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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

PTA special education awareness night
The South-Western City School District Council of PTAs, along with the South-Western City School District Special Education Department, will present, the 2008 Parents’ Resource Fair on Nov. 18 at Holt Crossing Intermediate School, 2706 Holt Road in Grove City. 
The program is open to the public and free of charge.  It runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The PTA has invited many different groups to attend the evening vendor’s fair. This is an opportunity to gather information and talk to the different organizations in attendance. Attendees are encouraged to bring children with them. 
The Columbus Zoo will be on hand from 7:15 to 8 p.m. with some animals that the children will be encouraged to pet. 
For more information, contact Kerrie Marshall at 539-1802.

Hilltonia turkey dinner
Hilltonia United Methodist Church, 514 Columbian Ave., will hold its annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 4-7 p.m. The menu includes turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry or apple sauce, dessert and drink. Adult tickets are $8, seniors are $6 and $4 for children ages 4-11. Children three and under are free. For take-out orders, call 274-8683.

Awana Clubs
Awana Clubs for boys and girls, from three-years-old to sixth grade, will be held Wednesdays, from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. at Briggs Road Baptist Church, 3231 Briggs Road. Call 272-7430 for more information.

American Legion Post 799
American Legion Post 799 holds their 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, family activities for the younger generation, setting up a Sons of the Legion auxiliary and increasing the ladies auxiliary.
The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 11. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. The American legion is dedicated to suporting veterans and our country and is a non-profit organization. For more information, call Commander Ben Aycock at 614-878-0069.

Westland Senior Citizens
The Westland Senior Citizens will meet Nov. 13 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. The speaker will be Tracey Manz, an artist who paints on crystal. Lunch will be at noon with euchre to follow. This will be the only meeting for the group through November and December. For more information, call 870-6476.

Free home maintenance workshop

The Lincoln Village/West Broad Clean and Safe Community in partnership with Homes on the Hill will present a free home maintenance workshop on Nov. 18 from 6-8 p.m. The workshop will be on drywall installation and repair and there will also be energy saving tips. The speaker will be Cliff Spurill, rehab tech for the city of Columbus. The workshop will be held at the Westland Area Library, located at 4750 W. Broad Street. Call 571-1274 to make a reservation for the workshop. This workshop is funded by a neighborhood partnership grant from United Way of Central Ohio and the Columbus Foundation.

Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Group

The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Group will be appearing at Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., on Nov. 23 at 9:45 a.m. for the Thanksgiving Sunday Celebration

Aglow to meet
Aglow: A Network of Caring Women, will meet Nov. 11, at The Potter’s House, 3220 Lowell Dr., at 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast will be served at a cost of $5. The speaker will be Robert Cericola, the founder of Acts Again Ministries. He will be speaking on healing, miracles, signs, and wonders.
For reservations and more information, call 263-0607 or 889-1708 by Nov. 7.

Chili and soup cook-off

Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 2930 W. Broad St., is having a chili and soup cook-off on Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. The cost is $3 for a bottomless bowl, crackers, drink, and dessert.

Great Western Blockwatch meeting

The Great Western Blockwatch and Civic Association will hold a blockwatch meeting on Nov. 11 at Hoge Memorial Church, 2930 W. Broad St., at 7 p.m. Code enforcement supervisor Heather Truesdell will share a PowerPoint presentation about what code enforcement does in our area and how residents can help. She will discuss the challenges of what they can and can’t do as well as what the codes are and how they are applied.
Officer Ken Ramos of the Columbus Division of Police will also attend. Everyone will have the opportunity to share any neighborhood problems with him.
There are also several special announcements about new programs for the neighborhood that will be shared that evening.
A light snack will be served. There will be a free door prize.

MOPS to meet
Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
MOPS is about celebrating being a mom, understanding needs, meeting other mothers, and learning about God’s love.
A MOPS Group sponsored by Life in Christ Fellowship meets monthly at the New Life Nazarene Church located at 2020 State Route 142 NE, West Jefferson.
The theme this year is “Adventures In Mothering” and at this meeting the moms will have a pedicure and a manicure. Moms will enjoy a light breakfast and two hours of adult conversation, discussions, crafts, and fun. Their preschool children are lovingly cared for in the MOPPETS program with stories, crafts, fun and snacks. 
Meeting Times are 9:30 to 11:30 on the third Wednesday of each month September through May (no December meeting).  Interested moms should contact Pam at 614-853-2532 or Lois at 614-878-3535 for more information and to receive a registration form.

West PTA fundraiser

The West High School PTA is holding a fundraiser at Fazoli’s, 1577 Holt Road, on Nov. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. During this time, 10 percent of all sales will go to the school when diners mention West High School.


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