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. 

Free meals offered
The Church of the Lamb of God, 2216 Sullivant Ave., offers free meals on the fourth Saturday of each month.

“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.

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.

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.

NDCC career classes
Are you looking for a new job? Get the skills and the support you need at New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency. Two classes, facilitated by licensed career counselors, are being offered during the month of January.
The first is New Directions. This class is designed especially for woman who are changing careers or re-entering the work force. Participants learn about themselves as they refine their abilities to overcome barriers to professional success. They also learn practical skills such as networking, interviewing, resume writing and much more. The four week program will be held from Jan. 12 through Feb. 6. Classes are held, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The second class is Creating Career Options. This class is for the professional who is seeking employment or a career change. Participants learn through assessment how to find a job that’s a good fit as well as how to research optimal career options. This class is held on Jan. 26, 28 and 31. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NDCC assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. Graduates of NDCC programs are eligible to enroll in placement services at no charge.
For more information, or to register for a class, contact NDCC at 849-0028, extension 100. All classes are held in downtown Columbus at 199 E. Rich St. 

Military prayer service
The Alkire Road Church of Christ, 2779 Alkire Road in Grove City, will hold a military prayer service on Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. Families of those in the service are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the church at 875-1028.

Women’s conference
Cypress Women’s Ministries invites you to  a women’s conference with Sheila Walsh, a featured speaker with Women of Faith, on Feb. 14, at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road in Galloway. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Cypress Bookstore following all weekend worship services, at the church office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) or at the Georgesville Square LifeWay Christian Store.

DivorceCare at Cypress
DivorceCare recovery seminar and support group will meet at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road in Galloway each Sunday at 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 8 and continuing through May 3. There will also be one session held on Saturday, Feb. 21. DC4K (DivorceCare for Kids) will be offered at the same time and your children, ages 5 through 12, are welcome to attend if you are in the DivorceCare class. The classes are free, however, there is a charge to cover the cost of a workbook ($12 for DivorceCare and $15 per child for DC4K – scholarships available). Childcare will also be provided for children not attending the DC4K classes. To register or to receive more information, call Debbie Brisentine at the church office, 878-8192 ext. 238. You can also visit www.divorcecare.org for information on both DivorceCare and DC4K.

Cypress hosts GriefShare
GriefShare recovery support group (your journey from mourning to Joy) will be hosted by Cypress Wesleyan Churcheach Sunday at 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 8 and continuing through May 3. The class will meet at the district center, 457 Alton-Darby Creek Road (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 visit www.griefshare.org for more information.

Free clothing and lunch
New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women’s, men’s and some children’s clothing on Jan. 24 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.

CLC information sessions
The Columbus Literacy Council is holding information sessions about tutoring and other volunteer opportunities on Jan. 24 and Feb. 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. The sessions 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.

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