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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.
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.Sponsored 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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awana youth program
Immanuel Baptist Church’s Awana youth program begins Sept. 18 and runs through April on Tuesdays from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. This program is for children in kindergarten through eight grade. Joining is free, but a handbook for the year costs around $6. Awana is a Christian ministry that teaches Bible verse memorization to children in central Ohio and in churches around the world. Special events are sprinkled throughout the Awana year, like holiday celebrations, Bible quizzing, a miniature regatta boat race, games competitions, and a small scale Grand Prix car race. All activities are carefully supervised by Immanuel’s church members. Immanuel Baptist Church is located at 3417 Palmetto St. at Derrer Road near Westgate Park. If you would like more information about the church or the Awana program, call 274-2687.
Green Lawn’s First Saturday
As the Columbus Metropolitan Library observes its 100th anniversary, First Saturday at Green Lawn will also recognize those who were involved with the construction and operation of that facility. Librarian Andy Miller will speak at the Sept. 1 program “100 Years of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.” This program is free and open to the public and will be held at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Green Lawn, 1000 Greenlawn Ave.
Miller will be speaking about Harry W. Richter who managed the construction of the library, and others who have worked there that are interred at Green Lawn. First Saturday at Green Lawn, put together by the Green Lawn Volunteers, celebrates the lives of people interred there who have had an impact on life in central Ohio. More than 147,000 people have been interred at Green Lawn since it was established as a nonprofit association 1848. The cemetery has grown from its original 83 acres to 360, 80 of which are yet to be developed. This makes Green Lawn the second largest cemetery in Ohio. For information about the program or the Green Lawn Volunteers, call 878-4214. For information about the cemetery, call 444-1123.
Children’s Home Reunion
The 11th reunion of the Madison County Children’s Home will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Cedar Ridge Lodge at Battelle-Darby Metro Park, 1175 Darby Creek Dr. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share and beverages. Plates and flatware will be provided. The day will include fun for all ages, including door prizes and a white elephant gift auction. Photos will be taken. For more information, call Walter Jester at 614-878-0428.
Women’s Bible Studies
Women’s Bible Studies at Cypress Wesleyan Church for fall include “A Women’s Heart – God’s Dwelling Place” and “Daniel: Lives of Intregrity; Words of Prophesy” – both by Beth Moore. Classes offered on Thursday mornings and evenings, and Sunday evenings, beginning Sept. 13. Call the church at 878-8192 or visit the Web sit for more info at www.cypressonline.net.
Shaunti Feldhahn, best-selling author of “For Women Only,” will be the featured speaker at the Cypress Wesleyan Church Women’s Dinner on Oct. 16. Call the church at 878-8192 or visit the Web site for more info at www.cypressonline.net.
Aglow monthly meeting
“Aglow,” A network of caring women, will meet on Sept. 11 at The Potter’s House, 3220 Lowell Dr., at 9:45 a.m. Continental breakfast will be served at a cost of $5. The speaker will be Dr. Tahira Saleem from Pakistan. She will be speaking on signs and wonders for today. For reservations and more information, call 263-0607 or 889-1708 by noon Sept. 7.
Committee members needed
The Greater Hilltop Area Commission seeks community members to serve on various committees for the 2007-2008 commission term. Committee members do not have to be members of the full commission. Interested persons can learn about the commission and get more information online at www.TheGHAC.com.
Awana Clubs for boys and girls, from three-years-old to sixth grade. These clubs meet on Wednesdays, from 6:45-8:30 p.m., at Briggs Road Baptist Church, 3231 Briggs Road. Call 272-7430 for more information.
There will be senior luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 12 noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 South Powell Avenue. Open to the public, donations accepted.