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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
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.
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.
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.
Deeper Life Bible Study
Abundant Life Tabernacle, 35 Derrer Road, is hosting a Deeper Life Bible Study. This is a 12 week course that will cover from Genisis to Revelations. It begins Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. This is a free course that is set in a very relaxed atmosphere. For questions or to register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 279-5433.
BYF day trip
Join the BYF (Best Years Fellowship 55-plus Adult Ministries) Group at Cypress Wesleyan Church for a day trip to the Creation Museum and the Newport Aquarium on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Cost is $50 per person. Call the church at 878-8192 or visit the Web site for more info at www.cypressonline.net.
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 works are 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 site 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 Tuesday, Oct. 16. Call the church at 878-8192 or visit the Web site for more info at www.cypressonline.net.
Girls’ Night Out
Join the ladies from Cypress Wesleyan Church for a Girls’ Night Out at the Mustard Seed Christian Café in West Jefferson on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Serena Murphy, Senior Pastor’s wife, will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. Call the church at 878-8192 or visit the Web site for more info at www.cypressonline.net.
“Street Smartz” at PTSC
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department will hold a two-part series called “Street Smartz” at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 W. Broad St., on Sept. 11 and sept 13, from 6-8 p.m. both nights. This program will educate the community how to improve security and includes a history of gangs, breakdown of different types of gangs and threat groups and thier criminal activities. Participants will be able to better identify gang activity in the community and will be empowered to help combat this growing problem. This program is free and open to the public. For information, call 878-5110.
Jerry Lewis Telethon
The American Legion Post #532, 1571 Demorest Road, will host a live Jerry Lewis Telethon on Sept. 3. The guest MC will be AM radio’s Mark Nuce. A breakfast bar and eggs to order at a cost of $6 will be available from 8-11 a.m. There will be live entertainment, food, raffles and door prizes all day. The show will run from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Muscular Dystrophy.
GriefShare at local church
GriefShare recovery support group will be hosted by Cypress Wesleyan Church in Galloway each Sunday at 6 p.m. beginning Sept. 16 and continuing through Dec. 9. The class will meet in the District Center, 457 Alton-Darby Creek Road (the brick building north of the church, close to the railroad tracks). Children’s programs are being offered at the same time for infants through 12th grade at no cost. To register or to receive more information, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238, or visit the GriefShare Web site, www.griefshare.org.
“Cruise In” car show
Grace of God Lutheran Church, 1000 Demorest Road, will have a “Cruise In” car show on Saturday, Sept. 15 (rain date Sept. 29) from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free to the public. There will be food available, door prizes to win and live entertainment. The entire community is invited to get to know the congregation and ministries. Over-flow free parking is available at Franklin Heights High School, directly across the street. Car registration fee is $8. For questions or to register a car, call the church office at 274-6066. Proceeds benefit the Community Awareness for Ministries of Grace of God.
WABA luncheon meeting
The Westland Area Business Association is holding a luncheon meeting at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Jazz Street Cafe at the South-Western Career Academy, 4750 Big Run South Road. Contact Ardis Offensend at 878-4466 or email@example.com by Sept. 6 to register.
“Tailgate with the Dogs”
Pilot Dogs, a non-profit organization located at 625 West Town St., is hosting its first annual “Tailgate with the Dogs for the Ohio State vs. Washington game Sept. 15. Festivities will begin at 2 p.m. with opportunities to go blindfolded with a trained Pilot Dog and tour the facilities. There will also be a silent auction, games and music. Food and drinks will be available throughout the game, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Contact Pilot Dogs at 221-6367. RSVP by Sept. 9. No sales at the door. All proceeds benefit Pilot Dogs.
Cub Scout Fun Night
Cub Scout Fun Night will be held Monday, Sept. 10 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Glenwood Methodist Church, 2833 Valleyview Dr. (at the corner of Hague Ave. and Valleyview Dr. ) Bring the whole family for a fun filled evening of games, snacks, and arts & crafts.
Thanks to Officer Russell
Hilltop Neighborhood Action Group is sponsoring a recognition celebration for Officer Norm Russell. He has left his long-held post as Liaison Officer for 19th Precinct. Let him know just how much his commitment and dedication were appriciated. The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, corner of West Broad Street and Hague Avenue (enter through rear door). If you or your group would like to give recognition or make a presentation to Officer Russell, contact Annette Jefferson at 276-3160.
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. For additional information, contact 276-9268.