Holiday food drive being held at

the Mallway of Old Arlington

The first annual "Families for Families Holiday Food Drive" is being held through Dec. 22 at the Mallway in Old Arlington.

Merchants have partnered together to become drop locations. All donations will be taken to the Mid Ohio Food Bank.

Items needed include canned vegetables, canned juices, canned meats, canned fruits, soups, boxed potato dishes, oatmeal, baking mixes, dressing mix, pie filling, pancake and bread mixes, gravy mix, and cranberry sauce.

Perishable items such as fresh fruits and meats are not permitted.

Donations can be made at the following locations in the Mallway: Whit's Frozen Custard of Upper Arlington, Leal, Bloomtastic, Park Creek Kitchen, Tennis LTD, Stephanie's Salon, Fifth Avenue Galleries, Custom Framing, Rachael's Deli & Desserts and Fireflies and Fairytales.

2010 Community Awards

Business of the Year nominations needed

As the New Year approaches, it is time to reflect on those in the community who made a difference or stood out above the rest. Every year, the city of Upper Arlington reaches out to its citizens to get their opinion on who made an impact on the community in five different areas, including Business of the Year.

The city asks residents and local businesses to think about and nominate a business in Upper Arlington that is actively involved in the community through support and participation in community service projects, providing financial or in-kind support for various causes or events, or bringing other significant benefits to the community through its presence in Upper Arlington.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5. Visit to find the nomination form and to get more information about the Community Awards.

Social Security and

how to prepare for it

This event, which focuses on the future of Social Security, is called PRISM, Preparing for Retirement with Individual Strategies and Methods.

Featured speakers will include Mike McMeans, FC Financial Services; John LaMotte, the U.S. Social Security Administration; and Angel Tepe, Protective Life. LaMotte will provide an overview of the future of Social Security as well as answer any questions people may have.

The goal is to help people be strategic and think about the best ways to self-pension moving forward.

The event will be helad at 5 :30 p.m. on Dec. 15, at The Ohio State University Golf Club Restaurant, 3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221.

The event is free. RSVP requested to or 614-326-2265.

Project So Loved needs

sewing machines

Project So Loved! participated in the 2010 Upper Arlington High School Capstone Volunteer Project.

There was an array of pillow samples displayed that will be donated to terminally ill and medically fragile youth/adult cancer patients at local area hospitals. I was pleasantly surprised when a female student assisted me with starting a list for interested participants resulting in 23 names.

Project So Loved desperately needs enough sewing machines for several volunteers to produce more gift items.

The youths will learn basic sewing and design skills that they can use for their personal use.

It also helps provide students with a sense of creating a gift that keeps on giving, sharing the spirit of caring to those who need it most.

We need sewing machines that are 10-12 years old plus fabric donations, thread and especially stuffing for the pillows. Please feel free to call Ms. Clark at 614-732-0610.