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.


Free Spanish/English classes

Free Spanish/English classes will be offered to anyone interested at the Free Store, 3030 Sullivant Ave., on Wednesdays, through May 28 from 7-8 p.m. Child care will be provided.


Paper recycling at Parkview

Parkview United Methodist Church, 344  S. Algonquin Ave., is providing the community with recycling bins for paper products. Bring newspapers, magazines, junk mail, etc., to the green and yellow bins in the church parking lot. No cardboard or phone books will be accepted.


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.


PTSC exercise programs

The Prairie Township Senior Center hosts exercise programs free of costs throughout the week. The schedule is as follows:


10 a.m., Low Impact Aerobics


9:30 a.m., Gentle Stretchers


10 a.m., Conditioning Exercise


10 a.m., Gentle Stretchers

These programs are provided through a grant from Mt. Carmel hospital. For additional information, call 878-5110.


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. 


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 Auxiliary 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 their 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.


Free jewelry repair

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


Golden Age Center

The Salvation 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.


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.


Briggs class of 1978 reunion

The Briggs High School class of 1978 is in the process of contacting all alumni for the 30 year ruenion. If you are an alumni, or know someone who is, contact the reunion committee at briggs1978@sbcglobal.net or call Ray France at 878-7554, Penny (Wilson) Nott at 875-4681, or Joe Bechemer at 425-4439. Call to pre-order to a commemorative t-shirt.


Free clothing and lunch

New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s, men’s and some children’s clothing April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided. All are welcome. This is a monthly event. Read the Westside Messenger for future dates.


Columbus hydrant flushing   

Beginning April 29, The Columbus Division of Fire will begin their annual three-month program to flush the city’s 24,000 fire hydrants, said Fire Chief Ned Pettus, Jr.

This year, hydrant flushing will be conducted in two phases. The Westside will be included in phase two, which will take place June 11 through July 22.

Hydrant flushings will be performed seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Water could become cloudy or rusty during the flushing process, particularly in older neighborhoods. This condition is not a health hazard, and should clear up within 24-hours. However, residents in flushing areas should check their water before doing laundry because discolored water could stain laundered clothing.

Residents can call the Columbus Division of Fire’s Hydrant Hot Line at 645-4055 to obtain daily updates listing specific Columbus neighborhoods to be flushed. The hot line will be updated at 9 a.m. each day throughout the three-month hydrant maintenance program.

The city’s hydrants are flushed annually to test their performance and correct any problems that might interfere with their operation.


WCCWC luncheon

The West Columbus Christian Women’s Club luncheon is to be held Tuesday, April 22, at the Heritage Golf Club House, 3525 Heritage Club Dr., Hilliard, from 12-1:45 p.m. The cost is $14, inclusive. Call Betty, 851-0611, or Audra, 777-5578, to cancel reservations.

The guest speaker will be Elain Kitchen, vocalist is Leon Myers, and special feature is Karla Furrer of Bloomsbury Loft.

For more information, contact Mary Green at 614-876-6155.


PTSC “Lunch and Learns”

Prairie Township Senior Center, 4656 W. Broad St., is sponsoring “Lunch and Learn” sessions in April and May. The sessions, which begin at 11 a.m. and include lunch, are free and open to the public and are scheduled as follows:

April 23 – Claudia Penka, of Senior care Options, will discuss “Medicare Plans, Prescription Plans and Final Expenses.”

May 7-Amy Shaffer, of The Convalarium, will return to present “Downsizing, Part II.”


FOP fundraising dinner

The Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary Capital City No. 5 is planning its annual fundraising dinner, silent auction and presentation of the Sgt. Marc Muncy Scholarship.

Dinner will be served from 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at the Columbus Police Academy, 1000 North Hague Ave. Dinner is provided by JP’s Barbecue and includes barbecued chicken, green beans, pasta salad, rolls with butter, drinks and dessert.

Proceeds from the event benefit the FOP Auxiliary, which supports law enforcement officers throughout Franklin County through their fundraising efforts, political involvement and support of officers and their families during a time of crisis. The auxiliary’s motto is “Never Let Them Walk Alone.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children, or $35 for a family of four or more. To purchase tickets, contact Becky Muncy at 614-580-4754 or e-mail SgtMuncyScholarship@yahoo.com.


Support the FOP

You could drive off in a brand-new car simply by supporting law enforcement officers and their families.

The Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary Capital City No. 5 is raffling off a 2008 Honda Civic LX, provided by Roush Honda, in conjunction with the Sgt. Marc Muncy Memorial Scholarship Program.

The cost is $20 for one raffle ticket or $50 for three raffle tickets. A minimum of 1,500 tickets must be sold or it will become a 50/50 drawing, and a maximum of 2,000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be conducted May 7, and you need not be present to win.

All proceeds benefit the Sgt. Marc Muncy Memorial Scholarship Fund. Muncy was a Columbus Police officer who died in the line of duty in 1995. The family, in conjunction with the FOP Auxiliary, established this scholarship in 2005 to recognize the 10th anniversary of his death and as a way to give back to the local law enforcement community. The fund awards a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 a year for up to four years) to the child or grandchild of a law enforcement officer from any agency within Franklin County.

Tickets will be sold at the Wednesday “bike nights” at Quaker Steak and Lube, 8500 Lyra Drive in Columbus, on April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The FOP Auxiliary supports law enforcement officers throughout Franklin County through their fundraising efforts, political involvement and support of officers and their families during a time of crisis. The auxiliary’s motto is “Never Let Them Walk Alone.”

To purchase raffle tickets, contact Becky Muncy at 614-580-4754 or e-mail SgtMuncyScholarship@yahoo.com.


Free financial education

The Salvation Army West Mount Corp and STE Credit Union are sponsoring a free six-week financial education class. The class will be held weekly on Thursdays through May 22 between the hours of 3-4:30 p.m at the Salvation Army West Mount Corp, 2300 W. Mound St. The class is open to all adults and teenagers who want to succeed by learning about money management skills and positive financial behaviors. Planning, budgeting, investing, good debt vs. bad debt, checking accounts, insurance, and career planning are all topics that will be addressed.

To register for this workshop, call Keri Moser at 614-728-5931.


CLC information session

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an information session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Saturday, April 26, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the CLC office, 195 North Grant Ave. Register at http://columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.


SWAC to meet

The Southwest Area Commission will meet April 16 at 7 p.m. at the New Horizons United Methodist Church, 1665 Harrisburg Pike. The Agenda will include representatives from COTA and from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. For information visit www.columbusswac.org.


AMVETS ceremony

On March 28, 2008 AMVETS Post 300 held its second annual Women’s Recognition Award Ceremony at the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Affairs Out-Patient Clinic in Columbus.  The recipients of the awards were staff members at the clinic. Those honored were:  Anna Bugay, RN; Rose Myers, RN; Wendy Hopkins, physicians assistant; Susan Rucker, RN Manager; Evie Bradley, social worker; Maria Jean Bolin, LPN Mental Health; Sandi Bowen, dental hygienist. 


Deeper Life Bible Study

Abundant Life Tabernacle, 35 Derrer Road, is starting a Deeper Life Bible Study.  It begins Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. The course is 12 weeks long and taught in a relaxed format. To register for the class, e-mail pastor@abundantlifetabernacle.net or call 614-279-5433.


St. Cecilia turning 20

St. Cecilia Preschool is turning 20 and to celebrate will be holding an open house on Sunday, May 4, from 1 – 3 p.m. The parents and the preschool staff would like to invite the public to visit the preschool rooms to celebrate. Did you attend the preschool? Do your children? Are you considering sending your children? Take a trip down memory lane and look at pictures of classmates; maybe  even see a few. Did you ever wonder how the preschool got started or why they chose color names for the classes? Learn the answer to these and other pressing questions. As the preschool prepares, they welcome contributions of artwork and memories. Contact Mrs. Aeh at 878-0134 for more information.  St. Cecilia Preschool is located at 440 Norton Road, Columbus.

FHHS class of 1966

Franklin Heights High School, Class of 1966, will be holding a 60th birthday party reunion on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 12-6 p.m. at Heimat Haus, 4555 Jackson Pike (Route 104). Contact Becky (Sweazy) Malone for details and to RSVP by calling (614)801-9059 or e-mail bmalone@columbus.rr.com.


St. Stephen paper drive

A paper drive and community recycling event will be held at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 4131 Clime Road,  on Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Celebrate Earth Week! Bring all types of paper only (no cardboard) for recycling to the recycling bins in the lower level parking lot. The community is invited to recycle paper at this location any time. They will also accept aluminum (cans, etc.) for recycling during these hours on Saturday, April 26 only. Call 272-5206 for more information.


Sullivant Avenue cleanup

Hilltop residents are invited to join a group of approximately 55 volunteers from Wellpoint Foundation who will be teaming with South Ogden Avenue Block Watch and Keep Columbus Beautiful on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. They will meet at John Burroughs Park, behind John Burroughs Elementary, 2585 Sullivant Avenue (between South Richardson and South Burgess avenues) to clean-up Sullivant Avenue from Whitethorne to Hague avenues. They will also be removing trash and debris from the park and surrounding areas of Sullivant Avenue.

The Wellpoint Foundation is a non-profit private organization funded by Wellpoint, Inc. that promotes and enhances the well-being and health of families in communities it serves.  This is their community service day.

For more information, contact Lisa Boggs at lisaboggs693@sbcglobal.net or 276-7542.


AMVETS Post 300 news

On March 28, AMVETS Post 300 held their Second Annual Women’s Recognition Award Ceremony at the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Affairs Out-Patient Clinic in Columbus. The recipients of the awards were staff members at the clinic. The honors were given to them for their outstanding efforts in providing the best care and support for the patients at the clinic. Post 300 gave recognition to the following individuals: Anna Bugay, RN; Rose Myers, RN; Wendy Hopkins, physicians assistant; Susan Rucker, RN manager; Evie Bradley, social worker; Maria Jean Bolin, LPN mental health; Sandi Bowen, dental hygienist.


Westland Mall craft show

A spring arts and crafts show will be held at the Westland Mall all day April 26-27. A large variety of items will be available. Vendors may call Cindy at 272-7873 for more information.


Youth Philharmonic auditions

The Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio is accepting applications for advanced musicians, grades 8-12 for violins, violas, cellos, bass, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, French horns, English horns, trombones, tubas and percussion. Auditions will be held 6-9 p.m. May 12 at Capital University, 6-9 p.m. May 19 at Worthington Kilbourne Middle School, and 6-9 p.m. May 20 at Otterbein College. Call 614-470-0739 or email ypco@hotmail.com for application and appointment. Visit the Web site, www.ypco.net for application and further information.

CHUM garage sale

Columbia Heights United Methodist Church will be holding a garage sale as part of Lincoln Village’s “Flea Fantasia” at its new building (775 Galloway Road) on Friday, May 16 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), Saturday, May 17 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.), and Sunday, May 19, after church (approximately 11:30 a.m.).

CCS dinner and auction

Cypress Christian School’s eighth grade class will hold its second annual Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on May 10, from 4-9 p.m. at the school, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road, in the west auditorium. A complete dinner will be provided, along with a silent auction of items donated by area businesses. Entertainment will be provided by Matt Chittenden, of Lancaster.

Purchased in advance, tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children (ages 4-10, 3 and under are free). Tickets purchased at the door will be $8 for adults and $5 for children. A drive through carryout service will be available.

Tickets may be purchased at the school office weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. For more information, contact Pam Garner, 878-7776, or the school office at 870-1181.


Westgate Blockwatch meeting

Westgate Blockwatch is alive and well! The spring meeting will be April 30 at Parkview United Methodist Church. on the corner of Algonquin and Wicklow, at 7 p.m.

Guest speakers will be officers Joe Smith and Tom Page, training instructors at the Columbus Police Academy. They will demonstrate personal safety procedures so that blockwatch members will become more knowledgable in dangerous situations. Members of other local blockwatches are invited to attend.

Westland Senior Citizens

The Westland Senior Citizens will meet on Thursady, April 24, at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m., and Gail Sims and the Rongold Circleville Kitchen Band will entertain at 11:30. Potluck lunch will be served at noon, with euchre to follow. For more information, call 870-6476.


African Children’s Choir to perform

The African Children’s Choir will be at The Church Next Door, 5755 Feder Road, for two worship services April 27, at 9 and 10:45 a.m. The church will recieve an offerning for the children orphaned by AIDS in Africa.

This is the third time the church has welcomed the African Children’s Choir, which is comprised of children ages seven to eleven. Each child in the choir has lost one or both parents to poverty or disease. They perform throughout the world in an effort to shine the spotlight on the plight of children in Africa.


CHS class of 1948

The Central High School class of 1948 will hold its 60th class reunion on July 13 at COSI from noon to 4 p.m. For more information contact John Allen at 875-4359, Bill Rector at 889-5608, Ardie Schirtzinger at 272-0295, Florance (Voss) McCarty at 876-2181 or Susan (Jones) Metzger at 901-2678.


Senior luncheon

There will be a senior luncheon on May 13 at noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 South Powell Ave. This event is open to the public, donations will be accepted.


Spring Flea Fantasia

The Lincoln Village Residence Association will be hosting their annual Spring Flea Fantasia, a community wide flea market, on May 16-18 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The Prairie Township Senior center will have lunch available at the corner of Murray Hill and Darbyhurst at reasonable prices.


BR Baseball Golf Outing

The 7th Annual Bishop Ready Baseball Golf Outing  will be held at the Phoenix Golf Links on Sunday, May 4. The cost will be $65 per person (4 Man Scramble). Contact Herb Sharfenaker at 276-5263 (ext. 436) or HJS13@yahoo.com or Ben Hilsheimer at 276-5263 (ext. 419) or  bhilshei@cdeducation.org.


Great Western Blockwatch

The Great Western Blockwatch will hold its spring meeting on May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Hoge Memorial Church on West Broad Street. The Columbus Division of Fire Arson Unit will give a fire safety presentation on


Westgate cleanup and planting

Westgate Park clean-up and spring planting, hosted by the Camp Chase and Westgate blockwatches, will be held on May 17 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and every second Sunday from 4-6 p.m..


GWB spring cleanup

Spring cleanup Day for the Great Western Blockwatch area will be May 17   at 10 a.m. Meet at Hoge Memorial Church on West Broad Street.


Westland Area Commission

The next meeting of the Westland Area Commission will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Doctors’ Hospital, 5100 W. Broad St. Area residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and speak with commission members about concerns they have in the community.-5931.

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