Events and programs
Community Leaders Forum, How Uninsured People Can Gain Access to Healthcare, 7 p.m. Nov. 6, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer Road in Clintonville. Those who are familiar with the procedures one should follow to gain healthcare access will be present. The programs are designed to help those who are worried about all basic forms of care, pre-exisiing conditions, difficulty in understanding healthcare language within policies, and/or who need financial help to acquire coverage. There is no fee. For more information, call the church at 614-267-4946.
St. Francis DeSales High School, annual open house, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 4212 Karl Road. There will be an opportunity to meet students and staff, learn about the school's curriculum, and receive scholarship and financial aid information. For more information, contact the admissions office at 614-265-3380.
TWIG Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10, in the Lausche Building at the Ohio Expo Center. The bazaar features handmade items including jewelry, holiday ornaments and decorations and the Avenue of Trees and Wreaths. New this year, the bazaar will include handcrafted items from outside artisans. Other features include a silent auction, pick-a-prize, pictures with Santa and a holiday pantry. Admission is free, although attendees are encouraged to purchase an early shopping pass for $25. The pass allows entrance to the bazaar at 9 a.m. Patrons may visit NationwideChildrens.org/TWIG to purchase a pass or contact Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation at 614-355-0888. Proceeds will benefit the areas of greatest need at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Give thanks. Walk. event, Nov. 23, at Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. The event features a family friendly after party, including face painting, Games2U, magician, live music and more from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Registration is free, but participants are forming teams and raising money online at givethankswalk.org to earn incentives. These efforts support St. Jude in finding cures to save children battling cancer and other diseases.
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.
Medicare 101 and Senior Resources Presentation, 3 p.m. Oct. 30, at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. Gina Giambri, a licensed independent agent, and Jacque Thorne-Harlan of Sweet Home Lifestyles will provide an overview of Medicare coverage, an explanation of Part D prescription coverage, supplement insurance and enrollment windows. Additional senior resources in the form of brochures and flyers from various agencies will be available to take home. The presentation is free and open to the public, but space is limited. For reservations, call 614-562-7039 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, Community Conversations About Mental Health Action Forum, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave. Community leaders, educators, persons in recovery, veterans, family members, providers, students and others have been meeting to decide how they will take action to improve mental health in their families, schools and communities. This program will share action plans. For more information, call 614-501-6264.
Wellness Forum 2013 Fall Health Conference, Nov. 8-10, at Crown Plaza Columbus North Hotel, 6500 Doubletree Ave. Guest speakers include Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Laura Theodore. To register, call 614-841-7700.
Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 8:30 to 9 a.m. Nov. 2 and 16, and Dec. 7, at the Woodward Park and Community Center, 5147 Karl Road. The walks are free for anyone interested in taking steps to improve their health. For more information, call 614-645-1260.
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Huntington Hearing Health Program in partnership with Huntington Bank, offering 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
New Directions Career Center, Divorce Planning 101, sponsored by the Financial Planning Association, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Oct. 30, at 199 E. Rich St. Women are invited to learn how to secure assets and plan for their financial future. Suggested $10 registration fee is payable at the door. For more information, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100. Additional information is available at newdirectionscc.org.
Ask the Expert: Your Resource for Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking-and More!, a program offered through New Directions Career Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 19, at the Karl Road Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 5590 Karl Road. Participants are encouraged to ask pressing job search and career development question in an event that is open to the public. Private, 15-minute sessions will be offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, 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 are necessary. Enter at Door B. For more information, call Ellen at 614-261-8440, ext. 750.
Maize Manor Civic Association and Blockwatch, 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road. For more information, call Lori Robinson at 614-262-0639.
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.
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.
Northland Community Council Development Committee, 6:30 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 email@example.com for more information.
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.
Sea Scout Ship 468, 6:45 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road. For more information, call Nancy Peto at the Simon Kenton Council Scout office, 614-306-9768.
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 (west entrance off of parking lot). Bring a dulcimer or call to ask about borrowing one. No need to read music. There is no fee. For more information, contact Barb at 614-848-5041 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. 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.
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 Dr. 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.