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Events and programs
Concord Counseling Services, second annual 5K Run, Walk, Dog Strut, 7 a.m. May 10, at Heritage Park in Westerville. The event will consist of two courses, one for runners and walkers and one for dog "strutters." Runners and walkers will start at 8-8:05 a.m. and the dog "strutters" will begin at 8:20 a.m. Registration fee is $30. Everyone who registers will receive an event T-shirt. Registration can be completed online at the website www.columbusrunning.com/RunEvent/Details/159. Proceeds will benefit Concord Counseling Services' programs for those facing mental health issues.
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 provided 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 while completing the tasks. 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, and can be completed online at GreatAmazingRace.com.
CHA Animal Shelter, annual Par for Pets golf outing event, 2 p.m. May 17, at Oakhaven Golf Club in Delaware. The event consists of four person scramble, open to teams, pairs and single registrants. Registration fees include greens fees and cart, unlimited range balls, unlimited hamburgers and bratwursts after the event and on course beverage cart and two beverage tickets. Tickets, at $90 per person, can be purchased at the CHA website, CHAAnimalShelter.org or via Eventbrite.
Columbus Chapter of Hadassah, presentation featuring Hadassah National President Marcie Natan and the changing relationship between Hadassah Medical Organization and the State of Israel, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 18 at the Embassy Suites Airport, 2886 Airport Drive. Natan's presentation is part of the Hadassah Central States Region Conference. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. For reservations contact Arlene at 614-235-8111 or email@example.com.
Yogathon for St. Jude, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 31, at Burn, 153 Mill St. in Gahanna. Approximately 20 yoga studios across the country, including Burn, are hosting events to raise awareness and funding for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. People of all ages with diverse levels of experience are invited to participate in the fundraiser. To register, email Rachel at Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBJ Connections, open house, 1 to 3 p.m. June 1, at 9800 Jug Street Road NW, Pataskala. PBJ Connections specializes in equine assisted psychotherapy, a therapy especially effective for at-risk youth and their families. For more information, visit pbjconnections.org or call 740-924-7543.
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis Walk, 4:30 p.m. June 21 at Franklin Park Community Gardens. This family-friendly event also includes games, music and food. For more information or to register, visit the website at cctakesteps.org/columbus.
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 Senior Health Insurance Information Program, Welcome to Medicare event, 6 p.m. May 15, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Consumers are invited to learn about the benefits Medicare provides and related deadlines, Medicare Advantage plans, supplemental health plans and financial assistance programs to help beneficiaries pay the Medicare Part B premium. For reservations, call 614-795-0927 or email AKuntz@whv.org.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9, 10 and 12; noon to 6 p.m. May 13; and 1 to 7 p.m. May 14 and 15 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.
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. To make an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.
Wild Ones, 10 a.m. May 10, at the Innis House, Inniswood Metro Park, 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville. Beth Richardson, owner of Designs with Nature, will present "Prepare your Gardens for Spring & Beyond." Richardson will share techniques to prepare gardens for spring flowering and color, along with ideas for continued months of garden beauty with native plant species.
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 assists sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals succeed by creating a forum where they can exchange qualified referrals with other sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals. 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, go to 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 details, 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.
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. For information, visit shipwrightsofohio.org.
Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Towers Hall at Otterbein University. All welcome. Call Jim Schultz at 614-794-1247 or visit centralohiocwrt.wordpress.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. 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.
Grief Journey Support Group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, May 12 through July 7, or 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, May 13 to July 8, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. This series is designed for those who are newly bereaved and those still struggling with the stages of grief after a loss. A professional grief counselor from Zusman Hospice will help participants focus on understanding grief, exploring feelings and seeking reconciliation. There is no fee. Advance registration is required. Call 614-559-0350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
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. Visit shepnaz.org under the Ministries link or 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.
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.