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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 (614) 274-0095, ext. 15.
Metro HS hosting information session
Metro Early College High School will host an information session to educate prospective freshmen and their parents. Metro is a small, public, early college high school for grades nine through 12 with an emphasis on STEM - math, sicnece engineering and technology.
The session is sheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Reynoldsburg Library, 1402 Brice Road.
For more information, call (614) 247-2276 or www.themetroschool.org.
Knights of Columbus holding Fish Fry dinners
The Knights of Columbus Council 5253 and St. Pius X's Annual Lenten Fish Fry Dinners will be held Feb. 27, March 13 and March 27. The dinners will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. in the School Cafeteria, 1061 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg.
Dinner will include adult portions of fried or baked Icelandic white cod, coleslaw, applesauce, fries, hush puppies, macaroni and cheese and hot or cold beverages. Price is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. Desserts will be available at the K of C Women's Club/Youth Group Bake Sale. All proceeds benefit St. Pius X Parish.
JCC preschools set registration dates
The three preschools of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus will open registration at the end of January for the 2009-2010 school year. The JCC preschools are located at 1125 College Ave., Columbus; 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin, and 79 N. High St., New Albany.
Current JCC Preschool families are invited to register on Jan. 26 and 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the site of their choice.
Registration for current JCC members wishing to enroll their children in the JCC preschools may do so on Jan. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those families not currently enrolled, nor current JCC members, may register their children at the JCC preschool of their choice on Jan. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parents or guardians and the preschool-age child are invited to visit one of the JCC's preschool sites, meet with the director, and observe a class. A completed registration form, with a registration fee of $300, should be returned to the preschool in which they wish to enroll ($200 of which will be applied to the tuition). The $300 deposit is nonrefundable. Other enrollment forms required by the State of Ohio will be sent to families prior to the beginning of school.
Prior to enrollment, the family must become a JCC member. Membership benefits include use of all of the JCC's facilities including indoor/outdoor swimming pools, the Diamond Family Fitness Center, racquetball courts, tennis courts and participation in many programs and sports leagues for all ages. Discounts on various public program events are another benefit of membership.
For more information on the JCC's Early Childhood Services, or to download Membership Information for Preschool Registration and/or Early Childhood Registration Forms, visit the JCC Web site at www.columbusjcc.org, or call (614) 231-2731.
JCC to host Olympic fencing course
Starting Jan. 14, shouts of "En Guarde" will be heard in the halls of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus, as Olympic Fencing Instruction for Beginners opens its six-week session for both JCC members and non-members. The class is being offered for those ages 6 through adult, for an introductory fee of $90 per person. Equipment for beginners will be supplied.
"If you would like to try a unique sport that is not gender or age-specific, and where efforts lead to results in learning strategy, physical, mental, and psychological life skills and self-control, then fencing is for you," said Beth McCullough, JCC Fitness Program director. "Fencing also is a great sport for those who are simply tired of their workout routine, and are looking for something fun and stress relieving to integrate into their fitness regimens."
The fencing classes will be taught in the modern Russian style by Anatoly Verulsky, under the direction of Fencing Master Julia Richey of the Royal Arts Fencing Academy in New Albany.
"Fencers tend to be people who have good heads on their shoulders, because it is in my opinion a 60 percent to 80 percent mental game," said Richey, who also is a 13-year member of the Russian fencing team. "Fencing is sometimes referred to as physical chess, because it is a game of strategy and control. Fencing doesn't give advantage to men or women, tall or short, thin or heavy people, although it burns a lot of energy so it is a great way to stay in shape."
Classes will be offered each Wednesday through Feb. 18 in three age groups. Children in first through third grades will attend class from 4 to 4:50 p.m., while those in fourth through eigth grades will meet from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Those in ninth grade through adults will meet from 6 to 6:50 p.m.
Richey added that the classes will help children gain confidence and coordination, as well as strategic thinking and timing. "Fencing teaches how to be cool under fire and how to read people," she said. "One of the greatest skills is the ability to relax and calmly wait for just the right moment when someone is running at you with a sword! And, it also is fun when you figure someone out and win them for the touch."
Advance enrollment is required, with a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 students per class. Drop-in enrollment is not being accepted. "This is a very successful program offered in Central Ohio, with many participants moving on to competition-level fencing, so we encourage those interested to sign up early," said McCullough.
For more information, contact McCullough at (614) 559-6207 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the JCC Web site at www.columbusjcc.org.
RHS '84 class to reunite
Reynoldsburg High School 1984 graduates will have a class reunion July 25, 2009. Contact Christine Reel-Wilson at (614) 886-9747 or email@example.com for more information.
'Come East' for Chamber dinner Feb. 7
"Come East" has been announced as the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce 2008 Annual Dinner theme and the planning is well under way.
Come join the chamber Feb. 7 at Hickory Lakes Party House in Pickerington. A silent auction and social hour will begin the night at 5:30, accompanied by a Sushi Bar sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and Simplicitea's Tea Bar sponsored by Laura's Loft.
This will be followed by the annual awards program and dinner catered by Blue Moon at 7 p.m. Invitations created and donated by Aubrennen's Invitations & Fine Stationery, will soon be sent out.
This is a night you won't want to miss thanks to our event sponsors Janna Coe Designs and South Central Power, and silver sponsors Jobs and Family Services, HFM Publications, Wal-Mart, Fifth Third Bank, Laura's Loft and Aubrennen's Invitations & Fine Stationary.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and silent auction donations are still being accepted as well. To inquire about sponsorships or the silent auction contact Melissa Neely at the Chamber office (614) 837-1958 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linden McKinley Class of 1959 to reunite
Linden McKinley High School Class of 59 will hold its 50-year class reunion Sept. 18-20 at North Pointe Conference Center, 9243 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center. Contact Jean Taylor Gruenbaum (614) 475-1131, email@example.com or Kelley Arthur (614) 890-3491, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbus business chapter looking for nominees
The Columbus Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators is now accepting nominations for its 2009 Distinguished Communicator Award.
The award is given annually by the IABC/Columbus Chapter to recognize outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment, service to the communications field, and involvement in the community.
Nominees are selected based on the following criteria:
• Contributions to and leadership in the organizational communication profession in the greater Columbus area
• Career achievement
• Professional recognition for other activities, including business-related achievements and community involvement
• Nominees DO NOT have to be a member of IABC International or IABC/Columbus
Nominations may be made by members of IABC/Columbus and by the general public. Nomination forms are due Jan 15, 2009.
To download the nomination form and for more details, visit http://columbus.iabc.com or contact Awards and Recognition Vice President Rebecca Hudson at email@example.com.
Career center offers help
Need help getting a job? New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit, United Way agency, offers men and women assistance with professional transitions. Services include but are not limited to professional assessment, career development, networking, job search techniques, interviewing skills, financial literacy, individual counseling and placement services.
November classes are filling up fast. Don't miss out on an opportunity to get the expertise necessary in today's competitive job market. NDCC assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. Bring in this newspaper announcement and attend a class for $5. Scholarship programs are also available.
For more information, or to register for one of three November classes - New Directions, Advanced Career Techniques, and Creating Career Options - call (219) 849-0028, ext. 100.
Short term radon kits
The city of Bexley, in conjunction with the Franklin County Board of Health, has free, short term radon testing kits available for residents to check radon levels in their homes.
Radon is odorless, tasteless, and invisible, but it could be a problem in a home. Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils. According to to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and leading cause among non-smokers.
To pick up a free radon testing kit, visit the Bexley Muncipal Building, 2242 E. Main St., Monday through Friday during normal business hours. For information call the Franklin County Board of Health at (614) 462-3859 or visit www.franklincountyohio.gov/health.
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