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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.

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.

Best Years in Fellowship

Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road, will host their senior adult ministries “Best Years Fellowship”  with a luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. in the Cypress Café. The Cypress Christian School choir will be performing after lunch. Cost is $5.

First Saturday at Green Lawn
A man who served on the state fair board for 20 years is being recognized for his achievements at the First Saturday at Green Lawn program Nov. 1, along with the many people who volunteered their time inrecent weeks  to help with storm clean up.
 Historian Lavon Shook will be speaking on the life of John Hancock Klippart, who was an agriculture journalist and later served on the state fair board. He, his wife and daughter Josephine, an accomplished artist who helped start the Ohio Watercolor Society, are among the 150,000 people interred at Green Lawn.
This monthly program recognizes people who are buried at Green Lawn who had an impact on life in central Ohio and beyond. It is held at 11 a.m. at the Huntington Chapel in the center of Green Lawn, 1000  Greenlawn Ave.
After Shook’s presentation, Green Lawn will recognize the many central Ohio people who volunteered nearly 500 hours to help clean up broken limbs and uprooted trees on the 360 acres after the Sept. 14 windstorm.

Senior luncheon
There will be a senior luncheon Nov. 11 at noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 S. powell Ave. They will serve a traditional turkey dinner. Open to the oublic, donations accepted.

Free home repair workshop

Homes on the Hill CDC will host a free homeowners workshop on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Homes on the Hill, 12 S. Terrace Ave. At the workshop, individuals will learn to use the equity in your home to build wealth and if refinancing is right for you. This workshop is open to the public. Guest speaker Cordell Dillon will take questions about building home equity. Call Homes on the Hill at 275-4663 ext. 100 to regiater for this workshop or to inquire about future workshop topics and debates.

Free clothing and lunch

New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s men’s and some children’s clothing Nov. 22 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.

Bishop Ready presents “Our Town”

Bishop Ready High School’s fall theatre production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” will be presented on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 9 at both 2 and 7 p.m. at the high school, 707 Salisbury Road (Salisbury at Mound), in Columbus. Cost is $8 for adults; $7 for those 65 and older; $6 for students; no charge for children 5 and under. Ample free parking is available. For more information, call 614-276-5263.

FHHS marching band named Reserve Champion
On Oct. 11, the Franklin Heights High School Marching Band participated in two competitions. The first, an OMEA competition, took place at Lockland High School in Cincinnati. The band placed fourth overall and earned a Superior rating at that competition.
The second event took place at the Mid-States Competition in Lebanon. The band took home the following awards: Best Overall Music, First Place Class AAAA and Reserve Champion. They also earned a Superior rating for their performance. This entitles them to compete at the Mid-States Finals to be held Nov. 1, in Lebanon. The band will first compete in the OMEA State Finals, Oct. 25, in Dublin, Ohio.

Empty Bowls luncheon
Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, will host an Empty Bowls event to “Help Feed the hungry…one bowl at a time.” The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join them for a soup and bread luncheon. Take home a hand made ceramic bowl as a reminder of the meal’s intent. A $10 minimum donation is required. Questions? Call 614-878-4530.


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