Casino Royale Dinner and Auction, April 12 at St. Francis DeSales High School, 4212 Karl Road. The event features food and spirits, entertainment, casino gaming and more than 200 silent and live auction items for bidding. Visit the school website at stfrancisdesaleshs.org for tickets.

Events and programs

Casino Royale Dinner and Auction, April 12 at St. Francis DeSales High School, 4212 Karl Road. The event features food and spirits, entertainment, casino gaming and more than 200 silent and live auction items for bidding. Visit the school website at stfrancisdesaleshs.org for tickets.

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization and Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere, third annual Race to Eliminate Sexual Violence 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m. April 26 at Wolfe Park in Bexley. This event was created to raise awareness and provide information about sexual violence, to financially support victim service agencies and create social change. Advance registration is $27.50 until the week of the race, when the fee increases to $32.50. Registration includes a T-shirt and a goodie bag. Register online at http://premierraces.com/viewevent.asp?eventID=979.

New Directions Career Center, Women of Promise fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m. April 17 at Limited Brands Inc., 3 Limited Parkway, Columbus. The 2014 Woman of Promise winner will be recognized. Also featured will be live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, a silent auction of more than 150 items and a live auction. Tickets are $50, $110 for patrons, and may be purchased at newdirectionscc.org. For sponsorship opportunities or questions about this event, contact development director Linda Warden at 614-849-0028, ext. 110, or lwarden@NewDirectionsCC.org.

Columbus 2014 Great Amazing Race, an annual family-oriented foot race based on the reality series, The Amazing Race, 2 to 5 p.m. May 10 at Highbanks Metropark in Lewis Center. Teams of two people, adults and children in grades K-12, race around a mile-long course with up to eight stations. Clues at each station direct teams to perform tasks or complete an obstacle course that focuses on teamwork in order to advance. Contestants should be prepared to get wet and dirty. Adult teams also are welcome. Medals will be awarded in various categories, and the 25 best teams will qualify for the championship race and a chance to win $2,000. Walk-ups on the day of the race will be accepted, but advance registration is encouraged as the race is limited to 120 teams. Online registration cost is $40 per two-member team,. Visit GreatAmazingRace.com.

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over 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 and workshops

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America, Starting the Path Into German Genealogy spring seminar, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Featured speaker Ernie Thode will focus on how to begin the research for German ancestors. A panel of experts from the Palatines Chapter, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio Historical Societ, and the Ohio Genealogical Society will present overviews of their organizations and what resources are available. Registration of $35 includes seminar materials, morning coffee/juice/bagels, and lunch with Schmidt's Sausage Haus Classic Buffet. Advance registration deadline is March 30. Late registration is $10 additional. Register online at www.oh-palam.org, or send to: Ginny Poland, 162 Imperial Drive, Gahanna, OH 43230.

Ohio Herb Education Center, Tea Time for Fairies, 1 to 2 p.m. April 5. Participants will learn how to create a fairy wonderland out of teacups, as well as how to use natural materials to make fairy garden furniture and accessories. Class is appropriate for all ages. Cost includes one adult and one child. Cost for Gahanna residents is $15, $20 non-residents, additional children pay $5RDR, $7SR. Call 614-342-4380 to register.

Ohio Herb Education Center, Building an Herbal Wellness Kit, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 22. Brooke Sackenheim will discuss how everyday herbs such as peppermint, ginger, calendula, chamomile and lavender can double as a fixes for minor scrapes, bug bites and bruises. Cost is $15 for Gahanna residents, $20 non-residents. To register call 614-342-4380.

New Directions Career Center, Head of Household: Financial Survival Tips for the Single Parent, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. April 30 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Health

American Red Cross, blood donation, 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 30 at New Life Church, 3690 Stygler Road, Gahanna. Blood donations also will be accepted at the Stone Ridge Donor Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28, 29 and 31; noon to 6 p.m. Apri 1; and 1 to 7 p.m. April 2 and 3 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. 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. Additional sessions are 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 being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. For an appointment, call 614-795-0927.

Meetings

Columbus Military Wives Club, 11:30 a.m. April 9 at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., Bexley. The program will be a Yong Chan "Boxing for Women" performance with Lurean Dunan from China. For reservations, due one week in advance, or for more information call Ann Hallenbrook at 614-837-6283 or Mabel Edwards at 614-866-2625.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Port Columbus Chapter, 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Brook Hollow Conference Center, 676 Brook Hollow, Gahanna. National organization helps sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals succeed by creating a forum where they can exchange 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. The program focuses on networking opportunities for small businesses and professionals. For more information 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 the website at 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 online 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 additional information about GRIN, 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 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.

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.

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-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.

Support groups

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.

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.

Cancer Support Group, for anyone living with cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. There is no fee. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Caregiver Support Group, for friends and family of those facing cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. There is no fee. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Bereavement Support Group, for those who have lost a loved one to cancer, at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. There is no fee. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the third floor multi-purpose room at the Forum at Knightsbridge, 4625 Knightsbridge Blvd. Call Dodie Wood at 614-481-8888.

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.

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.

WoW (Widows or Widowers) Club, second Saturday of the month, call Mary at 614-309-0804.

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.