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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 American art

“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

Homesteading workshop in Berkshire

Ever thought about… Keeping bees? What plants in your garden are edible…besides the tomatoes? How to attract more butterflies to your yard? Worms. What makes them nature’s master at composting? Check out the Homesteading Workshop at the Berkshire Township Hall, Thursday January 31 from 6:30-9 p.m. Presented by Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District, Keep Delaware County Beautiful and OSUE Master Gardeners. Come and learn from the experts how to create your own country paradise. This is a free workshop, but registration is required so that a sufficient supply of handout materials will be available. Please call 740-368-1921 today to sign up. Registration deadline is Wed. January 30th. Visit for info on other conservation programs and events.

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.

Read Registration Opens February 1st; Passport service

What should you do when you are bored and dreading the white frozen menace? Why, put on your cowboy boots and head to your Community Library for its annual winter reading club. Come join us this year for our Wild West, Winter Reading Club “Kick Off Your Boots and Read” throughout the month of February. You will be able to register online or in person at the Circulation Desk starting February 1st, 44 Burrer Drive, Sunbury. As soon as you register, you can start earning those amazing prizes! We look forward to rounding up some great books with you during the month of February!

The Community Library in Sunbury is pleased to announce, starting in January, the library will accept applications for passports. The service officially kicks off on January 8, 2019. Passport applications will be accepted by appointment only. Appointments will be available during regular library hours, Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays. To request an appointment, call 740-965-3901 or email requests to The library will also offer passport photo services. More information about the passport process and traveling abroad can be found at

Observatory programs

Friday evening programs at 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22 at Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware. Content varies based on sky conditions but may include a planetarium show, observatory tours, and stargazing with the 32-inch Schottland Telescope. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reserve tickets by calling (740) 363-1257. Learn more at

Sunday, February 3 — Saturday, February 9, 2019

PERI Chapter #36 Meeting

Public Employee Retirees Inc.’s Delaware County Chapter #36 will meet at 1:30 PM, Monday, February 4th at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Rd. Our speaker will be Elizabeth Zingale, Executive Director of the Delaware YMCA. She will discuss all the programs available to Delaware County residents at the “Y”. Bonnie Mitchell, our District Representative, will swear in our President and Secretary for 2019-2021. She will also update us about what’s happening at the PERI headquarters and OPERS. If you haven’t paid your dues, Diane Orick, our Treasurer, will be collecting dues ($5 per year). For more information, call Bill Friend at 740-369-2802.

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

Trombone Recital

Ohio Wesleyan faculty recital featuring Jeremy Smith, trombone, 8 p.m. Feb. 5 in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at

CEO on bipartisanship

Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Nicholas E. Calio, Class of 1975, president and chief executive officer of Airlines for America, discusses “A Perspective: Congress, the White House, and Business. Bipartisanship in Partisan Politics, 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. During his career, Calio also worked as assistant to the president for legislative affairs for Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. He also is the current vice chair of the OWU Board of Trustees. Calio’s presentation is Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019 Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture Series on Public Affairs sponsored by OWU’s Department of Politics and Government and its Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs. Admission is free. Learn more at

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 or

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. To register, visit:

Bishop Backers day

Bishop Backers Winter Community Day and Delaware Expo 2019 from Noon-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16, featuring children’s activities from the Delaware Community Center YMCA; an opportunity to meet Ohio Wesleyan varsity athletes; a visit from Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animal ambassadors (2:15-3:15 p.m.); a chance to pet and adopt dogs from the Humane Society of Delaware County; an expo of area nonprofit organizations and businesses; free raffle drawings for a big-screen TV, gift cards, and other items; and an OWU men’s and women’s basketball double-header vs. Denison University. Admission to all activities is free with a canned food donation to benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. Parking is free and available in all OWU lots. The expo runs from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Gordon Field House, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The women’s basketball game tips off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m. in the adjacent Branch Rickey Arena. Learn more or register for an expo exhibitor’s table at

Sunday, February 17 — Saturday, February 23, 2019

Little-known aspect of WWII

Historian and author Pete Kakel, Ph.D., discusses the origins, context, and content of the Holocaust when he presents “Hitler’s ‘Indian Wars’ 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the ‘Wild East’: The Holocaust as Colonial Genocide,” in Benes Room B of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. A 1969 Ohio Wesleyan alumnus, Kakel is a research historian and lecturer in modern history at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Liberal Arts. He is the author of “The American West and the Nazi East: A Comparative and Interpretive Perspective” and “The Holocaust as Colonial Genocide: Hitler’s ‘Indian Wars’ in the ‘Wild East.’” His presentation represents Ohio Wesleyan’s 2019 Robert Kragalott Lecture on Genocide, Mass Atrocity, and Human Rights. Admission is free. Learn more at

Hot Chicken Takeover

Joe DeLoss, founder and head fryer of Columbus, Ohio-based Hot Chicken Takeover, discusses his company’s business model, which seeks to provide supportive jobs to men and women who need a fair chance at work to overcome barriers such as homelessness or previous incarceration. His presentation will be a fireside-style chat moderated by 2006 OWU alumnus Dan Sharpe, vice president for community research and grants management for The Columbus Foundation. The chat will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in Benes Room B of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. It represents OWU’s 2019 Heisler Business Ethics Lecture organized by The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. Admission is free. Learn more about the center and lecture series at

Comedy and Music

“Just One Step,” a twin bill of comedy and music at 8 p.m. Feb. 21-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, 2019. Ohio Wesleyan’s Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance present two acts exploring people on the verge of making big choices. This event will feature short comic plays by American playwright David Ives and music from “Songs for a New World” by American composer Jason Robert Brown. Directed by faculty members D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., Jason Hiester, and Jennifer Whitehead, “Just One Step” will be performed in the Studio Theatre inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid university ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit or

Film Festival

The 15th Annual OWU Documentary Film Festival, featuring five short films created by Ohio Wesleyan students enrolled in the university’s Ethnographic and Documentary Film and Filmmaking Class, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in Benes Room B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Brief discussions with the student-filmmakers will be held after the screenings. Some films contain adult language and content intended for mature audiences. This event is sponsored by the OWU Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the OWU Media Center. Admission is free. Learn more about the department at

Sunday, February 24 — Saturday, March 2, 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.

Graphic novel-memoir

Kristen Radtke, M.F.A., reads and shows slides from her acclaimed graphic memoir, “Imagine Wanting Only This,” 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Bayley Room of OWU’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Of Radtke’s 2017 book, Newsweek states: “The most beautiful graphic novel you’ll read all year, Kristen Radtke’s memoir is an absolutely stunning look at what it is to recover from grief, and is so haunting you’ll be thinking about it for days after reading it.” Learn more at Her reading is part of the Ohio Wesleyan Department of English’s Poets and Writers Series. Admission is free. Learn more at

Global Climate Change

Nobel Prize winner Jonathan T. Overpeck, Ph.D., presents “Global Climate Change, Water Security and Ecosystem Disruption: Higher Scientific Confidence than You Might Think,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Overpeck is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He has published more than 210 works on climate and the environmental sciences and was a Working Group 1 coordinating lead author for the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 4th Assessment in 2007. Learn more about Overpeck at His presentation represents Ohio Wesleyan’s 30th Annual John Kennard Eddy Memorial Lecture on World Politics sponsored by the International Studies Program and the Department of Politics and Government. Admission is free. Learn more at

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. To register, visit

2019 Community Expo & Job Fair!

Register for a table at the Expo and spend three hours networking with other businesses and interacting with hundreds of local residents from the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area! Thursday, 4/25/19, 5-8 p.m., Big Walnut HS Gym & Auditorium, 555 S Old 3C Rd, Sunbury, OH 43074.

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