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The Harrisburg Library, 1036 High St., sponsors an ongoing book sale Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
Some books sell for $5 a bag, others range from $10 cents to $1. The library accepts donations of all books and movies but they ask you not send magazines. All items must be clean and in good condition.
All proceeds benefit the Harrisburg Library Association. Donations are tax deductible.
Screenings at Evans
Amity Care Home Health Services provides a nurse at the E.L. Evans Senior Center in Grove City to do free diabetic screening and blood pressure testing every first and third Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Amity Care Home Health at 334-6800.
Health fair at Evans
The Ohio State University offers a free senior health fair every year to the public. This year's health fair will be held April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. in Grove City. There will be over 50 different vendors offerings screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glaucoma, diabetes, bone density and much more. For more information, contact email@example.com.
RecSchool is currently registering new families for the 2010-11 school year.
Operated by the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department and licensed by the state of Ohio, the RecSchool preschool program is designed to support the developmental needs of pre-kindergarten children who are three years of age and older.
The program operates September through May with half-day classes offered one, two or three days per week at Gantz Barn, 2259 Home Road, in Gantz Park. Morning classes meet 9-11:30 a.m.; afternoon classes meet 12:30-3 p.m. Participants must be three years old by Sept. 30, 2010.
The RecSchool philosophy recognizes that children learn best through meaningful play. Experienced teachers plan a curriculum that supports cognitive, physical and social development through art, literacy, music, math and science experiences. This environment prepares students for successful experiences in school and beyond by fostering competence, social skills, independence, creativity and a love of learning.
To receive registration information, contact RecSchool Coordinator Michele Demmy at 871-6330 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration process includes a classroom observation and a meeting with the RecSchool Coordinator to discuss questions.
For more information on RecSchool, visit www.grovecityohio.gov.
The Grove City Arts Council will award an art scholarship to one or more graduating seniors in the South-Western City Schools District.
Members of the council sold flowers and baked goods at the Town Center Farmer's Market, donated proceeds from the sale of their artwork at the Arts in the Alley, and again during the Harvest Market and Winter Lights art shows, as well as ticket proceeds from their popular Night on the Town special event; all fundraisers geared toward replenishing the scholarship fund.
From 1986 to 2009, the council awarded art scholarships to 37 students who enrolled in arts schools like The Columbus College of Art and Design, Rocky Mountain Arts College, Arizona State University, and more. Prerequisites for the awards are an intention to pursue an education with an emphasis on the arts in a college or university and a portfolio of five pieces of artwork available for judging by council representatives.
Art teachers and school counselors will receive more information near the end of March. The council will review applicants in May.
Bishop Ready class of 1970
Bishop Ready's class of 1970 will hold a 40 year reunion on June 12, from 7-11 p.m. at Salvi's Bistro in Hilliard. Cost is $20 per person for appetizers, a live band and a cash bar. Contact Tom Reid at email@example.com or Liz Pizzurro at 272-2062.
Jazz band dinner
The Franklin Heights High School jazz band will host a dinner at the Berwick Manor Restaurant on April 30 from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under. The jazz band and special guests will perform. Contact Tom Simmons at 875-8001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets or get more information. All proceeds will benefit the Franklin Heights band.
Relive childhood memories this spring by competing in Grove City's adult kickball league.
Games are played on Sunday afternoons at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road, beginning May 9. The six-game season will be followed by a season-ending tournament on June 20. Players must be 18 or older. Teams may register for $50 through April 30. Registration may be completed in person from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 4035 Broadway; over the phone; or by dropping off payment and a downloadable roster in the city's 24-hour drop box.
For more information, call the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department at 277-3050 or visit www.grovecityohio.gov.
SWEF fund raiser
On April 23, the South-Western City Schools Educational Foundation will welcome Dr. E. Gordon Gee, The Ohio State University president, as its speaker and special guest at the foundation's annual dinner and auction. The event, to be held at the Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Dr. in Grove City, is the foundation's largest annual fund raising event providing thousands of dollars each year in student scholarships and educational grants for South-Western City Schools.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and entertainment provided by the Westland High School string and jazz bands. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Visit the foundation's website at www.swcsef.org to purchase tickets ($75 per person) or for more information.
Rotary Club membership drive
The Rotary Club of Grove City will host its second annual Rotary Rush Membership Drive on April 22.
The Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith is the featured speaker for this event. Rotary Rush will give patrons an opportunity to learn more about service to our community and our world through the work of Grove City rotarians. The event begins at 7 a.m. Breakfast will be provided.
Grove City Rotary meets in the Grand Ballroom at the Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Dr. in Grove City. For more information, visit www.grovecityrotary.org.
Rotary golf outing
The Rotary Club of Grove City will host its annual golf outing on May 4, at the Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Dr. in Grove City.
The event includes a box lunch, buffet dinner, golf cart, door prizes and raffles. Games include Closest to Pin, 50/50 Short Game Challenge, and a putting contest. Golfers will play a scramble format and play begins at noon. Check-in at the registration table begins at 11 a.m. Cost is $125/player or $500/team of four. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Registration forms and payment are due by April 21. Players, teams and sponsors can register and pay online at www.grovecityrotary.org. Proceeds from the outing benefit the programs and activities of the Rotary Club of Grove City.
Concert at Central Baptist
The Central Baptist Church, 1955 Frank Road, will host a concert featuring Bill Murk, a Christian violinist. The event will take place May 9 during the 6 p.m. service. For more information, contact the church at 279-3115.
Early bird registration
The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department will hold early-bird registration for season passes to the Big Splash water park through April 30.
Season pass holders enjoy great benefits including early daily park entrance and early Learn-to-Swim registration. Additionally, pass holders may bring a guest on Thursdays and receive $1 off his/her daily admission. Season pass holder appreciation day is June 13. On this day, pass holders may bring in one person per pass for free.
Purchasing a season pass at the early-bird rate saves patrons $20 per family pass and $10 per individual pass. Residents and non-residents may purchase season passes from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, 4035 Broadway. Additional weekend hours will be available from 8 a.m.-noon on April 17 and April 24 at City Hall.
For more information, including rates, call 277-3050 or visit http://bigsplash.grovecityohio.gov.
The Jackson Township Fire Department will begin its annual hydrant flushing program on May 3.
The program will be conducted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until all areas of the township have been completed. The flushing should take two to four weeks.
Hydrant flushing may cause water to become rusty and to appear discolored. Although the water is not harmful to drink, it can cause discoloration of laundry. There are products available that should remove rust from clothing if discoloration occurs.
Tea event for library
The Women's Civic Club of Grove City will host a Crumpets and Quilts Tea on May 1, held at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grove City from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Door prizes will be given and an antique hand-stitched quilt will be raffled. Contact Suzanne Norris at 871-1882 for tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Southwest Public Libraries.
Participants needed for garden tour
The Keep Grove City Beautiful advisory board is seeking participants for the annual Jo Bostic Memorial Garden Tour on July 11 and the Twilight on the Water Garden Tour in late September.
The Jo Bostic Memorial Garden Tour features a variety of gardens from formal to whimsical including walled gardens, cutting gardens, annual and perennial gardens, herb gardens and more. The Twilight on the Water Garden Tour features gardens with water-themed elements such as ponds, fountains, waterfalls, aquatic plants and flowers, as well as frogs and fish.
If you have questions or are interested in featuring your private garden on one of the tours, contact Linda Rosine, environmental specialist, at 277-1104 by April 30.
Military prayer service
The Alkire Road Church of Christ, 2779 Alkire Road in Grove City, will host a military prayer service on May 2 at 5 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 875-1028 or visit www.alkirechurchofchrist.com.
Building safety event
The Grove City Building Division will kick off Building Safety Month from 8 a.m. to noon on May 1 at The Home Depot, 1680 Stringtown Road.
Representatives from several central Ohio agencies and organizations will offer information, demonstrations and giveaways on building and fire safety issues, housing rehabilitation programs, hazardous waste disposal and many other topics. The Franklin County Board of Health will be trading new digital thermometers for mercury thermometers and will give away free radon test kits. Other participating organizations include: The Jackson Township Division of Fire, the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO), the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Rebuilding Together Central Ohio.
For more information on building safety visit www.grovecityohio.gov or contact the Grove City Building and Zoning Division at 277-3075.
Herb and tree sale
The Gardens at Gantz Herb, Perennial and Tree Sale will be held rain or shine from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 8 at Gantz Park, 2255 Home Road. This event, in its 17th year, will feature more than 200 plant varieties.
The Grove City Tree Commission will also conduct its annual sale of trees, grasses and woody plants. Volunteers will be on-site to answer gardening and tree care questions. Only cash or personal checks will be accepted.
Proceeds from the herb, perennial and plant sale will benefit the Gardens at Gantz Farm volunteers. This group supports improvements to the gardens, donates books to area schools and presents an annual scholarship to a student majoring in horticulture. Their most recent contribution to the garden is a labyrinth and herbal grove, which will be completed this fall.
For more information, visit www.grovecityohio.gov or call 277-1103 about trees and 871-6323 about herbs and perennials.
The city of Grove City, Jackson Township, Keep Grove City Beautiful and Local Waste Services are working together to host Community Environmental Day on May 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jackson Township Administration Building, 3756 Hoover Road.
Fireproof Records will offer safe, secure document shredding; Possitivity Green, a private non-profit organization dedicated to 100 percent no-landfill recycling and re-use of e-wastes, will be on hand to collect computers and electronics (no televisions). There is a nominal fee of $15 for each CRT monitor that is brought in for disposal.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will offer printer cartridge recycling; St. John Lutheran Church will collect cell phones and the Grove City Lions Clubs will collect eyewear for redistribution. Residents can also dispose of major appliances; construction materials; shrubs; bushes and other yard waste for chipping; trash and tires, (limit 4 per household). No household hazardous waste will be accepted at this event.
For more information, call Jackson Township at 875-2742 or the Grove City Service Department at 277-1100.
The city of Grove City and the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society will host the 2010 Encampment April 23-25 at Century Village, 4185 Orders Road. Visitors can experience the American Revolution, early frontier life and the Civil War era. On Friday, April 23, a Bluegrass concert will begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 24 events will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; April 25, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 539-8747 or go to www.visitgrovecityoh.com.
Celebrate spring with activities for the entire family at Grove City's annual Spring Fling. This year's event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on May 1 at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road.
Children can explore and climb on their favorite vehicles including a bus, big rig, fire engine, police car, construction trucks and more at the touch-a-truck experience. Giant inflatables, games and crafts will also be available at no cost.
The fire department's smoke house will be on-site to teach children how to properly escape from a burning building and about weather safety. Families are encouraged to bring their bicycles to take part in a bike rodeo and learn about bicycle safety. Also enjoy the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, which will be held in conjunction with the event.
Spring Fling is a collaborative effort of the city of Grove City, the Grove City Division of Police, the Jackson Township Fire Department, the Grove City Rotary Club, the Grove City YMCA, the Vaughn E. Hairston Southwest Community Center YMCA, Wal-Mart and Specialized Bicycles.
For more information, call 277-3050 or visit www.grovecityohio.
The Grove City High School girls basketball camp will be held June 21-25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon for girls entering grades 3-9. Campers will be grouped by age and skill level. Cost is $60 and applications can be obtained by calling the school at 801-3313.
Memorial Swing to benefit diabetes
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association will host the Len Immke Memorial Swing on May 24 at the Pinnacle Golf Course, 1500 Pinnacle Dr. in Grove City. The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, the use of a cart and driving range, gifts, prizes and free beverages on the course. The $325 fee also includes lunch and an awards reception. Registration begins at 10 a.m. The event will begin with a shotgun start at noon. Call the Central Ohio Diabetes Association at 884-4400 or visit www.swingfordiabetes.com to register.
City officials are seeking input on the Windsor Park to Town Center trail plan in Grove City. A public meeting is scheduled from 6-7 p.m. on May 12 in Grove City Council Chambers, 4035 Broadway.
The plan is designed to create safer bicycle and pedestrian access in and around Windsor Park and Town Center. This project is part of a larger plan to establish multi-use trails throughout Grove City.
The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in obtaining additional information on the project. Those who would like to share ideas but are unable to attend may call the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department at 277-3050.
LTOB show notice
The Little Theatre Off Broadway presents "Over The Tavern," by Tom Dudzick.
In the years of Eisenhower's 1950s America, the Pazinski family has a lot going on in its cramped Buffalo apartment. Twelve year-old Rudy is a smart, wise-cracking kid who begins to question his family's Roman Catholic church and values. When he announces to ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa that, instead of being confirmed he'd rather shop around for a more "fun" religion, all hell breaks loose.
The show runs on Fridays and weekends from April 30 through May 22. Tickets are $10; students and senior citizens tickets are $8.
Little Theatre Off Broadway is located at 3981 Broadway in Grove City. Contact the theatre's website at ltob.org or call 875-3919 for more information.
Cruising for Canines
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association and A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson will sponsor the fifth annual Cruising for Canines Poker Run on June 5. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the A.D. Farrow Harley-Davidson shop, 7754 East State Route 36 in Sunbury. The cost is $25 per rider. Bikers will ride 75 miles around central Ohio. For more information, contact Roxanne Shull at email@example.com or 260-0913.
Mayor's Cup at Oakhurst
Enjoy a relaxing day of golf with friends or colleagues, and support a great, local cause at the 22nd Annual Mayor's Cup Golf Outing.
This year's event will tee off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on May 17 at Oakhurst Country Club, 3223 Norton Road. Hosted by Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage, all proceeds will benefit LifeCare Alliance's Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals to local shut-ins.
Participants will enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart, a box lunch and plenty of opportunities to win door prizes. The winning team will receive a free round of golf at Oakhurst Country Club.
The cost is $360 per four-person scramble or $100 per individual. The deadline to register is May 12. Individuals or businesses interested in registering as an individual or team, sponsoring a hole or event insurance or donating door prizes should call 277-3050 or stop by City Hall, 4035 Broadway, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Registration forms are available at www.grovecityohio.gov.
Crop out Cancer event
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life will host a Crop out Cancer and Women's Fair on May 8 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover Road. The fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can shop, scrapbook and win prizes. Registration is $35. For more information, contact Jennifer Bueter at 801-0410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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