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Events and programs

The 24th annual City of 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 a 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 .

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. 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. Visit facebook.com/hollyfestartscraftsshow.

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, Galloway. Wreaths Across America is an annual/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: 10 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. Call 614-849-0028, ext. 100, or visit newdirectionscc.org.

Meetings

Capital University Alumnae Chapter, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, in the Weiler Room of the Harry C. Moores Campus Center. Gary Brown, fine art professor emeritus, will present "47 Years of Having Fun" and Sandy Johnson Packer, class of 1968, will present "Life and Work as an Artist." Hostesses will be Dottie Winter, chairwoman; Julia Danison and Shirley Wynkoop.

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.

Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Weekly videos, stories and discussions that help build relationships. Topics change weekly and focus on popular life issues. December programs include: Dec. 5, "The Art of Listening: An Act of Love," featuring an exclusive film of NPR's StoryCorps founder, David Isay; Dec. 12, "What People Really Think of Christians ... and Why," features an exclusive filmed interview with Gabe Lyons, author of the book: UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters; and Dec. 19, "Overcoming Hardship-A father and son beat the odds," featuring an exclusive film of Patrick Henry Hughes, born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs, and his father. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, contact lifetreecafe@meadowpark.org

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 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. Visit 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 Drive. For 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.

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

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. 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. Dec. 3, in the Chapelside Parlor at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd. in Marble Cliff. 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. Free. 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. Free. 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 coafg.org.

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.

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.

Ala-Teen and Al-Anon Support Groups, visit al-non.alateen.org for 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 information, call 614-293-9550 or visit thecenterforbalancedliving.org.

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 info@LowSelfHelpSystems.org.

Government

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.