics and to RSVP.

Assisting combat veterans

AM VETS Post 300 is offering its assistance to returning veterans for the Iraq and Afghanistan war. Those needing help with available benefits and/or guidance for medical care may contact Administrative Assistant Barbara Megoloff at (614) 276-8083 or (614) 805-4333 or e-mail

Beggars’ Night in CW

Beggar’s Night trick or treat in Canal Winchester will be held Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The local VFW will host a free community Halloween party immediately following trick-or-treat at 7:30 p.m. at the Frances Stuebe Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. Canal Winchester Human Services will support the VFW’s party by sponsoring entertainment.

If you wish to have trick-or-treaters, turn on a porch light to let them know they are welcome. Children should only visit houses with an outside light on. Do not let children eat candy until they return home. All candy should be inspected before eating and anything that is open or that looks suspicious should be thrown out.

All children should be accompanied by an adult while trick-or-treating. Remind children to walk instead of run and to look both ways before crossing the street. Have children wear reflective costumes or light sticks to make them more visible to motorists. If you will be driving during or shortly before or after trick-or-treat hours, make sure to watch for children crossing the street.

Change the world

David’s United Church of Christ, 80 W. Columbus St., Canal Winchester is hosting a pork barbeque fundraiser on Oct. 4 from 4:30-7 p.m. to benefit the people of Haiti.  It is open to the public and willinclude live entertainment provided by "Sunday in the Key of G" and a dessert making competition.  There will be Haitian Art and Haitian hand made items, as well as fairly traded coffee products for sale to benefit the scholarship fund also. For information or to purchase tickets in advance  call (614) 833-0291.

The church has been contributing for several years to medical missions sponsored by Healing Art Missions, an ecumenical, faith based, non-profit organization founded by Dr Tracee and Robert Karaffa of Granville, Ohio.  This particular event will raise funds to sponsor a Haitian medical student, Joel Emmanuel Jean Francois, who is attending University of Notre Dame in Port au Prince, Haiti.


The average Haitian does not have access to medical care, education, clean water or nutritious food on a regular basis.  The infant mortality rate and maternal death rate are highest in the Western Hemisphere and access to HIV therapy, healthy life expectancy is lowest in the Western Hemisphere according to World Health Organization Statistics.  The average income annually is about $2 per day per person. Food costs have skyrocketed more than 60 percent in recent months and crop destruction from the recent flooding in Haiti is setting the scene for an even larger humanitarian disaster in the months ahead.

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