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What's happening on the Westside
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 7 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
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 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 supporting veterans and our country and is a non-profit organization. For more information, call Commander Ben Aycock at 878-0069.
Free meals offered
The Church of the Lamb of God, 2216 Sullivant Ave., offers free meals on the fourth Saturday of each month.
PTSC exercise programs
The Prairie Township Senior Center hosts the following exercise programs that are free and open to the public:
•Mondays - 10:30 a.m., aerobics; 2 p.m., line dance
•Tuesdays - 10 a.m., gentle stretchers
•Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m., body conditioning
•Fridays - 10 a.m., gentle stretchers
For additional information, call the center at 878-5110.
Friends Worship Center hosts senior group
Senior citizens are invited to a seniors group at Friends Worship Center, 3030 Clime Road, on the second Tuesday of each month from 12-2:30 p.m. The event will feature a light lunch, games and fellowship. There is no cost, but registration is required. Contact Martha at 875-8297, Juanita at 279-2382 or Debbie at 274-6505.
Briggs class of 1979
Briggs High School class of 1979 will hold its 30th reunion on Oct. 3. For more information, contact Kim Burke Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Hale Seeley at 875-5167.
West High class of 1969
The West High School class of 1969 will hold its 40th class reunion on Aug. 29 at JP's Barbeque at Bolton Field. For more information, contact Robin (McMillen) Gray at 870-8905 or Bea (Dodson) Bailey at 871-0335.
FHHS class of '64
The Franklin Heights High School class of 1964 will hold its 45-year class reunion Sept. 25-27. The weekend events will include a football game, dinner at China Bell and picnic at Gantz Park in Grove City. For additional information, contact Donna Dean at 882-9369 or 499-5560.
West High reunion
The West High School class of 1979 will hold its 30 year reunion on June 20 at The Aladdin Shrine Center (across from Easton.) from 6 p.m. to midnight. Come as you are. Tickets are $35 per person. Contact Dino Melfi at 276-5927 for information and reservations.
West High reunion
The West High School class of 1959 will hold its 50 year class reunion on July 10-12 at the Marriott at Tuttle Place. Members of the January class should call Joyce Pickens Fridley at (614) 836-5134; members of the June class should call Bill Clark at (740) 745-5010 or e-mail email@example.com; or Nancy Graham Boehm at (614) 875-5141.
Ready summer sports
Bishop Ready High School will be sponsoring a series of summer camps for various sports during the months of June and July. Registration is limited and students will be accepted on a first-come basis. Camps will be offered for baseball, volleyball, basketball, football, softball, bowling and wrestling. Brochures for each camp are available online at www.brhs.org under athletic summer camps, or call the athletic department at 276-5263.
Bean Dinner volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed to help the Hilltop Business Association at the annual Bean Dinner on June 27, in Westgate Park.
Area residents will be asked to work in two-hour shifts at the festival, said HBA member Karen Whitman. Among the tasks these volunteers will be doing is assisting the HBA in getting the park ready for the one-day event, helping exhibitors get set up and helping to serve the food.
Anyone interested in helping the HBA for that day should contact Whitman at 274-1275.
Columbus West High School is looking for Weskets from the years 1961 to 1970. The group is planning a reunion in memory of Jimmy Hill, band director (2009). Contact Sally Egelhoff Harris at 740-756-4123 or Sarah Bryan Johnson at 204-2558.
Camp Chase Memorial
The Hilltop Historical Society will host the 114th annual Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery Memorial Service on June 14 at 3 p.m. at 2900 Sullivant Avenue, Columbus.
Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery is the final resting place for 2,260 Confederate soldiers and civilian sympathizers from the Civil War who could not go home.
The memorial service has been held annually since 1895. Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery is the third largest Confederate cemetery north of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Renowned author Roger Pickenpaugh "Camp Chase and the Evolution of Union Prison Policy" will be the guest speaker.
The service includes Union and Confederate (re-enactors) honor guards and Jeff Linn, Columbus bagpiper.
The public is invited, free admission. Dressing in period costume is encouraged.
For information, visit http://hhscampchase.tripod.com.
Green Lawn book sale
A silent auction book sale will be offered in July with proceeds going to the Green Lawn Volunteers.
More than a dozen books and a pair of tickets to the fall 2009 Evening with the Authors series at the Thurber House are being offered for bidding throughout the month of July. Bids will be updated every morning and posted on the Green Lawn Web site at www.greenlawncolumbus.org .
Bidding will close July 31 and winners revealed Aug. 1.
Successful bidders can pay for their books and pick them up Aug. 1 at Green Lawn, 1000 Greenlawn Avenue. Besides placing bids online, people can bid by phone or in person at the Green Lawn office.
For information call the volunteer coordinator at (614) 266-5218.
A senior luncheon will be held on June 9 at noon at Westgate United Methodist Church, 61 S. Powell Avenue. Open to the public. Donations accepted.
Free clothing and lunch
New Hope Church, 3060 W. Broad St., will provide free women's, men's, and some children's clothing on June 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free lunch will be provided. All are welcome. This is a monthly event.
Westland Senior Citizens to meet
The Westland Senior Citizens will meet June 11 at Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road, at 11 a.m. For more information, call 830-0134.
The Prairie Township Senior Center will host an Ohio Consumers Counsel seminar on June 15 at 1 p.m. Patrons will learn how to manage utility bills. The senior center is located at 4616 West Broad St. For additional information, call 878-5110.
BR Summer Social
The annual Bishop Ready Summer Social will be held June 26 from 8 p.m. to midnight in the school's gymnasium. A minimum donation of $5 is requested and all proceeds benefit the school's athletic department. Parents, alums and friends of Bishop Ready (who are 21 or older) are invited to attend. There will be food, refreshments, a silent auction and karaoke. Bishop Ready is located at Mound Street and Salisbury Road in Columbus. For more information, call Ralph Locke at 276-5263, ext. 211.
Falcon selected to NSHAA
Taylor Simons of Grove City has been selected for membership into The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHAA). The society recognizes top scholars and invited only the students with a superior academic record. Simons is a student at Franklin Heights High School.
Cougars looking for 1979 classmates
The Westland High School class of 1979 30-year class reunion committee is looking for graduates. Contact Lorri Seedle Varney at 740-739-0677 or Vicki Baumgardner Clifford at 614-205-0469. Those interested can also e-mail Michele Wegman-Stinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer reading at CML
Studies show that on average kids lose approximately two months worth of academic knowledge in the summer months. By middle school, this can add up to a reading achievement gap of up to two years. But Columbus Metropolitan Library is doing everything it can to help the children of central Ohio avoid this pitfall through the Summer Reading Club.
This year's theme is, "Get a Clue. Read." While all of reading records, or game boards are designed with an overall sense of suspense and "whodunit," what isn't a mystery is all of the ways kids, teens and adults can make the most of their summer and win fantastic prizes.
"There are about 1,000 fun, free programs for families to enjoy in our libraries throughout the summer," said Kim Snell, media relations for Columbus Metropolitan Library. "We offer programs with animals, puppets, crafts, live music, science experiments, magicians and more. And to top it all off, just by a reading a few great books and attending these programs, you could possibly win a back pack, book, iPod Shuffle, or even a new bicycle!"
Summer Reading Club kicks off at all 21 Columbus Metropolitan Library locations on June 6 at 11 a.m.
Sign up at any location or online at www.SummerReadingClub.com. For more information, call 645-2ASK or visit www.ColumbusLibrary.org.
The Holy Family Alumni Association will hold its annual homecoming June 28. An 11 a.m. alumni mass will be held at Holy Family Church, West Broad at Skidmore, followed by brunch in the Jubilee Museum Auditorium at 57 S. Grubb St. The festivities will include a raffle in addition to the brunch. For information call Genny (Welker) Temple, (614) 539-4815.
The Westland High School class of 1999 will hold its 10 year reunion at the Arena Grand Movie Theater in Columbus on Aug.s 22 from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. RSVP by July 1 to: email@example.com and include: your payment preference (paypal or check); your full name (including maiden name); number of people attending; and phone number. For other information e-mail Megan (Mahoney) Reinhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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