The 2016 Grandview Heights fall and winter community guide offers residents both young and old with a variety of recreational and fitness opportunities.

The 2016 Grandview Heights fall and winter community guide offers residents both young and old with a variety of recreational and fitness opportunities.

The guide will arrive at homes this week; Grandview and Marble Cliff residents can begin signing up for fall and winter programs Tuesday, Sept. 6. Nonresidents can register beginning Sept. 8.

This year's guide offers a new program of particular importance for older residents.

The Capital Health Care Network's Community Concierge Club is a free program with a team of experienced health care professionals providing services for seniors at home.

"It's a program that's especially beneficial for older adults who may be homebound and can't get out and about," said Recreation Supervisor Marta Durban. "A lot of communities are beginning to offer these kinds of programs. They are invaluable."

The services offered include information on fall prevention, including free home assessments and tips; free balance screenings; bedside visits during hospital or nursing-home stays; access to private duty services at home; and caregiver support and information.

Participants can receive monthly blood-pressure checks at the Grandview Center, take part in a one-on-one consultation during a scheduled visit to the center, or get more information about Medicare during the annual open-enrollment period.

"The best part is that membership in the club is free," Durban said.

To sign up, visit the Grandview Center, 1515 Goodale Blvd., or call 614-488-3111.

"We're also going to be giving our EMS personnel information about the program that they can distribute to people," Durban said.

The fall and winter "seems to be a slower time, but then again, there's always something happening," Recreation Supervisor Mike Patterson said.

"We have programs at different times and more of them indoors now that students are back at school."

Along with soccer, T-ball, basketball and middle school golf programs, the high school and middle school ski clubs are popular, he said.

"The middle school ski club was a new program last year and we got a great response," Patterson said. "Mad River Mountain is going to have a new lodge facility this year that I'm sure people are going to enjoy."

One of the core fall programs in Grandview is the Great Pumpkin Run.

The 38th annual 5K race will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 with the start and finish line on Oakland Avenue.

"I think of it as a great celebration of fall in Grandview," Durban said.

Last year's event attracted 450 runners, many from outside Grandview, she said.

"What draws people is the great and safe course we have and the beauty of our community," Durban said. "It's a great setting for a race."

Youngsters can share in the excitement by participating in the Tiny Tot Pumpkin Trot, a sprint down Oakland Avenue that takes place at 8:30 a.m. just before the main event.

"It lets the kids feel that they are part of the same event as the older kids and adults," Patterson said. "They love being able to race down the same course as the runners."

The Tiny Tot event is free; the first 30 registrants will receive a T-shirt.

Online registration for the Pumpkin Run is available at speed-feet.com or grandviewheights.org/onlinereg.

Registration for other fall and winter programs can be made beginning Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the parks department office or online at grandviewheights.org /onlinereg.

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