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Events and programs

Licking County Genealogical Society, May meeting, 6 p.m. May 6, at the Licking County Administration Building, 20 S. Second St. Doors will be locked at 6:15 p.m., and there will be no admittance after that time. Licking County Recorder Bryan Long and his staff will present the program, "Research Land Records" -- Licking County Recorder's Office Road Trip. Attendees are requested to bring a cash donation which will go to the food pantry. Meetings are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. For more information, call the LCGS Library at 740-349-5510.

Second Annual Breathe Deep Newark, to benefit the LUNGevity Foundation, May 11, at the Newark Rotary Park Pavilion located off Sharon Valley Road. Newark Mayor Jeff Hall will kick off the event, which will feature keynote speaker Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam of the Ohio State University Lung Center. For more information or to register or donate to the event, visit

Newark Garden Club, annual plant and bake sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11, at the home of Carol Svatora, 1411 Sherwood Downs W., Newark. This is the club's major fund raising event for the year. The Newark Garden Club provides community services by the planting and maintenance of the gardens at the Licking County Public Library, the Sherwood Davidson House and Museum, Newark's City Hall and the Buckingham House. For more information, contact Gale Ann Kelly at 740-366-7160 or

Pancakes for Pelotonia, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18, at the John Gilbert Reese Center at Ohio State University Newark-COTC. Breakfasts will include pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Entry donations will go toward cancer research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. For more information, visit

Licking County's 1st Annual United Race, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15, at the Licking County Family YMCA. The event is patterned after the television show The Amazing Race. Teams will compete in mental and physical challenges and the fastest teams will be rewarded. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Licking County. Registration is accepted at for ages 12 and up. Cost is $20 per individual or $75 for a team of four. Individual participants will be assigned to a team. All participants receive a T-shirt. The event also features prizes and food vendors. Deadline to register is June 3. For more information, contact 740-345-6685 or

Newark Maennerchor, all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, 195 W. Orchard St., Newark. Cost is $7, $4 for children ages 12 and younger. For information, call 740-323-1163.

Heath High School Class of 1993, 20-year reunion, July 26 and 27. Events include a casual gathering July 26 at Papa Boo's in Thornville, a golf outing July 27 at Raccoon International and a reunion dinner July 27, at the Newark Metropolitan Hotel. Cost for golf is $30 per person, cost for the reunion dinner is $25 per person. Reservations are due July 12. To register, send number of people attending each activity and checks payable to Heath Class of 1993 to Beth Kelly, 1898 Blue Jay Road, Heath, Ohio 43056.

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.


Granville Senior Center

All programs take place at the Granville Fellowship Senior Center, 3825 Columbus Road, Granville, unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 740-587-1333.

AARP Safe Driving Class with Deputy Tim Caldwell, 1 to 5 p.m. May 8. Certificates will be presented after class. This class is free and sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care of Granville. Participants should bring their AARP card and driver's license. Call the center to register.

Dish and Dine, 4:30 p.m. May 14. Those who have recently retired to a program that will focus on volunteering for Generation Hospice and other places in the community. A light dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Call the Fellowship office to make a reservation.

Ongoing events include:

Mondays -- noon, free light lunches for adults ages 60 and older, call for reservations; 1:30 p.m., Delay the Disease.

Wednesdays -- noon, free light lunches for adults ages 60 and older, call for reservations; 1:15 p.m. Balance Class.

Thursdays -- 1 p.m., Beginners Mahjongg.

Fridays -- 12:30 p.m., Delay the Disease.


Classes, workshops

Criterium Liszkay Engineers, free home buyers seminar, 7 p.m. May 7 and 9, for part one, May 14 and 16, for part two, in the East Main Professional Building, 5300 E. Main St., Suite 203. Participants will learn the basics of what a home inspector looks for, helping them eliminate houses with major problems before entering into a contract. Each session will last one and a half hours. Seating is limited. For reservations, call Miriam at 614-418-7200.

Ohio State University Extension-Licking County, Dining with Diabetes classes, noon to 2 p.m. May 16, 21 and 23, at Kendal at Granville, 2158 Columbus Road SW, Granville. Dining with Diabetes is a cooking school and nutrition education program designed for people with diabetes and their family members or caregivers. It also can benefit those wanting to learn about healthier eating. For more information, call the extension office at 740-670-5315 or visit



Childbirth Education Class, for expectant mothers, 6 to 9 p.m. May 14 and 21, 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. For more information or to register, call 740-348-4346 or e-mail

Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 14, in the auditorium at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., in Newark. The group will be facilitated by an international board certified lactation consultants. To register for this free group, call 740-348-4346.

Breast Cancer Support Group, for those with breast cancer and their spouse or significant other, 6 p.m. May 14, in the auditorium at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. LMH oncology nurse Cynthia Land and LMHS quality manager, patient education Deb Pratt will lead the session. Call 740-348-2527.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics Class, 6 to 8 p.m. May 15, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. in Newark. Participants will learn the basics of breastfeeding, including the skills and techniques necessary for success. 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

Stork Tour, for expectant parents and those planning a pregnancy, 5:30 p.m. May 22, in the first-floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. To register call 740-348-4346.

Friends and Family Infant and Child CPR class, geared toward expectant parents and grandparents, 6 to 7 p.m. May 24, 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 welcome to register. Cost is $5 per person. 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.

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

Medical clinic, held by Vineyard Community Church, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the church, 15187 Palmer Road in Reynoldsburg. Free work physicals, health screenings and treatment for non-emergency illnesses. Interested health care professionals who would like to volunteer, call 740-927-7729.



Johnstown Area Seniors, 10 a.m. May 14, and June 11, 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. There is a $5 one time admission fee, with $5 at each meeting that includes lunch.

Granville Fellowship Mahjong Group, 1 p.m. Thursdays at 3825 Columbus Road, Building G in Granville. The group is seeking new participants; no experience necessary. For more information, call 740-587-1333 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.

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.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Granville Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Thursdays at College Town House, 334 E Broadway, Granville. For more information, contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540 or For general information, visit

AmSpirit Business Connections-Moundbuilders Chapter, noon Thursdays at Heritage Hall, 1058 E. Main St., Newark. For more information, contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540 or For general information, visit


Support groups

Support group for parents of teens or adult children with bi-polar or borderline personality disorders, 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive, Pickerington. The group also is open to those who have family members with other mental health disorders. Free. For more information, email

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.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit

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.