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.

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 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.

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. 
(hold until Jan. 5)
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.
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.

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.

“Wising Up”
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.

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.

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. 

Financial assistance
Catholic Social Services’ Senior Program has applications for the Home Energy Assistance program, Percentage of Income payment plan and AT&T Life Line. These programs one-time financial assisstance or ongoing financial assistance to low-income seniors and low-income disabled individuals. If you or someone you know could benefit from receiving this assistance, call Kim Conley at 274-0095, ext. 15.

Christmas tree sale
The Hilltop Y’s Men’s Club will be selling Christmas trees in December at the Hilltop YMCA, 2879 Valleyview Dr. Hours are Monday through Friday, 2-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Prices start at $25.
Profits will support youth programs at the Hilltop YMCA and at Camp Wilson.

Aglow to meet
Aglow: A Network of Caring Women, will meet Jan. 8, at The Potter’s House, 3220 Lowell Dr., at 9:45 a.m. Breakfast will be served at a cost of $5.
Speaker will be Lois Hoshor, speaking on “God’s Miraculaus Power.”
 For reservations and more information, call by Friday Jan.4 at noon, (614) 263-0607 or (614) 889-1708.

Free financial workshop
The Lincoln Village/West Broad Clean and Safe Community and Homeowners Education Project, in partnership with Homes On The Hill, will present “Take Charge of Your Money,” on Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Southwest Public Library, 4740 W. Broad St.
Call 571-1274 to make your reservation. Topics of discussion will be personal behavior about credit, using credit wisely, making a spending plan, identity theft and predatory lending.
This program is sponsored by a grant from the United Way of Central Ohio and the Columbus Foundation.

Comet selected to perform with BOA

Charlie Cash, a senior at Central Crossing High School has been selected by Bands of America for the national Honor Band in the 2009 Tournament of Roses® Parade.
Cash was selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious honors ensemble. He is the son of Mike and Sherri Cash. His band director is Robert McNutt.
The BOA Honor Band is a 300 piece national ensemble with winds, percussion and a flag and dance team.
Cash, an alto saxophone player, will spend a week in southern California, where he will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, special activities and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade. The Tournament of Roses Parade, will kick off at 8 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

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