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The JCC's annual Sports Spectacular event will take place Aug. 24-25 and Sept. 9. The annual fundraiser for the JCC will kick off with a day of basketball and racquetball at the JCC on Sunday, Aug. 24, followed by a day of golf and tennis at the New Albany Country Club on Monday, Aug. 25.
In keeping the tradition of a split-format, the event will continue on Tuesday, Sept. 9, for an evening of celebration and recognition. That evening, Heidi Levey will be honored with the Charles Solomon Award, and Jerry Schiff and Eric Golden will be inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Doug Gottlieb, co-host of ESPN Radio's GameNight and host of "The Pulse with Doug Gottlieb," will be the keynote speaker.
For information, on tickets or sponsorship packages, contact Sheila Cline at 559-6225.
New Horizons activities
The Jewish Community Center's New Horizons 60+ group for active senior adults is planning a variety of activities :
•Having Lively Discussions. Every Monday at 11 a.m., the New Horizons group gathers to discuss current events, local issues, stories - and even share a joke or two. In addition, at least once a month the Yiddish speakers in the group gather for a meeting - conducted entirely in Yiddish. Contact Ann Rubin at 614-231-5838 for more info.
•Exercising and Dancing. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there are a variety of exercise and gentle movement classes to help fight the wintertime blahs. Chair Fit is held both days at 11 a.m., to help seniors improve their flexibility, strength, and circulation - all while sitting in a chair. Or, if a little more energy fits your style, Forever Fit classes are held both days at 8 a.m., and incorporate stretching, strength training, and low-impact aerobics designed especially for seniors. (Both classes are taught by Gail Rosenblum.)
If your back aches and you just want to learn how to stretch it properly with the gentle movements of Yoga, each Tuesday, from 12 to 12:45 p.m., Beth McCullough teaches a Lunchtime Yoga for the Back class. But if you've "gotta dance," then the Line Dancing class, taught by Mary Bova-Ervin each Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m., is definitely something you should try. The fee per dancer is $4, and remember to wear comfortable dancing shoes or sneakers.
•Eating Kosher lunches. Every Monday through Friday at noon, the JCC, through LifeCare Alliance, offers the only Kosher lunch in town for adults 60 and over for a nominal donation of $1.25 per meal. Register one day in advance, please.
And remember, you don't have to be a JCC member, nor do you have to be Jewish, to enjoy the camaraderie and the fun. For more information and to make reservations, contact Debbie Vinocur, JCC New Horizons program director, at (614) 559-6214 or email@example.com, or visit the JCC website at www.columbusjcc.org.
Eden Summer Players
Capital University Theatre will introduce Eden Summer Players, a new summer theatre group of students and alumni, in an eight-performance run of "Children of Eden" a two-act play loosely based on the book of Genesis, with music and lyrics by Steven Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin) July 25-Aug. 16.
"I've wanted to produce summer theatre at Capital since I started teaching here," Theatre Director Bill Kennedy said. "Summer theatre is an exceptional learning experience, and it gives us a chance to present a longer run and explore shows we might not do during the school year. It also gives the students the opportunity to develop a new audience."
Eden Summer Players is made up of 25 cast and crew members, all Capital students and alumni.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, July 25-26, Aug. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16 in the Cabaret Theatre, located in the Harry C. Moores Campus Center on Capital's Bexley campus, 1 College and Main.
General admission is $10 with discounts offered for seniors, students and groups. For more information, please call 236-7174.
Bexley video project
Students at Bexley High School and Bexley Middle School are collaborating with community members to create a short video piece, "Going to School in Bexley," to mark the city's 100th anniversary this year.
Bexley residents of any age who have stories to tell about growing up in Bexley and what it was like to be a student in the community's schools are invited to be interviewed by a student video production team.
According to Joan Fishel, Bexley Board of Education representative to the city's Centennial Commission, students' questions are certain to prompt memories and anecdotes that will be enjoyed by everyone in the community through the video:
Former Bexley students may arrange for a video interview by contacting Fishel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 237-7402.
The project is being led by Bexley High School technology teacher David Valentine, who is garnering school resources such as video recording equipment to guide Bexley High School students in collecting residents' oral histories. The interviews will eventually be transcribed to keep in the Bexley Historical Society's archives.
Students in Bexley Middle School's leadership program are gathering historical photographs and memorabilia to edit together with the oral histories, and create the video piece, which will be screened at a public event this year. The video production team is also tapping historic archives preserved by staffers at Montrose and Maryland Elementary Schools.
Students led by theatre director Rebecca Rhinehart plan to turn collected interviews and oral histories into one of the first productions for their new Storytelling Troupe. The student readers' theatre production should be ready for a public audience later this year.
The City of Bexley plans an ongoing party through 2008 to mark the occasion and the Bexley Historical Society is publishing a book about the community's first one hundred years. Special events are planned during Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July activities.
For information about the Centennial Project, contact Amy Thompson, Bexley Schools Public Information Coordinator, at email@example.com or 238-6663.
In order to serve the needs of a growing number of individuals 55 years and older, AARP Foundation WorkSearch has opened a second office at 5300 E. Main Street, Whitehall, in the second floor conference room.
The AARP Foundation WorkSearch is AARP's affiliated charity operating under a Federal grant to assist older workers on low incomes with their job search. This funding provides AARP Foundation WorkSearch with the ability to provide temporary on the job experience, and training for qualified older workers.
If you, or someone you know, could benefit from the AARP Foundation WorkSearch program, contact Janet Aselin at 322-0600.
At the Whitehall Library
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.
Military Officers Club
The Military Officers Club of Central Ohio luncheon meetings are held the second Friday of the month at the Berwick Manor Party House at Refugee Road and Winchester Pike.
The local chapter represents 344 retired military officers, widows and widowers and a ladies' auxiliary. The organization was founded in 1953 and provides members with legislative information, local news, information on survivorship benefits, and speakers, including members of Congress and local journalists.
Information is available on the web site www.themocco.org,
Mothers of Multiples
The Mothers of Multiples of East Columbus meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Road (south of Broad Street), for social time, a business meeting, and speaker or group activity.
The group produces a monthly newsletter for members, offers many social family and moms-only events, and hosts a clothing, toy and equipment sale twice a year.
Information about Mothers of Multiples is available at www.ecmom.org.
AM Spirit meets
The Reynoldsburg Chapter of AM Spirit Business Connections will now meet each Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. at the Main/270 Center at The Only Way to Travel office located at 6038 E. Main Street Columbus, Ohio 43213. For additional information please call Martha Henley at 864-4363.
Am Spirit organizes professionals, business owners and sales professionals who use a structured format for developing relationships improve sales.
Prospective members are invited to attend a meeting, and will be provided an opportunity to present a description of their business and distribute business cards to current members.
The Columbus-Whitehall Toastmasters will meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Whitehall Municipal Building, 360 S. Yearling Rd, 7:30 to 9 p.m. All visitors are welcome.
Toastmasters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping men and women learn leadership and the arts of speaking. For information, visit the web site www.whitehall-toastmasters.org.
The Greater Reynoldsburg Democratic Club will hold their monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month at the Reynoldsburg Police Station, 7240 E. Main Street. The meeting time is 7 p.m.
All are welcome to attend and participate. Refreshments will be provided.
The Fire Prevention Bureau of the Whitehall Division of Fire has "knox boxes" for temporary residential use. A "knox box" will allow firefighters or paramedics access to a residence without a forced entry.
Any Whitehall resident is eligible. For information contact Captain David McBride at 231-3627.
Parkinson's support group
There is a support group for Parkinson's patients that meets the third Thursday of each month at Christ Lutheran Church in Bexley, 2314 E. Main St. at 1:30 p.m. All patients and caregivers or family or friends are invited to attend.
For information you may call Pat or Jack Warner at 231-3128.
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