Events and programs
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 more information, call Stinziano's office at 614-466-1896.
Columbus School for Girls, CSG: All Girl, By Design, A Celebration of Student Learning for Prospective and Current CSG Families, 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 26, at the school, 56 S. Columbia Ave. Parents and prospective students preschool age through grade 12 are invited, as well as current CSG families, to attend this celebration highlighting CSG's curriculum and programs. Prospective families may arrive at 1 p.m.; current families at 1:30 p.m. Register online at columbusschoolforgirls.org by clicking on the "Visit CSG-CSG Admission" tab. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at 614-252-0781, ext. 310.
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre event, 7 p.m. Feb. 1, at the JCC, 1125 College Ave. Cloak and Dagger will perform its SpyBall: Death of a Secret Agent dinner theater. After a cocktails and appetizer hour featuring a cash bar, a four-course kosher buffet-style dinner will be served at 8 p.m. as part of the interactive performance. Tickets range from $50 to $250, with proceeds to help support the JCC programs and services. For tickets, visit columbusjcc.org or call 614-231-2731.
J Street, launch of Columbus chapter with a book club-style discussion, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, at the Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave. The Columbus chapter of the national pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, will consider Israeli columnist Ari Shavit's bestseller, My Promised Land. The event will be moderated by Ohio State history professor Robin Judd and will be co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus and the Melton Center for Jewish Studies of The Ohio State University. The chapter is being co-chaired by Isaiah Shalwitz and Cantor Jack Chomsky and Ted Fisher will lead the group's political activities. The event is open to the public.
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.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 29 at Grant Medical Center, 111 S. Grant St. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
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 and Feb. 25, 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 and Feb. 24-28, 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. Those interested in participating should contact Lefton at 614-559-0243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Starting in February, additional sessions will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of each month.