The Daily Bulletin
Get your family into the holiday spirit with a Snow Ball Holiday Party at the Worthington Community Center.
The family holiday dance will be held from 6:30-8:30 Dec. 9. The Snow Ball will feature a disc jockey, arts and crafts, a photo booth and ice carving. Santa Claus will be available for photos—as long as you bring your own camera.
The free event takes place at the community center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington. For more information, go to worthington.org/calendar.aspx?eid=3713.
Hockey fans can participate in a night of family fun with the Columbus Blue Jackets this Saturday and also help local children in need this holiday season.
CBJ Family Night includes children’s activities, a family photo station, balloon artists, face painting, a scavenger hunt, giveaways and a toy drive.
Visitors who donate a new, unwrapped gift to the Big 10TV Toy Drive will receive a pair of tickets to the CBJ’s Jan. 3 game against the Edmonton Oilers. The drive helps the Salvation Army of Central Ohio provide gifts for local families.
Those who can’t attend the game can drop toys off through Dec. 10 at the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line stores at Nationwide Arena and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing as well as the OhioHealth Chiller ice rinks. A drive-through collection will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at 10TV, 770 Twin Rivers Drive, Columbus.
The puck drops against the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. Dec. 10. The Dispatch Family Value Pack is available. For more information, go to bluejackets.com/promotions.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to help “Deck the Halls” at Faith Mission Community Kitchen from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 10.
The nonprofit organization is asking for help decorating its facility and wrapping donated gifts. Volunteers must register by calling 614-598-1209.
In addition to volunteers, Faith Mission also is in need of donations. It is collecting shower caddies, full-size personal care items, $5 fast food gift cards, watches, hats, scarves and gloves, as well as wrapping paper, tape and ribbon to wrap the gifts.
Donations must be dropped off at 245 N. Grant Ave., Columbus, by Dec. 5.
For information about donating to Faith Mission, call 614-318-5295 or go to faithmissionofohio.org.
—Melissa Kossler Dutton
For a Christmas tree lighting that’s fun, educational and family-friendly, mark the calendar for Thursday and head to downtown Columbus.
The Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 1 Capitol Square. The free indoor event, which will be held in the atrium of the historic building, includes a short program with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the illumination of the tree. Afterward, visitors can have refreshments, do arts and crafts, play games and hear music from local choirs.
Activities include photos with the Clauses, coloring, a selfie booth, a magic show, letters to Santa and the chance to make holiday cards, ID cards, snowflakes, ornaments and origami.
Performances include a magic show, bomb dog demonstration, story time with Columbus Metropolitan Library, local mascots and songs from groups such as the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, Annehurst Elementary School Choir, John Glenn High School Choir and Pickerington North High School Orchestra.
For more information, go to ohiostatehouse.org.
A holiday open house hosted by Columbus Metropolitan Library will celebrate the return of the Huntington Holiday Train and the lighting of Topiary Park.
The free event, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., includes music, story time, hot cocoa and cookies, and a special guest.
The Huntington Holiday Train will be featured in the atrium through the end of the year. Built in 1992 by Applied Imagination founder Paul Busse, it originally was displayed in the lobby of the Huntington bank building in downtown Columbus. The train was loaned to CML in 2009.
According to CML, the 600-square-foot display includes more than 280 feet of track, 50-plus pounds of artificial snow, a 6-foot cathedral, an 8-foot castle and a waterfall that pumps 600 gallons of water an hour. Four trains pass by miniature buildings modeled after German structures and made of natural materials such as leaves, pinecones, bark and moss.
The display takes two days to set up. Here’s a time lapse video of the 2013 installation.
In addition to checking out the train, visitors can watch from the second-floor reading room as the holiday lights are turned on at the adjacent Topiary Park.
Attendees are asked to RSVP at columbuslibrary.org/rsvp.
Get ready for the most raucous Christmas pageant in town.
Columbus Children’s Theatre kicks off its three-week run of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever this Friday.
Based on the popular children’s book, the play follows the misadventures of a couple confronted with the challenge of staging a church pageant with the rambunctious Herdman kids.
The one-act play will be staged Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 25 to Dec. 18 at Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St., Columbus 43215. Special sensory-friendly performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and at 1 p.m. Dec. 9.
As is traditional at CCT, a Grand Sundae event featuring crafts and ice cream for grandparents and grandchildren will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 27.
The hourlong play, which does not have an intermission, is recommended for ages 5 and older.
For more information, go to columbuschildrenstheatre.org.
A Columbus poet has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a series of animated short films featuring poems penned by preschoolers.
Nancy Kangas worked with students at Columbus Early Learning Centers on the Near East Side to write the poems, which they dictated to her. They were filmed reading their work in May. Now, with filmmaker Josh Kun, Kangas hopes to hire an animator to bring six of the stories to the screen. They already have a $5,000 grant from the Ohio Arts Council to help fund the project.
Two of the poems from the Kickstarter page:
- “I am a volcano. And you are another volcano. And we wear big hats.”
- “I kiss my sister and my brother. The snowmen melt.”
As of mid-day Nov. 22, the campaign had garnered $12,223 in pledges. Organizers receive the funding only if the $15,000 goal is met. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Nov. 24.
For more information, go to kickstarter.com/projects/546532976/the-preschool-poets-an-animated-film-series.
This Thanksgiving, consider being a family that exercises together as well as eats together.
Numerous central Ohio communities host walks or runs designed to help families add a dash of fitness to their celebrations. The events are a great way to spend time together and serve as a reminder to children that their parents value exercise.
Columbus, Delaware, Grove City and Marysville all are hosting 5K events Thanksgiving Day that include a kids’ run. Glacier Ridge Metro Park will host the Flying Feather Four Miler and Gobbler Chase for children. Several other cities, including Granville, are holding kid-friendly events.
Running in the USA has compiled a rundown of 10 such events on Thanksgiving, with several more in the days after the holiday. Click here to see the list.
—Melissa Kossler Dutton
The Capriccio Youth Choir will kick off its season with a concert designed to evoke joy.
I Sing Because I’m Happy will be performed at 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 N. High St., Worthington. Tickets are available online at capricciocolumbus.org/tickets or at the door. The cost is $10, free for students.
The choir’s newest group, Primo Voce—for beginner students as young as second grade—will perform for the first time. The Spiritus, Virtuoso and Cantare groups also will sing.
The theme of the concert is a reminder to recognize the happy moments in daily life as well as the joy that comes from singing and making music. Songs will include the Argentine El Cielo Canta Algeria (Heaven is Singing for Joy!), Jubilate Deo and Prayer of the Children.
For more information, go to capricciocolumbus.org/youth-choir.
Parents play an important role in their child’s academic success.
When parents and community groups support learning, children do better in school, enjoy it more and are more likely to stick with it, according to a study by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory.
If you haven’t yet found a way to make a difference in your child’s school, now is the perfect time: Nov. 17 is National Parental Involvement Day.
Need ideas? Project Appleseed is a national advocacy organization dedicated to improving the public school experience. For suggestions on how to get involved and why it’s important, go to projectappleseed.org.
The National Education Association also offers tips on ways parents can make a difference in their student’s academic life. Check them out at nea.org/grants/60925.htm.
The start of the new year will bring a new president and CEO to COSI.
The science center announced Nov. 10 it has tapped Frederic Bertley as its new leader. Bertley, who starts Jan. 1, has been senior vice president for science and education at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (the Keystone State’s most visited museum) since 2008.
Bertley will become COSI’s fifth president when he takes over for the retiring David Chesebrough, who has held the role since April 2006. Chesebrough has been widely credited with bringing in innovative exhibits and making other strategic moves to reverse attendance declines that followed the facility’s move to the old Central High School.
In Philadelphia, according to COSI’s announcement, Bertley focused on STEM initiatives and improving science education, and co-founded the award-winning Philadelphia Science Festival, a nine-day community event.
Bertley has a Ph.D. in immunology and a bachelor’s degree in physiology and mathematics from McGill University in Montreal.
Families who participate in one of several upcoming Empty Bowls programs will find it not only warms their hearts, but their insides, too.
The annual initiative, sponsored by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, supports the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Various locations around the city host events where the public can donate $10 for a meal of soup and bread. Diners receive a souvenir bowl to take home.
The city has raised more than $200,000 through its Empty Bowls campaign over the last 18 years. Every $10 donation provides $100 worth of food for hungry central Ohioans.
Here is a list of dates and locations:
• 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St., Columbus 43214.
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 2480 W. Broad St., Columbus 43204; Parkview Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave., Columbus 43204; St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4456 Morse Road, Columbus 43230; and Tuttle Park Community Center, 240 W. Oakland Ave., Columbus 43201.
• 11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at North Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1574 Franklin St., Lewis Center 43035.
• Noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3100 E. Broad St., Columbus 43209.
• 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 during the Grand Illumination at Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus 43215.
The Polar Express will make a holiday stop at COSI this year.
The science center will show the animated movie Dec. 9-11 in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater. Families can watch the film, play games and snack on cookies and hot chocolate. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. Activities begin an hour prior. Special sensory-friendly showings are set for 10 a.m. Dec. 10 and 11. The cost, which does not include admission to COSI, is $8 for members, $10 nonmembers and free for ages 2 and younger.
Want more holiday fun? Check out the family pajama overnight Dec. 16. The event, for ages 5 and older, is $40 per person. Attendees will watch The Polar Express, eat cookies and hot chocolate and participate in winter-themed activities. Reservations can be made online at cosi.org.
- Snow Ball Holiday Party
- Holiday Hockey
- Helping Hands
- A Capitol Idea
- Holiday Train
- Merry Mayhem
- Film Funding
- Turkey Trots
- Get Happy
- Get Involved
- New COSI CEO
- Fighting Hunger
- ‘Polar Express’