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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.

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.

Adoptable cats at PetSmart

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: Feb. 17, March 2, March 16, April 6, April 20, June 1 and June 22.  

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.

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.

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 Feb. 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The session will be held at the CLC office, 195. North Grant Ave. Register at or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013 ext. 215.

WHSAB reverse raffle

The Westland High School Athletic Boosters will hold their sixth annual reverse raffle on Feb. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 5300 Crosswinds Blvd.

Tickets are $10 and include finger food. They are available at the door or by contacting any sport liaison or Beverly Lykins at 851-0982. Tax deductible item donations will be accepted.

WHSAB supports all 16 teams at Westland and this fund raiser helps buy equipment, uniforms and whatever else is needed to keep the teams going.

BalletMet’s Lovestruck

BalletMet Columbus will put on Lovestruck: Ravel to Sinatra Feb. 8-16 at the Capital Theatre. Tickets are $25-$44 and are available through the BalletMet Box Office (229-4848),, CAPA (469-0939) or Ticketmaster (431-3600). For more information, call 229-4848 or visit

Step Into Summer

More that 500 students and their families are expected to attend the Annual Step Into Summer Opportunities Fair on Monday, March 3, from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St.

This event will feature over 50 exhibitors from Central Ohio and around the state to share information on summer activities, ranging from traditional outdoor camps to academic interests. Students can enroll in programs featuring art, music, pre-college courses and sports. Organized by Parents for Academic Challenge and Enrichment (P.A.C.E.) and the Step Into College Program of Columbus Public Schools, the fair is also sponsored by Huntington Banks, with support from the Franklin Park Conservatory. The fair is free of charge and open to all families.  Parents and students are encouraged to come and speak with the program representatives about the many summer opportunities.

Each family will receive a Step Into Summer Opportunities Fair booklet, listing the exhibitors and their programs. Parking at the Conservatory is free. All ages from preschool through high school will find a summer program that will spark their talents and interest.  

For more information, contact the opportunities fair coordinator at 343-3704.

Lenten services

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2213 White Road in Grove City, will hold weekly Lenten services on Wednesday evenings  beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 6, and continue through March 12. All services will begin at 7 p.m.  

St. Paddy’s spring dance

The Rotary Club of Grove City is hosting a spring dance, St. Paddy’s on the Green, at The Pinnacle Club on Mar. 15.

The night includes dinner, dancing, St. Patrick’s Day-themed entertainment and raffles with prizes all night long. Tickets, are on sale now and are $125 per couple or $65 per person. The event will help the club further philanthropic causes locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information about sponsorships of tickets, e-mail, call dance committee chair Christy Alonso at 279-4119 or contact any member of the Rotary Club of Grove City.

Pancake dinner at St. John’s

Chris Cakes, an Ohio based company, will be providing an all you can eat pancake dinner in the Family Life Center at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on Feb. 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Church is located at 3220 Columbus St. in Grove City.

The dinner includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage links, juice, and coffee. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-11 and children under 4 years of age are free. Live entertainment will be provided. Proceeds from the event will help support summer mission trips to Alaska and Mexico.

For more information and tickets, contact the church office at 875-2314 or Chad Whyte at 1-888-450-5374.

Vocal repertoire at LTOB

Little Theatre Off Broadway in Grove City has announced the creation of a vocal repertoire group to serve as ambassadors for the theater’s upcoming 50th anniversary celebration.

The theater will host open auditions for singers and accompanists of all ages at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 5. Prepare a song from the musical theatre genre that best shows your range and technique and bring accompanist sheet music. The theater will compensate performers selected for the group, who will be asked to commit to a one-year term. The directors plan to rehearse every two to three weeks, with additional rehearsals leading up to performances. Members must re-audition at the end of the year term.

Grove City area residents David Collins, director, and John Bradford, assistant director, lead the group. The group’s repertoire will feature musical theater solo and choral works, with emphasis on shows from LTOB’s 50 years. The group will represent LTOB at functions around central Ohio, including the Columbus Arts Festival and Grove City’s Arts in the Alley.  

For more information, contact David Collins at or at 428-0596.

Fish fry

St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 1600 N. Hague Ave., will have their ninth annual fish fry on the six Fridays during Lent from Feb. 8 to Mar. 14 at 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost for the dinner is: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $3:50 for children 10 and under. Carry outs are available at the door.  For more information, call the parish office at 279-1690.

Town Center meeting

Leaders from the City of Grove City are planning to hold a public meeting on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at City Hall regarding development in the Town Center. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend.

New City Hall hours

City Hall, 4035 Broadway in Grove City, has new business hours as of Jan. 28. City Hall will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fish fry

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor their annual lenten fish fry starting Fridays on Feb. 8 through Mar. 14, in the school hall from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The cost will be $4 for children under 12; $7 for seniors, $8 for adults, and $26 for a family (two adults and up to four children). Eat-in or drive-thru are available.

Preschool registration

Grove City Preschool, 4227 Broadway in the First Presbyterian Church in Grove City, is now registering for the 2008-2009 school year that will begin in September.

Classes are available for children who will be 3, 4 or 5 years old by Sept. 30, 2008. Parents can choose two or three half-day sessions.

Those who have had children previously enrolled or are members of the First Presbyterian Church, have priority and will be enrolled immediately. New families will be added to the enrollment beginning Feb. 25. Registration forms are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a $30 registration fee.

For additional information, contact the preschool at 875-4432.

K of C 2898 Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus Council 2898, and the Bishop Ready Athletic Association, announce their Lenten Fish Fries, Fridays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8 through Lent, in the Bishop Ready High School cafeteria, 707 Salisbury Road.

Dinner is all-you-can eat fried and baked perch dinners, with your choice of two sides, a roll, drink and dessert.

Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children.

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