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 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 hosts some cooking demonstrations throughout the season. For more information, call 740-387-3580.
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.
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 for this service. Taxpayers are reminded to bring last years tax returns and all their tax related documents for 2013. For more information, call AARP at 1-888-227-7669.
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.
Clintonville Woman's Club, annual Tea at CWC: Buds to Bouquets, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 25, at the clubhouse, 3951 N. High St. Group members will be serving homemade tea sandwiches, appetizers and cookies along with a variety of hot teas. Bill Dawson, the coordinator of the Growing Green program at Franklin Park Conservatory, will speak on the importance of community gardens. Tickets are $10 each and seating is limited. This event is open to the public, however, reservations are required. Contact Nadine Gilbert at 614-268-2963 for reservations.
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
Fearless Falling Classes, 9:30 a.m. Mondays, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays at the Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. These Tai-Chi-based classes are designed to improve balance and awareness and teach how to fall safely. For more information, call 614-645-3217.
Columbus Literacy Council, USA Citizenship class, eight weeks beginning Jan. 30 at the council's office, 92 Jefferson Ave. in the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts. The classes are designed to help immigrants increase their English language skills as well as prepare for the naturalization interview, which requires applicants to possess English language skills equivalent to a third-grade level. During the course, students will participate in mock interviews, have access to study materials and complete practice examinations. For more information contact Columbus Literacy Council at 614-224-0501.
Job Search Success for Seasoned Workers, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Feb. 5 at New Directions Career Center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door; however, fee reductions and waivers are available to those who qualify. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.
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. 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. Snacks and beverages are available.
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 more information, contact Barb at 614-848-5041.
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.
Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center.
AmSpirit Business Connections--Atlas Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave., Columbus.
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.
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 more information, call 614-566-5377.
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.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at COVA, 3770 N. High St. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which participants learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer encouragement. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 614-501-6264.
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. There is no fee. 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. There is no fee. 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. There is no fee. For information, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
MOMS Club of Clintonville, a social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Email firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.