News from the Eastside

Bexley Art Walk Nov. 14
The next Bexley Art Walk will be held beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 14.
All four of Bexley art galleries located near Main and Drexel will be featuring openings that evening. Some of the retail shops in Bexley will also have late hours that day.
The Schumacher Gallery at Capital University will present Paintings from The Ohio Plain Air Society. This juried exhibition represents artists who work in a variety of media and styles as they explore the diversity and immediacy of painting outdoors.
The Bryan Roberts Gallery hosts The Autumn Salon Show, featuring recent paintings by gallery artists Yan Sun, Bryan Roberts, and others.
Art Access Gallery presents Variations in the Landscape. This exhibit features artists such as Perry Brown, Paul Bourguignon, Valerie Craig, Katherine Hurley, Jance Lentz, Jason Lewis, Joe Lombardo, Rob Robbins, Michael Sherman, and Kelly Wilson.
Hammond-Harkins Galleries feature Hamilton: Paintings from Near and Far.
Among 30 recent paintings are scenes of the Central Ohio countryside, lakeside views of Michigan, coastal scenes created in Maine, and paintings of back roads discovered in Vermont and New Hampshire.
For further information, please call Bruce Langner, City of Bexley, at (614) 559-4255.

Spaghetti dinner Nov. 15
The Reynoldsburg Community Association is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 15 at Messiah Lutheran Church¹s fellowship hall, located at 1200 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg.
The even will feature several door prizes and entertainment that will last all evening long.

Pickerington presents ‘The Mousetrap’
The Pickerington Central theater department will present Agatha Christie¹s murder-mystery, "The Mousetrap."
In the play, an eclectic group of travelers seek shelter from a snowstorm in a manor converted into a hotel. When one of the guests is killed, the other travelers suspect each other.
Senior citizens may preview the play at 7 p.m. Nov. 12. For everyone else, the production runs Nov. 13-15 at 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee Nov. 16.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.
To purchase tickets, call (614) 833-3043.

Military Wives Club to hold dance, luncheon
The Columbus Area Military Wives Club will hold a formal dinner dance Dec. 7 at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., Bexley.
For reservations or additional information, call (614) 231-0915 or (614) 527-9529.
The club also will meet for a luncheon Dec. 10 at Kensington Place. A social time will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The Pickerington High School Chorale will entertain.
For reservations, call (614) 231-0915 or (614) 527-9529 before Dec. 3.

Pickerington Garden Club to visit 4-H Green Space
A breakfast meeting and field trip to visit the new OSU 4-H Green Space will be featured at the monthly meeting of the Pickerington Garden Club Nov. 19.
Members and guests should meet at 9 a.m. at the Pickerington Bob Evans Restaurant on State Route 256. Visitors and new members are welcomed to attend.
For more information and reservations, call Libby Stearns at (614) 837-4455 or Barbara Kochick at (614) 837-3951.

Bexley book club to hold first discussion gathering
Readers are invited to discuss the memoirs of Tobias Wolff from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the café at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at Easton.
Wolff is 2009 Selected Author for Bexley Community Book Club (BCBC), a program of the Bexley Education Foundation that seeks to encourage reading and lifelong learning. The Nov. 12 meeting is the first of three book discussion gatherings BCBC is sponsoring in anticipation of author Wolff¹s public appearance in Bexley on April 27, 2009.
Discussion on Nov. 12 will focus on Wolff¹s two memoirs, "This Boy¹s Life" and "In Pharaoh¹s Army: Memories of the Lost War." Future gatherings will spotlight Wolff¹s novels and short stories.
Community members are invited to attend any or all of the meetings. For further information about BCBC, Tobias Wolff, future book club events and tickets to Wolff¹s April 27 presentation, call (219) 338-2093 or go to and click on the Bexley Community Book Club link.

Career center offers help
Need help getting a job?  New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, offers men and women assistance with professional transitions.  Services include but are not limited to professional assessment, career development, networking, job search techniques, interviewing skills, financial literacy, individual counseling and placement services.
November classes are filling up fast.  Don¹t miss out on an opportunity to get the expertise necessary in today¹s competitive job market. NDCC assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay.  Bring in this newspaper announcement and attend a class for $5. Scholarship programs are also available.  

For more information, or to register for one of three November classes ­ New Directions, Advanced Career Techniques, and Creating Career Options ­ call (219) 849-0028, ext. 100.

Civic Club to meet Nov. 11
Reynoldsburg Civic Club will meet at noon Nov. 11 at the Etna United Methodist Church, 500 Pike St., Etna. Guest speaker will be Joann Steigerwald of the Mt. Carmel Heart Center with Gloria Patterson  providing the Devotions.  Hostesses for the meeting will be Marian Scott, Marilyn Barr, Dot Curtis, Mary Lou Palmer and Annette Plasterer.

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 has begun its annual leaf collection program, which 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 city¹s 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 city¹s Web site at or call the hotline at (614) 559-4202 for a daily schedule of collection activities.

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 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.
o Nov. 10 – Melrose, Pickerington Meadows, Cherry Hill, East Street, Lakeview, Homestead Drive, Milnor Place
o Nov. 17 – Pickerington Run, Refugee Road, Hill Road North, Windmiller
o Nov. 24 – Lockville Road, Center Street, Hill Road South, Downtown area, Manor House
o Dec. 1 – Village of Sycamore Creek, Fox Glen East and West, Reserves at Pickerington Pond
o 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.

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.

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 agency¹s 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.

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.
Pickerington¹s 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.

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 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 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

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.

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