Events and programs
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre event, 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the JCC, 1125 College Ave. Cloak and Dagger will perform its SpyBall: Death of a Secret Agent dinner theater. After cocktails and appetizers with a cash bar, a four-course kosher buffet-style dinner will be served at 8 p.m. as part of the interactive performance. Tickets are $50 to $250. Proceeds will support JCC programs and services. For tickets, visit columbusjcc.org or call 614-231-2731.
Ohio Dominican University, College Goal Sunday, 2 p.m. Feb. 9 in Erskine Hall on the university's main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road. The free program helps students apply for federal financial aid. Experts will answer questions and volunteers will help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents. Families are encouraged to register at ohiocollegegoalsunday.org or by calling 614-251-4778.
Concord Counseling Services, fourth annual He'ART of Concord art show and sale, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at 700 Brooksedge Blvd., Westerville. Free public event will showcase art by more than 20 clients and friends of Concord. Original paintings, photographs, drawings, fabric art, jewelry and pottery will be included. Artists who are clients of Concord receive all proceeds of any pieces sold. For reservations or more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 614-882-9338.
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. The state's largest sustainable food and farm conference features 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, go to www.oeffa.org/conference2014.
Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation, Camp Registration Day for Camp Friendship and CORE, 9 a.m. to noon March 8 at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road. Those who register for camp can make installment payments. Families must complete the forms and provide information listed on the Parks & Recreation 'Camp' page at Gahanna.gov. Call 614-342-4250 for more information.
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.
Ohio Herb Education Center, Making Herbal Beads, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1 or 25 at 110 Mill St. Grind up herbs, add water, and turn the gooey mess into interesting objects with herb farmer Janell Baran of Blue Owl Garden Emporium. Cost is $20 for Gahanna residents; $25 for non-resident. 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. Contact Lefton at 614-559-0243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24, 27; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 25; noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 28; and 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30 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. Health care professionals who would like to volunteer, call 740-927-7729.
Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Starting in February, additional sessions will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of each month. Enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance will be discussed. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. For an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Port Columbus Chapter, 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Brook Hollow Conference Center, 676 Brook Hollow, Gahanna. AmSpirit Business Connections is a national organization that helps sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals succeed by exchanging qualified referrals with others. Guests are welcome.
AmSpirit Business Connections-New Albany/Gahanna Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Fridays at Scrambler Marie's, 5729 N. Hamilton Road. Networking opportunities for small businesses and professionals. Contact Dan Wolt at 614-419-9103.
Gahanna Historical Society, 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at 101 S. High St. Log House tours are offered from 3 to 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. For more information visit gahannahistory.com.
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 email@example.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 or visit gahannatoastmasters.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. 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-Towne Centre Chapter, 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Logan's Roadhouse, 3969 Morse Crossing. Networking opportunities. For more information, contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information, visit amspirit.com.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 530 McNaughten Road. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which participants learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer encouragement. Registration is not required. For more information call 614-501-6264.
Compassionate Friends, Providing Grief Support after the Death of a Child, 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information call 614-882-8986.