Betsy Mincey, a Kiwanis Club member from Grove City, recently returned from a week of teaching at "Mi Refugio" (My Refuge) in San Pedro, Guatemala.

Mincey returns

Betsy Mincey, a Kiwanis Club member from Grove City, recently returned from a week of teaching at "Mi Refugio" (My Refuge) in San Pedro, Guatemala.

Mi Refugio is a nondenominational Christian ministry which provides free education, food, clothing and medical assistance to children and their families who live next to garbage dumps in Guatemala and the Mayan families who live in the villages surrounding the San Pedro school property.

The school also provides financial support to those children who attend school beyond the sixth grade.

Mission Teams go six times a year to assist with construction, dentistry, education in English, computers and sewing skills.

Pie bake-off slated

The Monterey Care Center will be hosting the Third Annual Grove City Pie Bake-off and Buffet on Saturday, June 27.

The contest will begin precisely at 9 a.m. The all-you-can-eat pie buffet will begin after the winners are announced at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Entry to the buffet requires a $5 donation to the Alzheimer's Association.

The Monterey Care Center is located at 3929 Hoover Road.

Contestants may enter their pie in one of the following categories: Apple Pie, Fruit (Non-Apple) Pie, Cream Pie and the Open Pie category.

All contestants will be competing for a cash prize and the title of "Grove City's Best Baker."

Entry forms may be picked up at Monterey and many other community locations.

The prizes include $30 for first place in each category, $20 for second place, and $10 for third place.

An overall Blue Ribbon prize will win an additional $100.

All pies are evaluated by their appearance, taste, and overall appeal. The 2009 official Bake-Off rules are identical to those used for the National Pie Bake-Off held annually in Orlando, Fla.

The pies entered will be judged by local culinary artists Sean Kinser, chef and instructor for the Culinary Arts School at the Southwest Career Academy; Shelly Metz, owner of the Cupcake Queen Baking Co.; Stephanie Eakins, owner of the Wooden Spoon Cooking Co.; and Donna Moening, dining service manager at Carriage Court Assisted Living.

While the judging takes place, there will be family activities and live music by the 3C Highway Band in Monterey's internal courtyard.

For additional information on the Grove City Pie Bake-Off, visit Monterey Care Center's Facebook page or call Tricia Zelenak at 875-7700.

Youth baseball registration

Registration for Grove City's fall youth recreational baseball program will run from Monday, June 1, to Tuesday, June 30, from 8 a.m. 5 p.m.at City Hall, with extended hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30.

Leagues are available for players ages 5 through 16; assignments are based upon age on Saturday, Aug. 1.

There is an additional $20 charge for late registration.

Practice begins Monday, Aug. 3. Opening day is Saturday, Aug. 22. First-time players should bring proof of residency and a birth certificate to register. Umpires and sponsors arestillneeded.

For additional information, call Grove City Parks and Recreation at 277-3050.


LTOB auditions

Auditions for the upcoming Little Theatre Off Broadway production of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" will take place on Sunday, May 31, and Monday, June 1, at the Grove City Christian Child Care Center, 2996 Columbus St. Auditions will begin at 7 p.m. both days.

"Little Shop of Horrors," with lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, is based on the 1960 Roger Corman film, with screenplay by Charles Griffith. The plot involves a down-and-out floral assistant, Seymour, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon Audrey II, named after the girl Seymour loves, "grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who offers fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination," according to a Little Theatre Off Broadway spokesman.

The show calls for four adult males and four adult females.

Those auditioning must prepare 16 measures of a song. An accompanist will be available. People trying out for parts should also be prepared to dance and read from the provided script. They should bring a calendar of rehearsal conflicts to the audition. Acting resumes and photos are helpful but not necessary.

Lisa Napier-Garcia is directing the LTOB production, which opens on Saturday, July 25, at 8 p.m.

Other performance dates will be Sunday, July 26, at 3 p.m.; Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 9, at 3 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 16, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Little Theatre off Broadway is at 3891 Broadway. Call 875-3919.