Breakfast with Santa, presented by the Thomas Worthington High School Lady Cards Softball Boosters, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7. The event features a 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 for children which includes at 5-by-7 color photo and a holiday craft.
Events and programs
Holiday Open House, noon to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in Downtown Worthington. Guests are invited for musical entertainment, a visit and photographs with Santa in front of the Worthington Inn and holiday snacks at area shops. Beginning at 4 p.m., crafts and an ice carving demonstration will be on the southeast Village Green prior to the 5:30 p.m. tree lighting celebration. Canned goods and cash donations will be collected for 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.
Illuminating Shopping Event, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 in Downtown Worthington. Visitors will be treated to wine and cheese, live music, carriage rides and special sales while they shop amid glowing luminaries.
Linworth United Methodist Church Women's Ministries, homemade holiday cookie sale, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at Linworth United Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd.
Breakfast with Santa, presented by the Thomas Worthington High School Lady Cards Softball Boosters, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7. The event features a 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 for children which includes at 5-by-7 color photo and a holiday craft. Tickets can be purchased at 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, call 614-235-8111.
Ikebana International Columbus Chapter 84 Workshop, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Myrna Cordray, Sogetsu School of Ikebana, will lead the program. For reservations, due Dec. 3, call 614-326-0795.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.
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 begins with a continental breakfast. A $10 registration fee is payable at the door, however, fee reductions and waivers are available to those who qualify. For more information, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.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 Noon Lions Club, noon on the first and third Mondays of the month at the Worthington Holiday Inn. Programs include lunch and a speaker. Jerry Straight will speak about preventing the increase in Holiday Domestic Violence on Dec. 2. Participants are asked to donate used cell phones to help with prevention. In addition to collecting used eyeglasses, the group supports library projects, provides free eye screening clinics, donates to pilot dogs and a food pantry. For information, call Bob Scheetz at 614-889-6209 or John Butler, 614-523-3500.
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.
Clintonville Woman's Club, Candlelight Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and 4 at the clubhouse, 3951 N. High St. Punch will be served with lunch at noon. The menu includes a salad, pork strip steak and carrot souffle. A dessert of peppermint ice cream will be followed by a musical performance by the French Horn Club of Columbus. This event is open to the public. Donation is $25 per person. For tickets and reservations, contact Diane Osterwise at 614-262-2495.
Women Today, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Country Club at Muirfield Village, 8715 Muirfield Drive, Dublin. Following the luncheon, holiday music will be offered by the Thomas Worthington Jazz Choir, directed by Dameon Jones. For more information and/or reservations call Marge at 614-433-9903 or Barbara, 614-844-3946. New members are invited to join this social and philanthropic organization.
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 womensclubofpowell.com.
Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Weekly videos, stories and discussions that help build relationships. Topics change weekly and focus on popular life issues. December programs include: Dec. 5, "The Art of Listening: An Act of Love," featuring an exclusive film of NPR's StoryCorps founder, David Isay; Dec. 12, "What People Really Think of Christians ... and Why," features an exclusive filmed interview with Gabe Lyons, author of the book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity and Why It Matters; and Dec. 19, "Overcoming Hardship -- A father and son beat the odds," featuring an exclusive film of Patrick Henry Hughes, born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs, and his father.Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available.
Worthington AM Rotary, 7:30 a.m. Fridays at Worthington Hills Country Club, 920 Clubview Blvd. S., Columbus. For information, 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 Worthington, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at 99 Worthington Mall. Contact Gina Winterstein at gina@ panageanetworks.com.
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.
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.
North Outerbelt Amspirit, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Road. Call Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912.
Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. Call Joe Sonderman at 614-294-2328.
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.Support groups
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 attendinge.
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.
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 at the Center for Balanced Living, 445 E. Granville Road, Buildings M and O, Worthington. Call 614-293-9550.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.