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.

Harrisburg fish fry

The Sherman Lodge 470 will hold its last fish fry on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the lodge.

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.

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

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.

Playgroup in GC

Through the Parks and Recreation Department, the city of Grove City operates an early childhood program for 2 year-olds and their parents. Children and parents enjoy preschool classroom experiences and activities including free play, singing, stories and art during this hour.

Members of the Playgroup staff are established professionals with varied backgrounds in early childhood development. Classrooms offer a wide range of physical and social experiences.

Playgroup operates September through May with one-hour classes on Friday morning from 9:15-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m. The program is held in Gantz Barn located in Gantz Park at 2255 Home Road. Registration for the 2008-2009 school year is currently open. Children must be 2 years old by Sept. 30 in order to participate.

For more details or to request registration information, call Michele Demmy at 871-6330.

West High class of 1964

The West High School class of 1964 is having their 45th class reunion Oct. 3-4. Friday evening, attendees will gather at Magly Field for the West Homecoming Game followed by a casual time from 9-11 p.m. at O’Charlie’s at I-270 and Georgesville Road. No reservations needed for the Friday events. Saturday will feature dinner at the Florentine Restaurant, 907 W. Broad St., from 4-8 p.m. Reservations are needed. Contact any of the following with your current mailing and e-mail information: Lynn Fullerton Johnson, 274-4524; Annette Beatty Jefferson,, 276-3160; or Carol Rood,, 562-7358.

Rotary Cruise and Ride

The Rotary Club of Grove City will sponsor the 11th annual Cruise and Ride in Grove City’s Historic Town Center. The car show is noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 27.

More than 250 classic cars and motorcycles are expected to register for the 2008 edition of the event. Registration is noon to 2 p.m. the day of the show. There is a $10 registration fee per show vehicle. Judging begins at 3 p.m. Awards will be distributed at 6 p.m. This year includes a number of door prizes given away throughout the show, as well as gas gift card raffles.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs and activities of the Rotary Club of Grove City, including student scholarships, Rotary Lake at Fryer Park, and other local and international projects.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information about the cruise-in, visit

Nazarene re-sale

The Grove City Church of the Nazarene will hold a kids re-sale event on Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. Gently used kids clothing, toys and baby items can be found at the re-sale. To participate as a seller or for more information call Sharese Read at 539-8272.

Richard PTA craft sale

The Richard Avenue Elementary PTA is hosting a holiday craft fair on Dec. 6 from  8 a.m. to noon. In addition to the craft sale, there will be a Secret Santa Shop for the kids, make-and-takes, pictures with Santa, and food.

Crafters should reserve a space for this event by contacting Lisa at The cost to reserve a six foot space is $15 and the crafter will need to supply their own table. Payment is required before the event.  

The school is located at 3646 Richard Ave. in Grove City. Proceeds from the space rentals will support Richard Avenue Elementary families in need during the holidays.  

Grace celebrates anniversary

Grace of God Lutheran Church, located at 1000 Demorest Road, will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Sept. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Timothy, Bethlehem, and Our Savior Lutheran churches merged in the past to become Grace of God Lutheran Church. Worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. and many activities will follow.

Green Lawn seeking volunteers

Central Ohioans looking for a community project for Make A Difference Day on Oct. 25 can perform volunteer service at Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave.

A variety of tasks are available for individuals and groups who will be assisting the ground crew in preparing the area’s largest cemetery for winter. Many of the tasks involve fall landscaping chores.

People looking for volunteer assignments that day, or any other day of the year, can visit the Web site, call 266-5218 or e-mail Hours for volunteering for Make A Difference Day are between 9 a.m. and noon.

A picnic is being planned for all volunteers when their assignment is completed.

Wellness clinic in Urbancrest

The Franklin County Board of Health will hold a senior wellness clinic on Sept. 30 at the Southwest Community Center, 3500 First Ave. in Urbancrest from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The clinic will be available for adults age 50 and older. Health assessments and screenings are available, along with education concerning heart disease, diabetes and other health issues. There is no charge to see the nurse, though donations will be accepted.

For additional information on the clinic or to find other clinics in the central Ohio area, contact the board of health at 462-3719 or log onto

Copper theft seminar

The Southwest Christian Ministerial Association, in cooperation with the Grove City Division of Police, will host a free seminar at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. in Grove City on Sept. 16  from 8-10:30 a.m.  

The seminar will deal with church safety and security and the rising number of copper thefts. The speaker will be Special FBI Agent Harry Trombitus, who is an expert on the subject. For additional information or to RSVP, call the church at 875-2314.

Crafters wanted

The Franklin Heights High School band boosters will hold its annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Franklin Heights High School, 1001 Demorest Road in Columbus.

 Crafters of all kinds are needed to set up tables and sell their wares. Tables are $25 each, plus a charge of $2 if electricity is needed. Those interested are asked to reserve space today. For more information call Deb Kakos at 275-4480 or Chris Irvin at 871-8612 or e-mail

The craft bazaar is an annual fund raiser for the school’s band and is sponsored by the band boosters. All proceeds from the event will benefit the marching band.

Car seat inspection

Does your child’s car seat fit correctly in your vehicle? Are your children in the correct type of seat and facing the right way for their height, weight and age? Is the harness system snug enough to prevent injury? Make sure your child’s car seat is properly installed on Oct. 18 at a free car seat safety check outside the Grove City YMCA.

Conducted by Columbus Public Health, the car seat safety inspection will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Grove City YMCA, 3600 Discovery Dr.

Those performing the safety checks are certified child passenger safety technicians.

"Four out of five car seats are not used correctly," says Brandie Keys with Columbus Public Health. "This is why we encourage parents, grandparents and caregivers to take advantage of this free inspection."

The safety check, co-sponsored by the MOMS Club of Grove City and Chick-Fil-A will be held in conjunction with the annual touch-a-truck event held every year at the Grove City, YMCA.  

For more information or appointments, call 645-7748.

Central HS class of 1959

The 1959 graduating class of Central High School will be holding their 50-year reunion next year and is looking for former classmates. Contact George Heery, 595-9989,; Earnest Hicks, 877-3286,; or Bobby Dobbins at 279-1467 to confirm your current information.

Commercial Point fish fry

The Commercial Point Men’s Club will hold a fish fry the first and third Friday of every month through the end of May. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. at the Commercial Point Community Center.

Soggy Dog Swim

The Big Splash, 2831 Southwest Blvd., is hosting its first Soggy Dog Swim on Sept. 7 for area dogs and their owners to enjoy a day of swimming, refreshments and philanthropy.

The weekend after the Big Splash is closed for the season, the pool will be open from noon-4 p.m. for a supervised afternoon of swimming – strictly for dogs. Admission is $2 per dog and humans will be admitted for free. One pet will be permitted per person.

All breeds and sizes are welcome as long as the animal is sociable with people and other dogs. Please note, no leashes will be permitted in the pool.

Proceeds from a silent auction and raffle will benefit Colony Cats and Dogs, a local rescue shelter. For more information, call the parks and recreation department at 277-3050.

Green Farm Heritage Days

The annual Green’s Farm Heritage Days festival will take place Sept. 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The festival is located in Orient at 10530 Thrailkill Road, just off Route 762 between Commercial Point and Orient. Visitors will see the restored village and antique crafts and tractors. There will be food, music and plenty of family activities. The cost is $5 per vehicle. For additional information, call 877-4254.

Scout meetings

Cub Scout Pack 82 of Grove City will have its annual Scout Night registration and information meeting on Sept. 8 from  7 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 3752 Broadway. The first pack meeting to kick off the new program year will be Sept. 15 also from 7 to 8 p.m.

Cub Scouts is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a year-round family program designed for boys who are in the first grade through fifth grade.

For more information about the program or questions about becoming a member of Pack 82, contact James Allan at 539-8283, Chris Ragusa at 877-1140 or Chris Lewis at 875-0822.

LTOB musical

The Little Theatre Off Broadway will present "The Sound of Music" directed by Lisa Napier-Garcia.

The classic musical about governess Maria and the singing von Trapp family, set in Austria as the clouds of World War II gather.

The musical will run on weekends through Sept. 27. Tickets are $12; for seniors and students the cost is $10. For show times or more information, call the theatre at 875-3919 or visit

Story time at Harrisburg Library

The Harrisburg Library will hold a story time for children ages 3-5 beginning Sept. 27 and continuing through Oct. 22.

Each session will include reading, crafts, games and a snack. It will run from 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday. To enroll call the library at 877-4065 or stop by at 1036 High St.

Cornhole and Buckeyes

The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a double-elimination cornhole tournament on Oct. 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. at Beulah Park, 3811 Southwest Blvd.

In addition to cornhole, the Ohio State and Wisconsin football game will be broadcast on a 30 foot inflatable screen. Food and beverages will be sold.

Park gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. and contestants will be given a half hour to practice. The tournament will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. with the OSU game set to air at 8 p.m.

Tournament participants must pre-register their team of two for $40 at City Hall, 4035 Broadway, by Sept. 30. Those interested in attending the tailgate, but not the tournament, need not pre-register; a $5 donation will be collected at the door, parking is $5 per vehicle. Parental consent forms are required for those who are under 18 years old, and can also be picked up at City Hall.

All proceeds from the event will benefit LifeCare Alliance Meals-On-Wheels. For more information on this and other programming, contact Grove City Parks and Recreation at 277-3050 or visit

K-9 Carnival

Help the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department wrap up the dog days of summer at its annual K-9 Carnival from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 28 at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road.

Join dog rescues, vets and vendors as well as other dog enthusiasts for an afternoon of fun for both man and his best friend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit area rescue and adoption groups, purchase pet care merchandise and enjoy on-site entertainment. Additionally, a dog wash station and concessions will be offered as fund raisers for Boy Scout Troop 136 and the Grove City Sertoma Club.

A temporary, fenced off-leash area, including a dog-friendly pond, will be available for all well-socialized and vaccinated dogs; an additional area will be designated for dogs that are 25 pounds or less. All dogs must be restrained when outside of the designated off-leash area.

For more information on this and other programming, contact Grove City Parks and Recreation at 277-3050 or visit

Tag Day at CCHS

The Central Crossing band will be coming to local neighborhoods in the evening of Sept. 10 for the annual Tag Day. Band and flag corps members will be going door to door through the neighborhoods in support of the band program. Additional information may be obtained by reaching the band room at 801-6556.

New Shoe Drive

Moose Lodge 11 is holding a new shoe drive for kids in need. Bring your new shoes to the Moose on Demorest Road, now through Sept. 30. See a lodge officer for more information or call 875-5481.

Trinity booth

Trinity United Methodist Church of Grove City will host a booth at the Grove City Arts in the Alley festival on Sept. 20 and 21. The booth will be located on Park Street in front of the Grove City Public Library. They will be selling fish sandwiches, hot dogs, french fries and beverages. For more information, call Mike Thomas at 578-2980.



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