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Events and programs
Corpus Christi/St. Ladislas Community Garden is renting spaces for the 2013 planting season, until May 3. The garden is located on the grounds of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, at Lockbourne Road and Stewart Avenue. Fee for a 10-by-4 tilled and ready-to-plant space is $10. Spaces are limited. For more information or to rent, contact the Corpus Christi Center of Peace at 614-512-3731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet and Greet for TWIG, an auxiliary of Nationwide Children's Hospital, 6 to 8 p.m. April 16 at the Wine Bistro in Upper Arlington, 1750 W. Lane Ave., Suite 100. Prospective members are invited for complimentary hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to learn more about membership. In central Ohio, more than 800 volunteers make up more than 70 individual TWIG groups. TWIG groups operate independently as well as participate together in larger events, including the annual TWIG Bazaar during the holidays and Pumpkinpalooza. For reservations contact Cindy Laux at 614-355-0819.
March of Dimes Women's Board, annual fashion show, 6:30 p.m. April 19, at Via Vecchia, 485 S. Front St. in the Brewery District. This year's event, "Caring Causes, Chic Styles," will highlight women's and men's clothing lines from Thread on Grandview, food by Catering by Scott/Via Vecchia and entertainment. Live and silent auctions and raffle packages also will be offered.
Women's Board of the Columbus Museum of Art, 20th anniversary Decorators' Show House, April 23 through May 12 at 21 S. Parkview Ave. in Bexley. The event kicks off with a 1920s-themed preview party, "Roaring into the Show House 2013," from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20. The party features the music of Avalon Nine, signature drinks, food inspired by the 1920s, and vintage clothing and cards. Tickets are $100 per person, $175 per couple. The Decorators' Show House will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance at columbusmuseum.org or $20 if purchased at the door.
Congregation Tifereth Israel, a "Welcome to Kindergarten" party for kindergarten-bound preschoolers, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 12, 1354 E. Broad St. Students and parents are invited to learn more about the congregation's religious school and take part in activities such as "supreme sundae building." Participants need not be a member of Tifereth Israel to attend the event. For reservations, due May 3, contact Ellen Kozberg at 614-253-8523, ext. 110.
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. Call 614-258-7295 or 614-322-0600, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Ask the Expert: Your Resource for Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking -- and More!, a free public program offered through New Directions Career Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 9 to 11 a.m. April 23 at the main library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Participants are encouraged to ask pressing job search and career development questions. Private, 15-minute sessions will be offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call the New Directions Career Center at 614-849-0028, ext. 100.
Computer Basics, a 20-hour, one week program presented by New Directions Career Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22-26 at the New Directions Career Center, 199 E. Rich St. The first six hours are underwritten by Connect Ohio and the remaining 14 hours of classroom instruction are supported by a PNC Bank Foundation grant. Participants learn key board basics along with how to use a mouse to navigate the desktop, and learn how to use the computer to find and apply for jobs. A suggested $10 fee covers processing of registration. However, the center assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. For more information call 614-849-0028 and dial 100.
Merion Village Association, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the MVA Information Center, 1330 S. Fourth St.
Schumacher Place Civic Association, 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Check schumacherplace.org under the community link for meeting location.
AmSpirit Business Connections-City Center Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the German Village Society, 588 S. Third St. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540 or email@example.com.
Caregiver Support Group, noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m., each third Wednesday of the month at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 174 E. Long St. Topics covered include the hiring of in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free, with free parking. Registration is necessary; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277.
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.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Bureau of Workers Compensation, 50 W. Spring St. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Anne Bare at 614-457-6003 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. A second group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Marion Franklin Recreation Center, 2801 Lockbourne Road. Call April Lee at 614-325-1297.
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.
Celebrate Recovery, 6 p.m. Wednesdays at United Methodist Church for All People, 946 Parsons Ave. For more information, call David at 614-895-1002.
Cocaine Anonymous, for information on meetings, call 614-251-1122.
CORDS (Cancer Overcomers Receiving Deliverance Support) meets 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road. Contact Glenn Mueller at 614-277-1609.
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 614-547-9788. Meadow Park Church of God is not affiliated with the DBSA.