Take a Hike is a 5-week program will offer guided hikes in selected Columbus and Franklin Country Metro Parks on Saturdays and Sundays, or you may participate by going anytime on your own. We have started a Facebook page to share photos of your hike at Take-A-Hike Stonybook. Additional information is available on the bulletin board outside the church office. The schedule is as follows:
Blendon Woods April 22 at 10:00 am and April 23 at 2:00 pm
Three Creeks April 29 at 10:00 am and April 30 at 2:00 pm
Blacklick Woods May 6 at 10:00 am and May 7 at 2:00 pm
Inniswood Metro Gardens May 13 at 10:00 am and May 14 at 2:00 pm
Highbanks May 20 at 10:00 am and May 21 at 2:00 pm
Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance will resume on Thursday afternoons beginning March 9 for 12 weeks from 1:00-1:45 pm in the Multi-purpose Room. This is a program that is designed to strengthen core muscles and increase body awareness to help reduce falls, improve physical function and improve balance. Classes are free of charge and open to the public. Tell your friends and neighbors!
Opiate Crisis Gahanna Town Hall Meeting Follow-up On behalf of the Gahanna Division of Police, Gahanna-Jefferson Schools, and the opiate panel members I want to extend a sincere thank you for those who have taken a personal interest in the opiate challenges we are facing in our City. Our Town Hall was well attended by nearly 100 citizens and community leaders, business leaders, elected officials, and members of the clergy. Also in attendance were family members who are either currently managing an addiction in their own homes or who have recently lost a loved one to an opiate addiction. There were also officials from Franklin County Public Health, ADAMH, and others who are working on the front lines each day across our region. We are grateful for the turnout. City andTownship Officials met this week to set strategic goals for our City. They are aggressive but we believe achievable if every citizens participates in some way. Goals generally include the following.
1) Ensuring that every Gahanna citizen understands the cycle of opiate addiction and prevention
2) Aggressively pursuing heroin and narcotic drug trafficking in Gahanna
3) Closing gaps in treatment and support for addicted Gahanna
4) Reducing and eliminating accidental overdoses and deaths due to opiate addiction in Gahanna
This was a powerful and emotional event that generated considerable interest in taking next steps to organize Community Health Action Teams. Engaged citizens are our only hope in combating this problem and identifying solutions for our community. Gahanna’s Opiate Action Teams will focus on an aspect of the crisis in our City and will be tasked to identify and implement solutions. Our present focus is on establishing two citizen-managed teams. The first is to address and improve options for addiction intervention, recovery, and support. The second team will focus on addiction awareness, prevention, and education. Additional groups may be established based on interest. If you are willing to participate in one of these Action Teams please send an email to myself or Deputy Chief Spence (Gahanna Police Division) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, the Town Hall was videotaped and can be watched in its entirely in the comfort of your home or office. I suggest that you share this link with friends and family members. The link is here: http://gahannatv.com/city/2017-04-21/gahanna-town-hall-04-20-17/
Again, we are all in this together and working together will we make a difference.
-Your Fire Chief, Frederick Kauser
First Place 4 Health is life-changing, Christ-centered weight-loss and healthy living program. This small group will be held on Wednesdays from 11:30 am-12:45 pm for 12 weeks, March 8-May 24. Our group will be a haven of support and encouragement as we move forward together. At each meeting we will review homework, hear information about the wellness spotlight for that week, discuss our Bible study lesson and participate in a group prayer time. Sign up by Feb 24.