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Basketball free throw championship Jan. 16
The 2010 Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Championship will be open to all boys and girls ages 10 to 14 as of this year.
The competition will be held Jan. 16 at St. Pius X gym, located at 1061 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg.
Registration opens at 7 p.m. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. There is no cost to participate. The winner of each group advances to the next round of the state competition.
Questions and inquiries may be directed to Mike Bauman at email@example.com.
Essay contest open to central Ohio students
Any student in central Ohio between the ages of 7 and 18 are eligible to apply for the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.
Download your application amd instructions at youthconnectionsinc.org. All entries must be postmarked by Jan. 29. This contest is sponsored by Youth Connections, Inc. and Dr. James E. Nesbitt, president. For more information call (614) 975-0532.
Church distributes bread for the community
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 530 McNaughten Road, Columbus, distributes bread, bagels and other bakery produce as part of the Panera Bread "End of Day" program.
The Prince of Peace distribution is every Tuesday beginning at 5 p.m. All bread is given away free on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last. Everyone is welcome.
Programs helps parents of suspended students
"Suspended/expelled again! What is a parent to do?" is the topic of a parent seminar at Brookwood Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Jan. 20.
This seminar is intended for parents of children who are frequently sent home from school due to behavior, are regulars in the in-school suspension classroom, are suspended multiple times, are sometimes expelled, are falling behind academically due to removals, have chronic behavior proglems and/or are often sitting in the principal's office.
Parents of these children frequently miss work due to their children's school difficulties.
Ellen Wristen, attorney at law, will discuss with parents the law and how it relates to the needs of children with behavior problems.
This parent seminar is offered free but registration is required. Call the church office at (614) 235-3451 for reservations and additional information. The church is located at 2685 E. Livingston Ave.
Seminar addresses Autism
"Understanding Your Child's Diagnosis: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, biopolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, Depression and Asperger's Syndrome" is the topic of a parent seminar at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave., on Jan 13 at 7 p.m.
The seminar is designed to help parents understand the diagnostic, treatment, counseling and educational maze as well as learn how to access community services associated with these mental health conditions.
The parent seminar is offered at no cost but reservations are required. Call the church office at (614) 235-3451.
Teen advisory group open to Pickerington students
The Teen Advisory Group is an open-forum group lead by the TAG Coordinator and teen volunteers of the library.
This is where teens discuss the issues related specifically to teen use of the library (materials and events). TAG helps the Community Services Coordinator come up with new library events especially designed for teens.
They also spend time hanging out, getting to know each other. The library always needs more teens willing to share ideas and suggestions on how to make the library a better place for teens.
Anyone in Junior High School and High School in the Pickerington area is welcome to attend the meetings. For more information, contact Colleen Pospishil, community services coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 837-4104 ext. 221.
Violet Elementary teacher receives heart award
Barbara Layne, a physical education teacher at Violet Elementary School has received the Volunteer Service Award from the American Heart Association (AHA).
Layne has been a dedicated supporter of the American Heart Association through a variety of fundraising and physical activities, such as Jump Rope for Heart.
Her efforts at the school have resulted in over $57,000 in contributions to AHA.
Pickerington resident wins Farm Bureau discussion meet
Cassandra Palsgrove of Pickerington is the winner of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's (OFBF) 2009 Discussion Meet.
She competed with three other finalists during the OFBF annual meeting held Dec. 2-4 in Cincinnati.
Palsgrove won an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. She also received $1,000 courtesy of Nationwide Insurance, $500 courtesy of Dodge Trucks and a chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau.
The annual contest tests participants' subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. Palsgrove and the other finalists discussed what can be done to encourage young people to get involved in the agricultural industry and how to bridge the gap between farmers and lawmakers in order to have an influence in the changing political environment.
Palsgrove and her husband Brent are members of the Fairfield County Farm Bureau and participate in a Farm Bureau advisory council. She teaches agricultural education at Bloom Carroll High School and earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from The Ohio State University.
Reynoldsburg High to offer financial aid meeting
The Reynoldsburg High School Guidance Department will hold a financial aid information meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Reynoldsburg High School auditorium.
This presentation is primarily for the parents of current college bound seniors and will focus on the FAFSA.
The presenter will be Laura E. Meek, director of financial aid at Ohio Dominican University.
For more information, call (614) 501-4013.
Church offers 'Parents' Day Out'
Parkview Presbyterian Church in Reynoldsburg is registering for the Parents' Day Out. The Parkview Parents' Day Out will be held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children who are 2 to 3 years old.
The goal of the program is to provide a nurturing environment where children can grow both socially and spiritually.
The program will include art activities, literacy experiences and activities for large and small motor development.
For registration or more information, visit www.parkviewpresbyterian.org or call the church office at (614) 866-5451.
Rescue organization looking for foster homes
Ohio Birddog Rescue, a chapter of Illinois Birddog Rescue, is looking for foster homes for rescued English Setters and English Pointers.
For more information, contact Keely Lineback at (843) 324-3918 or go to www.illinoisbirddogrescue.org.
Shepard block watch, association to meet
The Shepard Community Association will meet at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at Shepard/St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2260 E. Fifth Ave., Columbus. The Shepard Community Association Block Watch will meet at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Walk of Faith Christian Center Church, 2091 Dartmouth Ave., Columbus.
Vineyard Community Church holding free clinics
Vineyard Community Church, 15187 Palmer Road, Reynoldsburg, is opening five new free clinics from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.
The clinics will be first come, first serve, and include computer consulting, chiropractor, vision care, legal clinic and tax preparation.
For more information, call (740) 927-7729 or go to www.vineyard05.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.
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.
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