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Events and programs

Fourth Annual Suicide Prevention Walk, sponsored by HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties Inc. and the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 6 at Bicentennial Park in Delaware. Families, professionals and others are invited to participate for healing and raising awareness. The theme is "Hope. Help. Healing." Donations to benefit the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition will be accepted. For more information or to register go to or contact Max Lencl at Advance registration is not required to attend.

Westerville Cops and Kids Day, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Hoff Woods Park. This free community event is designed to provide children and the community an opportunity to interact with law enforcement agencies while learning about equipment and technology that the officers use. Children may participate in games and other activities.

St. Francis DeSales Dance and Majorette Squad, annual Dance/Majorette Camp for girls in grades K-8, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13. Registration deadline is Sept. 5. For more information, contact Terisa Sites at 614-267-7808 or Lisa Coyle at 614-325-8551. Registration forms can be found at under the About tab, news & announcements.

Heritage Christian Church, the Jimmy Dayton Memorial Golf Outing for men and women, 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at Royal American Links, 3300 Miller Paul Road in Galena. This event will use a scramble format, and be followed by lunch. All proceeds will be used to enable Winebrenner Theological Seminary to train incarcerated men to become chaplains. For more information, go to or contact Bob Buchan at or 614-898-9412, ext. 340.

Friends of the Shelter, 5K for K9s, 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at the beach parking area of Alum Creek State Park in Delaware. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $30. Register online at Proceeds help support sick and injured dogs at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

Columbus Walk to Defeat ALS, 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. Registration for this 1.5-mile walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information go to or contact Liz Glazer at

Friends of Genoa, Pedal for the Parks to benefit the Genoa Township Parks and Trails, 8 a.m. Sept. 20 starting at McNamara Park within Genoa Township. Cyclists can choose routes that are 15, 40 or 62 miles long. For more information email

Third Annual Steps of Faith 5K Run & Walk, 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Alum Creek Park, North 5K Route, Westerville. All race proceeds will support the Heinzerling Foundation and Bradley's House of Hope, local and global organizations working to engage and develop individuals with disabilities. The Heinzerling Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that provides a residential home for 208 children and adults on the southwest side of Columbus. Bradley's House of Hope serves nearly 100 children with disabilities in Nicaragua. To register go to

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 171 Westerville, fall craft bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Legion Post, 393 E. College Ave. For vendor space, call 614-891-0171 or email This is a fundraiser for the organization, which supports and advocates for veterans, active military and their families.

Women in Business Luncheon, Oct. 15 at Mount Carmel St. Ann's, 500 S. Cleveland Ave. Jan Rodenfels, certified health counselor and personal trainer, will present "Navigating the Holiday," focusing on how to avoid letting the holidays hijack good eating habits. Cost is $25 for members. For more information go to

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over find 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

Westerville Promenaders Square Dance Club, dance lessons, 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 17 at Central College Presbyterian Church , 975 S. Sunbury Road, Westerville. Regular club dances are held at the Westerville Senior Center twice monthly. For information call 614-890-0498 or 614-468-0318.

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. Sept. 23 at 96 S. Grant Ave. Participants are encouraged to ask job search and career development questions during a public session. 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.

New Directions Career Center, College Financing for Adults: How to Spend Less, Get More, and Navigate Lending Minefields, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 24 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. Participants will learn to prioritize spending and access options. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.


American Red Cross, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 S. Sunbury Road. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to

SilverSneakers FLEX Classes, Chair Aerobics, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Feridean Commons, 6885 Freeman Road, Westerville. A Strength & Balance session will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at Feridean Commons. Classes are free for SilverSneakers members, $5 for non-members. For more information, call 614-271-7230.


North Star Club Toastmasters, 6:15 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at 8800 Lyra Drive, Room 102. Participants focus on improving speaking skills. For information, visit

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 614-890-4050 or Kim Mann (Auxiliary) at 614-266-2695.

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

Franklin 524 Toastmasters Club, 7 to 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Vineyard Church Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road. Visit

Columbus Folk Dancers, recreational international folk dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church. First-time guests can participate at no cost. For directions go to For additional information contact Leslie at or 614-262-7248, or Ann at or 614-267-8183.

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.

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, 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

Huber Ridge Area Association, 7 p.m. first Thursday of the month at Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 Hempstead Road. Contact or

Westerville Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at the American Legion Hall, 393 E. College Ave. Visit 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 For general information on AmSpirit, visit

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 For general information, visit

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.

Support groups

GOALS (Giving Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Another Lifestyle) Support Group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Room 317 at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St. This group is co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Anxiety and Behavioral Health Services. Meetings are subject to change. Call Megan at 614-221-1441 to confirm. For information go to

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 to attend. For more information call 614-501-6264(NAMI).

Families In Touch, a support group for families and friends of adults affected by mental illness, co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Concord Counseling, 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd., Westerville. Meeting subject to change. Call Marilyn at 614-882-9338, ext. 227, to confirm or visit

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Concord Counseling, 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd. Call Marilyn at 614-882-9338, ext. 227, to confirm. Meetings subject to change.

Depression Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 7 to 8:30 p.m., the first and third Mondays of the month at the Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call Megan to confirm at 614-221-1441 or visit

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.

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.

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

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