Klezmer Showcase, 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14 at the Southern Theater, 21 E. Main St., Columbus. The Columbus Symphony will perform a concert that celebrates the origins of klezmer music, dance tunes played by Jewish folk musicians throughout eastern Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 614-228-8600 or by visiting ticketmaster.com. For details, visit www.columbussymphony.com
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Events and programs
Klezmer Showcase, 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14 at the Southern Theater, 21 E. Main St., Columbus. The Columbus Symphony will perform a concert that celebrates the origins of klezmer music, dance tunes played by Jewish folk musicians throughout eastern Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 614-228-8600 or by visiting ticketmaster.com. For details, visit columbussymphony.com
Capital University, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning, 8 a.m. Jan. 16 at the university, 1 College and Main. Wil Haygood, award-winning author and reporter, will be the keynote speaker at event's convocation starting at 9 a.m. Haygood is best-known as the author of the New York Times bestseller "The Butler: A Witness to History." The day also features workshops. For information go to capital.edu/MLK-Day/.
Bexley City Schools and the Bexley Public Library, 29th annual Caldecott Read-In, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at the library, 2411 E. Main St. Educators, librarians and interested adults are invited to explore and discuss the year's best books for children. Activities include continuing education, book talks and books for review and purchase. Bexley Public Library guests are invited to vote on the books they think will win this year's Caldecott medal, which will be announced at the ALA's national Youth Media Awards on Jan. 23. Books will be available to purchase with cash or check. Register by calling 614-231-2878.
Valentine's Day event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Connells Maple Lee, 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley. Ages 5-12 will make a special "Be Mine, Valentine" arrangement featuring a teacup with a heart on it and a red wire stick-in heart. Participants also will receive a free balloon. Registration for time slots is required. For details or to register, call 614-237-8653.
Gallery Players Annual Fundraiser, 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Roth/Resler Theater, 1125 College Ave. Tony Award-winning Broadway composer and musician Jason Robert Brown will perform in a cabaret-style program. Brown will also attend the dessert reception following the performance. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available online at jccgalleryplayers.org. There will also be a master class for young performers on Brown's music on Jan. 22. At 5 p.m. the JCC will also screen the film "The Last Five Years" based on Brown's hit musical of the same name. Both events are free for JCC members. Those interested in participating should contact Jared Saltman at email@example.com or 614-559-6248.
Bexley Education Foundation, BRAVO! fundraiser, 7 to 11 p.m. March 4 at St. Charles Preparatory School, 2010 E. Broad St. A silent auction, with bidding by cellphone or mobile device during the event and the week leading up to the event, is planned. Funds raised support the foundation's classroom and district wide grants-making program. Tickets are $75 for patrons, $50 general admission. For more information go to bexleyeducationfoundation.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.
Classes and workshops
Tutor Training Workshops, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Feb. 11 and March 18 at the Dominican Learning Center, 1111 E. Stewart Ave. Volunteer tutors needed to teach adults seeking basic education skills, GED preparation, or English as a Second Language. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and be a high school graduate. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-444-7330 to register. For more information go to Domlearningcenter.org.
New Directions Career Center, Career SOS: Seasons of Success, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 through Feb. 3 at 199 E. Rich St. This is a 10-day program geared to empower women to achieve their personal and professional goals. It will be offered three times this year for women at every stage of their careers. Registration is required by calling 614-849-0028, ext. 100, or sending an email to email@example.com.
Medicare counseling, 2:30 to 4 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, contact Monica at 614-559-5502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aldus Society, meeting with the theme Aldus Collects, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Six Aldus members will share their book-related passions, from the Bronte sisters to motorcycles and much in between. Admission is free and open to the public. Socializing begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 614-390-6080 or visit aldussociety.com.
Columbus Bonsai Society, 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 1777 E. Broad St. There will be an illustrated talk on bonsai history and a hands-on workshop for accent plants. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Mark Passerrello at 614-634-3435.
The Kiwanis Club of Berwick, noon Thursdays at the Berwick, 3250 Refugee Road, Columbus. A buffet lunch will be available for $11. For more information, call 614-476-3613.
The New Neighbors League of Columbus offers group activities and social events for recent transplants to the Columbus area. The group's purpose is to bring together new neighbors in the greater Columbus area to establish friendships and assist in the adjustment to new surroundings. The fee to join is $60. For more information, call 614-636-6652, email email@example.com or visit newneighborscolumbus.com.
Bexley Moms, a support group for mothers who live in the 43209 area code, seeks to include and connect mothers with one another and give them meaningful ways to engage in their communities while they care for their children. Activities include child-friendly activities, Moms Night Out and service projects that benefit local mothers and children. For more information, visit meetup.com/BexleyMoms.
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 Monday 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.
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. Call614-222-3743.
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.
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.
The Bexley Board of Education meets monthly in the Bexley High School Community Room, 328 S. Cassingham Road. For the meeting schedule, visitbexleyschools.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 Thursday in council chambers at City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.