The Center of Vocational Alternatives will be hosting the fifth annual Clintonville Community Ice Cream Social from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at 3770 N. High St.

The Center of Vocational Alternatives will be hosting the fifth annual Clintonville Community Ice Cream Social from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at 3770 N. High St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes a sundae bar with three flavors of ice cream, games for children of all ages and performances by local music groups the Quinn Family Singers and Seaville Songsters.

Gift cards from local merchants will be awarded as door prizes throughout the evening.

"We began this event as a way to get to know our Clintonville neighbors when we moved our offices from the Short North to Clintonville, and it keeps growing every year," Judy Braun, president and CEO of COVA, said in the announcement. "This has been a great way for people to learn about the services we offer to the public and have some great ice cream, too.

"We even have the frosty treats for dogs out for a walk with their owners."

The Seaville Songsters is a Clintonville-based group of a cappella performers. The Quinn Family, from central Ohio, are frequent performers at events sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other mental health advocacy groups.

The event is made possible through community business sponsors.

Knitters Mercantile is celebrating five years of service to the knitting and fiber arts community through the retail store in the Graceland Shopping Center in Clintonville and online at

Owner Jan Emerick celebrated the five-year anniversary by agreeing to a five-year extension of the lease on the company store location at 214 Graceland Blvd., according to the announcement.

Knitters Mercantile was born online in 2004. Then, Wolfe Fiber Arts became available and Knitters Mercantile moved from cyberspace to the a retail storefront on West Fifth Avenue. Emerick later relocated to Graceland just as the center was about to undergo a facelift.

"In addition to Knitters Mercantile, Emerick created the Knitters Connection conference held annually in June at the Columbus Convention Center," the announcement stated. "The conference brings in some of the leading knitting and fiber arts experts to teach classes, debut new books and share new ideas with attendees. The conference also offers a Knitters Marketplace where some of the most dynamic knitting and fiber arts tools, supplies and educational materials can be found."

Columbus Public Health will spray for mosquitoes between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. July 1 and July 2 at several city parks.

They are: Dodge Park, Helsel Park, Brittany Hills Park, Glenwood Park, Lou Berliner Park, Elk Run Park, Maloney Park, Holton Park, McCoy Park, Mock Park, Lindberg Park, Anheuser Busch Sports Park, Schiller Park, Rhodes Park, Cherry Bottom Park, Como Park, Antrim Park, Stockbridge Park, Riverbend Park, Goodale Park, Woodward Park, Sills Park, Westgate Park, Krumm Park, Westmoor Park, Franklin Park, Innis Park, Berwick Park, McKinley Park, Nelson Park, Iuka Park, Natzger Park, Green Countrie Park, Big Walnut Park, Tuttle Park, Smith Farms Park, Alum Crest Park, Johnson Memorial Park, Huy Road Park, Portman Park, Spangler Park, Kraner Park, Linden Park, Stonebridge Park, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Deshler Park, Griggs Reservoir Park, Willow Creek Park, Driving Park, Big Run Park, Wolfe Park, Fairwood Park, Marion-Franklin Park and Cooper Park and the old city garage area.

Weekly spraying maps and schedules are available at