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Events and programs

NAMI Family Reunion, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12 at the Wolfe Park Shelter House, 1911 E. Broad St. Local agencies will participate in a resource fair. Food and beverages will be provided, with vegetarian options. For reservations, due July 4, call 614-501-6264 or email to and provide a number of how many will attend.

Germania Singing and Sport Society, Sommerfest, 5 p.m. July 18, Aug. 22 and Sept. 5 at the society's facility, 543 S. Front St. Food, live German bands and dancing. No cover charge. For more information call 614-228-9055 or visit

Columbus Landmarks Foundation, Hungarian Village Walking Tour, 10 a.m. to noon July 19 starting at the Hungarian Reformed Church, 365 Woodrow Ave. It ends with the Taste of Hungary Festival at the church. Cost is $10 for foundation members, $15 nonmembers. For more information go to

Columbus Historical Society, 2014 Columbus City Tour Series, starting at 9:30 a.m. July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18 at the society gallery, 333 W. Broad St. and COSI. Participants will travel through downtown with its historical centerpiece, the Ohio Statehouse; the new Columbus Commons; the Short North Arts District; German Village; the Arena District; Olde Towne East; the Discovery District; and Franklin Park. Tours last two and a half hours and cost $30 per person, $27 for senior citizens, $24 for members of the Columbus Historical Society (unlimited ticket purchases for members). Registration and payment in advance are required. For reservations call 614-224-0822.

Epidemek, presentation of "The Restorative Circle: A Circle with a Purpose, noon July 19 at the Gladden Community House, 183 Hawkes Ave. Speakers will be the Rev. Jerome Mccoy and Timothy Richardson. The focus will be on community activities, with victims and families that come together to make a difference. A $15 donation is requested, payable at the door. Deadline to register is July 14. For more information go to Epidemek on Facebook.

Make-A-Wish, 15th annual Medical Mutual Columbus Walk For Wishes, 10 a.m. July 26 at McFerson Commons, Arch Park, 218 West St., Columbus. Registration starts at 9 a.m., with families taking part in a one- or three-mile scenic walk to help grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Music and food will be available at the event's conclusion. Walkers also have the opportunity to meet current and past wish families. To register as an individual or a team visit Participants who raise $100 or more will receive an official T-shirt.

Columbus Public Health, Farmers' Markets, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14 at 240 Parsons Ave. More than 20 area farmers will offer locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhood residents and participants of the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and the Ohio Direction Card. For more information go to

Lancaster Chorale, auditions for the 32-voice professional choir for the 2014-2015 season, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 11 at First Presbyterian Church, 222 N. Broad St., Lancaster, and 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 13 at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St., Columbus. The chorale has openings for all voice parts. Singers are paid for rehearsals, travel and performance. Auditions are by appointment only and are scheduled in 12-minute segments. For more information go to To schedule an audition, contact M.J. Campbell at 740-422-8199 or

Heart of Ohio Tole Chapter, 34th annual convention "Hats Off To Painting," Aug. 11-16 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus. As part of the event, the chapter will offer painting classes in a variety of skill levels and mediums. A color catalog of classes, with registration information, is available at The convention also features free demonstrations, a gift shop and an art show. For more information call 614-863-1785.

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over secure 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

Ikebana International Columbus Chapter 84, workshop led by Louise Bennett of the Ohara School of Ikebana, 9:30 a.m. July 18 at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Reservations are due July 8. For information or to register call 614-866-5010 or 740-587-4116.

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. July 22 at 96 S. Grant Ave. Participants are encouraged to ask job search and career development questions during the open-to-the-public program. 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.

New Directions Career Center, Job Loss Financial Strategies: How to Survive Unemployment Without Losing the Shirt off Your Back, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. July 30 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. Participants will learn to prioritize spending and access options. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.


Healthy Living Expo, 2 to 5 p.m. July 13 at the Christian Spiritualist Temple, 77 S. Sixth St. in downtown Columbus. Participants can learn about alternative and holistic healing methods such as acupuncture and Reiki, healthy supplements, spiritual implications of maintaining optimum health, Oriental medicine and other topics. Vendors will offer health-related products such as medicinal salves, essential oils, vegan protein powders and handmade soaps. The event is free and open to the public. For more information go to

Mount Carmel Moms2B, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Community Health Resource Center on the campus of Mount Carmel West, 793 W. State St. Moms2B is a community program working to empower women in high risk neighborhoods throughout Columbus. The group works to help women deliver healthy babies in an effort to reduce racial disparities and infant mortality. Beginning this year, Mount Carmel's Welcome Home Program will serve any of the women in the Moms2B program, providing a nurse who will make a free visit a new mother's home after her baby is born. These visits usually happen within 14 days of discharge and will happen as quickly as possible if the mother is having breast feeding issues or other concerns.

Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month through Nov. 8 at the Indian Mound Park and Community Center, 3901 Parsons Ave. The walks are free. A doctor will be on hand to answer questions and talk with others. For more information call 614-645-1260.

Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Additional sessions are 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 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.


Columbus Audubon Society, 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month, September through April, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park, 505 W. Whittier St. The group provides opportunities for members and other nature enthusiasts to learn about and enjoy all wildlife with an emphasis on birds. The meetings include a short program at 7 p.m., refreshments and door prizes at 7:15 p.m. followed by a main speaker at 7:30 p.m. Go to for more information.

Inventors Network, discussion of the invention process, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in Room 109, lower level of Kinney Hall, at the Columbus College of Art & Design, 470 E. Gay St. 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 or visit

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St. Meetings subject to change. Call Steve to confirm at 614-251-7820 or visit

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 under the community link for meeting location.

New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. Visit for meeting times and locations. To join, email

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

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 For general information, visit

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 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).

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St. Meetings subject to change. Call Steve to confirm at 614-468-1967 or visit

NAMI Connection, a peer support group for adults living with mental illness of any kind, noon to 1:30 p.m. the last Saturday of each month at Ohio State University East, Talbot Hall, 1492 E. Broad St. This free group meets for 90 minutes once a month. NAMI Connection offers a casual environment; the facilitators are in recovery themselves. No registration or enrollment is required. For more information call NAMI Franklin County at 614-501-6264.

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 hiring 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

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.

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 at 614-299-6600, ext. 2073 or visit

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit

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

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 or visit

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 or

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 or visit

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.