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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Free plumbing repair workshop

Homes on the Hill CDC will host a free homeowner education workshop geared towards homeowners on Aug. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at 12 S. Terrace Ave. At the workshop, individuals will learn to maintain their homes through basic repairs and regular home inspections. The course is open to the public and free of charge.

The upcoming workshop will focus on plumbing basics and preventative maintenance. Guest speaker Cliff Spruill, rehab tech for the city of Columbus, will take questions and demonstrate simple home repairs.

Call Homes on the Hill at 275-4663 ext. 100 to register for this workshop or to inquire about future workshop topics and dates.


Family Fun Fair

A Family Fun Fair, bake sale and silent auction will be held on Aug. 16, or if it rains, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930 West Broad St. Come for fun, games, to make a bid, or to get homemade goodies.


West High class of 1964

The West High School class of 1964 is having their 45th class reunion Oct. 3-4. Friday evening, attendees will gather at Magly Field for the West Homecoming Game followed by a casual time from 9-11 p.m. at O’Charlie’s at I-270 and Georgesville Road. No reservations needed for the Friday events. Saturday will feature dinner at the Florentine Restaurant, 907 W. Broad St., from 4-8 p.m. Reservations are needed. Contact any of the following with your current mailing and e-mail information: Lynn Fullerton Johnson, (614) 274-4524; Annette Beatty Jefferson, drajay96@hotmail.com, (614) 276-3160; or Carol Rood, carood@excite.com, (614) 562-7358.


Westland boosters cruise in

The Westland High School Band Boosters will be hosting a cruise in on Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. unil 3 p.m. The cruise in will benefit our marching band. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. for $10.  Preregistration is $7 until Sept. 1. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 50 cars registered. Food, door prizes, raffles and music will be available. Contact Kim at kimh21775@aol.com for more info or to register.


FHHS class of 1998

Franklin Heights High School class of 1998 is holding a 10 year reunion Aug. 9, from 8-11 p.m. at King Avenue Five, 945 King Ave. Register and pay online at www.franklinheights1998.com. Cost is $15 per person.


Concert and ice cream social

A concert by the Worthington Civic Band will be held on Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, 2364 W. Mound St, free of charge. An ice cream social will follow at 4 p.m.


Wayne Watchers NNO

Wayne Watchers Blockwatch will host their 13th annual National Night Out celebration with a potluck and cookout. The event will feature a ladder truck from the Columbus Division of Fire and a visit from Sparky, as well as the Columbus Division of Police’s mounted patrol and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. There will be an antique fire truck for viewing and raffles for children and adults. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, everyone should bring a covered dish and lawn chairs. The event runs from 6-10 p.m.


A Home of Your Own

Homes on the Hill CDC will hold the homebuyer education course, “A Home of Your Own,” geared toward first time homebuyers on Aug. 4, 11 and 18 from 6-9 p.m. at 12 S. Terrace Ave. 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.


Free clothing and lunch

New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s, men’s and some children’s clothing Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided.


Westland Senior Citizens

The Westland Senior Citizens will meet on Aug. 14 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. Sheriff Jim Karnes will be the speaker. A potluck will be held at noon with euchre to follow. For more information, call 870-6476.

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