Around Pickerington

At the Pickerington Library

Activities at the Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way (call (614) 837-4104 or visit 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 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.  

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 or call 614-382-5989. For information or to make reservations for the reunion, call 614-837-7507 or email  

ADD/ADHD group

A support group for families of ADD/ADHD children is forming in the Pickerington area. Interested participants may e-mail

Pancake breakfast

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.

Sustainable Pickerington

Sustainable Pickerington, a newly formed group interested in developing and influencing sustainable living practices in the Pickerington/Violet Township area, invites the public to its first official meeting on May 19 from 7-8 p.m. at the O’Brien Shelter House, Victory Park, Pickerington.

Topics include: promoting a walkable and bikeable community, promoting year-round access to locally grown food, reducing and recycling solid waste, and educating those wanting to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Community input and a sharing of ideas are sought. For information c contact Kely Mertz at


Cornhole tournament

Pickerington will host a cornhole tournament as part of the Violet Township Bicentennial Celebration Heritage Days on July 5 & 6. Prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place will be offered. Advanced registration entry fee is $40 per team.  Registration the day of the event will be $50 per team.  Sixty-four teams of two people each may compete in this single-elimination tournament. The tournament will be held at noon on July 5 at Victory Park at the corner of Lockville Road & Park Alley in Pickerington. Registration forms may be downloaded at or teams may register beginning at 11 a.m. on July 5.

Heritage Days

Pickerington and Violet Township’s "Heritage Days" will be held from noon to 9 p.m. July 5 and from noon to 8:30 p.m. on July 6 in Pickerington’s Victory Park. The event is a two day living-history festival that will include a frontier encampment, antique farm and lumber mill equipment, hay rides, a Vintage Base Ball Game between PYAA Coaches and the Ohio Historical Society Muffins, entertainment and food all day. For information on Heritage Days and other Violet Township bicentennial events, go to or call (614) 382-5989.

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