Marion-Franklin High School Class of 1973, 40-year class reunion, Oct. 12, at the Scioto Downs clubhouse. Search Marion-Franklin 1973 Class Reunion on Facebook or call Mike Spiellman at 614-416-7588, ext. 1419.

Events and programs

Marion-Franklin High School Class of 1973, 40-year class reunion, Oct. 12, at the Scioto Downs clubhouse. Search Marion-Franklin 1973 Class Reunion on Facebook or call Mike Spiellman at 614-416-7588, ext. 1419.

Falling for Local: An Ohio Artisian Market, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12, and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, at Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. This shopping experience features Ohio artists jewelry, accessories, home decor, clothing and stationery. For information, call 614-715-8000.

Christ Child Society of Columbus, annual Red Wagon Fare luncheon, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16, at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road. The event features a luncheon, a boutique of vendors from Central Ohio, Christ Child Society sweets, baked goods and crafts, as well as a style show provided by Chico's from the Shops at Worthington Place and Belles and Beaux Children's Boutique. Proceeds support the projects of the Christ Child Society. This year, Project Starfish, a tuition assistance program for the Christ Child-Child Care Center at St. Stephens Community House will be the focus of the event. Tickets for the luncheon are available by visiting christchildsocietycolumbus.org or by contacting any group member.

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

Ask the Expert: Your Resource for Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking-and More!, a program offered through New Directions Career Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 22, at the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Participants are encouraged to ask pressing job search and career development question in an event that is open to the public. 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. Oct. 21-25, 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 out about available jobs and apply for them. There is a suggested $10 fee to cover processing of registration; however, the center assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, call 614-849-0028 and dial 100.

Health

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program of the Ohio Department of Insurance, "What's New in Medicare," 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 7, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Participants will find out about their options and what is new to Medicare in 2014, including what is and is not covered, the costs, prescription benefits and how to avoid becoming a victim of unscrupulous sales practices. An additional session is scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16. While this event is free, space is limited. Contact Anne Kuntz at akuntz@whv.org or 614-255-9182 to register.

Diabetes Academy, presented by the Wexner Heritage Village Institute, 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Patients with diabetes and their loved ones are invited for a free educational series taught by certified diabetes instructors. Topics are: Oct. 7, Diabetes & Nutrition: Cooking demonstrations and dietitian guidance; and Nov. 4, Insulin 101: The basics of insulin and how to use a flex pen. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Francesca Bryan at fbryan@whv.org or 614-559-0318. Registration can be completed online at whv.org.

Meetings

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.

Inventors Network discusses the invention process at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road. Cost is $36 per year for membership (payable at any time, not pro-rated for a partial year), $5 per meeting at the door. Call 614-470-0144 or visit inventorscolumbus.com.

New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. Visit newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. To join, email nnlcolumbus@yahoo.com.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Columbus Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639 or dean@currysolutions.com.

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 information, contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540 or frankagin@amspirit.com, or visit amspirit.com.

Support groups

Grief Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays in October and December at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Wexner Heritage Village's Zusman Hospice coordinates this group led by qualified, experienced counselors. There is no fee. For more information about Zusman Hospice's bereavement support services, call 614-559-3050.

Tea & Tears, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Main Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus. This group meets in the third floor meeting room and is led by Rachelle Martin. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 614-501-6264(NAMI).

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, and free parking is available. Registration is necessary; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at coaaa@coaaa.org.

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.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Franklin County, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St., Columbus. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Steve Willey at 614-251-7820.

Depression Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at North Central Mental Health Services, 1301 N. High St. For information, call Mary Brennen-Hofmann at 614-299-6600, ext. 2073.

Mended Hearts of Central Ohio, a support group for heart patients, caregivers and heart-care professionals, the second Wednesday of each month at the Ross Auditorium at the Ohio State University Medical Center, 452 W. 10th Ave. Call Jeff Davidson at 614-580-1561.

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 more 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.

Emotions Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays at UMC for All People, 946 Parsons Ave. For more information, call 614-470-0397.

Families Anonymous, for parents whose children have substance abuse or behavioral problems, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-885-5199 or 614-875-8695.

Narcotics Anonymous, 5 p.m. Fridays at UMC for All People, 946 Parsons Ave. For more information, call David at 614-895-1002.