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Foster Family Woodcraft Scholarship

Boys and girls ages 11 to 13 are encouraged to apply for a summer camp scholarship funded by the Richard Foster family of Columbus. The Foster Family Woodcraft Scholarship is a specially-designed summer merit opportunity to attend the famous Culver Woodcraft Camp in Indiana.

Culver Woodcraft Camp is a six-week, all-activity camp designed for boys and girls age 9 to 13. The Foster Scholarship provides the best that Culver Woodcraft Camp has to offer-the building of leaders through the character-based experience of learning to be responsible for yourself first, then others.

This leadership model has helped produce some of the best and brightest business and political leaders today, including racing's Roger Penske, Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.), New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating.

The full-tuition merit scholarship includes room and board, required fees, and uniforms. Preference will be given to those candidates qualifying for financial aid and those residing in Ohio. The scholarship is renewable annually. Recipients who continue to excel academically, as a camp leader, and in activities will receive a total value of more than $15,000 over three summers at Culver.

The Foster Scholarship is open to outstanding elementary, middle school and junior high students. It is recommended that students apply for admission to Woodcraft Camp and submit their Foster Scholarship application well before the March 31 deadline. Applicants must be accepted to Woodcraft Camp before they will be considered for the Foster Scholarship.

Go to to learn more and to download applications for Woodcraft Camp and the Foster Family Woodcraft Scholarship.

Travel down the rabbit hole with Alice and BalletMet Columbus

Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in BalletMet Columbus' Alice in Wonderland, March 6-14 at the Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St.

Choreographed by BalletMet artistic director Gerard Charles, with a script by Phoenix Theatre for Children artistic director Steven Anderson, the production is as clever for adults as it is playful for children. This whimsical adventure features BalletMet's professional Company dancers and Academy student dancers performing alongside Phoenix Theatre actors.

Parents and children can read Lewis Carroll's celebrated tales, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, then watch the story come alive with larger-than-life characters including Alice, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and more. Filled with both logic and nonsense, the literature leaps from the page to the stage through innovative choreography, wildly colorful and fanciful costumes, sets and lighting, expressive spoken word and a world of whimsy and wonder!

Let your family's imagination run free with Alice in Wonderland. Tickets start at $25 and are available through, (800) 982-2787. or (614) 469-0939.

Columbus Magi-Fest: A family-friendly magic and variety show

For the past 77 years, a small group of dedicated magicians-the Columbus Magic Club, Inc.-has been sponsoring a national magic convention known as the Columbus Magi-Fest. This annual early February, three-day event draws 800 to 1000 magicians and magic buffs to Columbus.

In the early years, no one from the public was allowed to see any of the shows. Around 20 years ago the club decided to open the very popular Friday evening headliner show to the public. The show, according to executive director Jep Hostetler, is guaranteed to be family-friendly, reasonably priced and a ton of fun for folks of all ages (Hostetler cautions that children under 3 may not be able to sit still for the 2-hour show).

This year's event will include a central-Ohio performer, David Kaplan. Kaplan, a professional full-time juggler and comedy magician has recently won the Magi-Fest stage contest and was one of six finalists in international competition.

The Headliner Magic Show of the 78th annual Columbus Magi-Fest magic convention will be held on Friday February 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Franklin County Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $15. Seniors and children 12 and younger are $10 and are available at the door, or by calling (614) 299-8995. All seats are reserved. For more information go to, or call Jep Hostetler at (614) 299-1995.

Rockwell's America on display at Ohio Historical Center

From 1916 to 1963, Norman Rockwell painted 322 covers for The Saturday Evening Post to become America's most beloved artist.

Rockwell's illustrations tell the stories of ordinary people and remind us of our best qualities. To experience his art first-hand, visitors to Rockwell's America, now on display at the Ohio Historical Center through March 15, will literally step into Rockwell's most famous covers. Life-sized, 3-D figures in 15 theatrical scenes capture the imagination, allowing visitors to become part of the past.

Upon entering Rockwell's America, children can explore yesterday by touching what they see. They'll be captivated by sounds of music or old-time radio programs and the scent of summer flowers and grass.

Everyone will encounter interesting American history intertwined in the imagery. Live characters from Rockwell's illustrations-ranging from a garage mechanic repairing a Model T to Rosie the Riveter on a WWII assembly line-will interact with visitors. Seniors will definitely spend some time walking down memory lane.

For more information about hours and admission, call (800) 686-6124, or visit

Children decide how to help their community with 1.5 million pennies

Students from seven area elementary schools in the Columbus Public and Worthington School districts are faced with an exciting challenge. They must decide how to help their community by giving away over 1.5 million pennies. Last fall, nearly 3,000 students went door to door with their families to connect with neighbors, raise money and help others. The students raised $15,114.16; nearly all of it in pennies or spare change. These students are the first in Columbus to participate in a year-long service learning program called the Penny Harvest. The Penny Harvest is the nation's largest youth philanthropy program and it is being introduced to Columbus by a local not-for-profit called See Kids Dream.

"As students progress through the program, they become empowered citizens, gaining understanding of issues, negotiating solutions and implementing the changes they want to see in their communities,"said Laura Grindle, one of the founders of See Kids Dream. "It allows them to connect classroom lessons to the real world." While the students receive guidance from teacher volunteers, the driving principle of the program is that students make all the decisions.

Raising money is just the first step in the year-long program. Over the winter students will research needs, debate causes and decide how they can make the greatest impact in their communities by issuing grants to give back every penny they collected. Polls and meetings will be conducted to ensure all students have a voice in the final decisions. The program concludes in the spring when students take action by awarding grants and participate in hands-on service projects.

The Penny Harvest service-learning program started in New York City in 1991 as one father's response to his 4-year-old daughter's wish to comfort a homeless man. Teddy Gross's quest to provide a meaningful way for his daughter Nora to help that man gave birth to a program that now provides all children a way to help. To learn more about See Kids Dream and how you can help bring the Penny Harvest to more schools and children, visit