The Southwest Christian Ministerial Association will again this year sponsor the White Christmas program for needy residents who live in the Grove City, Harrisburg and Orient zip-code areas.

The Southwest Christian Ministerial Association will again this year sponsor the White Christmas program for needy residents who live in the Grove City, Harrisburg and Orient zip-code areas.

Beginning on Monday, Dec. 1, persons who would like to receive a food box may call Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 875-3322. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Food boxes will be distributed at the school cafeteria on Monday, Dec. 22, between noon and 6 p.m. A picture ID and verification of current address is required when the food box is picked up.

For more information, call the church office at 875-3322.

A special service of healing and hope will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4850 Haughn Road, on Sunday, Dec. 7.

"For many people, Christmas is not the joyous time that is advertised," according to a church spokeswoman. "Instead, it is a time of sadness or pain due to an emotional trauma, a loved one's death, poor health or some other reason."

The "Blue Christmas" service on Dec. 7 will be offered at 4 p.m.

It is, the spokeswoman indicated, an opportunity for those attending to "acknowledge their sorrow and to receive comfort from God's words."

"Everyone is welcome to attend this 'Blue Christmas' service," the spokeswoman added.

For more information, call 875-7298.

The Franklin Heights High School Band Boosters will hold their annual Holiday Crafts Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 13.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 1001 Demorest Road in Columbus.

Admission is $1 a person.

"Over 100 vendors will be setting up this year," according to a FHHS Band Boosters spokeswoman. "Vendor response has exceeded expectations. We have opened up more table space to accommodate the extra vendors."

Items for sale will include a wide range of handcrafted items such as purses and handbags; jewelry of all kinds; candles and soaps; holiday dťcor; wooden decorations and household items; framed artwork; and dolls.

The Franklin Heights Key Club will also be accepting donations of new and gently used clothing during the bazaar hours to benefit an area shelter for battered women. Clothing donations for all genders and all ages are needed. Gifts of new or used toys are also welcome.

"Donations can be made just inside the gymnasium entrance," advised the spokeswoman. "Just bring them with you when you come to shop."

The Holiday Crafts Bazaar is an annual fundraiser for the Franklin Heights High School Marching Band and is sponsored by the Band Boosters.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin Heights Marching Band.

For vendor information, contact Deb Kakos at 275-4480 or Chris Irvin at 871-8612 or send an email to alamarr@aol.com.

The Grove City High School choirs and orchestras will put on a holiday musical performance at Capital University on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. the Mees Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and benefit the high school's musical programs.

Orchestral arrangements will span composers such as Vaughn-Williams and Handel, with the choir accompanying. Vocal talents will perform both solo and a capella pieces, with the show culminating in a grand finale of more than 120 singers and 75 instrumentalists.

Choir director Jennifer Wozniak said in a news release that the choirs are "thrilled" to be performing at Capital University, and she is happy to be able to showcase their talent.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Cathie Cooper at 871-2365.

Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a series of family gatherings for Advent.

The "Merry Mondays in Advent" are scheduled for Dec. 1, 8 and 15. They will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Families with children ages 4 to 11 are invited to attend a light supper with music, crafts and a story for Christmas.

Trinity United Methodist Church is at 4850 Haughn Road.

For more information, call the church office at 875-7298.