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Sunday, January 20 — Saturday, January 26, 2019

2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The 34th annual worship service will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 in Delaware City Vineyard, 32 Troy Road, Delaware. The free event will feature remarks from Charles A. Montgomery Jr., Ph.D., east campus pastor for Vineyard Columbus and an affiliated professor at Ohio Christian University.

The 26th annual MLK Breakfast Celebration, sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan University and the Delaware County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, will be held 7:45 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Benes Room of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Bishop Tracy S. Malone, resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, will serve as the featured speaker. Malone also is a member of the OWU Board of Trustees. The buffet will open at 7:45 a.m., followed by the program at 8:30 a.m. Individual tickets are $25, with eight-person table sponsorships available for $175. Proceeds support MLK Celebration Committee initiatives, including the MLK Scholarship, awarded annually to one or more outstanding high school graduates of Delaware County schools. Tickets may be purchased online at or by mail via the Ohio Wesleyan Chaplain’s Office, Attention: Sharon Hayes, 40 Rowland Ave., HWCC 308, Delaware, Ohio 43015. Reservations and payment are requested before Jan. 8. (A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.) For more information, contact Hayes at or (740) 368-3083.

Sunbury Big Walnut Kiwanis

We have been quite busy the past few months, and expect the next few to be just as busy. Want to learn more about our Kiwanis club? Join us for a meeting (2nd Tuesday at noon; 4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.) or a service project, we’d love to have you. Or feel free to to email us and we can set up a time to chat one-on-one.

Upcoming Service Projects & Club Meetings: Charter Party 6 p.m. January 22 at Bent Tree Golf Club; Club meeting noon February 12 at the Big Walnut Grill; Club meeting 6:30 p.m. February 26 at the Chamber back room; Souders Community Playground Installation on March 25-29.

We helped collect $625.47 for the Salvation Army by ringing the bell at Kroger on December 1st from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

We joined the other Kiwanis Clubs in Delaware County for Holiday Dinner and auction where we raised $135 to help kids in our community.

We had seven members help sort clothes and other items at Big Walnut Friends Who Share on December 18th. We had a fun time doing it and hope to repeat this service project regularly.

Thanks to our collection partners in Sunbury, we gathered 450 pairs of shoes that will help start microenterprises in developing nations.

Despite the rainy weather, we helped kids make beaded ornaments at Christmas on the Square. We finished making 120 ornaments at our following club meeting and then delivered them to the Salvation Army where they were given to kids this year.

In the spring of 2019 we are taking the lead on coordinating volunteers for the community build. If you are interested in learning more and helping out when we have the exact shifts known, please email us.

Author Laura Kamoie to Speak

The Friends of the Delaware County District Library present New York Times bestselling author Laura Kamoie, who will speak about the history behind and writing of her new novel My Dear Hamilton: A novel about Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, who was a patriot, wife, widow, and warrior in her husband’s quest for a more perfect union. Q&A and book signing to follow. Fundamentals Bookstore will sell Ms. Kamoie’s novel that evening at the event.

Join us at the Orange branch library on Thursday January 24, 2019 at 7 p.m. Tickets on sale at https:/ Check our website, Facebook page or Twitter for more details. Friends of the DCDL members, check your email for the ticket discount code.

Josh Turner in New Albany

Multi-platinum country music artist Josh Turner has garnered multiple Grammy, Country Music Association, and Academy of Country Music award nominations with hits including “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

The McCoy Marquee Series presents Josh Turner at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts (100 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., New Albany) on Thursday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $36.50-$66.50 and can be purchased in-person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at, or by phone at (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, Turner has sold more than 12.5 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music, and is one of the youngest members of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 platinum-selling debut, Long Black Train, to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South, he has garnered multiple Grammy, Country Music Association, and Academy of Country Music nominations.

Rolling Stone declared that Turner, with his “river deep baritone,” delivers an “eagerly awaited album from a country purist.” PEOPLE Magazine said, “the Nashville veteran flaunts his deep bass” on Deep South and that the album is “an ode to down-home staples, from finding that perfect love on ‘Hometown Girl’ to savoring the laid-back life on the title track.”

Turner checked off another bucket list item when he added author to his list of accomplishments. His first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood, was released in 2014. As highlighted in the book, the Hannah, SC, native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, and therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.

The 2018-19 Marquee Series at the McCoy Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the New Albany Community Foundation and Lbrands Foundation.

The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, established in 2007 by a unique joint operating agreement between the New Albany Community Foundation, the City of New Albany, Plain Township, and the New Albany Plain Local School District. Since opening in 2008, the McCoy Center has drawn more than 100,000 people, fulfilling its mission of fostering an appreciation of arts and culture by providing life-long learning opportunities through education, exposure, and participation. For more information, visit

Wrestling in Delaware

The Micro Wrestling Federation is a full-scale, WWE type event supported by an entire cast under five feet tall. It’s going to be pandemonium in Delaware, OH as the Micro Wrestlers body slam, bear hug, and headlock throughout an evening of nonstop action. An All-Ages Event.

Doors Open: 7 p.m., Showtime: 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, 236 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, OH. Kids 5 & Under are FREE! Tickets: $15 Advance GA Row 4 & Behind; $25 Rows 2 & 3; $30 Ringside. Micro Wrestling Info Hotline: 513-519-3287. For Tickets & Show Details, visit:

Sunday, January 27 — Saturday, February 2, 2019

Westerville Symphony Presents New Babylon

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University presents the silent film New Babylon as the second concert in their Ron Lykins Masterworks Series. The performance takes place on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. in Riley Auditorium at Otterbein University.

New Babylon (1929) was the seventh film produced by Leningrad’s Factory of Eccentric Actors and was directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg, established members of the early Soviet film industry. The score is by Dmitri Shostakovich, 23 at the time, who had spent much of his teens accompanying silent films on piano. Set during the ill-fated Paris Commune of 1871, the film tells the story of the doomed love affair of a conscripted soldier and a simple shop girl. The Paris Commune occurred when a large group of French citizens took over central Paris for two months and attempted to form a government. It is believed that Karl Marx started forming his ideas about communism from this event. Considered both whimsical and tragic, and censored for its excess and frivolity, New Babylon is regarded as an astonishing achievement at the end of the silent film era in the Soviet Union.

Three weeks before its premiere, Soviet censors removed 20% of New Babylon’s material, including most of its central love story. The result was a film and music score that no longer lined up and it was pulled after two performances. Renewed interest in New Babylon came in the mid-1980’s where attempts were made to fit the score to the censored version of the film. Since more music existed than film, this was accomplished by playing sections of the film at a slower rate so that it would line up with the Shostakovich score. This version is available for viewing on You Tube. Two copies of the uncensored film did survive, one in Moscow and one in Swiss film archives. Marek Pytel, a film restoration specialist in London, has restored the original pre-censored film using these two sources and this is the version the Westerville Symphony will be screening on January 27th. Mr Pytel will be our artist in residence for this week-end and will take part in two “Conversations” at Otterbein University that are open to the public: Film Restoration and New Babylon: noon-1 p.m., January 24, Roush Hall room 114; Shostakovich and New Babylon: 1:30-2:30 p.m., January 25, Riley Auditorium.

Tickets are available on-line at westervillesymphony,org and can also be purchased at the door. Seating is limited for this performance and it is suggested that tickets be purchased in advance.

African exhibit at Ross

“Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,” featuring works exclusively by African American artists and artists from the African Diaspora, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware from Jan. 22 – March 31. This first-of-its-kind exhibit at the Ross is in celebration of the “I Too Sing American: Harlem Renaissance 100” and is curated by Bettye J. Stull, an expert in African American art and longtime curator for the King Arts Complex. An opening reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at the museum. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call 740-368-3606 or visit for more information.

Olentangy BOE dates

Please note the dates for January 2019 meeting of the Olentangy Board of Education and its committees:

Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) Meeting, 12:30 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2019, Liberty Room, Olentangy Administrative Offices, 7840 Graphics Way, Lewis Center. Board of Education Organizational Meeting Followed by a Regular Meeting, Finance and Audit Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2019, Concord Room, Olentangy Administrative Offices, 7840 Graphics Way, Lewis Center.

Ribbon-cutting for bank

Join us on Monday, 1/28/19 for a Ribbon-Cutting @ the new Chase Bank branch in Sunbury, 115 State Rt. 3. Time TBD. This new branch is larger for all of your banking needs! 4 ATM’s open 24/7! All are welcome! Refreshments available.

Central Park Five

Author and filmmaker Sarah Burns will screen and discuss “The Central Park Five,” a documentary about the 1989 Central Park jogger case in which five black and Hispanic teenagers were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman, spending between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed. Burns will speak at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. She directed “The Central Park Five” with her father, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, and she wrote a book of the same name. Her screening and presentation is OWU’s 2019 Butler A. Jones Lecture on Race and Society sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Social Justice Program, and Black Student Union with the following OWU departments, programs and offices: Journalism and Communication, Modern Foreign Languages, Film Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Black World Studies, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and President’s Office. Admission is free. Learn more about the lecture series at

February First Friday Building Business over Breakfast

Warm the cold winter morn with a cup of hot tea or coffee, a light breakfast, an opportunity to network and receive some very timely, good information. Guest speaker is Lisa Bushman, owner of The Center for Counseling, Growth & Discovery. Topic: understanding your risk for addiction. Takes place at 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, 2/1/19 in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 39 East Granville St., Sunbury Square.

Sunday, February 3 — Saturday, February 9, 2019

Luther College Nordic Choir to perform Feb. 4 in Dublin, Ohio

DECORAH, Iowa –The Luther College Nordic Choir, one of the premier collegiate choral ensembles in the United States, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Road, Dublin, Ohio, 43017.

The performance by the 80-member ensemble is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The program includes “Praise the Name of the Lord” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Pater Noster” by Jacob Handl, Psalm 50 by F. Melius Christiansen, as well as hymn arrangements, spirituals and the traditional Nordic Choir closing piece, “O Lord God” by Pavel Chesnokov.

Nordic Choir is Luther’s flagship choir in a choral program that comprises three upper-class mixed touring choirs and two first-year choirs. Acclaimed for the way it honors the Lutheran choral tradition while also featuring new and innovative choral works, Nordic Choir showcases versatility, artistry and technical mastery across many genres of music.

The concert is part of Nordic Choir’s 2019 Great Lakes tour. The choir tours annually, performing in churches of all denominations, schools and concert halls, including Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Internationally, the ensemble has toured in Germany, Italy, England, Ireland, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2021, Nordic Choir will make its first tour to South Africa.

Since 2017 the choir has been under the direction of Andrew Last, associate professor of music and director of choral activities. Last, a 1997 Luther alumnus, earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from Northern Arizona University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. Last was preceded by the leadership of Allen Hightower, Craig Arnold and the 57-year tenure of Weston Noble.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the world with five choirs, three bands, three orchestras, two jazz bands and numerous chamber ensembles, totaling more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. More than 250 music majors study music theory/ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.

For more information about Luther’s music department, visit

February Quarterly Breakfast

Join us at Bent Tree Golf Club! This mid-winter event will be a great opportunity to network from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, 2/8/19 at 350 Bent Tree Rd., Sunbury. Visit

Valentine luncheon at Myers Inn

Treat your valentine to lunch at the historic Myers Inn, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, 2/9/19, 45 South Columbus St., Sunbury Square. Homemade Soups, Salad Bar and Desserts for a donation to the museum. Visit

Knox County Beekeepers Association (KCBA) Beekeeping Classes

Have you ever wanted to keep honey bees just didn’t know how to get started? The Knox County Beekeepers Association can help. They will be offering two classes this winter; Beginning Beekeeping 1 and Beginner Beekeeping 2. These classes will be held on February 9th and February 23th.

The Beginning Beekeeping 1 class provides all the information needed to get started: where to purchase bees and equipment, how to care for bees and keep them healthy. Instruction also will be given on what to look for when you are working your bees, basic biology and behaviors, bee health, pest problems and solutions and of course honey harvesting.

The Beginner Beekeeping 2 class delves a bit deeper into the art of hive management with discussion topics such as making more honey, catching swarms, collecting pollen and splitting hives. In both classes, the aim is to present best-practices in a straight-forward, step-by-step, easy to understand format. Class and group discussions are encouraged between instructors and students. Jeff Gabric, the President of KCBA says, “The classes are a lot of fun. Beekeeping can be a complicated endeavor. We try to simplify it for our students and give them enough knowledge to get started and be successful.”

Come with your questions and curiosity. You are welcome to take both classes. It’s a great opportunity to meet other beekeepers, learn and contribute to the conversation. Included in the registration fee of $55 is lunch, a copy of First Lessons in Beekeeping by Keith Delplane and one-year memberships to the Knox County Beekeepers Association and The Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Both classes will be held in Hunter Hall at 211 S Main Street, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Preregistration is required. Visit our website at to learn more about the classes and register online, for questions call Jeff Gabric 515-450-1359.

Sunday, February 10 — Saturday, February 16, 2019

Business Won

Network with like-minded professionals in the Big Walnut area! Jon Scowden, Chief Deputy of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office will be the guest speaker. He will share tips on how to stay safe in your business – in your office during or after hours! Takes place from 7:45-9 a.m. Tuesday, 2/12/19, in the chamber meeting room, 39 East Granville St.

March 2019

March First Friday breakfast

Enjoy a light breakfast & network! Guest speaker is Bill Geraci, Magic Health Insurance Solutions. This month’s topic of discussion: Health insurance costs – where the dollars go & how you can get the same benefits for less. Takes place from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Friday, 3/1/19, in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 39 East Granville St., Sunbury Square.

April 2019

First Friday breakfast!

Our guest speaker will be Patrick Hartory, internationally acclaimed speaker and marketing influencer. His topic: what customers love – standing out in a noisy world! Registration is open. Takes place from 7:30-9 a.m., Friday, 4/5/19, in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room, 39 East Granville St., Sunbury Square.

Gaps in Memory at OWU

“Gaps In Memory,” featuring archival digital prints created by artist and Ohio Wesleyan alumna Barbara Jenkins, on view from Jan. 16-April 25 in the Mowry Alumni Gallery inside Mowry Hall, 16 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Jenkins, Class of 1972, works to break preconceptions by making linkages and disruptions between photographs in triptychs. Mowry Alumni Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday when the university’s administrative offices are open. Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Ross Art Museum and its satellite galleries at

Community euchre game!

Last Saturday of each month at Condit Presbyterian Church, 15102 Hartford Road, Sunbury – beginners welcome.

May 2019

Genoa Holiday Recycling/Trash Collection

Due to the holiday, recycling and trash should be set out for collection on Friday evening for collection on Saturday beginning at 7 a.m. 2019 holidays impacting collection schedule: Memorial Day – Collection delayed until Saturday, June 1; Independence Day – Collection delayed until Saturday, July 6; Labor Day – Collection delayed until Saturday, September 7; Thanksgiving – Collection delayed until Saturday, November 30; Christmas Day – Collection delayed until Saturday, December 28.

Compiled by Gary Budzak