Walk-in registration for fall and winter programs offered by the Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department begins Tuesday, Sept. 4, for Grandview and Marble Cliff residents.

Walk-in registration for fall and winter programs offered by the Grandview Heights Parks and Recreation Department begins Tuesday, Sept. 4, for Grandview and Marble Cliff residents.

Non-residents can begin signing up for programs Thursday, Sept. 6.

Mail-in registrations must be postmarked Sept. 5 or later and should be sent to Grandview Parks and Recreation Department, 1515 Goodale Blvd., Columbus 43212.

The fall and winter bring many of the city's most popular and traditional events, including the Great Pumpkin Run 5K race and Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot, the Taste of Grandview Heights, the Haunted Hayride and Costume Contest held the same evening as Beggars' Night and the annual lighting of the holiday tree.

Race-day registration for the Pumpkin Run, set Oct. 27, will be held in the gym at Grandview Heights High School, 1587 W. Third Ave.

"We've changed it from the middle school," Recreation Supervisor Marta Durban said. "It actually makes more sense to have it in the high school, since that's the location for the Pumpkin Run's starting and finish line."

There also has been a change in this fall's community theater production coordinated in conjunction with the Carriage Place Recreation Center.

The group will present Little Women, an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, instead of Peter Pan, the show listed in the parks and recreation fall/winter community program.

While Peter Pan is a musical, Little Women is a play with no music, Durban said.

"It also has a lot more parts in it, so we will need men, women and children for this production," she said.

Open auditions for Little Women will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Grandview Center and Sept. 19 at Carriage Place, Durban said. The play will be presented Dec. 6-8.

The community theater group also will present a special Oct. 12-14 performance of Romeo and Juliet to raise money to help cover the medical bills of Columbus resident Steve Yaho, who sustained a broken neck earlier this year in a traffic accident.

"Steve was in our production of Man of La Mancha and he is facing some very serious medical bills," Durban said.

The benefit performances will begin each night at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave.

New Zumba classes are being offered at the Grandview Center at 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays, Durban said.

Another new program will be dulcimer classes offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 13.

The courses, which will be led by Grandview residents Doug and Deena Snapp, are free with a requested donation to the city's Center Building Fund, Durban said.

A three-session Reiki class will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15, 22 and 29. The class will be led by Reiki master Sandra Street.

The cost is $20 per class per person. For more information, call 614-571-8280.

Other new programs include a Medicare class that will provide information about Medicare and its benefits for those approaching retirement, Durban said. The free class will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Grandview Center.

A personal-safety awareness class will be presented at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the center.

"The class will offer information about how to be more aware of your surroundings and some of the tools you can use to make yourself more safe at home, while shopping and while you're out and about," Durban said.

For more information about the safety class, call instructor Nancy Evans at 614-499-4034.

There will be plenty of activities offered for youngsters during the fall and winter, Recreation Supervisor Mike Patterson said.

"It's a little different planning programs for young people during the fall and winter," he said. "You have to work around school, so we do a lot of programs at night and during the weekends."

The fall slate of programs for children will include such popular favorites as Soccer Buddies, Tiny Tot Tennis, a youth basketball league and Kinderhoops, Patterson said.

Fall Break Fun will present a number of activities students can enjoy Oct. 18-19 while Grandview schools are not in session, he said.

Bowling at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace and kickball will be offered Oct. 18 and youngsters can enjoy fishing at Prairie Oaks Metro Park or watching a movie at the Movie Tavern in Hilliard on Oct. 19.

Information about all of the upcoming parks and recreation programs as well as a registration form is included in the fall/winter community program, which is being distributed this week.