Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Featured event:

September 18

Game Day 5K Run and Walk

Bring the family to Glacier Ridge Metro Park, 9801 Hyland-Croy Rd., Plain City, for a morning of exercise and fun. The Game Day 5K is a family run/walk that benefits the United Way of Union County. Win OSU football tickets, enjoy a tailgate breakfast catered by Der Dutchman, and meet former OSU quarterback Craig Krenzel. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. For more information visit

September 18

No More Diapers: A Potty Training Storytime

Enjoy potty training-themed books and stories aimed at getting toddlers excited about swapping diapers for big kid underpants. This free event is for 2- and 3-year-olds and their caregivers. Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd. at 10:30 a.m. For more information call (614) 807-2626.

Toddler Time

Come for a morning of fun, play, arts and crafts for kindergarten age and younger accompanied by an adult. A wide variety of large and fine motor skills equipment will be available. This event takes place at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. from 9:30 11:30 a.m. and continues to Friday, December 4. This is a drop-in class, no pre-registration is required. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

September 19

Enkutatash -- Ethiopian New Year Celebration

Experience a fun-filled day with music, dance exhibitions, Ethiopian food tasting, and much more. This event will take place at Whitehall Yearling High School, 675 S. Yearling Rd. from 11:30 a.m. 4 p.m. The cost of attendance is $10 in advance, $15 at the door; ages 12 and under are free. Call (614) 252-5362, or visit for more information.

Third Annual Autism Harvest Festival at Leeds Farm

Leeds Farm will open for the 2009 harvest season by hosting the Third Annual Autism Harvest Festival from 8 10 a.m. The festival is a free event for central Ohio children with autism and their families. Farm activities include many barnyard and Play Barn activities such as hayrides, feeding farm animals, corn maze, farm pond, and more. Leeds Farm is located at 8738 State Route 36, in Ostrander.

September 20

Children Read-Aloud Session

"Paws for Reading" is a special program where children of all ages can read their favorite books to "Lucy," a specially trained, 3-year-old Goldendoodle dog. Each session is 15 minutes. Lucy is non-shedding, hypoallergenic and certified by Therapy Dogs International. This event will be held at the Powell Branch Library from 2- 4p.m. For more information and to register call (614) 888-9160, or visit

Grandparents Day Celebration

It's a family affair complete with line dancing, program demonstrations, craft displays, a Westerville Police Department puppet show, face painting, putt-putt, corn hole games, and Sunshine the Clown. Join the festivities to celebrate Grandparents Day at the Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St. in Westerville from 1 3 p.m. For more information call (614) 901-6500.

StepOut: Walk to Fight Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association supports your whole family with diabetes information, advocacy and research. There are a total there are 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes today and three new cases are diagnosed every minute.

StepOut is a family-friendly walk with inside and outside walking routes. Entertainment will include music by Radio One, Matt the Balloon Guy, face-painting, volunteer cheerleaders, a children's craft area and more. Don't miss the Healthy Living Expo where you can have your blood glucose and blood pressure checked. Meet with the endocrinologists from the Diabetes & Endocrinology Center of Ohio, have your feet checked and learn more about diabetes supplies and medicines. Located at COSI and Genoa Park. Registration is at 7:45 a.m. inside COSI, Walk begins at 9 a.m. Parking is $2.50. Visit for more information.