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.

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

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,, 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,, 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 or call 261-1100.

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 for more information.

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

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 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.

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, or Donna (Decker) Chalk 736-3947,

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

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

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  

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

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 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

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.

Holy Rosary 1953

The Holy Rosary class of 1953 will hold its 55 year class reunion at the Jessing Center at the Josephinum on Sept. 7. For information call Mary Jane (Pumphrey) Ritter at (740) 929-2942.

Basil at Gantz

Gardens at Gantz is offering a class about recipes with basil on July 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Recipe sheets are provided. Gloria Hartung instructs and the fee is $12 for residents and $14 for non-residents. For additional information or to register, contact Grove City Parks and Recreation at 277-3050.

Drama at LTOB

Little Theatre Off Broadway will present "The Moving of Lilla Barton," a drama by John MacNicholas.  

A newly widowed minister’s wife refuses to move out of the church-owned house designed and built by her and her late husband in order to make way for the new minister. An evil Yankee newspaper editor, a crass real estate peddler and a gaggle of Episcopal eccentrics cause trouble. A sympathetic bishop and senior warden try to help Lilla, but her resilience, vulnerability and courage are what makes this heart warming story soar.

The show runs on select dates on weekends from July 18 through Aug. 8. Tickets are $10; for students and seniors they are $8.  The theatre is located at 3981 Broadway in Grove City.  

For additional information, call 875-3919 or visit

Community service day

The Grove City Church of the Nazarene is having a community service day called Revolutionary Love in Grove City on Aug. 16 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. The event is open to all Grove City residents. Participants can get involved with lawn care, home repair, buying back to school supplies or even baking. To sign up, call the church at 875-2551. The application to participate must be complete by July 25.

Lions host Duck Dash

The Grove City Noon Lions will host their first Duck and Dash on Aug. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.

The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, pasta salad, chips, a beverage and more for $5. The main event features a Duck Dash, where rubber ducks race. It is $10 to enter a duck in the race. The event will be held off State Route 665, about two miles south of Trapper John’s.

For more information, contact Stephanie Ward at 404-9976.

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