Church combines blood drive, benefit spaghetti lunch
First Congregational Church, 36363 Center Ridge Road, will host a blood drive and spaghetti lunch noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 23.
The blood drive will be provided by Lifeshare Community Blood Services.
A donation-only spaghetti lunch to benefit Bob Franks, a longtime member of the church who was critically injured in a car accident, will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The meal includes spaghetti, salad, bread and beverage. Call (440) 322-4858 or www.fccalive.org.
Fields United Methodist Church Missions Committee is sponsoring the 21st Annual Craft Bazaar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Fellowship Hall of the church, 34077 Lorain Road.
The committee is looking for interested crafters. Display space is $25 per 6-foot table, or $20 if paid by Sept. 1.
Proceeds benefit various Mission projects of Fields United Methodist Church ranging from mission trips to support of local missionaries.
For display space, or to learn more, call (440) 327-8753, or visit http://www.fieldsumc.org.
Throwing ringers for a good cause
The 19th annual Ken Carney Horseshoe Tournament will be part of the 35th Annual North Ridgeville Corn Festival.
Sponsored by Lorain County Engineer Ken Carney, the tourney will be noon Saturday.
After a one-year hiatus, Carney and Mayor David Gillock will again open the contest for a traveling trophy.
Proceeds benefit the Meals-on-Wheels program of the North Ridgeville Office for Older Adults. Late sign-ups will also be accepted 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. There is a $5 entry fee.
To learn more, or register individual players or teams, contact Jeff Yager with the county engineer’s office at (440) 759-8030.
Books and corn
North Ridgeville Branch Library will take part in the upcoming North Ridgeville Corn Festival with a booth at the library driveway entrance at 35700 Bainbridge Road.
Sponsored by Friends of the North Ridgeville Branch Library Inc., the booth will offer free giveaways and a mini book sale during festival hours 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call the library at (440) 327-8326.
Cars and classic tunes
A Classic Car Show and Summer Concert with the Geezecats will be noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 15 at Del Webb’s Pioneer Ridge, 9479 Saw Mill Drive.
Space is limited but registrations are now being taken for cars to be displayed.
There is a $10 entry fee that includes a T-shirt, dash plaque and raffle ticket.
Call Laurie Kortowich at (440) 327-1866. All proceeds benefit community charities of the North Ridgeville Fire Department, which is co-sponsoring the event.
St. Peter School seeking students
St. Peter School welcomes parents and children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade to stop in during the summer to check out the school and consider enrollment for the upcoming school year.
The school combines academics, extracurricular programs, worship and service to help youngsters achieve their highest potential, and grow into caring, responsible members of the community.
More than 92 percent of the school’s students score at or above grade level on standardized tests, while 100 percent graduate from high school.
Visit www.stpeterschoolnr.org or call Principal Sister Patricia Vovk at (440) 327-3212.
Making it count
North Ridgeville High School will present the one-hour “Making It Count” program at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 for incoming freshmen.
The program is aimed to help them understand the importance of their high school years, the tools they need to maximize opportunities after graduation, as well as the critical need for good time management and study skills.
Delivered to more than 1.8 million high school students in 2008, the program is provided by Making It Count, an educational service provider for students and parents.
To learn more, visit http://www.makingitcount.com.
Readin’ good in the neighborhood
Any student in the North Ridgeville Schools who signs up for a library card at the North Ridgeville Branch Library through Sept. 19 will receive a coupon good for a free Kid’s Meal or free milkshake at Applebee’s restaurants (while supplies last).
Youngsters through the eighth grade need to bring a parent with them, as well as photo ID and proof of address to sign up for the library card.
Army Pfc. Melissa A. Piorkowski-O’Reilly is a graduate of basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C.
The daughter of James O’Reilly of North Ridgeville, Piorkowski-O’Reilly is a 2004 graduate of North Ridgeville High School.
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