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ComFest Logo Contest Design the 2015 T-Shirt!

Each year, ComFest organizers hold a logo contest to select a new design for the festival T-shirt. With hundreds of volunteers wearing the T-shirt bearing the chosen logo at the festival, the winner becomes a part of ComFest history. The designer is mentioned on the website, in the program, and receives valuable goodies in compensation. The contest is open to anyone, and guidelines are available on the Comfest website. Entries must be brought to the shelter house in Goodale Park on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. when the logos will be judged. Visit www.comfest.com to learn more.

Family Drum Circle at Northside Library

Queen Jajla Courtesy Photo

The Columbus Metropolitan Library welcomes children of all ages and their families to a Family Drum Circle with Queen Najla (Shirley Parish) at the Northside Branch, 1423 N. High St., on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. Children can enjoy interactive creative music-making with their families using rhythm, song, and dance. Box drums, conga, djun djun, and other percussion instruments will be available. For more information, call the library at 614-645-2275 or contact Shirley Parish at 614-252-9484.

Short North Foundation Awards Four Grants Funds help support area concert, film and park projects

The Short North Foundation has awarded grants totaling $3,500 to the Harrison West Jazz Stage, the Goodale Park Music Series, Screen on the Green movie series in Goodale Park, and the Italian Village Society (Italian Village Park project). The foundation seeks to fund projects and programs that benefit Short North area residents, unite Short North neighborhoods, and incorporate or preserve public works of art and architecture.

Harrison West Jazz Stage is a free late summer/early fall jazz concert series held on Sunday afternoons at the Harrison Park Gazebo in Harrison West. The volunteer-run concert series was founded by Harrison West residents Mark Subel and Dara Schwartz in January 2013 in an effort to build awareness of Columbus’ local jazz talent and to help spread the spirit and enthusiasm for Columbus arts while celebrating the Harrison West neighborhood.

Former Victorian Village resident Alexandra Fox created the Goodale Park Music Series in 2009, a free, outdoor concert series featuring live music from Columbus performing acts as well as live art, craft vendors, kids activities and food carts. The series is sponsored by the Short North Civic Association.

Screen on the Green is a public movie series held in Goodale Park. The free, outdoor movie nights are made possible by funding through the Short North Civic Association, the Gateway Film Center, the Short North Foundation and ComFest.

The Italian Village Society’s grant will go toward improvements to Italian Village Park, specifically to installing a dog waste bag dispensing station that will be maintained by the society as well as the Amicis of Italian Village Park.

The foundation has been giving grants since 2000, then as the Short North Neighborhood Foundation. Early grants went toward funding projects such as pocket parks, public art and neighborhood murals. Starting around 2005, after the Short North Special Improvement District was established and began funding some of those specific projects, the foundation shifted toward awarding grants to neighborhood groups.

The name changed in 2007 to be more reflective of representing the entire Short North district. The group has now transitioned into an organization that has representation from every other Short North entity (i.e. groups from Victorian Village, Italian Village, Harrison West, etc.) and works as a roundtable to share information, look at what the neighborhood needs and manage the endowment to distribute annual grants.

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