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Events and programs
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Old Columbus Jews Telling Jokes -- karaoke-style joke fest, 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the JCC, 1125 College Ave. The event honors the life and comedy of the late Sam Gordon, a jokester and JCC regular. Emcee Marcie Golden will tell a few of her own jokes in between introducing other performers. A cash bar and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 each for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information, call 614-231-2731 or visit jccgalleryplayers.org.
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.
New Beginnings: Ten Steps That Every Job Seeker Must Make in the New Year, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Jan. 8 at New Directions Career Center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door, however, fee reductions and waivers are available to those who qualify. To register call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.
Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Volunteer Kathy Markus, a Medicare outreach specialist for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, will hold open office hours to discuss enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Markus at 614-645-8557 or email@example.com.
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, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit whitehallhistoricalsociety.weebly.com.
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 or email@example.com.
Columbus Area Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, 10 a.m. on the second Thursday (except August) at the Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St., Dublin. Coffee available at 9:30 a.m. EGA is a national nonprofit organization which fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. For more information, go to sites.google.com/site/columbusareaega or Facebook Columbus Area Chapter EGA.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection, 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 14 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 530 McNaughten Road. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which participants learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer encouragement. Registration is not required to attend. For more information call 614-501-6264. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which participants learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer encouragement. Registration is not required to attend. For more information call 614-501-6264.
Tea & Tears, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Main Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus. This group meets in the third floor meeting room and is led by Rachelle Martin. Registration is not required to attend. For more information call 614-501-6264(NAMI).
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 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 or visit mhafc.org.
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.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
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 or visit mhafc.org.
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.
Overeaters Anonymous, for meeting information, visit OA.org.
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.