Events and programs
Community Hours with District 18 State Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus), 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Constituents are invited to discuss issues of interest and hear what is going on in the legislature. For more information call Stinziano's office at 614-466-1896.
Christian Fellowship Church, "Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery, 21st Century Challenges and Solutions," noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the church, 5970 Godown Road. Judge Paul M. Herbert, who developed Changing Attitudes to Change Habits Court, a jail diversion program for women victimized by human trafficking, will speak. Topics will include the warning signs related to human trafficking and what can be done to protect women and girls. Doors open for lunch at 11:15 a.m. Cost is $10. For registration information contact email@example.com by Jan. 13.
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, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Volunteer Kathy Markus, a Medicare outreach specialist for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, will hold open office hours to discuss enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Markus at 614-645-8557.
Grandview Cinema Discussion Group, 6:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. The program is discussion only; films are not shown at meetings. The Feb. 5 topic will be a compare and contrast discussion of Gimmie Shelter (1970) and Medium Cool (1969). For more information call 614-486-7346.
Aldus Society, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. The group, devoted to books and the printed arts, will hear brief presentations by four of its members who will discuss and present examples of their personal collecting interests. Socializing begins at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 614-299-1980 or visit aldussociety.com.
Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Weekly videos, stories and discussions that help build relationships. Topics change weekly and focus on popular life issues. Upcoming topics include: Jan. 9, "Dangerous Food: Is Your Supermarket Killing You?," featuring a film about Joel Salatin, author of several books including Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front and Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food; Jan. 16, "Mysteries of Mental Illness: One Woman's Struggle to Regain Her Life," featuring a film about Karen McCracken, author of Breaking Free from OCD, Jan. 23, "Care for Caregivers: Meeting the Unique Needs of Those Who Sacrifice for Others," featuring the short film Life in Reverse; and Jan. 30, "Where is God When Life Turns Tough?," featuring film about John Stumbo, a healthy ultra-marathoner suddenly attacked by a life-threatening illness. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inventors Network discusses 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.
Northwest Area Progressives, monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at various locations in Grandview Heights. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. Participants can get involved in political action and community service projects in the Grandview and northwest Columbus area. For more information contact email@example.com.
Northwest Area Progressives Donkeys and Donuts, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Luck Bros. Coffee House, 1101 W. First Ave., Grandview Heights. Participants meet for informal and lively discussion about politics and current events. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.