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 jccgalleryplayers.org.
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 mlkjrbreakfast.com. 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 Jan. 21 program will highlight the Jai-Lai. For more information about the restaurant, visit Alanas.com.
Book Signing Event, with author Jordan W. Wei, 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Book Loft of German Village, 631 S. Third St., German Village. Wei, a resident of Westerville, will be available to sign copies of his book, Precursory Apologetics, which leads a discussion into the very essence of modern life, including elusive understandings that are necessary for any comprehensive worldview.
Community Hours with District 18 State Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus), 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 24, at the Franklinton Public Library, 1061 W. Town St., and 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 31, at the Hilltop Public Library, 511 S. Hague Ave. Constituents are invited to discuss issues they are interested in and hear what is going on in the legislature. For additional information, call Stinziano's office at 614-466-1896.