Looking to off-load some of the candy haul from tonight AND do something for our U.S. armed service troops overseas? A number of dentists and orthodontists in the area are offering “candy buy backs” tomorrow. We heard from Lifetime Dental Health in northwest Columbus, but we’ve heard there are others doing this — so feel free to add their names and addresses in the comments’ section below!
Basically what they’re all doing is asking families to bring in their excess Halloween candy. They’ll pay $1 per pound (up to 10 pounds). Then they’ll mail candy to Operation Gratitude www.operationgratitude.com, an organization that will then package the candy up for care packages to be sent to American soldiers stationed abroad.
At Lifetime Dental, which is located at 1960 Bethel Road, Suite 240 in Columbus, they’ll be collecting the candy between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and they’re also holding a raffle where you can enter to win some nifty products and services. Call them at 614-451-2234 for more information.
Congratulations to Symone, the winner of Columbus Parent’s Win the Cover contest! She will be appearing on our December issue cover, and our other finalists’ submitted photos will appear in that issue, too. But for now you can see all five finalists’ photos in this slideshow.
A special thank you to all who entered photos in the contest. Response was fantastic and we hope you’ll enjoy the “cover” photo creations that our sponsors at Cord Camera are making available to all entrants — for free!
And don’t forget — our November issue starts getting distributed on Monday. Click here to find a pick-up location nearest you!
Here’s a special Halloween treat for the kids: tomorrow, all IHOP restaurants will be offering children, ages 12 and under, a free Scary Face Pancake!
The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini Oreo cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake.
The free Scary Face Pancake is available from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. at participating IHOP restaurants. To find one nearest you, go to the locator on their website at http://www.ihoplocator.com/.
A fab little family film series concludes this next week at the Gateway Film Center with showings of “Monster House.”
Here’s the little synopsis that Gateway sent us: “This breakthrough film from 2006 follows DJ Walters (voice of Mitchel Musso), a twelve-year-old with a particularly overactive imagination. He is convinced that any toy that touches his neighbor’s property promptly disappears, swallowed by the cavernous house. But no one believes him. What everyone does not know is that DJ is not imagining things, and it’s about to get much worse.”
Bwahahahaha! It’s all part of the Heebie-Jeebie Family Film Series and there will be screenings on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children. Added bonus with the Saturday show: You can enjoy a family-friendly haunted house before and after the 1:30 p.m. screening.
The Gateway Film Center is located just south of The Ohio State University campus at 1550 N. High St. Parking is available for $1 in the garage right next door to the theater, accessible from both 9th and 11th avenues — just remember to get your parking ticket validated inside the theater in order to get the $1 rate! Check out their website at http://gatewayfilmcenter.com/.
Columbus Parent columnist Kevin Arnold (who pens “The Doctor Is IN” for us) also has a blog on the Psychology Today website (in fact that’s where we first found him!).
Arnold’s blog is well worth a look for even more of his insights and professional wisdom about topics that concern parents and affect families.
Here’s a link to his latest one on the challenges faced by what he calls “ghost children” — the siblings of children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Check it out: Ghost Children: Brothers and Sisters of ADHD Children
Looking to plan an autumn adventure? The Ohio tourism folks have done all the leg work for you.
They've put together itineraries, lists of festivals and lots of other great information to help you find plenty of fun outings for your family.
They're even tracking when the leaves will be at their peak colors and recommending driving routes for the best viewing opportunities.
Visit http://consumer.discoverohio.com/autumnadventures/ for more details.
- Melissa Kossler Dutton
Let’s hear it for Shel Silverstein, the late great American poet. Dispatch Arts Editor and book fiend Nancy Gilson reviews an intriguing new book of previously unpublished Silverstein work that has just come out…
The Pleasure Guild has been supporting Nationwide Children’s Hospital for more than 100 years, and the women’s auxiliary group is back with their “Laughing, Living, Giving” event. On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Pleasure Guild will perform live comedy and music at the newly relocated Shadowbox Live in the Brewery District.
The evening full of laughs provides guests the opportunity to mingle, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and partake in a silent auction. Proceeds from the event benefit children in the Hospice and Palliative Care program at the hospital.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nationwidechildrens.org/pleasure-guild, and are $75 individually or $600 for a table of eight. “Laughing, Living Giving” takes place from 6-9 p.m.
- Heather Weekley