Events and programs
The 5K Run and Walk to Cure Psoriasis Columbus, third annual event designed to raise awareness and raise money to support the effort to find a cure, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27, at Bexley High School, 326 S Cassingham Road. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. This event also features a 1K walk for those who may not want to complete a 5K, along with a Family Fun Fest that follows the run. The fest is free and indoors. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, affecting as many as 7.5 million Americans. Appearing on the skin most often as red scaly patches, psoriasis is chronic, painful, disfiguring and disabling. For more information, visit npf.donordrive.com/event/columbus or contact Deborah Barnard at 800-723-9166, ext. 410.
National Kidney Foundation, annual Columbus Kidney Walk, 8 a.m. Oct. 27, at the Columbus Commons. This is a non-competitive fundraiser open to all ages. Entertainment, food and a Kid's Corner will be provided. The foundation has set a goal of $100,000. For more information and registration, visit kidneywalk.org.
Town Hall with District 18 state Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus), 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, at the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St. The topic will be the fall legislative calendar, including Medicaid expansion. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call Stinziano's office at 614-466-1896.
St. Charles Preparatory School, annual open house for all eighth-grade boys and their parents, 1 p.m. Nov. 3, in the school's Robert C. Walter Student Commons, 2010 E. Broad St. in Bexley. There will be an opportunity to speak with faculty members, coaches, students, alumni and advisory board members. School and campus tours will be conducted and refreshments served. For more information, call the school's secretary at 614-252-6714, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Give thanks. Walk. event, Nov. 23, at Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. The event features a family friendly after party, including face painting, Games2U, magician, live music and more from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Registration is free, but participants are forming teams and raising money online at givethankswalk.org to earn incentives. These efforts support St. Jude in finding cures to save children battling cancer and other diseases.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Community Conversations About Mental Health Action Forum, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave. Community leaders, educators, persons in recovery, veterans, family members, providers, students and others have been meeting to decide how they will take action to improve mental health in their families, schools and communities. This program will share action plans. For more information: 614-501-6264.
Classes and 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. Nov. 26, 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. Nov. 18-22, 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.
New Directions Career Center, Divorce Planning 101, sponsored by the Financial Planning Association, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 30 at 199 E. Rich St. Women are invited to learn how to secure assets and plan for their financial future. Suggested $10 registration fee is payable at the door. For more information, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100. Additional information is available at newdirectionscc.org.
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-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 email@example.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 more information contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540 or frankagin@amspirit. com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 or visit mhafc.org.
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 or visit mendedheartscentralohio.org.