Upper Arlington Winter Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Mallway Park. 2096 Arlington Ave. Caroling, carriage rides, a bonfire with s'mores, visits with Santa and the city tree lighting ceremony. Winter Festival attractions include ice sculpting demonstrations and live reindeer. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available from the Starbucks of Upper Arlington and holiday specials and door prizes will be offered by Mallway Merchants.

Events and programs

Upper Arlington Winter Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Mallway Park. 2096 Arlington Ave. Caroling, carriage rides, a bonfire with s'mores, visits with Santa and the city tree lighting ceremony. Winter Festival attractions include ice sculpting demonstrations and live reindeer. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available from the Starbucks of Upper Arlington and holiday specials and door prizes will be offered by Mallway Merchants.

Koleinu Choir, Hanukkah party, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Wexner Heritage House, 1151 College Ave. Hanukkah cookies will be served. Families are encouraged to join the residents of WHH for dancing and singing. This free event is sponsored by Hadassah. Call 614-235-8111.

The 2013 Columbus Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Agatha's Parish Hall, 1860 Northam Road. Nearly 100 artists and crafters will sell original handmade items. Admission is $3, free for children under age 12. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Columbus non-profit Pets Without Parents. The show is still accepting vendors. For more information on how to become a vendor email info@avantgardeshows.com or visit www.avantgardeshows.com.

Columbus Winter Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays from November through March at the Charity Newsies Headquarters, 4300 Indianola Ave. Products such as winter vegetables, honey, maple syrup, Mennonite baked goods (pies, breads, cinnamon rolls, fry pies), artisan soaps, farm fresh eggs, vegetarian soul food, made while you wait gluten-free doughnuts, hot sauces, sweet breads, cookies, apothecary, beef, turkey, pork and chicken will be available. The market hosts cooking demonstrations throughout the season. For more information call 740-387-3580.

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 , from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Classes, workshops

Art of Positive Parenting, Express parent education class, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 3-17, at Premier Sawmill Athletic Club, 3111 Hayden Road. Cost is $75 per person, $125 per couple. To sign up call 614-224-0222, ext. 103. Class number is TP 13-14.

Health

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Huntington Hearing Health Program in partnership with Huntington Bank, offers 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.

Meetings

Clintonville Woman's Club, Candlelight Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the clubhouse, 3951 N. High St. Punch will be served with lunch at noon. The menu includes a salad, pork strip steak and carrot souffle. A dessert of peppermint ice cream will be followed by a musical performance by the French Horn Club of Columbus. This event is open to the public. Donation is $25 per person. For tickets and reservations, contact Diane Osterwise at 614-262-2495.

Columbus Military Wives Club, luncheon, noon Dec. 4 at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., Bexley. Social time begins at 11 a.m. The program is the Olentangy Men's Choir. Club members' husbands are invited. For more information or reservations, necessary a week in advance, call Ann Hallenbrook at 614-876-6283 or Mabel Edwards, 614-866-2625.

Capital University Alumnae Chapter, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Weiler Room of the Harry C. Moores Campus Center. Gary Brown, fine art professor emeritus, will present "47 Years of Having Fun" and Sandy Johnson Packer, class of 1968, will present "Life and Work as an Artist." Hostesses will be Dottie Winter, chairwoman; Julia Danison and Shirley Wynkoop.

Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays 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. December programs include: Dec. 5, "The Art of Listening: An Act of Love," featuring an exclusive film of NPR's StoryCorps founder, David Isay; Dec. 12, "What People Really Think of Christians ... and Why," features an exclusive filmed interview with Gabe Lyons, author of the book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters; and Dec. 19, "Overcoming Hardship -- A father and son beat the odds," featuring an exclusive film of Patrick Henry Hughes, born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs, and his father.Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, contact lifetreecafe@meadowpark.org.

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 (west entrance off of parking lot). Bring a dulcimer or call to ask about borrowing one. No need to read music. There is no fee. For more information contact Barb at 614-848-5041 after 5 p.m. or email barb@barbfeick.com.

Inventors Network discusses the invention process at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road. 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.

Northwest AMVETS Post No. 911, 7 p.m. meets the first Thursday of each month in the VFW Hall, 2436 Walcutt Road. Call 614-876-4817.

Upper Arlington Grandview Gold Star Referral Club, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Marshall's Restaurant, 1105 W. First Ave. Call Jim Bishop at 614-425-5735.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Arlington Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Rusty Bucket, 1635 W. Lane Ave. Contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639 or email dean@currysolutions.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.

University Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave. Call President Kent Williamson at 614-451-2957.

Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. For more information, visit northwestkiwanis.com.

Tri-Village Sertoma, noon Wednesdays at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Potential new members welcome. Call 614-274-5900.

Assistance League of Metro Columbus, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-404-8709 or visit ALColumbus.org.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Moppets (children newborn through kindergarten), 9 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. Contact Christine@mcwherter.com or 614-921-9907.

Tri-Village Noon Lions Club, noon the first Tuesday of the month at the Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Road. Call Scott Stevenson at 614-451-6313.

Central Ohioans for Peace, 7 p.m. Mondays, at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave. Visit www.centralohioansforpeace.org or call 614-436-3531.

New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. Visit newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. For information on becoming a member, email nnlcolumbus@yahoo.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.

Support group

Caregiver Support Group, offered by Trinity United Methodist Church and Home Instead Senior Care, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Chapelside Parlor at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1581 Cambridge Blvd. in Marble Cliff. Group is for those caring for a loved one of any age and is open to Trinity members and the public. To reserve respite care at the church, call Carol Savage at Home Instead Senior Care, 614-486-6643. For questions call Gary Brand, director of older adult ministries, at 614-488-0695.