The application deadline for grant dollars from the Community Foundation of Delaware County is Sept. 1.

The application deadline for grant dollars from the Community Foundation of Delaware County is Sept. 1.

Grants from the Community Foundation of Delaware County support projects and programs in arts, civic affairs, education, environment, health and social services. This year, because of difficult economic times, especially for nonprofit organizations, the Foundation will also consider applications for general operating support, said Marlene Casini, foundation president.

"Through the grant process, we learn of the needs of our community," she said. "We often share these needs with donors and other funders to help expand the resources we can bring to the nonprofit organizations that serve Delaware County."

The grant application is available on the Community Foundation's Web site, Grant funds will be awarded before the end of the year.

Funding for the grants comes from bequests, contributions and funds established by individuals, families, businesses and organizations. In 2008, the Community Foundation awarded more than $690,000 in grants and scholarships. The foundation makes grants and scholarship awards primarily in Delaware County.

Community grants are an area of funding the foundation is trying to increase, Casini said.

To contribute to the community grants program, send a check to the Community Foundation of Delaware County, 3954 North Hampton Drive, Powell 43065.

The Delaware Rotary Club recently installed officers for 2009-10.

Fran Veverka, a member of Rotary for 20 years, became the new president, replacing out-going president Sue Hanson.

Other officers sworn in were: Marlene Casini, president-elect; George Wisener, second vice president; Sherry Barbosky, secretary; John Thomas, treasurer; and Sue Hanson, immediate past president. Joining them were members of the club's board of directors: Jim Ballinger, John Berner, Jim Frisch, Sr., Claire Jolliff, Bruce Quatman, Jason Sanson, Mary Jane Santos, Randy Spaulding and Rex Sprague.

The dinner meeting featured an awards presentation including Rookie of the Year, Barbosky. Ralph Howes was recognized as an Honorary Rotarian. Howes was president of the Delaware Rotary 1991-92 and is a 25-year Rotary member.

The Community Paul Harris Fellow, presented to a community member and non-Rotarian for their service to the community, went to Barbara McKendry. As a volunteer, McKendry provided the leadership, talent, organization and key labor behind the Second Friday meals at Andrews House for 15 years.

Tickets are now on sale for Main Street Delaware's upcoming Fine Art, Food & Wine event that features appetizers, entrees and desserts provided by many of the city's finest restaurants.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, at Ohio Wesleyan University's Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St.

Tickets cost $30 for singles and $50 for couples and are available now at downtown Delaware businesses including Simple Indulgences, 31 N. Sandusky St.; (Not on the) Corner Framing, 27 N. Sandusky St.; and Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky St. Tickets also may be requested by calling the Main Street Delaware office at (740) 362-6050.

The Ross Art Museum will display pieces from its permanent collection along with paintings from Doug Goering, an emeritus professor at Michigan's Albion College, during the event. Goering's work includes many richly colored abstract paintings that address aspects of visual perception.

The event also will include raffles, silent auctions and music. A highlight will be the auction of more than 20 one-of-a-kind handbags created by local artists to celebrate the downtown. This special project, called Bags on Main Street, is being coordinated by artist Diane Hodges.

Event sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1,200 also remain available, with handbag sponsorships available for $50. For more information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, call the Main Street Delaware office at (740) 362-6050.

Ohio author Michele Houts will read from and sign copies of her children's book, "The Beef Princess of Practical County," at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky St.

The event is free.

The novel, for readers age 9 and up, is the story of 12-year-old Libby Ryan, who is glad to show her family's steer at the county fair. But even as she prepares for the show, she's dreading the auction, when she'll have to say goodbye.

Adding to her troubles is the Beef Princess Pageant. Her mother has persuaded her to enter and she's facing off against the awful Darling sisters, Precious, Lil and Ohma.

Houts is a teacher who lives in Mercer County. She and her family live on a livestock and grain farm. This is her first novel.

For more information, call the bookstore at (740) 363-2337.