Events and programs
Fifteenth annual Spaghetti Dinner, fundraiser for the Hilliard Davidson High School girls lacrosse team, 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 25, in the high school commons, 5100 Davidson Road. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat or vegetarian sauce, salad, roll, drink and cake. Carryout is available. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7 or from any team member. The dinner is offered in conjunction with a production of The Odd Couple at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets for the show also are available at the door.
Veterans Appreciation Event, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Hilliard Memorial Post 4931 Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2436 Walcutt Road. There will be free haircuts for all veterans, male and female, courtesy of the Ohio Independent Cosmetologists and Barbers Association and Ohio John Amico Stylists. There will be refreshments, such as food, coffee and soft drinks. Donations of winter clothing is being accepted, such as hats, gloves, coats, socks, sweaters and blankets. For more information call the post commander at 614-306-5518.
Teleperformance, collection of shoes for Soles4Souls, through Jan. 31, at 4339 Equity Dr. Donations of gently worn shoes will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The shoes will be redistributed through the organization's international micro-enterprise partners. For more information, visit giveshoes.org.
Columbus Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8, at St. Agatha's Parish Hall, 1860 Northam Road. Featured items include paintings, rustic home decor, glass lawn art, fabric pottery and jewelry. Admission is $3, free for children under age 12. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Hope Hollow, offering lodging that supports patients, families and friends affected by cancer. Parking is free. For more information, visit avantgardeshows.com.
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 will feature 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.
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church at Mill Run, Love and Respect Video Marriage Conference, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 28, and 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. March 1, 3500 Mill Run Dr. This DVD-based weekend retreat features Emerson and Sarah Eggerich. Cost is $15 per person through Feb. 17, $20 per person after that date. An additional $5 per person will be collected at the door to cover costs of dessert Friday, continental breakfast and box lunch on Saturday. For more information or to register, visit ualc.org/marriage.
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.
Credit Union of Ohio, free, teen-focused financial workshop, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at its Hilliard branch, 5500 Britton Parkway. The workshop will cover topics to help teens, including how to balance a check book, manage a checking account, create a budget and protect their identity. Free pizza will be provided and parents are welcome to attend. Registrations are required by email to email@example.com. Additional financial counseling information can be found at cuofohio.org.
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. 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, discussion of 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, 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 improving public speaking.
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.
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 coafg.org.
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 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.