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Events and programs
Whitehall Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Summer Reading Club lunches for those ages 17 and younger, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. July 5 and 8-12, 4371 E. Broad St. The reading club will run through Aug. 3. Other events: July 8, all day, Ohio Nature Education: They're Nothing to Be Afraid Of puppet show; July 9, 2:30 p.m., Harry Potter Science; July 10, 2:30 p.m., Minecraft Building Challenge; July 11, 2:30 p.m., P.T. Reptiles: Reptiles 101.
Blood Drive for the U.S. Military and Collection of Care Package Material for the Troops, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 165 N. Yearling Road, east of the Defense Supply Center Columbus. Donors are asked to register online at www.militaryblood.dod.mil. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information go to blooddriveforthetroops.org. The Blue Star Mothers of Central Ohio also will be collecting material for care packages. The Mothers will send 800 packages at the end of July to troops. In addition, the Troop and Family Assistance Center Specialists will be on hand.
Make-A-Wish 14th Annual Medical Mutual Columbus Walk for Wishes, 10 a.m. July 13, at Huntington Park and downtown Columbus. Participants can choose either a one- or three-mile walk to help grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. A Finish Line Celebration filled with music, food and fun will be held at the conclusion of the walk. Walkers also have the opportunity to meet current and past Wish families. To register as an individual or team, visit wishwalkers.org. Every participant who raises $100 or more will receive an official T-shirt. For more information about this event, contact Chelsea Dobbs at 614-495-3713.
Ohio Chautauqua, July 16-20, at locations throughout Bexley. The five-day event offers a mix of education and entertainment with daily interactive workshops for children and adults. Musical performances and living history presentations will follow each evening under the red and white tent on Capital University's front lawn, located on Main Street just west of Memorial Gateway. All events are free and open to the public.
Ikebana International Columbus Chapter No. 84 Workshop, 9:30 a.m. July 19, at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Gary Barlow and Lewis Shupe, Ikenobo School of Ikebana, will be the presenters. For reservations, due July 9, call 614-864-6012.
Goodwill Columbus and RecycleForce Columbus, e-waste collection event, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27, at Goodwill, Black Creek Shopping Center, 6847 E. Broad St. The collection will include unwanted consumer and business electronic products and equipments nearing the end of their useful life, such as computers and their components, VCRs, DVD players, tapes, CDs, stereos, telephones, cell phones, PDAs, cameras, chargers, power adapters, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, ink and toner cartridges, networking equipment (servers, routers), cable cords and connectors, Lithium Ion (rechargeable) batteries, digital cable boxes, MP3 players, video game systems, stereo equipment, audio-video equipment, and appliances (microwave, fitness equipment, vacuums, etc). Goodwill Columbus does not accept televisions or monitors. However, RecycleForce Columbus will accept both for a $5 disposal fee for computer monitors and televisions up to 27 inches and $10 disposal fee for those larger than 27 inches.
Whitehall Parks and Recreation offers ongoing exercise classes at the Whitehall Activity Center, 402 N. Hamilton Road. Aerobics classes start at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Yoga is offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays. Both drop-in classes cost $3 per visit. For more information, call 614-863-0121.
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.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5 at the Whitehall Division of Fire, 390 S. Yearling Road. For appointments call 1-800-733-2767.
Whitehall Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at 400 N. Hamilton Road, in a blue all-steel Lustron home. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 206-309-8608.
QuECK (Quilting, Embroidery, Crocheting and Knitting), 9 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month, at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Quilting Etc. meets at 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Consumer and Family Advisory Council, 4:30 to 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, 447 E. Broad St. Call 614-222-3743.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Columbus Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639.
Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, Marcy Zitron lupus support group, 6 to 8 p.m. July 8, at Donatos Pizza, 2922 Noe Bixby Road. The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. Most discussions focus on the "how-to's" of living with a chronic illness. For more information, contact the foundation at 440-717-0183.
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, support groups for patients with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis as well as their family members, meeting in Reynoldsburg and Delaware. Visit ccfa.org/chapters/centralohio for times and dates or call 614-889-6060.
Caregiver Support Group, noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m., each third Wednesday of the month at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 174 E. Long St. Topics covered include the hiring of in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free; free parking is available. Registration required; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277.
Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Franklin County, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St., Columbus. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Steve Willey at 614-251-7820.
Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 11 a.m. Saturdays at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 Livingston Ave. Call Karl at 614-236-9979.
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 Jewish Family Services, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Jewish Family Services, 1070 College Ave. Meeting subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Danielle Ruben at 614-559-0110.
Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio, 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Jewish Family Services, 1070 College Ave. Open to those caring for someone with memory loss. Call Amanda Ripke at 614-271-1475.
Mothers of Multiples, for mothers and expectant mothers of twins, triplets and more, serving Pickerington, Reynoldsburg and east Columbus areas. Call Dee Gabe at 614-868-0497.
Whitehall Board of Education meets in regular session at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Board of Education offices, 625 S. Yearling Road, or one of the school buildings. For more information, go to the district's website, whitehall.k12.oh.us.
Whitehall City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road. Council committees meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays. For information, call City Council Clerk Carol Churchman at 614-237-8614.
Whitehall Building and Zoning Appeals Board tentatively sets hearings for 7 p.m. the second Monday at City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road. Members meet only when cases are scheduled.
Whitehall Civil Service Commission meets at 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at 390 S. Yearling Road.