Events and programs
Columbus Bonsai Society, annual show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20, at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden, 1777 E. Broad St. Members will display many examples of the miniature trees they have trained and nurtured. Workshops will take place and three vendors will be on site. A demonstration of bonsai care and styling techniques will be given at 1 p.m. on each day of the show. Admission is free and open to the public.
Columbus Historical Society, 2014 Columbus City Tour Series, starting at 9:30 a.m. July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18, at the society gallery, 333 W. Broad St. and COSI. Participants will travel through downtown with its historical centerpiece, the Ohio Statehouse; the new Columbus Commons; the Short North Arts District; German Village; the Arena District; Olde Towne East; the Discovery District; and Franklin Park. Tours last two and a half hours and cost $30 per person, $27 for senior citizens, $24 for members of the Columbus Historical Society (unlimited ticket purchases for members). Registration and payment in advance are required. For reservations, call 614-224-0822.
Columbus Museum of Art, docent program open houses, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 22 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 31, at 480 E. Broad St. Docent candidates must commit to two years of touring and continuing education after training. Applications are due Aug. 8. For information, call 614-221-4848.
St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, annual Serbian Festival, noon to 10 p.m. July 26, at the church, 1840 N. Cassady Ave. The church's grounds will be transformed into a Serbian village, featuring ethnic foods. Soft drinks, domestic and international liquor, beer and wine also will be available. Live music by Orkestra Lira of Detroit will accompany kolo dancing and singing. Admission is $4, free for children under age 12. For more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make-A-Wish, 15th Annual Medical Mutual Columbus Walk For Wishes, 10 a.m. July 26, at McFerson Commons, Arch Park, 218 West St., Columbus. Registration starts at 9 a.m., with families taking part in a one- or three-mile scenic walk to help grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Music and food will be available at the event's conclusion. Walkers also have the opportunity to meet current and past wish families and experience the magic of a wish come true. To register as an individual or a team, visit ohio.wish.org. Participant who raise $100 or more will receive an official T-shirt.
Temple Israel, Good as New Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, at 5419 E. Broad St. New and gently used items will available as part of this event, organized by the Women of Temple Israel after a decade-long hiatus. All items, from furniture and housewares to electronics, toys, clothing and jewelry are strictly cash and carry on the spot. Proceeds will support the Temple Israel Religious School. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Lancaster Chorale, auditions for the 32-voice professional choir for the 2014-2015 season, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 222 N. Broad St., Lancaster, and 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13, at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St., Columbus. The chorale has openings for all voice parts and singers are paid for rehearsals, travel and performance. Auditions are by appointment only and are scheduled in 12-minute segments. For more information, go to lancasterchorale.com. To schedule an audition, contact M.J. Campbell at 740-422-8199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Art Therapy for Kids: Dream Catchers, 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 24, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. With a focus on the process rather than the product, this group provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment to explore grief, develop new awareness and insight, and grow toward healing. No art experience is required and all materials will be supplied. Call 614-559-0350 or email email@example.com to register.
New Directions Career Center, Job Loss Financial Strategies: How to Survive Unemployment Without Losing the Shirt off Your Back, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. July 30, at the center, 199 E. Rich St. Participants will learn how to prioritize spending and access options. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.
Creating and Remembering, a writers group made up of individuals who enjoy journaling, writing poetry, engaging in creative writing, writing memories or accounts of local history, 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. The group is co-led by Helen Reed, who has journaled for many years and has published her own memories, and Rubee Moxley, who has written and published poetry as well as short stories. For more information, call the church office at 614-235-3451.
Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Additional sessions are available from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of each month. Enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance will be discussed. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. To make an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.
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 or visit foreverfitbynancy.com.
The MOMS Club, an international support group for at-home mothers, is starting a new chapter in Bexley. The MOMS Club of Bexley seeks to provide support and meaningful engagement for at-home mothers living in the 43209 ZIP code. Activities will include monthly meetings, playdates and service projects benefiting local women and children. Because this is a support group specifically for at-home mothers, all meetings will be held during the day and mothers may bring their children to all activities. For more information, go to bexleymoms.wordpress.com.
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. For more information, visit Troop166.org.
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Club, 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, October through May, at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
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.
Wave of Color, a session of watercolor painting, 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Quilting Etc., 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. Visit 614berwick.com.
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. For information on becoming a member, email email@example.com.
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.
NAMI Connection, a peer support group for adults living with mental illness of any kind, noon to 1:30 p.m. the last Saturday of each month at Ohio State University East, Talbot Hall, 1492 E. Broad St. This group is free and meets for 90 minutes once a month. NAMI Connection offers a casual environment and the facilitators are individuals who are in recovery themselves. No registration or enrollment is required. For more information, call NAMI Franklin County at 614-501-6264.
Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St. Meetings subject to change. Call Steve to confirm at 614-468-1967 or visit mhafc.org.
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 Main Branch of 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 to attend. 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; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
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.
WoW (Widows or Widowers) Club, second Saturday of the month, call Mary at 614-309-0804.
The Bexley Board of Education meets monthly in the Bexley High School Community Room, 328 S. Cassingham Road. For the meeting schedule, visit bexleyschools.org/domain/72.
Bexley City Council, 6 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.