News from the Eastside

Military Wives Club to hold luncheon Oct. 8

The Columbus Area Military Wives Club will meet for a luncheon Oct. 8 at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., in Bexley. A social time will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. The Hilliard Happiness Singers will entertain. For reservations, call 837-6283 or 231-0915 before Oct. 3.

Public invited to Bingo

Everyone in the community is invited to join the members of the Pickerington Senior Center for an evening of Bingo and dinner on Sept. 18 at the senior center, 150 Hereford Drive.

Dinner will be a choice of homemade soup (either ham and bean or chicken noodle), corn muffins, apple sauce, dessert, beverage and one bingo card. Additional cards for $1 each will be available.

Cost is $6 for dinner and Bingo, or $4 for dinner only or $3 for Bingo only.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. with Bingo from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be Bingo prizes, many of them donated by local merchants.

Reservations must be made by Sept. 11 by calling the Senior Center at 472-2679.

Ladies Day Out Sept. 17

The Pickerington Garden Club will celebrate a "Ladies Day Out and Luncheon" during its monthly meeting Sept. 17. Members and guests are to meet at the old Big Bear parking lot at the corner of Hill and Refugee roads at 11 a.m. New members and guests are welcomed. For more information and reservations, call Anna Weber at 833-2358 or Barbara Kochick at 837-3951.

Reynoldsburg resurfacing project to begin Sept. 15

The resurfacing of State Route 256 is scheduled to begin Sept. 15 and the proposed schedule is as follows:

o Sept. 15 – Pavement repairs begin

o Sept. 17-22 – Milling and Paving

o Sept. 22-25 – Installation of new loop detectors

o Sept. 24-29 – Pavement striping

About 1-1/2 miles of roadway will be resurfaced from U.S. 40 (Main Street) to Farmsbury Drive.

Construction will take place Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. with any Saturday work taking pace during the daytime hours only.

Traffic will be maintained at all times during construction and is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 30.

Contact the Reynoldsburg Street Department at 322-5800 if you have any questions or concerns.

Reynoldsburg/Pickerington pig roast set for Sept. 20

The annual Reynoldsburg/Pickerington Rotary Pig Roast will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Ken Hoover’s residence, 3177 Beaver Run Road. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Cost is $6 per Rotarian, $10 per guest and $5 per child. The event is held for potential members, family and friends. Sign up at Rotary meetings or RSVP to Sue Stadnicar at 314-3852.

Founders Day Dinner

Pickerington Violet Township Historical Society will hold its 22nd annual Founders Day Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Pickerington Senior Center. The menu will consist of golden baked chicken with all the trimmings and will cost $13 per person. Children younger than 5 are $5. The program for the evening will be the Violet Township Fire Department by Chief Kenn Taylor. Order tickets by contacting Joan Heft at 837-5132 or Mary Herron at 833-0044. Reservation deadline is Sept. 8.

The Historical Society will also meet at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the lower level of the museum. The program will be "Putting the Fun Back in Funerals" by Karen Smith of the Fairfield Heritage Association.

Author to speak at Capital

Elizabeth Kolbert will speak at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in Mees Hall at Capital University in Bexley. Her speech is part of The Gerhold Lecture Series. Kolbert is author of "Field Notes from a Catastrophe." For more information, e-mail Kay Slocum at

Immunization clinics scheduled for September

The Franklin County Board of Health is offering child and adult immunizations from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Reynoldsburg FOE Hall #3261, 1623 Brice Road, Reynoldsburg, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 24 at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., Bexley. Required immunizations are available for a $10 administration fee to children ages 1 month to 18 years of age. There also is a $15 assessment fee that will be charged each visit. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay for childhood immunizations. Adult immunizations also are available at the clinic and vary in price according to the vaccine; however international travel immunizations are not available. For more information, call 462-3160 or visit

Leadership Coalition to hold wine tasting event

The Women’s Leadership Coalition will hold a wine tasting event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Fifth Third Bank, 1010 Old Diley Road, Pickerington. The guest speaker will be Dr. Karen Mantia, superintendent for Pickerington Local Schools. The event will be catered, along with a Jazz Trio Band, cartoonist and prizes. RSVP to Sabra Kershaw at 523-2437.

Register for children’s fall programs at Bexley Library

Registration is now being taken for Bexley Public Library’s fall 2008 children’s programs, set to begin the week of Sept. 15.

Babytime is a program for children ages 9 to 24 months and their caregivers. The 20-minute programs feature songs, bounces, and stories, and meets at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Themes will include transportation and the farm.

Toddler Storyhour is a half-hour program for 2-year-olds and an adult, and meets at 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The 30-minute programs will include stories, fingerplays and simple craft projects. Books about weather, cats and bedtime will be part of the 8-week session.

Three to 5-year-old children may participate in Preschool Storyhour held at 2 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays, and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Programs last about 45 minutes and include stories, crafts, games and songs.

"Explorers Club," a program for kindergarteners through third graders, will begin Sept. 24 and meets at 4 p.m. Wednesdays. Topics to be explored during the 6-week session include Australia and monkeys.

All programs, except for Explorer’s Club, require pre-registration. Call the Children’s Department at 231-2878 for more information and to register.

There is no fee for participating in any of the programs. The library is located at 2411 E. Main St.

Capital gallery to feature early works of Ansel Adams

The Schumacher Gallery at Capital University will feature "Ansel Adams: Early Works" now through Oct. 16. Adams, a photographer, musician, naturalist, explorer, critic and teacher, is a giant in the field of landscape photography. This exhibition, featuring works from the 1920s through the 1950s, provides a fresh look at this legendary master. The show is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions of New York. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5. The gallery is located on the fourth floor of the library at the university, located at 1 College and Main in Bexley.

Hotline volunteers needed

Caring volunteers are urgently needed to answer the Suicide Prevention Hotline. Because the hotline is answered 24 hours a day, it is vital to recruit and train enough volunteers to cover all shifts.

Volunteers at Suicide Prevention Services will receive 50 hours of training before they begin to answer the hotline. Volunteers make a commitment to answer the hotline for six hours a week for six months and many volunteers choose to continue working once they have completed their original commitment.

Volunteering for Suicide Prevention brings special rewards: training that will prove useful in many life situations, the chance to meet and work with an incredible group of caring people and the opportunity to save lives.

Training for the fall class of volunteers will begin in late September and end in November. Volunteers then work their weekly shifts from December through May.

To learn more about the program or to volunteer, call Mary Brennen-Hofmann or Susan Jennings at 299-6600.

Literacy volunteers needed

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an information session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Columbus Literacy Council office, 195 N. Grant Ave. Register at or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.

Wilkinson named director

Jennifer Wilkinson has been named the new director of JCC North Preschool, replacing Nikki Henry, who now is serving as the director of JCC College Avenue Preschool in Bexley.

Licensed in Early Childhood Education, Jennifer holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

JCC early bird season subscription sale

An early bird season subscription sale is going on now through Nov. 1, offering 20 percent discounts on Gallery Players’ 60th season subscriptions orders. The prices for a season subscription for all four shows are: JCC Member, $35; JCC Senior Member (60+), $30; Non-member, $45; and Non-member senior (60+), $40. For more information on the upcoming Gallery Players season, visit the Gallery Players Web site at or call 559-6248.

Free event highlights artists

Are you an educator, school administrator or arts enthusiast? Join the Greater Columbus Arts Council at the 2008 Artist Preview Night and learn more about arts education opportunities for central Ohio classrooms. This year’s Artist Preview Night will take place from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St. Nearly 100 artists, all of whom are participants in GCAC’s Artists-in-Schools program, will showcase their talent at this annual, free event. GCAC’s Artists-in-Schools links professional artists and arts groups with K-12 schools and community groups, as well as private sector businesses, organizations and individuals. Reservations are not required for the 2008 Artist Preview Night. Contact Oulanje Regan at 221-8625 with questions regarding Artist Preview Night or GCAC’s Artists-in-Schools program.

Farmers’ Market

The Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market will be open for business from 3:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 25 in Huber Park on Davidson Drive, just south of Main Street. For information about becoming a vendor or other questions about the Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market contact Nadine Morse, market manager at (614) 322-6832.

JCC winter cruise

The JCC Travel Group is planning a Caribbean cruise on board the Emerald Princess for 10 days beginning Feb. 8, 2009.

The cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and include ports of call at Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Thomas, and Princess Cay, Bahamas. Pricing starts at $970 for an inside cabin, $1,250 for an ocean view cabin, and $1,599 for a balcony cabin. Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 10 nights on board the Emerald Princess, all cruise features on board the ship, and all meals and entertainment. For information, contact Tour Leader Peggy Kaplan at (614) 235-8813 or (614) 560-5652.

Bexley Farmers’ Market

The Bexley Farmers’ Market will be open for business in front of Bexley City Hall on Saturdays through October. Hours are from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Central Ohio farmers will be featuring a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and much more.

Short term radon kits

The city of Bexley, in conjunction with the Franklin County Board of Health, has free, short term radon testing kits available for residents to check radon levels in their homes.

Radon is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, but it could be a problem in a home. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. According to to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and leading cause among non-smokers.

To pick up a free radon testing kit, visit the Bexley Muncipal Building, 2242 E. Main St., Monday through Friday during normal business hours. For information call the Franklin County Board of Health at (614) 462-3859 or visit

Briggs class of 1993

Briggs High School Class of 1993 is looking for former classmates for the 15-year reunion. The reunion is in the planning phase and those involved would welcome anyone interested in helping out. The plan is to have the event sometime in the latter part of October, 2008. Interested alumni can contact Mark Clanin at or call Michael Crist at 274-9692. Leave contact information and note if you can help.

Picktown Smack Down

On Sept. 14, a "Picktown Smack Down" challenge will be held at Pickerington’s Victory Park at 1 p.m. The event will include fan car bash, dunk tank, trivia contest, best dressed fan and more. The challenge will answer the age old question.. "Who has the best fans – the Cleveland Browns or the Pittsburgh Steelers?" Proceeds from the event will fund Pickerington Kiwanis support of Pickerington Central, Pickerington North, and Bloom-Carroll Key Clubs, and other community based programs including local non-profit organizations that benefit children.

Food pantry reorganizes

The PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington is the new name of the reorganized food pantry for the Pickerington area.

The Pickerington Christian Ministerial Association (PCMA) and other concerned citizens organized the food pantry in the early 1990s. After several months of study the Food Pantry and the PCMA are strengthening their ties to one another in an effort to expand and better serve the community.

Kathy Vogt became the new director in July and the new phone number is (614) 284-1205. The Web address is now Hours of operation remain Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. and Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon.

The PCMA Food Pantry serves families located within the boundary of the Pickerington Local School District, providing canned and dried foods, meat and personal items for those in need. The food pantry is located on the lower level of the Pickerington Historical Society (former Carnegie Library) on Columbus Street. Anyone interested in volunteering or contributing to this ministry, can contact the director Kathy Vogt.

Chamber hosting golf event

The Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 2008 "Get Into the Swing" golf classic Sept. 10 at Willow Run Golf Course, State Route 161 and State Route 310. The event, a four-person scramble, begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and registration. A shotgun start begins at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $85 per person, $300 per team, and includes green’s fees, riding cart, special treats, lunch and a steak dinner at conclusion of play. Registration deadline is Sept. 2. For more information, contact the Chamber office at (614) 866-4753.

Military wives hosting lunch

The Columbus Area Military Wives Club will meet for a luncheon Sept. 10 at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., Bexley. A social time will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. The Velvet Ice Cream Company will provide the program and treats for all attendees. For reservations, call 837-6283 or 231-0915 before Sept. 5.

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