Red Cross blood drives
The Fairfield County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 121 W. Mulberry St., in Lancaster, will hold the following blood drives (for information call (740) 687-5585):
•May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bloodmobile at Lisk Dental, 9 Hill Road North, Pickerington. Phone Jennifer at 614-833-0805 to schedule an appointment; however, walk-ins are welcome.
At the Pickerington Library
Activities at the Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way (call (614) 837-4104 or visit www.pickeringtonlibrary.org for information):
•Stitch & Chat – Meets every third Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. Bring your art or craft – knitting, drawing, scrap booking, etc. – and share ideas with others, as you work on your project.
•Sawtooth Sisters – Join the "Sawtooth Sisters" anytime between 6-8 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Bring whatever sewing supplies and equipment you’ll need–whether needle & thread or your sewing machine.
Summer reading programs
The Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way, will offer the following summer reading programs (call (614) 837-4104 or visit www.pickeringtonlibrary.org for information):
•"Catch the Reading Bug!" Discover the amazing world of insects. For children ages three through fifth grade. Registration begins June 9. Kick off event is June 12 at 7 p.m. and will feature Tom Phoolery and his "Don’t Bug Me I’m Reading" magic program. Weekly library program schedule: Preschool programs (ages 3-5) Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.;School Age programs (grades K-5): Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.; Family programs all ages: Thursdays at 7 p.m.
•"Metamorphosis @ Your Library" is the 2008 Teen Summer Reading Program for grades 6-12 which begins June 9. The teen programs will focus on "changing." Tami McCandlish author of "Flying Grounded My Spiritual Triumph Over Female Bullying" will host a book talk. Teens will be able to participate in a "Fear Factor" focusing on nutrition and a mother/daughter "Extreme Makeover." They will even be able to create their own Mehndi tattoos during the drop-in craft days. There will be prize drawings at the events and a Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the summer for teens that turn in their reading log.
•"Bloom with Books" is the 2008 Adult Summer Reading Program. Guest speaker Kathy Simcox of Hilliard will appear June 18 from 7-8 p.m. Her slide presentation will bring to life the colorful gardens, landscape and historical sites in London, Canterbury, Dover, and Kent. Bloom with Books presents guest speaker Ellen Peterson from Dill’s Nursery on Perennials and Butterfly Gardens on July 15 from 7-8 p.m.
Pedal in the Park
The Violet Township Bicentennial Celebration Commission will hold Pedal In The Park on May 18 from 2-4 p.m. in the 58 acre Sycamore Creek Park located just off of Lockville Road across from Victory Park in Pickerington.
Parents may bring their young children either to walk or ride on tricycles, wagons, scooters or bikes with training wheels. Each child will be given a passport and as they travel the creekside path and stop at stations along the way, they will receive stamps for their passport. The park itself has many points of interest including: the Zeller-Smith Covered Bridge, an arboretum, the Amphitheatre, Sycamore Creek Pond, and several playgrounds and shelter houses. This is a free event. For information go to www.violetbicentennial.com or call (614) 382-5989.
Pickerington Garden Club
A program featuring a field trip to Baker’s Acres will be presented at the Pickerington Garden Club meeting on May 21. Members and guests should meet at the Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way, at 10 a.m. For information call Barbara Kochick at (614) 837-3951 or Anna Weber at (614) 833-2358.
Wanted: Pickerington graduates from 1908-2008
This year’s Pickerington High School annual alumni banquet will be the 100th reunion banquet and the reunion committee is looking for everyone who graduated from Pickerington High School in the last 100 years, especially those who graduated 50 or more years ago. The banquet will be held at Pickerington High School Central June 7 with a social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the Buckeye Blend barbershop quartet from 6:30-7 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m..
The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society will be open so alumni can look at Violet Township memorabilia as well as find their graduating class pictures through 1981.
As part of the 5K run/walk and children’s walks, a historic walk will start anywhere from 9-11 a.m. and will finish at 1 p.m. It will include stops at 20 significant locations throughout Olde Pickerington Village. For information on the 5K run, one mile kids runs or the historic walk, go to www.violetbicentennial.com or call 614-382-5989. For information or to make reservations for the reunion, call 614-837-7507 or email email@example.com.
Quilt deadline extended
The Violet Township Bicentennial Celebration Commission announced that the deadline for registration items for the Quilt Show has been extended to May 16. Pickeringtons Lakeview Junior High School will be the site of the quilt show which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21 and from noon to 5 p.m. on June 22. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12. To enter an item the registration fee is $5 for the first item and $1 for each additional item up to six items. For information, go to www.violetbicentennial.com or call (614) 382-5989.
A support group for families of ADD/ADHD children is forming in the Pickerington area. Interested participants may e-mail PickADDandme@yahoo.com.
The Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive, will hold a pancake breakfast on May 24 from 8-11 a.m. Cost is $4 for adults and $2.50 for children under age 10.