Johnstown Independent

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Events and programs   

Easter egg hunt, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, on grounds of the Johnstown recreation center, 180 W. Maple St. Sponsored by American Legion Post 254, the hunt is for children ages 1-9.

Heritage Hall Senior Center, beginning art class for those age 60 and older, 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 1, 8, 15 and 22, in the arts and crafts room at Heritage Hall, 1058 E. Main St., Newark. The first class looks at shapes and shadows and learning about art materials. Other sessions will involve drawing a photo subject that each student chooses. The remaining classes will look at art details and shading. Fee of $35 includes a large drawing pad, starter set of art pencils, art eraser and other materials. To register, call Dee Hall at 740-323-5940.

Museum at Buckeye Lake, training classes for anyone interested in volunteering to become a tour guide for the Historic Cranberry Bog or crewmember on the Queen of the Lake Tour Boat, at the museum, 4729 Walnut Road. The training will take place at 7 p.m. April 9, for crewmembers and April 11, for bog guides. Both classes will be offered for those who cannot make weekdays at 4 p.m. April 21. The guides will learn about the plants and the history of the bog then participate in scheduled tours. The Queen Crew volunteers assist with docking, greeting passengers and helping them on and off the boat. It requires a boating safety course and must be over 18 years of age. To register, call 740-929-1998 or go to

Pataskala Relay For Life Survivor/Caregiver Dinner, 6 p.m. April 16, at the Central Ohio Technical College-Pataskala campus, 8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg. The event includes dinner and dessert. Participants may share details of their cancer journey if they choose. For more information, contact Chris Knapp at or 614-571-1591.

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.



Community Education program, basic CPR skills to help adults and children, 6 p.m. March 28, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. Ronda Stegman, Licking Memorial Community Training Center coordinator, will instruct. The program is free; however, registration is required, and space is limited. To register, call 740-348-2527.

Nutrition and Exercise Workshop, April 2 and 16, in the Licking Memorial Wellness Education Center at C-TEC, 150 Price Road in Newark. This program focuses on practical steps and guidance to develop a personalized weight loss plan, including recipe modification, smart grocery shopping, cooking demonstrations and beginning exercise. Licking Memorial Hospital dietitian Aundrea Parker and Licking Memorial physical therapist Kerri Marks will present. Participants should follow the signs to student parking on Price Road and enter through the Boulevard entrance. The program is free; however, registration is required. To register, call 740-348-2527.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics Class, 6 to 8 p.m. April 3, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. A certified lactation consultant will be available for one-on-one questions. Cost is $20 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346 or email

Friends and Family Infant and Child CPR Class, geared toward expectant parents and grandparents, 6 to 7 p.m. April 5, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. Although this class does not provide official certification, it focuses on basic life support and treatment for children who are choking. Cost is $5 per person. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 9, in the auditorium at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. The group is facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, who will answer questions and provide resources as needed. There is no fee. To register or receive more information about maternity services at LMH, call 740-348-4346.

Stork Tour, guided tour of Licking Memorial Hospital’s maternity floor for expectant parents and those planning a pregnancy, 5:30 p.m. April 10, in the first-floor conference rooms, 1320 W. Main St. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Immunizations, 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays by appointment, Licking County Health Department, 675 Price Road, Newark. For information, call 740-349-6535.

WIC Satellite Clinic, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 27 and April 24 at the Youth for Christ Building, 276 S. Main St., Johnstown. For information, call the Licking County Health Department at 740-349-6535.

Immunization Satellite Clinic, by appointment only, March 27 and April 24 at the Youth for Christ Building, 276 S. Main St., Johnstown. For information, call the Licking County Health Department at 740-349-6535.

Blood pressure clinic, 8 a.m. to noon daily at the Licking County Health Department, 675 Price Road. Call 740-349-6535.



Licking County Board of Health, 6:30 p.m. April 16, in the Unity Board Room at Licking County Health Department, 675 Price Road in Newark. For more information, call 740-349-6535.

AmSpirit Business Connections–Johnstown Chapter, 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Hot Spot Coffee House, 94 W. Coshocton St. AmSpirit organizes professionals, business owners and sales professionals for the primary purpose of helping each other succeed by networking through an exchange of qualified business referrals. For additional information about  the Johnstown chapter, contact Allison Speck at 740-966-3180. For general information, contact Frank Agin at 888-267-7474 or visit

Friday Night Frenzy, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Christian Endeavor UMC, 1415 Londondale Parkway in Newark. Enjoy an evening of fun and food. All ages invited. Call 740-344-2351.

Licking County Democratic Club, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Don Hill Licking County Administration Building, 20 S. Second St. in Newark.

The Licking Heights Athletic Boosters meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Licking Heights High School, 4000 Mink St. in Pataskala.

Nar-Anon Family Group, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at 80 Granville St. in Newark. Nar-Anon Family Group is a companion but separate program to Narcotics Anonymous. Meetings are open to family and friends of people who are using drugs. For more information, call Susan at 740-344-5963.

Bryn Du Governance Commission, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Bryn Du Mansion property. Meetings are open to the public. Call 740-587-7053.


Support groups

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, noon on the last Thursday of the month at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, 75 McMillen Drive. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Call Beth Mueller at 740-344-0357 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. Lunch provided.

Survivors After Suicide, sponsored by Mental Health America, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the MHA offices, 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. Call 740-522-1341 or email

Schizophrenia Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 65 Messimer Drive in Newark.