Events and programs
Third annual Hilliard Farm Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through August at the city parking lots at the corner of Main Street and Center Street. Patrons will find fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods and more. Non-food items include flowers, soaps and skin cream. All items for sale are produced in Ohio, and at least 75 percent of items sold at each booth are grown or made by the vendor. Free off-street parking for farm market customers is available in the city lot on the corner of Wayne Street and Center Street. For more details, visit hilliardfarmmarket.com.
Hilliard Arts Council 2013 Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. Aug. 4, at the gazebo on Norwich Street. The program will feature the Tommy B and Company. There is no fee. Other upcoming shows include: Aug. 11, children's concert featuring Mrs. Sparkles and others; Aug. 18, Aladdin Shrine Big Band; Aug. 25, Columbus Sweet Adelines Chorus. For more information, call 614-527-4407 or go to hilliardartscouncil.org.
St. James Lutheran Church's 30th annual Brats and Crafts Festival, Aug. 2-4, at 5660 Trabue Road. Hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 and noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. The event will include authentic German food and beer, live German music and dancing, a hot-air balloon launch Aug. 2 and an 1860s-era "base ball" game at 4 p.m. Aug. 3, played by the Ohio Village Muffins. The weekend concludes with the Columbus Maennerchor and the traditional German Worship Service on Aug. 4. For more information, call Steve Dodson at 614-777-7792, the church office at 614-878-5158; or visit the website stjameslutheran.us.
First Gotcha Day 5K Run, Walk or Bike for Adoption, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3, at the Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Darby Bend Lakes entrance, 2755 Amity Road in Hilliard. The event will begin promptly with a staggered start: 8:30 a.m., bicycles; 8:35 a.m., runners; 8:40 a.m., walkers-parents with small children. There will be prizes for the first finishers in various categories and entries for prizes from local sponsors. The event will be held rain or shine on a trail that may include gravel or dirt. Registration is $40. Hilliard high school coaches, staff or team members qualify for a $25 discount registration. Children ages 12 and younger participate free. Registration is required at www.gotchaday5k.com. Registration includes entry fee, Gotcha Day 5K T-shirt, sponsor goody bag and post-race food and beverages. Children's registration does not include a T-shirt, but a youth T-shirt may be purchased.
St. Brendan The Navigator Church, annual parish festival, 6 p.m. to midnight Aug. 9 and 10, with family fun hours from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 10, at 4475 Dublin Road. The event includes children's games, adult games of chance, a midway with rides, a silent auction, a raffle, live entertainment and the "Famous Chicken Dinner" on Aug. 10.
Homecoming Hitting Derby, softball and baseball hitting contest, 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10, at Pastime Park in Plain City. This competition is for boys, girls and adults of all levels and ages. Trophies will be awarded to the first- and second-place finishers in each age bracket. Other prizes to be awarded include coolers, a tent and passes for family fun at Sports Ohio. Each registrant is also entered in a drawing to win a Wilson pitching machine. Register or learn more at homecominghittingderby.com. A $10 registration fee benefits the adoption fund of Jason and Lindsey Yoder, who are raising funds to adopt a boy from China.
Hilliard High School Class of 1973 40-year reunion will be held Aug. 17. Contact Nancy Campbell Minton at 614-293-7991 for more information.
Hilliard High School Class of 1978 members are planning a 35-year reunion. Contact Tamie Gangluff at email@example.com or 614-878-2473; or Jan McGrath VanEcho at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-325-1830.
Taste of Hilliard & Business Expo, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, at the Makoy Center, 5462 Center St. in Hilliard. This is Taste of Hilliard's fourth annual event. Admission is $12 (cash only please), and open to the public. Sample tastes will be available from participating restaurants and vendors, along with information from surrounding businesses. The Makoy Center will have a cash bar available. For more information, go to hilliardchamber.org.
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.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, 4343 Dublin Road. To schedule appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
Central Ohio Diabetes Association, free educational program with diabetes care advocate Amy Hayes, 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at 1100 Dennison Ave. The program, "Taking Control," will focus on diabetes self-management and lifestyle strategies based on Hayes' extensive training and personal experience living with diabetes. For more information or to sign-up, contact Jenny Shrodes at 614-884-4400.
Northwest Franklin County Historical Society, Genealogy-Beginning Classes, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 5274 Norwich St., Hilliard. Genealogist, Jenny Spring-Starr will be teaching this class. Classes are open to anyone interested, at a cost of $10 for society members and $20 for non-members. The cost helps to pay for printing of the course notebook. To sign up, call 614-579-4714.
Art of Positive Parenting, "Parents Who Parent Separately," 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 23 through Sept. 27, at Action for Children, 78 Jefferson Ave. Cost is $75 per person. To register call 614-224-0222, ext. 103, using class number TP 13-22. For more information, go to positiveparents.com.
Hilliard Memorial VFW Post 4931, 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at 2436 Walcutt Road.
Women's Mah Jongg Group, 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays at participants' homes in Hilliard. For more information, call Roberta Cohen at 614-876-4245.
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 or visit inventorscolumbus.com.
Hilliard Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Joint Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway.
Old Hilliardfest Planning Committee meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at various locations in Old Hilliard. For meeting information, visit oldhilliardfest.org.
Tri-Village Sertoma, noon Wednesdays at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Potential new members welcome. Call 614-274-5900.
Morning Business Network Exchange, 8 to 9 a.m. the second Friday of the month at Chick-fil-a of the Market at Hilliard, 1988 Hilliard Rome Road. Open to all current Hilliard Chamber of Commerce members. Call Libby Gierach at 614-876-7666 or email email@example.com.
Rotary Club of Hilliard, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, at Heritage Golf Club, 3525 Heritage Club Drive. Visit hilliardrotary.org.
Hilliard Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Hilliard Senior Center.
Rhythm Reelers Square Dance Club, 8 to 10:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, 3600 Leap Road. Call Bill or Judy Podolski at 614-889-0223.
New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. Visit newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sawmill Road Toastmasters, noon the first and third Mondays of every month at Azteca Mexican Grill, 5925 Sawmill Road. Visitors are welcome; visit sawmilltoastmastersclubs.org. Members focus on improving public speaking skills.
AmSpirit Business Connections -- Heritage Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Max & Erma's, 4279 Cemetery Road. The Hilliard Chapter, 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Jed's, 3799 Park Mill Run Drive. Contact Frank Agin at email@example.com for either group.
DivorceCare, 6 p.m. Sundays for 13 weeks starting Aug. 13, at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road in Galloway. DivorceCare For Kids will be offered at the same time for children ages 5-12. The classes are free, however, there is a $15 charge for the workbook (scholarships available). Child care is provided at no charge. To register or for information, call 614-878-8192 or email DivorceCare@thecwc.net.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 9:30 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at the Hilliard Senior Center, 3810 Veterans Memorial Drive. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Dee Slee at 614-529-4991 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.
People With Cancer Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd. Elaine Manley, a registered nurse, leads this group for those with any type or stage of cancer. For information, call Manley at 614-499-1152.
Friends and Family of Those With Cancer Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd. Valerie Milgrom, a registered nurse, will lead this group that shares the experience of caring for a loved one. For information, call Milgrom at 614-403-4881.
Bereavement Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Masonic Temple, 2436 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. Elaine Manley, a registered nurse, facilitates this group offering compassionate and confidential support for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information, call 614-499-1152.
Survivors of Suicide (SOS), a weekly support group for people who have experienced the completion of suicide by someone they love, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Columbia Heights Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. Call 614-565-3181.
Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/Fibromyalgia meeting, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-457-5132 for more information.
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.
Overeaters Anonymous, 4 p.m. the first Friday of the month at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, 3600 Leap Road. Call Carol at 614-777-8596.
Eating disorder support groups for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder support group and family and friends, 6:30 to 8 p.m., the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except holidays), at the Center for Balanced Living, 445 E. Granville Road, Buildings M, N and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. Call 614-293-9550.
Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N. High St. Individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, panic, fatigue, depression or fear are welcome. Freewill offerings accepted. For more information, contact Paul at 614-895-6760.
The following meet in the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way, unless otherwise noted.
Mayor's Court, 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Norwich Joint Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway. Court hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Hilliard City Council, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month. For agendas, visit hilliardohio.gov.
Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month and the fourth Tuesday, when necessary. For agendas, visit hilliardohio.gov.
Board of Zoning Appeals, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month in council chambers.
Civil Service Commission, 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month in the mayor's conference room.
Shade Tree Commission, 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the mayor's conference room.
Recreation and Parks Commission, 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month in council chambers.