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Call to Action and
Celebration of Cultures
Groveport Madison Schools will host the following events designed to embrace race relations, equity, diversity, and cultural awareness themes:

•May 5 – Call to Action Event: The district’s Code RRED (Race Relations, Equity, and Diversity) Committee will host a Call to Action Event on May 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road. This event is intended to kick off a conversation within the community around the topics of race relations, equity, and diversity, and how the school district and community can work together to create a greater appreciation and understanding of differences, similarities, shared aspirations, and hopes. It will be hosted and moderated by former Ohio State basketball player and speaker Lawrence Funderburke.

•May 12 – Celebration of Cultures Night: Experience world cultures represented in Groveport Madison Schools. In partnership with the Code RRED Committee, the district’s English Language Learners staff will host a Celebration of Cultures Night on May 12, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road. Food trucks representing various cultures will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. Presentations from English Language Learner students will begin at 6 p.m., and free crafts and games will take place throughout the evening.

Concert in the Park
The city of Groveport’s Concert in the Park summer music series will be held the last Saturday of the month in June, July, and August in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or lawn chair, and invite your friends and family to this free concert series. Food Trucks will be available to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages from 5:30-8 p.m. Bands play from 6-8 p.m. Scheduled bands are: June 25 – Mama Drama; July 30 – Rob Adam; and Aug. 27 – Willie Nelson Mandela. For information call 614-836-3333.

First Thursday
The city of Groveport’s First Thursday summer festival series will be held the first Thursday of the month in June, July, and August from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road. The event features food trucks, more than 40 vendors, a petting zoo, kids’ craft tent and bounce house, a dog show in August, and live music. The music schedule is: June 2 – Lee Gantt; July 7 – Jack Middleton; and Aug. 4 – The Morning Lumber Co. There will be giveaways to the first 200 attendees each date. Giveaways are: June 2 – Groveport tote bag; July 7 – hand sanitizer; and Aug. 4 – travel bowl. For information call 614-836-3333.

Alumni Banquet
Groveport Madison High School’s 128th annual Alumni Banquet will be held May 21 at 5 p.m. at Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport. Dinner is $25 per person and reservations must be made by May 13. The Groveport Madison High School Alumni Hall of Fame will be open that day from 3-4:30 p.m. This year’s honored class is the Class of 1972, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Make checks payable to the Groveport Madison Alumni Association and mail them to P.O. Box 382, Groveport, OH 43125.

Asbury flea market
Asbury South United Methodist Church, 4760 Winchester Pike, Columbus, will host a flea market on June 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coffee With a Cop
Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., hosts Coffee With a Cop every Friday in May from 8-10 a.m. where community members can visit with Groveport Police officers.

New service time
Bethany Lutheran Church, 1000 Noe-Bixby Road, has a new service time starting on May 1. It is 10 a.m. Also beginning May 8 and continuing throughout the summer, the second Sunday of every month will be a drive-in service. You can remain in your car or bring lawn chairs and sit on the lawn.

Road projects
Upcoming area Franklin County road projects this summer:

•In Lockbourne, $382,165 in road improvements and truck turn around construction for Commerce Street, Vause Road, and Canal Road until October. Includes a 42 day detour closure.

•In Hamilton Township, $1.8 million roundabout construction, drainage, and street lighting improvements at Lockbourne Road at London-Groveport Road from July until October. Includes 60 day detour closure.

•In Madison Township/city of Columbus, $1.2 million for bridge replacement on Winchester Pike over Georges Creek from July to October. Includes 110 day detour closure.

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