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Events and


Columbus Medical Association Alliance, A VIP Party fundraiser, 10 a.m. Nov. 6, at Scioto Country Club, 2196 Riverside Dr. Shelley Meyer, wife of Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer, is scheduled to speak. Activities include a silent auction, boutique of vendors, bake sale, raffle, style show and luncheon. Cost is $50 per person. All proceeds benefit the Medical & Nursing Student Scholarship Fund. Recognition of the 2013 scholarship recipients also will take place. For more information, call 614-240-7410.

Soroptimist International of Columbus & Franklin, Women Helping Women Holiday Shopping Event, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, at The Shops at Worthington Place (formerly Worthington Square Mall). Approximately 35 vendors will be on hand to sell their wares. The funds raised will allow SI Columbus its support of community entities such as Amethyst, Inc., CHOICES for Domestic Violence Awareness, and St. Vincent's Family Center. It will also benefit the group's award program so that women in college or returning to college will receive monetary awards to be used for their schooling needs. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Appetizers and finger foods are provided. A cash bar will be available and raffles and door prizes will be included. For ticket information, email

Peace and Good Things WellNest, Grand Open House event, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at 4143 Main St. in Old Hilliard. The business offers massage therapy, and will begin movement and mindfulness classes in the near future, featuring Fit Board Fusion and Breathe and Be. The open house will include food from local businesses, sampling of "To Your Health" sessions and chances to win free massage gift certificates. Kid friendly activities will be available as well. For more information visit

TWIG Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, in the Lausche Building at the Ohio Expo Center. The bazaar features handmade items including jewelry, holiday ornaments and decorations and the Avenue of Trees and Wreaths. New this year, the bazaar will include handcrafted items from outside artisans. Other features include a silent auction, pick-a-prize, pictures with Santa and a holiday pantry. Admission is free, although attendees are encouraged to purchase an early shopping pass for $25. The pass allows entrance to the bazaar at 9 a.m. Visit to purchase a pass or contact Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation at 614-355-0888. Proceeds will benefit the areas of greatest need at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Bishop Watterson High School, Fall Dinner, Nov. 13, at Brookside Country Club, 2770 W Dublin Granville Road. All past, present and future Bishop Watterson mothers are invited. Cost is $35 per person. All proceeds go to the Mothers of Alums tuition assistance fund. For information, go to, click Community then Mothers' Club.

Franklin County 4-H Council, annual fundraising event, "A Taste of Ohio," 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15, at the Ohio State University Golf Club, 3605 Tremont Road. Celebrating Ohio as the birthplace of 4-H, the event will feature hor d'oeuvres, desserts and a silent auction. Some of the items in the auction showcase the talents of 4-H members in Franklin County as well as items obtained throughout the state. For ticket information, contact Trisha Rose at 614-337-1920 or via email at

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.

Classes, workshops

College Disabilities Services Seminar, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, at the Grandview Heights High School Media Center, 1587 W. Third Ave. The program is geared toward college-bound students on an IEP and their families, providing questions and answers with college disabilities services representatives. For more information, contact Christine France

New Directions Career Center, Money Matters: A Financial Literacy Boot Camp, sponsored by the Financial Planning Association, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11, at 199 E. Rich St. Participant are invited to examine where they are after the economic downturn and to create a personal, individualized plan for financial success. For more information, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100. Additional information is available at


Hilliard Kiwanis, 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Iacano's Italian Restaurant, 5068 Cemetery Road. Guests are invited. For more information, go to

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

Hilliard Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday 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

Columbus Area Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, 10 a.m. on the second Thursday (except August) at the Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St., Dublin. Coffee available at 9:30 a.m. EGA is a national nonprofit organization which fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. Go to or Facebook Columbus Area Chapter EGA.

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

Rotary Club of Hilliard, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, at Heritage Golf Club, 3525 Heritage Club Dr. For information, visit

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 for meeting times and locations. To join, email

Sawmill Road Toastmasters, noon the first and third Mondays of every month at Azteca Mexican Grill, 5925 Sawmill Road. Visitors are welcome; visit 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 for either group.

Support groups

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.

Caregiver Support Group, offered by Trinity United Methodist Church and Home Instead Senior Care, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 and Dec. 3, in the Chapelside Parlor at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd. in Marble Cliff. Patty Callahan, aging specialist, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, will present Care For the Caregiver on Nov. 5. This support group is for all of those caring for a loved one of any age and is open to Trinity members and the public. There will be respite care available at the church. To reserve respite care, call Carol Savage at Home Instead Senior Care, 614-486-6643. For questions, call Gary Brand, director of older adult ministries, at 614-488-0695.

Caregiver Support Group, for friends and family of those facing cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. There is no fee. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Bereavement Support Group, for those who have lost a loved one to cancer, at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. There is no fee. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the third floor multi-purpose room at the Forum at Knightsbridge, 4625 Knightsbridge Blvd. Call Dodie Wood at 614-481-8888.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit

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 or visit

Ala-Teen and Al-Anon Support Groups, visit to find meeting information.

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 and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 614-293-9550 or visit

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 or


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

Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month and the fourth Tuesday, when necessary. For agendas, visit

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.