The 24th annual Hilliard Tree Lighting, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, at Weaver Park in the Historical Village. There will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, musical selections by the Scioto Darby Elementary School choir under the direction of Joyce Brandt, hot chocolate, ice sculpting, horse drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating, face painting, Matt the Balloon Guy, the reindeer duck derby game and tours of the Historic Village. Guests also can drop off letters to Santa in his special mailbox located in the park. To guarantee a reply from Santa, include the child's full name, complete address with ZIP code and a stamp. This event is free and open to the public.

Events and programs

The 24th annual Hilliard Tree Lighting, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, at Weaver Park in the Historical Village. There will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, musical selections by the Scioto Darby Elementary School choir under the direction of Joyce Brandt, hot chocolate, ice sculpting, horse drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating, face painting, Matt the Balloon Guy, the reindeer duck derby game and tours of the Historic Village. Guests also can drop off letters to Santa in his special mailbox located in the park. To guarantee a reply from Santa, include the child's full name, complete address with ZIP code and a stamp. This event is free and open to the public.

Hilliard/Ray Patch YMCA, Breakfast with Santa, 9, 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7, at the Hilliard United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 5445 Scioto Darby Road. Guests will have a breakfast featuring pancakes, eggs, sausage, toast, mill and juice and a chance to make Christmas crafts. Kids also will have the chance to meet and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Cost is $5, $4 for children, with a family maximum of $14 for members; $6, $5 for children, with a family maximum of $16 for nonmembers. Families can register children at the Hilliard YMCA until Nov. 30.

Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, 31st annual Hollyfest Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, at Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road. This show features homemade crafts which include floral, wood, clothing, and jewelry items among others. There will be 118 crafters from Ohio and surrounding states. Santa Paws will be there, providing an opportunity for pets to have pictures taken with him. The cost to attend is $4, $2 for seniors and students. Parking is free.

Hilliard Arts Council, presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 2, 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7, at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, 4066 Main St. Tickets are a $5 donation or five nonperishable food items for Hilliard Welfare or a new toy for Firefighters for Kids.

Wreaths Across America, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14, at Sunset Cemetery. Wreaths Across America is a national program honoring fallen veterans. Veterans interred in Section 9, Spanish America War will receive a wreath in remembrance of their service. Westland High School JROTC will coordinate the events in conjunction with AMVETs Post 1928 and VFW Post 4044. State Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) will be the guest speaker. Music and refeshments will be provided.

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

New Directions Career Center, An Employer Perspective: Ten Things Job Seekers Need to Know About Employment Trends in a Changing Job Market, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Dec. 4, at 199 E. Rich St. The event begins with a continental breakfast. A $10 registration fee is payable at the door, however, fee reductions and waivers are available to those who qualify. For more information, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Meetings

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 hilliardkiwanis.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.

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 oldhilliardfest.org.

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 sites.google.com/site/columbusareaega 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 info@hilliardchamber.org.

Rotary Club of Hilliard, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, at Heritage Golf Club, 3525 Heritage Club Dr. For more information, 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 nnlcolumbus@yahoo.com.

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 frankagin@amspirit.com for either group.

Support groups

DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24, at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road, Galloway. The seminar features video interviews with counselors, divorce experts and other people who have experienced the holidays in the midst of divorce. A free DC4K class for ages 5-12 will be held during this time, with free child care available for younger children. A $5 fee covers the workbook. To register, call 614-878-8192.

Syntero/Northwest Counseling Services' Low Vision Support Group, a monthly meeting for older adults with vision problems, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2, at the Griswold Center, 777 High St., Worthington. The program will be the group's free holiday luncheon, provided by PR Life Management and Mayfair Village. Reservations are required by Nov. 27. To register, call the Griswold Center at 614-842-6320. For more information, call Maxine Gilgoff of Northwest Counseling Services at 614-457-7876, ext. 358.