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Events and programs

Lighthouse Counseling Services, Walk4HOPE, 9 a.m. Sept. 6, at Blacklick Woods Metro Park, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. This leisurely, guided 2-mile walk is designed to provide a time of encouragement for those experiencing stresses of life. Registration fee of $25 includes a T-shirt. Register online at or call 614-337-1986.

Girl Scout of Ohio's Heartland, informational meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 10, at the Northside Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1423 N High St. For more information, visit

St. Francis DeSales Dance and Majorette Squad, annual Dance/Majorette Camp for girls in grades K-8, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13. Registration deadline is Sept. 5. For more information, contact Terisa Sites at 614-267-7808 or Lisa Coyle at 614-325-8551. Registration forms can be found at under the About tab, news & announcements.

Columbus Literacy Council and Lady Butterflies, the Central Ohio Adult Spelling Bee, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 18, at the Columbus Downtown High School, 364 S. Fourth St. Teams of three will compete in rounds, working together to determine the spelling for each word. There will be opportunities to purchase Stress Bee-Lief Cards, Buzz Bucks, a chance to eliminate other teams with Stingers, and more. Teams must include participants age 21 and older and pay a $60 entry fee. Registration is due Sept. 12. For more information, go to

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 Proceeds help support sick and injured dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

Columbus Historical Society, 2014 Columbus City Tour Series, starting at 9:30 a.m. 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.

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

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.


Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month through Nov. 8 at the Woodward Park and Community Center, 5147 Karl Road. The walks are free for anyone interested in taking steps to improve their health. A doctor will be on hand to answer any questions and talk with people during the event. For more information, call 614-645-1260.

Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Additional sessions are available from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of each month. Enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance will be discussed. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. To make an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.

Classes, workshops

Hypnosis For Weight Loss, Personal Goals, Profit, & Fun, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 21, at the Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. Cost is $35 per person, with a $10 materials fee. Chris Halbohm, founder and director of Buckeye Hypnosis, will be the instructor. Register online at or by calling 614-645-3217.

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. Sept. 16 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.

Westerville Promenaders Square Dance Club, dance lessons, 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 17, at Central College Presbyterian Church , 975 S. Sunbury Road, Westerville. Regular club dances are held at the Westerville Senior Center twice monthly. For information, call 614-890-0498 or 614-468-0318.

New Directions Career Center, College Financing for Adults: How to Spend Less, Get More, and Navigate Lending Minefields, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 24 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. Participants will learn how to prioritize spending and access options. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Spiritual Storytelling Share, 7 p.m. Sept. 25, at Journeys Of Wisdom, 6161 Busch Blvd., No. 310, Columbus. Debbie Keri-Brown will lead this gathering, providing a casual forum to share inspirational stories or stories of divine intervention. Keri-Brown will share many of her own stories as well. Prior storytelling experience is not required. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 614-888-1240.