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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

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.

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

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,

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.  

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.

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.

FHHS class of 1968

Franklin Heights High School class of 1968 is getting together Aug. 9 at Polly’s Tavern on Sullivant Avenue from 6-8 p.m. Ric Queen and Sanhedrin Move are playing from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Contact Dave Wolf at 851-8373, Connie (Carper) Grim at 871-2317, Judy (Bendetti) Schopp at 875-9744 or Ric Queen at 851-9992 if you want to attend.

Brats Festival

St. James Lutheran Church, 5660 Trabue Road, will host its 25th annual Brats Festival Aug. 1-3., featuring authentic German food and continuous live music throughout the event. Festival hours will be Friday, from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the annual Brats & Crafts Festival are used for charitable activities in the Central Ohio area. For more information, contact Steve Dodson at 777-7792, or the church office at 878-5158.

Silent auction for GC football

The eighth annual Grove City football reverse raffle/silent auction dinner will be held on Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Pinnacle Grand Ballroom. Call Karen Johnston at 778-5721 or Charlene Brehm at 578-3718 for tickets.

Harrisburg Homecoming

The Harrisburg VFW Memorial Post 11208 will sponsor the Harrisburg Homecoming July 31 and Aug. 1-2.

The event kicks off with a community yard sale on July 31 at 9 a.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at the VFW.

The Harrisburg Library will sponsor a baking contest for children and adults. The children’s contest will be Aug. 1 from 9-10 a.m. The adults will compete on Aug. 2 from 8:30-10 a.m. The library will also host a quilt show. Those who wish to display a quilt should drop it off at the library between 4-6 p.m. on July 31.

For a complete list of weekend events, stop by the VFW or the Harrisburg Library. For more information, call the library at 877-4065.

Health screenings at Evans

The Franklin County Board of Health will sponsor a senior wellness clinic at Evans Senior Center in Grove City on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is for adults 50 years of age or older and will screen for heart disease, diabetes and other health issues. There is no charge to be seen by a nurse, but donations will be accepted. For more information, contact the county at 462-3719.

Pilgrim special service

The Harrisburg Pilgrim Holiness Church will host God’s Bible School Quartet in a special service on Aug. 3 at the 6:30 p.m. service. For more information, call the church at 877-3380.

Cops and Kids in Harrisburg

The Harrisburg Police Department is hosting a Cops and Kids Day on Aug. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harrisburg Elementary School. The event will coincide with the annual Harrisburg Homecoming.

The event is an opportunity for children to interact with police, fire and EMS personnel. Several emergency departments will be on hand and the Med Flight is scheduled to drop in. Bicycle and fire safety will also be discussed.

For additional information, contact Sgt. Dave Pollock, with the Harrisburg Police Department, at 877-4053.

Fun for single parents

The Single Parent Ministry at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene will hold a single parent fun day on Aug. 16 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Nazarene food court. Single parents and their children are invited to attend. Lunch, games hair cuts and other events are planned. There will also be a free school supplies give-a-way. To sign up or for more information, call 875-2551 ext. 353.

Research on old Harrisburg church

The Harrisburg Pilgrim Holiness Church is conducting research on the old Grace Episcopal United Brethren Church in Harrisburg, but they need help.

Those who have information on the church history or know names of former pastors, can send information to Pastor Rick Smith PO Box 254, Orient, 43146 or e-mail the information to Smith is also looking for old photos of the church.

SWCS summer registration

The South-Western City School District will be holding summer registration for all elementary, intermediate, middle and high school students new to the district.  Students must be registered prior to attending classes in any SWCS location.

Registration will run through  Aug. 21 at Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road in Grove City. Enrollment times are Mondays through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bilingual assistants will be available to assist parents/guardians who may have language challenges when enrolling their children in school.

Parents or legal guardians must present the following documents in order to enroll their child(ren) in district:  

•Lease, deed, or two current utility bills (gas, water, home phone, electric) in the parent/guardian’s name.

•The student’s original birth certificate, hospital certificate, or baptismal certificate.

In the case of divorce or change of custody, a court document signed by a judge awarding custody to the parent/guardian who is registering the child.

•The student’s immunization records.

If the student is new to the United States, proof of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test.

For registration information, call 801-8985. The summer registration center can be reached at 801-6000. Registration forms are available on the South-Western City Schools Web site at Parents can print them ahead of time and take the forms to registration fully completed.

Alumni Grill benefit

A benefit for Grove City High School alumni Tara Thompson will be held Aug. 1 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Alumni Grill, 5919 Hoover Road. Proceeds from the event will help Thompson fund a new wheelchair. The Six Foot Blonde Band is scheduled to perform.

Football camp for autism

Ohio Auto Delivery has added to the annual golf tournament to benefit the Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year’s event will now span over two days and include an NFL football camp designed to help children with autism enhance their football skills.

The camp will be held on Sept. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Grove City High School. The camp is open to all children afflicted with autism, ages 5 and up. The deadline to register is Aug. 25.  

For more information, contact Cricket Miller at 805-3000 or Dave Stynchula at 348-4483.

Ice cream social

The Harrisburg United MEthodist Church will have an ice cream social at the church on Aug. 2 after the parade at 11 a.m. The social will be held in the church fellowship hall.

Flower show

The Darby Valley Garden Club will hold its annual flower show at the Harrisburg Community Church, 1092 High St. The show is open to the public from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 1 and 12:30-6 p.m. on Aug. 2. For more information, contact Sara Pope at 875-0026.

Rabies clinic in PT

The Franklin County Board of Health, Columbus Public Health, the Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine, along with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department are holding a rabies immunization clinic on Aug. 8. The clinic will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Pleasant Township Fire Department, 5373 Norton Road in Grove City.

The cost is $6 per shot, cash only and no appointment is necessary. All animals must be on a leash or in an animal carrier. Animals that are between three months and one year of age will receive a one-year vaccination. Pets over one year with proof of current vaccination will receive a three-year vaccination. Those interested are asked to bring prior certificates and tags.

All dogs, cats and ferrets in Franklin County are required to be vaccinated and are required to wear their rabies tag. The clinic is open to all Franklin County residents. For more information, call the county board of health at 462-3160 or log onto

Demorest Road park meeting

An open public meeting will be held from 7-8 p.m. on July 31 in City Hall, 4035 Broadway, to update the Grove City community on the status of the water and drainage issue discussed at the May meeting concerning Demorest Road Park.

Residents will hear from the city’s engineering consultant and the city’s service director.

After a resolution to the drainage issue has been determined and approved the city will hold another meeting to discuss the future public use of the land.

For more information or to shar input, contact Councilman Ted Berry at or 539-9000 or Councilman Mike Uhrin at or 871-0292.


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