Although -- fingers crossed -- shoveling snow likely is off local to-do lists until next winter, it's still very much on the minds of those interested in Village in the Ville.

Although -- fingers crossed -- shoveling snow likely is off local to-do lists until next winter, it's still very much on the minds of those interested in Village in the Ville.

While the neighborhood's version of the international movement won't officially launch until the last week of April, the program for people 50 and older -- sponsored by the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center -- already has held some gatherings, and potential members are mulling what services they might like to see performed under the auspices of the organization, said Stephanie K. Baker, associate director of the CRC.

Snow removal was right at the top of that list, she said last week.

Village in the Ville -- modeled on a concept that originated 16 years ago in Boston and has spurred more than 120 groups in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands -- offers a network for people 50 and older to gather for social events and use their collective buying power to negotiate local services such as snow removal.

About 70 people attended the Jan. 25 introductory meeting to gauge interest in creating a Clintonville version, Baker said, and she now has an electronic database of about 100 residents interesting in finding out more about the concept.

Baker said she expects to have around 40 members when Village in the Ville kicks off in earnest April 27.

"We'll see who signs up," she said.

When formally launched, Village in the Ville will have two levels of membership, Baker said.

One would be for people interested only in attending social gatherings; the other would be aimed at those who want to sign up for services such as minor home maintenance. The cost to join in the latter capacity would be $400 a year for an individual, $500 for a couple, Baker said. The strictly social membership cost would be $200 a person, $250 a couple.

"I think that there's going to be an emphasis on social events," Baker said.

Those interested in joining Village on the Ville, which Baker said originated with community volunteers, already have gotten together to watch a documentary on poverty in America. They also have plans to attend a BalletMet performance of Cinderella March 29 and a wine-tasting April 1 at Quail Crossing Cellars.

For more information about Village in the Ville, call Baker at 614-268-3539 or email her at stephaniek.baker@clintonvillecrc.org.