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.


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.


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.


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. Fee for expenses is $9 per month.


Briggs class of 1978 reunion

The Briggs High School class of 1978 is in the process of contacting all alumni for the 30 year reunion. 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.


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.


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.


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.


Westland Area Commission

The next meeting of the Westland Area Commission will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, 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.


CLC Information Session

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an Information Session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Friday, June 20, from 1-2:30 p.m. the session will take place at the CLC office, 195 North Grant Ave. Register at www.columbusliteracycouncil.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.


Free clothing and lunch

New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s, men’s and children’s clothing June 21, 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.


Benefit gospel singing

Hilltop Community Full Gospel Church, 179 N. Huron Ave., will host a benefit gospel sing on June 28 at 6 p.m. The featured group will be “The Willing Vessels.” Several local singers will also perform. Food will be for sale before the event and during intermission. This benefit is to help raise funds for the Africa mission trip in August. For more inofrmation, call the church office at 279-3345.


WHS class of 1973

West High School’s class of 1973 is holding a reunion and inviting the classes of ‘72, ‘74 and ‘75. The event will be held July 18 at Minelli’s and July 19 at the OSU Golf Course restaurant. Contact Wanda Estepp Ross if you wish to attend at 570-9899 or wross9155@aol.com.


WABA parade June 28

The Westland Area Independence Day Parade and Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 28. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include local high school bands. The theme this year is “Star Spangled Fun!” Awards will be given in several categories for parade floats. There will also be “Kids Street” games and activities at Lincoln Village Plaza after the parade. Entry forms are available at the Westland Area Library, Westland High School, or can be downloaded online at:  www.waba-cols.com and click Parade Entry Form. Deadline for completed application is June 20. Contact James Grube at 801-3054 with questions or for additional information.


Benefit bass tournament

Westside resident Kelley Anderson, wife of Sgt. Todd Anderson with the Columbus Division of Police, was a terminal cancer patient who passed away May 26. She became ill while on a trip to Florida and needed the services of an ambulance to return to Columbus. The cost of her transport was not covered by insurance. To offset the medical expenses, a benefit is being held in her honor. The “Kelley Anderson Benefit Open Bass Tournament” is being held June 28 at the east ramp of Deer Creek Reservoir. The entry fee is $65 per team. Cash prizes and plaques will be awarded to first, second and third place teams. Check in and boat inspection will begin at 5:30 a.m. and is to be completed by 6:15 a.m. Entries will be accepted at the ramp on the morning of the tournament. For more information contact Brad Thiel at 774-0224 or bt2168@hotmail.com; or Ky Reed at 805-5575 or kreed@insight.rr.com.


Splash into the Luau

Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Road, will host their annual Luau on July 27, from 4 to 8 p.m..

The event will feature the Columbus Clippers Mascot and Christian music by The W.A.Y. Enjoy food, water fun, games, prizes, music, special guest speakers and much more. Everything is free.


Hilltop Bean Dinner June 28

The Historic Hilltop Bean Dinner is Saturday, June 28. Many hilltop businesses will be in the big tent, along with “Guess the Beans” at the Hilltop Business Association booth. Continuous musical entertainment will be on the stage with Dick Fagan serving as Master of Ceremonies. Also included in the day will be several non-profit groups  with tables, art and craft vendors around the pond, and games and prizes in the children’s area. There will be much to eat, from beans and cornbread, to french fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Anyone wishing to help out can sign up for a two-hour volunteer spot by calling Karen at 306-5575.


Help the Golden Age Center

The Salvation Army, 2300 West Mound St., is hosting a sale of baked goods, crafts, etc., to benefit the Golden Age Center on June 28, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tables are for rent at a cost of $10 each. For more information, call the Salvation Army at 274-7600 ext. 108.


Holy Family homecoming

The Holy Family Alumni Association will hold its annual homecoming June 22. An 11 a.m. alumni mass will be held at Holy Family Church, West Braod Street at Skidmore, followed by brunch in the Jubilee Museum Auditorium at 57 S. Grubb St. The festivities will include a raffle in addition to the brunch. For more details, contact Jenny (Welker) Temple, at 614-539-4815.


WHS class of 1988

The Westland High School class of 1988 is having thier 20th class reunion at Whiskey Dicks Bar, 2690 E. Dublin-Granville Road, on Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. Cost is $15 per person paid at the door. Live entertainment and appetizers. RSVP to Angela Fischer (Crawford) at 870-3955 or pfischer@columbus.rr.com.


West class of 1978

West High School Class of 1978 will be having a 30 year reunion this August. For information log on to www.phoenixeventsinc.com/reunion  or contact Jim Ator at 1978@Phoenixeventsinc.com  or call (484) 352-1066.


BR Summer Social

Bishop Ready High School is holding a Summer Social on Friday, June 20, from  8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Silver Knight Gym at Bishop Ready High School. Cost is $5 and it is open to everyone aged 21 and older. Proof of age required for entrance. the event will include food, music, dancing, a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Bishop Ready athletic programs. For more information, contact athletic director Ralph Locke at 614-276-5263.


Grace of God Cruise-in

Grace of God Lutheran Church, 1000 Demorest Road, will have a cruise-in car show on June 21 at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Over-flow free parking is available across the street at Franklin Heights High School. Car registration is $10 and registration must take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you have questions or wish to register a car, call the church office at 274-6066.


Columbus Literacy Council

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding Information Sessions about tutoring and other volunteer opportunties on Wednesday, July 23, from 6-7:30 p.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.


Central High class of 1973

The Central High School Class of 1973 will hold its 35-year reunion Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., at the Grove City Elks Lodge, 2140 Sonora Dr., Grove City. Contact Naomi Johnson at 614-619-1846 or central1973@aol.com for more information.


Franklinton cemetery tour

A  Franklinton Cemetery tour will be hosted by Columbus Landmarks Foundation on Wednesday, June 18. Meet at 570 W. Broad St. at 6 p.m. A $10 Franklinton Historical Society membership fee is charge for guided tour by Doreen Uhas.


SWAC June meeting

 The next meeting of the Southwest Area Commission will be June 18 at 7 p.m. at the New Horizons United Methodist Church, 1665 Harrisburg Pike. The agenda will include a request to change the zoning of Central Point Shopping Center.

Visit the Web site, www.columbusswac.org, for additional information about the commission.

The commission welcomes the involvement of area residents. 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 614-562-4728. The Southwest Area Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month.


GHCT does“Hello Dolly!”

The Greater Hilltop Community Theater presents, “Hello Dolly!” A musical written by Michael Stewart, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The show will be presented on June 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. and June 29 at 3 p.m. The show will take place at The Wellington School, 3650 Reed Road, Columbus. Ticket prices are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for the evening shows and $6 in advance and $8 at the door for the matinee. Visit www.hilltopcommunitytheater.com for further info.


WCCWC luncheon

The West Columbus Christian Women’s Club Luncheon is to be held Tuesday, June 24, at 12-1:45 p.m., at the Heritage Golf Club House, 3525 Heritage Club Drive, in Hilliard. Cost is $14, inclusive. Guest Speaker and vocalist will be Nancy Williams of New Bremen, and special feature will be Tracey Mann, an artist that paints on glass. Call Betty at 851-0611, or Audra at 777-5578, to cancel reservations for the luncheon.


Westside Sportsman League

The Westside Sportsman League will host its 28th annual fishing tournament at Buckeye Lake (Brooks Park), on June 22. Activities for the day include the tournament, awards, games and door prizes. For more information, call Greg Williams at 272-5195.


Westland boosters golf outing

The Westland High School Football Boosters will hold its first annual Golf Outing on Friday, Aug. 8 at the Marysville Golf Club, 13683 State Route 38. Registration and the putting cost will be at 7:45 a.m. and the shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Registration fee is $65 per person, and includes golf, cart and lunch. The boosters are also seeking coorporate sponsors for the event. For more information, contact Jeannie Reffett at 519-4721 or jreffett322@yahoo.com.


Women’s Bible study

Cypress Wesleyan Church will host Summer Drop-In Women’s Bible Study classes twice a month this summer on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. or 7 p.m. in the Cypress Café. No registration necessary, no workbooks needed, and no fees to pay. Childcare is not provided for Summer Drop-In Studies. The next class (June 26) is Walking By Faith with Jennifer Rothschild via DVD. Call the church at 614-878-8192 or go to the Web site, www.cypressonline.net  for more details.


WNA to meet

The June meeting of the Westgate Neighbors Association is scheduled for June 25, 7-9 p.m. at the Westgate Park enclosed shelter house


Westgate June 28 yard sales

The Westgate Neighbors Association is putting together a flyer with a listing of all of the Westgate households having a yard sale on June 28 (the day of the Bean Dinner).  If you would like to have your yard sale included, e-mail wna_communications@yahoo.com. Include your address and up to two items for sale, or a brief description of your sale (for example, lots of baby clothes). Any households listed on the flyer will receive copies to pass out to your yard sale customers. Flyers will also be available for distribution at the WNA table at the

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