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The Worthington Community Center – Your Cure for the Winter Blues

Winter has arrived and with it, the need for fun, indoor activities. Thankfully, the Worthington Community Center has just what you’re looking for. Their Winter Activity Brochure is packed full of great classes the entire family will love. Here’s a sampling of what you'll find:

Family Events: In addition to the already popular Family Nights on select Friday nights, don't forget to mark your calendar for these special events:

·      Princess Tea – Don’t miss this magical mommy-and-me event at the Griswold Center on January 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. Come dressed in your favorite gown for an enchanted afternoon of tea, crafts, songs, stories and of course – princesses.

·      The Big Game Tailgate Party – Need to burn off some energy before your Super Bowl party? Head over to the Community Center on February 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an afternoon of swimming, inflatable games, crafts and football-themed games.

Youth Programming: From swimming and sports to dance and arts and crafts, the Community Center offers an extensive lineup of activities for kids of all ages, including:

·      Winter Clay Creations (ages 3 to 6) – This six-week class is a wonderful way to introduce preschoolers to the art of pottery. They'll learn how to roll, coil and pinch clay to create beautiful winter-themed crafts.

·      Open Gym and Open Swim (grades K through 6) – Need a fun, safe place for your kids to hang out after school? Sign them up for supervised Open Gym on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Supervised Open Swim on Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

·      Kids Cardio Drumming (ages 8 to 11)  – A win-win for the kid who loves both music and fitness. In this four-week class, students will use a stability ball and sticks to learn different drum beats and dance moves.

·      Junior Tennis (grades 1 through 6) – Give your child the opportunity to learn the basics of tennis—at a price you can afford. These six-week sessions will focus on hand-eye coordination, drills and stretching.

·      Youth Safety Classes – The Community Center offers a variety of youth safety classes, including the American Red Cross Babysitter Clinic and Lifeguard Training Course, the American Heart Association's CPR Training Course and the Kidz Home Alone Class offered by Enriching Kidz.   

Adult Programing: If you think the kids' classes are fantastic, take a look at what they have in store for adults:

·      Basic Wheel Throwing – Both beginners and folks with varying levels of experience will enjoy honing their skills and learning new techniques in this instructional wheel throwing pottery class.

·      Paddleboard Yoga – This new twist on yoga integrates stretching, poses and balance—all while standing on a paddleboard in the pool.

·      Griswold Ski Club – Whether you’re just starting out or you've been navigating the slopes for years, a day at Snow Trails or Mad River Mountain is the perfect winter activity. The best part? Transportation is provided.

·      The Baby Wearing Workout – In this class, parents can exercise and meet new friends while carrying their baby in a front pack carrier. Great exercise, and no babysitter required.  

·      Resolution Solution – Start the new year on the right foot with a two-hour group fitness class on January 1 from 10:15 to12:15 p.m. The class will introduce you to a wide variety of class formats, like Zumba, boot camp, kickboxing, strength training and more.

·      Belly Dance – Try your hand (or your hips) at belly dancing. The Community Center offers three different styles of classes, including a hip hop-inspired version, a traditional veil class and a Belly Dance Performance Troupe.

It Pays to be a Member

If you’re not already a Worthington Community Center member, now’s the time to join. In addition to fantastic perks like pre-registration and reduced pricing, you’ll also gain access to exclusive classes, events and promotions throughout the year.

The Worthington Community Center is located at 345 East Wilson Bridge Road. Stop in for a tour or visit

Fall into Fun at the Worthington Historical Society


There are so many great things happening at the Worthington Historical Society this fall! From festivals and tours to concerts and holiday celebrations, the Society provides an abundance of opportunities for the entire family to experience Worthington’s rich history.

Interested in what they offer? Read on:

Fall, Family, Fun

Looking for an event to get you in the mood for fall? Here are two:

·  Harvest Festival: Family Day at the Orange Johnson House - Experience what a typical fall day might have looked like for the Johnson family in the 1800s. From pressing your own apple cider to pioneer clothing dress-up, kids and adults will revel in this good old-fashioned fun.

·  Ghost Tours  - Just in time for Halloween! Round up your friends under the light of the full moon for a haunted tour of some of the spookiest spots in Worthington. Once the fright wears off, continue the ghost stories at The Worthington Inn where you’ll receive a post-tour discount on food and special beverages. 

Tröndlin Fortepiano Homecoming Celebration

After more than a year of restoration, the Historical Society’s beloved Tröndlin Fortepiano will make its triumphant return on Saturday, November 12. To celebrate the occasion, the Historical Society and the Griswold Center have teamed up for two, special events.

·      Piano Restoration Talk, 3 p.m. – Join Robert Murphy of Oberlin Conservatory for an in-depth look at his meticulous restoration of the Tröndlin piano. Pianist David Breitman, director of the Historical Performance program at Oberlin, will be on hand to demonstrate the unique qualities of this rare instrument.

·      Celebratory Homecoming Concert, 7 p.m. – Fans of classical music will not want to miss this celebratory concert. While the Tröndlin Fortepiano is billed as the star of the show, Ensemble 1816, a group devoted to the music of the early 19th century, will delight concert-goers with a program full of beloved works from well-known composers like Beethoven and Schubert.

Window Replacement Fundraiser

Like many historical buildings, the Orange Johnson House needs a little love from time to time. Next spring the Historical Society will be replacing the windows in the home’s 1819 wing. A generous donation from the Trucksis family, in honor of Jane Neff Trucksis, has been extremely helpful in getting the window replacement fund started. 

As many of you may recall, Jane was a longtime supporter of the Historical Society, and in addition to her many contributions, she was an important champion of the Orange Johnson House restoration project. Her family has agreed to match any donations to the window replacement fund through the end of the year or until the goal of $40,000 is reached. Contact the Historical Society for more information or to make a donation.

The Worthington Historical Society is located at 50 W. New England Ave. For more information, visit or like them on Facebook

Historic Worthington Bus Tours – Back By Popular Demand

bus tours 1Following the success of last year’s inaugural Historic Bus Tours, the Worthington Historical Society and the Griswold Center are excited to announce an expanded lineup for 2015. “We were so pleased with the response we received last year,” said Kate LaLonde, director of the Worthington Historical Society. "Since most of the tours sold out quickly, we’re excited to offer more opportunities this year.” The expanded lineup for 2015 includes five different tours that run from April to August. The one- to two-hour tours will depart from the Griswold Center on a 23-passenger, air-conditioned bus (no restrooms on board). Although the tours are geared primarily for adults, children who are interested in history might also enjoy them.

Reservations are available by calling the Griswold Center at 614-842-6320. Registration is open to Griswold Center members beginning March 25 and will open to the public on March 28. Each tour costs $14, with a $5 discount when you purchase three tours and a $10 discount with the purchase of all five.

Here's a look at this year's tours:

Worthington Area Neighborhoods

This tour travels through seven distinct neighborhoods that played a key role in the development of Worthington from village to city, including Medick Estates, Plesenton, the Village of Elmwood Station, Riverlea, Chaseland, Colonial Hills and Rush Creek Village.

When: Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 28at 1 p.m. (Entire tour on bus.)

Worthington’s Historic Districts

This tour will work its way through Worthington’s four historic quadrants, focusing primarily on the history of the city’s earliest homes, businesses, schools and churches, including Worthington’s first cemetery and a War of 1812 encampment.

When: Wednesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, May 30 at 2 p.m. (Patrons will exit the bus twice, at the cemetery and at the encampment.)

Worthington Manufacturing Company and Factory Street (Fox Lane)

Once home to the Worthington Manufacturing Company, a Civil War training ground and the city’s trash dump, Factory Square has evolved significantly throughout the years. Guests will experience the area’s rich history and see examples of 19th and 20th century “trash,” which were collected locally from the river when it served as the town dump.

When: Wednesday, June 24 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m. (This tour involves 20 to 25 minutes of gentle walking.)

Worthington and Flint’s Underground Railroad Connections

Another favorite from last year, this fascinating tour will focus on the history of Flint, its schools and the role of both Flint and the village of Worthington during the Underground Railroad. You will hear about the founders of the AME church, including the Morris Addition, and also visit Flintridge Terrace and Flint Cemetery.

When: Wednesday, July 22 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, July 25 at 2 p.m. (This tour involves some walking in the cemetery.)

Walnut Grove Cemetery

One of three main cemeteries explored during this year’s tours, Walnut Grove serves as a final resting place for many people closely connected to Worthington’s history, including some with local streets named after them.

When: Wednesday, August 26 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, August 29 at 2 p.m. (This entire one-hour tour is on foot.)

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.





Fun-Filled Fitness at the Griswold Center in 2015

Amazing Race (3)For many people, the new calendar year represents a time for fresh starts and resolutions. Perhaps nowhere is this more prevalent than in the area of fitness. Fortunately, the folks at the Griswold Center are ready for the onslaught of activity with several new fitness programs in 2015. Here's a closer look at the many ways they plan to help members stay fit. Griswold Amazing Race Kickoff – January 7 – 12:30 p.m.

Back for the fifth year in a row, the Amazing Race is not actually a race, but a challenge to accumulate "miles" by exercising and completing other activities. The overall goal is to encourage folks to adopt healthier lifestyles. This year the fun-filled, 10-week adventure challenges participants to "race" up the Appalachian Trail, an estimated 2,180-mile wilderness footpath from Spring Mountain, Georgia, to Baxter Peak in central Maine, taking participants through many challenges, roadblocks and detours.

Here's how it works: Individuals accumulate "miles" by exercising, attending health and wellness programs, and answering fitness- and wellness-related trivia. The program is specially structured with three components so people of varying fitness levels can easily participate. At the end of the challenge, which runs from January 12 to March 21, participants are honored with a celebration that includes prizes, t-shirts and other goodies. An important kickoff event takes place on January 7 with speaker Clark Donley, news director for Sunny 95 radio.

Kick the Winter Blahs – February 18 – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

This is kickball like you've never experienced it before. Instead of playing by the rules, these fun-loving kickball fanatics run the bases from third to first and kick the ball with their opposite foot. They also use balls of all sizes. With "rules" like these, they should have no problem kicking the winter blahs with some good, old-fashioned fun. Players will also enjoy a pizza lunch, plenty of laughs and prizes.

Ski Club – Every Thursday during January and February

If you can't fight the snow, you might as well enjoy it. That's the attitude these ski club enthusiasts embrace every week when they ride by bus for a day of skiing at either Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield (Jan. 15, 29; Feb. 12, 26) or Snow Trails in Mansfield (Jan. 8, 22; Feb. 19).

Learn More about the Griswold Center

The Griswold Center is a multi-purpose facility dedicated to providing quality programs and services to people 55 years of age or older and their spouses, regardless of age. All programs are also available to all adults over 18 years of age after member registration. For more information, visit or call 614-842-6320.

Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington

Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.

Holiday Happenings at the Griswold Center

Father ChristmasAs many people in Worthington are well aware, the Griswold Center is a busy place any time of the year. This is especially true during the holidays when a lineup of special events and activities take center stage on the Center's calendar. This year is certainly no exception, so we're sharing the highlights to ensure that you don't miss a thing! Griswold Holiday Party – December 10 – 1:30 to 3 p.m.

The Griswold Holiday Party is an annual gathering of talent and fellowship. This year that includes a special guest performance by the Kidstuff Superstars (the Worthington Community Center Preschool Class), as well as performances from the Griswold's very own talent pool—the Harmonaires, Griswold Dancers and the Worthington Strutters. Plan to sing along or listen to some Christmas carols and enjoy some delicious holiday cookies.

Harps for the Holidays – December 15 – 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Jude Mollenhauer, principal harpist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, will play beautiful holiday music as Griswold Center volunteers are honored for their service. Everyone is welcome to attend the reception, which will include a hot chocolate bar as well as a macaroni-and-cheese bar (complete with bacon, green onions and other toppings) so you can create your own tasty concoction. Top it off with some delicious savory treats and sweets!

Father Christmas Visits the Griswold – December 17 – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Stephen Hollen grew up in the hills of eastern Kentucky where he honed his southern humor and learned the fine art of storytelling while sitting on the front porch, listening to folks share tall tales. Today he spins his own humorous and sometimes bittersweet stories of cousins, friends and characters to create a familiar glimpse of Americana. You've seen him as Mark Twain and Buffalo Bill Cody, but now you can see him play the role of an Appalachian Father Christmas. The event includes lunch, which will feature apple cider braised chicken, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes from the Griswold kitchen.

As part of the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department, the Griswold Center is a multi-purpose facility dedicated to providing quality programs and services to people 55 years of age or older and their spouses, regardless of age. All programs are also available to adults over 18 years of age after member registration. The Griswold Center offers a balance of programs in the arts, drama, sports, fitness and education, as well as a variety of trips. Located in the heart of Worthington, the facility includes a fitness room, large multi-purpose room, art room and several meeting spaces.

For more information about the Griswold Center, visit or call 614/842-6320.

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