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Holiday Potluck - December 2009
Once again this year the Italian Village Society will hold our annual Holiday Potluck at Ryan Hall at St. Joseph's Montessori School, 933 Hamlet Street on Tuesday evening, December 8. The festivities will begin promptly at 6:30 PM. Parking is available in the lot off of Hamlet Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. We will be joined by the staff and Board of the Montessori School. The dinner will feature roasted turkey along with dressing, potatoes, and gravy. Guests are asked to bring a vegetable dish, salad, or dessert. Bread & drinks will be provided including FREE Italian Village-made wines.
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DRAC Downtown Columbus Survey
The Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus (DRAC) is partnering with Columbus real estate research specialists The Danter Company for an updated Internet survey measuring perceptions of Downtown Columbus. The survey asks respondents who live in the Columbus metro area about their perceptions about the advantages and disadvantages of Downtown living. Although current residents of Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods are the primary focus of the survey, non-Downtown residents are also encouraged to share their perceptions of Downtown.
The survey updates and expands a survey completed in 2006. Since 2006, there have been many changes affecting the quality of life in the Downtown area, including the closing and demolition of City Center Mall and the opening of Huntington Park. The survey is designed to identify how such changes, as well as the current economic and housing market climate, have impacted perceptions of Downtown Columbus as a place to live, and should take approximately 15 minutes to take.  The survey can be taken at 
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SWACO & Columbus Offer Yard Waste Collections
SWACO will offer City of Columbus residents six (6) additional free Saturday yard waste collections beginning Saturday October 31st. The collections will continue on Saturdays through December 5th from 9am until 3pm.   The new sites are in addition to nine (9) other locations available now for Columbus and Franklin County residents.
SWACO suggests residents lessen their environmental footprint by home composting their yard waste.  Also, grass clippings are a good nutrient for lawns.  Residents are urged to “just mow it” and not bag their grass clippings.   More information on yard waste collections and composting is available by clicking on the “yard waste” button at Find yard waste collection sites.
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Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort
Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort, a 60,000 square foot indoor waterpark,
restaurant & lounge, arcade, and Villa Suites has offered a discount for members
of Italian Village Society. Fort Rapids is located at 4560 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232. You can make reservations by calling (614) 868-1380. Download a coupon.
Learn more about the Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort.
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Outdoor Movie Night - October 16, 2009
The Third Italian Village Society Free Outdoor Movie Night will feature The Brain That Wouldn't Die.  The event will again be held in the Concrete Jungle parking lot at 940 N. High Street, Friday, October 16th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Italian Village Society–made wines (*sold at special prices* & *make great holiday gifts*) will be sold by the glass or bottle with all proceeds benefiting the Italian Village Society.  We will also have popcorn, soft drinks and vintage cartoons!  Bring a blanket or chair, and friends. Read more...
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COTA Route 21 Partners with Short North Arts District - September 2009
The bus service will run every weekend (Fridays and Saturdays) until 3 a.m. (last bus leaves the Short North area around 2:40 a.m.). The Arts District will be developing a number of promotional opportunities that will provide "rewards" for riders of the new line. Promotions will begin the weekend of September 11.  Read more...
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Italian Village Walking Tour - June 2009
Saturday, June 20 10am to 12pm.
Train Station Mural, 630 North High St.
Why does the neighborhood architecture behind one side of North High Street look so
different from the neighborhood architecture on the other side? How did Italian Village
come to have its distinct architecture—and was it influenced by Italians—since there
seems to be Italianate influences? Developed early by a variety of ethnic groups,
heavily influenced by its adjacent industrial neighbors, and held together by an active community, Italian Village’s interesting heritage – revealed! Tickets...
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Italian Village Cookout - June 2009
Please join your Italian Village neighbors for a cookout on Tuesday, June 9 at 6:30 PM at Italian Village Park (behind Haiku) corner of Hubbard and High. We will be serving hot dogs and hamburgers along with soft drinks. We will have activities for adults and children, and live acoustic music by Marvin the Robot. Please bring a side dish if you can. 
We will be celebrating that June is membership month for the Society, and we will be celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of Italian Village Park! This will be a great opportunity to see how the park has evolved and to mingle with friends and neighbors. And you'll hear a short update of what's going on in Italian Village.
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Italian Village Community Garden announced April 2009
We just learned plans of a community garden at the corner of 2nd and Summit.  You can learn more at, and be sure to check out the facebook page.  Spaces are full for this year, but you can visit the space and see the process.  There may be other open spaces for the public to utilize next year.  We can discuss this at our monthly meetings.  To learn more about community gardening, visit the American Community Gardening Association.
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New Italian Village Website launched April 2009You are viewing the new Italian Village website, designed by Tobi Lynne Brieholz.  If you have any questions or additions, please contact Emily Noble, IVS Secretary, via email (  We welcome suggestions!  Please note that our Italian Village Society minutes are viewable under 'Meeting Information', and more photos of Italian Village can be viewed here.
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Italian Village Park Update – April 2009
Due to a generous grant from Jack and Zoe Johnstone ($2,000) for perennial bed plantings & lawn maintenance, and another generous grant from the Martha Walker Garden Club (+/-$1,500.00 and donated mowing), we have a lot of work to do!  We need volunteers to help plant perennials May 2nd & 3rd from Noon to 4:00pm.  Please mark your calendars! Also, During the growing season (now) we need help weeding either the Italian Village or Christopher Columbus Park every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting at 6:30pm. If you have questions, please contact Steve Hurtt at
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The Mt. Pleasant garden - April 2009
Recently, Scott’s Miracle-Gro Co. awarded the Martha Walker Garden Club a $3,000 grant to help in the “beautification efforts for Italian Village through gardening” – and most of that money will be used for the Mt. Pleasant walk-through garden.
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Italian Village Street Sweeping Schedule Changes
The Italian Village street sweeping 8 AM - 4 PM "No Parking" restriction is changing from the first Tuesday or First Wednesday of May, August, and November to the third Tuesday or Third Wednesday of May, August, and November The north and east sides
of the streets will be swept on TUESDAY and the south and west sides of the streets will be swept on WEDNESDAY.
This went into effect in November, 2007. Signage changes are underway. If you have questions contact Keith Keeran at 645-7890.
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