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Events and programs

Germania Singing and Sport Society, Sommerfest, 5 p.m. Sept. 5, at the society's facility, 543 S. Front St. There will be food, live German bands and dancing. There is no cover charge. Ken and Mary Turbo Accordions Express will be featured Aug. 22, with the Ray Galla Band performing Sept. 5. For more information, call 614-228-9055 or visit germaniacolumbus.org.

District 18 State Rep. Michael Stinziano, Community Hours, 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 13, at the Parsons Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 845 Parsons Ave. Constituents are invited to discuss issues that they feel are important. For more information, call Stinziano's office at 614-466-1896.

Columbus Literacy Council and Lady Butterflies, the Central Ohio Adult Spelling Bee, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. Fourth St. Teams of three will compete in rounds, working together to determine the spelling for each word. There will be opportunities to purchase Stress Bee-Lief Cards, Buzz Bucks, a chance to eliminate other teams with Stingers, and more. Teams must include participants age 21 and older and pay a $60 entry fee. Registration is due Sept. 12. For more information, to ladybutterflies.org.

The 56th Annual Oktoberfest, hosted by the Columbus Germania Singing and Sport Society, 3 to 11 p.m. Sept. 20, and noon to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21, at the Germania's Club House, 543 S. Front St. Traditional German food and drinks, folk dancers, German choruses and an outdoor Bier Garten will be featured. A tapping of the keg ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 20. Admission for that day is $5, free for children age 12 and under. Admission is free all day Sept. 21. For more information, call 614-228-9055 or go to germaniacolumbus.org for a schedule of events and bands.

Columbus Historical Society, 2014 Columbus City Tour Series, starting at 9:30 a.m. 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.

Columbus Walk to Defeat ALS, 11 a.m. Sept. 21, at Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. Registration for this 1.5-mile walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, go to walktodefeatals.org or contact Liz Glazer at eglaser@alsohio.org.

New Directions Young Professionals, Fashion Forward for a Good Cause, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25, at 199 E. Rich St. The event will feature fall fashion seminars; tips for hair, make-up and accessories; a raffle and silent auction; and shopping at B's Boutique. All proceeds benefit the clients of New Directions Career Center. Tickets are $20 for NDYP members, $25 for non-members. or more information, or to make a reservation, contact Caroline Woliver at 614-849-0028, ext. 111.

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

Clayspace, open wheel Fridays, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Fridays at 831 S. Front St. No experience is necessary. Participants will keep their best two or three pieces. Cost of $45 includes materials, instruction and firing. For more information, call 614-449-8144.

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. Sept. 23, 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.

New Directions Career Center, College Financing for Adults: How to Spend Less, Get More, and Navigate Lending Minefields, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 24, at the center, 199 E. Rich St. Participants will learn how to prioritize spending and access options. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Health

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 that would go to their home, for free, after their 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 for anyone interested in taking steps to improve their health. A doctor will be on hand to answer any questions and talk with people during the event. 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 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

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 inventorscolumbus.com.

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 columbus.audubon.org for more information.

Mothers of Preschoolers, 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Life Vineyard Church, 620 Alum Creek. The group offers fellowship and support for expectant mothers and mothers of young children. Childcare is provided for a fee of $2 per child.

Heather 'N' Thistle Columbus Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, social classes, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. most Thursdays from September to June at Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church, 1234 Fourth St. Participants learn the ballroom dances of Scotland. Beginners welcome at all times, with no partner needed. For information, go to rscdscincinnati.org and click on Columbus under "Member Groups" or call Laura at 614-270-9160.

Columbus Sacred Harp Singers, 4 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays at St. James Episcopal Church, 3400 Calumet St., Columbus. New members are invited to this participatory singing experience; learn the four shape note system and sing early American hymns published in the Sacred Harp. Loaner books available. For more information, go to columbussacredharp.org or call Laura at 614-270-9160.

English Country Dancers of Columbus, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month October through June at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, corner of North High Street and Clinton Heights Avenue. From July to September, the group meets on the third Sunday only. First night is free, after that a donation of $2 is welcome. For information, go to bigscioty.com/english.html or call Sue at 614-263-9501.

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 mhafc.org.

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.

New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday for people who have recently moved to the Columbus Metro areas. Visit newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. For information on becoming a member, email nnlcolumbus@yahoo.com.

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 dean@currysolutions.com.

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 frankagin@amspirit.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.

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 columbus.audubon.org for more information.

Support groups

German Village Al-Anon, 5:30 p.m. Sundays at Livingston Avenue United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. Family members and friends of alcoholics are invited to this group.

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).

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St. Meetings subject to change. Call Steve to confirm at 614-468-1967 or visit mhafc.org.

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 group is free and meets for 90 minutes once a month. NAMI Connection offers a casual environment and the facilitators are individuals who 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 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 or via email at coaaa@coaaa.org.

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 fourth Thursdays of the month at North Central Mental Health Services, 1301 N. High St. For information, call Megan at 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.

German Village Al-Anon, 5:30 p.m. Sundays at Livingston Avenue United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave.

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 mendedheartscentralohio.org.

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 caohio.org.

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 gmueller465@hotmail.com.

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 emotionsanonymous.org.

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.

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