Events and programs
Bexley Girl Scout Service Unit 908, recruitment events for girls in grades K-12, noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 14, and 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18, at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview. Adult volunteers also are needed. For more information, contact Sara O'Koon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patty Kahan at 614-252-6767.
Columbus Literacy Council and Lady Butterflies, the Central Ohio Adult Spelling Bee, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. Fourth St. Teams of three will compete in rounds, working together to determine the spelling for each word. There will be opportunities to purchase Stress Bee-Lief Cards, Buzz Bucks, a chance to eliminate other teams with Stingers, and more. Teams must include participants age 21 and older and pay a $60 entry fee. Registration is due Sept. 12. For more information, go to ladybutterflies.org.
Columbus Historical Society, 2014 Columbus City Tour Series, starting at 9:30 a.m. 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 Walk to Defeat ALS, 11 a.m. Sept. 21, at Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. Registration for this 1.5-mile walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, go to walktodefeatals.org or contact Liz Glazer at email@example.com.
New Directions Young Professionals, Fashion Forward for a Good Cause, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25, at 199 E. Rich St. The event will feature fall fashion seminars; tips for hair, make-up and accessories; a raffle and silent auction; and shopping at B's Boutique. All proceeds benefit the clients of New Directions Career Center. Tickets are $20 for NDYP members, $25 for non-members. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Caroline Woliver at 614-849-0028, ext. 111.
District 18 State Rep. Michael Stinziano, Community Hours, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Bexley Starbucks, 2450 E. Main St. Constituents are invited to discuss issues that they feel are important. For more information, call Stinziano's office at 614-466-1896.
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, College Financing for Adults: How to Spend Less, Get More, and Navigate Lending Minefields, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 24 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. For more information, call the church office at 614-235-3451.
American Red Cross, noon to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, 1125 College. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
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.
The MOMS Club, an international support group for at-home mothers, recently started 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/.
Mothers of Preschoolers, 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Life Vineyard Church, 620 Alum Creek. The group offers fellowship and support for expectant mothers and mothers of young children. Childcare is provided for a fee of $2 per child.
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.
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, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays 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 email@example.com.
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 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.