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.

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. 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.

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 www.groveportrec.com.

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 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.

Slate painting
Paint a fall harvest theme onto slate on Oct. 21 and 28 from 7-9 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.  Slate is provided and the cost is $20 for residents and $22 for non-residents.  Call for supply list at (614) 836-3333.

Jewelry making
Make a cat’s eye bracelet on Oct. 22 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., at 7 p.m. Cost is $25 and all tools and supplies are provided.  To register call (614) 836-3333.

Troop 71 celebrates

Boy Scout Troop 71, Groveport, will  hold an open house at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4760 Winchester Pike, on Nov. 2 from 2-5 p.m. to celebrate their 80th anniversary. All former members of the troop and adult leaders are invited to attend and bring any memorabilia they wish to display.  Call Pete Gerardi at (614) 836-3929 and leave a message if you plan to attend.

Fireproof your marriage
On Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Madison Christian Church, 3565 Bixby Road, Groveport, will join churches throughout North America in a movement to help married couples of all ages to "fireproof" their marriages – live via satellite on Church Communication Network (CCN). 
This special simulcast event offers couples the practical training and necessary tools to apply these concepts to real life marital challenges. The public is invited. For more information, call 491-3232 or visit www.madisonchristian.org.

College fair

The guidance department at Madison Christian School, 3575 Bixby Road, Groveport, will host a college fair for area students on Nov. 6  from 6-7:30 p.m.
College representatives from over 40 public and private institutions will be available to provide students and parents with college information. For information contact college fair coordinator: Joseph Waters, at waters@madisonchristianschool.com.

Library honors volunteer

The Southeast Branch Library, 3980 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport, will hold a memorial and tree dedication on October 23 at 3:30 p.m. to honor teen volunteer Cori Lake.
On May 18, 2008, a car accident on I-270 took the lives of Cori Lake, Cristin Lake, and Jessica Mason. While all three deaths were a tragedy, the loss of Cori was taken especially hard by the Southeast Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library. The 16-year-old, who attended Eastland Vocational School and Hamilton Township High School, served as an intern at the library and as a friend to so many more.
"Southeast Branch has many volunteers and we come to know them well," said Becky Ellis, volunteer coordinator at Southeast Branch. "Cori was really good with customers of all ages, but she especially liked to work with children and with computers. She was always smiling and we really miss her. The tree will be planted where students passing the library on their way to and from school can see it. We want the tree to be a reminder of how precious life is. Because so many of our volunteers are teens, we wanted to do something to serve as a reminder to them to stay safe, drive carefully and come back to volunteer with us again."
The public is invited to the ceremony. For information call 479-3353.

History Comes Alive
An historic cemetery tour that is merry, not scary, will be held at the Groveport Cemetery on Wirt Road on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Meet at the log house in Heritage Park. Costumed docents will play some of Groveport’s most famous residents at this evening tour of the cemetery. Afterwards, cider and donuts are served in at the log house. The event is free and for all ages.

"Crossroads of Liberty"

Rob Stroup, author of the book "The Crossroads of Liberty," and Senior Project Advisor Pops Porter will give a lecture and book signing on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.  Learn the history of the Rickenbacher AFB/ANGB. Refreshments served. This event is free and all are welcome. 

"King Lear"

Don’t miss the classic tale of  "King Lear" performed by Rosebriar Shakespeare Company at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Opening night is Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The play then runs Nov. 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information call (614) 836-3333.

"As the River Run"

The play "As the River Run," by Dominic Brown, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 11-13 at Marion-Franklin High School, 1265 Koebel Roadd. and Nov. 14 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at either Marion-Franklin, Groveport Town Hall, or by emailing: dominic_brown_911@yahoo.com
The play is about the chronicles of a slave family during the 19th century and one family’s desperate attempt to leave a plantation as newly freed slaves.

Bazaar
A crafter’s bazaar will be held in the gym at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $1.

GYAA food for football

The Groveport Youth Athletic Association (GYAA) will hold "Food for Football" on Oct. 25 at Cruiser Stadium at Groveport Madison High School. First game kicks off at 9 a.m. and the last game starts at 3:15 p.m. All are welcome. Donate a non-perishable food item for admission to the games.  All Items will be donated to the Groveport Food Pantry. Visit www.groveportyouth.com or call 470-0077.

Petty makes district

Groveport Madison High School freshman Kasey Petty gave up the soccer field for the golf course this fall.
Since the school does not have a girls varsity golf squad, Petty was one of two girls to play on the boys’ golf team.
Having to play from the boys’ tees all year, Petty struggled at first. However, she played in the girls’ sectional tournament at the Links Golf Course in Groveport on Oct. 1 and shot her personal best of 98, 48 on the front nine and 50 on back nine, which qualified her for the district tournament on Oct. 7 where she golfed with some of the best golfers from central Ohio. She did not qualify for the state tournament, but her efforts in making the district tournament are a notable achievement.

Zwayer earns 4-H honors
Groveport Buttoneers 4-H Club member Jake Zwayer finished first in the welding competition at the 58th annual National 4-H Engineering, Science, and Leadership Challenge held in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sept. 28-30. He is the son of Jodi and Brad Zwayer and is a senior at Teays Valley High School. He plans to study welding at The Ohio State University next year.
 

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