Holiday Open House, noon to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Downtown Worthington. Musical entertainment, visits and photographs with Santa in front of the Worthington Inn and holiday snacks at area shops. At 4 p.m., crafts and an ice carving demonstration begin on the southeast Village Green, prior to the 5:30 p.m. tree lighting celebration. During the event, canned goods and cash donations will be collected to benefit the Worthington Food Pantry and Resource Center. Collection points include the Worthington Inn porch and along New England Avenue at the carriage stop. At 5:30 p.m. a carriage will bring Santa to the Village Green. Hot chocolate will be available and goodie bags will be given to the first 500 children. Call the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department at 614-436-2743 for more information.

Events and programs

Holiday Open House, noon to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Downtown Worthington. Musical entertainment, visits and photographs with Santa in front of the Worthington Inn and holiday snacks at area shops. At 4 p.m., crafts and an ice carving demonstration begin on the southeast Village Green, prior to the 5:30 p.m. tree lighting celebration. During the event, canned goods and cash donations will be collected to benefit the Worthington Food Pantry and Resource Center. Collection points include the Worthington Inn porch and along New England Avenue at the carriage stop. At 5:30 p.m. a carriage will bring Santa to the Village Green. Hot chocolate will be available and goodie bags will be given to the first 500 children. Call the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department at 614-436-2743 for more information.

Hadassah Hanukkah dinner and gift auction, 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at China Dynasty, 1677 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington. The parve meal will be served family style. Cost is $19. Reservation checks must be received by Nov. 26 at the Hadassah office, 2700 E. Main St., Suite 106, Columbus. Sandy Roseman and Merry Lynne Lincove will do their comedic auctioneer routine. Attendees are asked to bring nicely wrapped gifts (minimum value $15) for the auction. Raffle tickets will be sold at $5 each or five for $20, and Hadassah greeting cards will be available. Donated goods or services are welcome as raffle prizes and for the silent auction. The Hanukkah party is chaired by Stephanie Elliott. For additional information, visit hadassah.org/columbus or call 614-235-8111.

Illuminating Shopping Event, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 in Downtown Worthington. Wine and cheese, live music, carriage rides and special sales amid glowing luminaries.

Breakfast with Santa, presented by the Thomas Worthington High School Lady Cards Softball Boosters, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7. Catered pancake/sausage breakfast, professional photographer and Santa Claus. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged as tickets are limited. Tickets are $8 for adults and $15 children which includes at 5-by-7 color photo and a holiday craft. For tickets visit http://breakfastwithsanta2013.com.

Koleinu Choir, Hanukkah party, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Wexner Heritage House, 1151 College Ave. Hanukkah cookies will be served. Families are encouraged to join the residents of WHH for dancing and singing. This free event is sponsored by Hadassah. For more information, visit hadassah. org/columbus or call 614-235-8111.

Columbus Winter Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays from November through March at the Charity Newsies Headquarters, 4300 Indianola Ave. Winter vegetables, honey, maple syrup, Mennonite baked goods (pies, breads, cinnamon rolls, fry pies), artisan soaps, farm fresh eggs, vegetarian soul food, made while you wait gluten free doughnuts, hot sauces, sweet breads, cookies, apothecary, beef, turkey, pork and chicken will be available. The market hosts cooking demonstrations throughout the season. For information call 740-387-3580 or visit columbuswinterfarmersmarket.com.

Classes and workshops

Art of Positive Parenting, Express parent education class, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 3-17, at Premier Sawmill Athletic Club, 3111 Hayden Road. Cost is $75 per person, $125 per couple. To sign up call 614-224-0222, ext. 103. Class number is TP 13-14. For more information go to positiveparents. com.

New Directions Career Center, An Employer Perspective: Ten Things Job Seekers Need to Know About Employment Trends in a Changing Job Market, 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Dec. 4 at 199 E. Rich St. The event includes a continental breakfast. A $10 fee is payable at the door. Fee reductions and waivers are available to those who qualify. For more information, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100. More information is available at newdirectionscc.org.

Health

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Huntington Hearing Health Program in partnership with Huntington Bank, offers 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

Worthington Women's Club, Winter Luncheon, 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at Worthington Hills Country Club. Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 26. The program will include a concert featuring the Colonial Hills Elementary School choir.

Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Videos, stories and discussions that help build relationships. Topics change weekly and focus on popular life issues. The Nov. 21 topic is Forgiving the Unforgivable, featuring the story of Louis Barrios, who publicly forgave his mother's murderer. No program on Nov. 28 due to Thanksgiving. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information go to meadowpark.org or lifetreecafe.com.

Clintonville Woman's Club General Assembly, luncheon, noon Nov. 22 at the club, 3951 N. High St. After lunch, there will be a musical performance by the Sweet Adelines. For more information call the club at 614-268-5525.

Worthington Area Nurses Association, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Linworth United Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd. Speaker Lori Moffett will discuss Urban Zen. All area nurses and anyone interested in the topic are invited. For more information call 614-885-3283.

Women's Club of Powell, Candy Cane Gala, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, at the Bridgewater Banquet Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. More information is available at womensclubpowell@yahoo.com and womensclubofpowell.com.

Worthington Noon Lions Club, noon on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Worthington Holiday Inn. Programs include lunch and a speaker. In addition to collecting used eyeglasses, the group supports library projects, provides free eye screening clinics, donates to pilot dogs and a food pantry. Call Bob Scheetz at 614-889-6209 or John Butler, 614-523-3500.

Worthington AM Rotary, 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Worthington Hills Country Club, 920 Clubview Blvd. S., Columbus. For information visit wamr.org or call Ellen Dorle at 614-880-0064.

Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington, noon Wednesdays at La Scala, 4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

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.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Premier Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Tuesdays at the Northwoods 1 Building in Worthington. For information, contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or via e-mail at tom. anderson@ excelleweb.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.

North Outerbelt Amspirit, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Road. Call Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or email tom. anderson@excelleweb.com.

Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. Call Joe Sonderman at 614-294-2328. For information, visit northwestkiwanis.com.

Support groups

Syntero/Northwest Counseling Services' Low Vision Support Group, a monthly meeting for older adults with vision problems, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Griswold Center, 777 High St., Worthington. The program is the group's free holiday luncheon, provided by PR Life Management and Mayfair Village. Reservations required by Nov. 27. To register call the Griswold Center at 614-842-6320. Transportation is available through the Griswold Center for residents of Worthington who need to be picked up from their homes; call to schedule. For more information call Maxine Gilgoff of Northwest Counseling Services at 614-457-7876, ext. 358.

Compassionate Friends, Providing Grief Support after the Death of a Child, 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information call 614-882-8986.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 9:30 a.m. on the first Friday of the month at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Chris Goodson at 614-459-0477 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. Respite care available, call leader.

Alzheimer's Support Group, Adult Children, 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St. Call Emily Jones at 614-499-3411 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

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.

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 thecenterforbalanced living.org.

Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the third floor multi-purpose room at the Forum at Knightsbridge, 4625 Knightsbridge Blvd. Call Dodie Wood at 614-481-8888.

Cancer Support Group, for anyone living with cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. Free. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Caregiver Support Group, for friends and family of those facing cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. Free. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Bereavement Support Group, for those who have lost a loved one to cancer, at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. Free. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the third floor multi-purpose room at the Forum at Knightsbridge, 4625 Knightsbridge Blvd. Call Dodie Wood at 614-481-8888.

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. 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.

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. Also: 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at North Central Mental Health Services, 1301 N. High St. For information, visit mhafc.org.

Cocaine Anonymous, for meeting information, visit caohio.org or call 614-251-1122.

Weathering the Storm, a support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one due to violence or other tragic means, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Dublin Counseling Center, 299 Cramer Creek Court. Free. Registration required. Call 614-889-5722.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.

Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays, at Maple Grove United Methodist Church in basement room 6, 7 W. Henderson Road. For information, call David at 614-895-1002.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northwest Columbus, 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-547-9788. Meadow Park Church of God is not affiliated with the DBSA.

Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/Fibromyalgia meeting, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call Linda at 614-457-5132 for more information.

Emotions Anonymous, 4 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road. For information, call 614-470-0397 or visit emotionsanonymous.org.

Overeaters Anonymous, for meeting information, visit the website OA.org.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Franklin County, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, in Room 317 at Worthington Methodist Church, 600 N. High St. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Tonya Fulwider at 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.

MOMS Club of Northwest Columbus meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2480 W. Dublin-Granville Road. Call Amy at 614-459-4877 or Angela at 614-538-0061.