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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.
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 Dec. 9. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. There will be a drawing for a door prize.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The West Columbus Christian Women’s Club luncheon, themed “It’s a Wonderful Life,” will take place Tuesday, Dec. 9, from noon to 1:45 p.m. at the Heritage Golf Club House, 3525 Heritage Club Dr., Hilliard. Guest speaker is Sue Smedley, vocalist is Sandy Sherrill and special feature is Deb B’s Creations (bags and scarfs). Cost is $14 inclusive. Call Betty at 851-0611 or Audra at 777-5578 to make or cancel reservations.
Low cost immunizations
The Franklin County Board of Health will offer child and adult immunizations on Dec. 17 at the Prairie Township Fire Department, 123 Inah Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Required immunizations are available for a $10 administration fee 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 their inability to pay for childhood immunizations.
Adult immunizations are also available at the clinic and vary in price according to the vaccine; however international 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 questions about the clinics, contact the FCBH at 462-3160 or visit www.franklincountyohio.gov/health.
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 .m. to 5 p.m. for those confused by the home buying process and curious to know if they can afford to buy a home.
A Home of Your Own, geared toward first-time homebuyers, 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.
Aglow to meet
Aglow: A Network of Caring Women, will meet Dec. 9, at The Potter’s House, 3220 Lowell Dr., 9:45 a.m. Breakfast will be served at a cost of $5. The speaker will be Lois Baker speaking on hearing God’s voice, gifts from God, God has gifts for you, signs, wonders, and miracles.
For reservations and more information, call by Dec. 5 at noon, (614) 263-0607 or (614) 889-1708.
Family Christmas Choir
Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, will host a Family Christmas Choir on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. The chancel, youth and bell choirs will perform their holiday favorites.
The public is welcome to join this holiday celebration. Free will offering accepted. Questions? Call 614-878-4530.
Christmas tree sale and food drive
The Westland High School marching band and color guard has begun its annual christmas tree sale. The tree lot is located at Kroger, 5800 W. Broad St., in Galloway and will continue until trees are sold. Sale hours are Monday-Friday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
They are also having a canned food drive now through Dec. 19 to help fellow band parents in need. They will have a shopping cart for collection in the band room and at the christmas tree lot where students and others can drop off their donated food items. Questions regarding the food drive can be directed to Greta Pfeiffer at 335-5443 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Secret Santa Extravaganza
Westgate Alternative Elementary School is hosting a Secret Santa Extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. There will be pictures with Santa, a silent auction, and shopping for children and adults. There are still a few vendor spots available. Call Andrea at (614)343-3704 for more information.
There will be a senior luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 S. Powell Ave. Open to the public. Donations accepted.
“A Christmas Story”
Friends Worship center, 3030 Clime Road, will present “A Christmas Story” on Dec. 21 at 10:30 a.m. The play was written and directed by Scott Gorslene. All are invited.
Free clothing and lunch
New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s, men’s and children’s clothing Dec 20, 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.
The Children’s Ministries Department at Abundant Life Tabernacle, 35 Derrer Road, is presenting “When God Became a Baby” on Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. Anyone with questions can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-279-5433.
Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton Darby Creek Road in Galloway, will host “Wising Up, Wherever Life Happens,” a woman’s study on the book of Proverbs with Beth Moore on Sundays, Jan. 11 – March 29, from 6-8 p.m.in the Fireside Room, lower level, building B – north entrance. The registration deadline is Jan. 4, cost is $10, which includes a note-taking booklet – available at the first class.
Register online at www.cypressonline.net.
Breakfast with Santa
Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 S. Powell Ave., will host breakfast with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m. The cost of $1 includes breakfast with Santa and one digital photo. Reservations are required. Call 274-4271.
CLC information session
The Columbus Literacy Council is holding an information session about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Tuesday, Jan. 6, from 6-7:30 p.m. The session will be held at the CLC office, 195 N. grant Ave. Register at www.columbusliteracy.org or call Norma Wetzel at 221-5013 ext. 215.
Daughters of the American Revolution
The Ann Simpson Davis Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet at noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Brookside Country Club, 2770 W. Dublin Granville Road. Following lunch, State Regent Patsy Gaines will present the program “White House China.” For reservations, call Terri Sippel at 614-777-8934.
Firefighters 4 Kids
The 2008 Firefighters 4 Kids Toy Drive has begun and area residents in need of assistance for toys can now call 3-1-1, the Columbus Call Center, for information on this year’s toy drive.
The Columbus Call Center or 3-1-1 will provide residents with information, the types of documents needed to apply and the locations to apply for assistance.
The call center provides access for area residents to request non-emergency city services. The information is available for Columbus residents, as well as city businesses and visitors.