Community News

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 for additional details and applications.

Lenten services

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2213 White Road in Grove City, will hold weekly Lenten services on Wednesday evenings 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, 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 through 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.

Fish fry

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor their annual lenten fish fry Fridays 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.

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. 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  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.  

For more information, call Michelle Kelly at Bishop Ready High School, 276-7827.

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 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 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.

Relay for Life kickoff

The Grove City Relay For Life will host its annual kickoff event on March 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Drury Inn, 4109 Parkway Centre Dr. in Grove City.

This event marks the beginning of the 8th relay season for the community, which culminates with the 18-hour event to be held June 20 and 21 at Grove City High School. Beyond signaling the beginning of relay season, the kickoff is a source of information for people thinking about forming a new relay team. It is also a source of motivation for returning teams and survivors. There will be a short program, food and fun for all.

Relay For Life is the signature fund raising event of the American Cancer Society. Last year, Grove City’s event raised more than $103,000 and has raised more than $500,000 since its inception.

Teams can sign up or make a donation at For more information, contact event chair, Kelly Cotton at 871-6057 or

MRDD information fair

March is Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Awareness month and the West Central Parent Group has organized an information fair with over 20 knowledgeable presenters offering very valuable information that will benefit you, your child, or someone you know with disabilities.

This event will take place March 10, at West Central School, located at 1481 West Town St., from 6-8 p.m. A light chili dinner will be offered free of charge. For more information, contact Ronda Gilliam at 276-8231, or Kimberly Cope at 279-8442.

Bean dinner

The Harrisburg VFW Auxiliary Post 11208 is hosting a bean dinner on MArch 15 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

SWCS board to fill SWPL seat

The South-Western City School District Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill the vacant Southwest Public Library trustee seat resulting from the resignation of Cressa Rieser.  

Rieser’s unfinished term extends through Dec. 31, 2013. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the geographical boundaries of the South-Western City School District.

Applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent and resume to:  SWPL Trustee, C/O South-Western Board of Education, 3805 Marlane Dr., Grove City, Ohio 43123. All information must be received by the Board of Education no later than March 7.

Local authors need old photos

Local authors Janet Shailer and Laura Lanese are seeking photographs to be incorporated into a regional history book about Grove City to be published by Arcadia Publishing in fall 2008 as part of Arcadia’s "Images of America" series.

This project is also part of the local Attics to Archives program and the scanned copies will become part of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society’s permanent collection. All originals will be returned as promptly as possible to the owners.

The historical society is looking for old photographs (pre-1952) larger than 3 inches by 3 inches in size and smaller than 11 inches by 14 inches. Pictures of landscapes and buildings are most important. Selected photos may be included in the Arcadia book.

For information, call Janet Shailer at 871-1972 or Laura Lanese at 537-3816.

Middle school event

Youth to Youth is hosting Experience It! Middle School Leadership Day on March 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. at Grandview Heights High School at 1587 W. 3rd Ave.

This is an opportunity for seventh and eight graders from any Franklin County school to develop leadership skills in a fun and relaxed setting. Students can register by calling 224-4506, ext. 150 and can pay the $2 fee at the door.  

For more information on Youth to Youth or the Leadership Day, call Cheryl Campbell at 224-4506, ext 150or by e-mail at

FHHS jazz band dinner

The annual Franklin Heights High School jazz band’s jazz dinner and dance will be held April 18 from 6-11 p.m., at the Berwick Manor Restaurant.

Following the dinner, the jazz band will perform. Tickets are $25 per person for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. Contact Brenda Lenihan at 871-0645 or Cyd Ball at 278-7847 for more information or to by tickets. Tickets should be purchased in advance. All profits from this event will benefit the Franklin Heights High School band.

CCHS jazz band dinner

The Central Crossing High School jazz band will sponsor a chili dinner "and all the fixins" March 5,  from 4:30 -8:30 p.m.

The dinner proceeds will go to the CCHS jazz band in support of their upcoming performance in New York City on March 15. Dinner will be held at the Capital Regiment Bingo Hall located at 1444 Demorest Road. The jazz band will perform during the event.

Tickets are $5 each. You may get tickets in advance or reserve your ticket for pickup at the door by contacting Robert McNutt (801-6556), Tammy Butler (352-3221) or Melissa Logan (877-0273).

Discover Ready Night

Bishop Ready High School is hosting Discover Ready Night on March 18, at 7 p.m. at the high school, located on the corner of Mound Street and Salisbury Road. The event is for parents and guardians of elementary school students in grades five through eight.

This an opportunity to learn about the academic, sports, and co- and extra-curricular programs and financial aid/student scholarship programs that the school offers.

For more information, call Mr. Joe Lang, director of admissions at Bishop Ready, at 276-5263, ext. 201.

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