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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.

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.  

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. now 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 Mar. 3, from 3:30 to 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.

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.

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.

OHS carnival

On Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Ohio Historical Center will be transformed into a carnival for children of all ages. Enjoy the carnival experience with fortune telling, caricatures drawing, face painting, balloon animals and much more.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12. Ohio Historical Society members are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Discount coupons are available at

The Ohio Historical Center is located at I-71 and East 17th Avenue in Columbus. Parking is $4 per vehicle and free to OHS members. For information on upcoming events, call 297-2300 or visit

Valentine vows

The Grove City United Methodist Church will have a special ceremony on Feb. 14 for couples to renew their wedding vows. The service will begin at 6 p.m. in the worship center and is free to all.  

The Church is located at 2684 Columbus St. Call the church office to RSVP at 875-5612.

GC jazz dinner

The Grove City High School will hold their annual jazz dinner and dance on Mar. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Confluence Park Restaurant. For tickets or more information, call Kathie at 875-4100.

Town Center meeting

A public meeting, regarding the Town Center Plan, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 12, in Rooms 177 and 178 in Park Street Intermediate School, 3205 Park St. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to observe a presentation and to provide input to city officials as well as representatives from the planning and architectural firm, Lincoln Street Studio, and the market research firm of Boulevard Strategies.

Career class

New Directions Career Center, a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering a four week program designed exclusively for women. Starting Feb. 11, the New Directions class leads female participants through a personal journey as they connect with who they are, identify professional aspirations, and determine how to overcome challenges in order to fulfill their dreams. The program, conducted by licensed counselors, incorporates practical job search skills and includes accomplished leaders from the Columbus community. Woman from all walks of life are encouraged to call Meredith Kitts for registration information at 849-0028, extension 100.

Steak fry

The Men’s Auxiliary Post 11208 in Harrisburg will host a streak fry on Feb. 16 at the post from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The $12 dinner includes a steak, salad, baked potato and dessert. For additional information, call 877-1941.

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