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. 
•Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. – Pioneer Children’s Craft: Learn about quilts and make paper samples of different patterns that were used in days gone by.
•Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. – Let’s Decorate for the Holidays: All ages are needed to help transform the Log House for the season.

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.

LEGOMania exhibit

The world’s most popular building blocks return to the Groveport Town Hall Art Gallery, 648 Main St., through Dec. 30. Admission is free. Hours are Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon – 6 p.m. 
LEGOMania, a massive display of intricately designed buildings and settings, all created by adult LEGO designers, demonstrates that the multicolored plastic blocks aren’t just for children. 
LEGOMania 2008, created by the Central Ohio Lego Train Club, features LEGO-inspired settings – from the downtown Columbus skyline to farm scenes, all made of LEGO bricks. The concept is similar to that of model railroading, except that every element in the layout is an original LEGO product. The display features skyscrapers, running trains, little people, a big bridge, water area with boats, farm with animals and crops, all made of LEGO.
The first 1,400 children touring  the  exhibit will receive a complimentary packet of LEGO fruit snacks, generously donated by Kellogg’s Snacks.  Plus, you can create your own LEGO masterpiece using the bricks provided and display your creation in the Kids’ LEGO Art Gallery.
Volunteer monitors are needed for LEGOMania. Dozens of visitors can be in the art gallery at any time, so help is needed to monitor the exhibit. Daytime, evening and weekend hours available. For information contact Chelle Coleman at 836-3333 or ccoleman@groveport.org.

Flu shots
The Franklin County Board of Health is offering flu shots for $25 per shot for adults age 18 and up from 1-3 p.m. at the Groveport Senior Center, 7370 Groveport Road, Groveport, on Nov. 18. For information call (614) 462-3849.

Bundling ceremony
A Native American bundling ceremony will be held at Groveport Log House, 551 Wirt Rd, on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Learn about Native American bundling ceremonies, medicine wheels and participate in a drumming circle around the campfire, at this free event. Kids of all ages can make a dream catcher. Scout Troops welcome. For  information, call Jennifer at (614) 836-3333.

Spaghetti dinner
The Groveport Madison Cruiser wrestlers will host a spaghetti dinner on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Groveport Madison High School cafeteria. Cost is $5 per person or $12 per family.

Family Literacy Night

Groveport Madison High School will host Family Literacy Night/Fall Harvest for all elementary students in grades K-3 on Nov. 20 from 6-8 p.m. Dinner will be provided and prizes will be given away.   Literacy stations will be set up for parents to work with their children.

Santa’s calling
Parents who would like their children to receive a free phone call from Santa Claus should pick up a form at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road. Santa is busy, so he will only have time for one call per family.  Registration deadline is Dec. 12. For ages three and up. Calls will be made Dec. 16 and 17 between 6-8 p.m.

Swim with Santa
Come swim with Santa Claus on Dec. 13 from 3-5 p.m. at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport  Road. Santa and his lifeguard elves will listen to Christmas wishes and hand out candy and stocking stuffers for all registered participants.  In addition, have your picture with Santa taken. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For all ages. Cost is $3 per person and registration deadline is Dec. 8.

Lunch with Santa
Children of all ages are invited to have lunch with Santa Claus at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road on Dec. 13 from noon to 3 p.m. Lunch and drinks will be provided. Other activities for kids tentatively include picture with Santa, singing carols, Christmas craft, and coloring. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $3 per person and registration deadline is Dec. 8.

Holiday Getaway
The Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, will host a "Holiday Getaway" for children ages 6-12 from Dec. 29-31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a three day, all camp where children will enjoy playing traditional board games, athletic/sports games, swimming, and making crafts. Children will need to bring a packed lunch each day, swimsuit, change of clothes, and tennis shoes. Cost is $40 for residents/members and $45 for non-residents. 

Santa coming to Groveport

The village of Groveport’s annual tree lighting ceremony will be held Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. across from Groveport Town Hall on Main St. Following the tree lighting ceremony, kids can visit with Santa in Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Santa’s mailbox will be available for letters to Santa in front of Groveport Town Hall from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20. The evening is co-sponsored by the Southeastern Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Hometown Holiday

Horse drawn carriage rides, Santa and his reindeer, and a live Nativity will be featured at the village of Groveport and Groveport Heritage and Preservation Society’s second annual "Hometown Holiday" on Dec. 21 from 1-5 p.m.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 the day of the event and are available at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., and Bierberg Mercantile, 607 Main St. (Kids age 5 and under are free.)
Featured events include:
•LEGOMania on display in Groveport Town Hall.
•Groveport Heritage Museum in Groveport Town Hall.
•A musical program and guided tour of Groveport Zion Lutheran Church’s stained glass windows.
•A live Nativity at Groveport United Methodist Church at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
•Horse drawn carriage rides and Santa and his reindeer at Front and Main streets.
•Tour of historic homes.
• "Dickens Village" display at the Miles home on Tallman Street.
•A tour of historic traces of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the Groveport Municipal Building.
•Shopping available at LangWeil Studios, Hansen House, and Go Groveport’s Bierberg Mercantile.
For information call Carla Cramer at 836-9113 or Groveport Town Hall at 836-3333.

Coat & food drive
Donate coats and non-perishable canned or boxed food at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.; Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road; or Groveport Municipal Building, 655 Blacklick St. until  Nov. 30. Donations benefit families in the Groveport Madison school district.

Local authors to hold
book signing in Columbus

Ten Columbus area authors will gather at the Columbus Historical Society, 51 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, on Nov. 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to sign copies of their books.
Participating books and authors include: "Columbus in Vintage Postcards: 1898-1950," by Richard E. Barrett; "Columbus: The Musical Crossroads," by Arnett Howard; "Baseball in Columbus," by James R. Tootle; "Mount Calvary Cemetery," by C. L. Miller;  "Grove City," by Janet Shailer and Laura Lanese;  "Upper Arlington," by  Stuart J. Koblentz and Kate Erstein; "Railroad Depots of Central Ohio," by Mark J. Camp; and "Groveport and Madison Township," by Richard Palsgrove.
For information e-mail info@columbushistory.org or visit Arcadia Publishing Web site at www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Trail closure
The Groveport nature trail that extends east from Blacklick Park to Rager Road has been closed since Sept. 14 because high winds from Hurricane Ike damaged more than 100 trees along the trail. As of Nov. 10, work was set to begin to clear the trail by pruning damaged branches and removing downed trees at a cost of $7,000.

Choral concert
The "Giving Thanks Choral Concert" will be held Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Groveport Madison High School auditorium. The concert features area church and school choirs as they each perform a song or hymn. Evening will conclude with an all choir sing with audience participation. There will be a free will collection to benefit the Center for Groveport Madison Human Needs.

Make a gel candle

Make a gel candle on Nov. 17 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., at 7 p.m. Cost is $12. Register at (614) 836-3333.

Genealogy class
A genealogy class will be held Nov. 19 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., at 7 p.m. Learn how to get started, where to find research and more. Cost is $10 for residents and $11 for non-residents. Register at (614) 836-3333.

Cake decorating
A five  week cake decorating class starts Nov. 24 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Cost is $30 for residents and $35 for non-residents. Supply list will be given the first night of class. Register by Nov. 20 at (614) 836-3333.

Women’s self-defense class

A self-defense class for women ages 12 and up will be offered Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. by  Groveport Marshal Arts Academy instructor Mike Marsee. Cost is $12. Register by Nov. 26 at (614) 836-3333.
 

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