Events and programs
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, 35th annual conference, Affirming Our Roots, Breaking New Ground, Feb. 14-16, at the Granville Middle and High schools. The event features keynote sessions with Kathleen Merrigan and Atina Diffley; more than 100 educational workshops; two in-depth pre-conference events; a trade show; and locally sourced and organic homemade meals. To register or for more information, including pre-conference descriptions and workshop listings, go to oeffa.org/conference2014.
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.
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. Upcoming topics include: Jan. 9, "Dangerous Food: Is Your Supermarket Killing You?," featuring a filmed story of Joel Salatin, author of several books including Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front and Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer's Guide to Farm Friendly Food; Jan. 16, "Mysteries of Mental Illness: One Woman's Struggle to Regain Her Life," featuring a film of Karen McCracken, author of Breaking Free From OCD, Jan. 23, "Care for Caregivers: Meeting the Unique Needs of Those Who Sacrifice for Others," featuring a screening of the short film Life in Reverse; and Jan. 30, "Where is God When Life Turns Tough?," featuring the filmed story of John Stumbo, a healthy ultra-marathoner who was suddenly attacked by a life-threatening illness. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.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. 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 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.
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 Dr. 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, 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. 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 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 OA.org.
Ala-Teen and Al-Anon Support Groups, visit al-non.alateen.org 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 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.
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.