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Events and programs

Columbus Bonsai Society, annual show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20, at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden, 1777 E. Broad St. Members will display many examples of the miniature trees they have trained and nurtured. Workshops will take place, and three vendors will be on site, offering a wide range of plant stock, pottery and tools needed for bonsai work. A demonstration of bonsai care and styling techniques will be given at 1 p.m. on each day of the show. Admission is free and open to the public; however, a freewill donation will be accepted.

Ohio Diversity Officers Collaboration, sixth annual Diversity Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 25, on the shared campus of the Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College. The conference, "New Diversity Challenges and Solutions," will provideprofessionals at institutions of higher education with cutting-edge speakers and best practices presentations. The conference cost, which includes the annual membership fee, is $25. A reception will be held at the conference hotel, the Cherry Valley Lodge, 229 Cherry Valley Road SE, Newark, at 6 p.m. the evening prior to the event. For more information, contact Vorley Taylor at taylor.1051@osu.edu or 740-366-9443.

St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, annual Serbian Festival, noon to 10 p.m. July 26, at the church, 1840 N. Cassady Ave. The church's grounds will be transformed into a Serbian village, featuring ethnic foods such as roasted lamb, handmade sausage, cabbage rolls and apple strudel. Soft drinks, domestic and international liquor, beer and wine also will be available for purchase. Live music by Orkestra Lira of Detroit will accompany kolo (circle) dancing and singing. Admission is $4, free for children under age 12. For information, contact ststevansfestival@gmail.com.

Temple Israel, Good as New Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3, at 5419 E. Broad St. New and gently used items will available as part of this event, organized by the Women of Temple Israel after a decade-long hiatus. All items, from furniture and housewares to electronics, toys, clothing and jewelry are strictly cash and carry on the spot. Proceeds will support the Temple Israel Religious School. For more information, contact mmen1404@yahoo.com.

Friends of the Shelter, 5K for K9s, 9 a.m. Sept. 20, at the beach parking area of Alum Creek State Park in Delaware. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $30. Register online at 5KforK9s.com. Proceeds help support sick and injured dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

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.

Classes, workshops

NAMI Parent/Caregiver Classes, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, July 19 through Aug. 23, at North Park Church of Christ, 4938 Westerville Road. Parents or caregivers of a child age 17 or younger who has ADHD, ODD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders or another brain disorder are invited. This free course helps participants advocate for children within the school and health care settings while promoting the need for self-care, coping and communication skills. Registration is required. To enroll, call 614-501-6264 or inquire by email at mail@namifc.org.

Heart of Ohio Tole Chapter, painting class, July 19, at the Northeast Conference Center, 4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville. Social time and check in will run from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., followed by a meeting, lunch and painting session until 4 p.m. Helen Maurer from Dublin will be teaching an owl project using fabric paint. Lunches are available to order for $6. First-time attendees are asked to call or email Jan Pohlman, at 419-286-2353 or ironwood@bright.net for class and surface information. For more information about the chapter and to view upcoming class projects and events, visit heartofohiotole.org or call 614-863-1785.

Art Therapy for Kids: Dream Catchers, 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 24, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. With a focus on the process rather than the product, this group provides a supportive, non-judgmental environment to explore grief, develop new awareness and insight, and grow toward healing. No art experience is required and all materials will be supplied. Call 614-559-0350 or email zh@whv.org to register.

New Directions Career Center, Job Loss Financial Strategies: How to Survive Unemployment Without Losing the Shirt off Your Back, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. July 30, at the center, 199 E. Rich St. Participants will learn how to prioritize spending and access options. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

 

Health

American Red Cross, blood donation, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 18 at the Gahanna Public Library, 310 Granville St. Blood donations also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18, 19 and 21; noon to 6 p.m. July 22; and 1 to 7 p.m. July 23 and 24 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. 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.

 

Meetings

Gahanna Freedom Alliance, 7 p.m. on the third Thursday at the Gahanna Golf Depot, 789 Science Blvd., Gahanna. The GFA comprises informed citizens who take an active role in government affairs. The mission is to inform residents of decisions made by elected and appointed officials; to unite with others under the common banners of liberty, personal responsibility and wise stewardship of community resources; and to defend American principles. For more information, visit gahannafreedomalliance.org.

Gahanna Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719, 75 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna. The group meets at the shelter house for dinner and discussion of various topics. For more information, go to e-clubhouse.org/sites/gahannaoh.

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 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 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 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. 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.

Capitol City Chorus (Barbershop), rehearsals, 7 p.m. Mondays at First Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna. For more information, go to capitolcitychorus.org.

 

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. 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.

 

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.

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