Events and programs
Immaculate Conception School, open house and kindergarten registration, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30, at 366 E. North Broadway. Student ambassadors will provide guided tours. Parents, teachers and representatives of school clubs will be on hand to discuss available programs. For details on items needed for kindergarten registration or registration for other grades, visit immaculateconception-parish.org/school/admissions.html. For more information, call 614-267-6579.
Columbus Chapter of MovetoAmend Introductory Forum, 2 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 2, at the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St. This is a local affiliate of the national Move to Amend organization that is calling for a U.S. constitutional amendment to reverse several U.S. Supreme Court decisions during the past century. The session will include a movie, Legalize Democracy, and an open discussion. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program, tax preparation for low and middle income households, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays Feb. 4 through April 15, at the Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. Five trained and certified tax preparers will be available to help area residents with 2013 federal and state tax returns on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge. Taxpayers are reminded to bring last years tax returns and all their tax related documents for 2013. For information, call AARP at 1-888-227-7669 or visit the AARP website at aarp.org/taxaide for locations and schedules for other sites.
Columbus February Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, at St. Agatha's Parish Hall, 1860 Northam Road. Featured items include paintings, rustic home decor, glass lawn art, fabric pottery and jewelry. Admission is $3, free for children under age 12. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Hope Hollow, offering lodging that supports patients, families, and friend affected by cancer. Parking is free. For more information, visit avantgardeshows.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.
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 - Friday.
Classes and workshops
Baby Boomers and Beyond Fitness Classes, Thursdays at the Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. Sessions include Zumba Gold Fitness from 6 to 7 p.m. and Beginner Jazzy-Tap from 7 to 8 p.m. To register, call 614-645-3217. For more information, call 614-582-7428.
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. Upcoming topics include: Jan. 23, "Care for Caregivers: Meeting the Unique Needs of Those Who Sacrifice for Others," featuring a screening of the short film Life in Reverse; and Jan. 30, "Where is God When Life Turns Tough?," featuring the filmed story of John Stumbo, a healthy ultra-marathoner who was suddenly attacked by a life-threatening illness. Free; no registration required. For information, contact lifetreecafe@ meadowpark.org.
Clintonville Beginning Dulcimer Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth 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. There is no fee. For information, contact Barb at 614-848-5041 or email email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Guy's Night: Men Supporting Men, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, at Cancer Support Community, 1200 Old Henderson Road. The group, facilitated by Larry Walters, Bryan Loveless and Ricky Kitchen, will focus on male-specific cancers and other cancer diagnoses. Topics include healthier living, improved quality of life and ways to cope with diagnosis and treatment. Meetings will continue on the second Tuesday of the month. To register, call 614-884-4673.
Myasthenia Gravis Support Group, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 29, at the Northwest Library on Hard Road in Columbus. For more information, email j.eickholt@ aol.com.
Men and Grief, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month, at Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive. This group confronts the distinct issues men face in grieving, discussing strategies and tactics for coping and progressing. The group is sponsored by OhioHealth as part of its Community Bereavement Services Program. To register or for information, call 614-566-5377.