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Events and programs

Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Old Columbus Jews Telling Jokes--karaoke-style joke fest, 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the JCC, 1125 College Ave. The event honors the life and comedy of the late Sam Gordon, a jokester and JCC regular. Emcee Marcie Golden will tell a few of her own jokes in between introducing other performers. A cash bar and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 each for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information, call 614-231-2731 or visit

The 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center's Battelle Grand. First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens Senior Pastor DeForest Soaries Jr. will be the keynote speaker. Other features include the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Choir, the Columbus Children's Choir and a dance performance. Individual tickets are available for $35. Tables for 10 may also be purchased. Checks may be made payable to the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee, Inc., and sent to P.O. Box 83134, Columbus, Ohio 43203. An order form is available at Tickets may be purchased until 5 p.m. Jan. 18, unless the event sells out before that time. Tickets will not be sold at the door. For more information, call 614-252-0868.

Columbus Historical Society, Historical Dinner Club, 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Alana's Food & Wine, 2333 N. High St. The event will feature a favorite Columbus restaurant, reimagined for one night only by Chef Alana Shock. The evening starts with a talk about the restaurant, with artifacts on display. Guests will take home a special surprise. The program will highlight the Jai-Lai. For more information about the restaurant, visit

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. Jan. 28 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. Jan. 27-31 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.

Wexner Heritage Village Spiritual Life Team, information session and training luncheon for the Nadav Spiritual Volunteer Program, noon to 1 p.m. March 11, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Zusman Hospice Jewish Chaplain Rabbi Debbie Lefton will lead the session. This program pairs trained volunteer visitors with long-term care, independent and assisted living residents on the WHV campus, as well as unaffiliated individuals in central Ohio, who seek a spiritual confidant to explore issues such as faith, the afterlife, religious values and beliefs. No experience is necessary. Those interested in participating should contact Lefton at 614-559-0243 or


Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Volunteer Kathy Markus, a Medicare outreach specialist for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, will hold open office hours to discuss enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Markus at 614-645-8557 or email