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Events and programs
Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio, annual meeting with featured speaker Josh Slocum, executive director of the National Funeral Consumers Alliance, 1 p.m. May 11 at the Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave. Slocum's topic is "What Ever Happened to Pine Boxes?." Slocum, who helped draft a bill that would extend Federal Trade Commission consumer protection rules to cemeteries, crematories and funeral merchandise vendors, co-wrote the book Final Rights with Lisa Carlson. Free and open to the public. For more information visit www.funeralsohio.org.
Spirituality Network, Living Faith Award Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m. May 16 at the Harry C. Moores Center on the campus of Capital University, 1 College and Main. Several local individuals will be recognized. Yvette McGee Brown will be the keynote speaker. Contact Pat Gibboney at 614-228-8867 or visit www.spiritualitynetwork.org.
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.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 at Horizon Science Academy Middle School, 2350 Morse Road. For appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Huntington Hearing Health Program, in partnership with Huntington Bank, offers free hearing screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, 510 E. North Broadway. Screenings will be offered to those ages 5 and older throughout 2013. To schedule appointments, call 614-261-5452.
Workshops and classes
Ask the Expert: Your Resource for Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking -- and More!, offered to the public through New Directions Career Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 9 to 11 a.m. May 21 at the Karl Road branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 5590 Karl Road. Participants are encouraged to ask pressing job search and career development questions. Private, 15-minute sessions will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call the New Directions Career Center at 614-849-0028, ext. 100.
Northland Free Legal Aid Clinic, 6 to 8 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Christian Assembly, 4099 Karl Road. Consultations provided in minor criminal matters, including landlord-tenant disputes, domestic disputes, civil protection orders and mediations. No appointments necessary. Enter at Door B. For more information, call Ellen at 614-261-8440, ext. 750.
Clintonville Beginning Dulcimer Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Education Room of Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus. Bring a dulcimer or call to ask about borrowing one. No need to read music. For more information contact Barb at 614-370-8183 after 5 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inventors Network discusses the invention process at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road. The topic for May 14 will be "Is Design Important If No Other Product Does What Mine Does?" Cost is $36 per year for membership (payable at any time, not pro-rated for a partial year), $5 per meeting at the door. Call 614-470-0144 or visit inventorscolumbus.com.
Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Weekly videos, stories and discussions that help build relationships. Topics change weekly and focus on popular life issues. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Beaumont Civic Association and Blockwatch, 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the meeting room at the Northern Lights branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4093 Cleveland Ave. For information, call Donna at 614-261-6521.
Northland Community Council Development Committee, 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd. Public hearings on local development, rezoning and related topics. Call 614-325-8217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
North Linden Area Commission, 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Fedderson Recreation Center, 3911 Dresden St.
Clinton Estates Civic Association and Blockwatch, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Trinity United Church of Christ, 1180 Shanley Drive. Call Emmanuel Remy at 614-453-5007.
Salem Civic Association, 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for the December meeting which is the third Tuesday, at Salem Baptist Church, 5862 Sinclair Road.
Shipwrights of Central Ohio, a group for ship modelers, 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. For information, visit shipwrightsofohio.org.
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.
Northland Community Council, 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd. Call 614-325-8217 or email email@example.com.
Forest Park Civic Association, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, locations and topics vary. Call 614-325-8217 or email info@ fpcivic.org.
Franklin 524 Toastmasters Club, 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Vineyard Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road. For more information, visit 524.toastmastersclubs.org.
Karmel Morse-Manor Civic Association, 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Valley Forge Elementary School, 1321 Urban Drive. Call William Logan at 614-846-1089 for more information.
Sharon Woods Civic Association, 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Church of the Good Shepherd, 6176 Sharon Woods Blvd. Call John Kirkpatrick at 614-890-5417.
Northland Kiwanis Club, 6:15 p.m. the second and the fourth Mondays of the month at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd. Call 614-479-3256.
Central Ohioans for Peace, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave. Visit centralohioansforpeace.org or call 614-436-3531.
New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. Visit newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. For information on becoming a member, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Ohio Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Support Group, 11:30 a.m. May 15 at the Wesley Glen Retirement Community Wellness Center, 5155 N. High St. Donald Smith, an occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain, will present "Understanding Fibromyalgia-Root Causes and Effective Treatments." Meetings are free and open to the public. For more information call Chris at the Wellness Center at 614-396-4944.
Northwest Counseling Services' Worthington Widowhood Support Group, a monthly meeting for men and women who have been widowed, 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 16 at the Griswold Center, 777 High St. in Worthington. Yolanda Robinson of the Ohio Attorney General's Office will present "Senior Scams." This group is operated at no charge by Syntero/Northwest Counseling Services. To register call Northwest Counseling Services at 614-457-7876, ext. 422, by May 14. Mia Hall is the group facilitator.
Thyroid Disorder Support Group, 1:30 p.m. May 19 at the Eye Center, 262 Neil Ave. For more information call 614-431-6854.
Syntero/Northwest Counseling Services' Low Vision Support Group, a monthly meeting for older adults with vision problems, 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 20 at the Griswold Center, 777 High St. in Worthington. An open discussion is planned. Refreshments are provided by PR Life Management. New members are welcome. To learn more, call Maxine Gilgoff of Northwest Counseling Services at 614-457-7876, ext. 358.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
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.