Around Groveport and Madison Township

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.

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.


Get fit

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.

Be strong

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.

Homeschool gym

Homeschool gym classes will be held at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, beginning Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 and covers nine weeks.  An optional open swim time will follow the classes. For ages 5-10 and 11 and up.  

The Homeschool Swim Team will begin Sept. 26 as well.  Evaluations will be held Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the recreation center’s indoor pool. Call 836-1000 for information.

GM alumni cruise

The Groveport Madison High School class of 1979 is planning a 30th reunion cruise for Oct. 15, 2009. All alumni of Groveport Madison High School are welcome. Visit for information or call Travel Partners Travel Agency/Debbie Anderson (614) 792-6208.

SE Chamber is offering Entertainment Books

The 2009 Entertainment Books are here and packed with coupons. The books are $20 each and include Southeastern Franklin County Chamber merchants and area businesses. Books are available until Dec. 25 at the following locations (or visit for more details): Smith Farm Market, Kroger (Gender & Refugee), Obetz Hardware, Obetz Government Office, Huntington Bank in Canal Winchester, Curves, Groveport Kroger, 1st Service Federal Credit Union; Huntington Bank in Groveport, Village Hair Shoppe, Groveport Municipal Building, Groveport Town Hall, Groveport Giant Eagle, Groveport Senior Center & Groveport Recreation Center.

Improv class

Improv Classes for kids ages 9-13 begin Sept. 16 from 6-7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Cost is $40 for residents and $45 for non-residents. Register at (614) 836-3333.  


Homecoming changed

According to the Groveport Madison High School Athletic Department, the date of this year’s homecoming football game has been changed to Sept. 26 vs. Newark.

Square dancing

The Friendly Ties Western Square Dance Club will offer lessons beginning Sept. 17 from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at the Whitehall Community Park, 402 N Hamilton Road. Sept. 17 and 24 lessons will be free.  After that lessons will be $3 each. For information call Bev at (614) 866-1816 or Mary and Bill at (614) 834-8701.

Health clinics

Franklin County Board of Health Senior Wellness Clinics will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

•Obetz Community Center, 1611 Chillicothe St., on Sept. 23.

For information call (614) 462-3719 or visit

A Franklin County Board of Health child and adult immunization clinic will be held at the Groveport Senior Center, 7370 Groveport Road on Sept. 18 from 1-3:30 p.m. For information call (614) 462-3160.

Astronomy Night

Groveport Town Hall will offer a free "Astronomy Night" for all ages on Sept. 19 at dark  at Palm Pond in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. (The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 12.) In the event of overcast or rain, a moon lecture will be presented, inside the Log House. Bring your telescope if you have one and a roasting stick to make s’mores around the campfire.  Call (614) 836-3333.

Shadowing Day

The second Groveport Madison/Southeastern Franklin County Chamber of Commerce "Shadowing Day,"  where residents and business people "shadow" a Groveport Madison educator, will be held Sept. 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning and ending at the Madison Township Community Center, 4575 Madison Lane (across from Groveport Madison High School).

Up to six community residents and/or chamber participants will be placed in each Groveport Madison school. The visit includes a tour of the building and a meeting with the principal. Then the participant will either spend time in a classroom or follow a staff/management team member through their normal routine.

Following the visit, participants will be asked to share their observations.

According to the Chamber, "The goal of this event is to allow those participating to get a front line view of both the challenges facing the students and staff at Groveport Madison schools and allow them to see a positive side of the district as well."

Reservations are due by Sept. 22. For information contact the Chamber office at (614) 836-1138 or e-mail

Spaghetti dinner

The Knights of Columbus, Miraculous Medal Council #11188 will hold a spaghetti dinner on Sept. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, 5225 Refugee Road. in Columbus.   Cost is $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for youngsters 3-12, and kids under 3 eat free.  Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the council in its charity, church, family, youth, and community service programs.  

Homework Help Center

The Southeast Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3980 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport, will hold the grand opening for its new Homework Help Center on Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. State Rep. Larry Flowers will participate in the event, as will Patrick Losinski, executive director of Columbus Metropolitan Library. The event is open to all members of the community and free refreshments will be served.

A Homework Help Center is a designated space in the library in which students grades k-12 receive free help with homework and school projects from staff members and volunteers. The space is equipped with computers with free Internet access, local area textbooks, pencils, calculators, scissors, glue, and other school supplies for students to borrow. The hours will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Call 645-2ASK or visit for information.

Antique appraisal

Bring your antiques to an "Antique Appraisal" at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., on Sept. 23, from 6-8 p.m. Garth’s Auction House will appraise your antique for $5 an item. Admission is free. Register at (614) 836-3333.


Slate art

Create a beautiful flower motif onto slate, during this two week series starting Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.  Slate is provided. Cost is $20 for residents or $22 for non-residents and participants can register and receive supply list, at (614) 836-3333.  

Help save a life

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Sept. 16 at Groveport KidSpace Building, 605 Wirt Rd, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donors can call to schedule a time at 1-800-GIVE LIFE.

Cool cars & llamas

The Southeastern Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the village of Groveport will host the annual Groveport Hometown Cruise In car show on Sept. 21 from noon to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Groveport. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of the event.

There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds benefitting the Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs in addition to a general raffle.

Also Rick Wagner will bring his llamas, Dove and Olive. Meet them on the lawn of the Huntington Bank.

For information on the event call (614) 836-1138 or (614) 836-5301.

Halloween celebration

The Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, will host a "Halloween Celebration" on Oct. 25 from 6:30-9 p.m. for ages four and up. Cost is $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents. There will be a costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, and a talk about trick-or-treat safety. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Oct. 22. Refreshments and snack will be provided. Bring a "pumpkin guts" scooping spoon, a bag for your seeds. A  safety carving knife, pumpkin, and design will be provided. For information call (614) 836-1000 or visit

Groveport Parks and Rec fall photography contest

The Groveport Parks and Recreation Department is offering a fall photography contest for ages: 17 and under (amateur); 18-54 (amateur/professional); and 55+ (amateur professional). Entry fee is $5 (one entry per person.) Registration deadline is Oct. 15. All eligible photos will be on display at the Groveport Recreation & Senior Center through Nov. 15. Winning entries will be kept to be part of the Groveport Recreation Center’s permanent collection. For information call (614) 836-1000 or visit

e-Cycling and Recycling

Groveport Madison Schools are hosting the first annual "e-Cycling and Recycling" event on Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road. There will be a truck from Intechra to collect all kinds of electronic equipment, such as cell phones, electronic systems and games, printers, faxes, scanners and cartridges. Also, Waste Management will have a truck to deposit plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum and metal cans. Students from the "Green Teams" will be there to help unload.

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