Groveport Senior Center
The Groveport Senior Center, located in the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, offers the following:
•Mondays -play bridge at 11:30 a.m. or progressive euchre at 12:30 p.m.
•Tuesdays – double deck pinochle at 12:30 p.m.
•Wednesdays – all – noon: poker, quilting; 5 p.m.: double deck pinochle; fourth Wednesday – 10 a.m. – Super Game Day.
•Thursdays – all – 9:30 a.m. – crafts; 11:45 a.m. – lunch; first Thursday, 10 a.m. – Game Day; 12:30 p.m. – hand & foot; second Thursday – 9 a.m. to noon – county nurse; 12:30 p.m. – business meeting; 1 p.m. – hand & foot; third Thursday, 12:30 p.m. – cash bingo, hand & foot following bingo; fourth Thursday, 12:30 p.m. – euchre, hand & foot.
•Fridays offer bowling at Eastland Lanes at 9 a.m. and poker at 6 p.m.
•Saturdays progressive euchre at 6 p.m.
•Sundays are to just come in and relax.
For information call 836-4599. Annual memberships to the Senior Center are $6.
Heritage Nature Center
The following programs are offered at the Heritage Nature Center at the log house in Heritage Park on Wirt Road in Groveport. Programs are free and open to children of all ages unless otherwise specified. For information call 836-3333.
•July 24 at 11 a.m. – "Preschoolers at the Park – Butterflies are Free." Learn about butterflies.
•July 26 at 10 a.m. – "Beat the Heat." A morning of summer soaker games and crafts – come prepared to get wet.
•July 28 at 7 p.m. – "Sidewalk Chalk Night." Bring your imaginations and artistic skills, fun for kids of all ages.
Groveport Garden Club
The Groveport Garden Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Groveport Zion Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport Road, Groveport. The club welcomes anyone interested in gardening. For information call Virginia Myers, 836-5456.
Photo Forum is a photography group that meets the first Thursday each month at 7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Learn tips from other photographers, enjoy monthly lectures and photo shoots. Group open to adults and is free. Call Jennifer at (614) 836-3333.
Groveport Farmers Market
Groveport Farmers’ Market will run every Thursday through August, from 5-7 p.m. in its new location on the front lawn of Groveport Elementary School.
GMHS class of 1978
The Groveport Madison High School class of 1978 will hold its 30 year reunion July 26 from 6:30 p.m. until midnight at the Berwick Manor. Other graduating classes or former classmates welcome. Addresses of 1978 classmates are needed. For information on the reunion or to provide addresses, contact Sandy Storts at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (614) 537-6163.
Music in the Park
The village of Groveport will hold its free annual "Music in the Park" summer concert series at 7 p.m. in Heritage Park on Wirt Road on the following dates (rain location: Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.):
•July 27 – Challengers (country, oldies, originals)
•Aug. 10 – John Schwab (Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Buffett to James Taylor to James Brown)
•Aug. 24 – Bill Foley Band (’50s, ’60s, ’70s)
For information call (614) 836-3333.
GMHS class of ’68 reunion
The Groveport Madison High School class of 1968 will hold its 40 year reunion on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at Heimat Haus, in Grove City. All class members are being sought. Contact Gayle Brobst Lewis at (614) 582-0650 or email@example.com
New children’s book
A Christian children’s picture book, "The Wall They Could Not See," by author Karen Seelenbinder of Madison Township, is for sale at the Christian Armory in the Eastland Mall. The story is about a stubborn housefly and the power of God. To receive personalized, autographed copies, contact Karen by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 837-3943. The book is also available at Go Groveport, 607 Main St.; Ferne’s Attic, 24 N.High St., Canal Winchester; B. Dalton, Eastland Mall; and Moments with Majesty, Pickerington.
The Groveport Madison High School class of 1988 will hold its 20 year reunion on Sept. 6 from 6:30-11:30 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 4900 Sinclair Road, Columbus. For information go to www.gocruisers.org and go to "alumni."
Water aerobics every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road. Work at your own pace, all are welcome. Cost is $5/$6 per class or save money with a freedom pass purchased at the Recreation Center. Classes offered year round. Call Kathy Frank at 836-5800.
Free lunch program
Groveport Madison Local Schools, in partnership with the Groveport Madison Human Needs Council, is providing free lunches for eligible disadvantaged children ages 1-18 Monday through Friday through Aug. 15 (except for July 4). Children currently enrolled at Groveport Madison are eligible. The free lunch program started at Sedalia Elementary, 5400 Sedalia Drive, on June 16 and will move to Middle School North, 5474 Sedalia Drive, on July 1. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
A strength and tone class is held every Friday at 10 a.m. at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road. Strengthen with weights,toning the core on mats and plenty of stretching. Cost is $5/$6 per class. Call Kathy Frank at 836-5800.
Cruisers at Crew Stadium
On Aug. 22, the Groveport Madison High School football game against Worthington Kilbourne will be held at Crew Stadium in Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for students. Parking is $5. Presale tickets are available at Groveport Madison High School in the athletic department.
Recess at the Rec
The Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road is offering a youth fitness course, Recess at the Rec, that is designed to show children that exercise is not just about jumping on a piece of expensive equipment to reap the benefits of health. Exercise should be introduced to children as an enjoyable experience that keeps mind and body strong and healthy. Recess at the Rec involves kickball, basketball, pin bombardment, dragon tag and more. Registration began June 30. Class is for ages 8-12, is from 5-7 p.m. and starts July 29 and ends Aug. 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $15 residents/members and $20 nonresidents. For information visit www.groveportrec.com or call 836-1000.
Movies in the park
The village of Groveport will present free summer movies in Heritage Park on Wirt Road at dark every Saturday this summer.
The film schedule is as follows: Aug. 2 – classic cartoons; Aug. 9 – "Nanny McPhee"; Aug. 16 – "Flipper"; Aug. 23 – "Enchanted"; and Aug. 30 – "High School Musical 2."
For information call (614) 836-3333.
Groveport Madison’s first day of school dates/times
The first day of school for Groveport Madison students in grades 1-9 is Wednesday, Aug. 20. School will dismiss 45 minutes early on that day. Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 will start on Thursday, Aug. 21. Kindergarten students follow a special staggered entry schedule.
GM tech camp
Groveport Madison Schools offer a free "tech camp" for students in grades 6-8 from July 28 to Aug. 8 from 12:30-3 p.m. at Middle School South. Teachers will provide a special camp using handheld technology tools and students will adapt strategies and techniques learned from games and simulations. Only 40 spaces available so students will be accommodated on a first call basis. Call Elaine Davis at 492-2520.
Dunloe Elementary kindergarten teacher Jennifer Myers has come up with an idea to help raise funds for the expansion of the school’s playground.
"I have entered our school into a contest sponsored by Big Lots, to potentially win $10,000," said Myers. "In order to win the contest, we need all Dunloe friends and family to go to www.lots2give.com, look for Dunloe Elementary, and click on it to vote for us. You can do this three times a day until July 22. The money, if we win, will go towards the rest of our playground equipment."
Hazardous waste collection
Bring your unused hazardous waste to the K-Mart Distribution Center, 4400 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport, on Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Items accepted include flammables, paint thinners, old paint, fluorescent light bulbs, drain cleaner, pool chemicals and paint strippers.
Sidewalk chalk art & music
An evening of free sidewalk chalk art, along with music by Leslie Zak, designed for children will be held July 28 at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Park parking lot, 551 Wirt Road in Groveport. For information call (614) 836-3333.
Oil painting classes
Oil painting classes will be offered July 22 at 6 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Cost is $40 for residents or $45 for non-residents. To register for series and for supply list, call (614) 836-3333.
Get out of debt
The Franklin County Treasurer’s Office will provide a free seminar on "How to Prevent Foreclosure and Get Out of Debt" on July 26 at 10 a.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. To register call (614) 836-3333.
Republicans to meet
The Southeast Franklin County Republican Club will meet July 29 at 7 p.m. at the Madison Township Community Center, 4575 Madison Lane, Groveport.
Call for auditions
Rosebriar Shakespeare Company will hold auditions for King Lear on July 27 from 1-3 p.m. at the Columbus Main Library (Main Auditorium), 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus, and on July 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Southeast Branch of the Columbus Library at 3980 S. Hamilton Road. Bring monologues, a head shot if available, and a resume, and be 17 years of age or older. Be prepared to do cold readings. For information call 614-899-2387.
Senior wellness clinics
The Franklin County Board of Health will hold Senior Wellness Clinics offering health assessments and screenings for those age 50 and over at the following locations from 8:30 a.m. to noon:
•Canal Winchester Senior Center, 22 S. Trine St., on Aug. 5.
•Groveport Senior Center, 7370 Groveport Road (Groveport Recreation Center), on Aug. 14.
•Obetz Community Center, 1611 Chillicothe St., on Aug. 26.
For information call (614) 462-3719.
Touch a Truck
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit behind the wheel of a big dump truck or trash truck? What about exploring the interior of a fire truck? Then bring your family to "Touch a Truck" at the Groveport Recreation Center’s Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road, on Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon, to experience all of the big working trucks you see around town. Local businesses will bring their large work vehicles for you and your family to see and explore inside and out. The event is free. For information call the Groveport Recreation Center (614) 836-1000.