Clintonville residents Jimmy Orrante and Sonia Welker Orrante were recently recognized by BalletMet Columbus as two of its 30 "Pearls of BalletMet" during a gala event to celebrate the company's 30th, or "pearl," anniversary.

Clintonville residents Jimmy Orrante and Sonia Welker Orrante were recently recognized by BalletMet Columbus as two of its 30 "Pearls of BalletMet" during a gala event to celebrate the company's 30th, or "pearl," anniversary.

Both Orrantes have been active as members of the company. Jimmy has been a dancer since 1995, and Sonia was a dance academy student from 1977-1990, a company apprentice in 1990-91 and a company dancer from 1991-2006.

Maple Grove United Methodist Church will host a free afternoon of family fun and entertainment from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

The main entertainment will be provided by Justin Roberts, an award-winning family musician from Chicago. He will take the stage at 4 p.m.

Games, activities, food for purchase, a model train display and a visit from the "Turtle Lady" and her friends will begin at 3 p.m.

The church is located at the corner of High Street and Henderson Road.

For more information, call Dawn Nauman at (614) 268-1377 or visit www.maplegroveumc.org.

The Recruit Military Career Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Columbus Crew Stadium, One Black & Gold Blvd.

The event is designed to help recently returning troops and other veterans find employment. A number of national, regional and local employers will attend.

The event is free.

Children and nature are key words for the Ohio State Parks 2008 photo contest.

Parents, guardians, scoutmasters, 4-H leaders and other adults involved in youth activities are encouraged to capture images of kids learning about nature and wildlife in one of Ohio's 74 state parks. Professional photos will be accepted.

Winning photographs will be featured at ohiostateparks.org and in the spring/summer 2009 issue of the Ohio State Parks magazine.

The contest is part of the statewide "Explore the Outdoors" campaign, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The campaign encourages children, especially those in elementary school, to turn off their computers, video games and televisions and connect with the natural world.

To enter, send a 5-inch by 7-inch color or black/white print to Ohio State Parks Photo Contest, 2045 Morse Road, Building C-3, Columbus, Ohio 43229. The deadline is Nov. 5.

All entries must be taken in a state park this year. No more than three entries per photographer will be accepted. Each photo must display the entrant's name, address, daytime phone number, the park or location featured in the picture and the date the photo was taken.

Captions are optional.

Professional photographers (those who earn more than half of their income from photography) must include a publication rights release.

Employees of Ohio State Parks and their families are not eligible to enter.

All photo entries become the property of ODNR for use in publications and promotional materials.

For more information, call (614) 265-7077.

A golf outing to benefit central Ohio's homeless and abandoned dogs and cats will be held June 14 at Oakhaven Golf Club, 2871 U.S. 23 N in Delaware.

Citizens for Humane Action Animal Shelter will host "Par for Pets," a "best ball scramble" that begins at 2 p.m.

The fee for golfers is $99. Foursomes may enter for $396, which includes greens fees and cart, unlimited range balls, on-course beverage carts and four beverage tickets, a tournament gift, raffle tickets and all-you-can-eat burgers and brats at the awards banquet after the tournament.

The first hole-in-one wins a new Jeep Wrangler from Carriage Towne Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses.

To register or for more information, visit the CHA Web site at www.CHAAnimalShelter.org or call (614) 890-5280. Pre-registration by June 12 is suggested, though day-of-event registrations will be taken at 1 p.m.