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 www.wagnalls.org 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 Nov.  22 from 9-10:30 a.m. Cost is $10 each class. Call (614) 235-7369 for information.
•Dec. 20 at 11a.m. will be the Kid’s Club Christmas Party.
•Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the 2008 Christmas Open House. Volunteers are need for various activities. Call 614-837-4765 ext.126
•Create and donate a holiday wreath and return it to the library for display from Nov. 19 – Dec. 6. A silent auction will take place during that time and wreaths will be awarded to the highest bidder at 2 p.m. at the end of Open House.
•Preschool Story Time – Winter sessions begin Jan. 13, 14, and 15. Come by and register beginning Dec. 9.

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 www.canalwinchester.com):
•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 www.wfcofm.com
For details call the Chamber office at (614) 837-1556 or visit www.canalwinchester.com.

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 www.chambersefc.com.  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 barbmegoloff@hotmail.com.

CW chamber ham sale
The Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual "Honey Baked Ham Sale" is underway. Order forms may be picked up from area businesses or at the Chamber office, 20 N. High St., Canal Winchester. Thanksgiving orders will be taken until Nov. 17 and Christimas orders  until Dec. 14. Orders will be delivered to the Best Western at 6323 Prentiss School Road in Canal Winchester and picked up: Thanksgiving ham deliveries on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Christmas ham deliveries on Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information call (614) 837-1556 or e-mail kim@canalwinchester.com.

CW boys basketball to host "Foundation Game"

The Canal Winchester High School boys’ basketball team will host the Northland Vikings on Nov. 25, in the first annual "Foundation Game."
 
Under the direction of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), local teams may add an exhibition game to their schedule if they contribute to OHSAA’s scholarship program and also use the event to raise funds for a local charity. The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. and be followed by the varsity game at 7:30 p.m.  Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $3 for children. As this is a fundraiser for charity, no passes will be accepted.

This year, the basketball team has chosen Canal Winchester Human Services as recipient for this event and all proceeds will be supporting their Adopt A Family program.  This annual project provides holiday assistance to local Canal Winchester families. Not only are toys provided, but also clothes, shoes, food and this year for the first time, the basketball team hopes to include the importance of reading in the program as well.

In addition to the game, the basketball Indians and cheerleaders will be collecting books which will also be used in the Adopt A Family Program. "Reading is the FOUNDATION of Learning" is the theme they hope to encourage among their fans as well as their high school peers. Collection boxes will be available at each ticket entryway, not only at the Foundation Game, but also during all home basketball games in December. The team and cheerleaders will also encourage their classmates to donate their favorite childhood books during the first week of December. They also plan to visit both Indian Trail and Winchester Trail elementary schools and read to the students at each building.  The books collected will be given to children who are "adopted" through the Adopt A Family Program.

For information, contact Kent Riggs, athletic director at 833-2157, or Penny Miller, Canal Winchester Human Services, at ButtonBow@aol.com.

CW’s Breakfast with San
ta
Canal Winchester’s annual "Breakfast with Santa" will take place Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Frances Steube Community Center located at 22 S. Trine St. Tickets are $5 for adults and children and can be purchased at the village’s community center and municipal building between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are also available at Ferne’s Attic during the store’s normal business hours. Children under one year are free. Ticket includes all-you-can-eat breakfast. Children will receive a gift bag and a visit with Santa. A professional photographer will not be available. Bring a camera if you’d like to record this occasion. Only 100 tickets are available.

Stone Hearth Christmas
The village of Lithopolis hosts a "Stone Hearth Christmas" on Dec. 6. The event includes:
•8:30-10:30 a.m. – Breakfast with Santa at The Antique Oven, 44 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis.
•11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Open house at Wagnalls Memorial.
•10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Caroling by the Bloom-Carroll High School Chamber Singers.
•10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Enter to win gift certificates to area businesses. One day only. Tickets, available at various village shops, are $1 or six for $5. No purchase necessary.
•1:15 p.m. – Pet parade led by Santa.
•1:30-2:30 p.m. – Santa in the village.
•4-6 p.m. – Soup supper with Santa at The Antique Oven.

Donate stuffed animals

The village of Lithopolis is collecting new and like new stuffed animals for Santa Claus’ big red bag. Drop off donations at the village offices, 33 N. Market St., before 5 p.m. Dec. 5. For information contact Ginger Brenning at 837-2032 or gbrenning@lithopolis.org.

Letters to Santa
The village of Lithopolis will collect letters to Santa from Dec. 5-15. Drop off letters at the village offices, 33 N. Market St.; Wagnalls Memorial; or Santa’s mailbox at the police station. Also, there will be a toy train display at the village council chambers, 3 E. Columbus St.

Local company honored
Waste Management of Ohio, based in Canal Winchester, has won the 2008 Integrity Award presented by the Central Ohio Better Business Bureau.
The honor was announced during the Better Business Bureau’s 14th Annual Integrity Award Luncheon held in downtown Columbus at the Hyatt Regency.
For the Integrity Award judging, an independent panel of judges utilized a number of criteria including companies’ standards of excellence toward customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and communities in which they do business, and their reputation of ethical practices in the marketplace.
 

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