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Events and programs

Used Book Drive Drop-Off, sponsored by Powell United Methodist Church Lily Circle, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6 at the church, 825 E. Olentangy St. Books in good condition accepted; donations will be sold at the annual used book sale on Oct. 11. Proceeds benefit church missions.

Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands, Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at the Sawmill Wetlands State Wildlife Education Area. Enter at Sawmill Place Boulevard adjacent to Whole Foods Market. Displays and informational sessions from the Ohio Historical Society, the Worthington Library and National Wildlife Federation will be featured. Guests can visit with hawk and kestrel ambassadors from the Ohio Wildlife Center and take a tour on the boardwalk with guides from Wild Birds Unlimited. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a dedication ceremony of the Monarch Way Station and a Monarch release with Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks. There also will be opportunities to learn about volunteer opportunities to help control invasive plant species and litter. Admission is free, with all ages welcomed.

Fourth Annual Suicide Prevention Walk, sponsored by HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties Inc. and the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at Bicentennial Park in Delaware. Families, professionals and others are invited to participate for healing and raising awareness. The theme is "Hope. Help. Healing." Donations to benefit the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition will be accepted. For more information or to register go to http://helplinedelmor.org/fourth-annual-suicide-prevention-walk-registration-now-open.

Columbus Walk to Defeat ALS, 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. Registration for this 1.5-mile walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information go to walktodefeatals.org or contact Liz Glazer at eglaser@alsohio.org.

Delaware Grace Brethren Church and the Delaware County Against Human Trafficking Coalition, free faith-based discussion on the issue of human trafficking, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the church, 375 Hills-Miller Road. This event will feature a screening of the short film Chosen, a panel discussion with local experts and opportunities to get involved.

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over find employment. The program offers paid work experience, specialized training, upgrading of skills and job-search assistance. Restrictions apply. Call 614-258-7295, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Classes and workshops

Liberty Township-Powell YMCA, Free Senior Workshop, 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 9 at 7798 N. Liberty Road. Lunch will be served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. A choice of eight presentations will be offered throughout the afternoon, with topics such as senior scams, troubleshooting technology, disease prevention, downsizing a home, financial planning and tai chi. All seniors are invited. For more information contact Abbi LeBlanc at aleblanc@ymcacolumbus.org.

Battelle Darby Creek MetroPark Nature Center, "Emergence of Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease in Ohio: Now What?," noon to 1:30 and 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10 at Battelle Darby Creek MetroPark Nature Center, 1775 Darby Creek Drive, Galloway. Speakers include: Glen Needham, OSU emeritus entomologist; Rich Gary, Ohio Department of Health's state entomologist; and Anne Howard, who contracted Lyme disease twice in Ohio. The program is open to the public.

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.

Helping Hands Center, a nonprofit organization with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, hosting Music Together programs with Flour Integrated Therapy and Sensory Solutions, 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 17 through Nov. 19, 9:30 to 10:15 and 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 20 through Nov. 22 at Sensory Solutions, 523 Village Park Drive, Powell. Children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat and participate in music. For registration and fee information, to complete a registration form or to learn more about the program, call 614-262-7520 or visit helpinghandscenter.com.

Dublin Community Recreation Center, weekly line dancing class for beginners, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sundays, 5600 Post Road. This class will introduce people of all ages to modern social line dancing, with no line dance experience necessary. Cost is $3 per class. This class is being offered in addition to a Beginner/Improver class from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays and a more advanced class at 2 p.m. Sundays. Music for this class is not limited to country alone.

 

Health

Central Ohio American Red Cross, blood donation, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6, , 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9, 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Polaris Donor Center, 1327 Cameron Ave. For appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.

Delaware General Health District, A Matter of Balance classes, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1 through Nov. 19, at the Center for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware. These free sessions teach participants non-strenuous exercises that help improve balance. Classes are open to Delaware County residents age 60 and older. For more information, contact Mitchell Briant, DGHD adult injury prevention coordinator, at 740-203-2054 or by email at mbriant@delawarehealth.org.

Livestrong at the Y, an exercise-based program offered to cancer survivors, 6 to 7:15 p.m. for 12 weeks starting Sept. 16 at the Liberty Township-Powell YMCA, 7798 N. Liberty Road. Sessions are held twice a week with a free membership provided for participants and anyone living in their household for the class period. For more information contact Laurie Collins at lcollins@ymcacolumbus.org or 740-881-1058, ext. 603.

Adult walk-in clinic, 7:30 to 9 a.m. weekdays at the Delaware General Health District clinic, 3 W. Winter St. Free and low-cost health screenings and immunizations. Clients seeking cholesterol checks are asked to phone the clinic at least a day ahead; the number is 740-203-2040.

Council for Older Adults, free New to Medicare class for individuals who are turning 65 years old and plan to enroll in Medicare, 10 a.m. to noon, the second Wednesday of each month, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Center for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware. Delaware County residents will learn about traditional Medicare Parts A & B benefits as well as how to cover the gaps. For more information, call 740-363-6677. Register for the class at growingolder.org.

 

Meetings

Women's Club of Powell, start of its 2014-2015 meeting season, 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Powell United Methodist Church at 825 E. Olentangy St. The program will be "Impact Your Image: Creating Your Signature Presence," by Shelley Menduni, owner of Professional Imagery, an image consultant business located in Dublin. All women in the community are invited to attend two monthly meetings free as a guest, but then are asked to join.

Worthington Hills Garden Club, luncheon, noon Sept. 10 at the Worthington Hills Country Club, 920 Clubview Blvd., Worthington. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a business meeting set for 11:30 a.m. Cheryl Harner will present the program, "If Butterflies Could Speak, What Would They Say?" Cost is $20. For reservations, required in advance, call 614-288-4668. Guests are invited.

Delaware County Retired Teachers Association, fall meeting, noon Sept. 12 at Willow Brook Christian Village, 100 Willow Brook Way, Delaware. The program will highlight the 200th anniversary of the country's national anthem. Spouses are encouraged to attend. Cost for lunch will be $11. For reservations, due Sept. 7, call Carolyn Tarantine at 614-895-9861 or email jatone1045@aol.com.

Olentangy Rotary Club, Thursday for Breakfast meeting, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, 10561 Sawmill Parkway, Powell. For information, call Steve Ussery at 614-764-8993.

Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Tim Hortons, 3700 Discovery Lane, Powell. Topics change weekly and focus on popular life issues. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, go to meadowpark.org or lifetreecafe.com.

AmSpirit Business Connections Scioto Chapter, networking meeting, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Scrambler Marie's, 3980 Presidential Parkway, Powell. This group of business professionals provides one another with quality business referrals and helps participants grow their business. For more information call Dan Miller at 614-557-9276.

Accountant Information Market, Dublin-Powell Chapter, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Scrambler Marie's, 3890 Presidential Parkway. CPAs are invited to meet for lunch. Call 614-478-8187.

Delaware County Veterans Service Commission, 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Wolf Building, 149 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. For more information call 740-833-2010.

Delaware Toastmasters, 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Moeller Hall 112 at Columbus State Community College's Delaware campus, 5100 Cornerstone Drive. For more information, visit delaware.toastmastersclubs.org.

Self Advocates of Delaware County Board, 6 to 7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center. For more information email Mindy Garverick at mgarverick2@columbus.rr.com.

Ohio Aktion Club, a service organization for adults with disabilities in Ohio, in relationship to the Kiwanis Club of Delaware, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Alpha Group, 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware. For more information contact Jim Cornett at jimcornett@alphagroup.net.

People First of Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month (except for May) at Creative Foundations, 57 N. Sandusky St. For more information contact Tiffany Bowen at Tiffany@PFO54.com.

Sawmill Road Toastmasters, noon the first and third Mondays of every month at Azteca Mexican Grill, 5925 Sawmill Road. Visitors are welcome; visit sawmilltoastmastersclubs.org. Members focus on improving public speaking skills.

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.

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.

Columbus Area Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, 10 a.m. on the second Thursday (except August) at the Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St., Dublin. Coffee available at 9:30 a.m. EGA is a national nonprofit organization which fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. For more information, go to sites.google.com/site/columbusareaega or Facebook Columbus Area Chapter EGA.

Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Towers Hall at Otterbein University. Allwelcome. Call Jim Schultz at 614-794-1247 or visit centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com.

AmSpirit Business Connections, Powell Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Shamrock Golf Club, 4436 Powell Road. For information, contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or tom.anderson@excelleweb.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.

Kiwanis Club of Powell, 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at Liberty Tavern, 50 S. Liberty St. Call Lynn Hanna at 614-885-7309 or Don Grubbs at 614-804-8916.

Lewis Center-Polaris Rotary, 7:45 to 9 a.m. every Friday for breakfast, at the North Pointe Conference Center (Nationwide facility) at the corner of state Route 750 and U.S. 23. Call Mark Robertson at 740-548-4739.

Powell Sertoma Club, noon Wednesdays at Liberty Tavern, 50 S. Liberty St. Call Dave Betz at 614-202-0235.

Olentangy Area Senior Citizens, 11:45 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Orange Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road. Each meeting starts with a potluck or catered luncheon; a business meeting and entertainment follow. Blood pressure checks available from 10 to 11:30 a.m. New members are invited; dues are $15 a year. Call 740-879-3233.

Delaware County Home Economists, open to the county's practicing and retired home economics or family consumer sciences professionals, meets monthly, September through May. Membership dues are $10. To apply or for program information, call President Dee Allenspach at 614-436-9358 or email deespach@msn.com.

 

Support groups

Greater Columbus Area Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25, Conference Room 2 at Dublin Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Drive. Participants are invited to hear about the latest research and treatment options for SD. Free. For more information, contact Marcia Eyre at 740-775-2262 or meeyre@hotmail.com; Mare Hull at 614-793-1948 or hullmare@columbus.rr.com; or Dawn Lowery, clinical voice pathologist Ohio ENT, at 614-538-2424, ext. 146, or Loweryd@ohpin.com.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Dublin Counseling Center, 299 Cramer Creek Court. This support group, for adults who are struggling to manage life in the aftermath of a loved one's suicide, focuses on symptoms of grief and coping strategies. Free. For more information call 614-889-5722.

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.

Tea & Tears-Westerville, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Church of the Messiah, Meeting House, 51 N. State St., Westerville. This group is led by Ron and Lori Richardson. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 614-501-6264(NAMI).

Diabetes Support Group, sponsored by Mount Carmel/St. Ann's Hospital, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at the hospital, 500 Cleveland Ave., Westerville. Participants will receive information on diabetes and diabetes self-care activities. Those diagnosed with diabetes and their family members and friends are invited. Free. For more information, call Suzanne at 614-865-7254. Meetings are subject to change.

MOMS Club of Powell-Northwest, a nonprofit daytime support group for stay-at-home moms, is open to those who live in Powell south of Home Road, east of Riverside Drive, north of Powell Road and west of Liberty Road. The chapter offers monthly meetings with childcare, playgroups, weekly activities, parties and a monthly Moms Night Out. For information, email momsclubpowellnw@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Powell NE, a national nonprofit organization for stay-at-home moms, offers monthly meetings with child care, daily activities at low or zero cost, play groups and holiday parties. Contact Valerie at 614-985-3026 or email powellmomsne@gmail.com.

MOMS Club of Lewis Center South Chapter, a nonprofit support group for stay-at-home moms, is seeking new members who live south of Orange Road, west of Sunbury Road, north of Lazelle Road, east of Route 23 in Lewis Center and Westerville.There are weekly activities for mothers and their children as well as a monthly Moms Night Out. All meetings are held during the day; mothers may bring children. Contact Misty at Moms_Club_Membership@yahoo.com or visit momscluboflewiscenter.com.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, support groups for patients with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis as well as their family members, meetings in Delaware and Reynoldsburg. Visit ccfa.org/chapters/centralohio for times and dates or call 614-889-6060.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Concord Counseling, 774 Parkmeadow, Westerville. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Bev Phipps at 614-882-9338 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

Delaware Area Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Delaware Township Hall, 2590 Liberty Road. Call Al or Barb Ulrich at 740-363-3841.

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.

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 or visit thecenterforbalancedliving.org.

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