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Events and programs

Bread & Circus Theatre Company, presentation of Joseph Robinette's adaptation of the children's book, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, 7 p.m. Fridays, April, 5, 12, 19 and 26; 8 p.m. Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27; and 3 p.m. Sundays April 7, 14, and 21. All performances will in be held in Wold Hall (lower level) at Hoge Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2930 W. Broad St. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and students, free for children ages 6 and under. Reservations may be made by calling 614-464-6809. Tickets also are available online at bctco.org.

Ohio Dominican University, fully bilingual tax return preparation service in Spanish, in Erskine Hall, Rooms 201, 202 and 205 at the university's main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road. Sessions will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 20 through April 10, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 13. Accounting students at ODU will provide free income tax return preparation assistance for qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. VITA offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income (generally $50,000 and below). To make an appointment with an ODU VITA tax preparer, call HandsOn Central Ohio at 211 in Franklin County or 614-221-6766 and ask to speak to the VITA scheduler.

Connect Ohio and YMCA Central Ohio, Every Citizen Online free basic computer and Internet training program, at the Hilltop YMCA/Cherry Creek multipurpose facility, 600 Fox Ridge St. The ECO program is open to any Ohio adult and curriculum includes six hours of training. To register, call 614-878-7260 and ask for Mary.

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.

Classes and

workshops

New Directions Career Center, free resume review sessions, 10 a.m. to noon April 4 at the Westland Area Library, a site of Southwest Public Libraries, 4740 W. Broad St. NDCC volunteers will help job seekers revise their resumes in 15-minute allotments. Registration is required. For more information contact the Technology Desk of the Westland Area Library at 614-878-1301, ext. 604.

Computer Basics, a 20-hour, one week program presented by New Directions Career Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22-26 at the New Directions Career Center, 199 E. Rich St. The first six hours are underwritten by Connect Ohio and the remaining 14 hours of classroom instruction are supported by a PNC Bank Foundation grant. Participants learn key board basics along with how to use a mouse to navigate the desktop, and learn how to use the computer to find out about available jobs and apply for them. A suggested $10 fee covers processing of registration; however, the center assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. For more information call 614-849-0028 and dial 100

Health

American Red Cross, blood donation, 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, and Thursday, April 4, at the Westbelt Donor Center, 4327 Equity Drive. For appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.

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.

Meetings

American Legion Galloway Post 799, 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Prairie Township Firehouse, 23 Maple Drive, Columbus. For information, contact Mike Winland at 614-209-6852.

Westland Senior Citizens, 11 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Columbia Heights Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. All are welcome. For more information, call 614-870-6476.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6065, 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St. The Ladies Auxiliary meets the same time. For more information, call Will Davis at 614-309-0171.

AmSpirit Columbus Chapter, Business Professionals, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Terry Hoover at 614-252-5241 or midwest@beol.net.

Support groups

Grove City "Dine and Share" Grief & Loss Support Group, 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in the Fireside Room at Grove City United Methodist Church, 2650 Columbus St. The evening begins with a potluck dinner, followed by a sharing group at 7:15 p.m. Participants can take part in the dinner or just the group program.

Family Safety & Domestic Violence Advocacy Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the Pinnacle Community Center, 1710 Harbor Mist Drive, Grove City. For information, contact Audry Hardy at 1-888-463-5758 or email to info@hopehealing-house.org.

Caregiver Support Group, noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m., each third Wednesday of the month at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 174 E. Long St. Topics covered include the hiring of in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. There is no cost and free parking is available. Registration is necessary; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at coaaa@coaaa.org.

Survivors of Suicide (SOS), a weekly support group for people who have experienced the completion of suicide by someone they love, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Columbia Heights Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. Call 614-565-3181.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.

Families in Touch, for families and friends of people with mental illness, co-sponsored by the Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Community Support Network, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at 2200 W. Broad St. Call Janet Mueller at 614-752-033, ext. 5178.

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