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):
•June 5 – Bloodmobile at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 1860 Winderly Lane, Pickerington, from noon to 6 p.m. Phone 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment; walk-ins welcome.
•June 8 – Bloodmobile at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road, Pickerington, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Phone Church office at 614-837-2826 to schedule an appointment; walk-ins welcome.
•June 9 – Bloodmobile at Fairfield Christian Church North Campus, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd., Baltimore, from 2-8 p.m. Phone Bill at 740-862-6245 to schedule an appointment; walk-ins welcome.
(All presenting donors will be entered to win a year’s lease on a Saturn VUE.)
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.
Pickerington grads sought
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.violetbicentennial.com or teams may register beginning at 11 a.m. on July 5.
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 baseball 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 www.violetbicentennial.com or call (614) 382-5989.
Pickerington Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization, will hold its Relay For Life in Pickerington on June 21.
Relay For Life brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for food, fun, music, entertainment and a night under the stars – while team members take turns walking or running on the Pickerington North High School track. All monies raised from the Relay For Life of Pickerington will go to cancer research, education, advocacy and service. Now in its ninth year, Pickerington Relay has raised $309,383 over the past eight years.
The American Cancer Society is the leading nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For information, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the American cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org. or see the Pickerington Relay For Life Web site at www.pickrelay.org.
Flag retirement ceremony
Violet Grange 36 Lockville Road Pickerington, in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop #256, will host a flag retirement ceremony on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Viola Wayne President of the Ohio State Grange. Citizens are encouraged to bring soiled or torn flags to be appropriately retired. Flags may also be dropped off at Oldham, Turner, Reade Insurance at 35 W. Church St. in Pickerington during office hours.
POP Arts, 895 Old Diley Road, Pickerington, will offer vocal lessons from 4-4:30 p.m. to children in grades K-6 starting June 16 for the first session, July 21 for the second session and Aug. 18 for the last summer session. Fee is $20 for each four week series. To register or for information, questions call Chris at 837-1458 or visit www.pickarts.org
Pickerington Garden Club
A workshop in preparation for the annual flower show – presented by the Pickerington Garden Club, Four Seasons Garden Club, and Marabar Heights Garden Club – will be featured at the Pickerington Garden Club’s meeting on June 18 at 1 p.m. at the Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way. The flower show will be held June 28-29 at the Reynoldsburg Seniors Activity Center, 1520 Davidson Drive.
Diley students help out
Students at Diley Middle School presented a check for more than $4,700 to the Capital Area Human Society’s Second Chance Fund. The students voted on what charity they wanted to help and raised the money through "Spirit Days" classroom competitions. Two teachers even sold water ballons to be thrown at them to benefit the charity.
Pickerington-Violet Twp. Historical Society road trip
The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society will visit Motts Military Museum, 5075 S. Hamilton Road in Groveport, on June 5 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. For information call Gary Taylor at 837-2119 or Mary Herron at 833-0044.