Christ Child Society of Columbus, annual Red Wagon Fare luncheon, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16, at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road. The event features a luncheon, a boutique of vendors from central Ohio, Christ Child Society sweets, baked goods and crafts, as well as a style show provided by Chico's from the Shops at Worthington Place and Belles and Beaux Children's Boutique.

Events and programs

Christ Child Society of Columbus, annual Red Wagon Fare luncheon, 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16, at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road. The event features a luncheon, a boutique of vendors from central Ohio, Christ Child Society sweets, baked goods and crafts, as well as a style show provided by Chico's from the Shops at Worthington Place and Belles and Beaux Children's Boutique. Proceeds support the projects of the Christ Child Society. This year, Project Starfish, a tuition assistance program for the Christ Child-Child Care Center at St. Stephens Community House will be the focus of the event.

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.

Health

Alzheimer's CARE Training, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2, or 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8, at Silver Lane Center, 1020 N. Hamilton Road, Gahanna. Developed by Home Instead Senior Care, the Alzheimer's or Other Dementias CARE program incorporates an innovative, hands-on approach to help families deal with the difficult behavioral changes that often are associated with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. For registration, call 740-363-5720 or 614-486-6643.

Diabetes Academy, presented by the Wexner Heritage Village Institute, 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Patients with diabetes and their loved ones are invited for a free educational series taught by certified diabetes instructors. Topics are: Oct. 7, Diabetes & Nutrition: Cooking demonstrations and dietitian guidance; and Nov. 4, Insulin 101: The basics of insulin and how to use a flex pen. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Francesca Bryan at 614-559-0318.

Meetings

New Albany/Gahanna Christian Women's Connection, luncheon, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the New Albany Country Club, 1 Club Lane in New Albany. Cathy Morrison will share her experience about Montana de Luz, the Honduras Orphanage. Other features include music by pianist Bruce Piper and speaker Sherry Gray of New Castle, Ind., giving a presentation on "Surviving the Winds of Life and Still Laughing." Cost is $17. For reservations, due Oct. 7, contact Marquell 614-476-9942 or Terri, 740-967-9234.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Port Columbus Chapter, 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Brook Hollow Conference Center, 676 Brook Hollow, Gahanna. AmSpirit Business Connections is a national organization that assists sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals succeed by creating a forum where they can exchange qualified referrals with other sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals. Guests are welcome.

AmSpirit Business Connections-New Albany/Gahanna Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Fridays at Scrambler Marie's, 5729 N. Hamilton Road. The program focuses on networking opportunities for small businesses and professionals. For more information, contact Dan Wolt at 614-419-9103.

New Albany Community Garden, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the first Tuesday evening of the month in the garden during fair weather and at the Plain Township Fire Department on Route 62 during bad weather. All meetings are free. Visit facebook.com/newalbanycommunitygarden.

Easton-New Albany Chapter of the Accountant Information Market, 11:45 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Scrambler Marie's (order off menu), 5729 N. Hamilton Road. The group aims to sponsor programs that support the accounting profession through CPE classes and provide new networking opportunities for possible referrals to new clients and new client resources. For information, call 614-478-8187.

New Albany Chamber of Commerce meets the third Thursday of each month. Visit newalbanychamber.com for the meeting time and location. For reservations, call 614-855-4400.

New Albany Communicators, a Toastmasters International Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Nazarene Church, 6000 Johnstown Road. For more information, call Tammy O'Neill at 614-551-7146.

American Legion Post 171, 7:30 p.m. and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the post, 393 E. College Ave. Guests are invited. Call Mike Etling at 614-891-9388 or Kim Mann (Auxiliary) at 614-266-2695.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Towne Centre Chapter, 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Logan's Roadhouse, 3969 Morse Crossing. The program focuses on networking opportunities. Contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912.

Support groups

Diabetes Support Group, sponsored by Mount Carmel-St. Ann's Hospital, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at the hospital, 500 Cleveland Ave., Westerville. Participants will receive information on diabetes and diabetes self-care activities. Those diagnosed with diabetes and their family members and friends are invited. There is no fee. For more information, call Suzanne at 614-865-7254. Meetings are subject to change.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in Room 202 at New Albany United Methodist Church, 20 S. Third St. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Marisa Kress at 614-457-6003 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. For respite care, call 614-939-0350.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Franklin County and Concord Counseling, 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd. Call Mary Kay Ansley at 614-882-9338, ext. 233. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm.

Government

New Albany Planning Commission, 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Village Hall, 99 W. Main St.

New Albany Board of Zoning Appeals, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Village Hall.

New Albany Architectural Review Board, 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Village Hall.

New Albany City Council, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Village Hall.

Rocky Fork Blacklick Accord, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Village Hall.

Plain Township Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Plain Township fire station, 9500 Johnstown Road.

Plain Township Zoning Commission, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Plain Township fire station.

Plain Township Board of Zoning Appeals, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Plain Township fire station.