American Legion Post 254 and Auxiliary Unit 254, third annual open house and reception, 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29, at the post, 44 S. Main St., Johnstown. Veterans are invited to bring medals, photographs, souvenirs and other memorabilia to share some of their military experience. There is no fee. Refreshments will be served by the Ladies' Auxiliary. To assure space for displays of memorabilia, call Sally Conrad at 740-967-4655 or 740-817-1983.

Events and programs

American Legion Post 254 and Auxiliary Unit 254, third annual open house and reception, 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29, at the post, 44 S. Main St., Johnstown. Veterans are invited to bring medals, photographs, souvenirs and other memorabilia to share some of their military experience. There is no fee. Refreshments will be served by the Ladies' Auxiliary. To assure space for displays of memorabilia, call Sally Conrad at 740-967-4655 or 740-817-1983.

Friends of the Mary E. Babcock Library, annual book sale, during regular library hours Oct. 3-5, at the library on North Main Street in Johnstown. The remaining books will be available for a donation the following week. Donations of gently used books, except for text books, will be accepted anytime in September; bring them to the library.

Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Newark, eighth annual hog roast, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5, at 75 McMillen Dr., Newark. This free event features a bounce house, bingo, hay rides, pumpkin painting and door prizes as well as a 50/50 drawing. Food includes roast pork, side dishes and beverages. For more information, call 740-344-0357.

Johnstown Area Seniors, meeting and program, 10 a.m. Oct. 14, at Church of the Ascension, 555 S. Main St., Johnstown. This is a non-denominational group for those 55 years of age or older. A social gathering with coffee starts the day, with a meeting at 10:30 a.m., a program at 11 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. There is a $5 one-time admission fee and $5 fee for each meeting that includes lunch.

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.

Monroe Township Fire Department Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 24 S. Oregon St. Activities will include painting wooden fire trucks, assembling wooden fire trucks for older children, tours of a fire safety trailer, providing turn out gear for kids to dress like a fireman, health screenings, training in using a fire extinguisher and tours of the station. Free food will be provided by Route 62 Barbecue.

Johnstown Special Needs Medical Closet, yard sale, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5, at the Kroger Parking Lot on Route 62 in Johnstown. The sale includes household items, children's toys and furniture. Clothing will be sold at $5 for a full grocery bag. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of two mobile scooters to be lent out for area residents' use. Those who have questions, wish to make donations or want to sign up to work can call Eileen Baesmann at 740-967-1892.

Licking County Genealogical Society, 2 p.m. Oct. 6, in the first floor meeting room of the Licking County Public Library 101 W. Main St., Newark. Kelli Bergheimer, writer, teacher, editor, small business owner and nature photographer, will present "Online Tools To Originate and Collaborate With Your Cousins." Bergheimer currently runs two small businesses, Writers Etc., a K-12 math and science textbook editing company, and Mess on the Desk, a genealogical organization company. Meetings and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. For more information, call the LCGS Library at 740-349-5510.

Health

Alzheimer's CARE Training, noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, 75 McMillen Dr., Newark. The topic will be Techniques to Handle Challenging Behaviors. An additional program, set Oct. 31, will focus on Activities to Encourage Engagement. The Alzheimer's Support Group-Kindred will provide lunch. Registration is required by calling 740-344-0357.

Friends and Family Infant and Child CPR Class, geared toward expectant parents and grandparents, 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and again Sept. 27, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. Although this class does not provide official certification, it focuses on basic life support and treatment for children who are choking. Anyone in the community who cares for young children is invited to register. The cost is $5 per person. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Sibling Preparation Class, geared toward children ages 3 through 6 years, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. The program will include discussion about a baby's appearance and what to expect when first visiting mom and the new baby. The cost is $10 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Newborn Basics Class, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. The class prepares parents-to-be how to care for their babies through the months after birth. Topics covered include newborn care, infant growth and development, ways to interact with infants, and infant and child safety. Participants will also be introduced to support services that are available. Cost is $10 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Stork Tour, guided tour of the Maternity floor of Licking Memorial Hospital, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. Expectant parents and those planning a pregnancy are invited. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Childbirth Education Class, for expectant mothers, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1 and 15, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. The cost is $55 per couple. Topics include ways to cope with labor, breathing exercises, guided imagery exercises, postpartum care and newborn care. Advance registration is required, and class size is limited to 10 couples. For more information or to register, call 740-348-4346.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics Class, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. Participants will learn the basics of breastfeeding. A certified lactation consultant will be available for one-on-one questions. Cost is $20 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Immunizations, 2 to 4 p.m. Mondays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 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.

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

Community Education Class, Preventing Diabetes, 6 p.m. Sept. 26, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. Licking Memorial Diabetes Educator Teresa Knicely will lead this discussion. Registration is required by calling 740-348-2527.

Meetings

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 information, contact Frank Agin at 888-267-7474.

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. The theme for Sept. 13, will be "Down on the Farm." There will be crafts, outdoor games and opportunities to about living on a farm and facts about farm animals. Food also will be available. 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.

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 Dr. 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.

Nar-Anon Family Group, 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Shepherd Hill main building, 200 Messimer Drive 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.

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 suicideprevention@mhalc.org.

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 Dr. in Newark.