For decades, the Grandview Heights Public Library was supported by separate nonprofit organizations.

The Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation "both had the same goal -- to support our fantastic library," foundation president Analisa Trares said.

Since last fall, the two groups have been united, and this spring three familiar fundraising events are being held under the new arrangement.

The Friends group is conducting its annual herb and vegetable sale and sponsoring the next Flights with Friends event 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at Hofbrauhaus Columbus, 800 Gooodale Blvd.

The foundation's fifth annual Chocolate Walk is 6 to 8 p.m. May 31.

Joining forces and running the Friends as a volunteer group of the foundation "will increase interaction with our shared donors and create a united front," Trares said. "Having multiple donor organizations has been potentially confusing for people, because you could support the library through the Friends, or the foundation or by donating directly to the library.

"We think this simplifies matters for everyone and streamlines our overall mission of supporting the library," she said.

The majority of the funds raised supports library programming including the summer reading program, the Music in the Atrium and Music on the Lawn concert series, entertainment and activities for children and seminars and workshops for adults as well as Halloween and Christmas parties held at the library, Trares said.

"The foundation's focus is on raising money to support the library's long-term needs," she said. "We've help funded projects like Wifi in the Park, the Pop Up Library and the mobile exhibits that have been so well received."

Friends members Mandy Simon and Kelly Reo were added to the foundation board and the board has representatives serving on the committees for various Friends projects and fundraising events, Trares said.

The sixth annual vegetable and herb sale is continuing through Friday, April 20, event chairwoman Tracy Garrett said.

"We're offering 38 varieties of herbs and vegetables this year," she said. "We have 22 vegetables, two greens and 14 herbs. The selections are based on what people have bought in the past and what is readily available this year."

For the first time, credit cards can be used to pay for online orders at https://tinyurl.com/y8q6zma9, Garrett said.

Order forms can also be dropped off at the circulation desk at the library, 1685 W. First Ave.

The cost remains $3.75 per plant for up to nine plants and $3.50 per plant for orders of 10 or more. Delivery is available to homes in Grandview and Marble Cliff for $5.

Plants will be available for delivery May 19 or can be picked up between 8 and 11 a.m. at 1263 Oakland Ave.

"The Grandview PTO has discontinued their annual plant sale, so we're the place to go for herbs and veggies this year," Garrett said.

During the Flights with Friends happy hour event, guests will enjoy samples from Hofbrauhaus and have the opportunity to check out the latest releases from the library.

"It's a great series that spotlights some of our local businesses and also highlights and supports the library," Trares said.

Past locations for Flights with Friends have included The Ohio Taproom, Grandview Theatre & Drafthouse, Watershed Distillery, The Twisted Vine, Chocolate Cafe, Ohio Craft Museum and Endeavor Brewing Company.

Tickets cost $20 for Friends of the Library members and $25 for non-members and can be ordered at ghpl.org.

Twenty-eight businesses already have signed up to be a stop on the Chocolate Walk, Trares said.

"This is becoming such a popular event," she said. "The number of businesses that participate just keeps growing. Last year, it was pouring down raining yet everybody showed up to take the walk. People just love it."

The event offers a walking tour of Grandview with chocolate stops at participating businesses.

"Each business comes up with a chocolate treat or coupon to offer to guests," Trares said. "They can be really clever. Grandview Dental Care offered chocolate toothbrushes and the Doggie Day Spa gave out chocolate dog bones."

A limited number of $25 tickets to the event will be available. Ticket information will be available at facebook.com/grandviewheightspubliclibraryfoundation or by contacting grandviewchocolatewalk@gmail.com.

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