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Events and programs

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, to alumniinfo@otterbein.edu or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 614-823-1650.

Ohio Animal Companion, fundraiser to benefit homeless animals, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 29 at the Westerville Bob Evans, 23 Huber Village Blvd. The nonprofit organization will receive 15 percent of the bill from diners who present a flier, available on the organization's website, when paying. For information go to OhioAnimalCompanion.org.

Spiritual Reflection Series, "Exercising a Spiritual Life," with teacher, author and outdoor enthusiast Kevin Ryan, 1:30 p.m. May 19 at Blendon Woods Metro Park's Shadblow Reservable Area, 4265 state Route 161 E., Westerville. Free event will include a short spiritual reflection followed by a walking meditation. For more information visit www.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.

Blendon Masonic Lodge 339, fundraising spaghetti dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. June 14 at 130 S. State St. Proceeds will go toward the Ohio Special Olympics.

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 rbanny3@gmail.com 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.

Health

American Red Cross, blood donation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at Mount Carmel St. Ann's, 500 N. Cleveland Ave. To schedule appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.

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

Six River Valley Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, 7 p.m. May 2 in Room 424, Roush Hall, Otterbein University. Giuseppe Vercellotti, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at Ohio State University, will describe the Field School in Medieval Archaeology and Bioarchaeology at Badia Pozzeveri, a collaboration between OSU and the University of Pisa. Participants are asked to bring some artifacts for display. For more information go to ohiosrvc.org.

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 helped Ken Burns and his research team scour the archives for materials for the documentary Prohibition. For reservations, due May 1, call Karen at 614-339-3046 or JoAnn at 614-457-7048.

Westerville Music Club, 7:30 p.m. May 7 at Church of the Master, 24 N. Grove St., Westerville. In celebration of National Music Week, recipients of the club's 2013 scholarship program will perform. Members and guests are invited. For more information, call Cinda Lemont at 614-895-1625.

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 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 gina@panageanetworks.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 tom.anderson@excelleweb.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.

Westerville Sertoma Club, 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Panera Bread, Maxtown and Polaris. 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 nnlcolumbus@yahoo.com.

Support groups

Central Ohio Polio Network, provides 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. Free. 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.

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.

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