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Events and programs
MOPS Resale, 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 in the Family Life Center at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St., Grove City. Items for children, from babies to preschoolers, will be available. Gently worn clothes, shoes, coats, toys, games and books will be included.
Grove City HIgh School Class of 1958 will hold a picnic potluck reunion from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Gantz Park. Call Russ Cox at 614-871-4355.
The 35th Annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 in Grove City's historic Town Center. Parking and admission are free. 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. Children can create free take-home arts and crafts at Kids Fun Street. Food vendors, who are limited to local non-profit and community organizations, supply chicken and noodles, fried bologna sandwiches, curly fries and funnel cakes. All weekend events take place rain or shine.
Third Annual Steps of Faith 5K Run & Walk, 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Alum Creek Park, North 5K Route, Westerville. All race proceeds will support the Heinzerling Foundation and Bradley's House of Hope, local and global organizations working to engage and develop individuals with disabilities. The Heinzerling Foundation is a private non-profit organization that provides a residential home for 208 children and adults on the southwest side of Columbus. Bradley's House of Hope serves nearly 100 children with disabilities in Nicaragua. To register visit the website at www.columbusrunning.com/RunEvent/Details/173.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Grove City Western Squares Square Dance Club, sponsored by a division of the Grove City Parks and Recreation, lessons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting Sept. 8 at the E.L. Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave., Grove City. Basic lessons for Grove City residents cost $20 per person for the 10-week session, $22 for non-residents. The first two lessons are free. Couples, singles and students are invited. For information call 614-851-8878.
Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center, "Emergence of Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease in Ohio: Now What?," noon to 1:30 and 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10 at Battelle Darby Creek MetroPark Nature Center, 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway. Speakers include: Glen Needham-OSU emeritus entomologist; Rich Gary, Ohio Department of Health's state entomologist; and Anne Howard, contracted Lyme disease twice in Ohio. Topics will include the spread of disease-carrying ticks in Ohio; tick habitat/host preferences; review disease symptoms in people and dogs; and prevention tips. The program is open to the public. Sponsors include Columbus Metroparks, Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife and Buckeyes for Lyme Awareness.
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.
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 www.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. Participants will 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 send an email to 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 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, contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com 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 Restraurant 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-262-7248, or Ann at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.