(April 14, 2021)
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal in Plain City
Village of Plain City residents are invited to dispose of their household hazardous waste materials for free on April 24, 8 a.m.-noon, at the new municipal building, 800 Village Blvd. Participants must show their utility bill or license to verify their residency.
Items that will be accepted are: smoke detectors, paint (latex, oil), household aerosols, solvents, thinners, cylinders (propane less than 20 pounds, oxygen, helium, Freon, C02), fluorescent bulbs, light ballasts, E-cigarettes, pesticides, batteries (alkaline, ni-cad, lithium, mercury), and gasoline.
Items that will not be accepted are: asbestos, appliances, tires, ammunition, trash, needles, pharmaceuticals, and medical waste.
The Darby Creek Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio will meet on April 21 at the Madison County Historical Society building, 260 E. High St., London. The building will open around 5:30 p.m. for socializing and individually wrapped snacks. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. No presenter or presentation is scheduled. Anyone who attends must wear a facemask that covers the nose and mouth. Social distancing is planned. Anyone showing or who thinks they may have COVID-19 symptoms or other flu-like symptoms, or who has recently been around someone having or showing symptoms of having COVID-19 or other flu-like symptoms is asked not to attend. Anyone interested in Native American and/or metal detecting artifacts is welcome.
Drug Take-Back Day
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is holding a Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24 at the Sheriff’s Office building at 222 Garfield Ave., London, and behind the town hall at 1 S. London St., Mount Sterling. Deputies will retrieve the expired and/or unused prescription drugs from your car; you do not need to get out.
Family Health and Wellness
The Madison County Healthy Child and Family Consortium is hosting a Family Health and Wellness drive-through event from 10 a.m. to noon May 1 in the rear parking lot of Madison County Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS) 200 Midway St., London.
The public is invited to drive through for local resources information, raffle items, and fun giveaways. For details, call (740) 852-7189.
Among the features agencies are: Madison County early childhood programs, Caresource, Head Start, Madison County Public Health/WIC, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties, Madison County DJFS, London Public Library, Chrysalis Health Ohio, Presbyterian Childcare Center, Rocking Horse Community Health Center, Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Action for Children.
Rockin’ on the Run
Each year, Rockin’ on the Run raises money and awareness for pediatric brain tumor research. The focal point is a 5K run, which is virtual this year. Several other fundraisers are taking place in conjunction with the event, as well.
• Virtual 5K run–suggested dates are May 9-15. Go to www.rockinontherun.org to sign up.
• Silent auction–May 1-15. Visit biddingowl.com/rockinontherun;
• M&M Diner–May 3. Homemade chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes and corn. The cost is $10. Meals will be sold from 4 to 7 p.m. (or until sold out) in a drive-through format at the diner, 165 E. Center St., London. No call-in orders. Bring extra cash for the 50/50 drawing.
Full Moon Bike Rides
The Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails is hosting free bike rides on nights when the moon is full. Each ride starts at Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. First St., London. Ride options are 14 miles and 25 miles. Dates and times are: April 27 at 7:30 p.m., May 26 at 8 p.m., June 24 at 8:30 p.m., July 24 at 8:30 p.m., Aug. 22 at 8 p.m., Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. April 19 at Ann & Tony’s Restaurant in West Jefferson. The meal includes spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert and bottled water. The cost is $12. Meals are available for carryout only.
Baked Steak Dinner
First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St., London, is hosting its 59th semi-annual spring dinner on April 27 for 4 to 7 p.m. The dinner will be served in a drive-through format. The church is not permitted to serve walk-up or carryout meals due to COVID-19 restrictions. The meal includes a choice of baked steak or pork tenderloin, real mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, chocolate Texas sheet cake, homemade cole slaw, ice cream and water.
Pancake/Sausage Breakfast and Silent Auction
The Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails (FMCPT) will hold their annual pancake and sausage breakfast as a drive-through event from 8 to 10 a.m. May 22 at the Madison County Senior Center, 280 W. High St., London. The cost is $7 and includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, a fruit cup, and water or juice.
The annual silent auction has moved online. Bidding is open now through May 15. New and gently used items are up for bid. For details, go to www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/FMCPT-Silent-Auction-2021-21641. Winning bidders can pick up their items during the pancake breakfast drive-through on May 22, 8-10 a.m. The alternate pickup day is May 23, 11 a.m.-noon, at the senior center. Items cannot be shipped or delivered.
The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities is hosting an America Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. April 30 in the Fairhaven School gym, 510 Elm St., London. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org (sponsor code: Fairhaven).
Junior Achievement Golf Outing
Junior Achievement Mad River Region will host a golf outing on May 27 at the London Country Club. Golf nine holes, break for lunch, then golf the second nine. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement’s K-12 entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workforce readiness program. For details about signing up or becoming a sponsor, contact Crystal Steiner at (937) 323-4725, ext. 12 or email@example.com.
Chamber of Commerce
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) are holding the following meetings, programs, and events.
Solar 101: April 20. Learn about the solar industry and the economic impact it has in a community during a “Solar 101” program set for April 20. The program is free and will take place over Zoom. For login information, contact David Kell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (740) 490-8110.
Annual Chamber Golf Outing: May 20. The golf outing will be held May 20 at the London Country Club. For more information, contact Suzanne Williams at email@example.com or (740) 852-2250.
Madison County Senior Center
The Madison County Senior Center, 280 W. High St., London, welcomes anyone, no matter their age, to pick up lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Orders must be placed by 10 a.m. by calling (740) 852-3001. The cost is $5; cash only.
Deercreek Township Trustees
The Deercreek Township trustees will meet on the following dates in 2021. Meetings take place at 7 p.m. at the township hall, 75 Middle St., London: April 19, May 3 and May 17, June 7 and June 21, July 5 and July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20, Oct. 4 and Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.
The village of West Jefferson will hold a shred-it day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 8 at village hall. Documents can be dropped off for shredding; binder clips must removed but staples can remain. For more information, call the Water Department at (614) 879-8655, option 1.
Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson, offers the following activities and services. For details, call (614) 879-8448 or visit hbmlibrary.org.
• Storytimes. In-library storytimes will resume in May. Space is limited; registration is required. Check the library’s Facebook and website for April’s virtual storytimes.
• Curbside Service and Limited In-Library Services. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• HBMLibrary Feeding Program. The library is working with Children’s Hunger Alliance to help feed children during the school year. Snacks/meals are available for children ages 2-18 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. There are no income requirements. Call the library information desk for details. The program runs through the end of May.
• Prom Dress Drive. Prom attire is available at the library throughout the month of April. You do not need an appointment to browse the selections. To donate a dress, call the information desk at (614) 879-8448.
• Family STEAM: Earth Day. On April 19, pick up a children’s program-to-go that contains everything needed to create a mason bee house. First come, first served.
London Public Library
London Public Library, is located at 20 E. First St. Call (740) 852-9543 or visit www.mylondonlibrary.org for details. The library building is closed to the public; the library is offering curbside pickup only at this time.
• Friends of the Library. The group will meet at 6 p.m. April 26.
• Computer Assistance. Allison, circulation assistant at the library, is offering one-on-one computer assistance via Zoom. She can assist with basic computer skills, e-mail, and Microsoft products such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Call the library for dates and times and to register.
• Virtual Story Times. Toddler story times are held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and are for children ages 0 to 3 years old. Story times are held at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and are for children ages 3 to 6 years old. E-mail Mary Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to participate.
• Curbside Pickup Hours. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Sunday.
Mount Sterling Library
Mount Sterling Public Library is located at 60 W. Columbus St. Call (740) 869-2430 or visit www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org. The library is open with regular hours and continues to offer curbside pickup. Facemasks are required inside the building.
• Meet the New Director. Steve Brindza, the library’s new director, wants the public to know that he has an open-door policy and is available for discussions regarding the library. Call, stop by, or email Steve at email@example.com.
• Book Club. The group will discuss “All Creatures Big and Small: The Warm and Joyful Memoirs of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Doctor” by James Herriot at 7 p.m. April 29 in the large event room at the Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St. Facemasks are required. Anyone joining the club for the first time is asked to RSVP by calling or texting the facilitator at (614) 315-7939.
The Zoom Book Club will discuss Herriot’s book at 7 p.m. May 4.
• Preschool Storytime. The library has reinstated preschool storytime. Sessions take place at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays. The group is for children ages 3 to 5 years old.
• Scholarships. The Friends of the Library are offering the Marjorie Hanson Memorial Scholarship for eligible students. Pick up an application to see if you or someone you know qualifies. Sponsored by the Hanson family, the scholarship is for students graduating in the 2020-21 academic year who attend Madison-Plains High School or live in the school district and are home schooled in an accredited online program. Applications are available at the library and high school, as well as by request (firstname.lastname@example.org), and are due by May 1. The winner will be announced at the virtual Madison-Plains scholarship banquet.
• Free WiFi. Free WiFi is available outside the library building. Log-in information can be found on the library’s website or by calling the library.
• Library Hours. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
• Mount Sterling Community Museum. Located on the library’s lower level, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All visitors must wear masks to enter and stay six feet apart while in the museum. The current display honors Mount Sterling veterans. Call Steve Chambers, director, at (740) 869-9305 for information about the museum.
Plain City Library
For up-to-date information about library services, visit plaincitylib.org/covid-19 or call (614) 873-4912. The library is located at 305 W. Main St.
• Library Board. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 19.
• Kids’ Food Pickup. On Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., pick up five shelf-stable meals per child each week at the library. The child does not need to be present.
Other Kids’ Food Pickup locations in the Plain City area include:
– Mondays, 3:15-4:30 p.m. at Trinity Chapel CCCU, 77 W Center St., Milford Center;
– Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00pm at Canaan Community Mobile Home Park, 5130 Plain City Georgesville Rd., Plain City;
– Tuesdays, 3:30-4:00 p.m. at Green Meadows Mobile Home Park, 1 Thorn Locust Ln., London;
– Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. at Journey Community Church, 11100 Lafayette-Plain City Rd., Plain City.
Project partners are Children’s Hunger Alliance, D.N.A. Community Center, Journey Community Church and Maranatha Community Fellowship.
• Online Storytime. Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Visit the library’s Facebook, Youtube and Twitter channels for online storytimes complete with songs, rhymes and books for all ages.
• Bedtime Storytime. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Visit Facebook, Youtube and Twitter for live storytimes, including stories, rhymes and songs.