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, 4616 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boo on Binns!
The WNA is sponsoring an afternoon of Halloween fun on Oct. 26 beginning at 3 p.m., for  kids, at Boo on Binns! The event will include a costume parade of neighborhood kids on the island at the north end of Binns, a costume contest, goodie bags for the kids, games and treats. This event is open to WNA members and their invited guests only.

Fall bazaar/craft show
A fall bazaar/craft show is to be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilltop Church of God, 635 S. Whitethorne Ave. Tables are $20 each. Call 459-8959 to reserve your table. Proceeds will benefit the youth group.

Doctor, ER or Urgent Care?
Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St., is sponsoring the seminar “Doctor, ER or Urgent Care?” on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Participants will learn when you really need to go to the emergency room or whether you can wait to see the doctor, and what you can expect at an urgent care facility.

Look Good, Feel Better
Look Good, Feel Better is a program designed for women undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment to help them look and feel their best. Participants enjoy two hours of fun, relaxation and refreshments. The next scheduled event is Oct. 27, from 2-4 p.m. at Hobbs Radiation Oncology Center, 5200 W. Broad St. Register by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-888-227-6446, prompt 2.

Sending help to the troops
The office of Dr. Michael Alexander, D.O., 3219 Sullivant Ave., is having a raffle to raise money for postage and to buy items that are not donated to send to our troops in Iraq. Raffle items include Ohio State statues, Pampered Chef items, Home Interior items, clothing, Christmas items, restaurant gift certificates a fresh water pearl necklace and more. Ticket prices vary according to item.
Items that can be donated are personal hygiene items (women are having a very difficult time finding personal hygiene items), baby wipes, dryer sheets, chap stick, insect spray, individual drink mixes, microwave popcorn, snacks, food that can be microwaved or eaten from a sealed container (cannot contain pork or pork by-products), beef jerkey CDs, DVDs, hard candies, chewing gum, crossword puzzles, toilet paper, socks, shorts and t-shirts.
Call 614-272-5244 for office hours or for more information.

ALT Harvest Festival
Abundant Life Tabernacle, 35 Derrer Road, is hosting a Harvest Festival on Friday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. There will be games, food, puppets and fun for everyone.  Tickets are 2 for a $1. For more information contact the church at admin@abundantlifetabernacle.net or 614-279-5433. No costumes please.

Free home repair workshop

Homes on the Hill CDC will host a free homeowners workshop on Oct. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at Homes on the Hill, 12 S. terrace Ave. At the workshop, individuals will learn to maintain their homes through basic repairs and regular home inspections. This workshop will focus on drywall basics and repair. 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 regiater for this workshop or to inquire about future workshop topics and debates.

Flu shots at Westside locations

The Franklin County Board of Health will offer flu shots at several clinics throughout the county this fall. Cost for the shots is $25 for those who are not Medicare, Medicaid, MediGold or Anthem Senior Advantage eligible. No one will be turned away due to the inability to pay die to funding from the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.
The following Westside locations will offer flu shots:
•Oct. 23 – Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, 1-3.  p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments needed.
• Nov. 20 – Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St., 1-3 p.m. Appointments are needed. To schedule an appointment, call 878-5110.

Columbus Literacy Council
The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an information session abouttutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Nov. 4, from 1-2:30 p.m. These sessions will be held at the CLC office, 195 N. Grant Ave. Register at www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013.

Comet cadets host dinner
The Central Crossing High School NJROTC unit will host a spaghetti dinner on Oct. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. This includes salad, dessert and beverage. The event will be held at the American Legion, Paschall Post #164, 3363 McDowell Road in Grove City.
The cost per person is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. Tickets will be sold at the door. All proceeds go to the Central Crossing NJROTC unit.
For more information, contact Sgt. Maj Bocook at 801-6536.

40th annual bazaar
St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 4131 Clime Road, will hold their 40th annual bazaar on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will include crafters, home baked goods, door prizes and pictures with Santa. The featured raffle will be a hand-quilted “Giant Dahlia” quilt. Lunch will be available. For table info, call Jo Jeffries at 279-5434 or Barb Sweetman at 351-0784.

FOWP October cleanup
Friends of Westgate Park will hold their October cleanup and planting on Saturday, Oct. 25, between 9 a.m. and noon, meeting at Westgate Recreation Center. They will be planting grasses and working on beds as well as trash pickup.  For information, call Lisa Grazier at 274.4382 or lmgrazier@yahoo.com.

Central High School alumni
Central High School Pirates are planning a meeting with all alumni that have helped to organize the class reunion. Plan to join them on Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. at Jim Lane’s office, 3981-3983 Main St., Hilliard.  Your help is needed in planning the 85th Birthday party on May 16 at Central High School.

Turkey dinner/rummage sale
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 5200 Sullivant Ave., will host their annual Turkey Dinner on Nov. 1 from 4-7 p.m. The veent will also include a rummage sale and attic treasures, starting at 9 a.m. Call 614-878-6520 for more information.

CCHS band dine-in

The Central Crossing High School marching band will host a dine-in at Wendy’s in the Georgesville Plaza on Oct. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wendy’s will donate a percentage of the profits made during that time to the band. Wendy herself will be there for the younger folks with balloons and prizes.

Comets perform with Buckeyes
The Central Crossing marching band competed Oct. 4 in the Horseshoe for the 2008 Buckeye Invitational. Thirty two bands from in and around central Ohio competed in this all day event. The comets took top honors being awarded outstanding overall marching, outstanding overall general effect, first place class AA and grand champion.

South-Western City Schools Fifth Annual Marching Band Showcase
For the fifth consecutive year the marching bands from all four South-Western City School District high schools will come together to entertain the community and showcase their award-winning programs.
The Marching Band Showcase takes the field on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Central Crossing High School football stadium, 4500 Big Run South Road, Grove City. The marching bands from Central Crossing High School, Franklin Heights High School, Grove City High School and Westland High School will each take the field individually to play their competition shows. The 10-minute shows will feature each band’s competition music.
At the conclusion of their individual performances, the band will join one another on the field for a special presentation. All four bands (nearly 500 students in total) will perform “God Bless America” in unison.
The marching band showcase is free to the public. The Central Crossing concession stand will be open with snacks and refreshments for purchase.

Crossroads Open House

Crossroads United Methodist Church is having an Open House celebration to show off their new Sanctuary at 1100 South Hague Ave. on Sunday, Nov. 2.  The whole Hilltop is invited from 2–4 p.m. to enjoy snacks, tours, and activities for the whole family.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road, Galloway, will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Oct. 27.  The hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.  Walk-ins are also welcome. 

Westgate/Camp Chase blockwatches co-host meeting

Westgate Blockwatch and Camp Chase Blockwatch are hosting a combined blockwatch meeting on Oct. 28 at Parkview Methodist Church at 7 p.m.  This meeting is open to all Hilltop residents! Councilman Andrew Ginther will be the featured speaker as his city council subcommittee is safety. He will address budget shortfalls that effect our police, new Police Academy classes, and the helicopter unit. There will also be a panel composed of Assistant City Attorney Jody Spurlock, Code Enforcement Officer Danielle Weber and Sgt. Joe Horton of 19th Precinct. They will be discuss foreclosed and abandoned homes and the process that the city uses to take care of properties and how it effects our neighborhoods. Members of SWAT, canine, mounted, and helicopter units will be at the meeting a half-hour before it begins, at 6:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be served. Call or e-mail Lisa Grazier for more information at  lmgrazier@yahoo.com or 274-4382. Karen Lorenz of Westgate Blockwatch can also be reached at 272-2650 for more information.   

Columbus Community Coalition
If you have questions and concerns about the city’s $80 million dollar budget shortfall, then the Columbus Community Coalition will provide the venue and person for the answers. Hugh Dorrian, Columbus city auditor, will be at the Columbus Public Health Department Auditorium (240 Parsons Ave.) from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23. RSVP by e-mail to rsvp@columbuscoalition.org or call 371-8232 for more information. For directions and information about the CCC, visit www.columbuscoalition.org.

Lincoln Village cleanup

The Lincoln Village/West Broad Clean and Safe Community project have scheduled their last litter cleanup for the year for Saturday, Nov. 1.  If you would like to volunteer, call 571-1274. Volunteers should meet at the Lincoln Lodge Retirement Center, 4950 W. Broad St., at 8:30 a.m. for a hearty breakfast, compliments of Lincoln Lodge and Jamie Mueller. Any students participating in the cleanup will receive a certificate of participation for community service. This cleanup  is sponsored by a grant received from the United Way of Central Ohio and the Columbus Foundation.

Westland Senior Citizens

The Westland Senior Citizens will meet Oct. 23 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. The theme will be Canine Companion for Independence. Lunch will be at noon with euchre to follow. For more information, call 870-6476.

West Side Dolphins fundraiser

The West Side Dolphins mini football team is hosting a fundraiser for their trip to Cleveland for the Midwest Football Championships. The event will be held at Fazoli’s, 1577 Holt Road, on Nov. 2 from 5-8 p.m. Portions of all sales during this time will go to the team for the trip. Mention the Dolphins when placing your order.

Home and Garden Tour date change
The Hilltop Home and Garden Tour committee is seeking nominations for the June 2009 tour. The tour will now take place on June 13, from 4 until 8 p.m. The new deadline to nominate a home and/or garden is Oct. 31 by midnight. Each year, the Hilltop Home and Garden Tour will feature a different neighborhood from the Hilltop. The 2009 Home and Garden Tour will feature homes of Westgate, and is co-hosted by Friends of the Hilltop, Friends of Westgate Park, and the Westgate Neighbors Association. All nominated homes and/or gardens must be located within the boundaries of Westgate, and are subject to committee approval. To nominate a home and/or garden, contact Friends of the Hilltop at info@friendsofthehilltop.com or call Kristen at 614-271-9488.


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