Around Groveport and Madison Township

Groveport Garden Club
The Groveport Garden Club meets the first Tuesday each month at Groveport Zion Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport Road. Anyone interested in gardening welcome. Call Virginia Myers at 836-5456.

Groveport Special Olympics
A local chapter of Special Olympics Ohio has formed in the Groveport/Canal Winchester area. The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for intellectually disabled individuals.

For information contact local coordinators Penny and Cassandra Hilty at groveportspecialolympics@gmail.com or at (614) 395-8992 or 395-6640. Donations may be sent to Groveport Special Olympics, P.O. Box 296, Groveport, OH 43125.

Let’s Talk About It
The Let’s Talk About It Book Club meets the second Wednesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Southeast Library, 3980 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport. Upcoming books are: April 12 – “Chance Developments,” by Alexander McCall Smith; May 10 – “The Woman in Cabin 10,” by Ruth Ware; and June 14 – “Unbecoming,” by Rebecca Scherm.

Golden Cruiser Club
Groveport Madison Schools invites senior residents of the district to visit schools and to attend athletic and performing arts programs that showcase the talents of its students.
The district has launched the Golden Cruiser Club, a free program for residents of the Groveport Madison School District who are age 60 and older. Club membership provides free access to all school and district sponsored athletic contests, plays, concerts, and other events.

To become a member of the Golden Cruiser Club, obtain an application at www.gocruisers.org, at any of the school offices, or call (614) 492-2520. The  requirements for membership are that applicants be age 60 or older and be a resident of Groveport Madison Schools  (verified by the Franklin County Auditor’s website).

Softball Cruisers’ game broadcasts
The Groveport Sports Network will provide live play-by-play coverage of  Groveport Madison High School softball in 2017. Games will be broadcast in full high definition.The links to the broadcasts are on the athletics page at gocruisers.org. Watch the games live on a computer or hand-held device. Each broadcast will be available on demand for 30 days. Broadcast coverage begins 20 minutes prior to the  start time with the pre-game show.

Here are the softball games to be broadcast: (games start at 5:15 p.m.): April 3 Westerville North; April 7 at Newark; April 10 Big Walnut; April 13 at Canal Winchester; April 26 Canal Winchester; April 27, 7 p.m. at New Albany; May 1 Newark.

GriefShare support group
GriefShare grief recovery seminar and support group meets at Groveport United Methodist Church, 512 Main St., Groveport, each Thursday at 7 p.m.  For information call (614) 836-5968  or email groveportgriefsharegroup@gmail.com.

Cruiser Theatre Company
Here are the Groveport Madison High School Cruiser Theatre Company’s upcoming performances this season:
•Spring Musical – “All Shook Up” – April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
•Theatre 3 Show – “The Whole Shebang, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3.
•Children’s Show – “The Cat in the Hat” – May 19 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $3.
Visit cruisertheatre.weebly.com or call (614) 836-4964 for information.

Brush pick-up
The city of Groveport’s brush pick-up continues throughout the city on Mondays and Fridays. Brush should be no longer than 6 feet and no larger than 12 inches in diameter. Place your brush behind the curb and city crews will collect it.

Program on historic rescue
The Groveport Heritage Society will present, “Not On My Watch: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858” on March 28 at 7 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. The program is performed by the members of the Kelton House Underground Railroad Community Advisory Committee and commemorates the events that occurred in Wellington and Oberlin, Ohio, in 1858. It centers on the capture of a runaway by bounty hunters and the action of local anti-slavery students and townspeople who freed the runaway from his jail. The subsequent trial brought the country to the brink of war. The program uses narratives from periodicals and historical scholars, drawn from the book, “The Town that Started the Civil War,” by Nat Brandt.

Groveport Farmers Market
The Groveport Farmers Market will be held on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine, from May 30 to Sept. 26 (closed July 4). This multi-vendor outdoor market will be located on Main Street on the city green space next to Ace Hardware.  The market will feature fresh locally grown produce, craft foods, and local artisan made decorative treasures. Parking is available in the municipal parking lot near Ace Hardware. For information contact Market Manager Bruce Jarvis at (614) 557-1009 or email jarvis79@sbcglobal.net or visit www.groveportmarket.com. The market is brought to you by the Southeastern Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Groveport.

Marshmallow drop
A helicopter will fly over Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road, and drop thousands of marshmallows for kids to collect and exchange for candy on April 8 at 7 p.m. For information on this free event, call  the Groveport Recreation Center at (614) 836-1000.

Dinner with the Bunny
Dinner with the Bunny will be held at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, on April 8 from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. Registration deadline is March 31. For information call  (614) 836-1000.

Tennis anyone?
Want to learn the game of tennis? A free open house where you can meet Groveport Recreation Center tennis instructor Chris Brown-Borden will be held on April 8 from 10-11 a.m. at the tennis courts in Degenhart Park in Groveport. All participants must register at (614) 836-1000.

Special Olympics fundraiser
Representatives of Groveport Special Olympics will be at the intersections of Main Street and Hendron Road, Main Street and College Street, and the traffic light on Main Street at Kroger in Groveport on May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to seek monetary donations to benefit Groveport Special Olympics Ohio.

OCC ticket price increases
Ticket prices for Ohio Capital Conference high school athletic contests, where an admission fee is charged, will increase by $1 in 2017-18. Adult tickets will cost $7 and student tickets will cost $5. According to Groveport Madison Schools Superintendent Bruce Hoover, it is the first ticket price increase by the OCC in more than 10 years. He said the ticket price increase will help offset the rising costs of paying for referees, umpires, and game officials.

Construction timetable for the new GM High School
Smoot Construction released a timetable of anticipated construction dates for Groveport Madison Local Schools’ new high school, which is currently being built behind the existing high school at 4475 S. Hamilton Road.

Ongoing work includes the masonry walls, structural steel, and roofing. Brick veneer work is to start in March. Drywall work will begin by mid-June. The building will be permanently enclosed by late September. Flooring work begins in early October. Work on the wood stage and gym floors starts in mid-December.

The high school is expected to be substantially completed by early May 2018 and will open for classes in the fall of 2018.

Demolition of the existing high school will take place in the summer of 2018. Softball fields and dugouts will be done by late October 2018. Site and paving is to be completed by late November 2018 and final close out work on the project by late December 2018.

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