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. 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., 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., is hosting Rock On Sullivant, an after school experience for elementary aged children, on Wednesday afternoons. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

Walking for Down syndrome

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio will sponsor this year’s seventh annual Buddy Walk at the Crew Stadium.

The one-mile walk will take place Sept. 28 starting at 10 a.m. The goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote understanding and acceptance of all people with Down syndrome. Last year, the event raised over $200,000.

For more information, visit columbusbuddywalk.org.  

Christmas bazaar

St. Mary Magdalene Parish is having a Christmas bazaar Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the church hall. The bazaar will feature Christmas items, crafts, baked goods and food. Vendors (non-food) are welcome.  Tables can be rented for $20 each or $25 with electric. For more information call Mary Margaret Gerlach at 274-8935 or Rosie Crego at 276-9690.

Briggs class of 1993

The Briggs High School class of 1993 will hold their 15th reunion Oct. 11 from 3-7 p.m. at the Crest Tavern, on the corner of Crestview and Indianola, three blocks south of Weber Road in Clintonville. Cost is $20 per person or $25 the day of the event. RSVP to Michael Crist at 614-274-9692 or checks may be made out to Michael Crist and mailed to Briggs class of 1993, PO Box 164078, Columbus, OH 43216.

SWAC meeting

The next meeting of the Southwest Area Commission is Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the New Horizons United Methodist Church, 1665 Harrisburg Pike. The agenda will include nominations and voting for at-large commissioners, an appointment to fill a vacancy and nominations and voting for officers.                    

Check the Web site, www.columbusswac.org, for additional information about the commission. 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 on the north.  Contact SWAC through the Web site or by phone at 562-4728.

FHHS class of 1988

Franklin Heights High School class of 1988 will hold their 20th class reunion Nov. 1  at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on Demorest Road. RSVP to falcons1988.com.


Hilltop Historical Society to host author Sept. 21

The Hilltop Historical Society will hold a public meeting on Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Hague Ave.

Roger Pickenpaugh, nationally renowned author and a retired history teacher from Shenandoah Middle School in Caldwell, Ohio will be the guest speaker. Pickenpaugh has written numerous books devoted to American history and Ohio’s contribution. His “Camp Chase, the Evolution of Union Prison Policy,” the first modern history of Camp Chase of Columbus, and “Buckeye Blizzard, the 1950 Thanksgiving Storm” will be the books of interest for his presentation. A book signing for both books will follow.

MOPS at Cypress Wesleyan

Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) on Monday evenings 6:30 – 8 p.m. and Tuesday mornings 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. For more info or to register for MOPS, go to the Web site: www.cypressonline.net/what we do/women/mops or call the church 614-878-8192.

A Night of Comedy

Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host A Night of Comedy with Christian comedian Kerri Pomarolli on Oct. 21, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the east auditorium. Go to the Web site: www.cypressonline.net or call the church (878-8192) for ticket information.

Free line dancing and exercise

Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host a free line dancing and exercise class Sept. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. in the east auditorium.

Cruisin’ for Children’s

The Crusin’ for Children’s Hospital Car Show will be held Sept. 21at Tee Jaye’s restaurant, 4048 West Broad St. Vehicle registration is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and costs $12. Awards and prizes will be at 5 p.m. All proceeds go to The Children’s Hospital Foundation. No preference to the age of a vehicle. Live music, games for all ages, the chance to win a custom truck, sale items, an auction, food and drink and more. For more information, contact Mark Sandy at 614-276-9617.

Hilltop Green Summit

The Hilltop Neighborhood Action Group invites the community to the Hilltop Green Summit, Oct. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2745 W. Broad St.  The event will incude information, workshops, food and more. Learn how to save money and energy while saving the Earth. For more information, log on to hilltopactiongroup@yahoo.com or call 571-4918.

Men’s Day

The Men of Second Community Church, 311 South Highland Ave., will celebrate their annual Men’s Day on Sept. 28. The guest speaker for the 10:45 a.m. worship service will be Pastor John W. Stevenson of Heirs Covenant Church of Cincinnati.

Immunizations offered

The Franklin County Board of Health will offer child and adult immunizations at the Prairie Township Fire Deaprtment, 123 Inah Ave., on Oct. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m. required immunizations are available for $10 to children ages one month to 18 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; however travel immunizations are not available.

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

For more information, call 462-3160 or visit www.franklincountyohio.gov/health.

WCCWC to meet

The West Columbus Christian Women’s Club luncheon is to be held Sept. 23 from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the Heritage Golf Club House, 3525 Heritage Club Dr., Hilliard. The theme is “Sweeter is Better.” Cost is $14 inclusive. Call Betty at 851-0611 or Audra at 777-5578 to cancel or make reservations.


Businessmen Fellowship Int.

The Columbus Chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship Int. will have a breakfast meeting Sept. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the York Steakhouse, 4220 W. Broad St. Guest speaker will be Victor Maldonado, a Puerto Rico native who founded Outreach for Youth Ministries.  They meet at the same location every Wednesday for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Call Donald Schaffner at 875-0230 for reservations.

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