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.

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.

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.

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.

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 XXXXX. 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 Dec. 11 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. The meeting begins at 11 a.m. Special guests will be the Westland Choir, directed by Jeff Rone. Lunch will be at noon with euchre to follow. 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.

Illuminati to perform at Parkview
The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Group, Illuminati, 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

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.

Kiwanis seeking volunteers
The Kiwanis Club of the Hilltop is looking for volunteers to go door-to-door to help sell their Christmas Newspapers on Dec. 4. All profits raised will go back into the community throughout the year. If any non-profit organization can provide a minimun of 10 volunteers to help, the Kiwanis will donate 20 percent of the monies collected on those routes back to that organization. For more information, contact Vicki Malone at 309-3803.

Chicken and noodle sale

The United Methodist Women of Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Hague, will be taking orders for the sale of quarts and pints of chicken and noodles. These will be available for pick-up on Friday, Nov. 21, from 5–8 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Quarts will sell for $8 and pints will sell for $4. If you wish to place an order, contact Carol at 614-276-4610 or Ruth at 614-274-4426. Orders will be taken until Nov. 16.

Briggs class of 1979
The Briggs High School class of ‘79 is looking for classmates for its 30th reunion. Even if you attended the last reunion, call to verify your address with Kim Burke Collins at 274-8359 or Cindy Hale Seeley at 875-5167.

Free NDCC career transition workshop
New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, is offering a free workshop to those who are unemployed or seeking a career transition.  “Achieving Financial Self-Sufficiency: How to Meet Financial Goals Through Effective Interviewing & Salary Negotiation Strategies,” the two hour session will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how to overcome objections and effectively present skills as well as abilities to potential employers. Expert advice on salary negotiation will also be provided.  
The workshop, scheduled for Nov. 19 from 3:30–6:30 p.m., is open to the general public at no charge but registration is required. It will be held at 199 E. Rich St.    To register, or for more information, call 849-0028, extension 100.   

A Home of Your Own
Homes on the Hill CDC, 12 S. Terrace Ave., will host a free homebuyer education workshop on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course, A Home of Your Own, is geared toward first-time homebuyers. 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. This workshop may be a requirement for some down payment assistance programs and first time homebuyer loan programs. Registration is required; call 275-4663 ext. 100 to register.

Kid’s Club at Parkview
The Kid’s Club at Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave.,  is for all young people between ages 5 and 11. Those in attendance will play games, have snacks,  learn Bible stories, and do crafts. The club meets 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday  evenings. There will be a snack, but no dinner. There is no cost.

Let GriefShare help you through the holidays
No matter how long it has been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time. Griefshare will host a seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. This program will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 p.m., by Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road, in the district ministry center (brick building just north of the church). 
The seminar is free; however, there is a $5 charge for the workbook, which includes devotionals for the holiday season. RSVP by calling Debbie Brisentine at 878-8192, ext. 238, any weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Reservations will be accepted through Dec. 1.

DivorceCare helps with the holidays

DivorceCare will hold a seminar to discover how to enjoy the holidays again on Friday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road. The event is free; however, there is a $5 charge for the workbook, which includes devotionals for the holiday season. RSVP by calling Debbie Brisentine at 878-8192, ext. 238, any weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 1.

Free recruiting seminar
Former Buckeye football recruiter and current ESPN analyst, Bill Conley, will host a free recruiting basics seminar at Franklin Heights High School from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 17. Conley served as an assistant coach at The Ohio State University for 17 years, working under Earle Bruce, John Cooper and Jim Tressel. At the seminar, which will be a two-hour program for athletes and coaches of all sports and parents/guardians and school administrators, he will share information about the college recruiting process. For more inofrmation, call Bill Conley at 614-208-5463 or Jeff Phillips at 740-412-3408.

Advent Organ Recital
St. Mary Magdalene Advent Organ Recital will be held on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m., at 473 South Roys Ave. Music Director Jason Mace will play works by Bach, Vierne, Franck, Mendelssohn, Wagner, and Lindusky on the sixteen rank Estey/Peebles-Herzog Organ. The recital is free and open to the public.

Civil rights leader comes to OHS

At the beginning of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in 1955, Robert S. Graetz was the white pastor of a black congregation in Montgomery, Ala. He was one of the few white community leaders who openly supported the historic bus boycott sparked by Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
On Dec. 1 at 6 p.m., Graetz will speak at the Ohio Historical Center about his experiences with event moderator and Ohio House of Representatives Democratic Leader Joyce Beatty. The event, “Conversation with Civil Rights Leader Robert S. Graetz,” is free and open to the public.
A native of Charleston, W. Va., Graetz graduated from Capital University in Columbus before attending what is now Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 1955. From 1955 until 1958, Graetz was the clergyman for Trinity Lutheran Church in Montgomery. During this time, he became a close friend of Rosa Parks and a key figure in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. For his support of the boycott, Graetz and his family were ostracized by other whites and suffered several episodes of harassment, including tire slashings, arrest and bombings.
Graetz, who joined Martin Luther King, Jr. during some of his meetings, has continued to spread the message of equality and civil rights throughout his life. He spent much of his career as a pastor in Lutheran churches serving mostly African-American congregations in California, Alabama, Washington, D.C., and Ohio. Now retired, he resides near MacArthur, Ohio, with Jean Ellis Graetz, his wife of 57 years. Both remain active in civil rights causes.
The Ohio Historical Center is located on I-71 and 17th Avenue. For more information about the event, call 297-2300 or visit ohiohistory.org.

Service of remembrance
Not feeling too joyful as the holidays get closer? You are not alone. Christmas reminds many of those who will not be sitting around the table this year. You are invited to a service of remembrance and sharing at the Galloway Presbyterian Church, 6191 Hall Road, Galloway on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Call for more information at 878-5015.

BR Open House
Bishop Ready High School is holding its annual Open House for prospective students and their parents/guardians on Sunday, Nov. 23, with the general session beginning at 1 p.m.
Students in grades 5 through 8, as well as older students considering a transfer, are encouraged to attend this event and learn first-hand, from students, faculty, and school administration, about life at Bishop Ready. Tours and department presentations are scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with additional time to talk one-on-one with members of the Bishop Ready community.
The school is located on Salisbury Road at Mound Street; ample free parking is available.
For more information, contact Joe Lang, director of admissions, at 614-276-5263, ext. 201.

Benefit for family to be held

The Hamilton family of Grove City will hold a benefit on Dec. 6 at the Firefighter Union Hall, 379 West Broad St., from 6 to 11 p.m.
The family has been affected by a serious hereditary condition called Chiari Malformation. Brain Surgery is the only way to cure the condition. Alisa Hamilton was diagnosed and had surgery in 2003. The family recently found out that two of their three daughters have also been diagnosed with Chiari.
A minimum donation of $20 per person would be greatly appreciated.
For those who would like to donate items for the raffle and auction, contact Pam Manering, pammanering2@yahoo.com or 571-2572. All proceeds will go to help the Hamilton family.

Free electricity workshop
Homes on the Hill CDC, 12 S Terrace Ave., will host a free home maintenance and repair workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.
At the workshop, individuals will learn to maintain their homes through basic repairs and regular home inspections. The course is open to the public and free of charge. 
 The upcoming workshop will focus on electricity basics and repairs. Guest speaker Cliff Spruill, rehab tech for Columbus, will take questions and have electricity demonstrations.
Call Homes on the Hill at 275-4663 ext. 100 to register for this workshop or to inquire about future workshop topics and dates.
Christmas assistance

The Salvation Army Christmas Cheer program is taking applications for Christmas assistance for food and toys. Applications will be taken on Nov. 17-20 and Dec. 1-4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m.; and Nov. 18 and 20 and Dec. 2 and 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Applications will be taken at four Columbus locations, including the West Mound Worship and Service Center at 2300 West Mound St. Call the location at 274-7600 ext. 103 for more information.
Documents required for registration include picture identification for head of househould (including a driver’s license, state ID card, employee identification card or human services ID card), and proof of dependents (birth certificates, current health card, shot record or Jobs and Family Services printout) with birthdates for all househould members.
Toys are only available to children aged 12 and under.

GCC hosts tailgate party
Grace Community Church will host a gathering for the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game in their youth center on Nov. 22. Doors open at 11 a.m. The tailgate party will include free food, fun and fellowship for everyone. The game will be projected on a lrge screen. Call the church for more information at 871-2348. The youth center is behind the church, at 2345 Demorest Road.

Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship

The December breakfast meeting of the Columbus Chapter of the Full Gospel Men’s Fellowship International will be Saturday, Dec. 20 at the York Steakhouse, 4220 West Broad St. at 8:30 a.m. The group will sing Christmas carols. Those in attandance can bring an instrument and join the “band” or give a solo performance. Attendees can also share a favorite poem, scripture, short story or experience. There will also be a short business meeting to select officers for the upcoming year. Call Donald Schaffner, 875-0230, to RSVP.

West High Alumni
The West High Alumni Association will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Attendees may order dinner at 6 p.m.  The program will be presented by retired West High School teacher Sara McPeek Sampson.

Boy Scouts spaghetti dinner
Boy Scout Troop 533 is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner  on Sunday, Nov. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, garlic bread and a drink.

Lamb of God offers free meals

The Church of the Lamb of God, 2216 Sullivant Ave., offers free meals on the fourth Saturday of each month. They will also offer a free meal on Christmas Day.

FH names DECA officers

The marketing technology program at Franklin Heights High School recently elected their DECA officers for the 2008-09 school year. From the senior class are Courtney Kegley, secretary/treasurer; Terry Collins, president; and Igor Ryumshin, vice president. Representing the junior class are Brooke Bell, president; Greg Hardiman, secretary/treasurer; and Shelby Skaggs, vice president. DECA is an important part of the marketing program and gives students the opportunity to learn leadership skills, enhance their business and marketing skills, and participate in community service projects.


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