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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 12, 19 and 26; 8 p.m. Saturdays, April 13, 20 and 27; and 3 p.m. Sundays April 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.

Assistance League, Metro Columbus Chapter, annual spring luncheon and fashion show, "Flowers, Fashion & Fun," 11 a.m. April 20 at the Makoy Center in Hilliard. A cash bar, luncheon, silent auction and fashion show featuring spring and summer clothes from Chico's will be included. Tickets for $35 should be purchased by April 12. The chapter, a nonprofit, all volunteer organization, is dedicated to helping restore hope to women and children who have suffered adversity. All funds raised by the chapter remain in Franklin County. For information or to purchase tickets call 614-286-2945.

Columbus Walk MS, check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. April 20 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Drive in Powell. The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting Walk MS to raise funds for local programs, services and medical research. For more information call 1-800-344-4867 or visit MSohiowalk.org.

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. Curriculum includes six hours of training. To register, call 614-878-7260 and ask for Mary.

 

Classes and workshops

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; the remaining 14 hours of classroom instruction are supported by a PNC Bank Foundation grant. Participants learn keyboard basics along with how to use a mouse to navigate the desktop, and how to use the computer to learn about available jobs and apply for them. A suggested $10 fee covers processing of registration; however, the center assists individuals regardless of 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 8, and Thursday, April 11, 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@hopehealinghouse.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.

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, N and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 614-293-9550 or visit thecenterforbalanced-living.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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