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.

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.

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 r-d-s@sbcglobal.net. Smith is also looking for old photos of the church.

MOPS at Cypress Wesleyan

Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) on Monday evenings 6:30 – 8 p.m. and Tuesday mornings 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. For more info or to register for MOPS, go to the Web site: cypressonline.net/what we do/women/mops or call the church 878-8192.

New "Haulers Hotline"

SWACO customers can get the latest on SWACO’s hours of operation by dialing 801-6403. The SWACO "Haulers’ Hotline" is designed to keep those who use SWACO’s Franklin County Landfill, The SWACO Transfer Stations, and the SWACO Contracted Composting Sites up to date on any changes in service.
SWACO’s Franklin County Landfill is open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. The landfill is closed many holidays. Tose interested can call the "Haulers’ Hotline" to get the latest information on holiday closings.

"Wising Up" with Cypress Wesleyan
Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host "Wising Up, Wherever Life Happens," a woman’s study on the book of Proverbs with Beth Moore on Sundays, Jan. 11 – March 29, from 6-8 p.m.in the Fireside Room, lower level, building B – north entrance. The registration deadline is Jan. 4, cost is $10, which includes a note-taking booklet – available at the first class. Register online at www.cypressonline.net.

Financial assistance
Catholic Social Services’ Senior Program has applications for the Home Energy Assistance program, Percentage of Income payment plan and AT&T Life Line. The program offers one-time financial assistance to low-income seniors and low-income disabled individuals. If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving this assistance, call Kim Conley at 274-0095, ext. 15.
Immunization clinics
The Franklin County Board of Health will offer an immunization clinic on Jan. 22 at the Jackson Township Administration office, 3756 Hoover Road, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adult immunization prices vary. They are available for children ages 1 month to 18 years for $10. For additional information, contact the board of health at 462-3160 or visit franklincountyohio.gov/health.

LTOB drama
The Little Theatre off Broadway presents "Wait Until Dark, a drama by Frederick Knott.
Where were you when the lights went out? Susy Hendrix, a blind Greenwich Village housewife becomes the target of three men who seek heroin that has been hidden inside a doll. Her husband Sam unwittingly transported the doll as a favor for a woman who has since been murdered. Darkness becomes Susy’s only friend as she fends off three desperate thugs who will stop at nothing to retrieve their prize.
The show runs on weekends from Jan. 9 through Jan. 31. Tickets are $10 for general admission; students and senior citizen tickets are $8.
Little Theatre off Broadway is located at 3891 Broadway in Grove City.  Contact the theater’s Web site at ltob.org or call 875-3919 for more information.

NDCC career classes
Are you looking for a new job? Get the skills and the support you need at New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency. Two classes, facilitated by licensed career counselors, are being offered during the month of January.
The first is New Directions. This class is designed especially for woman who are changing careers or re-entering the work force. Participants learn about themselves as they refine their abilities to overcome barriers to professional success. They also learn practical skills such as networking, interviewing, resume writing and much more. The four week program will be held from Jan. 12 through Feb. 6. Classes are held, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The second class is Creating Career Options. This class is for the professional who is seeking employment or a career change. Participants learn through assessment how to find a job that’s a good fit as well as how to research optimal career options. This class is held on Jan. 26, 28 and 31. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NDCC assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. Graduates of NDCC programs are eligible to enroll in placement services at no charge.
For more information, or to register for a class, contact NDCC at 849-0028, extension 100. All classes are held in downtown Columbus at 199 E. Rich St. 

Military prayer service

The Alkire Road Church of Christ, 2779 Alkire Road in Grove City, will hold a military prayer service on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. Families of those in the service are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the church at 875-1028.

SWACO grant for GC

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) has announced grants totaling $45,928.36 to eight communities, organizations, and schools in Franklin County. The grants, designed to promote recycling and waste reduction, feature everything from waste free school lunches to the expansion a college campus-wide recycling program.
The city of Grove City will receive just over $12,000 to help fund its Keep Grove City Beautiful and Great America Cleanup activities.
Communities, schools and non profits who receive grants from SWACO are required to provide 25 percent financial or in-kind match. 
The next SWACO grant application period will begin in March. Interested parties should contact SWACO Grants Manger Bonni Trice at 871-5100 or bonni.trice@swaco.org.

New trash contract

The city of Grove City has renewed a favorable trash collection contract for city residents.
Rising fuel and transportation costs have led to an increase in next year’s trash collection rates. Effective Jan. 1 the monthly rate will increase from $11.68 to $13.21. The last rate increase was in 2005.
The new rate remains lower than most central Ohio communities. Many local suburbs pay $14 or more per month. Increase notices will be mailed in early January.
For more information, residents can contact the Grove City Service Department at 277-1100.

The Art Concern
Grove City council members are proud to sponsor The Art Concern, which features artists throughout Grove City and central Ohio. From Jan. 10 through Feb. 27, Columbus College of Art and Design graduate, Meghan Sowers Richardson’s work will be featured.
Richardson’s exhibit displays oil landscapes and pastels.
The exhibit is located in City Hall, 4035 Broadway, in the Grove City Town Center. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or those interested can make an appointment by calling Ray Kline at 875-2423.

Auditions at LTOB
The Little Theatre Off Broadway will hold auditions for "Dearly Departed" by David Bottrell and Jesse Jones.
Auditions will take place at 7 p.m., Jan. 11 and 12 at the theater on Broadway in Grove City. The show calls for six adult women, ages 20 through 80, and five adult men, ages 20 through 80. Auditions will consist of cold reads from the provided script. Director Mark Sartor will have all characters perform American Southern accents. Acting resumes and photos are helpful but not necessary.
Contact the theater’s Web site at ltob.org or call 875-3919 for more information.

CLC information sessions
The Columbus Literacy Council is holding information sessions about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Jan. 24 and Feb. 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. The sessions will be held at the CLC office, 195 N. Grant Ave. Register at www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013 ext. 215.

District options
The South-Western City School District will hold a community meeting on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Central Crossing High School auditorium. District leaders will talk about what’s in the future for the schools after Issue 81 failed. Central Crossing is located at 4500 Big Run South Road in Grove City. Child care is available. To reserve child care space or for more information, contact the communications office at 801-3027.
 

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