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.


Busy Bee Playtime

Busy Bee Playtime is held every Thursday morning from  10 a.m. to noon at Sharon Mennonite Church in Plain City. Busy Bee Playtime is held in the church’s fellowship hall, where there is room for children ages 0-5 to play and fellowship together. It is a chance for the children to play while the adults watch over them and also visit with each other. Near the end of the playtime, we have a short circle time to sing songs together.   

All children need to be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. There is no cost. You are welcome to come late or leave early since this is an “open gym” format. The program runs through the end of May. The church is located at 7675 Amity Pike in Plain City. For more information, e-mail busybees@sharonmennonite.org or call the church at 614-873-8290.


Gantz scholarship

Gardens at Gantz volunteers are offering a scholarship of up to $1,000 to a student interested in studying landscaping, horticulture, sustainable living or conservation at an accredited college or university. They are also offering a $500 grant to an organization with a gardening related project.

Applicants must be residents of the South-Western City School District. The application deadline is March 31. Contact gantzedu@wideopenwest.com for additional details and applications.


WCCWC luncheon

The West Columbus Christian Women’s Club luncheon is to be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the Heritage Golf Club House, 3525 Heritage Club Dr., Hilliard. The cost is $14, inclusive. Babysitting is free, and reservations and cancellations are required for the nursery.

Guest speaker will be Terri Sevinsky of Strongsville; vocalist will be Karen Wheeler; special feature for the day is Cathy Sherman of Carriage House of Flowers.

For reservations, call Betty at 861-0611, or Audra at 777-5578.


DivorceCare meets

DivorceCare, a divorce recovery seminar and support group, will meet at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, 3005 Holt Road in Grove City, on Tuesdays through May 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

There is a registration fee of $15 due the first night of class. DivorceCare features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. For more information about topic, log onto www.divorcecare.org. For more information on the meeting, contact the church at 277-2700.


Step Into Summer

More that 500 students and their families are expected to attend the Annual Step Into Summer Opportunities Fair on Monday, March 3, from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St.

This event will feature over 50 exhibitors from Central Ohio and around the state to share information on summer activities, ranging from traditional outdoor camps to academic interests. Students can enroll in programs featuring art, music, pre-college courses and sports. Organized by Parents for Academic Challenge and Enrichment (P.A.C.E.) and the Step Into College Program of Columbus Public Schools, the fair is also sponsored by Huntington Banks, with support from the Franklin Park Conservatory. The fair is free of charge and open to all families.  Parents and students are encouraged to come and speak with the program representatives about the many summer opportunities.

Each family will receive a Step Into Summer Opportunities Fair booklet, listing the exhibitors and their programs. Parking at the Conservatory is free. All ages from preschool through high school will find a summer program that will spark their talents and interest. 

For more information, contact the Opportunities Fair coordinator at 343-3704.


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

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.        


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.


GriefShare seminar

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. 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 seminar

DivorceCare recovery seminar and support group will meet at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road, each Sunday at 6 p.m. 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. You can also check out the DivorceCare Web site, www.divorcecare.org or the church Web site, www.cypressonline.net, for more information. 


Free AARP help

Dodge Senior Center, 667 Sullivant Ave., is offering free AARP help 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.


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.


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:

•Food Stamps

•Healthy Start/Healthy Families

•Title 20 Child Care Subsidies

•Ohio Works First

•Medicare Savings program

•HELP (Home Energy Assistance Program)

•Voter Registration

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.


WABA scholarship auction

The Westland Area Business Association (WABA) will be holding their 18th Annual Scholarship Auction on Saturday, March 8 at Charles Mentel Golf Course beginning at 5:30 pm. It will start off with appetizers then a dinner buffet with desserts, and a silent and live auction to follow. The theme this year is “A Night Out With The Stars.”  This auction provides many scholarships for the SWCS students and funds for many other community events. For more information please contact Kathy Horn at 275-0777 or 561-8368.


St. Margaret fish fry

St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 1600 N. Hague Ave., will have their ninth annual “Best Fish Fry Dinner in Town!” on the six Fridays during Lent from Feb. 8 to March 14, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a dinner of fried ocean perch or baked cod; complete with french fries, baked potato, baked steak fries, cole slaw, applesauce, roll and butter, and home-made desserts. Help yourself to free seconds! The cost for dinner is: adults – $8; seniors – $7; children (10 and under) – $3.50. Free coffee is provided. Pop and beer are available for a nominal fee. Carry outs are available at the door. For info call the parish office at 279-1690.


K of C fish fries at St. Cecilia

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor their annual Lenten Fish Fries through Friday, March 14, in the school hall at St. Cecilia. The hours of operation will be 5-7:30 p.m. The dinners will have a choice of popcorn shrimp or all-you-can-eat baked or fried ocean perch.  The dinners will also include: choice of french fries or baked potato, cole slaw or macaroni and cheese, green beans, bread, drink and dessert. The cost will be $4 for children under 12; $7 for seniors, $8 for adults, and $26 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 children). Eat-in or drive-through are available. Sandwiches also available.


K of C 2898 Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus Council 2898, and the Bishop Ready Athletic Association, announce their Lenten Fish Fries, Fridays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., through Lent, in the Bishop Ready High School cafeteria, 707 Salisbury Road.

Dinner is all-you-can eat fried and baked perch dinners, with your choice of two sides, a roll, drink and dessert.

Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children.


Paper tax preparation at PTSC

The Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 West Broad St., will be offering paper income tax preparation for senior citizens. This service is courtesy of AARP and Mr. Ed Haney, volunteer coordinator. There is no charge for this service, but you must call the center, at (614) 878-5110, for an appointment. Bring the following: your 2006 tax return, your social security card, and all tax papers for 2007.


Free jewelry repair for seniors

Bill Higgins of the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 West Broad St., will offer free jewelry repair to senior citizens, at the center, starting at 1 p.m. This service will continue, every Thursday, as long as the service is needed. For more info, call the center at (614) 878-5110.


St. Stephens fish fry

St. Stephen the Martyr, 4131 Clime Road, will hold a fish fry every Friday through March 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Adults are $8, seniors are $7, and children 12 and under are $3.50. The menu includes baked/fried perch with a roll, dessert, a drink and two side dishes. Proceeds will be donated to charities.


Golden Age Center

The Slavation Army Golden Age Center, 2300 W. Mound St., invites anyone aged 60 or over to attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for lunch, crafts, movies, BINGO, games, health and fitness, and fun. Call Ellen Marvin, senior director, at 274-7600, ext. 108, one day in advance to reserve lunch for $1.25 per day. Trips are available for $9 per month.


CLC Information Sessions

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding Information Sessions about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on March 19 and April 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. The sessions will be held at the CLC office, 195 N. Grant Ave. Register at www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.


Gang hotline

The Columbus Division of Police is conducting a six month pilot project using the phone number 645-GANG (4264).

Citizens in Columbus are encouraged to leave a detailed message about gang activity in their neighborhood. The Division is using this number specifically for information associated with gang activity.  Other information not pertaining to gangs should be referred to 645-4545.


BR Spring Prom Fashion Show

Student models from the junior and senior classes at Bishop Ready High School will showcase prom formal wear and spring casuals at the fifth annual Spring Prom Fashion Show sponsored by the Bishop Ready Mothers’ Club. Twenty-four young women and 21 young men will walk the runway on this occasion.

This year’s theme is “An Afternoon in Milan” and all proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund. The event will be held on Sunday, March 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Confluence Park Restaurant, at 679 W. Long St. Tickets are $20 each and include lunch, a chance at door prizes, and the fashion show. There will also be a purse silent auction and raffle and homemade turtles for sale. 

Reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 25.  For reservations or more information, call Michelle Kelly at Bishop Ready High School, 276-7827.


Creating Career Options

New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, assists individuals whose employment has been negatively impacted by the current economy or other factors. Unemployed individuals or those seeking change are invited to attend “Creating Career Options.” The three day program provides participants with necessary tools to transition to a new, rewarding position. Experts guide them in assessing career interests as well as researching professional options. Attendees develop, with career counselor oversight, an effective, individualized career change plan. Graduates of the program are also eligible for job placement assistance.  

“Creating Career Options” runs Monday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 5 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Meredith Kitts at 849-0028, extension 100.  NDCC offers services regardless of the individual’s ability to pay.


Westland Senior Citizens

The Westland Senior Citizens will meet Feb. 28 at the Columbia Heights Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, at 10:30 a.m. It will be a potluck luncheon with Speaker Sandi Latimer from the Westside Messenger. Euchre will follow. The group meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. New members are welcome. For more information, call 870-6476.


Hamloafs at PUMV

Hamloaf season is approaching at Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave. This year, the hamloaves will be made and baked at the church, so there is no limit to how many can be ordered. They will be available for pickup March 14 from 4-7 p.m., or March 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Orders need to be in March 9, by 10 p.m. Call 274-8431 or 875-0393.


French toast breakfast

Valleyview Church of Christ in Christian Union, 2450 Valleyview Dr.,  will be hosting a french toast and bacon breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on March 8. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.


Westgate senior luncheon

There will be a senior luncheon on Tuesday, March 11 at 12 noon at Westgate United methodist Church, 61 S. Powell Ave. The menu will be creamed turkey over biscuits. This event is open to the public, donations will be accepted.


Lincoln Village Clean and Safe Program

The Lincoln Village Neighborhood Clean and Safe  Program will host a presentation by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on Operation: Street Smart For a New A.G.E. (Adult Gang Education). This program will be presented by Deputy Charley Brown. The meeting will be held March 15 at 1 p.m. at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 West Broad Street. The presentation will include information on gang activity in our community, how to recognize it, and how we can help make our neighborhood safer.

The meeting is open to the public. Arrive at noon and share a free lunch with friends and neighbors prior to the meeting. RSVP by March 8 by calling 878-5110.


Midful Mothers craft bazaar

Mindful Mothers Club of London announced that the Spring Craft Bazaar will be Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Choctaw Lake Lodge, 2875 Oneida Drive, London. Area arts and crafts makers will display and sell their creations and merchandise.

Approximately 40 arts and crafts vendors will be displaying a variety of wares, including Easter crafts and unique spring decorations, folk art, handmade silk bags, baby quilts, OSU Buckeye crafts, and much more. The Easter Bunny will be visiting and available for pictures from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. for $3.  A lunch/snack bar will be available, as well.

Mindful Mothers Club is a member of the Ohio Child Conservation League, a non-profit, non-sectarian, educational organization whose members are interested in conserving our greatest natural resource – our children! For more information, contact Chantal Weldon at 740-852-2082.


PUMC community meeting

Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., will hold the third and final public meeting in the “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way,” series of community meetings, on Feb. 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. The meeting, aimed at encouraging the revitalization of the HIlltop area, will bring elected officials, local organizations, and residents together to prioritize goals and create an action plan. The plan will address a small handful of short and long-term goals that are specific and obtainable, and promote accountability. Funding to support the goals will be discussed as well. Light refreshmanets will be served.


Easter Egg Hunt

St.Mark’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 15 from noon until 3 p.m. at 5200 Sullivant Ave. Activities will include face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, lunch, a puppet show and an Easter egg hunt. Cost is $3 per child  ages 12 and under and $2 for adults (lunch only). RSVP by calling 878-6520.

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