Whats happening on the Westside

Be sure to read the Westside Messenger to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood! To submit events and announcements to this section, e-mail information to westside@columbusmessenger.com.

SWCS Head Start

The South-Western City Schools Head Start and Public Preschool programs will be holding open enrollment from July 17 through August 16 at the Head Start offices, 4308 Haughn Road in Grove City.  

District parents can enroll their children by either making an appointment or walking into the office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  

The South-Western City Schools Head Start and Early Childhood Education program is for income eligible three and four- year-old children. South-Western City Schools strives to meet the social, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs of each child. It provides parent involvement opportunities for families and stresses positive attitudes instrumental in developing individual abilities.

The following documents are necessary for enrollment:  birth certificate, verification of income (most current pay stub, 1040 tax form or OWF statement), proof of residency (current signed lease, deed or two utility bills), shot records, custody or court guardianship papers (if applicable), name of doctor and dentist, names and telephone numbers of three local emergency adult contact persons.

Fore more information, visit the South-Western City Schools Web site at www.swcs.us or call 801-8438 (English) or 801-8429 (Spanish).

PTSC exercise programs

The Prairie Township Senior Center hosts excercise programs free of costs throughout the week. The schedule is as follows:

Mondays – 10 a.m., Low Impact Aerobics

Tuesdays – 9:30 a.m., Gentle Stretchers

Wednesdays – 10 a.m., Conditioning Exercise

Fridays – 10 a.m., Gentle Stretchers

These programs are provided through a grant from Mt. Carmel hospital. For additional information, call 878-5110.

Free spanish courses

Spanish as a Second Language classes will be hosted weekly for a period of eight weeks by two Westside United Methodist churches. There is no cost for the classes, though free will offerings to cover the cost of the service and supplies will be gratefully accepted.To register for the classes, call Westgate UMC at 274-4271 or St. Mark’s UMC at 878-6520.

The classes will be offered the following days and locations:

•On Tuesdays at St. Mark’s UMC, 5200 Sullivant Ave., from July 10-August 28. Classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

•On Fridays at Westgate UMC, 61 S. Powell Ave., from July 14-August 25. Classes will be held from 9-10 a.m.

Columbus Literacy Council

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding information sessions about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Aug. 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 22, from 9:30-11 a.m. The sessions will be held at the Columbus Literacy Council Office, 195 N. Grant Ave. Register at www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.

SWCS summer registration

The South-Western City School District will be holding summer registration for all elementary, intermediate, middle and high school students new to the district.  

Students must be registered prior to attending classes in any South-Western City School location.

Registration will be held from July 16 through August 10 at the South-Western Career Academy, 4750 Big Run South Rd., in Grove City. Enrollment times are Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Parents or legal guardians must present the following documents in order to enroll their child(ren) in South-Western City Schools:  

•Original birth certificate, or original hospital certificate or original baptismal certificate

•Proof of residency in South-Western City Schools (current signed lease, deed or two current utility bills in the parent/guardian’s name)

•Custody documents, signed by a judge, designating the custodial parent (in cases of divorce)

•Immunization (shot) records

If a parent/guardian is enrolling a child for the first time in the United States, proof of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test must also be presented.

For further registration information, call 801-8985 or visit the district Web site at www.swcs.us.

 12 Step Recovery program

Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Rd., will host “12 Step Recovery: Celebrate Recovery” for all addictions including co-dependency every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Come early, stay late for fellowship. For more information, call 279-1892 or 395-6309.

Dodge Senior Center

The Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is offering the following events for the month of August:

•Big Dog Days of Summer Cook-Out & Potluch, Aug. 15, 11:30am. The cost will be $3 for hamburgers & hot dogs with trimmings. The reservation deadline will be Aug. 13. Let us know what dish you are bringing.

•Health Care in Your Home, Aug. 21, 1 p.m.  Presenter: Tracy Imhoff.  No cost.  No Reservation.

•Senior Card Parties, Pinochle is played at 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wdnesdays and Fridays, and Tuesdays at   12:30 p.m. are Euchre.

•Free Hearing Screenings, Aug. 16, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  For reservations call Hope at 261-5452. No Cost.

•Ohio State Fair Trip – Senior Day, Aug. 7.  Call center, 645-3176, for details.  We are limited to a number of tickets for the special show.  

Free Finance Workshops

“Make the Most of Your Paycheck” kicks off a series of free personal finance workshops beginning July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. This workshop will focus on creating a spending plan, identifying financial goals and learning savings strategies. It is aimed at helping people learn basic money management skills and gain information on important financial issues.

Spomsored by the Central Ohio Chapter of Credit Unions and taught by Consumer Credit Counseling Service staff, this series of monthly workshops will be presented July through November on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m.

The dates and topics of seminars are as follows:

•Aug. 28, Getting Ready to Buy a Home

•Sept. 25, Understanding Credit Reports and Scores

•Oct. 23, Smart Ways to Manage Credit and Debt

•November 27, Financial Planning 101

Summer Music Festival

The Potters House Church of God, 3220 Lowell Dr., will hold the 3rd Annual Summer Music Festival featuring Mercy’s Mark Quartet and the Pfeiffers on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend this event. For more information, call the church at 279-2311.

Westside golf outing

The second annual Westside Free Store Ministries golf outing is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Phoenix Golf Course. The cost to play in the four-person scramble is $60 per golfer. Tee times start at 8 a.m. Proceeeds benefit operating costs of the Westside Free Store, serving those in need on the Westside of Columbus. To participate or for more information, contact Kathy Donavan at 370-5000.

Burnside celebration

Burnside Community, one of the Westside’s oldest  communities, will host it’s 100th Anniversary with a two-day event Aug. 24-25.

Friday, Aug. 24 from 6-8:30 p.m., a memorial service will be held in honor of deceased members of many families still residing in the community at the Masonic Temple, 700 Athens Ave. In conjunction with the memorial service, a fish fry will be held outside the temple.

Saturday, Aug. 25, from noon until 3 p.m., various games will be offered for the children. From 1-2:30 p.m., the fire department and police liaison will be present.  that same day, from 3-5:00 p.m., Grace and dinner will be held on the grounds of the Masonic Temple. In the event of rain, this event will be moved inside the temple.  

From 5-6 p.m., The Burnside Baptist  Church, 719 Athens Ave., will host the Gospel Caravan  and  other guests. Recognitions and presentations will take place at this church that was once a school.

From 6-9 p.m. there will be more gospel singing testimonies and reminiscing.

Burnside Centennial T-shirts will be available. Volunteers  are desperately needed (as the community has aged) to help set up tables and assist with cleanup. Donations are welcomed.

For more information, Contact Harvey Johnson at 274-1264 or Bea Murphy at 279-2773.

Curious about Catholics?

Non-Catholics who are interested in the Catholic religion whether or not they expect to join the Church are invited to St. Cecilia Church,on Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room. The Catholic view on salvation will be the topic for presentation. Catholics will be on hand to discuss the Church’s teachings and those who attend will be free to raise their questions about this or other matters of Catholic faith.

The primary goal of this program is to facilitate a better understanding of Catholic beliefs and doctrines for those interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith. It is not the intent of the program to compel anyone to conversion, but, to merely answer questions about Catholicism.

St. Cecilia Church is located on the southeast corner of Norton Road and Sullivant Avenue. The meeting room is in the parish center on the lower level; enter the building from the east side.  

For questions, call the parish office at 878-5353. No preregistration is necessary.

Mothers Support Group

Abundant Life Tabernacle will host the Mothers Support Group at a new time, Aug. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at 35 Derrer Rd.

This group is a focus discussion and activity group for mothers. Babysitting is provided for the full two hours onsite. Refreshments are served. Bring another mother as a guest and get a door prize. Games and supportive discussion will be the focus of this months group.

For more information please call 279-5433.

Parkview UMC sale

Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., will hold its third Downsizing Sale on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be antiques, household items, linens, knick knacks, and other goodies.


FH Alumni Golf Outing

Franklin Heights Alumni is holding their first annual golf outing at the Players Club at Foxfire, 10799 St. Rt. 104, (south of Grove City). The event will take place Sept. 2 with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The format will be a Four-man Scramble (Co-ed/any class per team) at the cost of $240 per group (includes golf, cart, dinner, and prizes), and $60 per individual(we will put you on a team if you don’t have one).

This event is for Franklin Heights alumni and faculty only.

The sign-up deadline is Aug. 19. For more information, contact David May at 905-1770 or mayd@libertyunion.org.

Indoor yard sale

Valleyview Church of Christ in Christian Union, 455 Murray Ave., is holding an indoor yard sale on Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tables are available to rent for $10. To reserve a table, call Norma, at 276-5731.

Home buyer education

Homes on the Hill CDC, 12 S. Terrace Ave., will hold a home buyers education course, “A Home of Your Own,” geared towards first time home buyers, Aug. 6-8 from 6-9 p.m. The course is open to the public and free of charge.

The workshop will cover topics ranging from financial literacy, credit and mortage loans, choosing a realtor, home inspections and the closing process.

Guest speakers will include area professionals in the fields of lending, real estate and housing. Registration is recommended but not required; call 275-HOME ext. 105 to register.

St. Cecilia Parish Festival

St. Cecilia Church, 434 Norton Rd., will hold their 2007 Parish Festival Aug. 24, 5 p.m. to midnight, and Aug. 25, 4 p.m. to midnight.

Features include a silent auction, quilt raffle, hourly prizes, children’s games and rides, games of chance, instant bingo, monte carlo, a cake booth and lots of food.

Raffle prizes include $3,000, a self-standing tool box and a $500 VISA gift card.

Free parking will be available and there is no admission charge. No alcohol or pets are permitted on the premisis.

The entertainment lineup includes:


6-9 p.m., balloon artist Christopher Merz

6-7 p.m., Peggy’s Dance and Gymnastics

8-11 p.m., Wind Jammer


5-9 p.m., Caricatures by Brian O’Harra

6-9 p.m., Vinegar Hill

7-9 p.m., Cherry the Clown

7-9 p.m., Regan Academy of Irish Dance

10-11 p.m., Artificial Reality

PTSC Lunch and Learns

Prairie Township Senior Center is sponsoring free Lunch and Learn sessions at the center, 4656 W. Broad St. Each session includes lunch and begins at 11 a.m.For more information and reservations call 878-5110.

The sessions are as follows:

•Aug. 15, Kyle Hostetler, from HBW-Columbus, will present “U.S. Bonds/Trusts”

•Aug. 22, Shiela Price from Mt. Carmel medigold will speak on Medigold Coverage

•Aug. 29, Crystal Fleming, From Heartland Hospice will discuss “Hospice 101”

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