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.

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:

•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 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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Theatre Columbus State

Theatre Columbus State is holding its Summer Production of “Dysfunct,” written and directed by Sean LeHosit and “Bad Girl Barbie,” by Sharon Reeb, directed by Nancy Kephart. Dates and times are Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.; Aug. 23  at 3 and 8 p.m.; Aug. 24 at 8 p.m.; and Aug. 25  at 8 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium at Columbus State Community College, 550  East Spring St. Entrance is free.


DivorceCare seminar

DivorceCare recovery seminar and support group will meet at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Rd., in Galloway each Sunday at 6 p.m. beginning on Sept. 16 and continuing through Nov. 18. There will also be one session held the morning of Sept. 29, with childcare provided.

DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) will be offered at the same time on Sundays and  children, ages 5 through 12 are welcome to attend if you are in the DivorceCare class.  There is also other children’s programming offered for infants through 12th grade.  

To register or to receive more information, please call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238.  You can also check out the DivorceCare Web site,   www.divorcecare.org  for information on both DivorceCare and DC4K.

Capitol City Academy

Capitol City Academ has been open for the past 4 years in downtown Columbus, and has recently relocated to the Westside. The new location is at 35 Midland Ave., (across from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles on Broad Street). Any student between the ages of 16-21 who has not graduated high school, can call or stop by to learn about their program. The goal of Capital City Academy is to help students earn their high school diplomas.  

Additionally, on Friday, Aug. 24, the school will be hosting an open house at their new location from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The community is invited to meet the staff members and tour the facility.

Cypress Café luncheon

Best Years Fellowship 55 and Over Adult Ministries at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Rd.,  will hold a luncheon on Sept. 4, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Cypress Café. Cost is $5 and reservations are required. A tour of the Cypress Campus will follow lunch. Call 878-8192 ext. 227 to request a registration brochure.


MOPS registration open

Registration now open for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Rd., and programming begins Sept. 10. There are two class times to choose from: Monday Evenings or Tuesday Mornings. Meet with other moms twice a month to encourage, learn and grow in your mothering skills. MOPPETS programming is avaialble for children during the MOPS meeting. Register early – space is limited! Call 878-8192 ext. 227 to request registration brochure.

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