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•Reformation Lutheran Church, 1355 S. Hamilton Rd., will hold Advent services 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. Christmas Eve service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Questions, call 235-4995.
Whitehall Celebrations Association to judge holiday displays
Whitehall Community Celebration Association will begin making rounds to homes to judge outdoor holiday displays December 12-16 between 6 and 11 p.m. If residents want to be included in the judging, they will need to have their Christmas lights on. WCCA members will cover the entire city during those five evenings.
Bexley City Council meetings at Cassingham school complex
The Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 Bexley City Council and committee meetings will be held in the community room at the Cassingham Complex, to the left of the main entrance. Meetings are being relocated to provide access to handicapped residents who cannot reach the second-floor city hall chambers.
The Dec. 11 meetings are scheduled as follows: Safety Committee - 5:30 p.m.; Finance Committee - 6 p.m.; City Council - 7 p.m.
The December 18 meetings (a week early due to the Christmas holiday) are scheduled as follows: Zoning & Development Committee - 5:30 p.m.; Finance Committee - 6 p.m.; City Council - 7 p.m.
Bexley Women's Club holiday meeting
Bexley Women's Club will hold a holiday meeting with hors d' ouevres to share on Dec. 11 at 6:30pm at Bexley United Methodist Church 2657 E. Board Street. Program
"Discovering Seasonal Enhancements" at The Avant Garden in Bexley is the program. Contact Betsy Randle 236-4014 or www.bexleywomen.org for information.
Bexley Library children's programs taking registrations
Registration is now being taken for Bexley Public Library's winter 2008 children's programs, set to begin the week of January 7.
Babytime is a program for children ages 9 to 24 months and their caregivers. The 20-minute programs feature songs, bounces, and stories, and meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Themes will include food and colors.
Toddler Storyhour is a half-hour program for 2-year-olds and an adult, and meets Mondays at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. The 30-minute programs will include stories, fingerplays, and simple craft projects. Books about bears, the zoo and getting dressed will be part of the 8-week session.
Three to five-year-old children may participate in Preschool Storyhour held on Mondays at 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Programs last about 45 minutes and include stories, crafts, games and songs.
"Explorers Club", a program for kindergarteners through third graders, will begin January 16 and meets on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. Topics to be explored during the 6-week session include the night sky and monkeys.
All programs, except for Explorer's Club, require pre-registration. Call the Children's Department at 231-2878 for more information and to register.
There is no fee for participating in any of the programs.
Bishop Hartley Choir, Band to perform
The Bishop Hartley Vocal Choir will perform in the school's cafeteria, 1285 Zettler Road in Columbus, on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will follow the performance.
The Bishop Hartley Band will hold its annual Christmas Concert in the school's gymnasium on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Both events are free.
Hadassah holds Hanukkah parties, collects gift donations
The community is invited to join the Columbus Chapter of Hadassah for three Hanukkah parties. On Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., Hadassah will hold its annual Hanukkah Party and Gift Auction. The event will take place at China Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, 1677 West Lane Avenue. Those who would like to attend are asked to bring wrapped gifts (minimum value $15) and RSVP to the Hadassah office.
Hadassah is sponsoring two Hanukkah parties featuring the Koleinu Choir: Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m. at Wexner Heritage House, 1151 College Avenue; and Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m. at Kensington, 1001 Parkview Boulevard.
The choir, led by Jack Chomsky, will perform Hanukkah songs. The Koleinu Choir, which has sung with Marvin Hamlisch and Opera Columbus, has also participated in the
National Jewish Choral Festival in Kfar Saba, Israel. Refreshments will be provided. There is no charge for these event, which are co-sponsored by Columbus Hadassah.
Now through Dec. 10, Columbus Hadassah is accepting donations of holiday gifts for families being helped by the Jewish Family Service. It is the chapter's Hanukkah Mitzvah Project.
The gifts do not need to be wrapped. If wrapped, identify the package as to who the gift might be for (e.g., unborn to age 3 or adult female). Gift cards from stores like Wal-Mart and Target make a nice gift, as do cash or check donations. Make checks payable to Jewish Family Services, with Holiday Gift written on the memo line. Bring gifts to the Hadassah office or to the December 10 Hanukkah party and gift auction. The Hanukkah Mitzvah Project is chaired by Susie Blair.
Pride Center East has sign-up for toy drive
The Neighborhood Pride Center East, 3585 E. Livingston Avenue will be accepting applications from Columbus residents to sign up their children to receive toys from this year's toy drive.
To sign up on Dec. 20 between 1 and 6 p.m., you will need a picture identification of parent/guardian; Social Security Card for each child, proof of income (pay stub, award letter, child support letter, unemployment stub, utility check; proof of Columbus address; proof of each child (birth certificate, Care Source Card, Medicaid Card). This is for Columbus zip codes 43227, 43232, 43068, 43209 and 43213. For questions, call 724-0100.
Knights of Columbus Breakfast with Santa, other events
The Knights of Columbus Council 5253 of St Pius X Catholic Church, 1061 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg, will sponsor a youth basketball free throw competition Jan. 26 at the school gym, for boys and girls ages 10 to 14. Registration begins at 7 p.m. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and parental consent. For entry forms and information, contact Scott Harris at 740-927-1672.
An all you can eat spaghetti dinner will be served Jan. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children. Carry-out meals are $5. Proceeds benefit religious vocations.
Bexley Community Book Club Bookfair Dec. 8
The first of two Bexley Community Book Club Bookfairs will take place Dec. 8 at Barnes and Noble Easton, from 9 a.m. until store closing at 11 p.m., as part of The Bexley Education Foundation's year-long community read initiative, Bexley Community Book Club.
The club is focusing on the works of Pete Hamill, and the effort will culminate with an appearance by the author April 30.
The Bexley Education Foundation will receive up to 20 percent of profits of all Barnes and Noble sales (books, videos, music and at the coffee shop) purchased through vouchers specifically earmarked for the Bookfair that day.
Visual arts displays by Bexley High School seniors and students at Montrose Elementary will be featured throughout the day. Gift wrapping services will be provided by Bexley-area Girl Scout troops.
The schedule of special performances is as follows:
•11 a.m. - Bexley High School Jazz Combo
•1 p.m. - Bexley High School String Ensemble
•5 and 7 p.m. - Bexley High School Men's Ensemble
WBNS 10TV Anchor Andrea Cambern will make a special appearance at Barnes and Noble at 2 p.m. where she will read excerpts from several Pete Hamill books for area shoppers and book discussion groups.
Barnes and Noble Easton will host a second Bookfair on March 15. Additional Bexley Schools arts activities and students will be featured, as well as further readings by Andrea Cambern.
Proceeds from Bexley Community Book Club, through sponsorships, ticket sales and book sales, will help support literary, performing and visual arts facilities and/or programs for the Bexley City Schools through the Arts Endowment Fund of The Bexley Education Foundation.
Further information, including individual ticket sales information (advance general admission tickets are $25 each), can be obtained by calling the BEF office at 338-2093, or visiting www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org and clicking on the Bexley Community Book Club link.
Vouchers can be downloaded from The Bexley Education Foundation website, and will be available at the following locations: all five Bexley school buildings, the front entrance of the Cassingham complex, and along East Main Street in Bexley at The Bexley Public Library, Drexel Theatre, Starbucks Bexley, and Cup of Joe's.
Capital University Conservatory of Music programs
Capital University's Conservatory of Music will hold the following events during the 2007-2008 academic year:
•Community Music School Youth Choir Concert, Dec. 9, 3 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Trombone Choir concert, Jan. 9, 8 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Early Music In Columbus, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Capital University/Bexley Community Orchestra concert, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•University Bands concert, Feb. 6, 8 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•NOW MUSIC Festival, Conservatory of Music, Feb. 11-17.
•Community Music School Junior Winds concert, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. in Mees Hall; Women In Music recital, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. in Huntington Recital Hall.
•Women In Music recital, March 9, 3 p.m. in Huntington Recital Hall; Ensemble-in-Residence, Carpe Diem concert, 7:30 p.m. in Mees Hall.
All events are free except the Early Music programs, Christmas Festival and Women in Music performances. For information call 236-6411
Capital's Schumacher Gallery announces 2007-08 season
Capital University's Schumacher Gallery has announced its schedule of exhibits for the 2007-08 season.
"Some Assembly Required," with artists using non-traditional materials to explore the potential of collage and assemblage, will run from Oct. 29-Dec. 7.
"Beyond Boundaries," featuring self-taught artists who use unconventional subjects, techniques and materials, will be presented Jan. 11-Feb. 15. The exhibit, co-sponsored by Art Access, will have an opening reception Jan. 11 from 5-7 p.m.
"Art on a String," with Asian kites in a variety of imaginative shapes associated with festivals, holidays and special events, will take flight March 3-April 11. An opening reception will take place March 7 from 5-7 p.m.
Capital University's Student Art Exhibition will be held April 18-26, with a meet-the-artists reception April 18 from 5-7 p.m.
The Schumacher Gallery, which includes an extensive permanent collection of European, American, Asian, African and Inuit art, is located on the fourth floor of the Blackmore Library. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m., during the school year. Admission is free.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements. Information is available at www.columbusjccc.org.
Gallery Players season continues with "Mazel and Shlimazel"
Messenger photo by John Matuszak
Jamie Ranke, as the princess, is puzzled that her suitor, Jason Schenk, has lost his voice, as Norma Whitmyre as the queen and Cantor Jeff Siegel as Mazel look on in Gallery Players' production of "Mazel and Shlimazel," being staged through Dec. 16.
Gallery Players has announced its 59th season. The productions being staged at the JCC of Greater Columbus for the 2007-2008 Gallery Players season are:
•"Mazel and Shlimazel," Dec. 8-16, a classic musical tale of good versus evil as Mazel, the spirit of good luck, and his entourage of Lucky Charms face off against Shlimazel, the spirit of bad luck, and his henchmen, the Jinxes.
•"South Pacific," Feb. 23-March 9. "South Pacific" is a musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II based on two short stories by James A. Michener from his book "Tales of the South Pacific." It is generally considered to be one of the greatest musicals of all time, and a number of its songs, such as "Bali Ha'i," "Younger than Springtime," and "Some Enchanted Evening," have become worldwide standards.
•"Brooklyn Boy," May 17-June 1, with auditions March 16-18. "Brooklyn Boy," a drama written by Donald Margulies, is a story about what happens when the marginally successful writing career of middle-aged author Eric Weiss begins to take off with the publication of his novel.
Season subscriptions present a savings of 30 percent off of the single ticket price for all four shows. Season tickets are $30 per JCC member, $45 per non-member, $25 per JCC Senior member, and $40 per senior non-member. (Tickets for individual shows are $12 for JCC members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for senior members, $16 for senior non-members, $8 for students, and $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.)
Those interested in making contributions to support the theater may become a JCC Patron of the Arts. Patron levels are $100 (with the patron receiving two tickets to one show), $250 (four tickets to one show), $500 (two subscriptions) and $1,000 (four subscriptions).
For information on season subscriptions or becoming a JCC Patron of the Arts, visit the Gallery Players website at jccgalleryplayers.org, or call 559-6248.
JCC Gala "Diamonds, Denim and Disco"
Denise Glimcher and Carrie Madison have been named co-chairs of Gala 2008, the largest annual fundraiser for the JCC. This year's event, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m., will have the theme of "Diamonds, Denim and Disco."
The event has been scheduled earlier in the season to accommodate those who observe Shabbat.
Dress is dressy casual, and jeans are welcome - although it would not be surprising to see some "Saturday Night Fever" disco gear on the dance floor, since the theme reflects a Studio 54 atmosphere with music provided by the Cleveland-based band, Disco Inferno.
Guests will enjoy an array of Kosher hors d'oeuvres, such as mini burgers, barbeque brisket, chips and dips, desserts, and other Boogie Wonderland treats - including a signature cocktail at the bar.
The JCC's Crystal Ballroom Casino will play by Las Vegas rules, and prizes are $2,000 in cash, a $500 Polaris Mall Gift Card, and a 32" Flat Screen HDTV. A silent auction also will be held, and items for the auction now are being accepted.
For information, contact Sheila Cline at 559-6225 or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
JCC, Beth Jacob to give away nature-friendly light bulbs
| Melvyn Palius
The JCC of Greater Columbus, in conjunction with Beth Jacob Congregation, will be giving away compact fluorescent lightbulbs at the JCC on Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing while supplies last.
The giveaway is being underwritten by a grant from the Melvyn Palius Environmental Protection Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.
"The goal of this giveaway is to promote environmentally friendly living and educate the community about what each of us can do to help save our world," said Carol Folkerth, JCC Executive Director.
"Because Chanukah is the Festival of Lights, we thought that giving away CFLs was a wonderful connection between the lights of Chanukah and the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world," said Rabbi Naphtali Weisz of Beth Jacob.
CFL requires less electricity than a 60 watt lightbulb, and therefore promotes clean water and air and reduces the need for oil and nuclear power.
Palius, a member of the Beth Jacob synagogue, passed away in 2004 at 83. He was a decorated World War II veteran and was the Chief of New York City's Office of Code Enforcement and was known for being tough and incorruptible.
Palius also was an avid skier and proud member of the National Ski Patrol and the Central Ohio Hiking Club. A nature enthusiast since his youth, he loved hiking, traveling, photography, reading and was deeply committed to ecological preservation, conservation, wildlife protection, amateur archeology, historical societies, and protecting the rights and civil liberties of the underdog.
For more information, visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org, or call 231-2731.
Auditions for Gallery Players' "South Pacific"
Gallery Players, the JCC's community theater group, will hold auditions for "South Pacific" on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m.
There are roles for 20 men, ranging in age from 20 to 60; nine women ranging in age from 20 to 35; one 35 to 50-year-old character woman; one 17-year-old girl, and two children, a girl (8 to 11 years old) and a boy (6 to 8 years old).
"A handful of roles are of Polynesian decent, so actors of ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to audition," said Jared Saltman, JCC Cultural Arts director. "Singing and acting is required of all roles, and most roles must be able to dance."
Those intending on auditioning should wear comfortable clothes for dancing, as well as bring their resume, photo, and at least 16 bars of music for their audition song. A pianist will be provided for the auditions. Eight performances will be staged from Feb. 23 through March 9. The production will be directed by Pam Hill.
For information, visit the website at www.jccgalleryplayers.org, or call 559-6248.
Lifeguard training classes during winter break
Lifeguard training classes are being offered at the JCC and are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26; Thursday, December 27; Friday, December 28; and Sunday, December 30. This course prepares candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies, and prevent drowning and other incidents, as well as teach candidates about the role of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Successful completion of the course will provide certification in Lifeguard Training (3 years), First Aid (3 years), CPR for the Professional Rescuer (1 year), and Automated External Defibrillator - AED (1 year).
The cost of the course is $145. For more information, including prerequisites and registration, contact JCC Aquatics at 559-6241.
Now also is the time to register for swim lessons starting in January at the JCC. Visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org for more information.
Sign up for winter break camp
School may be out for Winter Break, but the JCC is open - especially for kids during the JCC's Winter Break Camp, from Wednesday, Dec. 19 through Monday, Dec. 31. From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, school-age children can spend an exciting day at the JCC, swimming in the indoor pool, playing in the gym, and taking field trips. Wrap-around care is available from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Winter Break Camp is open to students in Kindergarten through the Sixth Grade, and sign-up is available for single days or the entire eight days. Fee is $50 per day for members, and $70 per day for non-members. Early registration discount of $10 per day applies before Dec. 14. A sibling discount of $5 for the second child registered and an additional $3 for the third (or more) child also applies. Full-time Kinderclub is $20 per day.
Field trips being planned include: Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Nationwide Arena Tour, Blue Jackets Practice, and Ice Skating; Thursday, Dec. 20 - Jungle Gym; Friday, Dec. 21 - Movie Day; Monday, Dec. 24 - Magic Mountain; Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park; Thursday, Dec. 27 - Bowling and Graeter's Ice Cream; Friday, Dec. 28 - Gym Extreme; Monday, Dec. 31 - New Year's Carnival
Winter Break Days also are available for students in Fifth through Eighth Grades. Designed especially for this age group, the camp takes two field trips - one to Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park on Friday, Dec. 21, and the other to Mad River Mountain for snow tubing on Thursday, Dec. 27. Day campers will depart the JCC at 9 a.m. and return before 3:30 p.m.
Participants for both camps will need to bring a dairy lunch, drink, swimsuit and towel. Refunds only will be issued for cancellations made 24 hours in advance of the program start time.
For information visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org, or contact John Weaver at (614) 559-6266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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