The annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar at the E.L. Evans Senior Center will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar at the E.L. Evans Senior Center will take place this year on Saturday, Nov. 1.

"The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and the Evans Center's Holiday Craft Bazaar is the perfect place to pick up special gifts, unique decorations and freshly baked goods," according to a spokeswoman for the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department.

This annual fundraiser is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave.

Admission is free.

The bazaar will feature a bake sale with freshly made candies, a lunch caf with homemade soup, sandwiches and pizza; Hungarian pastries; and a craft show.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grove City Area Senior Citizens and Showstoppers Drama Group.

Vendor space is still available for $15 a table, and merchants have the choice to set up on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Volunteers will be available at 7 a.m. on Saturday to assist.

For more information or to reserve a table, contact the Evans Center at 277-1060.

The Lucky Ropers 4-H Club of Central Ohio, based in Grove City, recently donated an entire pig and paid for it to be butchered to supply meat to the Salvation Army's Choice Food Pantry.

Club members voted early in 2008 to spend some of their funds to purchase and butcher an animal for donation, according to a Salvation Army spokeswoman. The purchase also helps other 4-H participants who need buyers for their livestock.

"The Lucky Ropers say they have good support and usually receive several bids and earn money on their livestock at the Franklin County Fair," the spokeswoman indicated.

The club ended up purchasing a 240-pound pig at the Franklin County Fair this fall. The club, with help from a family who donated additional funds, spent $500 to purchase, butcher and process the pig.

"The animal provided two large hams and a number of pork chops and other cuts of meat for the food pantry, allowing the Salvation Army to provide the rare treat of fresh meat to the needy people in the community who rely on the food pantry to make ends meet," according to spokeswoman Alice Hohl.