Delaware Branch AAUW, presentation featuring Jennifer Dillard, AAUW state coordinator, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, in the Bayley Room of the Beeghly Library at Ohio Wesleyan University. Refreshments will be available at 7:15 p.m. The Delaware Branch AAUW meetings are open to the public.
Events and programs
Delaware Branch AAUW, presentation featuring Jennifer Dillard, AAUW state coordinator, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, in the Bayley Room of the Beeghly Library at Ohio Wesleyan University. Refreshments will be available at 7:15 p.m. Dillard works with the AAUW national field director and state leadership to develop effective local, state and federal public policy issues for AAUW participation. She coordinates efforts to support and implement AAUW related state goals and plans, and, also, coordinates member lobby days and in-district meetings, and oversees state and local election activities, besides tracking statewide legislation. The Delaware Branch AAUW meetings are open to the public. For more information about Delaware Branch AAUW, visit delohioaauw.wordpress.com/
Methodist Theological School in Ohio Schooler Institute on Preaching, featuring Mark Kelly Tyler and Timothy Eberhart, Feb. 10 and 11, at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware. Tyler is senior pastor of the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia and a fully affiliated faculty member at MTSO. Eberhart was recently appointed assistant professor of theology and ecology at MTSO. The event is offered to the public without cost, however, advance registration is required. A complete schedule and online registration form are available at mtso.edu/schooler. MTSO is offering one CEU credit for a $25 administrative processing fee.
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 pre-conference descriptions and workshop listings, go to oeffa.org/conference2014.
Delaware County Habitat for Humanity, orientation session for new volunteers, 6 p.m. Feb. 19, at the Habitat office, 305 Curtis St. This is a brief informative meeting with an overview of Habitat and ways volunteers can get involved. To register, visit the website at habitatdelawareco.volunteer hub.com /Events/Browse.aspx or call Linda Warren at 740-363-9950, ext. 222.
United Way of Delaware County and the 2nd & 7 Foundation, The Derby: Books, Bowties and Bourbon, 7 to 11 p.m. March 7, at the Northpointe Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center. Tickets are $75 per person and include a complimentary Derby drink, hors d'oeuvres, bourbon tasting, a cigar bar, participation in races and raffles. Proceeds will help support the Imagination Library and the Tackling Literacy programs. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit secondandseven.com/thederby.
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. weekdays.Classes and workshops
Columbus Sail & Power Squadron, public boating course, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Feb. 15 through March 1, at Goodwill Industries 1331 Edgehill Drive. Check-in is 7:30 a.m. Feb. 15. Topics will include boating safety, elementary seamanship, small boat handling, adverse conditions, weather, rules of the road, an introduction to charting, piloting and coastal navigation and Ohio laws and rules. This class is designed for power boaters, sail boaters, large and small boaters and new boaters. Anyone born after 1981 must have proof of boater education to operate or to supervise youth operators on individual watercraft or boats with motors in excess of 10 horsepower. Ohio's Mandatory Education Law does not change operator age requirements; both must be met. For course details and to register, visit columbussailandpower.org.Health
Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross, blood drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 7, at Grady Memorial Hospital, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767.
SilverSneakers FLEX Senior Stretch, indoor class for women only, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Feridean Commons, 6885 Freeman Road, Westerville. SilverSneakers FLEX classes are free for SilverSneakers members. Fee is $5 for non-members. For more information, call 614-271-7230.Meetings
Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Tim Hortons, 3700 Discovery Lane, Powell. It is part of a national network that offers a variety of topics that change weekly and focus on popular life issues. The program is free with no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, go to meadowpark.org or lifetreecafe.com.
Delaware Chapter Public Employees Retirees Inc., 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3, at Council for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road. Humana Health Care Rep. Shane Olson Place will be the speaker. For more information, call John McDavid at 740-615-5979.
American Legion Col. Benson Hough Post 457, meets the fourth Thursday of the month, except November and December when meetings are on the second Thursday, at the post, 230 Otis St. Guests are invited. For information, call adjutant Gene Fuller at 740-965-2111 or email officers@ americanlegionsunbury.com.
Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Gold Star Referral Club, 7:30 a.m. Mondays at Sunbury Town Hall, 51 E. Cherry St. Business networking group meets every Monday except holidays. Bring business cards, coupons, pamphlets, etc. Visitors are invited. Call Hal Holland at 740-972-8293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delaware Toastmasters, 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Moeller Hall 112 at Columbus State Community College's Delaware campus, 5100 Cornerstone Drive. For more information, visit delaware.toastmastersclubs.org.
American Legion Post 171, 7:30 p.m. and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the post, 393 E. College Ave. Guests are invited. Call Mike Etling at 614-891-9388 or Kim Mann (Auxiliary) at 614-266-2695.
Harlem Township Zoning Commission, 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Harlem Township Firehouse, 3883 state Route 605 S.
Harlem Township Zoning Commission workshop meeting, 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Harlem Township Firehouse, 3883 State Route 605 S.
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.
Shipwrights of Central Ohio, a group for ship modelers, 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. For more information, visit shipwrightsofohio. org.
The Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at in Towers Hall on the Otterbein University campus. All are invited. Call Jim Schultz at 614-794-1247 or visit centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com.
Delaware County Home Economists, open to the county's practicing and retired home economics or family consumer sciences professionals, meets monthly, September through May. Membership dues are $10. To apply or for program information, call President Dee Allenspach at 614-436-9358 or email deespach@ msn.com.Support groups
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Delaware and Morrow Counties, Family to Family Education Program, 6 to 8:30 p.m. for 12 weeks beginning March 19, at Safe Harbor, 325 S. Sandusky St., Suite 305, Delaware. This group is for adult family members, partners and significant others of those with a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and addictive disorders. Trained NAMI volunteers help participants learn how to support their loved one while maintaining their well-being. There is no fee. To register, call 740-815-1767.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Delaware and Morrow Counties, NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at 325 S. Sandusky St., Suite 301, Delaware. This support group, for people living with a mental illness, will be facilitated by trained volunteers who also live with a mental illness. The group helps people learn from shared experiences while offering an opportunity to share coping strategies and offer encouragement. There is no fee. For more information, call 740-815-1767 or visit the NAMI website, wix.com/lauerhouse/namiofdel-mor.
Tea & Tears-Westerville, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Church of the Messiah, Meeting House, 51 N. State St., Westerville. This group is led by Ron and Lori Richardson. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 614-501-6264(NAMI).
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, support groups for patients with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis as well as their family members, meeting in Delaware and Reynoldsburg. Visit ccfa.org/chapters/centralohio for times and dates or call 614-889-6060.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups, 1 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Asbury United Methodist Church, 55 W. Lincoln Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Bernie Sanders at 740-363-1365 to verify. A second group meets at 10 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, 100 Delaware Crossing W. Call Heidi Reed at 740-201-5640.
Family Support Group, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at 325 S. Sandusky St., Suite 301. This group is for the families of those with a serious mental illness.
Delaware Area Parkinson Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Delaware Township Hall, 2590 Liberty Road. Contact Al and Barb at 740-363-3841.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), weigh-in from 5:45 to 6:10 p.m. with meeting starting at 6:15 p.m. Mondays at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 41 Hodges Road. Call Loretta Smiley at 740-965-3416.
Al-Anon, 8:30 p.m. Fridays at Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 Sunbury Road.