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.
•Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. – Especially for Preschoolers – Fall Colors: Listen to a story, make a craft, and walk around the Palm Pond in search of autumn’s many colors.
•Oct. 18 at noon – Track It: Study animal tracks and make plaster molds and prints to take home. Meet at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.
•Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. – Not So Scary Movie: Bring the family to Heritage Park for a movie. Bring non-perishable food items and participate in Make A Difference Day. In case of inclement weather, meet at KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road.
•Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. – History Comes Alive: Learn fascinating facts and folklore from costumed docents and tour Groveport Cemetery. Refreshments provided.
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.
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 groveportclassof1979.com for information or call Travel Partners Travel Agency/Debbie Anderson (614) 792-6208.
SE Chamber offers 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 www.ChamberSEFC.com 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.
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 www.groveportrec.com.
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 www.groveportrec.com.
Learn how to knit
Learn how to knit on Oct. 7 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. at 7 p.m. This 2 week series will teach basic knitting and yarn is provided. Bring knitting needles, number 8 or 10 in size. Cost is $40 for residents and $43 for non-residents. Register (614) 836-3333.
Summerville at Lakeview Assisted Living, 4000 Lakeview Crossing in Groveport, will hold a health fair on Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to focus on the positive aspects of growing older, and also to inspire seniors to improve their physical, mental, social and financial health. For information or directions contact Lisa Wallace at (614) 836-5990.
Summerville at Lakeview, 4000 Lakeview Crossing in Groveport, has teamed up with Maxim Health Systems to offer flu shots on-site on Oct. 15 from noon – 2 p.m. If you are at high-risk of complications from the flu, live or work with high-risk individuals, or just want to reduce your chances of contracting the flue, getting a flu shot is your best protection. Be the first in your neighborhood to take the initiative to protect yourself and your loved ones today.
For information or directions contact Lisa Wallace at (614) 836-5990.
Trunk or Treat
Asbury United Methodist Church, 4760 Winchester Pike, will host a free "Trunk or Treat" for kids on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. Cider and donuts will be available. Come in costume or just as you are.
Fall harvest wreath
Decorate your door for Halloween with a fall harvest wreath, on Oct. 13 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. at 7 p.m. For ages 3 to 12. Free. Register at (614) 836-3333.
Halloween tote bag
Learn how to sew a Halloween tote bag on Oct. 14, at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Instructor Vernita Francis will provide the material, students should bring their machine, dark color thread and sewing supplies. Cost is $25 for residents and $27 for non-residents. To register call (614) 836-3333.
Ghoul-friends night out
Do you need a night out with your ghoul-friends? Then come to this fun-filled fall event featuring fortune telling, tea leaf readings and (temporary) henna tattoos, at the Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. on Oct. 15. This event is first come, first served and begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments provided. Cost is $5 to $20. Registration helpful at (614) 836-3333.
Students serve dinner
with Governor Strickland
On Sept. 11, the Eastland Career Center culinary arts class was invited by Bill Lager, the CEO of IQity, to prepare a special private dinner for a business meeting with Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.
According to Eastland Career Center officials, the students performed admirably, upholding the high standards of Eastland-Fairfield Career Center. Both Lager and Strickland were said to be impressed with the professional level of the students as well as the quality of the food they prepared.
The menu was a five course dinner of which each of the students serving at the event was assigned a specific course to oversee the final presentation and describe to the guests.
The project was a team effort incorporating the combined efforts of all of the students. However, due to the intimate nature of the dinner, five students were selected to serve at the event. The students selected were seniors Kristi Tomacelli, Craig Creamer, and Melena Lloyd; and juniors Amanda Moreheart and Donnie Andreen. Each student was invited to have their picture taken with the Governor prior to service and received their own personalized autographed copy of their photo with the Governor at the end of event.
Fall costume ball
Bring your family and furry friends to the "Fall Costume Ball," a fundraiser hosted by Friends for Life Animal Haven, a local non-profit animal rescue group on Oct. 26 from 2-6 p.m. at Heritage Park (551 Wirt Road) in Groveport. Featuring performances by the local folk artist duo, Avalon Nine, the festival will also include food, games and a raffle and silent auction. Area rescue groups will have adoptable pets and adoption information on hand. Admission is free. A highlight will be costume contests for people and pets. Judging is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. For information regarding adoption, volunteering, or donations, visit www.fflah.rescuegroups.org.
Flu shots in Madison Twp.
Flu shots will be available at the Madison Township Community Center, 4575 Madison Lane, Groveport, on Oct. 28 from 1-3 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25 per shot. Medicare Part B, MediGold, or Medicaid will be accepted. For an appointment, call 836-5308.
Yo ho ho!
Come here the tale of "Pirate’s Alphabet" on Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Kids ages 3-12 can attend a free story hour with costume party and craft afterwards. Meet author, Patty Wigington. Kids can wear their Halloween costume or dress like a pirate. To register, call (614) 836-3333.
Imaginating Dramatics Children’s Theatre Company will perform "Time Treks" on Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Kids can wear their Halloween costumes. Admission is free. Call (614) 836-3333.
Trick or treat bag
Kids, decorate your own trick or treat bag, on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at Groveport’s Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road. This event is free and fun all ages. To register call (614) 836-3333.
Sculpt a pumpkin face
Kids ages 7-14 can learn how to sculpt a pumpkin face out of Sculpy material on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main Street. Free. To register call (614) 836-3333.
Apple Butter Day auction
There will be an antique and collectible auction at Groveport’s Apple Butter Day on Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. on the main stage in Heritage Park.
Wild Ohio exhibit
"Wild Ohio," an interactive exhibit featuring the plants and animals of Ohio, will be on display at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., through October. The exhibit is a partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Metro Parks, and the Ohio Wildlife Center. It includes a wide selection of animal skulls, and furs from the Groveport Heritage Park Nature Center, taxidermied animals, insect mounts, tracking, Ohio plant identification, reptiles and amphibians, wildlife photos, and presentations by local naturalists. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For information call (614) 836-3333.
Homework Help Center
The new Homework Help Center in the Southeast Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3980 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport, is now open.
The Homework Help Center is a designated space in the library where 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 are 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 645-2ASK or visit www.ColumbusLibrary.org for information.