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District 18 State Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus), community hours, 10 to 11 a.m. March 28, at the Franklinton Library, 1061 W. Town St. Constituents can discuss the issues important to them. For more information, call Stinziano's office at 614-466-1896.

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 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.

New Directions Career Center, free Resume Review sessions, 10 a.m. to noon April 3 at the Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad St. NDCC volunteers will provide resume reviews designed to assist job seekers in revising their resumes. The sessions will be conducted in 15-minute allotments. Registration is required; call the technology desk of the Westland Area Library at 614-878-1301, ext. 604.

Fairy Goodmothers, Cinderella's Closet Boutique, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 and 12 at the Columbus City Schools Enrollment Building on the Fort Hayes campus, 430 Cleveland Ave. High school students in need can choose formal wear from thousands of new and gently worn prom dresses, jewelry and shoes at no cost. Appointments are accepted in advance, with registration forms available at fairygoodmothers.org. Group appointments for schools, churches and community groups will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 and can be reserved through the Fairy Goodmothers website. Proof of high school attendance is required for entry, either a high school ID, grade card or a recent paper or project.

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization and Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere, third annual Race to Eliminate Sexual Violence 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m. April 26 at Wolfe Park in Bexley. This event was created to raise awareness and provide information about sexual violence, to promote financial support of victim service agencies and create social change. Advance registration is $27.50 until the week of the race, when the fee increases to $32.50. Registration includes a T-shirt and a goodie bag. Register online at http://premierraces.com/viewevent.asp?eventID=979. For more information email to race2elimSV@bravo-ohio.org.

Heart of Ohio Tole Chapter, 34th annual convention "Hats Off To Painting," Aug. 11-16 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus. As part of the event, the chapter will offer painting classes in a variety of skill levels and mediums. A color catalog of classes, with registration information, is available at heartofohiotole.org. Registration opens April 1. Other features of the convention include free demonstrations, a gift shop and an art show. For more information call 614-863-1785.

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

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. April 22 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. April 21-25 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 key board basics and how to use the computer to find and apply for available jobs. 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.

New Directions Career Center, Head of Household: Financial Survival Tips for the Single Parent, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. April 30 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar, which is led by a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Health

American Red Cross, blood donations, 1 to 7 p.m. March 24 and 27 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. Additional sessions are 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 offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. For 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 walk with the group and answer questions. For more information, go to walkwithadoc.org/ mountcarmelgrovecity.

Meetings

Inventors Network, discussion of the invention process, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in Room 109, lower level of Kinney Hall, at the Columbus College of Art & Design, 470 E. Gay St. 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.

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 at the same time. For more information, call Will Davis at 614-309-0171.

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 nnlcolumbus@ yahoo.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 midwest@beol.net.

Support groups

Families in Touch, for families and friends of people with mental illness, co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and the Twin Valley Behavioral Health, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, 2200 W. Broad St. Meetings are subject to change. Call Scott at 614-752-0333, ext. 5178, or visit mhafc.org.

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 hiring in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free; 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 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.

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.

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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