Columbus Historical Society, author discussion and book signing, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 in the extreme theater within COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Local authors will share and discuss their works about Ohio and Columbus history. Authors scheduled to participate include Mary Joe Bole, Conrade C. Hinds, David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker. Their book titles are Combing Columbus, Columbus and the Great Flood of 1913: The Disaster that Reshaped the Ohio Valley, The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908: Water Works that Changed the World, Columbus State Community College: An Informal History, and Inside the Ohio Penitentiary, respectively. Free. For more information call 614-224-0822 or visit columbushistory.org.

Events and programs

Columbus Historical Society, author discussion and book signing, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 in the extreme theater within COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Local authors will share and discuss their works about Ohio and Columbus history. Authors scheduled to participate include Mary Joe Bole, Conrade C. Hinds, David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker. Their book titles are Combing Columbus, Columbus and the Great Flood of 1913: The Disaster that Reshaped the Ohio Valley, The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908: Water Works that Changed the World, Columbus State Community College: An Informal History, and Inside the Ohio Penitentiary, respectively. Free. For more information call 614-224-0822 or visit columbushistory.org.

Victory Matrons Club Inc., Star Lite Cotillion, 57th Cotillion featuring 10 debutantes, 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. The 2012 Star Lite Cotillion Presentation begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. For ticket information, visit victorymatrons.com.

The 2013 Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Agatha's Parish Hall, 1860 Northam Road. Nearly 100 artists and crafters will sell original handmade items. Admission is $3, free for children under age 12. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Columbus non-profit Pets Without Parents. The show is still accepting vendors. For more information on how to become a vendor email info@avantgardeshows.com or visit www.avantgardeshows.com.

Columbus Winter Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays from November through March at the Charity Newsies Headquarters, 4300 Indianola Ave. Products such as winter vegetables, honey, maple syrup, Mennonite baked goods (pies, breads, cinnamon rolls, fry pies), artisan soaps, farm fresh eggs, vegetarian soul food, made while you wait gluten-free doughnuts, hot sauces, sweet breads, cookies, apothecary, beef, turkey, pork and chicken will be available. The market host cooking demonstrations throughout the season. For more information call 740-387-3580 or visit columbuswinterfarmersmarket.com.

Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. Free parking. $10 general admission, $5 for students.

Classes and workshops

New Directions Career Center, An Employer Perspective: Ten Things Job Seekers Need to Know About Employment Trends in a Changing Job Market, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Dec. 4 at 199 E. Rich St. The event begins with a continental breakfast. A $10 registration fee is payable at the door. Fee reductions and waivers are available to those who qualify. For more information, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100. Additional information is available at newdirection scc.org.

Health

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.

Meetings

Clintonville Woman's Club, Candlelight Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the clubhouse, 3951 N. High St. Punch will be served with lunch at noon. The menu includes a salad, pork strip steak and carrot souffle. A dessert of peppermint ice cream will be followed by a musical performance by the French Horn Club of Columbus. This event is open to the public. Donation is $25 per person. For tickets and reservations, contact Diane Osterwise at 614-262-2495.

Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Weekly videos, stories and discussions that help build relationships. Topics change weekly and focus on popular life issues. December programs include: Dec. 5, "The Art of Listening: An Act of Love," featuring an exclusive film of NPR's StoryCorps founder, David Isay; Dec. 12, "What People Really Think of Christians ... and Why," with an exclusive filmed interview with Gabe Lyons, author of the book: UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters; and Dec. 19, "Overcoming Hardship -- A father and son beat the odds," featuring an exclusive film of Patrick Henry Hughes, born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs, and his father. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, contact lifetreecafe@meadowpark.org.

Poet and Writers Guild, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at Pearls of Wisdom, 3522 N. High St. The program will be an open reading. For more information, call Dotte at 614-263-9346 or Liz Ann, 614-267-3085.

Columbus Area Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, 10 a.m. on the second Thursday (except August) at the Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St., Dublin. Coffee available at 9:30 a.m. EGA is a national nonprofit organization which fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. For more information, go to sites.google.com/site/columbusareaega or Facebook Columbus Area Chapter EGA.

Inventors Network discusses the invention process at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road. Cost is $36 per year for membership (payable at any time, not pro-rated for a partial year), $5 per meeting at the door. Call 614-470-0144 or visit inventorscolumbus.com.

Clintonville Beginning Dulcimer Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Education Room of Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus (west entrance off of parking lot). Bring a dulcimer or call to ask about borrowing one. No need to read music. Free. For more information contact Barb at 614-848-5041 after 5 p.m. or email barb@barbfeick.com.

Discipling Converts to Become Soldiers in God's Army, Northland area. Call 614-262-4764 for more information.

Central Ohioans for Peace, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave. Call 614-436-3531.

Assistance League of Metro Columbus, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-404-8709 or visit ALColumbus.org.

Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. For more information, visit northwestkiwanis.com.

AmSpirit Business Connections -- Atlas Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave., Columbus. Contact Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com.

Support groups

Wesley Glen Family CAREgiver Group, noon Dec. 10 at Wesley Glen Retirement Community, 5155 N. High St. Holiday party. Lunch is provided. Sessions provide care, affirmation, respite and education for those looking after a loved one. All sessions are free and open to the public. Reservations should be made for lunch by calling 614-888-7492.

Compassionate Friends, Providing Grief Support after the Death of a Child, 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information call 614-882-8986.

Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the third floor multi-purpose room at the Forum at Knightsbridge, 4625 Knightsbridge Blvd. Call Dodie Wood at 614-481-8888.

Cancer Support Group, for anyone living with cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. Free. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Caregiver Support Group, for friends and family of those facing cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. Free. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Bereavement Support Group, for those who have lost a loved one to cancer, at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. Free. Call 614-800-3819.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 10:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Lauren Croman at 614-888-7492 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. A group also meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Columbus Alzheimer's Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Call 614-459-7050.

Alzheimer's Men's Breakfast Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio chapter, 8:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Panera Bread-Clintonville, 4519 N. High St. Call Bill Keating at 614-481-4466.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.

Compassionate Friends, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1495 E. Morse Road. Open to parents, grandparents or siblings who have experienced the death of a child at any age, for any reason.

Debtors Anonymous, a 12-step program for the financially challenged, 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Glen Echo United Presbyterian Church, 220 Cliffside Drive. Call 614-404-4827.

Eating disorder support groups for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder support group and family and friends, 6:30 to 8 p.m., the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except holidays), at the Center for Balanced Living, 445 E. Granville Road, Buildings M and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 614-293-9550 or visit thecenterforbalancedliving.org.

Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/Fibromyalgia meeting, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call Linda at 614-457-5132 for more information.

Cocaine Anonymous, for information on meetings, call 614-251-1122 or visit caohio.org.

Mended Hearts of Central Ohio, a support group for heart patients, caregivers and heart-care professionals, the second Wednesday of every month at the Ross Auditorium at the Ohio State University Medical Center, 452 W. 10th Ave. Call Jeff Davidson at 614-580-1561 or visit mendedheartscentralohio.org.

Arthritis Peer Network, 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Panera Bread, 4519 N. High St. This group is designed for working adults to share and offer support. Call the Arthritis Foundation at 614-876-8200.

Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N. High St. Individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, panic, fatigue, depression or fear are welcome. Freewill offerings accepted. For more information contact Paul at 614-895-6760 or info@LowSelfHelpSystems.org.

Men and Women's Conversational English Group, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays at Indianola Presbyterian Church, 1970 Waldeck Ave. Free sessions where international men and women can practice speaking American English in a comfortable, friendly group. Each individual, country, religion and culture will be respected. Contact Bob Patton at rpatton6@columbus.rr.com or Jack Kyle at 614-325-0208.

Depression Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 7 to 8:30 p.m., the first and third Mondays of the month at the Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Also: 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at North Central Mental Health Services, 1301 N. High St. For information, visit mhafc.org.

MOMS Club of Clintonville, a social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Email clintonvillemomsclub@yahoo.com or visit clintonvillemomsclub.yolasite.com.

Overeaters Anonymous, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road. Also: 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call Carol at 614-777-8596 or visit OA.org.

Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. For more information, call David at 614-895-1002.

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. Saturdays and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-470-0397 or visit emotionsanonymous.org.

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.