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Events and programs

Westerville Historical Society, training of volunteers at the Hanby House Historic Site, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 at Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St., Westerville, Room 300. Persons interested in becoming a volunteer should contact site manager Pam Allen at hanbyhouse@yahoo.com, or call 614-891-6289.

Westerville Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 at Embassy Suites, 2700 Corporate Exchange Drive. The program, "The Give Back: Building better business by giving back!," will feature a panel discussion with Debra Penzone, Charles Penzone Salons; Janelle Simmons, Limited Brands and Lisa Hinson, Hinson Public Relations. Fee is $25 for chamber members, $35 for nonmembers. For registration, due Jan. 13, visit westervillechamber.com.

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.

Classes, workshops

Two Men and A Truck, Getting Ready for Your Move seminar, 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at 5083 Westerville Road, Columbus. Cathy Van Volkenburg, a professional organizer, with Accent on Organizing, will speak. Open and free to the public. Register by contacting Carly Turcu at carly.turcu@twomen.com or calling 614-901-1570, ext. 154.

Health

Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross, blood drive, 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at Kroger, 7345 state Route 3. An additional drive is set for 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. For an appointment call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Central Ohio American Red Cross, blood donation, noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Otterbein University, 100 W. Home St. For appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.

Meetings

Westerville Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. Rick Helwig will present "Ghost Towns of Central Ohio."

North Star Club Toastmasters, 6;15 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at the Strayer University Building, fourth floor, 8425 Pulsar Place. Participants focus on improving speaking skills. For information, visit 3552.toastmastersclub.org.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Port Columbus Chapter, 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Brook Hollow Conference Center, 676 Brook Hollow, Gahanna. AmSpirit Business Connections is a national organization that helps sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals succeed by creating a forum where they can exchange qualified referrals with others. Guests are welcome.

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.

Sea Scout Ship 468, 6:45 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road. For more information call Nancy Peto at the Simon Kenton Council Scout office, 614-306-9768.

Sawmill Road Toastmasters, noon the first and third Mondays of every month at Azteca Mexican Grill, 5925 Sawmill Road. Visitors are welcome; visit sawmilltoastmastersclubs.org. Members focus on improving public speaking skills.

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 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

Tea & Tears-Westerville, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Church of the Messiah, Meeting House, 51 N. State St., Westerville. This group is led by Ron and Lori Richardson. Registration is not required. For more information call 614-501-6264(NAMI).

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 and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 614-293-9550 or visit thecenterforbalancedliving.org.

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays at Faith Covenant Church, 3607 Dempsey Road. Call Gayle at 614-933-8745 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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