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Short North Neighborhood Events/News • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018
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Wheeler Dog Park Closed for Winter
For the past three winters, the Wheeler Dog Park in Harrison West has been closed for several months in order to preserve the turf, and this year is no exception. Located behind the old Giant Eagle at 725 Thurber Dr., the Wheeler Memorial Park is the smallest of five City of Columbus dog parks, and the only one to close during the winter.
Pet owners are permitted to have their dogs run at will in the dog parks. The heavy usage and small space in Wheeler Park make it exceptionally vulnerable. In the fall when the grass stops growing, the ground in the 2.4-acre area becomes barren and muddy from the activity.
The Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks Department locked the park gates on December 1. When it opens in the spring of 2018 (presumably April or May), the two sections of Wheeler Park will rotate usage month to month until the next winter closure. This allows one side to always be in the recovery stage.
Visit the City of Columbus website at www.columbus.gov. Click tab on recreation and parks, then dog parks to learn more about the policy. The site includes a page of frequently asked questions.
St. Francis Mardi Gras Pasta Event: Saturday, February 10 in Victorian Village
The ever-popular Annual Mardi Gras Pasta Dinner at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Victorian Village is scheduled on Saturday, February 10 from noon until 7 p.m. Stop by for a fabulous dinner and great lineup of live entertainment, raffle, and bake sale by the parishes best bakers. Freshly prepared food includes penne pasta with sauce and meatball, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The afternoon lineup of entertainment begins at noon. There is plenty of free parking, and the cost is only $8 for adults and $5 for children (10 and under). No reservations are required. Carryout is available for those who want to help out the church but would prefer to enjoy their meal at home.
All proceeds benefit St. Francis of Assisi Parish, located at 386 Buttles Ave. west of Neil at the corner of Harrison Avenue. Call 614-299-5781 for more information or visit www.sfacolumbus.org
WHAT: Mardi Gras Pasta Dinner • WHERE: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 386 Buttles Avenue • WHEN: Sat., Feb. 10, Noon to 7 p.m. • TICKETS: $8 Adults, $5 Children •www.sfacolumbus.org
New Music at Short North Stage: Unconventional beats power Mantra Percussion
Mantra Percussion will perform Michael Gordon’s evening-length work Timber (2009) at the Garden Theater in the Short North on Wednesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. Scored for six graduated and amplified wooden simantra’s (2x4’s), it’s a musical tour de force showcasing a range of polyrhythmic layers and textures.
Committed to honoring the past and expanding the future of percussion music, Mantra brings to life new works for percussion by living composers, collaborates with artists from diverse genres and styles, and questions what it means to communicate music with percussion instruments. Performers include Al Cerulo, Mike McCurdy, Joe Bergen, Joe Tucker, Mark Utley and Chris Graham.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. These concerts are recommended for guests age nine and older. Parking is available at a lot just south of the theater and at nearby meters. Free street parking is available after 6 pm on weekdays on the south side of Fifth Avenue west of High Street around the corner from the theater. Cocktails will be available for purchase an hour before the concert at Ethel’s Lounge, adjacent to the theater.
The Johnstone Fund for New Music was founded by Columbus community leaders Jack and Zoe Johnstone in 2008. It supports the continuing growth and vitality of contemporary classical music by funding the creation and performance of new works for a growing audience in Central Ohio. (mantrapercussion.org)
WHAT: Mantra Percussion • WHERE: The Garden Theater • 1187 N. High St. •WHEN: Wed., February 21, 7 p.m. •TICKETS: Free • www.johnstonefund.org
Hubbard Lantern Festival: Sunday, February 11 at Hubbard Mastery School
The Third Annual Hubbard Lantern Festival will be held Sunday, February 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. Join Hubbard Mastery School at 104 W. Hubbard Ave. for an afternoon celebrating Chinese culture.
Mandarin Chinese is part of the school’s curriculum, and a majority of the students study the language, so the festival reinforces their understanding of that culture. Enjoy crafts, games, readings, performances, a lion dance, food, and much more. Experience the Columbus city school for the Short North and surrounding neighborhoods – as well as other students across the district – during this fun event that is absolutely free. All are welcome.
WHAT: Hubbard Lantern Festival • WHERE: Hubbard Mastery School, 104 W. Hubbard Avenue • WHEN: Sun., Feb. 11, 3 to 5 p.m. • COST: Free
www.friendsofhubbard.org • 614-365-5564
Members of OSU's Pi Delta Psi fraternity's performing a lion dance at the Hubbard Lantern Festival.
Logo Contest March 1, 2018
ComFest has announced its 2018 Logo Contest and calls all artists to enter original designs. Each year the selected logo appears on ComFest tee shirts, ComFest beer mugs, and the cover of ComFest Program Guide and thus becomes a part of the festival’s history. A public viewing of entries will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Goodale Park Shelter House, 120 W. Goodale Street. First round of voting includes the attending public. The three finalists will be reviewed at the following ComFest general planning meeting on March 2, 2018 where a final selection will be made.
Guidelines and details are found on the website comfest.com. Artists should always include the Hopewell Symbol in the design, along with the date of the festival, a reference to ComFest/Community Festival, and promote harmony, tolerance, and peace in its essence. Remember: ComFest is a progressive organization dedicated to an inclusive community.
Call for Art in the Park
Artists are encouraged to apply for ComFest Art in the Park. Each year artists create wonderful temporary sculptures and installations to inspire and intrigue festival goers. ComFest pays $200 for art and building supplies, if selected. Celebrating art is at the core of the festival, and provides ambiance and promotes ComFest principles. Often the art highlights progressive environmental and social ideas. Applications and details are posted on comfest.com Deadline is May1.
Workshops, speakers, Vendors, Organization & Volunteer Applications
Musicians, poets, comics, dancers, speakers, and groups with workshop ideas should apply at comfest.com now. Deadline is March 1. ComFest seeks workshops and speakers addressing the most vital issues of the day, the zeitgeist of the community. Organizations applying for booth space in Street Fair should consider offering a workshop.
Vendors and Community Organizations applications for Street Fair go live in February and deadline is always April 20.
Volunteer sign-ups begin March 1. Sign up early to get the position you want. In particular, the festival needs First Aid, Safety, and Clean Up/Recycling. These are key areas to the success and continuation of the festival. People with skills in these areas are encouraged to sign up, but experience is not necessary. Volunteers receive the official ComFest Tee Shirt sporting the 2018 logo plus tokens good for food and beverages. ComFest operates on Volunteer Power. This is what makes ComFest the favorite festival of the summer in Columbus. It is the Community Festival. Applications are online at comfest.com
ComFest Grants provide nonprofit community organizations with money for special projects. Each year the festival gives away thousands of dollars to deserving projects. (For a list of some of the past awards, visit comfest.com.) Over the past decade more than $100,000 has been sown back into the Columbus community to help children, people with disabilities, women and families. That money comes from festival goers who purchase ComFest beer and wine, shop the ComFest booth for memorabilia, and support the local vendors and craftspeople who line the famed ComFest Street Fair.
Grants Applications are found on the ComFest website. The deadline is January 16. Nonprofit organizations are eligible. For those who missed this year’s deadline, now is a good time to start thinking and planning for next year. Browsing the application can help organizations know what is required and prepare for it. Applicants can begin submitting at the end of each year’s festival.
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