The 36th annual Granville Firecracker Five will get under way at 8:10 a.m. on July Fourth.

Firecracker Five

The 36th annual Granville Firecracker Five will get under way at 8:10 a.m. on July Fourth.

Described by organizers as the oldest continuous foot race in central Ohio, the race is a major fundraiser for the Granville Rotary.

Participants can choose between the five-mile race and a 5K (3.1 miles) walk.

The wheelchair division will start at 8:10 a.m.; runners and walkers will step off at 8:15 a.m.

Online registration is available at or at the Granville Rotary Web site, The entry fee is $25; those who register in advance receive a T-shirt. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. in the Denison University field house.

The Firecracker Five was started in 1974 by Rotarian Ted Barclay, then the Denison University athletics director. Granville Rotary uses the proceeds to help fund its scholarship and exchange student programs as well as other local projects.

For more information, call race chairman Don Kundrat at (740) 587-7939. For information about Granville Rotary, call club president Tony Beckerley at (740) 587-3333.

Freedom Picnic moved

The Freedom Picnic for senior citizens has been moved to Zerger Hall Senior Center.

The event, set for 11 a.m., July 2, was scheduled to be held at the Courthouse Square, but parking issues led to its being moved to the senior center, 745 E. Main St.

The Licking County Aging Program, based at Zerger Hall, hosts the event.

Older adults can pick up a free reservation ticket at the Zerger Hall front desk. Grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, macaroni or potato salad, chips, beverages and dessert will be served.

Patriotic musical entertainment will be provided by John Rechel.

For transportation inquiries or for more information, call (740) 345-0821 or 1 (800) 452-0097.

Vintage Voices of Granville

Vintage Voices of Granville will present several patriotic performances this summer, including two concerts at Centenary Methodist Church on the Fourth of July.

The program "Celebrate America!" will include Vietnam veterans, who for the fifth consecutive year will serve as service flag bearers.

Vintage Voices is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Members are at least 50 years old and live in Newark, Heath, Pataskala, Johnstown, Zanesville, Utica and Granville. Teddy Westlake is the director and Donna Hill is the assistant director. Both live in Granville. Marcia Brannon of Newark is the group's accompanist.

The 70-member chorus of men and women will present the following performances. The group does not charge, but donations to help with costs are gratefully accepted.

Vintage Voices has been supported with an annual grant from the Granville Foundation.

SharonBrooke Inn, Newark, 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 1.

Chapel Grove Inn, Heath, 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 2.

Centenary Methodist Church, 3 and 4:30 p.m., Saturday, July 4.

Kendal at Granville, 2158 Columbus Road, Granville, 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 7

Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority Convention, Embassy Suits, Columbus, Friday, July 10.

For more information, call Chris Black at (740) 366-5042.