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Looking for PVHS Panthers

Are you a Panther? Did you graduate from Pleasant View High School in 1968? If you did, then you are a Panther we are looking for.  

The members of the 40th class reunion committee are trying to locate our classmates. If you think you are one of the missing or you have information about other classmates or faculty members, please contact either Deb (Bennett) Price at 876-8038, Diana (Wharton) Good at 851-1046 or Debbie (Barber) Vance at 878-9868, or join the

Awana youth program

Immanuel Baptist Church’s Awana youth program is going on now and runs through April on Tuesdays from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. This program is for children in kindergarten through eight grade.

Joining is free, but a handbook for the year costs around $6.

Awana is a Christian ministry that teaches Bible verse memorization to children in central Ohio and in churches around the world. Special events are sprinkled throughout the Awana year, like holiday celebrations, Bible quizzing, a miniature regatta boat race, games competitions, and a small scale Grand Prix car race. All activities are carefully supervised by Immanuel’s church members.

Immanuel Baptist Church is located at 3417 Palmetto St. at Derrer Road near Westgate Park. If you would like more information about the church or the Awana program,  call 274-2687.

Briggs marching band

The marching band is looking for past members of the Briggs High School marching band, flag corp. and majorettes for a homecoming reunion.

Contact Teresa Wamsley-Baker at or 419-3358.

Book sale

The Harrisburg Library, 1036 High St., sponsors an ongoing book sale Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Some books sell for $5 a bag, others range from $10 cents to $1. The library accepts donations of all books and movies but they ask you not send magazines. All items must be clean and in good condition.

All proceeds benefit the Harrisburg Library Association. Donations are tax deductible.

           Library volunteers

Ellen Dawson, manager of the Harrisburg Library and Reading Center, is recruiting volunteers to help with library services during the fall and winter season.

The library is open Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. They ask volunteers to donate two hours per week to help maintain library services.

For more information, contact Dawson at 877-4065.

 Order applications

St. Anne’s Anglican Church in Grove City is accepting applications to the order of the first, second and third order of Franciscan of the Sacred Heart. The order is open for brothers and nuns of the Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox fathers. For additional information, contact Father Ben at 878-0069.

Dog tags

The annual dog-license renewal period has begun in Franklin County and runs through Jan. 31.

All dogs three months or older must be licensed and renewed annually. A current rabies vaccination is also required for all dogs over 3 months before a license can be issued. License fees for 2008 are $12 for dogs that are spayed or neutered and $24 for those that are not. Dogs that are 9 months of age or less, have a medical condition or are advanced in years are exempt from the fee differential. The exemption also applies to show dogs and those used from breeding and hunting.

Dog licenses are available at the Franklin County Auditor’s License Section, 373 S. High St. 21st floor. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Licenses may also be purchased at the Franklin County Dog Shelter, 1731 Alum Creek Dr.

For additional information, contact the Auditor’s Licensing Section at 462-3260.

Make a wish auction

Blue Night 2008, an evening with the Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana will feature a silent and live auction. Funds raised will help grant the wishes of central Ohio children with life-threatening medical conditions.  

The event takes place Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Columbus. Contact Katie Kelso in the central Ohio office at 923-0555 to purchase tickets. Tickets are $150 per person or purchase a table of 10 for $1500.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation(r) grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.   

Visit for more information.

CATCO auditions

The Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) in Columbus will hold general auditions for equity actors on Feb. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. and auditions for non-equity actors on Feb. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Studio Theatres of the Vern Rife Center in downtown.

In order to be considered, non-equity actors must submit a headshot, resume and the names and numbers of three references to: CATCO/General Auditions, 77 South High St. 2nd floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1. Equity actors may call 461-1382 ext.. 151 or e-mail to schedule an audition time.

For additional information, call 461-1382.

Curious Savage at LTOB

Little Theatre Off Broadway will put on The Curious Savage, a comedy by John Patrick and directed by Douglas Whaley.

Slightly eccentric Ethel Savage wants to use her deceased husband’s estate to help others. Her greedy stepchildren have other plans for the money and commit her to a sanitarium to shock her to her senses. There, Ethel finds a variety of endearing social misfits who need the exact kind of help she can provide. The residents leave the audience wondering who the sane ones really are.

Performance dates run weekends from Jan. 11 to Feb. 2. For exact dates and times, log onto or call the theatre at 875-3919.

Tickets are $10; for students and senior citizens they are $8. Little Theatre off Broadway is located at 3891 Broadway in Grove City.

Spaghetti dinner

The Grove City High School NJROTC will host a spaghetti dinner on Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 3363 McDowell Road.     

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Kids under 3 eat for free. Tickets are available at the door.

Adoptable cats at PetSmart

Beginning in January, the Capital Area Humane Society will offer cats for adoption at PetSmart in Grove City from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month.

Event dates at the PetSmart in Grove City, 1743 Stringtown Road, include: Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 2, March 16, April 6, April 20, June 1 and June 22.  

Art classes in GC

Local artist Sandy Reddig is offering charcoal drawing and painting classes in Grove City.

For the advanced painters, the newest class, "Old Masters Styles of Painting" will be your creating landscape and portrait paintings in the style of painters such as Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Monet.

"We will explore color and composition in pastel, watercolor and acrylics and understand realism and impressionism better. We will learn how to marble our papers and have other fun surprises," said Reddig.

The second class, "Portraits in Charcoal" will show you proportions and shading of a portrait in a realistic style. In both classes you will have three or more paintings ready for shows, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day gifts.

Both classes run for seven weeks. The cost is $175. For additional information, contact Reddig at 875-4900 or

Quilting retreat

The sixth annual Community Sewing and Quilting Retreat is slated for Feb. 8 through Feb. 10, at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. in Grove City.

Quilters are free to come and go as they will, but the scheduled hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Beginner sewers as well as more experienced craftspeople are free to complete their own projects or to work on planned projects such as a tote with paper-pieced pockets, a miniature quilt, a big quilt, a machine appliqué wall-hanging, two stash-bashing patterns, and two mystery projects.

The fee for the retreat is $55 for Grove City residents, $63 for non-residents, which includes all patterns and instruction as well as a snack on Friday, continental breakfast and hot lunch on Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.

Participants are encouraged to register early to allow time to prepare for the retreat. Complete project, equipment and material information will be mailed in January to those registered. Contact Michele Demmy at 871-6330 for details.  

For more information on this and other programming, contact the Grove City Parks and Recreation at 277-3050 or visit Online registration is available for this class for registered users.  

Screenings at Evans

Amity Care Home Health Services provides a nurse at the E.L. Evans Senior Center in Grove City to do free diabetic screening and blood pressure testing every third Wednesday of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. Cholesterol testing is available for $5 per test. For more information call Amity Care Home Health at 334-6800.


The South-Western City Schools District Council of PTA’s is hosting the sixth annual fund-raising vendor fair.  

The event will take place in the commons at Westland High School, located at 146 Galloway Road, in Galloway, on Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Fund raising vendors will be showcasing products available for fund raisers for spring and fall. The event is open to the public. The council is inviting all PTA/PTSA’s, booster groups, trip advisors, and school staff.  

For more information, contact Diane Walker at 276-8828.

Winter storytime

The Harrisburg Library will have a story, craft, game and snack hour for children 3 to 5 years old every Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. from Jan. 16 through Feb. 20.

The library is located at 1036 High St. in Harrisburg and is open Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to register or call 877-4065.

CCHS music competition

The Central Crossing High School Instrumental Music Department has announced their 6th annual "Indoor Winterguard and Drumline MEPA Competition" to be held at CCHS on February 2-3. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. -10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. -5 p.m. This competition will host over 130 different performing units from across Ohio and adjacent states. Each day will have its own awards ceremony as there are actually two separate competitions. The contest will be open to the public with admission at the door. Adults aged 19-61 will be charged $8 all day, youths 7-18 are $7 and under 6 are free. Questions may be directed to Justin Hibbitt, assistant director of bands at CCHS, by calling 801-6543 or e-mailing or by visitng the Web site,

Feral cat workshop

If you are caring for feral cats, join the Capital Area Humane Society for a free, informative workshop that features information sessions on trap/neuter/return, feral colony management, and central Ohio’s free and low-cost spay-neuter resources.  

The workshop will be held on Jan. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the second floor training room of the Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Ct. in Hilliard.

Registration is required by Jan. 20. Contact Amy Castaneda at or 777-7387 for additional information.  

Sertoma V-Day dance

On Feb. 2 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., the Grove City Sertoma Club will host a Valentine’s Day-themed dinner and dance at the Columbus-Grove City BPO Elks Lodge, located at 2140 Sonora Dr. in Grove City. All profits will directly benefit the Grove City Sertoma Club’s charities.  

Tickets are $40 per person and include a buffet dinner, D.J., dancing, reasonably priced cash bar, silent auction and the chance to win a cash prize in the raffle. Raffle prizes are as follows: two prizes of $100 and four prizes of $50.

Dress code is semi-formal (men: jacket and tie; women; dress, skirt or suit). For tickets, contact Greg Mackanos at 309-8603 or 853-3458.

Financial seminar

New Directions Career Center, a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering a free workshop to support job seekers with financial concerns. The two-hour program addresses how to handle the financial challenges often prompted by unemployment.

Presenter Reggie Thomas of Huntington Bank will share how to prioritize financial goals and obligations, talk with creditors when you cannot pay bills, maintain housing and insurance, effectively employ strategies for spending less, and much more.  

The workshop, open to women and men, will be held Jan. 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at New Directions Career Center, 370 S. Fifth St., Suite G-1. There is no charge to attend the event but participants must register by calling 849-0028, extension 100.

Gantz scholarship

Gardens at Gantz volunteers are offering a scholarship of up to $1,000 to a student interested in studying landscaping, horticulture, sustainable living or conservation at an accredited college or university. They are also offering a $500 grant to an organization with a gardening related project.

Applicants must be residents of the South-Western City School District. The application deadline is March 31. Contact for additional details and applications.

CLC Information Sessions

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding information sessions about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Jan. 26 and Feb. 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The sessions will be held at the CLC office, 195. North Grant Ave. Register at or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013 ext. 215.

Art sale at Nazarene

Students from the Grove City Nazarene Church are holding an art sale on Jan. 26 to raise funds for a trip to Belize, where students will do mission work.

This sale is open to the public and will be held at Grove City Nazarene Church, 4770 Hoover Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 875-7266.

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