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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-authored the book Final Rights, with Lisa Carlson. The program is free and open to the public.
Columbus Spring Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11, at St. Agatha's Parish Hall, 1860 Northam Road, Upper Arlington. Items include screen printed Columbus pride wear, antique jewelry repurposed into new accessories, handmade pizza cutters and wine bottle lights. Admission is $3, free for children under age 12. A portion of proceeds will benefit Columbus non-profit Charity Newsies, an organization that works to provide clothing for young school children.
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. For more information, contact Pat Gibboney at 614-228-8867.
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.
West Interfaith Legal Clinic, 5:30 to 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, the Church at Mill Run, 3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard. The Legal Clinic offers free legal advice and is available to anyone 250 percent above the poverty level or below. The Legal Clinic is a combined effort of Serving Our Neighbors Ministries and the Columbus Bar Association.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 at Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road. For appointments call 1-800-733-2767.
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.
Beyond Healing-Living Well with Cancer, yoga sessions for people with cancer and their families, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Grow Yoga, 1780 W. Fifth Ave. Free program of gentle poses and meditation for relaxation and stress reduction. For information, call Patti Petrella, facilitator, at 614-406-8941.
Northwest Area Progressives, monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at various locations in Grandview Heights. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. Participants can get involved in political action and community service projects in the Grandview and northwest Columbus area. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest Area Progressives Donkeys and Donuts, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Luck Bros. Coffee House, 1101 W. First Ave., Grandview Heights. Participants meet for informal and lively discussion about politics and current events. For more information contact email@example.com.
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 and ask about borrowing one. No need to be able 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.
Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. Call Joe Sonderman at 614-294-2328. For more information, visit northwestkiwanis.com.
Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington, noon Wednesdays at La Scala, 4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road.
Sawmill Road Toastmasters, noon the first and third Mondays of every month at Sunflower Restaurant, 7370 Sawmill Road. Visitors are welcome; visit sawmilltoastmastersclub.org. Members focus on improving public speaking skills.
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.