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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.

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. now 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.

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.

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.

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. Call the church at 878-8192 or visit the Web site for more info at www.cypressonline.net.

GriefShare at local church

GriefShare recovery support group will be hosted by Cypress Wesleyan Church in Galloway each Sunday at 6 p.m. 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.

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 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.  

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.

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.

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.

Life University classes

Register now for Life University classes offered at Cypress Wesleyan Church on Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m. Classes offered are: “Discovery Seminar,” a four-week information/membership class beginning Oct. 14; “Pause: Because Everybody is Tempted,” a four-week class based on Andy Stanley’s messages beginning Nov. 11, “The 7 Most Important Things You Can Ever Know,” with Pastor Ted Smith, beginning Oct. 14; “Parenting 101,” with Children’s Ministries Director Kathy George, beginning Oct. 28; “Becoming a Friend of the Faithful God – A Precept” (Kay Arthur) Study of Abraham, is offered on Monday nights beginning Oct. 1.  Children’s programming is available at no charge for Sunday evening classes, and our middle school and high school Storm worship rallies are from 6-8 p.m. Call the church at 878-8192 ext. 227 for more info or to get registered.

Briggs band alumni

Looking for past members of the Briggs High School marching band, flag corp. andmajorettes for a homecoming reunion. Contact Teresa Wamsley-Baker at briggsbandalumni@aol.com or 419-3358.

Ladies Auxiliary

Plans are underway to form a Ladies Auxiliary Group at AM VETS Post 300.  All post members are asked to participate in this open enrollment.  All women that are related to a Post 300 member (grandmother, mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt) are encouraged to join and support our military families.  Please contact the Post Commander, Barbara Megoloff, at 614-276-8083 for more information.  Remember, all good deeds start with the family.          

PTSC “Lunch and Learn”

Prairie Township Senior Center is sponsoring free “Lunch and Learn” sessions during the month of October. These sessions begin at 11 a.m. at the center, 4656 W. Broad St., include lunch and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 878-5110.

The schedule for October is as follows:

•Oct. 17 – Sheila Price of Mount Carmel will discuss Medigold

•Oct. 24 – Beverly Drudy of Amity Care will discuss “Home Care”

•Oct. 31 – Brenda Held of Held International will present “Gifts Galore”

PTSC seminars

The Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 W. Broad St., will host the following free seminars:

•Oct. 15, 1 p.m. – Nick Turkas, Director of the Arthitis Foundation will present “Arthritis Answers.”

•Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. – “Candidates Night” with Franklin County Consortium for Good Government. Meet and greet the candidates, followed by candidate debates.

PTSC “Soup-er” Saturday

The Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 W. Broad St., will be holding a “Soup-er” Saturday, open to the public, on Oct. 20 at noon. Potato and vegetable soup and salad will be served for a $2.50 donation. For more information, call 878-5110.

WCCWC luncheon

The West Columbus Christian Women’s Club luncheon will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 12-1:45 p.m., at the Heritage Golf Club House, 3525 Heritage Club Dr., Hilliard. Cost is $14, babysitting is free. Reservations and cancellations are required are required for the luncheon and nursery. Guests will be speaker Lisa Haley, and vocalist Sandy Sherrill. There will also be a bazaar. Call Betty at 851-3222 or Audra at 777-5578.

BR’s fall theatre production

Bishop Ready High School’s fall theatre production of  Neil Simon’s “Fools” will take to the stage on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.; Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.; Oct. 21 at 2 and 7 p.m. The production will take place at Bishop Ready High School, Salisbury Road at Mound Street, on the Westside. Cost will be $8 for adults; $7 for those 65 of age and over; $6 for students; children 5 years of age and under will be admitted free. Ample free parking is available at the school. For more information, call Bishop Ready High School, at 276-5263.

PUMC Baked Steak Dinner

Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., will have their annual Baked Steak Dinner on Friday, Oct. 19. Serving times are 4-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. The cost of dinner is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Reservations are required and may be made  until Oct. 16 by calling  875-0393 or the church, at 274-8431.

FHHS Band Bazaar

Franklin Heights High School Band Boosters will hold its annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Franklin Heights High School, 1001 Demorest Road.

Crafters of all kinds are needed to set up tables and sell their wares. Tables are $25 each, plus a charge of $2 if electricity is needed. Reserve your space today by calling Deb Kakos at 275-4480. The craft bazaar is an annual fundraiser for the Franklin Heights High School Marching Band and is sponsored by the Band Boosters. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin Heights Marching Band.

St. Stephen to hold bazaar

St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 4131 Clime Rd., will hold thier annual “Mistletoe and Holly Bazaar” on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be crafts, baked goods, raffles and door prizes. Lunch and snacks will be available. For more information, call Jo at 279-5434 or Barb at 351-0784.

VCC Christmas Bazaar

Valleyview Church of Christ, 2450 Valleyview Dr., will hold a Christmas bazaar on Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be arts and crafts, door prizes, food vendors, a bake sale and a silent auction. Tables are available to rent for $10 each. Contact Norma at 276-5731.

SWCS candidates night

The South-Western Council of PTAs will host a school board candidates night on Oct. 23 at Brookpark Middle School, 2803 Southwest Blvd. in Grove City, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. All South-Western City School District Board of Education candidates have been invited to participate in this forum. Candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to questions submitted in writing by the audience. This is a moderated event, therefore no verbal interaction between the audience and the candidates will take place. No campaign literature is to be distributed that evening and no buttons or other campaign promotions are to be worn.


South Wedgewood Blockwatch

The South Wedgewood Neighborhood Blockwatch has scheduled a neighborhood meeting for Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Building located at the St. Stephens Catholic Church on Clime Road.  All neighbors are invited to attend.

The meeting agenda will include review of local crime activity, introduction of the newly assigned liaison officer and discussion of neighborhood issues and complaints.

SWAC meeting

The October meeting of the Southwest Area Commission, will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the New Horizons United Methodist Church, 1665 Harrisburg Pike. The agenda will include discussion about development of the Area Plan by representatives from Franklin County, the City of Columbus, and Franklin Township.

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

MOPS registration still open

There is still time to register for the MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) group sponsored by Life In Christ Fellowship. Mothers of children from newborns to kindergarteners are welcome. The group will meet Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to hear from speaker Ron Brown, Jr., of Brown Financial Services.  His topic, “Poppin Fresh Dough,” will provide practical help with budgeting and tips on finances for young families.  There will also be refreshments and a craft.  Children will enjoy the MOPPETS program during the MOPS meeting. This group meets in the New Life Nazarene Church located at 2020 State Route 142 NE, West Jefferson. Call Pam at 853-2532 or Lois at 878-3535 to register.

HUMC Women’s Bazaar

Hilltop United Methodist Church Women’s Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the J. Ashburn Junior Youth Center, 85 Clarendon Ave., from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. Contact Ruth Middlebrooks, at614-515-1217 or Melody Williams, pastor, at 279-8086.

West High Alumni meeting

The West High School Alumni Association will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Spaghetti Warehouse. The program will be presented by Monty Chase who will speak on the life of his fourth cousin, Salmon P. Chase, senator and governor of Ohio and after whom Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery is named. Dinner may be ordered from the menu at 6 p.m. followed by the program. All alums are welcome to attend.

All Ages Talent Show

The Dodge second annual All Ages Talent Show will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Call 645-8151 for details.


Honoring our veterans

The Dodge Senior Center will host an “Honoring our Veterans” breakfast, Monday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m.  The cost is $4, veterans eat free with some proof.  Sign up at hostess desk by Nov. 8.


Free hearing tests

Dodge Senior Center is holding free hearing tests and screenings on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. by appointment only. Call Hope at 261-5452. Free hearing aids are available for those who qualify.

All Members Reception

Dodge Senior Center is hosting an All Members Reception on Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. Entertainment will be “The Gingersnaps,” a lively dance team. Light refreshments will be furnished. There is no cost for the event and reservations are not required.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Dodge Senior Center’s annual Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $6.  Reservation deadline is Nov. 9. Call 645-8151.

Senior Council meeting

Dodge Senior Center will hold a senior council meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1:15 p.m. All members are invited.

Homes on the Hill

Homes on the Hill is hosting a “Free Financial Management and Energy Efficiency Workshop for Current Homeowners,” on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Homes on the Hill CDC, 12 S. Terrace Ave. (in Hilltop Lutheran Church).

This free workshop will focus on energy efficiency and financial management for homeowners. The class will include do-it-yourself tips on making your home more energy efficient, as well as financial advice on how to use the money saved on utility bills to build wealth.  Presenters will include Ms. Pam Learman, Outreach and Education Specialist with the Ohio Consumers’ Council, and Ms. Gayle Warren-Calloway, founder of BTFC Company, a non profit financial consulting enterprise. Homes on the Hill housing counselors will also be present to consult individually with homeowners.

This class is free and open to the public.  The workshop may meet the educational requirements for some refinancing programs. To register or for more information, call Homes on the Hill at 275-4663.

Chili and Stew Dinner

Crossroads UMC, 1100 Hague Ave., is holding their annual all-you-can-eat Chili and Stew Dinner Oct. 26 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.  

Bazaar and craft show

A bazaar and craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Galloway Presbyterian Church, 6191 Hall Road. Lunch will be served.

CLC information session

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an information session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Nov. 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. The session will be held at the CLC office, 195 N. Grant Ave. To register, call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.

Businessmen Int. breakfast

The Columbus Chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International will have a breakfats meeting Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m. The group meets the third Saturday of each month at York Steakhouse, 4220 W. Broad St. They meet in the same location every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Call Don Schaffner, at 875-0230, for reservations.

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