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Tuesdays@One, a free arts and education program, 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport. Programs are geared toward adults, with several also being "kid-friendly." The Jan. 28 program will be Tissue Pack Covers, with supplies provided. Advance registration is required; call 614-836-3333.

Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce, annual Chamber Expo and Awards Dinner, March 14, at Crossroads Church in Lithopolis. Chamber members will join with community leaders and dignitaries to celebrate a year of business growth in and around Canal Winchester. Awards of distinction will be presented in the following categories: 2013 Business of the Year, 2013 Business Person of the Year and 2013 Pillar of the Community. Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 7, on the chamber's website, For more information, contact Amanda Lemke, president, Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce, at 614-837-1556.

Knights of Columbus, Council 11188, annual Freethrow Contest, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 8, at the Groveport Recreational Center, 7370 Groveport Road, Groveport. Boys and girls ages 9 to14 are eligible to participate for trophy awards. Winners in each category are determined by making the most out of 15 freethrow attempts. In addition to receiving trophies, winners are eligible to advance to a district-level competition to be held in February. Signups will be open for both boys and girls from 9 a.m. until noon. This competition is open to the public and there is no cost to participate. Parents of the participants are encouraged to be present. This is the first year that 9-year-olds have been allowed to participate in this contest. For more information, contact Mike Jacobs at 614-271-6722.

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, Feb. 14-16, at the Granville Middle and High schools. This event, the state's largest sustainable food and farm conference, features keynote sessions with Kathleen Merrigan and Atina Diffley; more than 100 educational workshops; two in-depth pre-conference events; a trade show; and locally-sourced and organic homemade meals. To register or for more information, including descriptions and workshop listings, go to


Classes and workshops

The Academy of Religious Studies, Inclusion with Molly King, 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 27, at Gender Road Christian Church, 5336 Gender Road, Canal Winchester. The program will provide a look into how churches and Sunday schools can be welcoming and effectively provide for families with special needs. King, director of Christian education and special needs ministries at GRCC, will lead this free workshop. To register, call Diana Morris or Myra Hayduk at 614-258-0376 or Gender Road Christian Church at 614-834-5973.



American Red Cross, blood donation, 1 to 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767.

Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Starting in February, additional sessions will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of each month. Enrollment options, prescription drug plans and benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance will be discussed. The free, 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.



Violet Township Women's League, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, at the American Legion Hall, 7725 Refugee Road, Pickerington. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments. Members are requested to bring a guest to the meeting. The special program will be "Wardrobe Planning," highlighting latest colors and trends in fashion and accessorizing, presented by Chico's. Members are requested to bring children's hats, gloves, scarves for Fairfield Family Children's Services. Membership is open all women residing in Violet Township, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Canal Winchester, Groveport, Baltimore, Carroll and Pataskala. For more information, call Linda Fersch at 614-397-8434, visit or email

Canal Winchester Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10523, 7:30 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Community-Senior Center, 22 S. Trine St., Canal Winchester. Membership is open to any military combat veteran, regardless of race, rank, gender, etc. This is a non-drinking post. For more information, call Rick Williams at 614-735-0983 or Sam Armstead, 614-837-1315.

Canal Winchester Rotary Club, noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday at Shade on the Canal Restaurant, 19 S. High St. Individuals interested in learning more about Rotary are invited to attend. Visit

Bloom Carroll Kiwanis Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Greenfield Township Fire Department Community Room, 3245 Havensport Road, Carroll, and the fourth Thursday of the month in the Stevenson meeting room at Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. Service-minded individuals are invited to join. Call Joe at 614-519-8460 or email

The Southeast 9-12 Project, 5 p.m. the second Wednesday and 7 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month. Meeting location varies. For information, call Mike Lyons at 614-561-4040, email or visit

Canal Winchester Rotary Club, noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday at Shade on the Canal Restaurant, 19 S. High St. Individuals interested in learning more about Rotary are invited to attend. Visit

Boy Scouts Troop 316, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Brice United Methodist Church, 3160 Brice Road. Pack is seeking new members. For information or questions, call Tom McInnerney at 614-863-5221 or email

Indians Touchdown Club, 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the Canal Winchester High School, Room 174, at 300 Washington St. For more information, visit

Violet Grange 1949, 2 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Violet Township Office, 12970 Rustic Dr., Pickerington.

Destination: Canal Winchester networking group, 8 a.m. the third Friday of the month at Harvest Moon Coffee House, 7 N. High St. Visit

Networking Luncheon, sponsored by the Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Canal Winchester Senior Center, 22 S. Trine St. Reservations required. Cost is $12.


Support groups

Therapy Group for Parents of Children With Addictions Issues, 7 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 3, at Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Road, Pickerington. Elaine Sturtz, licensed professional counselor of Peace Within Counseling Ministry, is the facilitator. The group will focus on the therapeutic issues of enabling, trust, rescue, boundaries, next steps and relapse. Fee is $25 To register, call Peace United Methodist Church at 614-837-3732 or Sturtz at 614-406-9544. Participants do not need to register in advance; just come to any or all of the sessions. The group is open to the community.

12-STEP Life Recovery Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. Sundays at Gender Road Christian Church, 5336 Gender Road. Open to those coping with substance abuse and overeating, as well as their friends and family members.

Emotions Anonymous, meeting of a new chapter, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road N., Pickerington. There are no dues or fees required. Emotions Anonymous offers a 12-step program to help people cope with stress in daily living and to live a healthier emotional life. EA is not affiliated with any other organization.Members attend for various reasons, among them depression, anxiety, relationship problems and other emotional difficulties. For more information, call Paul at 614-562-5300.

GriefShare, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Road NW, Pickerington. Griefshare is a nondenominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. For more information, call 614-837-8824 or visit

AA, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Peace Christian Center, 88 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester. For information, call 614-837-6689.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month at Winchester Place, 36 Lehman Drive. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Michele Ross at 614-834-2273 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

Grief Support Group, meets for lunch at noon the first Wednesday of the month at the Fairfield County District Library, 219 N. Broad St., Lancaster. Sponsored by Fairhope Hospice. Call 740-654-7077.

Reformers Unanimous International Addiction Abstinence, a faith-based program, 7 p.m. Fridays, Heritage Baptist Church, 470 Groveport Road. Visit the church's website at or call 614-837-6772.

FairHope Hospice & Palliative Care Inc. PALS Night, a free monthly grief support group for children and teens, 5 to 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 125 N. Eastwood Ave. in Lancaster. Open to those dealing with the loss of a parent, caregiver or sibling. Monthly activities include pet therapy, art activities, locomotor and song and music therapy. For more information, call 740-475-0699 or 800-994-7077.



Canal Winchester Village Council, 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at Town Hall, 10 N. High St.

Planning and zoning commission, 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Town Hall.

Old Town committee meetings, 5:45 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Town Hall.

Finance committee meetings, 5:45 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Town Hall.

Safety committee meetings, 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Town Hall.

Service committee meetings, 5:45 p.m. the third Monday of the month at Town Hall.

Landmarks commission, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Town Hall.

Madison Township Board of Trustees, 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Community Center, 4575 Madison Lane, Groveport.