Events and programs
Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, presentation of "The Current Crisis in South Sudan," told by Bol Aweng, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the church, 4343 Dublin Road. Aweng will give an analysis of the current political/tribal conflict in South Sudan and discuss the current peace negotiations in Addis Ababa. He also will give an update on the Buckeye Health Clinic, which he and his cousin Jok Dau built in their home village. For more information call the church at 614-876-4343.
Conversations in the Humanities: Exploring Eastern Faith Traditions, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, at First Community Church North Campus, 3777 Dublin Road, Columbus. A panel discussion will feature central Ohio representatives of four Eastern religions: Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Tibetan Buddhist. Participants will learn about these faith traditions in a conversation moderated by OSU Humanities Institute associate Fred Andrle. Questions posed by audience members will be included. Program sponsors include the Ohio State University Humanities and the Center for Spiritual Search at First Community Church. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
100 Women Who Care-Columbus Metro, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Rusty Bucket Restaurant, 7800 Olentangy River Road. The organization is designed to raise money efficiently and quickly for local, non-profits and worthwhile causes. For more information go to http://columbus100wwc.weebly.com/ or contact Lucinda Kirk at email@example.com.
Clintonville Woman's Club, general assembly luncheon, noon Jan. 24 at the club, 3951 N. High St. A speaker from the Columbus Police Department will offer the latest information on women's safety and the issue of human trafficking. For more information call the club at 614-268-5525.
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. Upcoming topics include: Jan. 16, "Mysteries of Mental Illness: One Woman's Struggle to Regain Her Life," featuring a film of Karen McCracken, author of Breaking Free From OCD; Jan. 23, "Care for Caregivers: Meeting the Unique Needs of Those Who Sacrifice for Others," featuring a screening of the short film Life in Reverse; and Jan. 30, "Where is God When Life Turns Tough?," featuring the filmed story of John Stumbo, a healthy ultra-marathoner who was suddenly attacked by a life-threatening illness. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women Today, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road. Barbara Free, an expert in motion, will present the program, "Let's Move," discussing how to keep fit and energized. For more information and/or reservations, due Jan 28, call Marge at 614-433-9903 or Barbara, 614-844-3946. New members are invited to this social and philanthropic organization.
Clintonville Beginning Dulcimer Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth 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.
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 email@example.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 centralohioansforpeace.org or call 614-436-3531.
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.
Widow/Widower Gathering, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24, in Room 104 at the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road. The topic will be "Getting Acquainted!" Brooke Justiniano of Syntero Northwest Counseling Services will be the facilitator. To register, call Northwest Counseling Services at 614-457-7876, ext. 422, by Jan. 22. New participants are welcome. For general information, call 614-457-7876, ext. 422.
Guy's Night: Men Supporting Men, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11, at Cancer Support Community, 1200 Old Henderson Road. The group, facilitated by Larry Walters, Bryan Loveless and Ricky Kitchen, will focus on male-specific cancers and other cancer diagnoses. Topics include healthier living, improved quality of life and ways to cope with diagnosis and treatment. Meetings will continue on the second Tuesday of the month. To register, call 614-884-4673.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 10 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at Riverside United Methodist Church, 2701 Zollinger Road. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Ardith Nolte at 614-457-1627 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which participants learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer encouragement. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 614-501-6264.
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. For details, 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. For information, call 614-800-3819.
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.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
Cocaine Anonymous, for meeting information, visit caohio.org or call 614-251-1122.