Events and programs
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Old Columbus Jews Telling Jokes, a karaoke-style joke fest, 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the JCC, 1125 College Ave. The event honors the life and comedy of the late Sam Gordon, a jokester and JCC regular. Emcee Marcie Golden will tell a few of her own jokes whil introducing other performers. A cash bar and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 each for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information, call 614-231-2731 or visit jccgalleryplayers.org.
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 www.oeffa.org/conference2014.
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.
Two Men and A Truck, Getting Ready for Your Move seminar, 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at 5083 Westerville Road, Columbus. Cathy Van Volkenburg, a professional organizer, with Accent on Organizing, will speak. This is open and free to the public. Attendees must register by contacting Carly Turcu via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conway Center for Family Business, Top Ten Reasons Family Businesses Succeed, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 16 in Alumni Hall at Ohio Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus. The program, the center's first of 2014, presented by Rider & Reinke Financial Group and Emens & Wolper Law Firm, will focus on 10 avoidable missteps that can trip up plans for the future and offer ideas for creating a formal succession plan. Center members are free, nonmembers pay $35. For reservations contact Heather Howell at email@example.com or 614-253-4820.
Ohio Herb Education Center, Sweet Dreams: Sleeping Tonics, 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 and again from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at 110 Mill St. Topics will include basic strategies for getting a good night's sleep as well as tips on using gentle sedative herbs such as passionflower, hops, chamomile and valerian. Instructor is Brooke Sackenheim. Cost for Gahanna residents is $15 and non-residents is $20. To register call 614-342-4380.
Wexner Heritage Village Spiritual Life Team, information session and training luncheon for the Nadav Spiritual Volunteer Program, noon to 1 p.m. March 11, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Zusman Hospice Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Debbie Lefton will lead the session. This program pairs trained volunteer visitors with long-term care, independent and assisted living residents on the WHV campus, as well as unaffiliated individuals in central Ohio, who seek a spiritual confidant to explore issues such as faith, the afterlife, religious values and beliefs. No experience is necessary. Those interested in participating should contact Lefton at 614-559-0243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.