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.

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, Wednesdays 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 18 and Aug. 25 from 9 a.m.- 1 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. 100 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”

SWAC meeting

The August meeting of the Southwest Area Commission, will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15, at the New Horizons United Methodist Church, 1665 Harrisburg Pike. The agenda will include the results of the election, reports and plans for the upcoming year.

Visit the Web site at www.columbusswac.org, for additional information about the commission. The commission welcomes the involvement of area residents.

The SWAC boundaries are the Scioto River on the east, I-270 on the south, the railroad tracks west of Harrisburg Pike on the west, Mound Street to Mt. Calvary to Greenlawn Avenue on the north. The Commission can be contacted through the Web site, or by phone at 562-4728.

Ooze and Gooze

Abundant Life Tabernacle, 35 Derrer Road, is hosting a family event, Ooze & Gooze on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. There will be a jello slide, Mud Tug-a-war, whip cream hair do’s and more.

To RSVP or for more information contact Tricia Tatman at admin@abundantlifetabernacle.net or by phone at 279-5433.

This event is designed for children aged 11 and under to participate in with their parents or older siblings. Wear clothes that can be stained.

Westland alumni softball

The 16th annual Westland Alumni Softball Tournament will be held Aug. 18 at Berliner Park. For information, contact Curtis Baker at clbaker@aol.com or 921-8828.

“Soup-er” Saturday

The Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 W. Broad St., will be holding a “Soup-er” Saturday, open to the public, on Aug. 18 at noon. Soup and salad will be served for a $2.50 donation. For additional information, call 878-5110.

Music and ice cream

A concert and ice cream social will be held on Aug. 19 at St. Agnes Church, 2364 W. Mound St. The event begins at 3 p.m. and is free of charge. There will be a performance by the Worthington Civic Band.

Free prostate screenings

Doctors Hospital will offer free prostate cancer screenings Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Hobbs Oncology, 5200 West Broad St., on the Doctors Hospital campus. Call (614) 4-HEALTH (443-2584) to register and make a personal appointment with a board-certified physician. Space is limited and an appointment is required.

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