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Events and programs

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; 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 and 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 participants 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 journey if they choose. For information, contact Chris Knapp at christin951@ 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. Call 614-258-7295 or 614-322-0600, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.


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, 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.

Childbirth Education Class, for expectant mothers, 6 to 9 p.m. April 12 and 19, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. The cost is $55 per couple. A childbirth educator will teach the class, focusing on ways to cope with labor, breathing exercises, postpartum care and newborn care. Advance registration is required, and class size is limited to 10 couples. An additional session is set for April 16 and 23. For more information or to register, call 740-348-4346 or e-mail firstimpressions@

Maternity Tour, 2 to 4 p.m. April 14, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. Parents-to-be are invited to learn about maternity services available, tour the maternity floor and receive a free copy of Heading Home with Your Newborn: from Birth to Reality. Refreshments will be served. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics Class, 6 to 8 p.m. April 17, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. Participants will learn the basics of breastfeeding, with a certified lactation consultant available to answer one-on-one questions. Cost is $20 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346 or email firstimpressions@

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. 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, 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.


Johnstown Area Seniors, 10 a.m. April 8, at the Church of the Ascension, 555 S. Main St., Johnstown. This is a non-denominational group for those 55 years of age or older. A meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. followed by a program at 11 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. A gospel singing group will perform. There is a $5 one time admission fee, with $5 at each meeting that includes lunch.

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.