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Events and programs
Blood Drive for the U.S. Military and Collection of Care Package Material for the Troops, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 165 N. Yearling Road, east of the Defense Supply Center Columbus. Walk-ins welcome. For more information go to blooddriveforthetroops.org. The Blue Star Mothers of Central Ohio also will be collecting material for care packages. The Mothers will send 800 packages at the end of July to troops. In addition, the Troop and Family Assistance Center Specialists will be on hand.
Make-A-Wish 14th Annual Medical Mutual Columbus Walk for Wishes, 10 a.m. July 13, at Huntington Park and downtown Columbus. Participants can choose either a one- or three-mile walk to help grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. A Finish Line Celebration filled with music, food and fun will be held at the conclusion of the walk. Walkers also have the opportunity to meet current and past Wish families. To register as an individual or team, visit wishwalkers.org. Every participant who raises $100 or more will receive an official T-shirt. For more information about this event, contact Chelsea Dobbs at 614-495-3713.
Third Annual Mark and Dan Barren Family Fund Golf Outing and Family Dinner, 2 p.m. for golf Aug. 2, at the New Albany Links Golf Club, 7100 New Albany Links Drive. Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Cost is $125 per person for golf, $75 for Columbus Academy staff, with dinner included. Dinner is $25 per person otherwise. To register for either event, contact Scott Watters at email@example.com or call 614-855-7735. The fund will provide financial aid to qualified student athletes at Columbus Academy as well as help fund a 529 plan for the children of Coach Mark Barren.
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.