Events and programs
Bexley Family Community Campout, 5 p.m. Sept. 6 through 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at Jeffrey Park, 165 N. Parkview Ave. The meadow behind the Jeffrey Mansion will be set up for families to bring their tents and camp overnight in the park. Dinner, s'mores and breakfast will be provided for all campers as well as access to drinking water. A family friendly movie will be featured, along with activities/yard games for families. Camp fires will also be located throughout the campsite. Overnight fee is $40.
Humanist Jewish Chavurah of Columbus, High Holiday Service, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the New Albany Library, conference room, 200 Market St. A group-led service will emphasize renewal, reflection and new beginnings, with an affirmation of human power and dignity. There are no fees although donations are welcome. A social time will follow the service. Reservations are appreciated; contact the HJCC voicemail at 614-285-4522 or email email@example.com.
St. Charles Preparatory School Alumni Golf Outing, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Riviera Country Club in Dublin. The scramble event begins with a shotgun start. An $80 entry fee covers the round of golf, a cart, prizes, refreshments and picnic dinner. Registration is open to singles and foursomes.To sign up or sponsor a hole email St. Charles alumni director Louis J. Fabro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
55 Plus Resource Expo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave. Participants will receive a free lunch while getting the latest on area programs, services and activities specially designed for active adults aged 55 and over. Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler and Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard will grill burgers from 11 a.m. to noon. Live music, informational exhibits, vendor booths, door prizes and demonstrations of current exercise trends, art by local artists and ballroom dancing also will be offered. This event is jointly sponsored by the Bexley Activities Club, Edwards Funeral Service and Wexner Heritage Village. Free.
LoveYourAlley Alley Competition, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28. For the city's second LoveYourAlley contest a panel of judges will walk Bexley's alleys to award a prize for the best alley block, as well as a best individual property prize. Judges will look for clean, well-kept alley frontages; organized trash receptacles with lids on; no weeds; trees and bushes that are trimmed so as not to impede visibility or alley traffic; paint that isn't peeling or chipping; well-kept fences and retaining walls; and, as a bonus, attractive landscaping.
Bexley Farmer's Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at Parkview and Main through October.
AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over with securing employment. The program offers paid work experience, specialized training, upgrading of skills and job-search assistance. Age, income and residency requirements apply. Call 614-258-7295 or 614-322-0600, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
New Directions Career Center, Aging Wisely: How Older Workers Can Survive (and Thrive) in Today's Changing Workplace, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Sept. 4 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions sponsors the seminar facilitated by a member of the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. The event begins with a continental breakfast. A $10 registration fee is payable at the door. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 614-849-0028, ext. 100, to register.
Art of Positive Parenting, parent education class, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 15, at Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave. Cost is $75 per person. To register call 614-224-0222, ext. 103, using class number TP 13-21.
Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program of the Ohio Department of Insurance, Medicare 101, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Those already enrolled or who will be new to Medicare in 2014 are invited to learn about their options and what is new to Medicare, including what is and is not covered, the costs, the ins and outs of Medicare prescription benefits and how to avoid becoming a victim of unscrupulous sales practices. This event is free, but space is limited. Visit whv.org/calendar to register or call Anne Kuntz at 614-255-9182.
Bucks & Does Singles and Orbiting Squares Western Square Dance Clubs, free introductory square dances, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 at the Whitehall Community Center, 402 N. Hamilton Road in Whitehall. Both couples and singles are welcome. Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. Square dance instruction will continue at this location on Wednesday evenings and is available on other nights at other central Ohio locations. For more information, go to www.cocdc.org and click on "Not a dancer yet?" or call 614-837-6974.
Better Body Fitness Boot Camp for Women, one free week of classes offered at various locations and times around Columbus. Workouts include elements of cardio, strength, flexibility, balance, core and more. All fitness levels are accommodated. Nancy Eisenman, certified personal trainer, leads the classes. For more information call 614-747-1704.
Diabetes Academy, presented by the Wexner Heritage Village Institute, 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Patients with diabetes and their loved ones are invited for a free educational series taught by certified diabetes instructors. Topics are: Sept. 16, Diabetes & Staying Healthy: Eating healthy and staying active; Oct. 7, Diabetes & Nutrition: Cooking demonstrations and dietitian guidance; and Nov. 4, Insulin 101: The basics of insulin and how to use a flex pen. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Francesca Bryan at 614-559-0318.
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Huntington Hearing Health Program in partnership with Huntington Bank, offering free hearing screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, 510 E. North Broadway. Screenings will be offered to those ages 5 and older throughout 2013. To schedule appointments, call 614-261-5452.
Columbus Military Wives Club, noon Sept. 11 at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., Bexley. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. Musician Lowell Borchers will provide entertainment. For information or reservations call Ann Hallenbrook at 614-877-6283 or Mabel Edwards at 614-866-2625.
Boy Scout Troop 166, 7:30 p.m. every Monday evening at Bexley United Methodist Church, 2657 E. Broad St. New and returning Scouts welcome. Monthly outings and active summer High Adventure program.
Boy Scout Troop 603, 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the undercroft at St. Catharine Church, 500 S. Gould Road. Programming includes day outings, camping, wilderness survival, team building, leadership skills, community service and projects. Participants include students from St. Catharine, Bexley City Schools, Bishop Hartley High School, St. Charles Preparatory School and surrounding areas.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Columbus Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639.
The Pilot Club of Columbus, 6:15 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the Holiday Inn City Center, 175 E. Town St. This civic service organization focuses on improving the quality of life of people with brain-related disorders and disabilities. Call Teddi at 614-539-6293.
QuECK (Quilting, Embroidery, Crocheting and Knitting), 9 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month, at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Quilting Etc. meets at 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Berwick Civic Association, 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1555 S. James Road.
The Kiwanis Club of Berwick, noon Thursdays at Berwick Party House, 3250 Refugee Road. Buffet lunch is $9. Call David Barrett at 614-866-7309.
Bexley Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at Wing's Restaurant, 2801 E. Main St.
Rotary Club of Whitehall-Bexley, noon every Friday at the Columbus Country Club, 4831 E. Broad St.
New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. Visit newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations.
Consumer and Family Advisory Council, 4:30 to 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, 447 E. Broad St. Call 614-222-3743.
Grief Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays in October and December at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Wexner Heritage Village's Zusman Hospice coordinates this group led by qualified, experienced counselors. Free. For more information about Zusman Hospice's bereavement support services, call 614-559-3050.
Tea & Tears, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus. This group meets in the third-floor meeting room and is led by Rachelle Martin. Registration is not required. For more information call 614-501-6264(NAMI).
Caregiver Support Group, noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m., each third Wednesday of the month at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 174 E. Long St. Topics covered include the hiring of in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free and free parking is available. Registration is necessary; contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277.
Families In Touch, a support group for families and friends of adults affected by mental illness, co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Jewish Family Services, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Jewish Family Services, 1070 College Ave. Meeting subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Danielle Ruben at 614-559-0110.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Jewish Family Services, 1070 College Ave. Open to those caring for someone with memory loss. Call Amanda Ripke at 614-271-1475.
Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 11 a.m. Saturdays at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 Livingston Ave. Call Karl at 614-236-9979.
Adult Epilepsy Support Group, 6:15 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Riverside Health Center, 500 Thomas Lane. Call 614-315-0437.
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northwest Columbus, 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-547-9788. Meadow Park Church of God is not affiliated with the DBSA.
Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step program for emotional wellness, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-470-0397.
Families Anonymous, for parents of those with substance abuse or behavioral problems, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-885-5199 or 614-875-8695.
The Bexley Board of Education meets monthly in the Bexley High School Community Room, 328 S. Cassingham Road.
Bexley City Council, 5:45 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Call City Hall at 614-559-4200 for meeting location.
Bexley Mayor's Court, 9 a.m. every other Friday in council chambers at City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.