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Events and programs

Make-A-Wish 14th Annual Medical Mutual Columbus Walk for Wishes, 10 a.m. July 13 at Huntington Park and downtown Columbus. Participants can choose either a one- or three-mile walk to help grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. A Finish Line Celebration filled with music, food and fun will be held at the conclusion of the walk. Walkers also have the opportunity to meet current and past Wish families. To register as an individual or team visit www.wishwalkers.org. Every participant who raises $100 or more will receive an official T-shirt. For more information about this event, contact Chelsea Dobbs at 614-495-3713 or chelsead@makeawishohio.org.

Ikebana International Columbus Chapter No. 84 Workshop, 9:30 a.m. July 19 at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Gary Barlow and Lewis Shupe, Ikenobo School of Ikebana, will be the presenters. For reservations, due July 9, call 614-864-6012.

St. James Lutheran Church's 30th annual Brats and Crafts Festival, Aug. 2-4 at 5660 Trabue Road. Hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 and noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. The event will include authentic German food and beer, live German music and dancing, a hot-air balloon launch Aug. 2 and an 1860s-era "base ball" game at 4 p.m. Aug. 3, played by the Ohio Village Muffins. The weekend concludes with the Columbus Maennerchor and the traditional German Worship Service on Aug. 4. For more information call Steve Dodson at 614-777-7792, the church office at 614-878-5158; or visit the website stjameslutheran.us.

Classes, workshops

Computer Basics, a 20-hour, one week program presented by New Directions Career Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 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. There is a suggested $10 fee to cover 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, 2 to 8 p.m. July 11 at St. Cecilia Church, 434 Norton Road. Blood donations also will be accepted from 1 to 7 p.m. July 8 and 11 at the Westbelt Donor Center, 4327 Equity Drive. For appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.

Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 9 a.m. July 20, Aug. 3 and 17 at the Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center, 5525 Hoover Road. The walks are free for anyone interested in taking steps to improve their health. A doctor will be on hand to answer any questions and talk with people during the event. For more information go to www.walkwithadoc.org/mountcarmelgrovecity.

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.

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 thecenterforbalancedliving.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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