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Events and programs
Columbus All-Breed Training Club, Dog Daze Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14, at 2164 Williams Road, Obetz. This free event will feature pet-related vendors, games for children, dog agility demonstrations and games for dogs, educational presentations by veterinarians, massages for dogs and people and micro-chipping for pets. Families with well-behaved, leashed pets are invited. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families for a Cure Second Annual Charity Ride, noon Sept. 14, starting at Roosters, 5525 Nike Station, Hilliard. Registration of motorcycles and cars begins at 10:30 a.m. All entrants will leave at noon with all due to return at 5 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three hands. Cost is $20 per motorcycle or car. Participants also can enter a raffle for a 2013 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883 from C&A Harley Davidson. Cost is $20 per ticket or six for $100. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. If all tickets are not sold, there will be a 50-50 drawing. Proceeds will benefit Families for a Cure, a charity that supports cancer research. For more information, go to familiesforacure.org.
The 34th annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 21, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22, in Grove City's historic Town Center. Parking and admission are free. Hosted by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, more than 100 juried exhibitors display and sell fine art, photography, jewelry, crafts, fabric art, glasswork, pottery and wood creations. A variety of musical entertainment also are featured throughout the weekend. The festival begins with the Arts in the Alley Parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21. The parade steps off at the corner of Southwest Boulevard and Broadway heading south on Broadway, east on Columbus Street and then dispersing at Park Street Intermediate School. All activities take place rain or shine. For more information, call 614-875-9762.
Grove City High School, Class of 1973 40-year reunion, Oct. 12, at JP's at Bolton Field. For information, call Kathy Dolby at 614-204-8309.
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.
College financial planning workshop, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, at Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road. This workshop is designed to help parents lower their "out-of-pocket" costs and get the maximum amount of financial aid for their student. Ryan Fleming, a member of the National Association of College Funding Advisors, will be the speaker. The workshop is free, but reservations are required. For reservations and information, call 614-536-0246, or register online 24 hours a day at eaglecollegeplanning.com using the registration code PRGC.
Bucks & Does Singles and Orbiting Squares Western Square Dance Clubs, free introductory square dances, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25, at the Whitehall Community Center, 402 N. Hamilton Road in Whitehall. Both couples and singles are welcome. Come in casual clothing and comfortable shoes. Square dance instruction will continue at this location on Wednesday evenings and is available on other nights at other central Ohio locations. For more information, go to cocdc.org and click on "Not a dancer yet?" or call 614-837-6974.
Diabetes Academy, presented by the Wexner Heritage Village Institute, 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Patients with diabetes and their loved ones are invited for a free educational series taught by certified diabetes instructors. Topics are: Sept. 16, Diabetes & Staying Healthy: Eating healthy and staying active; Oct. 7, Diabetes & Nutrition: Cooking demonstrations and dietitian guidance; and Nov. 4, Insulin 101: The basics of insulin and how to us a flex pen. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Francesca Bryan at email@example.com or 614-559-0318. Registration can be completed online at whv.org.
Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 9 a.m. Sept. 21, at the Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center, 5525 Hoover Road. 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, go to walkwithadoc.org/mountcarmelgrovecity.
Better Body Fitness Boot Camp for Women, one free week of classes offered at various locations and times around Columbus. Workouts include elements of cardio, strength, flexibility, balance, core and more. All fitness levels are accommodated. Nancy Eisenman, certified personal trainer, leads the classes. For more information, call 614-747-1704 or visit foreverfitbynancy.com.
Fit Club, Thursday nights at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3730 Broadway. 6:30 p.m., low-impact/low-intensity workout; 7:30 p.m., high-intensity workout. Bring yoga mat, resistance band and water. Workouts are video-based. Meet in the Our Lady Center gym.
Meetings and clubs
Grove City Roots Magic User Group, 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month in Room 204 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. This group is for anyone wanting to learn more about the Roots Magic genealogy software program. Participants should bring laptop computer if available (not required) and prepare to share questions and experiences with the program. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grove City Senior Center, meetings at 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays at 4330 Dudley Ave. The first meeting is held for business; the second meeting includes entertainment. Bingo and cards follow the meetings.
Grove City Arts Council, 6:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at the Visitors Center & Museum, 3378 Park St. in Grove City. For more information, call 614-670-2926.
Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. Email email@example.com.
Grove City Sertoma Club, 7 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at Cracker Barrel on Stringtown Road and 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at China Bell on Stringtown Road. The club focuses on services to the speech and hearing-impaired community. All are invited.
Rotary Club of Grove City, 7:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Grand Ballroom at the Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Dr. Socializing begins at 7 a.m. Visit the website at grovecityrotary.org.
Grove City Moms, a club for stay-at-home moms and their children, the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4850 Haughn Road. Contact Amy at Amyelise74@aol.com or 614-875-5859.
Grove City Noon Lions, noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at China Bell, 1947 Stringtown Road.
Grove City Lions Club, 6:45 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2213 White Road. All invited. Email Dave Dildine at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-565-0995.
Grove City Community Club, 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at 3397 Civic Drive. For club or building rental information, call Janet Hysell at 875-3819. For more information, visit grovecitycommunityclub.org.
Kiwanis Club of Grove City meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Emeritus at Pinnacle, 1305 Lamplighter Dr. Club members volunteer at Doctors West Hospital on the second Tuesday of the month, and a board meeting is held the fourth Tuesday. Call 614-875-8323.
Women's Civic Club of Grove City, 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Jackson Township Administration Building, 3756 Hoover Road. Guests invited. Meetings include speakers and refreshments. Visit womenscivicclubofgc.com.
West Columbus Civitan Club, 6 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month at Bob Evans, 1660 Georgesville Square. Call 800-248-4826.
AmSpirit Columbus Chapter, Business Professionals, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Terry Hoover at 614-252-5241 or email@example.com.
Grove City "Dine and Share" Grief & Loss Support Group, 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in the Fireside Room at Grove City United Methodist Church, 2650 Columbus St. The evening begins with a potluck dinner, followed by a sharing group at 7:15 p.m. Participants can take part in the dinner or just the group program.
Griefshare, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Grove City Church of God, 4325 Harrisburg Pike in Grove CIty. For more information, contact Kala Johnson at Kala.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Safety & Domestic Violence Advocacy Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the Pinnacle Community Center, 1710 Harbor Mist Drive, Grove City. For information contact Audry Hardy at 1-888-463-5758 or email to email@example.com.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the E.L. Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Paula Taliaferro at 614-871-4238 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.