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Newsletter | September 2014

3rd Columbus Volunteer Challenge Starts in WP
Come out in full force to show your neighborhood pride

This annual, city-wide event hosted by United Way of
Central Ohio, HandsOn Central Ohio, and the City of
Columbus challenges volunteers, corporations, non-profits,
schools, universities, faith organizations, and other groups
to come together to build a more inspired, proud, and
engaged community. A lasting legacy of Columbus’
bicentennial celebration in 2012, the 5-day event kicks off
this year in Weinland Park on September 6!

Come to a Civic Meeting
to Get Your Free WP
Calendar & Story Book!


Let’s give the organizers and
volunteers a big thank-you, and
show our pride, by coming outside
throughout the week to pick up our
yards, make early winter preparations,
and maybe even clean up the trash in your
alley. Don’t forget to wear your WP t-shirt or button!

Property Values on the Rise

Weinland Park saw a 10% increase in property values
this past August—more than any downtown neighborhood.
Among other things, this number determines your annual
property taxes. Check your mail for a letter from the
Franklin County Auditor, Clarence Mingo, to find out
how you fared in the triennial audit. To contest a change in
property value, attend an Informal Review to provide
appraisers with additional information. Several are
scheduled throughout central Ohio—details can be found
in the letter you received, on www.franklincountyauditor.
com, or by calling (614) 525-HOME (4663).

Want to Chat?
Let US come to YOU!
We still have copies of the 18-month calendar featuring
eight WP artists, as well as the Weinland Park Story Book,
capturing the neighborhood’s stories in illustrations from
a wealth of talent both local and national.
Come to a monthly Civic meeting to pick up a copy for
your household. See calendar for details.

Not everyone can, or wants to, attend meetings. Got something to say? Just looking to introduce yourself, or learn
more about WP? Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to set up
a visit at your home or in another neighborhood location
where you can express yourself comfortably and confidentially. Our president, Brandyn McElroy, can be reached at
(614) 425-7849. You are also welcome to phone our VP, Jen
Mankin, at (614) 493-6968.

Annual Neighborhood Festival a Success

Once again, the annual Weinland Park Annual Neighborhood Festival was a huge success! Thanks to the hard work
of the Festival Committee and generous donations from
Community Properties of Ohio, Wagenbrenner Development, Godman Guild, Short North Kroger, and The Columbus Foundation.

In-Home Child Care
Providers Wanted

Action for Children, a central Ohio agency dedicated to
developing quality child care, is recruiting Weinland Park
residents to provide child care out of their homes. The
program includes training, business support, and referrals
to member parents. Providers are reimbursed for
providing food to the children.
Call Melinda Moreno at (614) 224-0222 ext.120 or email
her at with
questions or to sign up for an information session.

Attendees enjoyed face-painting, a Bounce House, free food,
many booths from local vendors and organizations, and a
dance floor with fun music all afternoon!

Summer Internship Program
for Godman Guild Youth

A group of a dozen youth from WP experienced a paid internship at
the Godman Guild this summer. First, they worked as trainee gardeners in WP and around other areas in the city.
“We even appeared on the morning news,” exclaimed Amin Ebady.
Perhaps the most popular endeavor, however, was a cooking competition at the Ohio State Fair. Working with established chefs,
the youth transformed local food from the garden into a delectable
Intern, Gabriel Gaiusbayode summarized the experience, “I loved
everything about the job—except for the weeding: being around
people, doing physical activities, the outdoors...and getting paid
didn’t hurt either!”

Neighbors Enjoy


Despite the heat, humidity, and a few showers, about 60 neighbors boarded the bus to Circle S Farm for a free pint of
pick-your-own strawberries, and an end-of-the-day delicious strawberry shortcake treat courtesy of our hosts. Our
Health & Wellness Committee regularly organizes these lovely field trips and other activities.

McGruff, the famous crime-fighting dog, made a special appearance during National Night Out 2014, encouraging everyone to
work together to “take a bite out of crime.”

A fledgling young artist completes her masterpiece during the
Red Circle art group held regularly throughout the spring and
summer in the park.

Our Safety Committee Chair, Ahmed Ebady, set up his grill under
the Weinland Park Shelter during National Night Out 2014, so
attendees could enjoy some hot dogs before indulging in a
complimentary Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream dessert.

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR — Free unless otherwise noted



Homework Help Center, grades K-12

Northside Library

Mon. – Thurs.

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Every Fri.

3 – 6 p.m.

Every Mon. and

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Reading Buddies, grades K–3

Northside Library

Every Tues. and

4:30 – 5 p.m.

Ready for Kindergarten Book-Based Lessons, adults

Northside Library

Every Tues.

6:30 p.m.

Family Storytime, all ages

Northside Library

Every Sat.

10 a.m.

Zumba, Latin-inspired dance fitness, $3/class

Godman Guild

Wed., Sept. 3

6 p.m.

Red Circle, arts & crafts, all ages

Shelter at the park

Fri., Sept. 5

4 p.m.

Film Screening: Emma Dante: Sud Costa Occidentale (Clarissa
Cappellani, 2011), Wexner Center for the Arts

1871 N. High St.

Sat., Sept. 6

9 a.m.

Columbus Volunteer Challenge Kick-Off, with projects
continuing through Sept. 11

The park

Mon., Sept. 11

6:30 p.m.

Civic Association Communications Committee

Godman Guild

Tues., Sept. 12

5:30 p.m.

Civic Association Housing Committee

Godman Guild

Wed., Sept. 10

6:00 p.m.

Civic Association Steering Committee

Godman Guild

6–8 p.m.

Neighborhood Network Gathering

Godman Guild

Mon., Sept. 15

6 p.m.

Civic Association Food & Wellness Committee

Godman Guild

Wed., Sept. 17

6:30 p.m.

University Area Commission, Northwood & High Building, room

2231 N. High

Thurs., Sept. 18

6-8 p.m.

Civic Association Safety & Mobility Committee

Pride Center

6:30 p.m.

University Area Review Board, Northwood & High Building, room

2231 N. High

Wed., Sept. 24

6:30 p.m.

Civic Association Monthly Meeting

Schoenbaum Family Ctr.

Thurs., Sept. 25

4 p.m.—8 p.m.

Transfigurations exhibit open FREE to the public, the Wexner
Center for the Arts

1871 N. High St.




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Monday of the month.


4th Weds. of the month
6:30—8 p.m.
Schoenbaum Family Center
175 E. 7th Ave.
Next to Weinland Park
Elementary School
Free dinner provided!

The City of Columbus will
deliver and plant a tree in the
public right of way for
property owners and for
renters who have written
permission from their
landlord—and it’s all free.
Just call (614) 645-3111 or
to submit a request.

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