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, XXXX, 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 1988

The Westland High School class of 1988 is having their 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 and craft vendors.

Karaoke will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Friday night.

River Ratz (Dixieland Jazz) will perform Saturday from noon-2 p.m. and UnNailed (contemporary Christian) Saturday from 2-3 p.m., followed with a live auction from 4-5 p.m. I disk jockey will perform from 6-8 p.m.

For further information, call 614-878-4530.


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 message on Aug. 7 is from the Breaking Free study by Beth Moore. Call the church at 614-878-8192 or go to the We bsite www.cypressonline.net for more details.


Summer Music Festival

The Potter’s House Church of God, 3220 Lowell Dr., is hosting their fourth annual Summer Music Festival featuring the Crossway Quartet on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. For more inofmration, call the church at 279-2311. There is no charge to attend this event.


PTSC Lunch and Learn

The Prairie Township Senior center is hosting a Lunch and Learn session July 30 at 11 a.m. John Entingh of Estate Planning Consultants will discuss how to avoid the probate process and how to stop being taxed on social security benefits. These sessions, including lunch, are held at the center’s new location, 4616 W. Broad St., and are free and open to the public. For information and reservations, call 878-5110.


Westgate Blockwatch potluck

The Westgate Blockwatch will hold its seventh annual potluck dinner at Parkview United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Algonquin and Wicklow, on July 29 at 6:15 p.m.

Ham, buns and ice tea will be provided. Residents are asked to bring thier favorite dish depending on the firts letter of thier last name: A-K should bring a main dish; L-R should bring a salad; and S-Z should bring a dessert. Monetary donations in lieu of food will be accepted.

Guest speaker will be City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer.

Attendance is restricted to those residing in the blockwatch area, which runs from Westmoor to Demorest and Broad Street to Sullivant Avenue.

For more information, e-mail Karen Lorenz at Krnlor@netzero.net.


German Worship Service

St. James Lutheran Church, 5660 Trabue Road, will host its annual German Worship Service, Sunday, Aug. 3 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The service will be conducted by Steven Maurer.

The service will last about 45 minutes and will follow a traditional Lutheran service except that it will be spoken and sung entirely in German.  

In addition, Maurer will present a sermon which reflects the church’s deep German heritage. The St. James Lutheran congregation was formed in 1847 by nine German settler families and was originally named St. Jakobus Gemeinde. The cemetery now located adjacent to the church reflects the local German roots and heritage, and contains the gravestones of prominent local German family names such as Phillippi, Renner and Tinapple.

The service will be conducted in the church sanctuary, which dates back to 1872.


WHS boosters reverse raffle

Westland High School Athletic Boosters will hold its 6th annul reverse raffle at the 5300 Crosswind Dr. Tickets are available at the for $10 and include finger foods and drink. Hours are 6-9 p.m. Contact Beverly at 614-851-0982 for more information.


Plumbing workshop

The Lincoln Village/West Broad Clean and Safe Community Project, in partnership with Homes on the Hill, will sponsor a home maintenance workshop on plumbing on Aug. 18, from 6–8p.m at the Westland Area  Library, 4740 West Broad Street.

The  project is a neighborhood partnership grant funded by the Columbus Foundation and The United Way of Central Ohio.


West Broad cleanup

The Lincoln Village/West Broad Clean and Safe Community Project have scheduled a cleanup for Aug. 23. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m.  at the Lincoln Village entrance sign in the Giant Eagle parking lot. Any students participating in the cleanup will receive a community service certificate.


American Legion Post 799

The American Legion Post 799 holds their monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 123 Inah Ave. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12. Anyone interested in joining the American Legion should attend the meeting. For more information on joining the Galloway Post, contact Commander Scott Wright at 614-878-5888.

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