Licking County News

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Events and programs

Public Lecture: Crimea, Russia and Ukraine, 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 27, at the Ohio State University at Newark. Sergei Zhuk from Ball State University will present a historical perspective of current events related to the crisis in Ukraine in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers and Ohio State University Extension, Spring Gardening Conference, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29, at C-TEC, 150 Price Road, Newark. The keynote speakers will be Kim Todd, author of Tinkering With Eden, and Jessica Walliser, author of Good Bug, Bad Bug. Six other speakers will take part in three break-out sessions at the event, which also features a raffle and more than 30 vendors. Tickets, at $35, include a continental breakfast and a soup-and-salad lunch. Tickets may be purchased at, through PayPal or by calling 740-503-5108. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Licking County Genealogical Society, general meeting, 1:30 p.m. April 6, in the first floor meeting room at the Newark Library, 101 W. Main St., Newark. Dinner reservations required by March 25. The 41st Annual Dinner and 22nd Anniversary First Families of Licking County will feature the program, "Finding the Hidden People," why there are hidden Native Americans and how they can be identified. Jeanne Eppley, also known as Snow Flower, author of My Family Tells This Story, will be the presenter. Those who do not want to attend the dinner can come to the presentation at 2:30 p.m. This is open to the public; guests are invited. Meetings and events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise stated.

Messiah Lutheran Church, dinner of homemade chicken and noodles, 4 to 7 p.m. April 12, at 1200 Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg. The cost of a complete dinner with beverage is $8 for adults in advance, $9 at the door and $5 for children ages 3 to 10. Carry-out dinners also will be available. The community is invited. For more information, call Charles Lepley at 740-964-1190.

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.


Classes and workshops

Caregiver Education Class, 1 to 3 p.m. March 26, at the Newark City Library, 101 W. Main St. Jayme McDonald, director of the Carol Strawn Center, will lead a two-part class on the basics of Alzheimer's disease and tips for caregivers of patients. The program is free for those over age 60, with donations appreciated from those under age 60. To register, call the Carol Strawn Center at 740-345-5190.


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.

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.



Licking Memorial Hospital is at 1320 W. Main St., Newark. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held or begin in the first-floor conference rooms.

The Licking County Health Department is at 675 Price Road in Newark.

Prenatal breastfeeding basics class, 6 to 8 p.m. April 2, at Licking Memorial Hospital. 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.

Friends and family CPR class, 6 p.m. March 27, at Licking Memorial Hospital. This program will instruct participants on how to respond in an emergency with CPR and perform hands-only CPR. This is not a CPR certification program; however, information on obtaining certification will be available. The program is free, but registration is required, and space is limited. To register, call 740-348-2527.

Stork tours, for expectant parents and those planning a pregnancy, 6 p.m. April 1, at Licking Memorial Hospital. The program includes a guided tour of the hospital's maternity floor. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group, 10 to 11 a.m. April 1, in the auditorium at Licking Memorial Hospital. The group will be facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, who will answer questions and provide resources as needed. The group, offered at no cost, is one of many First Impressions Programs offered throughout the year for mothers and mothers-to-be. 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. April 8, at Licking Memorial Hospital. Although this class does not provide official certification, it focuses on basic life support and treatment for children who are choking. Anyone who cares for young children is welcome to register. The 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 6:30 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. For information, call 740-349-6535.

Blood pressure clinic, 8 a.m. to noon daily at the Licking County Health Department. 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 nonemergency illnesses. Health-care professionals who would like to volunteer should call 740-927-7729.



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.

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

Licking Heights Athletic Boosters, 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. Contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Moundbuilders Chapter, noon Thursdays at Heritage Hall, 1058 E. Main St., Newark. Contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540.


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.

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.