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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.

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: 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.

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.

Aging workshop

The Grove City United Methodist Church is offering a new six week series for those who want to plan ahead for themselves or their aging parents.  

The sessions began in mid-April and begin at 7 p.m. in the church’s worship center. The series "Taking Care of Tomorrow" is free. No reservations are necessary. Contact Erma Clark, minister of pastoral care at 875-5612.

PVHS reunion

The Pleasant View High School class of 1968 will hold their 40th class reunion on Aug. 9 at the Marriott Columbus, 5605 Blazer Pkwy. in Dublin. For additional information, Deb (Bennett) Price at 876-8038, Diana (Wharton) Good at 851-1046 or Debbie (Barber) Vance at 878-9868.

PT bridge to close

The Lambert Road bridge, spanning the Hellbranch Run, just north of Cardinal Drive in Pleasant Township,  will be closed  until late August for rehabilitation.

Franklin County Engineer Dean Ringle said their goal is to repair and reopen the bridge as soon as possible. The project involves replacing the deck and superstructure beams.

The detour will follow Harrisburg Pike (U.S. Route 62) north to London-Groveport Road (S.R. 665), and west to Lambert Road. The project is estimated at $549,000 and will be funded by Franklin County, from motor vehicle registration fees and gasoline tax.  

 Pirates invade LTOB

The Little Theatre off Broadway in Grove City presents "The Pirates of Penzance," a comic opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and directed by Kate Charlesworth-Miller.

Frederic, apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted pirates, rejoices in having fulfilled his indentures and prepares to return to respectable society. His plans are thwarted by a bevy of beauties, an unfortunate birthday and his own sense of duty. The merry pirates, a bumbling major general and a timid constabulary contribute to a cacophony silenced only by Queen Victoria’s name.

The show runs on Fridays and weekends from May 2-24. Little Theatre off Broadway is located at 3891 Broadway. Tickets are $12; senior tickets $10.

Contact the theater’s Web site at ltob.org or call 875-3919 for further information.

Teen OVI watch

The Columbus Division of Police will be conducting an enforcement operation now through May 31 for the prom season. The division will have additional traffic officers on Columbus freeways looking for impaired drivers, safety belt violators and aggressive drivers.  

Officers from the Traffic Bureau will be stepping up their enforcement of drivers operating vehicles while intoxicated by maintaining a high profile and concentrating their efforts on identifying and stopping OVI offenders, especially juveniles suspected of drinking.

Parents are encouraged to talk to their children and warn them about the dangers and consequences associated with drinking and driving.

FHHS 1966 reunion

Franklin Heights High School, class of 1966, will be holding a 60th birthday party reunion on Aug. 2, from 12-6 p.m. at Heimat Haus, 4555 Jackson Pike (Route 104). Contact Becky (Sweazy) Malone for details and to RSVP by calling 801-9059 or e-mail bmalone@columbus.rr.com.

Dance Compassion Project

Artists of BalletMet Columbus will present The Dance Compassion Project 7:30 p.m. May 8-9 at the BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mount Vernon Avenue. All proceeds benefit the Ohio AIDS Coalition.

This second annual event will feature collaborative performances between central Ohio dancers and musicians including.

All proceeds will benefit the Ohio AIDS Coalition’s mission of education, leadership training, advocacy, and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. The OAC also offers healing weekends for people newly diagnosed living with HIV/AIDS.

Tickets for The Dance Compassion Project are $28. For a $53 ticket, patrons can attend the post performance reception on Friday with the artists from the show.

For tickets, call the BalletMet Box Office at 229-4848.

Central High 1948 reunion

The Central High School class of 1948 will hold its 60th class reunion on July 13 at COSI from noon to 4 p.m. For more information contact John Allen at 875-4359, Bill Rector at 889-5608, Ardie Schirtzinger at 272-0295, Florance (Voss) McCarty at 876-2181 or Susan (Jones) Metzger at 901-2678.

Auditions for musicians

The Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio is accepting applications for advanced musicians, grades 8-12 for violins, violas, cellos, bass, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, French horns, English horns, trombones, tubas and percussion. Auditions will be held 6-9 p.m. May 12 at Capital University, 6-9 p.m. May 19 at Worthington Kilbourne Middle School, and 6-9 p.m. May 20 at Otterbein College. Call 470-0739 or e-mail ypco@hotmail.com for application and appointment. Visit the Web site, www.ypco.net for application and further information.


Actress to speak at Cypress Wesleyan

The Cypress Wesleyan Church Women’s Ministry Team announced that Candace Cameron Bure will be speaking at a brunch on May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway.  

Candace Cameron Bure is from ABC’s television series "Full House," where she played the role of D.J. Tanner.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased through May 4 in the church lobby, or by mailing payment (payable to Cypress Wesleyan Church) to Cypress Wesleyan Church, P.O Box 360, Galloway OH 43119, Attn: Women’s Brunch. Pre-paid tickets will be available for pick-up at the door the day of event. Doors open at 9:30am.

For more information, contact Susan Knight at 878-8192.

Harrisburg fish fry

The Sherman Lodge 470 in Harrisburg started its annual fish fry April 19. The event will run every Saturday, except for holiday weekends, until the last weekend in August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Students dance

Students journey through time with Dancing Through Ohio History,  at 1 p.m. May 21 at the Capitol Theatre, 77 South High Street. About 400 fourth and fifth grade students from six Columbus city schools will perform as the culmination of BalletMet’s Momentum, a yearlong in-school program of BalletMet’s Department of Education. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 229-4860 or visit www.balletmet.org.

Youth tennis program

A youth tennis program will be held at Grove City High School for South-Western City School students in grades 5-9, June 16-20 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The program will emphasize learning the fundamentals of tennis. Ann Grossman Wunderlich, Grove City native and former state champion, will be a guest speaker. There is no cost. Tennis rackets will be provided. For more information, contact Dan Witteman at 875-1444 or 270-6728.

Golf outing

The Grove City Football Mothers Clubs will host the sixth annual golf outing on May 17 at 12:30 p.m. at Foxfire Golf Course. For registration, call 875-0313 by May 3rd.

Food Pantry fund raiser

Bethel Lutheran Church will hold a fund raiser to benefit the Grove City Food Pantry on May16 from 4:30-7 p.m.

The dinner, entitled Caring-Sharing-Giving, will include gourmet creamed chicken and biscuits, green beans, cranberry Jell-o salad, homemade pies and cakes and beverages. Tickets are $8 per person and are available in advance by calling Melanie Bradley in the Bethel Lutheran office at 875-0510. Carry-out is available.

All proceeds go to the food pantry. The church is located directly north of Grove City High School. Everyone is invited.

Chef comes to UMC

The Grove City United Methodist Church youth group will sponsor a six week cooking class to raise funds for summer programs.

Every Friday at 7:30 p.m. the youth group will provide a professional chef to teach participants the joys and pains of the kitchen. Chef Phil Campbell will be featuring classes such as Gourmet at the Campsite, How to Soufflé, Graduation Party Prep and more. Each session will be $20 per person or $30 per couple.  

For more information or registration,  contact Rob at youthdir@gcumc.org.

FHHS debuts piece

On May 19 at 7:30 p.m., the Franklin Heights High School symphonic band will debut a piece of music written by James Swearingen. "Nightflight," was commissioned by the Franklin Heights band boosters in honor of Tiffany Loukinas, a former band member who died tragically in an automobile accident in 2006.    

 "Nightflight" will be played during the FHHS graduation concert in the high school auditorium. In addition to the symphonic band, the concert band, string orchestra, and jazz ensembles will be performing. The public is welcome to attend this event. Admission is $3 at the door.

Bowling for cancer

The American Cancer Society wants you to go bowling for Relay for Life.

The charity bowl will take place on June 7 at Western Lanes, 500 Georgesville Road, from 6-8:30 p.m. There is a minimum donation of $20 for each adult and $9 for each child. Participants can bowl a maximum of three games.

For additional information or to register, contact Kim Sothard at 883-1401 or Jerry Hunt at 883-1421.

Charity golf at Pinnacle

First Service Federal Credit Union will hold its’ fifth annual charity golf outing on  June 24 at the Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City.

Teams of four will have the opportunity to participate in a golf scramble to help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network with proceeds to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. During this year’s event, participants will enjoy 18 holes of golf with cart, a boxed lunch, skill contests, a hole-in-one prize, door prizes, a dinner buffet, and a silent auction.

Anyone interested in participating in the event or making a donation, contact Catherine Roebuck at 920-6351 or visit www.firstcu.com.

St. John’s day at the park

St John’s will host A Day at the Park event and silent auction on May 18 at 12:15 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St.  

Hot dog meals are $3, which include; hot dog, chips, drink and dessert. Food items will also be available for $1 a la carte.  There will be games, face painting, silent auction and raffle items. After the event, there will be a softball game.

Proceeds benefit summer mission teams. For more information, contact the church office at 875-2314.

Town Center plan on web

Grove City’s Development Department announced the launch of the Town Center plan on the Grove City Web site to keep business and property owners and residents informed and involved in the planning process.

The city has commissioned Lincoln Street Studio to perform the study resulting in revitalization recommendations.

"The Town Center is a critical element of Grove City’s history and growth, this study will assist the city, businesses and residents in developing a long range plan for our downtown area." said Mayor Ike Stage.

The Town Center plan pages can be accessed from the Grove City Web site, wwwgrovecityohio.gov.

GCHS class of 1968

The Grove City High School class of  1968 is planning their 40th class reunion on Oct. 4 at the Pinnacle Golf Club. The committee is in the process of gathering contact  information and asks that classmates contact Jama (Freshcorn) Lykins, jamadarlene@aol.com, 447-8565 or Cheryl (Cimin) Grossman at 875-7775.


 GCHS class of 1973

The Grove City High School class of 1973 is planning their 35th class reunion on Oct. 4 at the Pinnacle Golf Club. The committee is in the process of gathering contact information and asks that classmates contact Kathy (Durham) Copas, kcopas@bricker.com, 204-8309 or 227-4954.

Relay bank night

The Grove City Relay for Life will hold a bank night on May 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Fifth Third Bank at 3990 Broadway. Teams can stop by to turn in money from team members and sponsorship forms. For additional information or to volunteer, contact event chair Kelly Cotton at 871-6057 or log onto grovecityrelayforlife.com.

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