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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Scrapbooking fundraiser

The Westland Band Boosters are holding a scrapbooking fundraiser to help the Westland band get to St. Leon, Ind. The event will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 222 Schoolhouse Lane, across from Prairie Lincoln Elmentary, on Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your scrapbooking items and have fun! Cost is $40 and includes your scrapbooking area, lunch, dinner, free make and takes, door prizes and games. Participants must pre-register. Money due upon registering. To make payment or to register, contact Denise Snyder at 614-465-2424 or e-mail Denise040@yahoo.com.


Advanced Career Techniques

New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering residents the opportunity to jump-start their careers. Advanced Career Techniques (ACT), a three day program, held from 5–9 p.m. Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, will help participants discover search strategies that work in today’s job market and 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, located at 199 E. Rich St. NDCC assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. Take the class for only $5 if you bring this newspaper in with you to your orientation appointment. Scholarships for all programs – including private career counseling – are available.


Turkey dinner

The United Methodist Women are sponsoring a Turkey Dinner at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Carry out is available as well as crafts for sale provided by the Methodist Women. The menu includes turkey with all its trimmings as well as dessert and drinks. Questions? Call 614-878-4530.


Christian Women’s Job Corps

Metro Columbus Christian Women’s Job Corps provides life skills and employment preparation skills training. The training is done in a classroom setting. It is different from others in that they provide mentors for each lady who completes the program.  The next class will begin Oct. 20. CWJC is located at 911 Parsons Ave. Contact V. J. Sanchez at 614-449-9144, mccwjc@rrohio.com or P.O. Box 06218, Columbus, Ohio  43206 for further information.


A Home of Your Own

Homes on the Hill CDC will hold the homebuyer education course, A Home of Your Own (Tu Propia Casa), geared toward first-time homebuyers, Oct. 4 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Homes On The Hill, 12 S. Terrace Ave. (in Hilltop Lutheran Church). 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. Registration is required; call 275-4663 ext. 100 to register.


Benefit Spaghetti Dinner

Rob Prine, a Westside resident who has served in the military for 30 years, has been diagnosed with glioblastoma mulitform, level four, a type of brain cancer. A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held in his honor, sponsored by the Sullivant Armory, on Oct. 4 from 4-7:30 p.m., at 4094 Sullivant Ave. Tickets for the dinner are $7 for adults, $5 for children or $20 for a family (two adults and two children). There will also be a bake sale raffle for an OSU quilt, a cornhole game and a 50/50 raffle. For tickets or additional information, contact 371-2587.


American Legion Post 799

American Legion Post 799 holds its 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. For the remainder of 2008, the post is actively focusing on fund raising activities, activities for the younger generation, setting up a Sons of the American Legion program and increasing membership in their ladies auxiliary.

The next meeting for teh scheduled for Oct. 14. Anyone interested supporting the post’s programs or joining is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Commander Scott Wright, 614-878-5888.


Westland Senior Citizens

The Westland Senior Citizens will meet Sept. 25 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, at 11 a.m. Harold Davidson will speak on the Amish. A potluck will will be at noon, with euchre to follow. For more information, call 870-6476.


Fall Harvest Festival

Glenwood United Methodist Church, n the corner of Hague and Valleyview, will hjold its annual Fall Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. The festival will feature crafts, flea market booths, a theme basket auction, lunch food, bake sale, Bloodmobile and other activities and entertainment. Flu shots will be available from 9 a.m. to noon. For information, call 777-9902.


Campmeeting 2008

Hilltop Community Full Gospel Church, 179 N. Huron Ave., will host the annual campmeeting Oct. 5-8. There will be special speakers nightly, along with anointed praise and worship. For more information, contact 279-3345.


Harvest Festival

Hilltop Community Full Gospel Church, 179 N. Huron Ave., will host its annual Harvest Festival Sept. 26, from 6-8 p.m. There will be food, dun and fellowship for the whole family.




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