Valentine's Day Pre-Concert Dinner, to benefit the Columbus Symphony, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Sheraton at Capitol Square. The event precedes the symphony's concert at Ohio Theatre; concert tickets sold separately. The dinner features three meal selections, music by CSO harpist Jude Mollenhauer, a raffle and cash bar. Cost is $75, with reservations required by Feb. 6. Call Bethany Gray, event chairwoman, at 614-798-5123 or visit www.columbussymphony.com/support/fundraising-events.
Events and programs
Valentine's Day Pre-Concert Dinner, to benefit the Columbus Symphony, at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Sheraton at Capitol Square. The event precedes the symphony's concert at Ohio Theatre; concert tickets sold separately. The dinner features three meal selections, music by CSO harpist Jude Mollenhauer, a raffle and cash bar. Cost is $75, with reservations required by Feb. 6. Call Bethany Gray, event chairwoman, at 614-798-5123.
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 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.Classes, workshops
Columbus Literacy Council, USA Citizenship class, eight weeks beginning Jan. 30 at the council's office, 92 Jefferson Ave. in the Jefferson Center for Learning and the Arts. The classes are designed to help immigrants increase their English language skills as well as prepare for the naturalization interview, which requires applicants to possess English language skills equivalent to a third-grade level. During the course, students will participate in mock interviews, have access to study materials and complete practice examinations. For more information contact Columbus Literacy Council at 614-224-0501.
Job Search Success for Seasoned Workers, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Feb. 5, at New Directions Career Center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door, however, fee reductions and waivers are available to those who qualify. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.
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. 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. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Health
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. Enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance will be discussed. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. To make an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.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, discussion of 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.
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.
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.Support groups
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.
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 or visit mhafc.org.
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.
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 information on meetings, call 614-251-1122.
CORDS (Cancer Overcomers Receiving Deliverance Support), 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.