The new Homestyle Garlic Bread Pizza from Donatos.

FREE Donatos To kick off the OSU football season, Donatos will be offering their new Homestyle Garlic Bread Pizza for FREE at central Ohio locations prior to the game against Marshall. The new pizzas will be offered with Pepperoni or Serious Cheese toppings. They will be available for FREE on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 3-7 p.m. To find a store near you or for other specials at Donatos, visit www.donatos.com. The ThisWeek copy desk tried the new Homestyle Garlic Bread Pizza and here's what one co-worker had to say: Donatos’ new cut is, well, cute. The track-field-shaped pizza with garlic crust also was impressive — neither overpowering nor too subtle. As for the toppings, the pepperoni pizza and cheese pizza were fine, though not remarkable. The veggie, however, was impressive, even on a thinner crust. Few pizzerias fail to maintain a crispy crust when covering it with toppings. Donatos managed to keep the crunch. What another co-worker thought: I enjoyed the light garlic flavor of the crust that was thankfully not overpowering. The consistency and texture was also more satisfactory than Donatos’ thin-crust pizzas. Me: I thought it was good because it had more sauce and surprisingly liked the thicker crust. I couldn't really taste much garlic, but that's OK since it tasted good. I liked the Serious Cheese version best and several co-workers thought it had the most garlic taste. I'm hoping there's not a huge line Thursday, because I want more! ****Get your advance tickets for Slice of Columbus, the annual pizza judging contest at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 15, in advance for $10 or pay more at the door. Twenty pizza joints will be vying for "Best Pizza in Columbus." I've been to this twice before and you get filled up fast, but they offer smaller pieces so you should be able to try them all. Proceeds benefit Nationwide Children's Hospital. For tickets, visit giving.nationwidechildrens.org/Page.aspx?pid=282

Relax at McDonald's The McDonald's at 2620 S. Hamilton Road will be the site for the McDonald's Real Moments, Real Fruit, Smooth Fusion Tour stop on Friday, Sept 3, from noon until 2 p.m. Free Real Fruit Smoothie samples will be offered along with the chance to relax with flat screen TVs and laptops.

Yoga outdoors for seniors Always wanted to try yoga, but too afraid? Now is your chance to try out some yoga poses at Highbanks Metro Park in Lewis Center off Rt. 23. Join Angela Lamonte, Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor from Yoga on High, for yoga in the park. This class will incorporate the use of chairs to do seated and standing yoga poses that can be safely duplicated at home. In addition to learning physical postures, there will also be time for calming breath practices and relaxation. No prior yoga experience required. Please bring beach towel or blanket. For ages 50+. Visit www.metroparks.net to find out about park programs.

Grandview Yard If you live in the Tri-Village area or frequent Grandview, you might want to check out the new development in the Goodale/Olentangy River Road area. A community open house will be held at the development from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Learn to sew Learn to sew during the program Thursday, Sept. 2, from 6-8 p.m. at OSU Urban Arts Space in the Old Lazarus building downtown. According tothe website, participants will learn about sewing basics, as well as a brief history of traditional American craftwork in this "Sewing 101" mini-lecture. Participants have the opportunity to view examples of fine art using traditional craft techniques, as well as clips from the documentary Handmade Nation, which features modern craft artists. Participants will also make wool animal figures, using fun and easy stitching and cutting techniques that are the foundation of this traditional art form. All materials for the workshop will be provided. Free and open to all. For more information, visit uas.osu.edu/program/sewing-101.