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. Questions, call 875-7231.


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.


West High class of 1963

The West High School class of 1963 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.


Farmer’s market

The Westside International Farmer’s Market will be held each Thursday through Oct. 16 from 3-7 p.m. at the Hilltop Business Center, 3600 Sullivant Ave.  Vendors are still needed for this growing market. Local gardeners and farmers are invited. There is no charge to vendors. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Jim Haller at 275-4484.


CLC information session

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an information session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities an Saturday, Sept. 20, 9:30 – 11 a.m., at the CLC office, 195 N. Grant Ave. Register at http://www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.


GHAC seeks committee members

The Greater Hilltop Area Commission is actively recruiting community members to serve on various committees. For more information or to volunteer your services, visit www.TheGHAC.com.


GriefShare support group

GriefShare recovery support group (your journey from mourning to Joy) will be hosted by Cypress Wesleyan Church in Galloway each Sunday at 6 p.m. Sept. 14  through Dec. 7. The class will meet at the District Center, 457 Alton-Darby Creek Road. This is the brick building north of the church, close to the railroad tracks. The class is free, however, there is a $12 workbook – scholarships are available. To register or to receive more information, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238. You can also check out the GriefShare Web site, www.griefshare.org for more information.


DivorceCare seminar

DivorceCare recovery seminar and support group will meet at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Roadeach Sunday at 6 p.m., Sept. 14 through Nov. 23. There will also be one session held on Saturday, Sept. 27. DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) will be offered at the same time on Sundays and child/ren, ages 5-12, are welcome to attend if you are in the DivorceCare class. The classes are free, however, there is a charge for the  workbook ($12.00 for DivorceCare and $15.00 per child for DC4K – scholarships available). To register or to receive more information, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238.  You can also check out the DivorceCare Web site, www.divorcecare.org for information on both DivorceCare and DC4K.


Rock On Sullivant

The West Side Free Store, 3030 Sullivant Ave., will hold Rock On Sullivant, an after school experience for elementary aged children, on Wednesday afternoons beginning Sept. 10. Activities include art, snacks, time for homework, computers and games. Bussing will be provided from West Broad Elementary, parents are responsible to pick up children at 6 p.m. To register your child, call Carmen Ator at 233-5829. 


Green Lawn seeking volunteers

Central Ohioans looking for a community project for Make A Difference Day on Oct. 25 can perform volunteer service at Green Lawn Cemetery, 1000 Greenlawn Ave.

A variety of tasks are available for individuals and groups who will be assisting the ground crew in preparing the area’s largest cemetery for winter. Many of the tasks involve fall landscaping chores.

 People looking for volunteer assignments that day, or any other day of the year, can visit the Web site www.greenlawncolumbus.org, call 614-266-5218 or e-mail sandlot17@juno.com. Hours for volunteering for Make A Difference Day are between 9 a.m. and noon.

A picnic is being planned for all volunteers when their assignment is completed.


WNA conducting survey

The Westgate Neighbors Association is conducting a survey to determine future projects and events for the group. A link to a survey will be posted on the members’ section of the WNA Web site at: www.westgateneighborsassociation.org. Logon and make your opinions heard.


American Legion Post 799

American Legion Post 799 holds thier monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Prairie Township Fire Station, 123 Inah Ave. The Post is actively focusing on fund raising activities for the remainder of 2008 and support is needed.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 9. Anyone interested in joining the American Legion should attend. For more information on joining the Galloway Post, contact Commander Scott Wright at 614-878-5888.


Fall Bazaar at St. Paul

A Fall Bazaar will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave., Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tables are $25 each. Call the church at 878-4715 for more information.


Senior luncheon

There will be a senior luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 S. Powell Ave.  Jonelle Oman will be the guest speaker and will share about Prescription Access Network available to seniors. Programs are available that could possible lower costs for some prescriptions. The luncheon is open to the public, donations will be accepted.


Car seat inspection

Does your child’s car seat fit correctly in your vehicle? Are your children in the correct type of seat and facing the right way for their height, weight and age? Is the harness system snug enough to prevent injury? Make sure your child’s car seat is properly installed on Oct. 18 at a free car seat safety check outside the Grove City YMCA.

Conducted by Columbus Public Health, the car seat safety inspection will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Grove City YMCA, 3600 Discovery Dr.

Those performing the safety checks are certified child passenger safety technicians.

“Four out of five car seats are not used correctly,” says Brandie Keys with Columbus Public Health. “This is why we encourage parents, grandparents and caregivers to take advantage of this free inspection.”

The safety check, co-sponsored by the MOMS Club of Grove City and Chick-Fil-A will be held in conjunction with the annual touch-a-truck event held every year at the Grove City, YMCA. 

For more information or appointments, call 645-7748.


Cub Scout Fun Night

Cub Scout Fun Night will be held Sept. 8, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Glenwood United  Methodist Church, 2833 Valleyview Dr. The evening, which will include arts and crafts, popcorn, games and more, is open to families intererested in joining scouting. Cub Scouts are for boys entering first through fifth grades.


Crafters wanted

The Franklin Heights High School band boosters will hold its annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Franklin Heights High School, 1001 Demorest Road in Columbus.

 Crafters of all kinds are needed to set up tables and sell their wares. Tables are $25 each, plus a charge of $2 if electricity is needed. Those interested are asked to reserve space today. For more information call Deb Kakos at 275-4480 or Chris Irvin at 871-8612 or e-mail alamarr@aol.com.

The craft bazaar is an annual fund raiser for the school’s band and is sponsored by the band boosters. All proceeds from the event will benefit the marching band.


Central HS class of 1959

The 1959 graduating class of Central High School will be holding their 50-year reunion next year and is looking for former classmates. Contact George Heery, 614-595-9989, frostybuckey2@yahoo.com; Earnest Hicks, 614-877-3286, eh3286@sbcglobal.net; or Bobby Dobbins at 614-279-1467 to confirm your current information.


Free finance workshop

The Salvation Army West Mound Corps and STE Credit Union have joined efforts to provide a free personal financial education workshop which will focus on managing your checking account, credit cards, budgeting, saving, planning and insurance.The workshops will be held Tuesdays Sept. 16 through Oct. 21 at The Salvation Army, 2300 W. Mound St., 3-4:30 p.m. Sessions are open to all adults and teenagers. Call Keri Moser at 614-728-5931 to register.


Neighborhood Festival

In May of 1933, Immanuel Baptist Church began its ministry. As part of the church’s year-long 75th anniversary celebration, Immanuel is hosting a Neighborhood Festival on Sept. 13, from 1-5 p.m. on the church’s property at 3417 Palmetto St. The festival will include inflatables, carnival style games, food and more. Every person attending will be given enough tickets to enjoy each activity at least once. Additional tickets may be purchased at a low cost.  For more information, visit the churhc’s Web site, www.ibccares.org or call 614-274-2687.


Free clothing and lunch

New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s, men’s and some children’s clothing Sept. 27 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.


Electronic recycling collection

Electronic recycling collection will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave. All electronics with the exception of TVs will be excepted (no televisions will be accepted). Items include hard drives, monitors, printers, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, mouse/cables/floppy disks, CD/DVD/VHS players, phones, calculators, projectors, video games, typewriters, cameras, etc. Dates will be Sept. 10,17, and 24 from 4-7 p.m. and Sept. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 9-11 a.m. For more information, contact Barb Craig  at 614-878-5971.


CC Band Tag Day

The Central Crossing Band will be coming to your neighborhood on the evening of Sept. 10 for their annual Tag Day! Band and flag corps members will be going door-to-door through the neighborhoods in support of the band program! Additional information may be obtained by reaching the band room at 801-6556.  


Briggs open house

Briggs High School, located at 2555 Briggs Road, will have its annual open house Sept. 18 from 6-8. Parents and families will follow the schedule for their student. They will have the opportunity to meet each teacher and hear about the classes, requirements, and expectations for this school year. Because of this new format to the open house, it is important to be at the school by 6. All parents, guardians, and community members are welcome to visit Briggs and learn about the vision, mission, and goals for the 2008-2009 school year.


CLC information session

The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an information session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities Oct. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. The session will take place at the CLC offices, 195 N. Grant Ave. Register at www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.


New Shoe Drive

Moose Lodge 11 is holding a New Shoe Drive for kids in need. bring your new shoes to the Moose, now through Sept. 30. See a lodge officer for more information or call 875-5481.


Fall Harvest Festival

Glenwood United Methodist Church, on the corner of Valleyview Drive and Hague Avenue, will hold its annual Fall Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. The festival will feature crafts, flea market booths, a theme basket auction, food, bake sale, Bloodmobile and other activities and entertainment. Fore more information, call 777-9902.


FOWP planting and cleanup

Friends of Westgate Park will be working at Westgate Sept. 14 from 4-6 p.m.  Meet at the enclosed shelter house (accessible by car from Wicklow) and come dressed for fun gardening! volunteers will plant perennials, pick up trash, and tend beds. Some tools will be provided, but if you have a favorite tool, bring your own!

Refreshments will be provided and the shelter house has amenities for those working with FOWP. Contact Lisa Grazier for more information at lmgrazier@yahoo.com or 274-4382. 


PTSC Seminars

The Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St., will host the following seminars:

•Sept. 8, 1 p.m., Major Medical Supply will discuss how to maintain your independence with medical equipment and supplies.

•Sept. 22, 1 p.m., Physiocorp will have information on joint replacement.

For more information, call the center at 614-878-5110.


PTSC Lunch and Learns

 Prairie Township Senior center is sponsoring Lunch and Learn sessions through the month of September. These sessions include lunch and begin at noon at the center, 4616 W. Broad St. They are free and open to the public. For information and reservations, call 614-878-5110.

•Sept. 10, a representative from Echo Hearing Center will attend. You can have your ears cleaned and your hearing checked at no expense.

•Sept. 17, A representative from Covington and Associates will discuss your final expenses.


Sidewalk Sale

The Prairie Township Senior Center will be holding a sidewalk sale Sept. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Featured will be flower plants and bulbs, baked goods, used books and miscellaneous items. For more information, call 878-5110.


Westland Senior Citizens

The Westland Senior Citizens will meet Sept. 11 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. The entertainment will be the Moose Rythym Aires Kazoo Band Potluck. Lunch will be at noon with euchre to follow. For more information, call 870-6476.


“Nature in Your Backyard”

Tha Garden Guild at St. Paul Lutheran Church invites you to “Nature in Your Backyard” on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the church, 55 Pasadena Ave.

Jim McCormac, avian education specialist for the Ohio Division od Wildlife, will present the program. He will share unique and usefull information on attracting birds, the do’s and don’ts of landscape plantings, and transforming your yard into a beautiful bird-friendly property. McCormac is author of the book “Birds in Ohio.”

This event is open to everyone. For more information, call the church office at 878-4715.


St. Stephen Parish Festival

St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 4131 Clime Road,  will host a Parish Festival Sept. 12-14, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Festival includes rides, kids’ activities, American and authentic Latino food, cake stand, white elephant, silent auction. Expanded games of skill and chance scheduled. For more information, call 614-272-5206.

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