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Events and programs

Central College Christian Academy and Central College Preschool, annual art show, 5 to 7 p.m. April 18, at 975 S. Sunbury Road, Westerville. The public is invited to participate in hands-on art activities and view more than 2,500 pieces of student artwork from children ages 2 1/2 years through fifth grade. This year's theme is "Art Feeds the Soul," and attendees are invited to bring food donations for the church's food pantry that serves 25 families per week. For more information, call 614-794-1123.

Big Green Head Community Electronic Recycling Program, fundraiser allowing residents and businesses to drop off old, unwanted and/or broken electronics for recycling and-or refurbishing, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20, at Annehurst Elementary School, 925 W. Main St. Smooth Transitions of Central Ohio is the sponsor. Donations will be collected, benefitting the Annehurst Elementary PTA. A $5 minimum donation is suggested, and a there is a $20 fee charged for tube television sets, which require costly processing due to the amount of hazardous materials they contain. Items will be handled by Accurate IT.

Spiritual Reflection Series, "Just Park It...and Pray," with teacher, author and outdoor enthusiast Kevin Ryan, 1:30 p.m. April 21, at Blacklick Metro Park's Sassafras Shelter, located in the back reservable picnic area, 6975 E. Livingston Ave., Reynoldsburg. The topic will be "Spring into Prayer." The second program, "Exercising a Spiritual Life," will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 19, at Blendon Woods Metro Park's Shadblow Reservable Area, 4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville. Both free events will a short spiritual reflection followed by a walking meditation. For more information, visit kevinryan.org.

Harlem Road United Methodist Church, planning a trip to Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg, Pa., Oct. 4-8. A $75 deposit guarantees seating; it is refundable if the trip is canceled. Total cost is $478 per person based on double occupancy. For more information or a brochure, call Pat Reed at 614-392-2139 or Diana at church office at 740-965-4543.

Columbus Walk MS, check-in starting at 7:30 a.m. April 20, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Drive in Powell. The Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting Walk MS to raise funds for local programs, services and medical research. For more information, call 1-800-344-4867.

Otterbein University, annual Kids' Night Out organized by student athletes, 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 26, in the Clements Recreation Center, 180 Center St. Parents are encouraged to visit Uptown Westerville's 4th Friday Festival while the kids enjoy their own night out. The event is free and open to children in grades K-5 in the Westerville or Otterbein communities. Advance registration is required as participation is limited to the first 75 children. To register, send name and contact information, as well as the name and age of the participating child, at 614-823-1650.

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, 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.

 

Health

Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross, blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23, at Nationwide-Westerville, 955 County Line Road. To make an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767.

Central Ohio American Red Cross, blood donation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20, at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. To schedule appointments, call 1-800-733-2767.

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.

 

Meetings

Westerville Quilt Guild, 7 p.m. April 23, at the American Legion Hall, 393 E. College Ave., Westerville. The program will be a showing of a documentary featuring three quilters and their journey to the Houston Quilt Show. Participants should bring some handwork to do while watching the film and finished projects for Show & Tell.

Women Today, a social and philanthropic organization within the greater Columbus area, 11:30 a.m. May 7, at the Lakes Country Club, 6740 Worthington Road, Westerville. Beth Weinhardt, local history coordinator at the Westerville Public Library, will describe how she assisted Ken Burns and his team of researchers scour the archives for materials that could be used in the documentary Prohibition. For reservations, due May 1, call Karen at 614-339-3046 or JoAnn at 614-457-7048.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Support groups

Central Ohio Polio Network, providing support and information on post-polio syndrome, 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 4, at the Westerville MCL Restaurant, 76 E. Schrock Road. For more information contract Monica Wilford at 614-581-6979 or 614-337-0990.

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 information on 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.

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.

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).

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.

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