Events and programs
Operation Christmas Child, OCC Project Leader Enrichment Event, 9:30 to 11 a.m. July 19, at Centerpoint Church, 7750B Green Meadows Drive, Lewis Center. OCC volunteers will teach participants how to bring the program to their church or organization, explain the filling of shoeboxes with gifts for children and share stories of how they touch the lives of the children receiving them around the world. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse. To register, contact Julie Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbus Bonsai Society, annual show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20, at the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden, 1777 E. Broad St. Members will display many examples of the miniature trees they have trained and nurtured. Workshops will take place, and three vendors will be on site, offering a wide range of plant stock, pottery and tools needed for bonsai work. A demonstration of bonsai care and styling techniques will be given at 1 p.m. on each day of the show. Admission is free and open to the public; however, a freewill donation will be accepted.
Columbus Historical Society, 2014 Columbus City Tour Series, starting at 9:30 a.m. July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18, at the society gallery, 333 W. Broad St. and COSI. Participants will travel through downtown with its historical centerpiece, the Ohio Statehouse; the new Columbus Commons; the Short North Arts District; German Village; the Arena District; Olde Towne East; the Discovery District; and Franklin Park. Tours last two and a half hours and cost $30 per person, $27 for senior citizens, $24 for members of the Columbus Historical Society (unlimited ticket purchases for members). Registration and payment in advance are required. For reservations, call 614-224-0822.
St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, annual Serbian Festival, noon to 10 p.m. July 26, at the church, 1840 N. Cassady Ave. The church's grounds will be transformed into a Serbian village, featuring ethnic foods such as roasted lamb, handmade sausage, cabbage rolls and apple strudel. Soft drinks, domestic and international liquor, beer and wine also will be available for purchase. Live music by Orkestra Lira of Detroit will accompany kolo (circle) dancing and singing. Admission is $4, free for children under age 12. For information, contact email@example.com.
Columbus Public Health, Farmers' Markets, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14, at 240 Parsons Ave. More than 20 area farmers will offer locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhood residents and participants of the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and the Ohio Direction Card. For more information, go to publichealth.columbus.gov.
Friends of the Shelter, 5K for K9s, 9 a.m. Sept. 20, at the beach parking area of Alum Creek State Park in Delaware. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $30. Register online at 5KforK9s.com. Proceeds help support sick and injured dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.
Good Shepherd Free Store, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (doors close at 12:30 p.m.) on the third Saturday of each month at Church of the Good Shepherd, United Methodist, 6176 Sharon Woods Blvd. The store offers limited quantities of clothing and small household items at no cost. Donations and registrations are accepted from 10 to 11 a.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call 614-891-5043 or visit goodshepherdum.org.