Johnstown Independent

Coming up

Events and programs

Licking County Genealogical Society, general meeting, 2 p.m. Jan. 5 in the first floor meeting room at the Licking County Library, 101 W. Main St., Newark, OH. In addition to the group's annual business meeting, Bill Markley, Licking County Records and Archives records clerk, will present "Licking County Records and Archives -- Update." Members should plan to attend and bring a guest. Meetings and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

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. This event, the state's largest sustainable food and farm conference, 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.

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.



Newborn Basics Class, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 30 in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. The class prepares parents-to-be to care for their babies through the months after birth. Topics include newborn care, infant growth and development, ways to interact with infants, and infant and child safety. Cost is $10 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Licking Memorial Hospital Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group, 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 7 in the hospital's auditorium, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. The group is facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, who answers questions and provides resources as needed. To register for this free group, call 740-348-4346.

Stork Tour at Licking Memorial Hospital, for expectant parents and those planning a pregnancy, 6 p.m. Jan. 7 on the maternity floor of the hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. To register for this event, 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.



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. Games, music and food are free to all ages. Call 740-344-2351.

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 Alison Speck at 740-966-3180. For general information, contact Frank Agin at 888-267-7474.

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.


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.

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.