Events and programs
Darby Valley Garden Club, Region 9, Flower Show, 6 to 8 p.m. July 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 4850 Haughn Road, Grove City. Admission is free. This year's theme celebrates the 230th anniversary of the Settlement of the Darby Plains. For information, call Ruth Osborne at 614-991-0930 or email at email@example.com.
Fryer Flicks on the Hill, free family-friendly outdoor movie series, starting at dusk on the sledding hill at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road. The schedule is: July 17: The Nut Job; July 24: The Rookie; July 31: Despicable Me 2; and Aug. 7: Where the Wild Things Are. Pack a lawn chair or blanket and may bring snacks (no glass); refreshments will be sold. For more information, visit GroveCityOhio.gov or call the Grove City Parks and Recreation office at 614-277-3050. Weather-related cancellation information is available at the Grove City Facebook and Twitter pages or call the weather hotline at 614-277-3060 the day of the event.
Browsing Broadway, 5 to 9 p.m. July 19, in the historic Grove City Town Center. The event, in its third year, includes carnival games for children, magic and juggling acts, pony rides and a balloon sculpture artist. For more information, call 614-670-2926.
Grove City Area Republican Club, 8 to 10:30 a.m. July 19, at Plank's on Broadway, 4022 Broadway. Donations will be accepted. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grove City Homecoming Celebration, 6 to 10 p.m. July 25, at Grove City Town Center, the corner of Park Street and Broadway. All are welcome to this celebration, especially alumni of Grove City and Central Crossing high schools. Live entertainment and more. For information on the softball tournaments and golfing events, visit the Grove City Alumni Tournament website, grovecityalumnitournament.com.
Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church, annual ice cream social, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26, corner of White Road and Route 104. In addition to the ice cream, hot dogs and baked beans will be available for a donation only. The United Methodist Women will have baked goods available for sale and some "yard sale" items will be sold. For more information call Ruth Osborne at 614-991-0930.
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 and experience the magic of a wish come true. To register as an individual or a team, visit ohio.wish.org. Participant who raise $100 or more will receive an official T-shirt.
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 heartofohiotole.org. Other features of the convention include free demonstrations, a gift shop and an art show. For more information call 614-863-1785.
Grove City High School Class of 1979, 35th reunion, Sept. 6. Contact Mary Mulvany at email@example.com or 614-795-0194 for more information.
Arts in the Alley Community Parade, with the theme "Music in the Air," 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20. School groups, clubs, businesses and community organizations are encouraged to sign up for the parade, presented by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Grove City Girls' Club. The deadline to register is Sept. 5. Registration forms are available at the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce's website, gcchamber.org, or by calling 614-875-9762. Details about entry fees, required for some categories of entries, are included on the form. The parade will take place rain or shine and will travel through Grove City's historic Town Center.
Free Community Lunch, noon to 1 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover Road. Four-course lunch for those in need. Call 614-875-0510.
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.
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 how to prioritize spending and access options. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.
American Red Cross, blood donations, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. Donations also will be accepted from noon to 5 p.m. July 22 at Denier Electric, 4000 Gantz Road, Suite C. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 9 a.m. the first and third Saturday of the month at Mount Carmel Grove City, 5300 North Meadows Drive. 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.
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.
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
Compassionate Friends of Washington Court House, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the Medical Arts Building II Classroom, 1510 Columbus Ave. Washington Court House. For more information, call 740-490-8393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compassionate Friends, Providing Grief Support after the Death of a Child, 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information, call 614-882-8986.
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 Drive. 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, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Talitas Restaurant on Southwest Boulevard. 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.
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 Folk Dancers, recreational international folk dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church. First-time guests can participate at no cost. For directions, go to recfolkdancecolumbus.org. For additional information, contact Leslie at email@example.com or 614-262-7248, or Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-267-8183.
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.
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.
Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, Grove City support group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 28 in the Grove City Library Community Room, 3359 Park St. The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. Most discussions focus on the how-to's of living with a chronic illness. For more information, contact the foundation at 440-717-0183 or visit lupusgreaterohio.org.
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.
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).
Lupus support group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month, 3359 Park St., Grove City Library. Call Audry Hardy at 1-888-NOLUPUS, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit lupusgreaterohio.org.
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 email@example.com.
MS Grove City Support Group, 7 p.m. the last Monday of every month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. Accessible to the disabled. Call Debbie or Chuck Shearer at 614-871-4800.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St.
Grove City Parkinson's support group, 1:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the E. L. Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Snacks served. Call John Corbett 614-279-4984.
Overeaters Anonymous, 6 p.m. Tuesdays at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. Call Sioux at 614-801-0519 or visit the website OA.org.