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Military Wives Club luncheon Nov. 12
The Columbus Area Military Wives Club will meet for a luncheon Nov. 12 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. For reservations, call (614) 837-6283 or (614) 231-0915 before Nov. 6.

Bishop Hartley holding open house for families
Bishop Hartley High School is inviting all 7th- and 8th-grade students and their parents to attend its annual Fall Open House on Nov. 6. 
The program begins promptly at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium. Students and parents will have the opportunity to visit the academic departments, meet faculty, administrators and staff, learn about the Campus Ministry and service opportunities, visit the St. James the Greater Chapel, experience the nationally-recognized technology program by viewing tablet PC demonstrations, learn about athletics, meet coaches, and explore extra-curricular activities.
For more information, contact Admissions Director Kathy Acklin at (614) 237-5421, ext 227.

OSU, Michigan fans to compete at food drive
Tussing Elementary School in Pickerington will hold its second annual food drive for the Pickerington Food Pantry.
The event is an "OSU fans vs. Michigan fans" event and will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 15 in the parking lot of Tussing Elementary.
One side will hold boxes for the OSU fans while the other side will hold boxes for Michigan so fans can "predict" who will win the actual game the following week. 
The school also will have a school contest the week leading up to the food drive. Decorated boxes will be placed at the mother earth statue so the children can make there own predictions of who will win this year.
The items that the pantry has asked for are the following: Mac and cheese, ramen noodles, pancake mixes with syrup, peanut butter and jelly, canned fruit and veggies and paper products like toilet paper and paper towels.

Bexley leaf collection dates
The Bexley Service Department will begin its annual leaf collection program Oct. 27 and will end Dec. 19.
Leaves should be placed on the back side of the curb and not raked into the street or placed on the park beds under any circumstances. Leaves left in the streets slow collections, can cause street flooding, create traffic hazards and can clog the city’s storm water collection system. It is unlawful to place leaves in the street and violators can be cited. No leaves will be picked up from the alleys.
One leaf collection crew will begin on the west side of each section of the city. How quickly the leaves are collected will depend on the weather and the volume of leaves placed out for collection.
Residents can visit the city’s Web site at www.bexley.org or call the hotline at (614) 559-4202 for a daily schedule of collection activities.

Reynoldsburg to host town hall meeting
School officials and representatives of the Vote 4 R Kids campaign will be available to answer residents’ questions about the 6.9 mill operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot at a second upcoming town hall meeting.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Reynoldsburg High School Media Center, 6699 Livingston Ave.
Residents are encouraged to ask questions about the levy, as well as plans for building improvements, current programs or anything that is important to them.
The Reynoldsburg High School orchestra will perform. Refreshments will be served, and there will be a school photo slide show. The open forum will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, call (614) 501-1020 or go to www.reyn.org.

Varsity linemen featured in Bexley HS cabaret
What do high school football and outstanding choral music have in common? 
For Bexley residents, the answer is simple: five linemen on the Bexley High School varsity football team, who are also key members of the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble.
Led by Amy Johnston Blosser, the Vocal Ensemble – the top of BHS’s five choirs – will celebrate this link at the choir’s annual Cabaret on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. and Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. at Bexley High School, 326 S. Cassingham Road, when the five linemen join forces for Al Sherman’s vaudeville hit "You’ve Got to Be a Football Hero (To Get Along with the Beautiful Girls)."
Cabaret is the Vocal Ensemble’s annual dinner theater.  The fare includes an array of lighter selections performed by soloists and small groups from the choir, along with a meal of homemade pasta, salad, drinks and dessert served by costumed members of the choir. The vocalists will be accompanied by Casey Cook Westfall.
In addition to "Football Hero," numbers scheduled for this year’s Cabaret include "Witchcraft" (as performed by Frank Sinatra), "Anything You Can Do" (from Annie Get your Gun), "You’re the One that I Want" (from Grease), "My Girl," "Viva la Vida" (as performed by Coldplay), "Take a Chance on Me" (as performed by ABBA), and "All My Lovin’ " (as performed by the Beatles).
Tickets are $12 adults and $8 students.  Proceeds will go toward the choir’s European tour this summer. Seats are reserved on a first come basis, and will be available at the door.  Reservations can be made by contacting Amy Blosser at amy.blosser@bexleyschools.org.

Nov. 15 bicentennial finale tickets on sale
Tickets are now on sale for the Violet Township Bicentennial Finale Evening, which will be held Nov. 15 at Hickory Lakes, 12495 Ault Road, Pickerington. 
The evening is open to the public and is being held to honor those sponsors and volunteers who helped make the 12 events of the Bicentennial Celebration a success. 
Tickets may be purchased at the Violet Township Offices, 12970 Rustic Drive, or at the Pickerington Chamber of Commerce, 13 W. Columbus St. or by mail. 
Order forms are available on the Web site.  The price of the tickets is $17 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by the Pickerington High School North Jazz Ensemble and a brief program. 
For more information go to www.violetbicentennial.com or call (614) 382-5989.

Leaf pickup scheduled for Pickerington residents
The city of Pickerington has released its leaf pickup schedule for this fall. Below are the areas for leaf pickup and the week it is to begin in each area.
• Oct. 27 – Colony Park, Manor House, Meadowbrook, Stonebridge, Willow Pond, Carpenter Addition
• Nov. 3 – Long Road, West Columbus Street, Pine Ridge, Preston Trails, Manchester, Longview, Sheffield, The Landings.
• Nov. 10 – Melrose, Pickerington Meadows, Cherry Hill, East Street, Lakeview, Homestead Drive, Milnor Place
• Nov. 17 – Pickerington Run, Refugee Road, Hill Road North, Windmiller
• Nov. 24 – Lockville Road, Center Street, Hill Road South, Downtown area, Manor House
• Dec. 1 – Village of Sycamore Creek, Fox Glen East and West, Reserves at Pickerington Pond
• Dec. 8 and 15 – Remaining piles throughout the city will be removed.
The city requests that residents rake all leaves to the front of the property by the beginning date of the pickup week for their areas. To ensure catch basins or storm sewer inlets are not obstructed, leaves should be piled in the curb lawn, not in the street edge.
The City Street Department may arrive in the listed areas prior to the scheduled date; however, the department will return to the areas per the Leaf Pickup Schedule.

Flu shots offered in Reynoldsburg, Bexley
The Franklin County Board of Health is offering flu shots from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive, Reynoldsburg. For an appointment, call (614) 866-5890.
The Board of Health also will offer a flu shot clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., Bexley. No appointment is necessary.
The cost for flu shots is $25 for those who are not Medicare, Medicaid, MediGold or Anthem Senior Advantage eligible. No one will be turned away for the inability to pay thanks to funding from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.
For questions about childhood flu vaccine and clinic locations, contact the Franklin County Board of Health at (614) 462-3849. For information on other flu shot clinics in the area, visit www.vaccine4me.com or call the Flu Hotline at (614) 437-2900.

Fairfield going green
Paper recycling is now available at Fairfield Elementary School in Pickerington. Bring your old papers to the green and yellow paper retriever bin located in the rear of the parking lot of the school, located at 13000 Coventry Ave. Proceeds benefit the Fairfield Elementary PTO. Accepted items include newspaper, magazines, shopping catalogs, old mail, office papers, school papers and envelopes. Items not accepted are cardboard, cereal/soda cartons, food wrap/containers, tissue products, phone books, plastic or glass.

American Legion Post 283 to hold Halloween party
American Legion Post 283 will hold a steak dinner and Halloween party from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at the post, located at 7725 Refugee Road, Pickerington. The public is invited to attend.

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging looking for help
The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) is accepting volunteer applications from residents of Franklin, Licking, Madison and Union Counties to fill vacancies on the COAAA Advisory Council.  Council members are highly valued volunteers who represent the interests of older adults in their specific communities and advise COAAA on services, policies and programs. 
The 32-member council meets eight times a year, at 10 a.m., on the first Thursday of the month. Meetings are held at the agency’s office on the edge of downtown Columbus, with on-site parking provided.
The deadline for applications is Nov. 14.  To request a volunteer application or additional information on Advisory Council membership, contact the Advisory Council Coordinator at 1-800-589-7277.

Flu shots offered at Pickerington Senior Center
The Fairfield County Health Department will offer flu shots from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 30 at the Pickerington Senior Center. Cost is $25. If you have Medicare Part B, Medicaid or Medigold, bring your card with you. If you are home-bound, call the Fairfield County Health Department at (740) 653-4489 to make all the arrangements on that day for them to come to your home.

‘Violetopoly’ games for sale
The Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce will sell "Violetopoly" games for $29.95. You may pick up the games at the Taste of Pickerington, or stop by the Chamber office, 13 W. Columbus St., Pickerington. There is a limited quantity of these games, and they will never be reproduced.

Pickerington students named semifinalists
Nine Pickerington high school students were named as semifinalists in the 2009 Merit Scholarship Competition. The seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,200 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million.
More than 16,000 semifinalists were named by the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) for the 2009 competition. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), more than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high schools entered the 2009 NMSP by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
The pool of semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the stateÌs percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
Pickerington’s 2009 NMSP semifinalists include Bethany Blakely, PHSC; Jeremiah McCracken, PHSC; Nathaniel Robinson, PHSC; Adam Taylor, PHSC; Charles Combs, PHSN; Paul Filppelli, PHSN; Julie Guzman, PHSN; Kevin Solon, PHSN; and Camille Everhart, PHSN.

JCC to host ‘Art of Positive Thinking’ class
The Art of Positive Parenting will present a three-week parent education class at the Jewish Community Center, 1125 College, Bexley. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13. Cost is $75 per person or $125 per couple. To sign up, call (614) 224-0222, ext. 103. For more information, visit www.positiveparents.com. Class number is TP 08-37.

Truro Township Fire holding coat drive
The Truro Township Fire Department, along with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2932 and the Reynoldsburg School District, are teaming up to have a coats, hats and gloves drive from now until the end of October.
The goal is to get new or gently used coats, hats and gloves donated at either of the two fire stations: 6900 E. Main St. or 6305 E. Livingston Ave., both in Reynoldsburg.
Once there is a sizeable amount of donations, the department will call a representative from the schools and the clothes and will be picked up and dispersed according to need.

Fall Turkey Shoot Sundays
The Reynoldsburg Lions Club will host their Annual Fall Turkey Shoot every Sunday now 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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