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May/June 2023 3 www.DiscoverGroveCity.com 4 Calendar What’s Happening? 6 Message from Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage Park improvements ready for summer exploration 8 Faces Guarding the Grove Police Chief Eric Scott strives for excellence in new role 10 Then & Now The centuries-old mighty white oak 10 Council Briefs Can’t wait to get outdoors this summer 11 City News New ward, two City Council seats added for November election Enlarging the Council Chamber dais 12 In Focus Little Theatre, Big Impact Bringing performing arts to Grove City for more than 60 years 18 One for the Record Books Grove City Library celebrates its centennial and storied past 22 13 Activities for 13 Weeks of Summer Fill your season with sun and smiles with these activities 26 Student Spotlight Edible Education High school students learn real-world culinary skills 29 Living Fun in the Sun Grove City parks department is ready for summer 30 Luxury Living Real Estate and Top Homes SOLD 32 Bookmarks 33 The Source Parks and Recreation Offerings for June and July 2023 www.DiscoverGroveCity.com On the cover: Eric Scott
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What’s Happening?

May 4

COSI with Southwest Public Libraries

Grove City Library, 3959 Broadway www.grovecityohio.gov

May 5, 19, June 2, 16

Blood Drive

Noon-6 p.m.

Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. www.redcrossblood.org

May 6

Shredding Day

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave. www.grovecityohio.gov

May 6

COSI Big Science Celebration

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

COSI Peninsula www.grovecityohio.gov

Grove City Chamber Farmers Market

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon

May 13, 20, 27

June 3, 10, 17, 24

3444 Park St. www.gcchamber.org

Heart of Grove City Food Truck Festival & Shop Hop

Fridays, 4-9 p.m.

May 12, 26

June 9, 30

Town Center

www.heartofgrovecity.org

Summer Sizzle Concert Series

Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m.

June 2, 9, 23, 30

Town Center

www.grovecityohio.gov

May 6

Lecrae Concert

7-9 p.m.

The Naz Church, 4770 Hoover Rd. www.thenaz.church

May 8

Mayor’s Cup Golf Outing

10 a.m.

Pinnacle, 1500 Pinnacle Club Dr. www.grovecityohio.gov

May 13

Herb, Perennial and Native Plant Sale

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Gardens at Gantz Farm, 2255 Home Rd. www.grovecityohio.gov

May 17

Pizza, Play & Praise

11 a.m.-1 p.m

The Naz Church, 4770 Hoover Rd. www.thenaz.church

May 24

Chamber WE: LEAD Business Forum

7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Aladdin Shrine Center, 1801 Gateway Cir. www.business.gcchamber.org

May 26

Grove City Community Winds Concert

7-8:30 p.m.

Town Center Park, 3359 Park St. www.grovecityohio.gov

May 27

Touch-a-Truck

10 a.m.-noon

Town Center Park, 3378 Park St. www.grovecityohio.gov

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May 27

Heart of Grove City Car Show

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Town Center Park, 3378 Park St. www.heartofgrovecity.com

May 27

Big Splash Opens

11 a.m.

The Big Splash, 2831 Southwest Blvd.

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May 27

Southwest Franklin County Historical Society Open House

Noon-4 p.m. Century Village, 4185 Orders Rd. www.grovecityohio.gov

May 28

It’s Time Tour

7-9 p.m.

The Naz Church, 4770 Hoover Rd. www.thenaz.church

May 29

Memorial Day Parade and Service

11 a.m.

Town Center

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June 2-30

Summer Reading Program Grove City Library, 3995 Broadway www.swpl.org

Grove City Welcome Center and Museum

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, 3378 Park St.

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June 6-8

Showstoppers Performance 4330 Dudley Ave. www.grovecityohio.gov

June 10

Vineyard 5k

7-11 a.m. Concord Lakes www.gcvineyard.org

June 10

Blood Drive

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Naz Church, 4770 Hoover Rd. www.thenaz.church

June 10

Heritage Celebration Noon-4 p.m. Fryer Park, 4185 Orders Rd. www.grovecityohio.gov

June 16-18

Heart of Grove City Wine and Arts Festival

11 a.m.-10 p.m Town Center Park, 3378 Park St. www.grovecityohio.gov

June 21

Grove City Community Movies - Family Camp

8-10 p.m.

The Naz Church, 4770 Hoover Rd. www.thenaz.church

June 24

Southwest Franklin County Historical Society Yard and Bake Sale and Open House

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Century Village, 4185 Orders Rd. www.grovecityohio.gov

June 28

Grove City Community Movies - The Lorax

8-10 p.m.

The Naz, 4770 Hoover Rd. www.thenaz.church

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July 4

Grove City Independence Day Fireworks

9:45-10:30 p.m.

Murfin Fields www.grovevityohio.gov

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Park Improvements Ready for Summer Exploration

While Grove City’s parks and playgrounds are fun year-round, it’s the warmer weather and summer activities that bring a greater number of people outside to enjoy our 30 exceptional parks. This year, residents and visitors will notice changes and improvements to many of the spaces.

Construction of a new performance area at Town Center Park is underway and expected to be complete this summer. The stage will be equipped with electricity, a beautiful canopy and sound wall. Concert goers watching from their chairs or sharing a picnic on the lawn will certainly enjoy the enhanced experience.

The Park at Beulah has undergone a transformational winter as multi-use pathways and lighting

were installed and new pickleball courts were completed. Work continues on one of the two planned shelter houses, a playground area and a new pavilion similar to Eagle Pavilion at Fryer Park. Once open, the building will be available for rent and can accommodate large groups.

I’m certain a lot of fun will take place on the seven new pickleball courts in The Park at Beulah. This brings our combined number of public-use courts to 13, which will all be teaming with activity in August as we host the inaugural Mayor’s Cup Pickleball Tournament, benefitting LifeCare Alliance. The championship match will take place on the “championship court” in The Park at Beulah.

Lighting was installed at the softball diamonds in Fryer Park, increasing the utility of the fields

with extended playing time – a great new addition to the complex. Multi-use pathways are expanding along the tree line on the south side of Orders Road, providing safe bicycle passage to the YMCA from Hoover Road. The work will be complete this summer. Several playgrounds are undergoing upgrades and improvements this summer. A Nature Works grant made it possible to replace aging equipment and add a variety of fitness stations at Henceroth Park earlier this year.

In the warmer months ahead, I invite you to enjoy our parks, playgrounds, bike trails and open spaces.

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Rendering of the pavilion under construction in The Park at Beulah. Rendering of performance area in Town Center Park. Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage Mayor Richard L. “Ike” Stage stands in the lighted ball fields of Fryer Park. Photo courtesy of City of Grove City

Gear Up for Our Micro Events

Here at Visit Grove City, we pride ourselves on hosting a variety of local business & community organizations throughout the year at our Visitor Center. With warm weather right around the corner, we are excited to kick off our yearly micro events in an effort to continue to highlight and support our small business partners and bring both community members and visitors together. Check out our event schedule to see what FREE events are coming up this spring, summer, and fall!

Guarding the Grove

For many, serving a community where everybody seems to know you could be a daunting task. For Eric Scott, however, community ties offer an advantage. He was promoted to chief of police on April 15 after more than 20 years of service in his hometown.

When he learned he received his promotion, Scott says he was excited and knew he was ready.

“It was special for my family,” Scott says. “It was sudden. It was unexpected and I was very grateful that city administration has the faith in me to put a professional organization in my hands.”

Scott was encouraged by the community’s response when his predecessor, Richard Fambro, was brought to Grove City to lead the force.

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Eric Scott strives for excellence in new role

“Watching how our community loved going to him and brought him into the fold immediately just proves that Grove City has great, tremendous people,” he says.

He said he knew right away that Fambro was a good leader, and that the community would take to him quickly.

Scott’s colleagues anticipate the community to react in the same way to the leadership change.

Scott says he strives for excellence in every facet of his work, and that begins with getting out into the community and learning how the division can best serve the people.

“We can think, from a police division, about what our community wants. But when you’re interacting with them

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and you’re hearing from them, it is validating the next steps that you need to take as a police officer to best serve the people,” he says.

Sir Robert Peel, who established the London Metropolitan Police Force in 1829 and is now known as the father of modern policing, wrote nine policing principles, which adorn Scott’s office wall.

Peel’s writing has helped Scott understand that a police division’s purpose is to serve, not to punish or antagonize. Any lack of respect or understanding for one’s community deteriorates an officer’s ability to help the public and act in a community’s best interests.

“When they’re telling us about the speeding problem on their street, it’s no longer, ‘The police are picking on people,’” he says. “No. The police are out there addressing an issue that is important to the people that live there to keep their streets safe.”

Scott took his first position as a reserve officer in 1998 and joined the force full-time in 1999.

“I grew up around law enforcement officers. My dad was friends with a lot of Grove City police officers and we’d go fishing with them and I’d hear stories,” he says. “My dad encouraged me to do a ride-along and I just thought, ‘This is what I want to do.’”

The Grove City Division of Police has always had an exceptionally high approval rating, and Scott looks to uphold the standard of excellence he inherits. He learned early through his experiences in the division that there are always new ways to improve.

“The pursuit of excellence, … it’s exhausting. And that’s a good problem to have,” Scott says. “Because we are constantly analyzing, how can we get better? How can we serve our people? And pushing to be the very best. That is ingrained in our culture. Our peers will call us out if we’re taking shortcuts or missteps. … How would you want your family member treated in the same situation?”

For Scott, this question hits close to home. He has three children, Jake, Aiden and Molly. His oldest, Jake, is graduating from Capital University this year with a nursing degree. His younger two are both current students in the SouthWestern City School District.

He says it is not always easy to work around his busy lifestyle, but he says his wife, Lisa, has made it all possible for him when he gets the call.

“She’s been a tremendous support,” he says. “She’s the one that makes it possible for me to do the things that I do. … I’ve never had to put work on hold because she’s the support system at home and she’s got it under control.”

Scott is always ready at a moment’s notice, and he is quick to dive deeply into his work. When he is away, however, his favorite hobby is attending car shows.

“(Grove City) just feels like my hometown,” he says. “It’s grown tremendously as I’ve aged in this town. I’ve never left Grove City and I’ve never moved out of Grove City – not even for a temporary period of time. And it just still feels like my hometown and that is probably its charm. It feels small even though it’s not.”

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Tyler Kirkendall is an editor at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at tkirkendall@cityscenemediagroup.com. Scott (below) will uphold the division’s standard of excellence.

Then & Now

The Centuries-Old Mighty White Oak

Though the arms of one individual alone cannot wrap completely around its more than 132-inch circumference, the historic white oak tree on the grounds of the new Beulah Park Middle School did receive hugs of preservation during the school’s recent construction.

The City of Grove City and South-Western City School District enlisted the exceptional services of Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation to ensure the health of the oak. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry, the tree is likely more than 220 years old and thought to be one of the oldest — if not the oldest — tree in Grove City.

Living as long ago as the year Ohio became a state, it’s not difficult to imagine the generations of families who enjoyed its shade or the children who challenged themselves to climb its thick limbs. Perhaps it was a common marker when providing directions or a quiet place for a farmer to rest after working the fields.

Special care was taken by architects and crews to accommodate the historic landmark, leaving an undisturbed area around the trunk of at least 40 feet to preserve its health. The arboriculturists at Ahlum & Arbor closely cared for the mighty oak throughout the construction of the school, pruning, fertilizing, root aerating and providing treatments to encourage root health.

Successfully kept safe and standing approximately 95 feet tall, the tree is now a treasured natural landmark on the grounds of Beulah Park Middle School. In the years to

come, it’s likely many a student will sit daydreaming in the cool shade of its nearly 90-foot canopy, leaning against the centuries-old wrinkles of the white oak bark.

Can’t Wait to Get Outdoors This Summer Council Briefs

“Don’t open a box, or a bag.” That was the answer my Primary Care Physician gave me as I was finishing my wellness check in June 2022. My question to him had been: “What dietary advice do you have for me to improve my poor cholesterol levels?” Now in my 60s, the doctor was telling me my cardio-health risk

is increasing. He recommended I start taking statin prescription medication to control my cholesterol.

I asked for one more chance to avoid the meds, and work on improving through a better diet. Fortunately, I had this wellness check in June. Earlier in 2022, for the first time ever, I joined Grove City Parks and Recreation’s Community Garden program. I planted a vegetable garden in the Orders Road community gardens.

Getting outdoors and moving is where it’s at, especially when trying to naturally improve mental and physi-

cal health. I spent my 2022 summer and early fall outdoors as much as possible. I had a daily routine to bicycle on our city’s multi-purpose paths to water, weed and harvest my garden plot. I discovered pickleball while on vacation, and continued playing on our Central-Ohio-Best, Windsor Park pickleball courts. The above factors combined, and adhering daily to a diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, oats, brans, nuts, white meat, whole grain cereals, cutting out fast food and maintaining an active lifestyle was truly what the doctor ordered.

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Grove City Council members: Randy Holt, Ward 2; Christine Houk, Ward 3; Ted Berry, Council President, Ward 1; Mark Sigrist, At-Large; and Roby Schottke, Ward 4. Grove City Parks Maintenance Supervisor Joe Heiby stands next to the historic white oak in Spring 2020. Council Member Mark Sigrist prepares to hit the bike trails. Photo courtesy Mark Sigrist Photo courtesy Jodee Lowe

City News New Ward, Two City Council Seats Added for

November Election

In 2017, a majority of Grove City voters approved a city charter amendment adding two new council members and a fifth ward. This is the first addition of a ward since the charter was originally approved in 1958, when the city’s estimated population was 7,500. The 2020 U.S. Census recorded 41,252 residents in Grove City.

The charter change expands city council from five to seven members, adding one to represent ward five and an additional at-large member. Each ward elects one resident representative and two at-large members serving four-year, overlapping terms. To maintain the overlap in council member terms, ward five will serve a two-year term this election only, then return to the ballot in 2025 for a four-year term with wards one, three and an atlarge member.

According to city charter, wards are reviewed every 10 years, and if there is a difference in population between the largest and smallest wards of 40 percent or greater, they will be redistricted to within 20 percent. The next review of ward populations will be conducted after 2030 U.S. Census results are recorded.

For more information or to access an interactive ward map, visit bit.ly/GCWardMap2024. Click on “new Ward map” to enter your address and see if your ward will change.

October 2022 came soon enough. I retested and received the new cholesterol results. Victory! I couldn’t wait to see my doctor for the follow up visit. I went from needing statins to receiving the best cholesterol test results of my life. Now the pressure is on to maintain. It will not be easy; most things worthwhile aren’t. This may or may not work for you or others, but anecdotally, it did work for me.

Reflecting back on this, I wanted to say thank you to our entire city staff, especially but not limited to our parks and recreation team. Thank you for your relentless programming work, and your work in preserving our precious parks and trails. I look forward to longer summer days, and seeing Grove City residents and visitors actively and safely enjoying the outdoors.

Enlarging the Council Chamber Dais

City Hall council chambers is undergoing a renovation to accommodate the larger council; work is anticipated to conclude in September. Council meetings will continue to be held the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. (caucus begins at 6:30 p.m.). Please check the city’s website and social media pages for temporary location information. Council meetings are open to the public and available to watch live online. Visit grovecityohio.gov/city-council/ to access a link.

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Little Theatre, Big Impact

Bringing performing arts to Grove City for more than 60 years

Conceived in 1958 by a parentteacher association at Richard Avenue Elementary School, the Little Theatre Off Broadway continues to make the arts more accessible to the Grove City community since opening its doors 62 years ago. Its founders wanted locals to be able to experience theater without having to travel to Columbus.

In the beginning, LTOB put on productions in various schools, but in 1967 the company began leasing the building it has called home for over 50 years. In 1976, the company purchased the space.

“Grove City is very unique in that they have an in-house theater company – not a lot of communities have that,” Lisa Napier-Garcia, president of the board at LTOB, says. “We’re thankful for the foresight of those … who decided to invest in a building. Having your own space is huge in regard to actually putting on a show.”

The building, constructed in 1915, has a long history of housing the arts and, like any great theater, ghosts. The space started as a silent movie theater and, back in the days of silent films, Ethel – the building owner’s daughter – would accompany the pictures on piano. Her ghost, as well as two others, is said to haunt the space.

In 1967, the building went under extreme renovations to patch leaks, replace tattered furniture and install a 22-by-22-foot stage.

After a fire engulfed the building in 1978, it was reconstructed again, this time with dressing rooms, an expanded auditorium and additional light booth access.

With only 88 seats, putting on a production is a balance of space, budget and artistic vision. In 2002, LTOB put on the musical Titanic – a show notorious for its generous budget due to its complex set design. In such a small space, LTOB couldn’t

hope to craft a set of that size – so it shifted focus.

“When we did Titanic, we had to make it about the people and people left the show in tears every night,” says Napier-Garcia. “There were a number of people who said, ‘You can’t do that

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Berkley Biggs makes props for LTOB with everyday objects. Photo courtesy of Berkley Biggs

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From Recycling Bin to Main Stage

Key to LTOB’s generational success are volunteers like Berkley Biggs, a Vietnam War veteran and craftsman. Biggs makes props for LTOB out of everyday items like cereal boxes, bottle caps and Pringles cans.

After growing up on a farm in Kentucky, Biggs learned how to fashion toys out of everyday objects.

“There were five kids; there wasn’t a lot of money. So I was always very creative and made things to play with,” Biggs says.

Biggs left Kentucky to pursue an art degree at Morehead State University. During his third year of school, he hitchhiked to the University of Guadalajara to spend a year studying abroad. From there, Biggs was drafted for the Vietnam War.

After returning from the war, Biggs moved to California and bought a disco with his friends in L.A. After quickly realizing they had no money left over to finish the club, Biggs outfitted the building with his own creations crafted out of cardboard. The club was such a success that soon other discos in the area wanted to work with him.

Eventually, Biggs moved to Ohio to be with his family. He got a job at Whole Foods and made props like a life-size cardboard stove, an 18-foot-tall heart banner for Valentine’s Day, a weight-bearing sleigh for a holiday display and more.

“I started building at Whole Foods just to secure my job and it worked. So, then after I retired, … I remember driv-

ing by and seeing Little Theatre,” Biggs says. “I thought they probably need props, and so I stopped in.”

After speaking with LTOB members, Biggs began volunteering his time to build props in his basement for company productions.

“I was so used to working and having responsibility and appreciation for

my ability to make things right,” Biggs says. “Once I was retired, I didn’t have that; doing this gave me all those things – I had a purpose, I was appreciated, I loved what I did. I am a very lucky man.”

During his tenure at LTOB, Biggs built a life-size tree with a weight-bearing tree branch, a guillotine complete with an operating pulley blade, and

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A 2019 performance of You Can’t Take It With You Behind-the-scenes photos reveal Biggs’ clever use of recycled containers. Photos courtesy of Berkley Biggs Photo courtesy of LTOB

countless small props like candlesticks, fire hydrants and gas pumps – all out of recycled materials.

“It’s a good exercise for my brain to have a problem, and I have to solve it quickly and it’s got to be safe,” Biggs says.

Biggs also creates props for community events and is teaching props classes at the Ohio Community Theatre Association State Conference.

Generational Impact

Biggs’ capabilities are fully utilized in LTOB’s dynamic lineup.

The company puts on eight or nine shows each season: two comedies, two mystery-dramas, and two or three musicals. In addition to its packed season, it also emphasizes community education in the arts.

Since the 1970s, the theater has taught fall and spring youth classes which culminate in a final production and community showcase. On Saturday mornings, the kids clear out the auditorium to make space for acting games as they learn how to approach the text.

Not only do the kids learn the performing arts, they also learn valuable life skills while making lifelong friends.

“Our big goals for that program are to help kids become comfortable standing in front of a group and speaking –that’s a life skill,” Napier-Garcia says.

The theater also participates in community events like Ecofest and Boo Off Broadway, historical reenactments and town center events as it continues to encourage future thespians.

“I personally just feel blessed to be a caretaker of the organization … and to help it to succeed and grow and flourish so that we are also (able) to bring up new leadership,” Napier-Garcia says. “Even if (the students) never act when they are older, … they are going to be audience members as adults. We have people who were in our classes and they’re sending their children to class.”

LTOB is closing its 2022-23 season with Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein which runs June 16-July 2. Watch for updates on the 2023-24 season at www.ltob.org.

Katie Giffin is a contributing writer at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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One for the Record Books

Grove City Library celebrates its centennial and storied past

Public libraries aren’t just about sharing information and providing a quiet space to learn; they’re also havens welcoming to people of all ages. Still, many of us are unaware of the history housed within their walls.

Grove City Library – one of two libraries that encompass Southwest Public Libraries (SWPL), the other being Westland Area Library in Lincoln Village – will turn 100 years old on Nov. 6. Meredith Wickham, director of SWPL, says a century of evolution has cemented its bright future.

Women lead the way

Industrialization swept through the United States during the late 1800s. As a result, middle-class women were afforded more leisure time. Wickham says many chose to prioritize personal

growth through reading, including those who resided in Grove City.

“They banded together to form these reading societies and reading circles so they could read things together and improve their minds,” Wickham says.

A private book club named Grove City Library was founded in 1891, and membership was priced at $2 a year. Though this amount seems scant, it equates to roughly $70 today, and that means it was fairly exclusive. Anyone who could pay read and shared their own books in a local drugstore, Wickham says.

The club disbanded around 1893, and 20 years passed before a new reading room was established by the Women’s Civic Club of Grove City in 1917, Wickham says. This time around, books were kept in the First National Bank located at 3968 Broadway. More importantly, the books were accessible to the public.

Making it official

In November 1923, the Women’s Civic Club collaborated with the school board and facilitated an appeal to county commissioners for an appropriation. It was granted, and funds were used to make the reading room a bona fide public library, Wickham says.

Now, visitors to Grove City Library can see where the reading room once existed via a second-story window. Wickham says the Women’s Civic Club

and comparable organizations from the time period deserve to be remembered.

“Each local group became animated with this desire to give this thing to their community, a true public library where everyone could have access to this incredible, life-changing experience of reading,” Wickham says. “It was just so powerful.”

A well-oiled machine

Prior to being renamed Grove City Library in 1944, the reading room was known as Jackson Township Library, Wickham says. A decade later, the library would graduate from room to building. A brand-new space, which cost a whopping $81,119 when it was completed in 1954 (over $900,000 today) and housed 15,000 books, was erected at 3359 Park St.

Following the South-Western City School District’s formation in 1956, the library’s service territory included the Jackson, Pleasant, Prairie and Franklin townships, Wickham says.

Audrey Earl, the third overall but first professionally trained librarian for Grove City Public Library, left behind

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an indelible legacy. From the years 1951 to 1964, Earl tackled the daunting task of manually cataloging the library’s collection.

Wickham says she admires Earl and all catalogers. Without their diligent work in the past and present, finding books would be a messy process, she says.

“They take the new books coming in and make them findable so that I can now type a word on the internet, and poof, I can look at that book and know where it is,” Wickham says. “But (Earl) had to start with no cataloging in place in 1951.”

In the following years, additional library branches began cropping up with-

in the South-Western City School District, Wickham says. These included the Harrisburg and Prairie branches, which were built in November 1970 and September 1972, respectively.

Studies ordered in 1989 found the Grove City and Prairie facilities better served the school district’s main population centers, so Harrisburg was phased out with time, Wickham says. However, she says, it still operates independently and maintains a cooperative relationship with SWPL.

The Franklin branch was similarly phased out in 1978, leading to the brief contracting of a bookmobile. Wickham says federal court cutbacks effectively

ended the operation after only a few years, a fact she laments.

“Going out to people where they are, I think it’s a brilliant thing,” Wickham says.

No time like the present

Following a complete conversion to automatic cataloging in 1984, the entire library system was rebranded as Southwest Public Libraries in late 1988.

At present, Grove City Library is a 48,000-square-foot building that opened in October 2016 and stands at 3959 Broadway. The Prairie branch, or Westland Area Library as of 1991, expanded to 4740 W. Broad St. in 2019 and commemorated its 50th anniversary this past September.

These modern-day libraries were designed with longevity in mind, especially when it comes to Grove City, Wickham says.

“It’s built for a growing city, to make sure that we have capacity to serve the entire community,” she says. “We have events for children with over 300 people in the room.”

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Grove City Library circa 1962 (above) and 2013 (right)

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) began celebrating its 150th anniversary in March 2023. An inaugural Columbus Book Festival, scheduled for July 15-16, is part of the revelry.

Wickham says the library’s staff is like a beating heart. Committed to connecting guests with desired and necessary resources, they do their best to ensure all library-related experiences are positive, she says.

“I think it’s just the best calling in the world,” Wickham says.

Cardholders have access to over two million books, not to mention a host of other materials. People can consume countless ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines via the Libby app alone, Wickham says.

Joining a book discussion group, reserving meeting or study rooms, scouring historical texts, learning a language through Transparent Language Online and mastering career skills on LinkedIn Learning are just some of the popular library activities, according to Wickham.

One distinct service offered by SWPL is book bundling, Wickham says. Teachers, kids, teens and adults can submit an online request for either a randomized or customized book bundle.

“You can go right to the door and have it ready for you to check out,” Wickham says.

For those who may be shy or in a hurry, self-checkout is an option too.

Ultimately, SWPL and Grove City Library aim to strengthen the literacy of children and adults alike. In a world that is changing rapidly, high-level comprehension is an ability everyone should have, Wickham says.

“Open access to information is such a core component of any successful democracy,” Wickham says. “If you don’t have a populace that can read, understand and analyze information, you’re in real trouble.”

Lucy Lawler is an editorial assistant at CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at feedback@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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13 Activities for 13 Weeks of Summer

Fill your season with sun and smiles with these activities

As school winds down and the sunscreen comes back out, Grove City is equipped with countless adventures for the family to enjoy together. Check out this calendar of ways to experience your sunny days to the fullest.

Week 1: Hike through the hills of nearby vast parks

What’s a better way to kick off the summer than wandering about central Ohio’s magnificent parks? Grab your fishing poles and head over to Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park’s serene

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streams or watch bison grazing the prairies. For hikers seeking longer trails, venture over to Scioto Grove Metro Park’s REI River Trail and its leisurely two-mile loop.

Week 2: Celebrate history through the Heritage Celebration

On June 10, stop by Century Village at Fryer Park off Orders Road to commemorate the city’s rich history. Don’t miss the reenactment unit from Grove City representing the 113th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C, from the Civil War that originally mustered in at Camp Chase Oct. 24, 1862, and included soldiers from the Jackson Township.

Week 3: Grab your popcorn and head over to see Young Frankenstein

Caught with a rainy day or looking to take a break from the outdoors? Get your fix of local arts through Little Theatre Off Broadway’s Young Frankenstein

From June 16 to July 2, this charming theater company located at 3981 Broadway provides the perfect nostalgic treat for a summer night.

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Week 4: Breathe in the fresh air at Gardens at Gantz

The nature lover’s paradise within Gantz Park holds numerous gardens displaying different aspects of plant cultivation, from kitchen gardening to landscaping. Beyond its diverse gardens, visitors can stimulate their senses within Gantz labyrinth.

a series of road races, and as organizer Joel Wichtman can attest to, it is a treat for all ages.

“It really is a family-friendly event,” Wichtman says. “And of course, all of our proceeds go to benefit a local organization called Buddy Ball.”

Your registration for this race at 1500 Pinnacle Club Dr. supports Grove City Buddy Ball, which supports children and adults with all abilities.

Week 7: Snag some produce and pics at Circle S Farms

Whether your summer crew is searching for bakery delights or seek-

ing a scenic sunflower bloom, Circle S Farms, located at 9015 London Groveport Rd., is the perfect daytime spot. This farm sells delicious locally made bakery treats and seasonal produce, in addition to over 400,000 seasonal sunflowers for guests to admire.

Week 8: Sip and socialize in the DORA

You don’t have to wait until you finish your shopping – window or otherwise – to grab a drink in Grove City. If you’re inside the boundary of Grove City’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, you can sip, stroll and shop while you visit the historic Town Center. En-

Week 5: Sip and shop at Heart of Grove City’s Wine and Arts Festival

On June 16 and 17, wind down with delicious wine samples while exploring local art. This tenured staple of Grove City culture offers comfort food to high-end food trucks set among a local art show in Town Center Park on Park Street.

Week 6: Dash your way into Independence Day

Start your holiday with a bang this Fourth of July with the Grove City Firecracker 5K. This community event is

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• Local Cantina

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• Plum Run Winery

• Town Center Pub

• Zassy’s Cocktail Lounge

Week 9: Unleash your inner athlete at Windsor Park

Located on Broadway, this park is the perfect place for any sports buff, with batting cages, tennis courts and more. Once you’ve had your practice,

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“It’s the world’s largest alumni softball tournament,” Saxton says.

Whether you prefer to be out on the field or enjoying a hot dog in the stands, this tournament cannot be missed.

Week 10: Satisfy your sweet tooth at local businesses

Craving some sugary soft serve? Look no further! Mona’s Eats + Treats is the place to go when you need to cool down with frozen desserts, or swing by Strawser’s Ice Cream, Pop and Candy Shop in Town Center for new and nostalgic treats. If you prefer breakfast sweets, you can’t miss out on one of Jolly Pirate Donuts’ famous delicacies. This cafe features a range of seasonal donuts and staple delights.

Week 11: Bike your way around the city Grove City features 40 miles of smooth, interconnected bike paths, giving residents an optimal way to explore the city. While riding along the Buckeye Parkway Trail located off Stringtown Road, take a detour through Henceroth Park and enjoy its quaint greenery.

Week 12: Cool off at The Big Splash or the Splash Pad

The Big Splash, a 10-acre municipal family water park on Southwest Boulevard, is the perfect place to spend a day beating the heat, with a zero-

depth entrance, two magnificent water slides, a toddler play area and spacious lap lanes. For a fun frolic in the spray of cool water, head over to the cosmic-themed Splash Pad at Fryer Park; it’s the best way to burn off the kids’ summertime energy.

Week 13: End your summer with a tuneful sizzle

Don’t let your break come to an end without attending the ultimate seasonal celebration: the Summer Sizzle Concert Series. From June 2 to Sept. 1, stop by the Town Center most Friday evenings and enjoy open-air concerts from your favorite artists.

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Edible Education

High school students learn real-world culinary skills

High school students don’t always get the opportunity to discover and explore their passion in real-world situations during the school day. For many students in the South-Western City School District (SWCSD), however, this is not the case.

Among many career programs, SWCSD offers the Culinary and Hospitality Arts Program, operated by Amy Schakat, the career-technical education director. This program caters to 60-70 juniors and seniors with an interest in the culinary and hospitality industries, and truly gives them a hands-on experience.

The program splits students’ lab time and classroom time each day. In the lab, known as The Academy Grill, students operate a full-service restaurant, preparing food for and serving real customers. Culinary and Hospitality Program students create a menu and follow their own recipes.

Though The Academy Grill accepts visitors only around lunch time, operating smoothly is a full day of effort.

“You can practice as much as you can, but until you’re actually serving a real customer, do things really click and come together for you?” Schakat says.

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Photos courtesy of SWCSD Students get hands-on cooking experience.

In the classroom, the students take four courses over the program’s twoyear duration: hospitality fundamentals, fundamentals of food production, restaurant management and baking and pastry arts.

Students learn how to operate in a professional atmosphere through the learning and working environment. Instructors Chris Wright and Kevin Crabtree ensure their students are wellprepared to take on any responsibility.

The program also gives students the opportunity to work in established restaurants throughout central Ohio. Restaurants including Red Lobster, City Barbeque and Cameron Mitchell Restaurants partner with the program to offer students jobs during and following high school.

The Academy Grill’s food is as good as its service.

“I’ve eaten a lot of hamburgers, and it’s the best hamburger anywhere,”

Schakat says. “I don’t want anyone to say it’s the best-kept secret because it shouldn’t be a secret.”

Regardless of what life looks like after high school, the program helps students build a foundation that’s more than your grandparents’ home economics class. They practice and master skills needed in everyday life: time management, teamwork, discipline, attention to detail, problem-solving and following instructions.

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For a student, a simple click in the classroom or a successful customer service interaction can eliminate selfdoubt and unveil the assertive, resilient person that was hidden underneath.

“The most rewarding thing is seeing a student who maybe lacked confidence, was shy, struggled communicating, now talking to people they didn’t know, coming right up to the table with a smile on their face,” Schakat says. “It’s given them a team and a family to get behind them while they’re in high school.”

Life after graduation looks different for every individual. Some go straight into the workforce, others attend college or culinary school and some even do both, yet each student leaves feeling prepared and confident to step out into the world.

“What better way to finish out your high school years than making it meaningful and connected to what you really want to do,” Schakat says.

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Fun in the Sun

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parks

With the Summer Equinox approaching, it is the perfect time to get out and explore Grove City’s parks. To celebrate the change of seasons, here is the latest in renovations from Grove City Parks and Recreation.

Among the biggest changes is the addition of play and fitness equipment at Henceroth Park. A Nature Works grant allowed for the addition of a climbing wall and multi-activity playset for kids.

Visitors of all ages can burn some energy using the fitness equipment at the park’s new fitness station. Amenities include step-up platforms, variable pull-up and push-up stations, a Swedish ladder, and monkey bars, just to name a few.

A QR code attached to the equipment offers workout programs from www.gametime.com when scanned.

Fryer Park is home to some of the year’s biggest changes. Everyone knows how much Grove City residents love baseball and softball, so lights have been added to support contests after the sun goes down.

More beds are available for local gardeners in the community gardens at Fryer Park due to popular demand. Registration has already closed, but stop by and check out what others are growing and get ready to join in the fun next year!

The Park at Beulah has undergone serious changes and is through phase IIA of development as of the spring. Pickleball courts at the park will surely be a welcome addition to those looking to get in on America’s fastest-growing sport. Be sure to get your practice in early this summer to be ready for the inaugural Mayor’s Cup Pickleball Tournament in August.

Kim Conrad, director of Grove City Parks and Recreation, says the Park at Beulah offers “open green space with room to relax, picnic, exercise and enjoy nature.” She says it will be perfect as a “community-size park for all residents to enjoy.”

The park has plenty more slated for future development, including play and fitness equipment, shelters and a four-season pavilion, which will be able to host groups of up to 200 people. An open-air shelter and a smaller shelter will also accommodate up to 80 and 10 people, respectively.

Public input informs the changes that the parks department enacts, so be sure to utilize your community’s great resources and get the most out of outdoor living this summer around town.

Don’t forget about our city’s plethora of shelter and gazebo options for hosting your next outdoor event! You can find more information about shelters and gazebos, as well as updates from the parks department in this month’s issue of The Source on page 1516 and online at www.grovecityohio.gov.

Tyler Kirkendall is an editor for CityScene Media Group. Feedback welcome at tkirkendall@cityscenemediagroup.com.

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B ookmarks

Recommendations from Southwest Public Libraries — Grove City Library

Did you know May 4 is National Hoagie Day or that June 5 is National Ketchup Day? If you have a favorite food, there’s probably a day for it. Food, we love it. It gives us sustenance, but also so much more. Enjoy these staff picks where food intertwines with life in stories from fun and humorous to heartwarming or reflective.

Garlic & the Vampire (graphic novel)

What happens when a bloodthirsty vampire moves in next door to a village of vegetable folk? You send Garlic, of course! Perfect for children and adults, this graphic novel follows the courageous, yet anxious, Garlic and her quest to protect her friends.

North of Happy (young adult fiction)

Carlos Portillo is happy living the life his parents want for him, but when he experiences a great loss, he sets out to find his own way and gets a job with a celebrity chef. Each chapter begins with a recipe, and each chapter relates to the recipe to life.

Legends & Lattes (fantasy)

A battle-weary orc hangs up her sword in order to fulfill her dream of opening a coffee shop in a town where no one actually knows what coffee is. Legends & Lattes is a low-stakes, cozy fantasy story.

The Ingredients of Us (fiction)

Join us for the Summer Reading Challenge for all ages coming June 3-July 30. Performers, prizes and more!

The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie (fiction)

Elle has a recipe for every event of her life, but after learning her marriage is in trouble, she revisits all the recipes and discovers ingredients that were missing from her life. A beautifully written story with mouthwatering recipes.

As Lolly’s 33rd birthday approaches, her quirky great-aunt gives her a mysterious gift – three lemon drops, each of which allows her to live a single day in a life that might have been hers. A charming read about love, sacrifice, family, adaptation and second chances.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (fiction)

When British food reviewer Al visits Luella’s restaurant on the worst day of her life, they unknowingly cross paths and set out on a culinary adventure. Will their connection last when they discover who they each are?

Kitchens of the Great Midwest (fiction)

Eva doesn’t remember her father, but she inherited his love of food. Born with a once-in-a-lifetime palate, she explores the quirky characters cooking delicious food throughout the Midwest as she works towards her goal of creating a secret pop-up supper club.

Sugar and Salt (fiction)

A sweet and heartwarming romance centered on the bakery “Sugar,” belonging to Jerome and his mom Ida, and the new restaurant attached to it named “Salt,” which is owned by Margot, who moved to escape her past and live her dream as a chef with her own restaurant.

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The GUIDE PARKS AND RECREATION OFFERINGS JUNE/JULY

2023

Online and office registration begins Monday, May 15

The

Source activity guide details the classes and programs offered by Grove City Parks and Recreation Department and is published every two months. Register online at bit.ly/gcpReg or in person at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave., for programs for ages 55+, and the Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave., for programs for all other ages.

With the transition to the new registration software, all users must set up a new household. This process can now be done online.

For more information on classes, activities and events in Grove City, visit GroveCityOhio.gov, sign up for our electronic newsletter and follow social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram @ GroveCityOhio and @GroveCityParks and Twitter @GroveCityOhio.

Directory

Parks & Event Spaces

Hoover Off Haughn Road

Indian Trails

Off Buckeye Parkway

Keller Farms

Off White Road

Meadowgrove

Off Springhill Drive

Pinnacle Area

2430 Holton Road

Scioto Meadows

Off Scioto Meadows Blvd.

Skate Park

3728 Hoover Road

Town Center Gazebo

City Offices

Grant-Sawyer Home

4126 Haughn Road

Grove City Gold Star Families

Memorial

Columbus St. at Broadway

Grove City Museum

3378 Park St.

Henceroth (Purple Heart Memorial Walk)

2075 Mallow Lane

Online

Grove City Road at Broadway

Town Center Promenade

Park St. to Grant Ave. (parking lot)

Walden Bluff

Walden Bluff Court

Westgrove Park

3580 Magnolia St.

Windsor (Evans Center)

4330 Dudley Ave.

4408 Broadway

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Connect with @GroveCityOhio and @GroveCityParks City Hall 4035 Broadway Evans Center 4330 Dudley Ave. Kingston Center 3226 Kingston Ave. Safety Complex (Police) 3360 Park St. Service Complex 3262 Ventura Blvd.
Big Splash/Evans 2831 Southwest Blvd. Breck Community (Dog Park) 3005 Demorest Road Concord Lakes Off Lake Mead Drive Creekside Off Holton Road Fryer (Century Village, Splash Pad) 3899 Orders Road Gantz (Gantz Barn, Gantz Farmhouse) 2255 Home Road George Edge Music Park on Broadway Park St. at Broadway

Swim Lessons

Through a partnership with SwimSafe Pool Management, swim instruction is available for a variety of ages and skill levels ranging from parenttoddler and preschooler introductionto-water classes to progressive skill-building lessons evolving from unassisted positions in the water up to development of competitive strokes. Visit BigSplash.GroveCityOhio.gov for details.

Parent-Child Swim Lessons

(Age: 1-3 with Adult)

A parent or other trusted adult and child become acclimated to the water and learn key safety skills through games and songs in a group setting.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.

The Big Splash

$40 (NR: $48)

Begins: June 5 • 10:20-10:50 a.m.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.

The Big Splash

$40 (NR: $48)

Begins: June 19 • 10:20-10:50 a.m.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.

The Big Splash

Preschool Aquatics

$40 (NR: $48)

Begins: July 10 • 10:20-10:50 a.m.

Wks: 8 • Day: Sat.

The Big Splash

$40 (NR: $48)

Begins: June 3 • 9:45-10:15 a.m.

Youth Swim Lessons

(Age: 3+)

Children become acclimated to water through games, learn safety skills, develop progressively advanced swim strokes, and increase strength and endurance in the water.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.

The Big Splash

$40 (NR: $48)

Begins: June 5 • Various morning times

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.

The Big Splash

$40 (NR: $48)

Begins: June 19 • Various morning times

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu.

The Big Splash

$40 (NR: $48)

Begins: July 10 • Various morning times

Wks: 8 • Day: Sat.

The Big Splash

$40 (NR: $48)

Begins: June 3 • Various morning times

RecSchool

(Age: 3-5)

Children learn through independent discovery, planned activities, meaningful play and social interactions during one, two or three day per week options. Experienced teachers plan art, literacy, music, math and science activities to create a well-rounded and thought-provoking educational experience. For more info, contact Michele Demmy at 614-871-6330.

September-May

Kingston Center

Nature Kids

(Age: 3-4)

Preschoolers explore Gantz Park to discover the wonders of nature, meeting for Circle Time, then trekking through woods, exploring the creek or climbing hills with teachers and other children. A weekly project incorporates natural items. Participants must be toilet-trained and dressed to get messy. Parents drop off children at Gantz Farmhouse, then pick up there at end of class.

Nature Kids: Beneath our Feet

(Age: 3-4)

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Gantz Farmhouse $15 (NR: $20)

June 9 • 9-10:30 a.m.

Nature Kids: Wings in the Garden

(Age: 3-4)

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Gantz Farmhouse $15 (NR: $20)

June 16 • 9-10:30 a.m.

Nature Kids: Raindrops to Rivers

(Age: 3-4)

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Gantz Farmhouse $15 (NR: $20)

June 23 • 9-10:30 a.m.

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RecCamp

(Age: 3-4)

Children gain independence and confidence while learning to work and play with others in a child-centered classroom setting. Each week’s activities include creative art, sensory exploration, social play and singing at circle time.

RecCamp I

(Age: 3-4)

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon.-Thu.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $68)

Begins: June 5 • 9-10:45 a.m.

RecCamp II

(Age: 3-4)

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon.-Thu.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $68)

Begins: June 12 • 9-10:45 a.m.

RecCamp III

(Age: 3-4)

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon.-Thu.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $68)

Begins: July 31 • 9-10:45 a.m.

KinderMusik Camp

(Age: 3-4)

Music lifts the spirit and supports cognitive, social, physical and musical whole-child development. Children, each with a caring adult, join Stephanie Dille of Groove City Kids Music for interactive musical experiences as they play instruments, sing and dance for learning.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.-Thu.

Kingston Center

$62 (NR: $70)

Begins: June 13 • 10-11 a.m.

JumpBunch

(Age: 18 months-3)

Toddlers build coordination, balance, teamwork and motor skills during coach-led activities. With encouragement and success, children gain confidence, sports-readiness skills and the foundations of fitness.

JumpBunch

(Age: 18-24 months)

Wks: 7 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center Gym

$86 (NR: $94)

Begins: June 7 • 6-6:30 p.m.

JumpBunch

(Age: 2-3)

Wks: 7 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center Gym

$86 (NR: $94)

Begins: June 7 • 6:30-7 p.m.

Sporties for Shorties

(Age: 3-5)

Young children develop kicking, running, throwing and team skills through exciting lead-up sports activities and group games. Focus sports may include baseball, soccer, football and others. Powered by JumpBunch.

Wks: 7 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center Gym

$86 (NR: $94)

Begins: June 7 • 7-7:45 p.m.

Modern Dance

(Age: 3-5)

Participants learn jazz dance style, adapting bold, dynamic movements and techniques to later apply to a variety of modern dances, developing skills to grow and enhance their journey of dance.

Wks: 6 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$48 (NR: $54)

Begins: June 8 • 6-6:30 p.m.

Gymnastics

(Age: 3)

Preschoolers learn foundation gymnastics skills for vault, bars, beam and floor to use and build upon for future gymnastics and other athletic pursuits, while developing basic skills to develop balance, coordination, flexibility and strength.

Wks: 5 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center Gym

$40 (NR: $45)

Begins: June 1 • 5-5:30 p.m.

Gymnastics

(Age: 4)

Wks: 5 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center Gym

$40 (NR: $40)

Begins: June 1 • 5:30-6 p.m.

Parkour

(Age: 4-5)

Learn to safely perform skills with parkour form including basics of jumping, climbing and rolling; and using obstacles, mats and blocks to gain strength, coordination and stamina.

Wks: 6 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center Gym

$65 (NR: $70)

Begins: June 5 • 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Registration in the new software system no longer requires a number. Use the class name to sign up online at Register.GroveCityOhio.gov or in person at Kingston or Evans Centers.

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Youth

Summer P.A.R.K.

(Grade: K-4)

This full-day childcare program offers cooperative games, fitness, indoor and outdoor play, free art, special interest and free-choice activities, on-site learning labs and more. Participants take weekly field trips to The Big Splash.

Wks: 9 • Days: Mon.-Fri.

SWCSD Sites

$100 due at registration; three payments of $530

Begins: June 12 • 7 a.m.-6 p.m. No class: June 19, July 3-4

Before-school P.A.R.K.

(Grade: K-4)

Before-school P.A.R.K. creates a safe, fun environment in the morning hours before school starts for students of Buckeye Woods, Highland Park, J.C. Sommer, Monterey and Richard Avenue elementaries. The monthly tuition fee includes breakfast and supervised recreational activities. This program meets every day the SWCSD is in session. Transportation to the child’s home school is provided by the SWCSD Transportation Department; J.C. Sommer elementary students walk to school with P.A.R.K. staff.

School Year • Days: Mon.-Fri.

Kingston Center

$30 due at registration; monthly payments of $125

Begins: Aug. 21 • 6-8 a.m.

After-school P.A.R.K.

(Grade: K-4)

Programmed After-school Recreation for Kids provides a safe, secure, enriching and affordable environment after school with daily activities for children in kindergarten through grade four staffed by qualified childcare providers in the school gymnasiums and playgrounds every day SWCSD is in session. The program is designed for, but not limited to, children of working parents. P.A.R.K. provides planned cooperative games, outrageous play, fitness, indoor and outdoor activities, free art, special interest and free-choice activities and much more.

School Year • Days: Mon.-Fri.

Buckeye Woods, Highland Park, J.C. Sommer, Monterey & Richard Ave.

Elementaries

$100 due at registration; monthly payments of $215

Begins: Aug. 21 • 2:30-6 p.m.

PlayZone (Grade: K-4)

Develop self-esteem, independence and social skills through highly active games, outrageous play, special activities and free choice art. Go on adventures during this fun, outdoor focused program. For kids who have finished grades K-4.

Wks: 6 • Days: Mon.-Thu.

Kingston Center

$432 (NR: $447)

Begins: June 20 • 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No class: July 4

Parkour (Age: 6-8)

Learn to safely perform skills with parkour form including basics of jumping, climbing and rolling; and using obstacles, mats and blocks to gain strength, coordination and stamina.

Parkour (Age: 6)

Wks: 6 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center Gym

$65 (NR: $70)

Begins: June 5 • 5:15-6 p.m.

Parkour (Age: 7)

Wks: 6 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center Gym

$65 (NR: $70)

Begins: June 5 • 6-6:45 p.m.

Parkour (Age: 8)

Wks: 6 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center Gym

$65 (NR: $70)

Begins: June 5 • 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Karate Peewee Beginner (Age: 4-7)

Beginners learn basic movements, the martial arts philosophy and the importance of concentration and confidence.

Wks: 6 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center

$45 (NR: $50)

Begins: June 7 • 5-5:30 p.m.

Wks: 6 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center

$45 (NR: $50)

Begins: June 5 • 5-5:30 p.m. No class: July 3

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Karate Peewee Advanced

(Age: 4-7)

Advanced students build on the basics of karate with movement drills, kata (form) and non contact sparring with added emphasis on concentration, confidence and the martial arts philosophy.

Wks: 6 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center

$45 (NR: $50)

Begins: June 7 • 5:30-6 p.m.

Wks: 7 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center

$45 (NR: $50)

Begins: June 5 • 5:30-6 p.m.

Peewee Tennis Lessons

(Age: 4-7)

Beginners head to the courts for sun, fresh air and exercises to focus on hand-eye coordination while learning tennis basics like terms and basic strokes like forehand, backhand and serve.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$45 (NR: $50)

Begins: June 19 • 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$45 (NR: $50)

Begins: July 24 • 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Summertime Is Here

(Age: 5-10)

Get ready to complete your summer bucket list! Create summer bags, sunglasses and keychains.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Kingston Center

$17 (NR: $19)

June 6 • 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Gifts for Dad

(Age: 5-10)

Nothing says you care like a hand-made present. Create fun gifts to give to your dad on Father’s Day.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$17 (NR: $19)

June 8 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

July 4th Party

(Age: 5-10)

Celebrate American independence while making a headband, gnomes and s’mores.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$17 (NR: $19)

June 29 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Christmas in July

(Age: 5-10)

Celebrate Christmas in July: make a beach snow globe and an ornament, and enjoy a melting snowman cookie.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Kingston Center $17 (NR: $19)

July 25 • 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Model Magic

(Age: 5-10)

It is shaping up to be a great time with Model Magic! Make a cool cactus, animals and more.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Kingston Center

$17 (NR: $19)

June 20 • 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Dinos (Age: 5-10)

Dig into your imagination and fashion your own dinosaurs.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center $17 (NR: $19)

June 22 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Everyone Loves Ice Cream

(Age: 5-10)

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Make icecream themed crafts and whip up your very own edible ice cream.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Kingston Center

$17 (NR: $19)

June 27 • 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Paint Night

(Age: 5-10)

Do you like to paint? Experience painting methods beyond brush on canvas. Use fingers and string to apply paint and create cool salt paintings.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center $17 (NR: $19)

July 6 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Let’s Go to Camp

(Age: 5-10)

Come with us to camp and make your own water bottle holder and more. Enjoy some s’mores too!

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Kingston Center Room 2 $17 (NR: $19)

July 11 • 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Some adult classes are open to teens. Check the Adult section or call 614-277-3050 for options.

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Beach Time

(Age: 5-10)

What is summer without a trip to the beach? Make your own beach hat, decorate a beach ball and more like you are at the shore.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$17 (NR: $19)

July 13 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Summer Cookout (Age: 5-10)

Decorate a watermelon-themed Mason jar, make your own grill, and, of course, it is not a cookout without dessert!

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Kingston Center

$17 (NR: $19)

July 18 • 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Aye, Aye, Captain (Age: 5-10)

Arrr, Matey! Come be a pirate: make an eye patch, a ship and a captain’s hook.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$17 (NR: $19)

July 20 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

LEGO Robot Building & Programming (Age: 5-13)

Explore the exciting world of robotics with other LEGO fans. Build a robot and program it using Scratch programming language using sensors and logic for epic robotic challenges such as BattleBot and Jousting. No experience necessary; instructors help young engineers to create LEGO robots to be proud of. Solve engineering problems with your robot then go head-to-head against others in exciting, educational competitions, completing challenges to earn points and win trophies. Pack a lunch and a water bottle; snack provided. Option to purchase robot to take home for continued learning.

Wks: 1 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center

$168 (NR: $183)

July 17 • 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Cooking Camp

(Age: 6-7)

Young cooks use fresh ingredients to prepare interesting dishes while learning basic cooking techniques and kitchen safety. Children compile recipes into personal cookbooks to take home at session’s end. Different recipes each session.

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon.-Wed. Gantz Farmhouse $48 (NR: $53)

Begins: June 26 • 10-11:30 a.m.

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon.-Wed. Gantz Farmhouse $48 (NR: $53)

Begins: July 10 • 10-11:30 a.m.

Gymnastics

(Age: 5)

Improve foundational gymnastics skills and build on that foundation to gain competence using vault, bars, beam and floor to help with future gymnastics and other athletic pursuits. Work on skills to boost balance, coordination, flexibility and strength.

Wks: 5 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center Gym

$40 (NR: $45)

Begins: June 1 • 6-6:30 p.m.

Gymnastics

(Age: 6-8)

Wks: 5 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center Gym

$40 (NR: $45)

Begins: June 1 • 6:30-7 p.m.

Modern Dance

(Age: 6-10)

Learn the jazz dance style, adapting bold, dynamic movements and techniques to later apply to a variety of modern dances, developing skills to grow and enhance their journey of dance.

Wks: 6 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$53 (NR: $58)

Begins: June 8 • 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Zumba Kids

(Age: 6-11)

This is the ultimate dance-fitness party where young Zumba® fans get active and jam out. Featuring ageappropriate music and moves, this program gets kids movin’ to the beat, incorporating fitness as a natural part their lives by making it fun. Zumba® Kids helps develop a healthy lifestyle by incorporating leadership, respect, teamwork, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination and cultural awareness.

Wks: 6 • Day: Tue.

Kingston Center

$48 (NR: $53)

Begins: June 6 • 6:15-6:45 p.m.

No class: July 4

Father’s Day Gifts

(Age: 6-9)

Make your dad’s day extra special with a gift basket of products to pamper himself, including beard oil, shower bombs and sachets to freshen stinky sneakers. Instructor: Gloria Hartung.

Wks: 1 • Day: Mon.

Gantz Farmhouse

$20 (NR: $25)

June 12 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Kids Jarcuterie

(Age: 6-9)

Make a jarcuterie, a miniaturized charcuterie board in an individual jar. Meats, cheeses, dried fruit, breadstick; the combinations are endless. Perfect for afternoon munching or lunch at day care. Instructor: Gloria Hartung.

Wks: 1 • Day: Mon.

Gantz Farmhouse $15 (NR: $20)

July 17 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Patio Luminaries

(Age: 6-9)

Brighten up your July 4th picnic with patriotic luminaries made from Mason jars and flameless candles. Instructor: Gloria Hartung.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Gantz Farmhouse $15 (NR: $20)

June 27 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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Acrylic Painting

(Age: 6-12)

Learn the basics of painting with acrylics on canvas, using high-quality materials found in an artist’s studio. Take home a completed artwork each class. All supplies be provided; dress to get messy/wear a smock.

Wks: 3 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$55 (NR: $57)

Begins: June 29 • 4-5:30 p.m.

Drawing (Age: 6-12)

Come ready to think creatively and have fun as we cover basic drawing techniques using high-quality materials found in an artist’s studio. Take home a completed artwork each class. All supplies provided.

Wks: 3 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$38 (NR: $40)

Begins: June 8 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Acting Class (Age: 7-16)

Work in groups to act out ageappropriate scenes, some from past TV, movies and plays, while improving memory, and developing character, self-confidence and stage presence. Great for those interested in working in entertainment; instructor can provide guidance to parents. The last day is a showcase for friends and family.

Wks: 6 • Day: Thu.

Kingston Center

$120 (NR: $135)

Begins: June 8 • 6-6:50 p.m.

Better Babysitters (Age: 10-14)

Do you know what to do if the child you are babysitting is choking? Do you watch younger siblings? Learn the skills needed to be a Better Babysitter. Appropriate for boys and girls, this interactive, fun class features role playing, hands-on instruction and guest speakers who are first responders. Receive a first aid kit to take home.

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon., Wed.

Kingston Center

$110 (NR: $125)

Begins: June 12 • 12-4 p.m.

Karate: Beginner (Age: 8+)

Build concentration and confidence with an emphasis on martial arts philosophy while learning karate basics, movement drills, kata (form) and non-contact sparring.

Wks: 7 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 5 • 6-7 p.m.

Wks: 6 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 7 • 6-7 p.m.

Karate: Advanced (Age: 8+)

Deepen levels of concentration and confidence while emphasizing martial arts philosophy and learning more advanced movements, drills, kata and non-contact sparring.

Wks: 7 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center $60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 5 • 7-8 p.m.

Wks: 6 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center $60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 7 • 7-8 p.m.

Fun Friday (Grade: K-4)

End your week with outdoor, outrageous play and super-fun activities. Challenge yourself with games, activities, art, experiments and so much more with new adventures each week. Pack a snack and join the fun! For kids who have finished grades K-4.

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Kingston Center $20 (NR: $22)

June 23 • 9 a.m.-Noon

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Kingston Center $20 (NR: $22)

June 30 • 9 a.m.-Noon

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Kingston Center $20 (NR: $22)

July 14 • 9 a.m.-Noon

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Kingston Center $20 (NR: $22)

July 28 • 9 a.m.-Noon

Tennis Mini Camp

(Age: 8-15)

Hit the tennis courts to play and learn in a short, intensive minicamp focusing on individual skill levels of players, gameplay and strategy.

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon.-Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 12 • 9-10:30 a.m.

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon.-Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$45 (NR: $50)

Begins: July 3 • 5-6:30 p.m.

Tennis Serving Clinic

(Age: 8-15)

Work to improve your service game by participating in various drills and games focused on the most important shot in the sport. Emphasis is on proper service technique and game strategy after the serve.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 2

$50 (NR: $55)

Begins: Aug. 7 • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Beginner Tennis Lessons

(Age: 8-15)

New players learn tennis fundamentals such as forehand, backhand, volley, serving, scorekeeping and court terminology. Each lesson devotes attention to proper stretching, footwork and technique.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$55 (NR: $60)

Begins: June 19 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$55 (NR: $60)

Begins: July 24 • 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$55 (NR: $60)

Begins: Aug. 7 • 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

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Tennis Point Play Camp

(Age: 10-17)

For those looking to improve on point play and in-match strategy, this camp allows students to play against one another in an educational and fun environment where proper technique and point crafting is emphasized. Good for players with some tennis experience.

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon.-Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 12 • 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Wks: 1 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 2

$45 (NR: $50)

Begins: July 3 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Intermediate Tennis Lessons (Age:

10-17)

More experienced players further develop strokes such as forehand, backhand, volley, serve and overhead. Attention is devoted to proper technique and strategy along with live-point practice.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$55 (NR: $60)

Begins: June 19 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$55 (NR: $60)

Begins: July 24 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Wks: 2 • Days: Mon., Wed., Thu.

Windsor Park Tennis Court 1

$55 (NR: $60)

Begins: Aug. 7 • 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Registration

Online and office registration begins Mon., May 15

New: Golf Lessons

Grove City is offering fourweek golf lessons for youth (8-17) and for adults (18+)

starting June 6 and July 18. Visit bit.ly/gcpReg for details.

Adult

Basket-handled Hypertufa

(Age: 18+)

Use a basket as the outside mold for a hypertufa pot, then add a wired-on decorative twig handle. This one-of-akind stone-like container is perfect for planting succulents. Instructor: Mary Jane LaLonde.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Gantz Farmhouse

$30 (NR: $35)

June 6 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Dye Silk Bags with Natural Dyes

(Age: 18+)

Luxurious silk spa, sachet and gift bags are stunning when dyed with the subtle tones of natural dyes. Hand dye four different bags to use yourself or give as gifts. Instructor: Mary Jane LaLonde.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Gantz Farmhouse

$25 (NR: $25)

July 6 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Father’s Day Gifts

(Age: 18+)

Make the father in your life some products to pamper himself with including beard oil, shower bombs, soap and a special scent. Instructor: Gloria Hartung.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Gantz Farmhouse

$30 (NR: $35)

June 15 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Jarcuterie

(Age: 18+)

Make a “jarcuterie,” a miniaturized charcuterie board in a jar, a great option for individual servings for entertaining or a portable snack or lunch. Learn types of foods to include and make your own. Instructor: Arlene Crosser.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Gantz Farmhouse

$20 (NR: $25)

July 18 • 6:30-8 p.m.

Summer Skin Care Products

(Age: 18+)

Use herbs and essential oils to custom scent mild glycerin soap, a skin-nourishing body lotion and a refreshing facial mask. Herbal tea and veggies with dip round off the evening.

Instructor: Mary Jane LaLonde.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Gantz Farmhouse

$20 (NR: $25)

July 20 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Herbal Liqueurs and Coolers

(Age: 21+)

Use fresh herbs to infuse a homemade liqueur, make a fruity vinegar “shrub” and a flavorful herbal syrup, perfect for adding to cocktails or soda water. Instructor: Mary Jane LaLonde.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Gantz Farmhouse

$20 (NR: $25)

June 20 • 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Yoga (Age: 18+)

Learn to relax the body and calm the mind. Melt away tension and stress by combining Hatha yoga posture with breathing techniques and deep relaxation. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, bring a towel or mat and come with an empty stomach.

Instructor: Toni Weeks.

Wks: 3 • Day: Tue. Evans Center Auditorium

$16 (NR: $18)

Begins: June 13 • 6-7 p.m.

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Wks: 3 • Day: Tue.

Evans Center Auditorium

$16 (NR: $18)

Begins: July 11 • 6-7 p.m.

Karate: Beginner (Age: 8+)

Build concentration and confidence with an emphasis on martial arts philosophy while learning karate basics, movement drills, kata (form) and non-contact sparring.

Wks: 7 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 5 • 6-7 p.m.

Wks: 6 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 7 • 6-7 p.m.

Karate: Advanced (Age: 8+)

Deepen levels of concentration and confidence while emphasizing martial arts philosophy and learning more advanced movements, drills, kata and non-contact sparring.

Wks: 6 • Day: Wed.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 7 • 7-8 p.m.

Wks: 7 • Day: Mon.

Kingston Center

$60 (NR: $65)

Begins: June 5 • 7-8 p.m.

Line Dance (Age: 18+)

Have fun learning dance routines aimed to get you moving and grooving! After this instructor-led class set to fun, uplifting music, you will know all the right steps. Meet other people who love dancing as much as you.

Wks: 4 • Day: Thu.

Evans Center Auditorium

$22 (NR: $24)

Begins: June 1 • 6-7:30 p.m.

Wks: 4 • Day: Thu.

Evans Center Auditorium

$22 (NR: $24)

Begins: June 29 • 6-7:30 p.m.

No class: July 13

Patriotic Summertime Cookout

(Age: 55+)

Show you are ready to celebrate America with patriotic pride with an old-fashioned summertime cookout. Don your best red, white and blue, play yard games, listen to music, and mingle with new and old friends.

Wks: 1 • Day: Mon.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

$10 (NR: $10)

July 3 • 1-3 p.m.

LaComedia: Cinderella (Age: 55+)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella returns with its beautiful musical score featuring songs such as “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful,” and “Impossible.” Originally a 1957 TV presentation starring Julie Andrews, Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in TV history. This enchanting stage adaptation is your chance to experience this timeless fairy tale live on stage.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu. Departs the Evans Center

$57 (NR: $57)

July 13 • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Movie Fun

(Age: 55+)

Immerse yourself in the scent of fresh popcorn, the darkness illuminated by the flicker of a film, and the emotion of the surrounding crowd reacting to the on-screen events. The shared experience changes the way you see the movie, and spurs conversation and analysis.

Movie Fun: National Treasure

(Age: 55+)

(PG; 2004) Historian and code-breaker Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has searched his whole life for a rumored treasure tied to the creation of the United States. On an expedition with a fellow treasure hunter, Gates finds an ice-

locked Colonial ship in the Arctic Circle with a clue linking the treasure to the Declaration of Independence. When his colleague betrays him, Gates races to find the document first.

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Evans Center Auditorium Free

July 7 • 1-3 p.m.

Showstoppers

(Age: All)

The Evans Senior Center is preparing for our annual spring production performed by our in-house acting group, The Showstoppers. A fun-filled celebration of laughter and fun awaits you at any of the four presentations.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue., Wed. or Thu.

Evans Center Auditorium

Donations accepted

June 6, 7 or 8 • 1 p.m.

Wks: 1 • Day: Wed.

Evans Center Auditorium

Donations accepted

June 7 • 7 p.m.

Senior Exercise

(Age: 55+)

Are you a physically active senior looking to increase strength, gain flexibility and range of motion, produce better mobility and gait, and improve balance? This fun, motivating and camaraderie-based program features 20 minutes of aerobic exercise followed by 20 minutes of progressive resistance strength training (weightlifting) sandwiched by 10-minute warmup and cool-down sessions. Bring an exercise mat and hand weights. Instructor: Kelly Downin.

Wks: 3 • Days: Mon., Wed.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

$15 (NR: $15)

Begins: June 12 • 9-10 a.m.

No class: June 5, June 7

Wks: 4 • Days: Mon., Wed.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

$15 (NR: $15)

Begins: July 5 • 9-10 a.m.

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Senior Yoga

(Age: 55+)

Move through yoga poses designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement while enjoying restorative breathing exercises that promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Wks: 4 • Day: Thu.

Evans Center Auditorium

$20 (NR: $20)

Begins: June 1 • 11 a.m.-Noon No class: June 8

Wks: 4 • Day: Thu.

Evans Center Auditorium

$20 (NR: $20)

Begins: July 6 • 11 a.m.-Noon

Tai Chi (Age: 55+)

Yang-style Tai Chi creates a peaceful mental space and builds a calm balancing energy with slow, mindful movements that leave you feeling energized, physically and mentally flexible, and more positive and confident. Instructor: Dave Holloway.

Wks: 3 • Day: Tue.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

$13 (NR: $13)

Begins: June 13 • 10-11 a.m.

Wks: 3 • Day: Tue.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

$13 (NR: $13)

Begins: July 11 • 10-11 a.m.

Line Dance (Age: 18+)

Have fun learning dance routines aimed to get you moving and grooving! After this instructor-led class set to fun, uplifting music, you will know all the right steps. Meet other people who love dancing as much as you.

Wks: 4 • Day: Thu.

Evans Center Auditorium

$22 (NR: $24)

Begins: June 1 • 6-7:30 p.m.

Wks: 4 • Day: Thu.

Evans Center Auditorium

$22 (NR: $24)

Begins: June 29 • 6-7:30 p.m.

No class: July 13

Chair Volleyball

(Age: 55+)

Indoor chair volleyball, played while seated using a light-weight beach ball and net, fosters physical wellness, social interaction, competition and, most of all, lots of laughs. Reduce stress and boost self-esteem and confidence as you meet people, strengthen upperbody mobility and have fun.

Wks: 4 • Days: Mon., Wed.

Evans Center Auditorium Free

Begins: June 5 • 1-2 p.m.

Wks: 5 • Days: Mon., Wed.

Evans Center Auditorium Free

Begins: July 3 • 1-2 p.m.

Bead Artwork

(Age: 55+)

Beads are versatile and make the perfect material for crafting projects. Join us as we use beads to create a variety of handcrafted items perfect for sharing. Come prepared for crafting on another level by adding loads of fun and personality. Purchase kits separately. Instructor: Linda Miller.

Wks: 4 • Day: Mon.

Evans Center Classroom Free

Begins: June 5 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wks: 5 • Day: Mon.

Evans Center Classroom Free

Begins: July 3 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Fitness Room

(Age: 55+)

Whether starting a new health routine, getting back on track or continuing your commitment to good health, the Evans Center fitness room makes it easy to include physical activity as a regular part of your life. Exercise at your own pace using elliptical machines, treadmills, NuSteps, recumbent and upright bikes, hydraulic weight machines and free weights.

Wks: 4 • Days: Mon.-Fri.

Evans Center Fitness Room

$15 (NR: $15)

Begins: June 1 • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wks: 5 • Days: Mon.-Fri.

Evans Center Fitness Room

$15 (NR: $15)

Begins: July 3 • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

New: Golf Lessons

Grove City is offering fourweek golf lessons for youth (8-17) and for adults (18+)

starting June 6 and July 18. Visit bit.ly/gcpReg for details.

Loss Support

(Age: 55+)

There is no normal way to experience grief. While you may be tempted to isolate yourself, it is okay (even healthy) to lean on others for support. Interacting with friends, family and support groups can be helpful when you feel low or overwhelmed. Meet with others with similar experiences and join in discussions or just listen. Facilitator: Tami Washington.

Wks: 1 • Day: Wed.

Evans Center Classroom Free

June 14 • 10-11 a.m.

Wks: 1 • Day: Wed.

Evans Center Classroom Free

July 12 • 10-11 a.m.

Benefits of Clinical Trial

Participation

(Age: 55+)

Clinical trials help discover new ways to prevent, find and treat disease. The Ohio State University uses them while working to improve health outcomes for you and the community. Learn the truth and misconceptions about these research studies, and how more participation improves the chance of groundbreaking discoveries. All participants receive a $10 gift card for their time.

Wks: 1 • Day: Wed.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room Free

June 14 • 10-11 a.m.

Welcome to Medicare

(Age: 55+)

Are you eligible for Medicare soon? Still employed and wondering how Medicare works with your current coverage? On Medicare, but still have questions? Learn about Medicare eligibility, enrollment and benefit options. OSHIIP, a program of the Ohio Department of Insurance, does not sell, recommend or endorse insurance products.

Wks: 1 • Day: Wed.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room Free

June 28 • 10 a.m.-Noon

Lunch & Learn: Preplanning

(Age: 55+)

Advance planning of funeral and cremation services are difficult, but import subjects to address. Discuss funerals and receptions, and walk through the details of advance planning and its value.

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room Free

June 23 • 11 a.m.-Noon

Lunch & Learn: Advance Directives

(Age: 55+)

Patients have the right to accept or decline any recommended medical treatment. But what happens if you are too sick to discuss options with your doctor or make your own decisions? Learn about advanced directives and how they help you and loved ones decide on future medical care.

Wks: 1 • Day: Fri.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room Free

July 14 • 11 a.m.-Noon

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Alzheimer’s Support Group

(Age: 55+)

The everyday challenges faced by those dealing with Alzheimer’s and related diseases can be overwhelming. If someone you care about suffers from dementia, do something to help them and yourself. Meet monthly to share experiences with and receive support from fellow caregivers, attaining a sense of belonging by interacting with those facing similar challenges.

Facilitator: Paula Tallafario.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

Free

June 20 • 7-9 p.m.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

Free

July 18 • 7-9 p.m.

Talks with Tammy (Age: 55+)

Meet with the Evans Center director monthly to ask questions about centerrelated activities or share suggestions.

Wks: 1 • Day: Wed.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

Free

June 7 • Noon-12:30 p.m.

Wks: 1 • Day: Wed.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room Free

July 5 • Noon-12:30 p.m.

Senior Club Meeting (Age: 55+)

Gather with members of the Grove City Senior Club for fellowship and to discuss topics of interest to older members of the community.

Wks: 1 • Day: Wed.

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

Free

June 7 • 12:30-1 p.m.

S.A.L.T. (Age: 55+)

Through Seniors and Law Enforcement Together, the Grove City Division of Police serves as a resource and advocate for elderly citizens in our community. Seniors are often targeted for crimes, due to high levels of trust and other vulnerabilities. This program brings awareness and prevention tips to lessen the chance of being victimized, and offers seniors opportunities to ask questions and report neighborhood concerns. Facilitator: Teri Ruslander.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Evans Center Auditorium Free

June 13 • 1-2 p.m.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue. Evans Center Auditorium Free

July 11 • 1-2 p.m.

Snooty Fox (Age: 55+)

Cincinnati’s Snooty Fox Consignment Shops offer discounted shopping with plentiful choices of gently used designer clothing from thousands of consignors. Find stylish furniture, decorative items, jewelry, handbags and other accessories. Trip includes morning drinks, snacks and boxed lunches with dessert.

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Departs the Evans Center

$30 (NR: $30)

June 29 • 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Amish Tour (Age: 55+)

Travel back in time to Berlin and Walnut Creek, Ohio, for shopping, lunch and, of course, a stop at Walnut Creek Cheese.

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Departs the Evans Center $10 (NR: $10)

July 25 • 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dining Trips (Age: 55+)

Enjoy time away with others for conversations over a good meal at popular regional dining destinations! Hop on the Evans Center bus for doorto-door drop-off and pickup service.

Lunch Bunch: Old Bag of Nails (Age: 55+)

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Departs the Evans Center

$5 (NR: $5)

June 27 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lunch Bunch: Three Brothers Diner (Age: 55+)

Wks: 1 • Day: Tue.

Departs the Evans Center

$5 (NR: $5)

July 11 • 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Supper Club: Brew Brothers

(Age: 55+)

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Departs the Evans Center

$5 (NR: $5)

July 20 • 4-8 p.m.

Supper Club: Claudiana Italian Restaurant

(Age: 55+)

Wks: 1 • Day: Thu.

Departs the Evans Center

$5 (NR: $5)

June 22 • 4-8 p.m.

LifeCare Alliance Lunch Program (Age: 60+)

Enjoy a nutritious lunch twice weekly at the Evans Center with no financial restrictions. Call 614-277-1067 in advance to make a reservation.

Day: Twice Weekly

Evans Center Multipurpose Room

$2 donation

Twice Weekly • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Computer Lab

(Age: 55+)

Desktop computers are available for patron usage.

Day: Mon.-Fri.

Evans Center Rec. Room Free

Daily • 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Registration

Recreation.GroveCityOhio.gov

24-7

Credit Card only

Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave.

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Ages 1-54

Kingston Center, 3226 Kingston Ave.

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Credit card, cash, money order, check

Drop Box, 3226 Kingston Ave. (Rear)

24-7

Ages 55+

Credit card, cash, money order, check

Payment Methods

Cash, money order, check

Due to security concerns, payments are no longer accepted by phone. Registrants can pay online using a credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card); in person via credit card, cash, money order or check made payable to the City of Grove City. Payment can be made by cash, check and money order via the drop box on the parking-lot side of the Kingston Center.

Fees, Residency Rates & Fair Share Policy

Most activities list two fees with a lower rate for residents. Grove City Parks and Recreation facilities and offerings are funded through property and income taxes; in recognition of this, residents receive a discount. A resident is someone whose home address lies within the corporation limits of Grove City or unincorporated Jackson Township. Please note: this does not include all of ZIP code 43123; the U.S. Postal Service uses ZIP codes to designate the office that delivers mail to an address. To verify your rate level, visit Property.FranklinCountyAuditor.com and search for your address. Eligible addresses feature a parcel ID that starts with 040 or 160.

The Fair Share Policy extends eligibility for lower rates to non-residents who pay income tax to the City of Grove City. To receive the rate, these non-residents must provide proof of employment such as a current pay stub showing tax payment. This process must be completed annually.

Confirmation

No further confirmation regarding registration is made unless there is a change to the time or location. It is the participant’s responsibility to be present at the time and location listed. Patrons can view a household calendar by selecting their account at Recreation.GroveCityOhio.gov.

Cancellation by Participant

Registered participants may cancel from a program before the program starts or materials are ordered. Requests must be in writing (hard copy or email). To receive a full refund for team sports, a request must be made before uniforms are ordered. Decisions on full or partial refunds are at the discretion of department personnel. Refunds are by check mailed to the household or reversal of a credit card charge.

Class/Event Cancellation by Department

Activities are subject to change or cancellation based on participation, instructor availability, weather or building conditions, and public safety concerns. Staff will notify registered participants of changes to classes. For day-of updates on events and team sports, call 614-277-3060, monitor social media and visit GroveCityOhio.gov.

Equal Opportunity and Special Populations

The Source

Every attempt is made to produce an accurate, complete activity guide. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the publication and the timeline for printing, the guide may include incorrect or incomplete information. We apologize for any errors or omissions and encourage you to visit the website and review online offerings for the most up-todate information.

Photos and Videos

The City of Grove City reserves the right to photograph or otherwise record activity, program and event participants and spectators as well as park visitors. Images may be used in social media, website, catalogs, brochures, magazines, ads or other print or electronic communications or promotions.

Looking for your photo?

Did you see someone at an event taking photos and want to know if there is a good one of your family? Check the City social media accounts: EQ@GroveCityParks and EQ@GroveCityOhio, browse Discover Grove City magazine and visit GroveCityOhio.gov.

The Grove City Parks and Recreation Department is committed to serving the whole community. All persons regardless of age, sex, race, color, national origin or religion are encouraged to participate. Our goal is to include individuals with special needs in existing programs based on need and ability. Individuals or groups serving special populations are welcome to contact the department to make proper arrangements.

The City of Grove City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to programs or activities. An ADA Coordinator is designated to coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the Department of Justice regulations implementing Subtitle A of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §12101 et seq.), prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability by public agencies. Call 614-277-3050 for information.

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Grove City Parks and Recreation Shelter & Gazebo Rentals

Windsor and Gantz parks feature shelters large enough for gatherings available to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, and are open for walk-up usage if not already reserved. Reservations for April through December open each year the third Tuesday in January. All other shelters and gazebos are accessible on a first-come basis and are not reservable.

The Eagle Pavilion in Fryer Park has separate policies from open shelters including no walk-up usage. For information, call 614-277-3050 or visit GroveCityOhio.gov and select Facility & Shelter Rentals from the Parks and Recreation menu.

Size 1,800 square feet

Picnic Tables 12 (2 ADA)

Rental Times & Fees

9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 4-9 p.m.: $75 ($125 NR)

Full Day (9 a.m.-9 p.m.): $125 ($200 NR)

Size 1,500 square feet

Picnic Tables 13 (2 ADA)

Rental Times & Fees

9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 4-9 p.m.: $75 ($125 NR)

Full Day (9 a.m.-9 p.m.): $125 ($200 NR)

Size 1,500 square feet

Picnic Tables 8 (8 ADA)

Rental Times & Fees

9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 4-9 p.m.: $75 ($125 NR)

Full Day (9 a.m.-9 p.m.): $125 ($200 NR)

Outdoor Shelter Reminders

• Refunds only granted 30 or more days before reservation date.

• Water fountains/flushing toilets are turned off seasonally to protect pipes mid-April through mid-October.

• Restrooms are open to all park users.

• A key is no longer required for electricity.

Size 850 square feet

Picnic Tables 6

Rental Times & Fees

9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 4-9 p.m.: $50 ($75 NR)

Full Day (9 a.m.-9 p.m.): $90 ($125 NR)

Parks with Walk-up Shelters

• Blodwen

• Cread Lawless

• Creekside

• Fryer

• Indian Trails

• Keller Farms

Size 500 square feet

Picnic Tables 0

Rental Times & Fees

9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 4-9 p.m.: $50 ($75 NR)

Full Day (9 a.m.-9 p.m.): $90 ($125 NR)

• Reservations have priority. Police will assist if walk-up occupants refuse to leave. Call the non-emergency police number at 614-277-1710.

• Shelters are cleaned early each morning. Be prepared in case conditions are affected by others' use, weather or animals.

• Swearingen

• Westgrove

• Meadowgrove

• Scioto Meadows

• Windsor

• Be courteous! Leave shelters in same or better condition than when you arrived.

• Place all refuse in proper containers.

• Tobacco products, alcohol use/ impairment and weapons are prohibited.

• All park laws apply; see Grove City Code Chapter 903.

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GANTZ PARK LARGE SHELTER WINDSOR PARK LARGE SHELTER GANTZ PARK SMALL SHELTER GANTZ PARK GAZEBO WINDSOR PARK BASEBALL FOR ALL/DREAM FIELD SHELTER FRYER INDIAN TRAILS WESTGROVE

Parks and Recreation Year in Review: 2022

2022 HIGHLIGHTS

New/Improved Amenities

Town Center Park

• Installation of planters and additional seating.

• Expanded event offerings both internal and with partners including Southwest Library, Little Theatre off Broadway, Heart of Grove City and Groove City Music, YMCA and OSU Wexner Medical Center.

Henceroth Park

• Installation of a new multi-use fitness station with shade structures and associated online instructional videos.

The Park at Beulah

• Phase I (infrastructure work) completed.

• Phase II initiated including pickleball complex and shelters.

Blodwen Park

• New swings installed in playground.

Breck Community Park

• Off-leash dog areas re-surfaced with a more durable material to handle heavy traffic near the gates.

Renovations/Major Projects

Gantz Park

• Restoration work on Marsh Run completed including establishment of native flora species.

Grove City Museum & Welcome Center

• Replacement of roof.

• Installation of new windows and HVAC system to ensure proper climate control.

History

• Celebrated 170th anniversary of the incorporation of Grove City as part of the Ohio Open Doors event.

• Re-dedicated Sesquicentennial Park and installed monument to recognize site of original dedicated high school in Grove City.

New Events & Innovations

• In-person Earth Day event held at Fryer Park in connection with Keep Grove City Beautiful Spring Cleanup.

• Fitness in the Park drop-in workout classes at Town Center Park introduced people to new exercise options.

• Autumn Adventures expanded to include a Fryer Park Adventure on Saturday.

• Bolster community partnerships including with Southwest Public Libraries (COSI Science Festival) and Little Theatre off Broadway (performances in Town Center Park).

• Plein air painting event held in Gantz Park.

• Touch-a-Truck hosted by the Grove City Service Department in Town Center Park.

Grants & Awards

• Ohio Facilities Construction Commission grant: $200,000 for repairs to Grove City Welcome Center and Museum and the Grant-Sawyer Home.

• The Grove City Community Garden received the second place OPRA Award of Excellence for Health & Wellness.

2022 BY THE NUMBERS

Parks & Open Space (Acreage)

Total: 518 | Parks: 347 • Open Space: 171

Miles of Paved Paths |

Total: 38.3

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League Baseball | Total: 723  T-ball  Minor 6  Minor 7-8  Minor 9  Minor 10  Major 11-12  Junior  Big Shelter Rentals | Total: 655  Eagle Pavilion  Gantz Large  Gantz Small  Gantz Gazebo  Windsor Large  Windsor Dream Field 7 6 Youth Volleyball | Total: 202  Grades 3-4  Grades 5-6  Grades 7-8  Grades 9-12 28 70Basketball | Total: 653  Boys K-1  Boys 2  Boys 3  Boys 4  Boys 5  Boys 6  Boys 7-8  Boys 9-10  Boys 11-12  Girls K-2  Girls 3-4  Girls 5-6  Girls 7-12 Adult Sports Teams | Total: 108  Softball |  Spring/Summer  Fall  Cornhole |  Spring  Summer  Fall  Volleyball Preschool & Childcare Programs | Total: 351  RecSchool |  Upstairs  Downstairs  PlayTots  P.A.R.K. |  After-school  Before-School  Summer Classes (Total: 516) | Total Participants: 9,467  Preschool (ages 2-4)  Youth (ages 5-17)  Adult (ages 18+)  Senior (ages 55+) Fall Youth Baseball | Total: 544  T-ball  Minor 6  Minor 7-8  Minor 9  Minor 10  Major 11-12  Junior  Big Northeast 86  Parks ......................... 38  Open Space ........... 48 Southeast 161  Parks ......................... 79  Open Space ........... 82 Southwest 137  Parks ......................... 123  Open Space 14 Northwest 134  Parks ......................... 107  Open Space 27 7+9 7
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