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•Reformation Lutheran Church, 1355 S. Hamilton Road, will host the Walnut Ridge High School Choir under the direction of J. Eric Watson, for a free concert April 9 at 11 a.m. Lunch will follow. For more information, call the church at 235-4995. The church is wheelchair accessible.
Auditions for play "Sweet as
Suguh in M'Tee"
Auditions for Hit the Ground Running's production of "Freedom, Sweet as Suguh in M'Tee" will be held April 21, 22, 28 and 29 at the gateway Welness Center, 112 Jefferson Ave., from 8-9:30 p.m., for actors and dancers ages 18 to 65.
Those auditioning should be ready to perform a two-minute dance composition and a one-minute monologue, as well as a cold reading.
This play focuses on a little-known argument between Harriett Tubman (the "Moses" of the Underground Railroad), and Sojourner Truth about Truth's trip to Washington, D. C. to thank President Lincoln for signing the Emancipation Proclamation, and reasons for Tubman's refusal to participate.
The play also concentrates on the kinds of treatment endured by African-Americans and the progress made despite institutionalized ill-treatment - from the days of the Civil War to the present.
The play will be performed June 12, 13, and 14, 2008, at 8 p.m. in the Gateway Wellness Center. Tickets will be $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, in advance, and will cost $25 and $20 respectively at the door. Children under age 12 will be admitted free if accompanied by an adult.
Reynoldsburg High Drama Club
checks into "Plaza Suite"
The Reynoldsburg High School Drama Club will present Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" at the Reynoldsburg High School auditorium, 6699 E. Livingston Ave., April 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. The play is being directed by Ryan Britton.
The comedy tells the stories of three sets of people as they each have a unique experience in Plaza Suite 719, including a longtime married couple confronting possible infidelity, and a wedding that almost doesn't happen when the bride-to-be locks herself in the bathroom.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults, and $3 for students and seniors. The doors will open an hour prior to performances for ticket sales. For reservations or information, contact the high school at 501-4000.
Bishop Hartley to take one last
lap around old track
Join Bishop Hartley High School as it says farewell to the current track April 16 at 7 p.m., when the school at Livingston Avenue and Zettler Road will host a gathering around the track to celebrate the next phase of slated campus improvements.
Family and friends of Bishop Hartley High School are encouraged to join in the festivities for a last stroll on the track before ground is broken. Refreshments will be available. The event will be held rain or shine.
Work begins this spring to lay a new track and update the stadium lights. The next phase of the outdoor facility plan will include fencing around the track, new bleachers, field turf, a new outdoor athletic facility entrance with public restrooms, and an additional facility to house locker rooms and concessions.
The Widow or Widowers Club will meet April 12 at 1 p.m., at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive
The meeting will follow a potluck meal social hour. New members are welcome. For information call Nancy at 759-9291.
Bassist Mark Morton at Bexley
Library's Tea at Three
Tea at Three and a performance by Columbus Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassist Mark Morton, accompanied by pianist Dianne Frazer, will be given in the auditorium of Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St., April 13 at 3 p.m.
The program will include compositions of Giovanni Bottesini and Scott Joplin. Bottesini has been called the "Paganini of the double bass" and Joplin is considered the "King of Ragtime". Auditorium doors will open at 2:30 p.m. when tea will be served. There will be no admission charge.
AT&T fundraiser to benefit
Kae Ave. Elementary
A new fundraising endeavor has announced by Larry Morgan of AT&, benefiting Kae Avenue Elementary School in Whitehall.
Through the remainder of the school year, when anyone switches over to AT&T the company will donate up to $225 for home phone, high speed Internet and U-Verse digital TV. The school will receive $50 for home phone service, $75 for Internet and $100 for U-Verse. All proceeds will be used to purchase new playground equipment. You do not have to have a child at Kae Avenue to participate. For more information, contact Morgan at 886-7207 or by email at email@example.com.
Capital prof to mix jazz, rock
Capital University Music Professor Mark Lochstampfor will bridge jazz and rock during his Wednesday, April 9, recital in Mees Hall, at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
The recital will merge traditional and contemporary keyboard instruments, such as pipe organ, Hammond B-3 organ, piano and various synthesizers, and jazz and rock repertoire.
Lochstampfor, who teaches musicianship, music technology, composition, rock and roll and keyboard, will perform classics by Earth, Wind and Fire; Paul Winter; Elton John; Billie Holiday; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Kansas; Boston; and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Capital U. students to perform
Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte"
The Capital University Conservatory of Music will present Mozart's comic masterpiece "Cosi Fan Tutte" (Women are Like That!) April 6 at 2 p.m., in Mees Hall, located on Capital's Bexley campus, 1 College and Main.
This fully-staged opera, which will be sung in English, features Capital's young vocalists conducted by Dr. Barry Kopetz and directed by Professor Mark Baker.
Tickets are required and are on sale now. Call the Capital University Conservatory office at 236-6474. Tickets are $12 to the general public.
Mathias Ridenour DAR to hear from Operation Flag founder
The Mathias Ridenour Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will welcome the founder of Operation Flag, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to their April 12 meeting at the Blacklick Golf Course Clubhouse at 11 a.m.
Testa founded the Operation Flag Committee in 1988 to provide flags to veterans' groups to ensure that every known veteran's gravesite received a flag on Memorial Day. He will speak about the committee's work and their cemetery restoration projects.
If you are interested in attending, contact Regent Sue Gilmore at 864-9609 for reservation information.
Bexley Women's Club House &
Garden Tour, Gala
The Bexley Women's Club will host its first Bexley House & Garden Tour and Gala celebrating Bexley's centennial year. The invitation-only Gala on Saturday, June 21, will begin at 4 p.m. at the Governor's Residence with a welcoming by Ohio's First Lady, Frances Strickland.
Gala guests will have an opportunity to tour the residence and grounds before moving on to other residences and gardens on the tour. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bexley Gateway complex, and will wrap up at 8:30 p.m.
Gala reservations can be purchased for $75 per person and will be limited in availability (first-come-first-served).
On Sunday, June 22, a ticketed House & Garden Tour will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special hourly guided tours of the Governor's Heritage Gardens will be available, although the mansion itself will not be open for the public tour on Sunday. Additional tour tickets are $15 in advance ($20 on the day of tour) and will be available on-line beginning April 15 at www.bexleywomen.org and at select retail locations beginning May 10.
The proceeds from this landmark event will provide scholarships to high school seniors who reside in Bexley and undergraduate students nationwide. Over the past 70 years, the Bexley Women's Club has supported more than 700 students with over $300,000 in scholarships.
For information, visit www.bexleywomen.org.
BEF Educator of Year, Friend of
Education nominations sought
The Bexley Education Foundation is seeking nominations for its Educator of the Year and Friend of Education awards.
Nominations for the Educator of the Year are due to the BEF office by April 8.
The Friend of Education award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to public education in Bexley and is not a current employee of the district. Nominations must be returned to the Board of Education office by April 28.
The awards will be presented at the Education Appreciation Banquet on May 21. For information or an application, visit www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org.
Building Doctors to make rounds in Bexley April 24-25
|Marianangela Pfister, shown here, and Mark Epstein, both Bexley area residents, will conduct a Building Doctor Clinic, offering guidelines for renovations and repairs to owners of buildings constructed before 1955, in Bexley April 24-25.
A Building Doctor Clinic, offering guidelines for renovations and repairs to owners of buildings constructed before 1955, will take place in Bexley April 24-25, sponsored by the Bexley Historical Society, the City of Bexley and the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.
The clinic features advice from preservationists Marianangela Pfister and Mark Epstein, both Bexley area residents.
The event will begin with a free seminar April 24 from 7-9 p.m. at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave.The seminar will feature guidelines for renovation of buildings constructed between 1800 and 1955.
On April 25, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Pfister and Epstein will be available to visit buildings within five miles of downtown Bexley, advising owners on specific technical or design problems. The on-site consultations are free.
Advance registration for the seminar and clinics is required at 1-800-499-2470 or www.building-doctor.org.
For information, contact Nancy Bexley of the Bexley Historical Society at 559-4360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbus Children's Choir at
Reynoldsburg United Methodist
The Columbus Children's Choir's New World Singers will perform at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, Graham Road, on April 6 at 3 p.m.
This concert will feature Alex Shaver, Hannah Mapes, Hannah Holstein and selections from the repertoire that will be performed by the New World Singers tour to Hungary, Austria and Germany.
The New World Singers are featured annually in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops.
A free will offering will be taken. For information, visit www.columbuschildrenschoir.org
Ohio Theatre celebrates 80th
|In celebration of the Ohio Theatre's 80th birthday, CAPA presents a nostalgic Sunday afternoon of "Mighty Morton" theatre organ music with Clark Wilson, April 13, at 3 p.m. at 39 E. State St.
birthday with organ concert
In celebration of the Ohio Theatre's 80th birthday, CAPA presents a nostalgic Sunday afternoon of "Mighty Morton" theatre organ music with Clark Wilson, April 13, at 3 p.m. at 39 E. State St. Admission is free. CAPA will be accepting food donations for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank at the door.
Wilson, well-known to Columbus audiences as the official organist of CAPA's Summer Movie Series, will play a selection of popular tunes from the 1920s, when the Ohio Theatre first opened, through the 1980s.
Audience members will get a live, bird's eye view of Wilson's talented fingers on a large projection screen via an above-keyboard camera. A second camera will be mounted inside the organ to showcase the inner workings of the massive instrument.
Opened in 1928 as a Loew's movie house, the Ohio Theatre was a 2,779-seat Spanish-Baroque masterpiece complete with its own orchestra and theatre organ. In addition to movies, live stage shows touring on the Loew's circuit found a home on the Ohio stage, featuring greats of vaudeville such as Milton Berle and Jack Benny.
Parent meeting about new
year-round elementary school
A new elementary school, Centura Community School will be opening its doors this July at 1850 Bostwick Road in east Columbus, the former site of the Millennium Community School. The new school is now enrolling students kindergarten-2 with plans to add grade levels in future years.
Parents interested in learning more about Centura Community School are invited to attend a parent meeting on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at The Hamilton Plaza Hotel, 2124 South Hamilton Road in Reynoldsburg.
Centura joins a handful of local schools that offer class year-round, something that Director Jim Cowardin sees as a benefit for parents and students alike.
For information or to RSVP for the parent meeting, call 774-7948.
Author & Bexley grad to speak
at Bexley High, CSG
Bexley High School alumnus Daniel Pink, author of the book "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future," returns to Bexley High School at April 11 at 9 a.m. to speak to students.
On April 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Columbus School for Girls, Pink will participate in a book signing followed by a free presentation at 7.
A former White House speech writer and currently a contributing editor for Wired magazine, Pink writes about the "abilities that individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced and automated world," according to danpink.com.
All Bexley High students will attend the April program sponsored by the BHS Art Department, Visual Arts Parent Network and Bexley Education Foundation, with Pink meeting afterwards with selected art students and faculty members.
Pink graduated from Bexley High School in 1982, subsequently earning a B.A. in linguistics from Northwestern University and a law degree from Yale University.
His career includes stints as speech writer to Vice President Al Gore, aide to U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, and independent business consultant to Fortune 100 companies and start-up ventures.
Pink has recently completed an accessible and smartly designed career guide produced in the Japanese graphic novel style called Manga, the first Manga book of its kind in the United States.
Bexley High School's seniors will receive a free copy of the new eye-catching career guide, which will be published just days before Pink's visit.
Denny Griffith, president of Columbus College of Art and Design, will introduce Pink at Bexley High and join in the question and answer session to be held afterward.
Willis Park Civic Association
to meet April 9
The next meeting of the Willis Park Civic Association will be held on April 9, at 6 p.m. at Liberty Christian Academy at 4938 Beatrice Drive.
Members attending the meeting will be introduced to the newsletter's editorial board. A mailing of the newsletter will be made in the following month for all homes in the civic association.
Volunteers will also be sought to help in various areas for the improvement of the neighborhood. There will be a brief presentation on CPR to highlight the fact that the civic association will be sponsoring a CPR class in early summer for residents.
There will also be a brief explanation of a bicycle safety class being sponsored by the civic association and the Columbus Police Department.
Councilman Andrew J. Ginther will also be in attendance to review the items of interest that were given to him when he attended the meeting in October 2007.
The first contact between the City of Columbus and the civic association concerning the upcoming improvements and plans for the Livingston Avenue Corridor from Alum Creek Drive to the Reynoldsburg city limits will be given.
Information can be obtained at http://www.geocities.com/willis.park/.
Bexley program on safe schools
rescheduled for April 7
The March Bexley Schools' Parent Education session, "Building a Safe and Respectful School Climate: Parents and Teachers Working Together," which was canceled because of snow, has been rescheduled for April 7 at 7 pm. in the Bexley High School library at 326 South Cassingham Road.
The program, led by Bexley's school counselors, will show parents how to help children understand and prevent cruel, disrespectful behavior and learn to develop respectful friendships.
Parents will learn how to:
•Respond to a children when they have been a target of bullying
•Respond to children when they have bullied another child
•Communicate with the school when a child has been involved in a bullying situation
•Teach a child what to do as a bystander
•Consider one's own behavior as a good role model
•Encourage healthy friendships and increase resiliency
Parents will also hear briefly about the district's new policy concerning anti-harassment, anti-hazing and anti-bullying, which was approved by the Board of Education in December 2007.
Benefit for leukemia patient includes silent auction
A benefit for Mikala Paulk, a girl who has been undergoing treatment for leukemia for the past 18 months, will be held April 11 at 7 p.m. at Vineyard Community Church, 15187 Palmer Road, Reynoldsburg.
Admission is free but donations will be taken to see performers including Ryan Flannery, the Walker Family, India Franklin, Carl White, Leonard Napper, Mark and Chase Potter, the Watkins Memorial Vocal Ensemble, the Pickerington High School North Theatre and the Apple Core Four of the Singing Buckeyes.
A silent auction will also be held with items including a football singed by Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel, a souvenir hockey stick signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets, a breakfast tour of Sunny 95 radio studio and homebaked pies.
Check donations can be made out to the Mikala Paulk Benefit Account, in care of the Huntington National Bank, 36 W. Broad St., Pataskala, Ohio 43062.
Tax assistance at Whitehall
AARP Tax Aides will be available at the Whitehall Senior Center, 4924 Etna Road every Monday through April 7 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call the center at 501-8593 to make an appointment.
Also, in order to participate in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, a 2007 tax return must be filed, even for taxpayers who would not normally be required to file. Taxpayers who did not need to file in 2006 will receive a letter in mid to late March from the IRS with additional information.
Whitehall Library bilingual story time
The Whitehall Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, at Broad Street and Yearling Road, invites you to join us for our weekly Bilingual Story Time and hear stories, songs, and rhymes in Spanish and English.
Our fun, interactive program will help children get ready to read and develop language and social skills in both Spanish and English. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is offered every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Ohio Historical Society portrays
Echoes in Time Theatre at the Ohio Historical Center will be presenting of "All Men Should Be Free!" on the 19th century abolitionist movement to end slavery, Thursdays, April 10 and 17.
The year is 1851, and you are invited to attend a lecture sponsored by the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society. The speaker for the evening is the Rev. John Rankin, pastor of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ripley, Ohio, who will share his views on slavery and his experiences in the anti-slavery movement.
Ronald St. Pierre of Westerville will portray John Rankin. The 30-minute, solo performance takes place twice each evening at 7 and 8 p.m.
The performance is free with admission to the Ohio Historical Center, which is $7/adults, $3/students and free for OHS members and children 5 years old and under. Parking is $4 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.ohiohistory.org or call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124.
The Ohio Historical Center is located on I-71 and 17th Avenue. It is one of 59 historic museums and sites operated by the Ohio Historical Society, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state's partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio's history, archaeology and natural history.
Pulitzer Prizing winning photos,
| "Kent State Massacre" by photographer John Paul Filo will be among the 150 Pulitzer Prize wining images in the the Ohio Historical Center's "Capture the Moment,' oening April 25. The historical center will also present "It Happened in Ohio: The Kent State Shootings," where visitors will learn about the build-up and reaction to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, through artifacts, photos and personal accounts, and "Reflections on Kent State," one of its Community Conversations series, May 15.
Kent State discussions at OHS
"Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs," the largest display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown, will open April 25 at The Ohio Historical Center in Columbus.
This special exhibition will feature 150 award-winning images from 1942, when the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism was established, through 2007.
Some of the photographs have become icons of their time: the flag raising on Iwo Jima, the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, the joyful family reunion of a returning Vietnam POW, the World Trade Center attack. Others record forgotten events of the last six decades. While some images tell the stories of famous people, others portray the lives of ordinary citizens.
To tie into the 1971 Pulitzer winner "Kent State Massacre" by photographer John Paul Filo and the upcoming anniversary of the event, the Ohio Historical Center will feature "It Happened in Ohio: The Kent State Shootings."
Visitors will learn about the build-up and reaction to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, through artifacts, photos and personal accounts.
In conjunction with the display, the Center will host "Reflections on Kent State," one of its Community Conversations series, on May 15. Visitors are invited to experience both exhibitions from 6 to 7 p.m., and then gather for informal conversations with a panel, including Alan Canfora, director of the Kent May 4 Center, and others who experienced that fateful day.
"Capture the Moment" runs through July 25. Admission to the Ohio Historical Center is $7/adults, $3/students and free for OHS members and children 5 years of age and under.
The Ohio Historical Center is located at I-71 and East 17th Avenue in Columbus. Parking is $4 per vehicle and free to OHS members. For information on upcoming events, call 614.297.2300 or 800.686.6124 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/capture.
Capital University Theatre,
Conservatory of Music programs
Capital University's Theatre Program, and Conservatory of Music will hold the following events during the 2007-2008 academic year:
Capital University Theatre
•One-Act Play Festival, a series of student-directed plays, April 17-20.
Thursday and Friday performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday performances are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.
All performances are held in the Cabaret Theatre, located in the basement of the Harry C. Moores Campus Center. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $4 for student and senior citizens. Admission is free for students with a current Capital I.D. For more information, call 236-7174.
Conservatory of Music
•Trombone Studio recital, April 6, 7:30 p.m. in Huntington Recital Hall.
•Tuba Ensemble concert, April 8, 8 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Early Music In Columbus, April 11, 8 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Clarinet Choir concert, April 12, 7:30 p.m. in Huntington Recital Hall.
•Jazz and World Music Festival, Conservatory of Music, April 14-20.
•University Bands concert, April 20, 7:30 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Chamber Winds concert, April 23, 8 p.m. in Huntington Recital Hall.
•Alumni Weekend Choral concert, April 25, 8 p.m. in Mees Hall
•Capital University/Bexley Community Orchestra concert, April 27, 7:30 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Community Music School Junior Winds concert, May 4, 2 p.m. in Mees Hall.
•Community Music School Youth Choir concert, May 18, 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.
The Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center, at 1125 College Ave., has provided the following announcements. Information is available at www.columbusjcc.org.
JCC, Bexley Rec offer
baseball league, camp
The JCC of Greater Columbus and Bexley Recreation are teaming up to offer a Youth Baseball League. The program will be under the instruction of Ron Golden and Vic Radcliff. Golden has been instructing and coaching baseball at the college and high school level for more than 35 years. Radcliff is a former Major League Baseball Player and is the assistant baseball coach at Capital University.
Registration deadline is April 18. To register, or if you are interested in coaching or sponsoring a team, contact Jeanna Brownlee at 559-6274. Registration forms also are available in the JCC lobby, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org/recreation.asp.
In addition, the JCC and Bexley Recreation are presenting the Vic Radcliff and Ron Golden Youth Baseball Camp from April 28 through May 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the JCC, for children in 1st through 6th grades who are interested in learning the fundamentals of throwing, pitching, fielding and hitting from two of the top baseball instructors in Columbus.
Cost is $80 for league members and $100 for non-league members. For information, contact Brownlee at the number listed above.
Self-defense, belly dancing classes
return to JCC
Back by popluar demand, the Krav Maga and Belly Dancing Class each will have another session in April. Krav will start April 23 and run for six weeks every Wednesday, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., until May 28.
Beth McCullough, JCC Fitness Specialist, explained that Krav Maga is a practical, reality-based system of self defense originating with the Israeli Defense Forces. It teaches techniques and principles to handle realistic hostile encounters of all kinds and is designed to be effective no matter the size, gender, strength, age or previous training of the student. Krav Maga also has a strong emphasis on physical fitness.
The cost for the six-week course is $75 for JCC Health Club members, $85 for JCC general members, and $100 for non-members. There is no drop-in availability.
Learn the womanly art of Belly Dancing while strengthening your core muscles, increasing your stamina, and practicing your balance, during the JCC's six-week Belly Dancing classes, to be held Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., from April 9 through May 14.
The cost is $60 for JCC Health Club members, $70 for JCC General members, and $85 for non-members. Drop-in rate is $12 per class.
For information about upcoming classes and events, contact McCullough at 559-6207 or email@example.com, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
One month free for new members
who sign up in April
New members who join the JCC in April will get 13 months of membership for the price of 12. Full year membership includes: heated indoor and outdoor pools, The Diamond Family Fitness Center and all cardiovascular, strength and free weight equipment, racquetball and tennis courts, free water and group exercise classes including Zumba and Spinning, locker rooms and family changing rooms, gymnasium with a walking/running track.
Membership also offers access to (for an additional fee): Daycare and Preschool, Summer Camp, Swim lessons, Youth and Adult Sports leagues, Yoga and Pilates, personal trainers and massage services, Passover Camp for kids K-8, School's out Days and afterschool programs for grades K-6, Middle school activities, babysitting and more.
As an added bonus, JCC members who refer new full year members will receive a $25 JCC gift card.
Call Member Services Director Linda Starr at 559-6229, or Member Services Assistant Janet Schwarz at (614) 559-6227 for rates and additional information, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
Chocolate Seder at Whetstone Park
The JCC's annual Chocolate Seder, sponsored by J-Link, brings together the best of both worlds - Chocolate and Passover - and this year is no exception.
Join Marc Rossio on Sunday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Whetstone Park Shelter House, 3901 N. High St., Clintonville, for a Passover Seder like never before.
Learn about and taste the symbols of Passover - in this version, made entirely of chocolate...chocolate covered matzah, chocolate eggs, bitter chocolate, chocolate for dipping, Elijah's cup filled with chocolate milk.
This free event is designed for families and individuals of all ages. Space is limited, so RSVP to Lindsay Folkerth at 559-6228. J-Link is a JCC outreach program in northwest Columbus funded by The Columbus Jewish Federation and supported by grants from The Columbus Jewish Foundation.
JCC closes for Passover
In observance of Passover, the JCC will be closed on Sunday and Monday, April 20 and 21, and Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27.
The JCC building also will be closing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19 and Friday, April 25.
In addition, the JCC kitchens will be closed immediately after the LifeCare Alliance lunches are served on Friday, April 18 until Monday, April 28.
Local kids to perform musical
| "Willie Wonka" cast members include, from left, Noah Portman, 13, playing the part of Grandpa Joe; Hannah Rossio, 12, as Charlie; and David Edgar, 13, as Willy Wonka. All three reside in Columbus. Portman is an 8th grade student at Columbus Torah Academy; Rossio is a 6th grade student at Gahanna Middle School East; and Edgar is a freshman at Bishop Hartley High School.
The musical "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is being presented by the JCC's Children, Youth and Camping Department April 10, at 7 p.m., April 11, at 10:30 a.m., and April 13, at 1 and 5 p.m.
Cast members include students from Bishop Hartley High School, Columbus School for Girls, Columbus Torah Academy, and the Columbus Jewish Day School in Columbus; The Wellington School in Upper Arlington; and Bexley schools.
David Edgar, 13, plays Willy Wonka, alongside 11-year-old Hannah Rossio, who plays Charlie. Noah Portman, 13, fresh from his appearance as Shlimazel in the Gallery Players' production of "Mazel and Shlimazel," plays the ever-youthful "Grandpa Joe" as he accompanies Charlie on the famous tour of Wonka's factory.
The production is directed by Eileen Howard, who most recently appeared in and won a Theatre Roundtable award for the Gallery Players' production of "Jerry's Girls."
General admission tickets are $10 per ticket for adult and children ages 13 and older, and $5 per ticket for children ages 12 and under. Or, come to the JCC to win tickets! Simply check out the showcase in the JCC lobby to guess how many actual pieces of candy are in the case and you could win four Golden Tickets to a Wonka performance of your choice.
To purchase tickets, call the JCC at 231-2731, or stop by the JCC at 1125 College Ave., to win tickets.
Pre-Passover kosher dinner
The JCC will hold its Annual Pre-Passover Kosher Dinner on April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Chef Tony will be serving his famous fried chicken, along with soup, a mixed green salad, mashed potatoes, green beans and baby carrots, rolls, fresh fruit, and Italian ices. Dinner is being supervised by the Columbus Va'ad Ho'ir.
Meals are $16 for adults and $7.50 for children under age 8. (Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free.) To make a reservation, contact Tina Rice by April 9, at 559-6276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish educator-author to speak
Ron Wolfson, a Jewish educator and author of "The Spirituality of Welcoming" and "God's To Do List," will be the featured speaker at this year's annual Gaynor Lecture Series on April 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Following the lecture, he will be available to sign copies of his books, which also will be on sale in the lobby.
His current book, "God's To Do List," is written for middle school students and up. The book and the lecture will appeal to families, youth preparing for Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, and young adults, said Melanie Butter, event coordinator.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Butter at email@example.com.
Singer Justin Roberts to entertain preschoolers April 6
Justin Roberts, whose popular recordings for preschoolers include "Willy Was a Whale" and his most recent, "Meltdown," will present a concert Sunday, April 6, at 4 p.m. at the JCC. The concert is presented by the JCC's three preschools and the JCC Children, Youth, and Camping Department.
Roberts began his career as the leader of an indie rick band by night and a Montessori preschool by day before recording songs for young children.
His videos can be seen on the preschool cable channel, Noggin. His albums have earned four Parents Choice Gold Awards, and he has been written up in numerous magazines and newspapers - ranging from The New York Times to Sesame Street Parents magazine.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children if purchased by April 1, and $15 for adults and $5 for children after that date.
For information, including sponsorships, contact Talis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-6289.
Artist David Moss to hold residency, exhibit in April
Internationally renowned artist David Moss will be in Columbus this spring for a week-long residency that opens a month-long exhibition of his work at the JCC.
A native of Dayton, Moss now resides in Israel, where his art has progressed from two-dimensional calligraphy to three-dimensional objects and even buildings infused with Jewish content.
While in Columbus, from April 3 to 9, Moss will give lectures and conduct workshops at the Columbus Museum of Art, OSU Libraries, Columbus Jewish Day School, Columbus Torah Academy, and the JCC.
"David Moss' extraordinary calligraphy, papercuts, bookmaking, and designs infuse traditional Jewish rituals and texts with meaning for contemporary audiences. His stories, demonstrations, and workshops are sure to provide wonder and insights for those who are familiar with Jewish traditions and those who are not," said Dr. Carole Genshaft, Adjunct Curator of Education at the Columbus Museum of Art.
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