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.


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, July 16, 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.


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.


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.


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 7 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 High 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.


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.


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.


Westland volleyball camp

Westland High School, 146 Galloway Road,  will hold volleyball camp July 14-18 from 4-9 p.m. Cost is $65 and includes t-shirt. Westland High youth camp, July 7-10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for grades 5-8, cost is $50 and includes t-shirt. For more information, contact Coach Webb at bryangna@yahoo.com or call 851-0982 Bring your own drink.


Immunization clinics

The Franklin County Board of Health offers child and adult immunizations at 12 clinic sites throughout the community. Required immunizations are available for $10 administration fee to children ages one momth to eighteen years of age. In addition, there is a $15 assessment fee that will be charged each visit. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay for childhood immunizations.

Adult immunizations are also available at the clinic and vary in price according to the vaccine. International travel immunizations are not available.

Be sure to bring your child’s shot record  to the clinic. A completed consent form is required if a child’s parent or legal guardian is not present at the clinic.

The Westside’s clinic will be held Wednesday, July 16 at the Prairie Township Fire Department, 123 Inah Ave., from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.

For questions about the immunizations contact the Franklin County Board of Health at 462-3160 or visit franklincountyohio.gov/health.


Golf outing to benefit Ready

The second annual Marge Kusan Memorial Golf Outing will be held July 12 at the Phoenix Golf Links in Grove City. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and the shot gun start is set for 2 p.m. The price is $65 per person. Proceeds benefit tuition assistance at Bishop Ready High School. For more information, contact John Taylor at margekusanmemorial@yahoo.com.


Assistance available to unemployed workers

New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering men and women the opportunity to jump-start their careers. Advanced Career Techniques (ACT), a three day program, held from 5-9 p.m. on July 28-30, will help participants discover search strategies that work in today’s fast-paced, competitive job market. The sessions also provide an opportunity for participants to further develop successful interviewing techniques.  Placement services are available – free of charge – to graduates of the ACT class. 

For more information, call NDCC at 849-0028, extension 100.  ACT will be held at NDCC, 199 E. Rich St. in downtown Columbus. NDCC assists individuals – regardless of their ability to pay. Scholarships for all programs – including private career counseling – are available.


Now holding Sunday services

West Broad Church of the Nazarene is now holding Sunday Morning Worship Services at 435 Amity Road. Classes are at 9:15 a.m., and worship is at 10:30 a.m. For more information call Pastor Wayne Beard at 878-6127.


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 (July 10) is Hope When You Are Defeated from the Anne Graham Lotz study, The Vision of His Glory. Call the church at 614-878-8192 or go to the Web site www.cypressonline.net   for more details.


Holy Rosary class of 1953

The Holy Rosary class of 1953 will hold its 55 year class reunion at the Jessing Center at the Josephinum on Sept. 7. For information call Mary Jane (Pumphrey) Ritter at (740)929-2942.


West High alumni picnic

The West High School Alumni Association will hold its annual all-class picnic on Wednesday, July 16 at Westgate Park in the enclosed shelter house. Meat, beverages and paper products will be provided. Attendees should bring one covered dish. The shelter house will open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Contact Chair Rita Elliott Stethem (614)877-3092 with questions.


Church yard sale

The Galloway Apostolic Church has announced its Annual Yard Sale scheduled for Friday and Saturday July 11-12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Proceeds will benefit the church’s building fund. The event will take place at the church’s future building site along Norton Road near Johnson Road in Galloway. A large roadside banner will mark the  location.

A variety of  items will be on sale at deep discounts. No reasonable offers will be refused. Ice cold beverages, hot dogs, brats, cheeseburgers and baked  goods will also be for sale.

For further information, contact Bob at 614-207-9129. In case of rain the event will be held two weeks later.


Ohio Theatre offers tours

In celebration of the Ohio Theatre’s 80th birthday, CAPA will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the historic theatre with free, guided tours on Saturday, July 19, and Saturday, July 26, at 4:30 p.m. each day.

The hour-long tours will begin in the front lobby of the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) and will include a look at the history and restoration of the State Theatre of Ohio, as well as a demonstration of the “Mighty Morton” theatre organ by featured organist Clark Wilson.

Tours are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Those interested in a tour can make a reservation by sending an e-mail specifying the preferred date to tours@capa.com or by calling 614-469-0939. Tours do include stairs.


WHS class of June 1953

West High School class of June 1953 will hold its 55th class reunion on Friday, Aug. 8 and Saturday, Aug. 9. All classmates should have received their information by now. For more details, contact Charlene Francis Hampton at 614-451-3381.


Westland Senior Citizens

The Westland Senior Citizens will meet Thursday, July 10 Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. Dolly Parton, played by June Deal, will entertain at 11:30 a.m. Potluck lunch will be served at noon, with euchre to follow. Fore more information, call 614-870-6476.


A Home of Your Own

Free homebuyer education workshops will be offered at Homes on the Hill CDC, 12 S. Terrace Ave., Saturdays, July 19 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 1  p.m.

Homes on the Hill CDC will hold the homebuyer education course, A Home of Your Own, geared toward first-time homebuyers. The course is open to the public and free of charge. The workshop will cover topics ranging from financial literacy, credit and mortgage loans to how to choose a realtor, home inspections, and the closing process. Guest speakers will include area professionals in the fields of lending, real estate, and housing. This workshop may be a requirement for some down payment assistance programs and first time homebuyer loan programs. 

Registration is required; call 275-4663 ext. 100 to register. 

HOTH is a HUD approved housing counseling agency providing certified training in pre-purchase, post-purchase, and foreclosure counseling for homebuyers.


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