Events and programs
Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio, Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 1, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall on the campus of Otterbein University, 30 S. Grove St. in Westerville. The concert will feature selections from Les Miserables and Pirates of the Caribbean. Also on the program is a string piece written by one of the musicians with arrangements for winds by another musician. Graduating seniors from the orchestra will be honored. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ypco.webs.com.
The 12th annual Ohio Botanical Symposium, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 5, at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road. Event sponsors include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Nature Conservancy and Ohio State University. Keynote speaker Robert F. Naczi, curator of North American Botany at the New York Botanical Garden, will present “The Flora of Northeastern U.S. and Adjacent Canada.” Other speakers include David Brandenburg of the Dawes Arboretum and Eric Burkhart of Penn State University. The symposium will also feature a multi-media show and displays from a variety of private and public conservation organizations and vendors. The $40 attendance fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast, buffet lunch and refreshments during the breaks. Registrations will be accepted until April 2. To register, visit ohiodnr.com/dnap or contact Rick Gardner at 614-265-6419.
Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Organizing Expo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27, at the Funny Bone located in Easton Town Center. Speakers will address topics ranging from chronic disorganization to home inventory management to time management tips. The Organizing Expo is presented in partnership with Goodwill Columbus. Admission is $5 or free with a donation of electronic waste or other goods to Goodwill Columbus the day of the event.
Westerville South High School Class of 1983, 30th reunion, July 13. The main event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St. A golf event and wine tasting will also be held on Saturday for alumni and their guests/spouses. For more information, send an email to Rick Bannister at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-891-9957.
AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over with securing employment. The program offers paid work experience, specialized training, upgrading of skills and job-search assistance. Age, income and residency requirements apply. Call 614-258-7295 or 614-322-0600, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.
For-Mel Women’s Club, 7 p.m. April 1, at the home of Jan Howden. Mike Etheridge of the Westerville Antique Mall will provide the program. Each member may bring a small antique item for evaluation. Those unable to attend are asked to call Jan at 614-882-1202.
Business Networking-The Grapevine Chapter of BNI, 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Vineyard Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road, Westerville. Participants are invited to interact with local business owners and learn secrets to networking success. Guests are invited. For more information, contact Andy at 614-473-2454.
American Legion Post 171, 7:30 p.m. and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the post, 393 E. College Ave. Guests are invited. Call Mike Etling at 614-891-9388 or Kim Mann (Auxiliary) at 614-266-2695.
Westerville Noon Prayer Meeting, noon to 1 p.m. Fridays, at the Westerville Alliance Church, 75 E. Schrock Road, Westerville.
Shipwrights of Central Ohio, a group for ship modelers, 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. For information, visit shipwrightsofohio.org.
Franklin 524 Toastmasters Club, 7 to 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Vineyard Church Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road. Visit franklin524toastmasters.com.
Accountant Information Market, Worthington-Westerville Chapter, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Scrambler Marie’s, 6152 Cleveland Ave. CPAs are invited to meet for lunch. Call 614-478-8187.
Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Towers Hall at Otterbein University. All welcome. Call Jim Schultz at 614-794-1247 or visit centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com.
Huber Ridge Area Association, 7 p.m. first Thursday of the month at Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 Hempstead Road. Contact President@huberridge.org or huberridge.org.
Westerville Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at the American Legion Hall, 393 E. College Ave. Visit westervillelions.org or call Don Mullen at 614-882-3465.
Westerville Rotary Club Sunrise, 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Wednesdays, third floor of the Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St. For more information, call Diane Conley at 614-579-3303.
Westerville Noon Rotary Club, noon Thursdays, at Villa Milano on Schrock Road.
Westerville Kiwanis Club, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Westerville Public Library. For information, call 614-898-9616.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Westerville Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, at Toukan & Co., 575 Charring Cross Drive. For information, contact Gina Winterstein at 614-794-3500 or email@example.com. For general information on AmSpirit, visit amspirit.com.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Pulsar Chapter, 11;15 a.m. Thursdays, at O’Charley’s, 1425 Polaris Parkway. For information, contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information, visit amspirit.com.
Westerville Sertoma Club, 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Java Central, 20 S. State St. Visitors are welcome. Call Dave McConnell at 614-457-6233 for further information.
Westerville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7883, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the American Legion Building, 393 E. College Ave. Call Walt Mays at 614-330-2703.
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.
Diabetes Support Group, sponsored by Mount Carmel/St. Ann’s Hospital, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at the hospital, 500 Cleveland Ave., Westerville. Participants will receive diabetes and diabetes self-care activities. Those diagnosed with diabetes and their family members and friends are invited. There is no fee. For more information call Suzanne at 614-865-7254. Meetings are subject to change.
DivorceCare Support Group, a 13-week program that uses videos and group discussions to help work through the issues of divorce and begin the healing process, 6:30 p.m. Mondays through April 8, at Heritage Christian Church, 7413 Maxtown Road, Westerville. Participants can join the group at any time. For more information, call 614-898-9412.
DivorceCare 4Kids Support Group, a 13-week program that uses videos and activities to help children age 7-12 heal from the pain of a separation or divorce, 6:30 p.m. Mondays through April 8 at Heritage Christian Church, 7413 Maxtown Road, Westerville. Participants can join the group at any time. For more information, call 614-898-9412.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd., Westerville. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Call Bev Phipps at 614-882-9338 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.
Pet Loss Support Group, for those mourning the loss of a beloved animal companion, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Villa Angela Care Center, 5700 Karl Road. Call Dorothy Hall at 614-895-3416.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
Arthritis Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Westerville Senior Center, 310 Main St. Call Ann Bailey at 614-882-5709.
Families in Touch, for families and friends of persons with mental illness, 10 a.m. to noon second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Concord Counseling Services, 700 Brooksedge Blvd. Call 614-882-9338. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm.
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.
Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays or 11 a.m. Saturdays, at Faith Covenant Church, 3607 Dempsey Road. Call Gayle at 614-933-8745 (Mondays) or Tiffany at 614-202-1970 (Saturdays) or visit the website OA.org.
Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Franklin County and Concord Counseling, 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd. Call Mary Kay Ansley at 614-882-9338, ext. 233. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), weigh in from 5:45 to 6:10 p.m. with meeting starting at 6:15 p.m. Mondays, at Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 41 Hodges Road. Call Loretta Smiley at 740-965-3416.
Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N. High St. Individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, panic, fatigue, depression or fear are welcome. Freewill offerings accepted. For more information, contact Paul at 614-895-6760 or info@LowSelfHelpSystems.org.