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.

Briggs class of 1993

The Briggs High School class of 1993 will hold their 15th reunion Oct. 11 from 3-7 p.m. at the Crest Tavern, on the corner of Crestview and Indianola, three blocks south of Weber Road in Clintonville. Cost is $20 per person or $25 the day of the event. RSVP to Michael Crist at 614-274-9692 or checks may be made out to Michael Crist and mailed to Briggs class of 1993, PO Box 164078, Columbus, OH 43216.

Walk for Down Syndrome

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio will sponsor this year’s seventh annual Buddy Walk at the Crew Stadium.

The one-mile walk will take place Sept. 28 starting at 10 a.m. The goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote understanding and acceptance of all people with Down syndrome. Last year, the event raised over $200,000.

For more information, visit columbusbuddywalk.org.

Pickerington Senior Center to hold craft bazaar Oct. 25

The Pickerington Senior Center will hold its annual craft bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 25. The center will have 12-foot tables and 6-foot tables that are available for rent. For more information, call the center at 837-3020.

Walnut Ridge High class of 1988 to hold reunion

The Walnut Ridge High School class of 1988 will hold its 20-year class reunion Oct. 10-11 at Briarwood Event Center, 1421 Davidson Drive, in Reynoldsburg.

From 8-11 p.m. Oct. 10 there will be an appetizer buffet and open bar, with live music featuring "Ed Clay and the Patrol." From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 11 there will be "The Scarlet, Gray and White Ball," a semi-formal dinner and dance with a dinner buffet and open bar. Live music featuring Dan Sims and the Funky Gurus and D.J. Lady Nikki will be featured.

The cost to attend both events is $90 or $150 per married couple. Payment must be received by Sept. 21. For more information, contact LaWanda (Scott) Harris at (954) 720-7377 or e-mail WRHS88reunion@yahoo.com.

November ballot issues addressed at luncheon

The September Membership Luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18. The topic of the luncheon will be "Protection and Issues for the November Ballot."

Open to the public, this month’s luncheon will cover a number of issues important to those living and working in Pickerington and Violet Township.

The speakers will be Rick Wagner of Wagner Insurance, speaking about "Five Areas of Identity Theft and Solutions." Toby Lichtle will speak against the Healthy Families Act. Barb Curtiss, Fairfield County auditor, will speak on the Operating Funds Issue for the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. Speakers for the Natural Gas Aggregation from Volunteer Energy and a City of Pickerington representative will be onhand to discuss the Pickerington Income Tax Increase.

Sponsors are Wagner Insurance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Anthem. Lunch will be catered by Blue Moon Catering.

All attendees with a reservation will be charged $10. All walk-ins will be subject to a $15 admission fee.

For more information, contact Jen Dear at 837-1958.

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 rescheduled

The resurfacing of State Route 256 is scheduled to begin this week and the proposed schedule is as follows:

• Sept. 21 – Pavement repairs begin

• Sept. 22-24 – Milling and Paving

• Sept. 26-27 – Installation of new loop detectors

• Sept. 25 – Pavement striping

• Sept. 26 – Reflective pavement markings

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.

Knights of Columbus soccer challenge Sept. 21

The 2008 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 21 (registration starts at 1:30 pm) in Huber Park in Reynoldsburg. All boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in this competition designed to demonstrate the most basic of soccer skills – the penalty kick. Local event winners will progress to the district and state competitions. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and a written parental consent. For aditional information, contact Mike Bauman at (614) 863-6570 or ice3g3g@gmail.com.

Fall Turkey Shoot to begin

The Reynoldsburg Lions Club will host their Annual Fall Turkey Shoot every Sunday starting Sept. 21 through Nov. 23 at 13685 Basil Road. Take U.S. 40 East nine miles east of Reynoldsburg and turn south on York Road for two miles. York turns into Basil Road.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shots are $2.50 each with prizes of bacon, turkey or cash. Special shoots are available for $4 to $7 with great prizes of special cut of meats such as rib eye steaks.

The Lions Club also will host some great food and beverages on site so come hungry and enjoy the day. A "Turkey Shoot" is shot gun bingo in which targets are used, and no live turkeys are involved. Bring your shot gun, but no sleeved guns please.

This is one of the largest fundraiser of the year for the Lions Club. The Reynoldsburg Lions Club is a non-profit organization that raises money for local charities including Reynoldsburg Special Olympics, Reynoldsburg Helping Hands and to assist with the prevention of blindness. Proceeds from this event will benefit local charities.

For any additional information, contact Bob Martin at (614) 861-8811.

Xi Kappa Omega to hold Beginning Day Dinner

Xi Kappa Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will start the year with a Beginning Day dinner at Feta Greek Kuzine in Pickerington. The group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month, September through May. For more information, call Norma at (614) 837-4265.

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.

Violet Township fire to hold open house

Violet Township Fire Department will hold an open house in recognition of Fire Prevention Week from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 12. The open house will be held at station 592, located at 8700 Refugee Road NW, Pickerington.

Violet Township Women’s League to meet Sept. 23

The Violet Township Women’s League will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the American Legion Hall, 7725 Refugee Road NW. The guest speaker will be Heather Zell, The Natural Teacher, who will talk about health and nutrition. All women in Violet Township, Pickerington and the surrounding area are welcome to attend. For more information, call Linda Fersch at (614) 937-9749.

Historical Society to meet

The Pickerington Violet Township Historical Society will 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 kslocum@capital.edu.

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 www.franklincountyohio.gov/health.

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 www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.

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 www.jccgalleryplayers.org 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 www.franklincountyohio.gov/health

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 mclanin@wowway.com or call Michael Crist at 274-9692. Leave contact information and note if you can help.

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 PCMAfoodpantry.com. 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.

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