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Events and programs

Reynoldsburg Lions Turkey Shoot, 10 a.m. Sundays through May 12, at 13685 Basil Road in Fairfield County. For information, call 614-378-9272.

Spiritual Reflection Series, "Just Park It...and Pray, with teacher, author and outdoor enthusiast Kevin Ryan, 1:30 p.m. April 21, at Blacklick Metro Park's Sassafras Shelter, located in the back reservable picnic area, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. The topic will be "Spring into Prayer." The second program, "Exercising a Spiritual Life," will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 19, at Blendon Woods Metro Park's Shadblow Reservable Area, 4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville. Both free events will a short spiritual reflection followed by a walking meditation. For more information, visit kevinryan.org.

TWIG 165 Quarter Auction, 2 to 4 p.m. April 27, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1200 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. so guests may purchase paddles, visit the direct sellers and view the auction items. Paddles are one number for $3 and three numbers for $5. Items to be auctioned are from various local businesses, direct sellers, home-based businesses and items donated by members of TWIG 165. Refreshments will be served. All proceeds will be donated to Nationwide Children's Hospital. For more information, contact Deb McCloy at 614-563-1165 or Pat VerBurg, 614-537-6223.

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.

Team I.A.G. (It's All Good), third annual Cruise-In at the Gahanna/New Albany Relay for Life, 8 a.m. to noon June 8, at the Gahanna Lincoln High School parking lot in front of the football stadium on Havens Corners. Registration for the cruise-in is from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost of $10 which includes a free meal ticket for all registrants. Dash plaques will go to first 50 registered vehicles, with awards presented at noon. The event will include music, food, raffles, 50/50 and family activities. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Team I.A.G. For cruise-in information, contact Steve Shepher at smoothiekinggahanna@gmail.com or 614-905-1085 or Sue Horn at sportsmomseh@aol.com.

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.

 

Classes, workshops

Employment for Seniors, Jobseekers Workshop Series for ages 65 and older, 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays starting April 29, at the Gahanna Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 310 Granville St. This workshop is intended for individuals 65 and older who are actively seeking part- or full-time employment. Topics include: job searches, resume basics, using the Internet to find opportunities and transferring skills to new opportunities. Carol Ventresca, executive director of Employment for Seniors and Sharon Hamersley, resume consultant and owner of The Resume Coach, will lead the sessions. For more information or to register, call the Employment for Seniors office at 614-863-1219.

Criterium Liszkay Engineers, free home buyers seminar, 7 p.m. May 7 and 9, for part one, May 14 and 16 for part two, in the East Main Professional Building, 5300 E. Main St., Suite 203. Participants will learn the basics of what a home inspector looks for, helping them eliminate houses with major problems before entering into a contract. Each session will last one and a half hours. Seating is limited. For reservations, call Miriam at 614-418-7200.

 

Health

American Red Cross, blood donation, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Gahanna Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 310 Granville St. Donations also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 22; noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23; 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Stone Ridge Donor Center, 337 Stone Ridge Lane. To schedule appointments call 1-800-733-2767.

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.

 

Meetings

Women Today, a social and philanthropic organization within the greater Columbus area, 11:30 a.m. May 7, at the Lakes Country Club, 6740 Worthington Road, Westerville. Beth Weinhardt, local history coordinator at the Westerville Public Library, will describe how she assisted Ken Burns and his team of researchers scour the archives for materials that could be used in the documentary Prohibition. For reservations, due May 1, call Karen at 614-339-3046 or JoAnn at 614-457-7048.

Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce, 7:30 to 9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings focus on a variety of business topics and include new member introductions at breakfast meetings. For information, go to GahannaAreaChamber.com.

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 grin_gahanna@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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 frankagin@amspirit.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 tom.anderson@excelleweb.com.

 

Support groups

Teen Moms Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at Pickerington Christian Church, 575 Diley Road. This program is free and focuses on providing practical and emotional support for young moms. Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided. For information contact Parents Addressing Teen Challenges at pkpatch@sbclgobal.net or 614-917-0148.

Central Ohio Polio Network, providing support and information on post-polio syndrome, 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 4, at the Westerville MCL Restaurant, 76 E. Schrock Road. For more information, contract Monica Wilford at 614-581-6979 or 614-337-0990.

Diabetes Support Group, sponsored by Mount Carmel/St. Ann's Hospital, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at the hospital, 500 Cleveland Ave., Westerville. Participants will receive information on diabetes and diabetes self-care activities. Those diagnosed with diabetes and their family members and friends are invited. There is no fee. For more information, call Suzanne at 614-865-7254. Meetings are subject to change.

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. 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.

 

Government

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 in January each year to organize for that year and thereafter on an as needed basis. Agendas and minutes for all meetings are available online at gahanna.gov. For more information call the city clerk's office at 614-342-4090.

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.

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