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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


Women’s Bible studies

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 message on July 24 is Keeping a Secret Life from the study by Angela Thomas titled Living Your Life as a Beautiful Offering. Call the church at 614-878-8192 or go to the Web site www.cypressonline.net for more details.



Wilshire Heights Blockwatch

Wilshire Heights Blockwatch will meet at the corner of South Roys Avenue and Whitehead (one block south of Sullivant Ave.) Wednesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss summer crime trends and other topics of concern. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. A rain venue will be available.

The blockwatch area runs between Hague and Crescent on the east and west, and Sullivant and Eakin on the north and south. For more information, contact Kathy Hoke, coordinator, at 614-276-5562 or kathyhoke@gmail.com.


SWAC meets July 16

The Southwest Area Commission will meet July 16 at 7 p.m. at the New Horizons United Methodist Church, 1665 Harrisburg Pike. Representatives from Franklin County and the city of Columbus were invited to discuss the proposal to use Cooper Stadium as a motor racetrack.

Visit the Web site, www.columbusswac.org, for additional information. The commission welcomes the involvement of area residents.

SWAC 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.

They can be contacted through the Web site, or by phone at 614-562-4728.


HUMC hosts revival

The Hilltop United Methodist Church, 99 South Highland Avenue, will present a Holy Ghost Fire Revival featuring Rev. Harold Barker of Fla., July 17-19, at 7 p.m. nightly.

Rev. Harold Barker is a world renowned preacher and revivalist. Various gospel artists will lead praise and music. The entire community is invited to worship and sing praises.


FHHS class of 1968

Franklin Heights High School class of 1968 is getting together Aug. 9 at Polly’s Tavern on Sullivant Avenue from 6-8 p.m. Ric Queen and Sanhedrin Move are playing from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Contact Dave Wolf at 851-8373, Connie (Carper) Grim at 871-2317, Judy (Bendetti) Schopp at 875-9744 or Ric Queen at 851-9992 if you want to attend.


Free clothing and lunch

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


25th annual Brats Festival

St. James Lutheran Church, 5660 Trabue Road, will host its 25th annual Brats Festival Aug. 1-3., featuring authentic German food and continuous live music throughout the event.

Anyone wishing to display crafts at the festival should contact the Beth Vallo at 777-6263 or Mike Walls at 777-5065. For more information about the festival, contact Festival Committee Chairman Steve Dodson at 777-7792, or the church office at 878-5158.

Proceeds from the annual Brats & Crafts Festival are used for charitable activities in the Central Ohio area. The church supports and is involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Hilliard Welfare Council, and several other local food pantries and help organizations. Throughout the years, the Brats Festival has raised approximately $236,000 to benefit these organizations.

Festival hours will be Friday, Aug. 1 from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 4 from noon to 3 p.m.

St. James Lutheran Church is located off of I-70, west of Columbus, near the corner of Hilliard-Rome and Trabue roads. Free parking will be available on-site.


Briggs class of 1993

Briggs High School Class of 1993 is looking for former classmates for the 15 year reunion. The reunion is in the planning phase and those involved would welcome anyone interested in helping out.  The plan is to have the event sometime in the latter part of October, 2008.  Interested alumni can contact Mark Clanin at mclanin@wowway.com or call Michael Crist at 614-274-9692. Leave contact information and note if you can help.


GWB hosts NNO picnic

The Great Western Blockwatch will sponsor their annual National Night Out Against Crime picnic on Aug. 5 at Hoge Memorial Church, 2930 West Broad St., at 6 p.m. There will be free food (supplies may be limited so come early), prizes and fun for all. The Columbus Division of Police K-9 Unit and mounted patrol will be there as well as the Columbus Division of Fire’s safe house, which uses simulated smoke to safely show children what it is like to be in a real fire. The fire department will also be bringing a fire truck for kids of all ages to look at and climb on. Bring your cameras and get pictures of the kids sitting in the driver’s seat.



FHHS band cruise-in

Franklin Heights High School band boosters will hold its annual Bands on the Run Cruise-in on Aug. 10 at Franklin Heights High School, 1001 Demorest Road.

Registration takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an $8 registration fee for the first vehicle and a $4 fee for each additional vehicle. The award ceremony begins at 4 p.m. The first 100 entries will receive dash plaques. All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome.

The cruise-in will feature live entertainment, door prizes, a 50/50 raffles and plenty of food and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit the marching band.

For more information, contact Sophia at 402-4540 or visit www.fhhsbandhome.com.


FOWP monthly meeting

Friends of Westgate Park will hold their monthly board meeting at the Westgate Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16.  They will be talking about the rain garden proposal, the mural grant, and beautification in the park as well as long-term projects. For information, contact Lisa Grazier lmgrazier@yahoo.com or Sue Laughlin suelaughlin@sbcglobal.net.


Ice Cream and Crafts festival

Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, will host an Ice Cream and Crafts Festival on Friday, August 8, from 4-9 p.m., and Saturday, August 9, from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

They will have Handel’s ice cream, food, games, craft vendors, karaoke and a disk jockey Friday night.

River Ratz (Dixieland Jazz) will perform Saturday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Unnailed (contemporary Christian) Saturday from 3-4 p.m., followed with a live auction from 4-5 p.m.

For further information, call 614-878-4530.


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