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Paper recycling program
Parkview United Methodist Church’s paper recycling program is beginning its fifth year. Newspapers, junk mail, catalogs, and more can be dropped in the green and yellow recycling bins in the church’s parking lot, at 344 S. Algonquin Ave. No cardboard or telephone books.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-3358.
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.
Help your child read
The Columbus Speech and Hearing Center is hosting, “Helping Your Child Learn to Read: What Parents Need to Know,” free information sessions for parents of children in kindergarten and first grade.
All sessions are from 7-8 p.m. Locations and dates of the sessions are as follows:
•Jan. 9 – Upper Arlington Main Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington
•Jan. 16 – Hilliard Library, 4772 Cemetery Road, Hilliard
•Jan. 23 – Westerville Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville
For more information contact Marianne LaRosa at the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, 263-5151.
Exercise for seniors
Seniors are invited to exercise on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave. Men and women aged 50 to 90 and up have exercised at the facility since 2001. The instructor leads each session with warm-ups, play balls, resistance bands, hand weights, some low-impact aerobics and balance activities. Each participant can adapt the routine to his/her comfort level. The cost is $35 for each eight-week session. Call the instructor, Lori Vazquez, at 989-4595 with questions.
Rock on Sullivant
Rock on Sullivant is an after school program sponsored by the Westside Free Store Ministries, 3030 Sullivant Ave. Qualified adult and high school volunteers will be present to help, teach and mentor students on Wednesdays after school until 6 p.m. This program begins Jan. 16 and is free of cost. For more information and to receive required registration information, call 351-5480.
GriefShare seminar and support group (for those grieving the loss of a loved one) will meet at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road, each Sunday at 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 and continuing through April 6. For more information or to register, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192, ext. 238. There is also children’s programming available each Sunday for infants through high school age – some require pre-registration so ask about that when you call. Log on to www.griefshare.org or www.cypressonline.net for more information.
DivorceCare recovery seminar and support group will meet at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road, each Sunday at 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 13 and continuing through April 6. There will also be one session held the morning of Saturday, Feb. 2. For more information or to register, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192, ext. 238. There is also children’s programming available each Sunday for infants through high school age – some require pre-registration so ask about that when you call. You can also check out the DivorceCare Web site, www.divorcecare.org or the church Web site, www.cypressonline.net, for more information.
Dodge winter registration
Jan. 7-11 is registration for winter session at Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave. Volunteer leader classes will continue the two weeks between.
Free AARP help
Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is offering free AARP help on Thursdays Jan 31. through April 10 by appointment. Call Dodge at 645-3176 to schedule. Appointment times are 9, 10 and 11 a.m., as well as 12 noon. Bring your copy of last year’s tax forms and any other necessary information.
Dodge Senior Council
Dodge Senior Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8 at l:15 p.m. All members are invited to attend.
All Member’s Reception
Dodge Senior Center’s All Members Reception is Friday Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. There will be no cost and no reservation is needed. Mike Stanley, professional gutarist, will preform. Light refreshments will be provided. The center is located at 667 Sullivant Ave.
Dodge offers new class
Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is offering a new class – Easy to Make Blankets. Just cut and tie. We will make both regular and children size blankets. All children blankets made will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Join Rae Anne Nutter on Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m.
VFW Post 6065
VFW Post 6065 will hold their meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. Meetings last about one hour and are held at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 West Broad St. Those interested in getting involved or volunteering time should attend a meeting. The Ladies Auxilary meets at 6:30 p.m. The motivations of the VFW are patriotic, historical, and educational. They strive to perpetuate the memory and history of thier dead, and to assist their widows and orphans. Call Will Davis at 309-0171 for further information.
WABA January meeting
The Westland Area Business Association will hold their January networking meeting at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Westland High School, 146 Galloway Road. Members and their guests are asked to bring business cards and brochures to share. Lunch is $6 per person. Register by contacting Ardis Offensend at 878-4466 or email@example.com no later than Friday, Jan. 4.
Aglow meeting notice
“Aglow,” a network of caring women, will meet Jan. 8 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 Tyna Valentine. She will speak on “Dwelling in the Throne Room of the Living God.”
For reservations and more information, call 263-0607 or 889-1708 by noon, Friday, Jan.4.
St. Paul Benefit Bank
The Benefit Bank at St. Paul Lutheran Church will have trained people available on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. and every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to assist individuals through the initial paperwork to receive the following services:
•Healthy Start/Healthy Families
•Title 20 Child Care Subsidies
•Ohio Works First
•Medicare Savings program
•HELP (Home Energy Assistance Program)
The program will start Thursday, Jan. 3 and Saturday, Jan. 5. The church is located at 55 Pasadena Ave., just west of Doctor’s Hospital. Call 878-4715 for more information.
Help available at NDCC
Are you in the midst of a life transition? New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, offers individuals support to enter or re-enter the work force – regardless of their ability to pay. Their licensed counselors take a holistic, individualized approach to seminars and workshops focusing on career building techniques with the ultimate goal of achieving financial independence though fulfilling employment. Additionally, the four week, New Directions class is designed exclusively for women re-entering the workforce after a death, divorce, addiction, depression, etc. Placement services are available to program graduates.
For more information on programs, services, or scholarships contact Meredith Kitts at 849-0028.
Free clothing and lunch
New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free womens, mens and some children’s clothing Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will also be provided. All are welcome. This is a monthly event. Read the Westside Messenger for information on future dates.