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Events and programs
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.
First Gotcha Day 5K Run, Walk or Bike for Adoption, 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3, at the Prairie Oaks Metro Park, Darby Bend Lakes entrance, 2755 Amity Road in Hilliard. The event will begin promptly with a staggered start: 8:30 a.m., bicycles; 8:35 a.m., runners; 8:40 a.m., walkers-parents with small children. There will be prizes for the first finishers in various categories and entries for prizes from local sponsors. The event will be held rain or shine on a trail that may include gravel or dirt. Registration is $40. Hilliard high school coaches, staff or team members qualify for a $25 discount registration. Children ages 12 and younger participate free. Advance registration is required at gotchaday5k. com. Registration includes entry fee, Gotcha Day 5K T-shirt, sponsor goody bag and post-race food and beverages. Children's registration does not include a T-shirt, but a youth T-shirt may be purchased.
West High School, "Back to School Event" for students and their families, 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 19, at the school, 179 S. Powell Ave. Students who attend will be getting their schedules instead of waiting for the first day of school. There will be refreshments and staff members will be on hand to answer questions that students and/or parents may have.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Central Ohio Chapter, kick-off event for its 2013 Columbus Light The Night Walk, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, at the Embassy Suites, 2886 Airport Dr. by the Columbus Airport. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. This event will give participants an opportunity to generate excitement about the fall walk, get fundraising tips and pick up fundraising supplies and materials. During a Light The Night Walk, participants carry illuminated balloons, white for survivors and patients, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. This year's walk will be held Oct. 12 at John W. Galbreath Bicentennial Park. For more information, call Michelle Burris at 614-498-0430 or visit lightthenight. org/coh.
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.
Art of Positive Parenting, "Parents Who Parent Separately," 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 23 through Sept. 27, at Action for Children, 78 Jefferson Ave. Cost is $75 per person. To register, call 614-224-0222, ext. 103, using class number TP 13-22. For more information, go to positivepar-ents.com.
American Red Cross, blood donation, noon to 5 p.m. July 28, at the Prairie Township Fire Department, 123 Inah Ave. Blood donations also will be accepted from 1 to 7 p.m. July 29 and Aug. 1, 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. 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 walkwithadoc.org/ mountcarmelgrovecity.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DivorceCare, 6 p.m. Sundays for 13 weeks starting Aug. 13, at Cypress Wesleyan Church, 377 Alton-Darby Creek Road in Galloway. DivorceCare For Kids will be offered at the same time for children ages 5-12. The classes are free; however, there is a $15 charge for the workbook (scholarships available). Child care is provided at no charge. To register or receive more information, call 614-878-8192 or email DivorceCare@thecwc.net.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Adult Epilepsy Support Group, 6:15 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Riverside Hospital Conference Center, 500 Thomas Lane. Call 614-315-0437.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Columbus Alzheimer's Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call 614-459-7050.
Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. Call 614-895-1002.
Bone Marrow Transplant Support Group, 1 to 2 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Room 322 at James Cancer Hospital, 300 W. 10th Ave. To register, call 614-293-9152.
Breast Cancer Support Group, led by a psychologist, social workers and registered nurses.Join any time. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.