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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: 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.

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 gantzedu@wideopenwest.com for additional details and applications.

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 March 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 gcrotaryspringdance@yahoo.com, 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 March 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 March 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.

GC jazz dinner

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

BR Prom Fashion Show

Student models from the junior and senior classes at Bishop Ready High School will showcase prom formal wear and spring casuals at the fifth annual Spring Prom Fashion Show sponsored by the Bishop Ready Mothers’ Club. Twenty-four young women and 21 young men will walk the runway on this occasion.

This year’s theme is "An Afternoon in Milan" and all proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund. The event will be held on Sunday, March 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Confluence Park Restaurant, at 679 W. Long St. Tickets are $20 each and include lunch, a chance at door prizes, and the fashion show. There will also be a purse silent auction and raffle and homemade turtles for sale.  

Reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 25.  For reservations or more information, call Michelle Kelly at Bishop Ready High School, 276-7827.

Creating Career Options

New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, assists individuals whose employment has been negatively impacted by the current economy or other factors. Unemployed individuals or those seeking change are invited to attend "Creating Career Options." The three day program provides participants with necessary tools to transition to a new, rewarding position. Experts guide them in assessing career interests as well as researching professional options. Attendees develop, with career counselor oversight, an effective, individualized career change plan. Graduates of the program are also eligible for job placement assistance.   

"Creating Career Options" runs Monday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 5 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Meredith Kitts at 849-0028, extension 100.  NDCC offers services regardless of the individual’s ability to pay.


Chamber concert

Chamber Music Columbus continues the 2008 portion of its Diamond Jubilee 60th season with pianist Derek Han on March 8 at 8 p.m. in the Southern Theatre, 21 East Main Street at South High Street in Columbus.  

The world-renowned pianist will perform music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Frédéric Chopin.

Tickets range from $15 to $35 and are available only through the CAPA Ticket Office, 469-0939, and Ticketmaster. For information, call Chamber Music Columbus at 267-2267 or check out the Web site at www.CMColumbus.org.


Voices in the Grove

In its 15th year, Voices in the Grove, Grove City High School’s annual show choir competition, will be held on March 1, at the high school’s auditorium.

The first choir takes the stage at 7:30 a.m., followed by 16 Ohio and Indiana high school show choirs that will sing and dance for prizes at the all-day competition. Tickets for the event are $8 for general admission; $6 for students, and include admission to the both the preliminary and final events. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Preliminary performances are scheduled 7:30 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., with five finalists’ performances beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Grove City High School is located at 4665 Hoover Road. Contact the high school vocal department at 801-3339 for more information.

LTOB drama

The Little Theatre Off Broadway is set to put on 84  Charing Cross Road, a drama based on the novel by Helene Hanff. Stage adaptation by James Roose-Evans and directed by Cindy Jamison.

This play follows the correspondence between Helene, a struggling New York writer and Frank, her book supplier at an antiquarian London book shop. They share their passion for literature and their lives in a 20 year-long exchange letters.

The show runs on select days from Feb. 29 through March 22. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $8 for students and senior citizens.

Little Theatre off Broadway is located at 3891 Broadway in Grove City. Contact the theater’s Web site at ltob.org or call 875-3919 for information.

Herb symposium

The Gardens at Gantz Farm presents their 10th annual Spring Garden Symposium on March 29 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Guest speakers for the day will be Anya Syrkin, an herbal medicine practitioner, wellness consultant and educator, who will teach participants about what herbs and plants hold promise for detoxification, anti-aging and wellness, and will help understand why cultures around the world have always incorporated culinary herbs as their first source of healing; former First Lady Of Ohio, Hope Taft, will be speaking on the Heritage Garden at the Governor’s Residence and about incorporating Ohio native plants into your own garden; Ron Demmy, district preserve manager at Stage’s Pond Nature Reserve in Ashville, will be talking to us about invasive plants, what they are and possible plant substitutions; and the "Bug Doc," Dr. David Shetlar, professor of landscape entomology at The Ohio State University, will be discussing integrated pest management – is it a good bug or a bad bug?

The cost for the day is $45 and includes a continental breakfast, sessions and lunch. There will also be several vendors selling a variety of gardening products for you to purchase, including native plants.

If you have any questions, would like some brochures or want to register for this event, contact Jodee or Gloria at The Gardens at Gantz Farm, 871-6323.

Pancake breakfast

The Grove City Lions Club will hold their annual pancake breakfast on March 8 from 6 a.m. to noon at the Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St.

Donations will be accepted at the door for the pancake and sausage breakfast. All proceeds will be donated to Pilot Dogs, Inc. SUpporting Pilot Dogs is a special project for the club as the dogs are trained to aid the blind and visually impaired.

For additional information, contact Duane Shaul at 875-0708.

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