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.
 
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 Municipal Building, Huntington Bank in Canal Winchester, Curves in Canal Winchester, Groveport Kroger, 1st Service Federal Credit Union; Huntington Bank in Groveport, Huntington Bank on South High Street in Columbus, 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.

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. 

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.

Secret Santa at Groveport
Secret Santa shopping, sponsored by the Groveport Elementary PTO, comes to Groveport Elementary in the junior high cafeteria on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Secret Santa shopping with items from $1 to $5. Pictures with Santa, bake goods and  more holiday fun.

Ghost Hunting 101

Ghost Research and Verification Experiment (GRAVE) will discuss the various tools used during paranormal investigations, such as: digital voice recorders, cameras, Ghost Box, The Ovilus, and KII Meter, at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. on Jan. 31. This free event will be held in two sessions limited to 20 people at each session at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. You must register in advance at www.g-r-a-v-e.com. Due to certain restrictions GRAVE will not be able to actually demonstrate the equipment inside Town Hall.  This event is for entertainment and educational purposes only.

Gingerbread house
Designing your own gingerbread house  on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. This free holiday event is geared for parent and child to make and design their own gingerbread house that can be eaten or used as a holiday center piece. Register at (614) 836-3333.

Photo forum
Photo Forum meets Dec. 11 Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. This digital photography group is for anyone interested in learning about how to take professional photos, going on group outings for photo shoots, and sharing ideas and photos with others. This group meets the second Thursday of every month and is free. Call  (614) 836-3333.

Decorate holiday cookies

Decorate holiday cookies on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.  Supplies are provided. Register at (614) 836-3333.  

Get fit for the holidays
Low-impact aerobics are offered every Monday and Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road. Cost is $5/$6 per class or save with a freedom pass purchased at the Recreation Center. No membership necessary. Call Kathy Frank at 614-836-5800.

Family fun
The St.Mary’s Youth Leadership will sponsor family bingo fund raiser on Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. at St.Mary’s Church,5684 Groveport Road.
Card game fun
Kids ages 5-14 can enjoy playing Pokemon card games where no cards are lost nor traded on Dec. 20 from 2-4:30 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Admission is $5. For information call 836-3333.
 
Marshmallow sculptures
Kids, design your own sculpture using marshmallows and pretzel rods, on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Program is free. Register at (614) 836-3333.

Kids’ art
Do you know what happens when you paint with shaving cream onto fabric? Come find out at this art class for kids, ages 3-12  on Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St.Event is free. Register at (614) 836-3333.

"Longest Night"
Groveport United Methodist Church, 512 Main St., will offer "Longest Night: A Service of Remembrance and Hope" on Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.  Acknowledging that, for many people, Christmas can be a time of loneliness, sorrow and sadness, this service offers a quiet, meditative opportunity for remembering and sharing.

Breakfast with Santa
The Glendening Elementary PTO will host its annual Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-10 a.m. on Dec. 13. Stop by the holiday shop for last minute stocking stuffers from 9-11 a.m. Breakfast is $3 for an adult and $1.50 for children over age two. Call 836-4972 for information.

Family film fun
"Unaccompanied Minors," a PG-rated family movie, will be shown at no charge on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Groveport’s Crooked Alley KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road. Complimentary popcorn and drinks  provided.  For information call 836-3333.
 

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