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.

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. 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:

•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.

 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.

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.


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.

Women’s Dinner

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

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.

Senior luncheon

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.

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.

“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.

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.  

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.

West High Alumni Golf

The West High School Alumni Association will host a golf outing on Oct. 5 at the Phoenix Golf Links in Grove City. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and a shotgun start begins at 10 a.m. The cost for the event is $50 per person, which includes golf, cart, meal and door prizes. The money raised will go towards athletics at West High School.

For complete information, go to the West High Alumni Web site at www.westhighalumni.com.

 BR Homecoming festivities

The Annual Bishop Ready Homecoming Spirit Breakfast will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 a.m. at the high school on Salisbury Road at Mound St. in Columbus. Cost to attend is $15 per person and includes a full breakfast. The Spirit Breakfast kicks off Homecoming activities at the Catholic co-ed high school and proceeds benefit the school’s athletic programs. This is an occasion to meet and greet the coaches and the school’s new athletic director, Ralph C. Locke III, members of the school’s football team, and participate in a pep rally for the homecoming game. Homecoming activities continue with the game against Jonathan Alder at Westland High School on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation for the breakfast, call Michelle Kelly at 276-7827. Deadline for breakfast reservations is Monday, Sept. 24.

DSC Senior Council

The Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is holding a Senior Council meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 11, at l:15 p.m.  All members are invited to attend.

DSC All Members reception

The Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is hosting a All Members Reception, Friday, Sept. 21, from 1-3 p.m.  This event is free and no reservation is needed.  Entertainment will be provided by Joe Santry, baseball historian. Refreshments will be provided by Franklin Woods.

DSC volunteer recognition

The Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is holding a Volunteer Recognition Party, Thursday, Sept. 27, l p.m. Staff will be honoring Dodge Volunteers.  Reservation: Check at the hostess desk if you have volunteered this year and sign up.

Dodge Chorus

Dodge Chorus will be held on Sept. 28, at the Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., at 11:30 a.m.  Enjoy lunch and  Richard Rodgers songs from South Pacific.   Reservations will be taken at the hostess desk.

Senior Fest at Dodge

Senior Fest will be held at Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and includes food, games, entertainment, health checks, dancing and transportation if needed.  To make a reservation, sign up at the hostess desk and recieve tickets. Best costume of the 20s awarded, as well.

Free healthy living courses

The Franklin County Commissioners will host a series of free lunch hour courses geared towards helping residents and county workers enjoy healthier lives.  The courses will be held each Wednesday through the end of the year and are open to the public. Those who attend the courses will receive lessons on healthy activities such as golf, ballroom dancing, cooking, exercise and more. Each session begins at 11:30 a.m. in the first floor lobby of the Franklin County Courthouse, 373 S. High Street. For the schedule of classes, visit www.FranklinCountyOhio.gov/Commissioners.

Flu and pneumonia shots

The Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., will be giving flu and pneumonia shots, on Friday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., or Tuesday Oct. 23, 3-6 p.m. Bring Medicare or personal health insurance card, or pay $28 for the flu shot.  First come, first served.

DSC Halloween lunch

The Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is hosting a Halloween luncheon,  Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6 per person. Reservation deadline is Oct. 19.  Wear a disguise, try to win a prize in the balloon and cookie decorating contests.  

Longaberger trip

The Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is taking a Longaberger Basket Company trip, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. Cost is $8 per person. Sign up at hostess desk.

DSC square dancing

The Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is hosting Wednesday Night Square Dance, every Wednesday in October from 6-8 p.m.  Cost is $2 per  person. No reservation required.

Diabetes and You

Diabetes and You, will be held at the Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., on  Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. This program is free of charge, no reservation required. Presenters are Sharon Ritchie and Shannon Yang, from the Columbus Public Health Department. Blood Pressures will also be taken.

Glenwood UMC festival

Glenwood United Methodist Church, at the corner of Valleyview Road at Hague Ave., will hold its annual Fall Harvest Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The festival will feature crafts, flea market booths, a theme basket auction, lunch food, bake sale, Bloodmobile and other activities and entertainment. For information call 777-9902.

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, starting Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a free course that is set in a very relaxed atmosphere. If you have any questions or would like to register please e-mail admin@abundantlifetabernacle.net or call 279-5433.

Life University classes

Life University classes, Bible studies and support groups at Cypress Wesleyan Church begin on Sunday, Sept. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. Class topics include “Parenting 101,” “Square One” for new believers, and “The Christian and Money.” Support groups are DivorceCare, DivorceCare for Kids, and GriefShare. Bible studies are also offered. Children programing is offered as well as Storm student ministries for middle and high school students. Visit the Web site at www.cypressonline.net  or call the church at 878-8192 ext. 227 to get registered.

New MOPS group

A MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group sponsored by Life In Christ Fellowship will begin meeting monthly, starting Sept. 19, in the New Life Nazarene Church located at 2020 State Route 142 NE, West Jefferson. Moms will enjoy a light breakfast and two hours of adult conversation, discussions, crafts, and fun. Their preschool children are lovingly cared for in the MOPPETS program with stories, crafts, fun and snacks. This year’s theme is “The Home Factor.”Meeting times are 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month September through May (no meeting in December). Interested moms should contact Pam at 614-853-2532 or Lois at 614-878-3535 for more information and to receive a registration form. MOPS is an international organization designed to meet the distinct needs of preschool moms who share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!

Living with Epilepsy

The Living with Epilepsy symposium, presented by Riverside Methodist Hospital and the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio, will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3545 Olentangy River Road. Cost will be $10 per person, and includes lunch and the seminar; $40 per person, for professional credit.

Contact Nancy Brantner at 261-1100 or e-mail nbrantner@epilepsy-ohio.org for more information.

Curious about Catholics?

Non-Catholics who are interested in the Catholic religion are invited to raise their questions at St. Cecilia Church on Sept. 12.  Catholics will be on hand to explain the church’s teachings on the second Wednesday of every month, at 7 p.m., in the meeting room. 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.

The topic for each session will be determined by the inquirers; there will be no pre-set agenda. Persons may come for one session or for several months. The setting will be informal. St. Cecilia Church is located on the southeast corner of Norton Road and Sullivant Avenue. For questions, call the parish office at 878-5353. No preregistration is necessary.

9-11 Remembrance Service

Westland High School Air Force Junior ROTC will hold its annual 9-11 Remembrance Service in the courtyard of the school, loctated at 146 Galloway Road, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. Westland alumni and others lost during the 9/11 attacks or in the subsequent War on Terrorism will be remembered. The public is invited to attend.

Charity Chicken Dinner

Knights of Columbus Council 12939 will have a Charity Chicken Dinner on Sept. 22 from 5-7 p.m. at St. Margaret Church, 1600 N. Hague Ave. The dinner includes BBQ and oven-roasted chicken, potatoes, green beans or corn, roll and dessert. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children, open to the public. For information, call 507-2074.

Columbus Literacy Council

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an Information Session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6-7:30 p.m. The session will take place at the Columbus Literacy Council office, 195 N. Grant Ave. To register, call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.

Homes on the Hill

Homes on the Hill Community Development Coorporation has received a grant from National Council of La Raza to develop and implement a post-purchase education program that focuses on helping current homeowners maintain and thrive in their homes.

The classes will last two hours and will focus on a variety of topics including home maintenance and repair, refinance options and home equity, saving and budgeting for homeowners and energy efficiency. Homes on the Hill CDC hope to hold three of the workshops this year and plans to begin conducting the classes in Spanish in 2008.

The first workshop in the series will discuss refinancing, home equity, and how to avoid predatory loans. The free workshop will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6:30-8:30 at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Public Library, located at 75 N. High St.

To register or for more information, call 275-4663 or log on to www.hoth-cdc.org.

WCWC luncheon

The West Columbus Women’s Club Luncheon will be held Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 12-1:45 p.m. at the Heritage Gold Club House, 3525 Heritage Club Dr., Hilliard. The theme will be “The Key to Stretching.” Cost for the event is $14. Babysitting is free. Reservations and cancellations are required for the luncheon and the nursery.

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