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. 
•Jan. 10 at 10 a.m.. – Winter Crafts – Enjoy a morning of winter craft projects.
•Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. – Home Schoolers Ecosystems – Discover ecosystem components and how they work together through hands-on activities and experiments. Ages 8 and up.
•Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. – Cold Weather Candle Making – Make ice candles or snow candles depending on the weather.
•Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. – Snow Day – Enjoy snow day fun with games, stories, and crafts.
•Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. – Sung as a Bug Bingo – Play "bug Bingo" to learn fun facts about insects and try to win prizes.
•Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. – Winter Wildlife – Learn how wild animals survive winter using hibernation, migration and adaptation.
•Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. – Wildlife Tracking – Learn about animal tracking.

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.
Plus, you can create your own LEGO masterpiece using the bricks provided and display your creation in the Kids’ LEGO Art Gallery.
For information contact 836-3333.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Kids’ drawing class
Kids ages 7-14 can learn how to draw their favorite Manga character at this two week drawing class that will focus on Japanese anime, on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Cost is $7 for residents and $8 for non-residents. Students should bring a sketch pad and drawing pen. Register at (614) 836-3333.
 
Women’s self-defense class
A self-defense class for women will be offered Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Instructor Mike Marsee will teach this class for women ages 12 to adult. Participants should wear workout clothing and tennis shoes. Cost is $12. To register call (614) 836-3333.
 
Slide show of England
A free slide show of England will be offered at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. The program covers the political and religious history of England and of course its landscape. To register call (614) 836-3333.

Couch Potatoes 101
A free "Couch Potatoes 101" class will be held Jan. 12 at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., to demonstrate how to convert your television from analog to digital.  Register at (614) 836-3333.

Design a quilt

Kids ages 3-12 can design their own quilt using stamps and paper on Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Free. Register at (614) 836-3333.

Duvall raises guide dog
Groveport Madison High School student Serena Duvall has successfully raised and help train a Labrador Retriever named "Eagle" to be an assistance guide dog for Pilot Dogs, a non-profit organization that trains and furnishes dog guides to lead the blind. A member of the Bits-N-Pieces 4-H Club, Duvall raised the puppy as a 4-H project. It is the second puppy she has raised for Pilot Dogs.
 

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