Northwest United Methodist Church, discussion of homelessness, 6:30 p.m. April 6 at the church, 5200 Riverside Drive. The program is designed to raise awareness and discuss what can be done to help those living without adequate shelter. Elfi Di Bella, president and CEO of the YWCA Columbus, will lead the conversation, which is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be served starting at 6 p.m., and childcare will be provided during the program. New or gently used, sturdy backpacks will be collected for the homeless.

Events and programs

Northwest United Methodist Church, discussion of homelessness, 6:30 p.m. April 6 at the church, 5200 Riverside Drive. The program is designed to raise awareness and discuss what can be done to help those living without adequate shelter. Elfi Di Bella, president and CEO of the YWCA Columbus, will lead the conversation, which is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be served starting at 6 p.m., and childcare will be provided during the program. New or gently used, sturdy backpacks will be collected for the homeless. For reservations or more information, contact the church office at 614-451-2825.

Storytellers of Central Ohio, Fireside Tales 2014, 2 p.m. April 6 at the Ohio History Center, Ohio Village Church, Interstate 71 and 17th Avenue. This annual event celebrates the art of storytelling and the oral tradition. Open to anyone who can comprehend and appreciate a 90-minute concert of stories. Music will be performed by local musicians Jackie LaMuth, Mike Powers and Larry Staats. A donation of $5 is requested. For more information contact Frank McGarvey at 614-268-0532.

Health

Cancer Support Community Central Ohio, free workshop "Understanding the Healing Power of Tai Chi Chuan," 11 a.m. April 12 at 1200 Old Henderson Road, Columbus. Dan Lucas, longtime Tai Chi facilitator at Cancer Support Community and workshop instructor, will focus on how the exercise promotes feelings of serenity and well-being, achieved by performing gentle movements that reduce stress and tension, improve posture and balance and increase muscle strength. Attendees are encouraged to register by April 8 by calling 614-884-4673.

Asian American Community Services, annual Asian Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Bethel International United Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Road. The event, designed to help the disadvantaged Asian population in central Ohio, will feature screenings for cholesterol, vision, hearing, blood pressure and asthma, among others. Informational booths on subjects such as Medicare, dental hygiene and driving safety will be set up. Other features include cooking demonstrations and T'ai Chi demonstrations.

Classes and workshops

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America, Starting the Path Into German Genealogy spring seminar, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Featured speaker Ernie Thode will focus on how to begin the research for German ancestors. A panel of experts from the Palatines Chapter, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio Historical Societ, and the Ohio Genealogical Society will present overviews of their organizations and what resources are available. Registration of $35 includes seminar materials, morning coffee/ juice/bagels, and lunch with Schmidt's Sausage Haus Classic Buffet. Advance registration deadline is March 30. Late registration is $10 additional. Register online at www.oh-palam.org, or send to: Ginny Poland, 162 Imperial Drive, Gahanna, OH 43230.

Ikebana Columbus Chapter 84, luncheon-demonstration, 9:30 a.m. April 25 at the University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road. The program will feature Ohara School Grand Master Ingrid Luders. Registration and a continental breakfast buffet will open at 9 a.m. Cost is $45. In addition, Luders will conduct an Ohara School Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 26 at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Flowers will be provided. Participants are asked to bring an Ohara container, scissors and Kenzan. Cost is $20. Fee for the luncheon event and the workshop together is $60. For reservations for either program or both, contact Jan Stein at 614-864-5109 or jks2667@aol.com by April 15.

New Directions Career Center, Head of Household: Financial Survival Tips for the Single Parent, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. April 30 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

CLA Estate Services, free estate planning workshop, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 1 at Heritage Golf Club, 3525 Heritage Club Drive. The workshop will information on the pros and cons of wills and trusts, how to avoid probate, long-term health care concerns and tax reduction planning. Guests will receive a workbook. For more information or to confirm attendance, call 1-866-252-8721.

Meetings

Clintonville Woman's Club General Assembly, luncheon, noon March 28 at the club, 3951 N. High St. A musical performance by George Kalbouss, singer and pianist, will follow lunch. For more information call the club at 614-268-5525.

Worthington Area Nurses Association, 9:30 a.m. April 1 at the Linworth United Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd. Representatives from the German Village Connection will discuss the options for senior citizens to stay in their homes rather than having to move to an assisted living or nursing home facility. All area nurses and others interested in the topic are invited. For more information call 614-885-3283.

Columbus Woman's Club, luncheon and program, April 3 at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. Judy Plenunik of Angels Welcome Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Ohio, will present "Special Angels." Columbus Woman's Club supports Creative Living for handicapped students at Ohio State University. For reservations call MarJean Keller at 614-451-4344.

Inventors Network, discussion of the invention process, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in Room 109, lower level of Kinney Hall, at the Columbus College of Art & Design, 470 E. Gay St. The topic for April is "Intellectual Property Economics 101: Failing to Plan and Planning to Fail." 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.

Support groups

Grief Support Group, 10 a.m. April 5 at First Community Village -- The Chelsea, 1800 Riverside Drive. For more information, contact Tiffany Bassler at 614-233-2157.

Myasthenia Gravis Support Group, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 29 and 10:30 a.m. to noon May 17 at the Northwest Library on Hard Road in Columbus. For more information email j.eickholt@aol.com.

Central Ohio Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Support Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Wesley Glen Guild Center, 5155 N. High St., Columbus. All are welcome to attend. Call 614-396-4938 for more information.

Families In Touch, a support group for families and friends of adults affected by mental illness, co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Dublin Counseling, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month in Room 300 at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St. Meeting subject to change. Call Amanda at 614-889-5722, to confirm or visit mhafc.org.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, in Room 317 at Worthington Methodist Church, 600 N. High St. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Megan at 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.

POEM (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms) Pregnancy-Postpartum Support Group, meetings held twice a month at Northwest Counseling Services, 1560 Fishinger Road, Upper Arlington. These meetings, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, are subject to change. Call Tonya at 614-221-1441 for dates and times. For information visit mhafc.org.

Men and Grief, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month, at Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive. This group confronts the distinct issues men face in grieving, discussing strategies and tactics for coping and progressing. The group is sponsored by OhioHealth as part of its Community Bereavement Services Program. To register or for more information call 614-566-5377.

Compassionate Friends, Providing Grief Support after the Death of a Child, 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information call 614-882-8986.

Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the third floor multi-purpose room at the Forum at Knightsbridge, 4625 Knightsbridge Blvd. Call Dodie Wood at 614-481-8888.

Caregiver Support Group, for friends and family of those facing cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. There is no fee. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Bereavement Support Group, for those who have lost a loved one to cancer, at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. There is no fee. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Columbus Alzheimer's Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call 614-459-7050.

Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N. High St. Individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, panic, fatigue, depression or fear are welcome. Freewill offerings accepted. For more information contact Paul at 614-895-6760 or info@LowSelfHelpSystems.org.

Hearing Loss Support Group meets at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Meeting times vary with library scheduling. Call 614-861-7956 or email cohear@aol.com for more information.

Eating disorder support groups for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder support group and family and friends,6:30 to 8 p.m., the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except holidays), at the Center for Balanced Living, 445 E. Granville Road, Buildings M and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 614-293-9550.

Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays, at Maple Grove United Methodist Church in basement room 6, 7 W. Henderson Road. For more information, call David at 614-895-1002.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northwest Columbus, 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-547-9788. Meadow Park Church of God is not affiliated with the DBSA.