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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harrisburg fish fry

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

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.


Mud volleyball tourney

The 23rd annual Mud Volleyball Tournament, benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio, will take place on July 26 at Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd. in Grove City.

Gates open at 7 a.m.  Play begins at 9 a.m. Players, referees and volunteers are needed. The cost to participate is $300 per a team of 8-12 players.

Proceeds benefit the programs and services of the Epilepsy Foundation.

For additional information, visit www.epilepsy-ohio.org or call 261-1100.


Amazing "Grove City" Race

Brains, brawn and a little luck is the theme of the first annual Amazing "Grove City" Race on July 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Form a team of two or four people, age 6 or older (the team must include a legal driver). Teams must provide their own transportation to complete tasks at locations around town. Bring a healthy sense of fun – and a swimsuit for one participant.

The fee is $20 per team; t-shirts are included for each team member. Teams can sign up by contacting Grove City Parks and Recreation at 277-3050 for registration information, or stop by the office in City Hall at 4035 Broadway weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to register is  June 30.

Luau at Friends Worship

The Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Road, will host a luau on July 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event features water fun, games, prizes, music and food. For additional information contact the center at 296-7335.

Summer reading program

The Harrisburg Library is registering for the summer reading program Catch the Reading Bug At Your Library.

The six week long program, beginning June 25 and ending July 30, is designed to challenge kids (ages 3-12) to sharpen their reading skills and reward them for their efforts. The program runs from 10 to 11 a.m.

Library hours are Monday through Thursday 1:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Stop by, 1036 High St., or call the library at 877-4065 for more information.


Central High class of 1973

The Central High School Class of 1973 will hold its 35-year reunion Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., at the Grove City Elks Lodge, 2140 Sonora Dr., Grove City.

Contact Naomi Johnson at 619-1846 or central1973@aol.com for more information.

Grove City Water Garden Tour seeking participants

The Keep Grove City Beautiful Committee is planning its first Twilight on the Water Garden Tour in September. What’s a water garden tour? It’s just like the garden tour, only it features gardens that include water-themed elements such as ponds, fountains or waterfalls. Enjoy all that water gardening encompasses, from aquatic plants and flowers to the birds, butterflies, frogs and fish.

The group is seeking participants for this new tour. If you are interested, contact Linda Rosine, environmental specialist at 277-1104.The deadline for entry is June 30.


Westland boosters golf outing

The Westland High School football boosters will hold its first annual golf outing on Aug. 8 at the Marysville Golf Club, 13683 State Route 38. Registration will be at 7:45 a.m. and the shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $65 per person, and includes golf, cart and lunch. The boosters are also seeking corporate sponsors for the event. For more information, contact Jeannie Reffett at 519-4721 or jreffett322@yahoo.com.

Youth art contest

China Bell wants help with their new kid’s menu. If your child is between the ages of 3-12 and likes art, they can enter the Youth Art Contest for the chance to appear on China Bell’s newest kid’s menu.

Children are asked to draw and/or color a scene that depicts Grove City. Entries will be divided by age group for best artwork (ages 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12) and winners will be determined by a panel of local celebrity judges.

To enter, pick up an entry form in the restaurant or download it from www.chinabell.net. The deadline to enter is July 20. Winners will be announced on July 27.

For more information, visit the China Bell Web site or call 871-2420.


OHS celebrates the 4th

The Ohio Historical Society presents The Glorious Fourth: Independence Day Celebration on July 4 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Ohio Village in Columbus.

The family event includes a grand procession, patriotic speeches, a greased pole contest, a concert by the Ohio Village Singers featuring patriotic and old summertime musical favorites and a community dance. Plus a pie-eating contest will determine the fastest pie-eater in the village.

Admission is $12 for adults; $9 for children ages 6-12; $10 for adult members of the Ohio Historical Society and $7 for child members. Visitors also will be able to gain admission to the Ohio Historical Center at no additional cost. Parking is $4 and free for members.

Ohio Village is a recreated town of the 19th century and one of 59 sites administered by the Ohio Historical Society, a non profit organization that serves as the state’s partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history. It is located next to the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus at I-71 and 17th Avenue.

For more information, visit www.ohiohistory.org or call 297-2300.

GCHS class of 1983

Grove City High School, Class of 1983,  will hold their 25th reunion on Oct. 4 from  6:30  to 11:30 p.m. at the Beulah Park Clubhouse. For more information, contact either Jenny (Seebach) Lester at 875-9909, jdlester871@yahoo.com or Donna (Decker) Chalk 736-3947, dchalk@sbcglobal.com.


Merion Village Garden Tour

The Merion Village Association will present its ninth annual Merion Village Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on July 6.  

A collection of 10 of the finest gardens in Merion Village will be featured, ranging from larger, more expansive gardens to smaller, more private settings.

Since it’s inception in 1999, the Merion Village Garden Tour remains free to the public. Tour maps will be available at the Merion Village Information Center 1330 S. Fourth St., Columbus, and also available for download from www.merionvillage.com

Proceeds benefit the Merion Village Association, The Southwood Elementary Parent-Teachers Organization, and the Urban Achievers 4H Group.

Purple Door Cruise-In

The fifth annual Purple Door Cruise-In will be held at Grove City United Methodist Church, 2684 Columbus St., on July 26. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. Awards start at 7:45 p.m.

Community carnival

St. John’s Lutheran Church, on Columbus Street in Grove City, will hold a community carnival called "Fun in the Son" on July 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The carnival will feature an inflatable jump house, inflatable obstacle course, inflatable basketball shoot, corn hole, ring toss, milk jug toss, cake walk, crafts, face painting, prizes, food and drink concessions and more. All games, inflatable, food, etc. require tickets. Tickets are 25 cents each.  Most games and crafts take one or two tickets. The event will be held rain or shine.  

For more information, contact Chad Whyte, St. John’s media director at 1-888-450-5374 or the church office at 875-2314.

GCHS class of 1989

The Grove City High School class of 1989 is planning a 20th reunion. Reunion planning is taking place for summer of 2009. Classmates interested in planning, attending, or who know contact information for other classmates should contact Tawnya (Souders) Lewis at 89gchs@gmail.com.

FHHS band cruise-in

Franklin Heights High School band boosters will hold its annual Bands on the Run Cruise-in on Aug. 10 at Franklin Heights High School, 1001 Demorest Road.

Registration takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an $8 registration fee for the first vehicle and a $4 fee for each additional vehicle. The award ceremony begins at 4 p.m. The first 100 entries will receive dash plaques. All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome.

The cruise-in will feature live entertainment, door prizes, a 50/50 raffles and plenty of food and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit the marching band.

For more information, contact Sophia at 402-4540 or visit www.fhhsbandhome.com.

Calling all artists

The Grove City Art Sidewalk Saturday Series invites any artist in any medium to demonstrate and sell their artwork on one or more Saturdays in one of the six locations in downtown Grove City.

The art displays are held in conjunction with Grove City’s Summer Music Program, and that spaces are available Saturdays from June 28 to Aug. 30.  

Each Saturday a different band will liven up downtown Grove City. Artists will show their talents from Grove City Road to Columbus Street on Broadway. Performers are also invited to participate.

For additional information, contact Robbie Hay at 539-5100.  

Grove City Baby Expo

The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Baby Expo for parents on July 12 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. outside City Hall, 4035 Broadway.

This is a sale for families, maybe a first child, or new grandchild? This is an opportunity to take advantage of people passing their treasures on. See what you can sell or find. Vendor space is limited, tables are $20 each.

For more information, questions or to register as a vendor for this event, call 277-3050. You can also register online at www.grovecityohio.gov.  

Briggs class of 1978

Briggs High School class of 1978 will hold their 30th reunion on Aug. 17 at Battelle Darby Creek park. For more information, e-mail briggs1978@sbcglobal.net.


Briggs class of 1993

Briggs High School graduates are looking for members of the class of 1993 for their 15 year reunion. They are planning a reunion for the fall of 2008. E-mail Mark Clanin at mclanin@wowway.com or call Mike Crist at 274-9692 with contact information.

Golf outing to benefit Ready

The second annual Marge Kusan Memorial Golf Outing will be held July 12 at the Phoenix Golf Links in Grove City. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and the shot gun start is set for 2 p.m. The price is $65 per person. Proceeds benefit tuition assistance at Bishop Ready High School. For more information, contact John Taylor at margekusanmemorial@yahoo.com.

Assistance available to unemployed workers

New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering men and women the opportunity to jump-start their careers. Advanced Career Techniques (ACT), a three day program, held from 5-9 p.m. on July 28-30, will help participants discover search strategies that work in today’s fast-paced, competitive job market. The sessions also provide an opportunity for participants to further develop successful interviewing techniques.  Placement services are available – free of charge – to graduates of the ACT class.  

For more information, call NDCC at 849-0028, extension 100.  ACT will be held at NDCC, 199 E. Rich St. in downtown Columbus. NDCC assists individuals – regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarships for all programs – including private career counseling – are available.

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