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Events and programs

Grove City Eastern Star, spaghetti dinner and bake sale, noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 22, at the Masonic Lodge, 3558 Park St., Grove City. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children.

Central Ohio Professional Education Council, along with the Better Business Bureau serving Central Ohio and Indiana Wesleyan University, hosting the first COPEC University event, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22, at Indiana Wesleyan University in Hilliard. COPEC University is an educational workshop series that connects the public with local experts. Topics include healthcare reform, social media training, health and wellness, estate planning, caring for family, financial planning, business marketing and taxes. There will be more than 30 workshops with special tracks for retirees, caregivers and business owners. Breakfast, lunch and beverages are included in the cost to attend, which is $25. The program is free for all active-duty military, reservists, military dependents and all honorably discharged veterans. Upon registration, use discount CODE: USVeteran. Proof of service must be shown upon arrival the day of the event for entry. To learn more or to register, visit copeceducation.org/university/.

St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 16th Annual "Best Fish Fry Dinner in Town!," fish fry dinners for Lent, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, March 7 through April 11, at the church, 1600 N. Hague Ave. Dinners include fried ocean perch or baked cod, fries or baked potato, cole slaw, applesauce, rolls and homemade desserts. Cost is $9.50 for adults, $9 for seniors, $4.50 for children ages 10 and younger and free for those under 3. Seconds are free. Free coffee is provided; pop and beer are available for a fee. Carryout meals are available at the door. For information, call the parish office at 614-279-1690.

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 program is open to any Ohio adult and curriculum includes six hours of training. To register, call 614-878-7260 and ask for Mary.

Classes and workshops

Ask the Expert: Your Resource for Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking-and More!, a program offered through New Directions Career Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 25, at the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Participants are encouraged to ask pressing job search and career development question in an event that is open to the public. Private, 15-minute sessions will be offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call the New Directions Career Center at 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Computer Basics, a 20-hour, one week program presented by New Directions Career Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 24-28, 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, 1 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and 20, at the Westbelt Donor Center, 4327 Equity Drive. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.

Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Starting in February, additional sessions will be available from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of each month. Enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance will be discussed. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. To make an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.

Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 8:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays through March at the YMCA track. 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.

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 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. 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. 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 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.

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. The groups are ongoing; join any time. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Central Ohio Chapter, Adult Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at City BBQ, 5979 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg. Call 614-889-6060.

Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step program for emotional wellness, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-470-0397.

Families Anonymous, for parents of those with substance abuse or behavioral problems, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-885-5199 or 614-875-8695.

Lupus Education Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at Mount Carmel East Hospital, 6001 E. Broad St. Call 614-876-8200.

Pro-Mom (Parent Resource Organization-Mothers on Mothering), a nonprofit volunteer organization for mothers and children, offers parent education courses, organized child-centered activities, support and social opportunities for families. Meets the third Monday of every month. Call Colleen Hull at 614-844-6374.

WoW (Widows or Widowers) Club, second Saturday of the month, call Mary at 614-309-0804.

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