Events and programs
Eastside Community Church, egg hunt immediately following a grand opening event, 10 a.m. March 31. The church meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at the Gahanna YMCA, 555 YMCA Place. Kelly Preston is the pastor.
Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio, Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall on the campus of Otterbein University, 30 S. Grove St. in Westerville. The concert will feature selections from Les Miserables and Pirates of the Caribbean. Also on the program is a string piece written by one of the musicians with arrangements for winds by another musician. Graduating seniors from the orchestra will be honored. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ypco.webs.com.
Gahanna Jefferson School District, screening of the HBO documentary, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, at 6:30 p.m. April 4 at Gahanna Middle School West, 350 Stylger Road. The program is designed to provide understanding of what it is like to be a child with dyslexia.
The 12th annual Ohio Botanical Symposium, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 5, at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road. Event sponsors include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Nature Conservancy and Ohio State University. Keynote speaker Robert F. Naczi, curator of North American Botany at the New York Botanical Garden, will present “The Flora of Northeastern U.S. and Adjacent Canada.” Other speakers include David Brandenburg of the Dawes Arboretum and Eric Burkhart of Penn State University. The symposium will also feature a multi-media show and displays from a variety of private and public conservation organizations and vendors. The $40 attendance fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast, buffet lunch and refreshments during the breaks. Registrations will be accepted until April 2. To register, visit ohiodnr.com/dnap or contact Rick Gardner at 614-265-6419.
Annual Chili Bowl Season Kickoff at the Gahanna Golf Course, 8:30 a.m. April 13, at 220 Olde Ridenour Road. Participants will watch the Masters, eat a variety of chili from local businesses and play nine holes of golf to kick off the 2013 golf season for $5. Chili is served at 11 a.m. Call 614-342-4270 to reserve a tee time.
Earth Day Celebration with Gahanna Parks & Recreation, 10 a.m. April 20, at Woodside Green Park, 213 Camrose Court. Participants can volunteer their time to clean up the park and experience what Parks & Recreation has to offer through adventure activities such as fishing and archery. The outdoor adventures begins at noon. All ages welcome.
Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Organizing Expo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, at the Funny Bone located in Easton Town Center. Speakers will address topics ranging from chronic disorganization to home inventory management to time management tips. The Organizing Expo is presented in partnership with Goodwill Columbus. Admission is $5 or free with a donation of electronic waste or other goods to Goodwill Columbus the day of the event.
Ohio Dominican University, fully bilingual tax return preparation service in Spanish, in Erskine Hall, Rooms 201, 202 and 205 at the university’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road. Sessions generally will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through April 10, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 13. Closed March 30 for Easter. Accounting students at ODU will provide free income tax return preparation assistance for qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income (generally $50,000 and below). To make an appointment with an ODU VITA tax preparer, call HandsOn Central Ohio at 211 in Franklin County or 614-221-6766 and ask to speak to the VITA scheduler.
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 through Friday.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 1; noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2; 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4, at the Stone Ridge Donor Center, 337 Stone Ridge Lane. To schedule appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
Medical Clinic, held by Vineyard Community Church, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the church, 15187 Palmer Road in Reynoldsburg. Free sports and school physicals, health screenings and treatment for non-emergency illnesses. VCC food pantry also is open at this time. Interested health care professionals who would like to volunteer, call 740-927-7729.
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.
GRIN (Gahanna Residents In Need), 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at Mifflin Presbyterian Church, 123 Granville St. GRIN offers food pantry and financial assistance from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month, 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Wednesdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gahanna American Legion Post 797, 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719, 75 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna. All meetings are open to all eligible veterans. For more information on eligibility, call Malcolm Glasgow, post commander, at 614-476-3175.
Gahanna Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at VFW Post 4719, 75 W. Johnstown Road. Call Chuck Rees at 614-475-5557.
Gahanna Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Good Samaritan Church, 620 McCutcheon Road. Call Alan Meisterman at 475-2898 or visit gahannatoastmasters.com.
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 information, visit shipwrightsofohio.org.
The Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Towers Hall at Otterbein University. All welcome. Call Jim Schultz at 614-794-1247 or visit centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com.
Community Bible Study, for women and children through sixth grade, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Peace Lutheran Gahanna, 455 Clark State Road. Visit columbusnortheastcbs.org or call 614-855-9832.
Sunrise Masonic Lodge 783, 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 211 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna.
Kiwanis Club of Eastern Columbus, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, at the VFW, 4100 E. Main St. Visit kiwanis.org to find out how to help serve the community.
Olde Gahanna Community Partnership, 8:15 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, 82 N. High St. Get progress reports on business and development issues. The group represents business and residents in the Olde Gahanna area. For more information, visit oldegahanna.com.
Gahanna Jaycees, 7 p.m. the last Monday of the month at Massey’s Pizza, 261 Lincoln Circle.
Gahanna Historical Society, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the John Clark House, 101 S. High St. New members invited.
Gahanna Kiwanis Club, 6:30 p.m. the first, third and fourth Mondays of the month. All meetings are held at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Road. Call Frank Walker at 614-901-9935.
Gahanna Rotary Club, noon Wednesdays at the Jefferson Country Club, 7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive, Blacklick. Call Brad Schneider at 614-471-8444.
Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at New Albany Village Hall, 99 W. Main St.
Gahanna Black Parents Association, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Gahanna Lincoln High School, Room A160, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
AmSpirit Business Connections–Port Columbus Chapter, 8 a.m. Tuesdays at the Brook Hollow Conference Center, 676 Brook Hollow. Contact Frank Agin at email@example.com.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Towne Centre Chapter, 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Logan’s Roadhouse, 3969 Morse Crossing. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information, visit amspirit.com.
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, support groups for patients with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis as well as their family members, meeting in Reynoldsburg and Delaware. Visit ccfa.org/chapters/centralohio for times and dates or call 614-889-6060.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
Colorectal Cancer Gathering, led by an oncology nurse navigator. The group is ongoing; join anytime. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.
Lymphedema Support Group, led by a certified lymphedema therapist and a registered nurse. The group is ongoing; join anytime. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.
Grief Process Support, led by hospice professionals. Various groups available. Call Mount Carmel Hospice at 614-234-0200.
Turning the Page on Cancer Book Club, led by registered oncology nurses. The group is ongoing; join anytime. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.
Celebrate Recovery, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 425 S. Hamilton Road. This is a 12-step, Christ-centered recovery program for any hurt, habit or hang-up. Adults 18 or older. Visit shepnaz.org under the Ministries link or call 614-471-3368, ext. 24.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at Columbus Alzheimer’s Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Call 614-459-7050.
Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays, at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. Call 614-895-1002.
Breast Cancer Support Group, led by a psychologist, social workers and registered nurses. The groups are ongoing; join any time. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.
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 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. Saturday and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 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.
Gahanna City Council meets the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.
Mifflin Township trustees meet the third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the township meeting hall, 155 Olde Ridenour Road.
Jefferson Township trustees meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the township hall, 6545 Havens Road.
Gahanna Civil Service Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.
Gahanna Parks and Recreation Board meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.
Gahanna Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.
Gahanna Landscaping Board meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.