Three future fundraising events in Hilliard will help support educational efforts in different ways.

Three future fundraising events in Hilliard will help support educational efforts in different ways.

The Hilliard Kiwanis Club's annual spaghetti dinner, is set for 4-7:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 26) in the Phyllis A. Ernst Senior Center, 3810 Veterans Memorial Dr. Admission is $7, or $4 ages 3-12, children under 3 free. A silent auction will take place. Proceeds will support the Hilliard Kiwanis Scholarship Fund for all three high schools.

Kiwanian Don Parker said part of the appeal of the event is former Hilliard Police Chief Rodney Garnett's spaghetti sauce.

"We call it Rod's secret sauce because he puts a combination of herbs in his cooked-from-scratch tomato sauce that he won't even share with anybody," Parker said. "It is very good, I'll tell you that."

Salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverages will also be provided.

The next weekend, from noon-6 p.m. March 5, will be the second year for a chili cook-off at the Joint Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway. People can enter the contest ahead of time for $10, or sample the chili. Admission is $5-$7. The Hilliard Police Department and the Norwich Township Fire Department are putting on the event with the Columbus College of Art and Design's Art Explorer Post 407, which will create artwork for the lobby of the Services Building by year's end.

One of the 35 pots of chili cooked last year was by Officer Hyda Slone, who won for the tastiest entry. She wouldn't divulge the ingredients.

"Are you kidding? I don't want the fire department to get my secret recipe!"

For more information or advance tickets, visit Flyers Pizza, 5466 Roberts Rd.

The Hilliard Education Foundation will hold its Mardi Gras Masquerade at 6:30 p.m. March 5 in the Makoy Center, 5462 Center St. Tickets, $40, will support annual grants for teachers and staff in the Hilliard school district.

"That program's been around for 20-plus years," said HEF president Christy Farnbauch. "We have funded author/artist visits and purchased some technology equipment like smart boards, document cameras and iPods, with the ultimate goal of helping learning be interesting and meaningful for children. There are things that really aren't in the district's budget."

Hors d'oeuvres will be served. There is a cash bar and a Mardi Gras king and queen will be selected (although the dress is casual). However, the main appeal of the event is its casino night, with play money issued for blackjack, craps and roulette.

"It's kind of a fun way for people to learn games they might not know," Farnbauch said. "There's no big thing you can lose here."

For tickets or more information, call 614-777-2222 extension 4333, or visit