Events and programs
Columbus Chapter of MovetoAmend Introductory Forum, 2 to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St. This local affiliate of the national Move to Amend organization is calling for a U.S. constitutional amendment to reverse several U.S. Supreme Court decisions during the past century. The free public session will include a movie, Legalize Democracy, and an open discussion. For more information, contact Sue at email@example.com.
Columbus February Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at St. Agatha's Parish Hall, 1860 Northam Road. Featured items include paintings, rustic home decor, glass lawn art, fabric pottery and jewelry. Admission is $3, free for children under age 12. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Hope Hollow, lodging that supports patients, families, and friends affected by cancer. Parking is free. For more information visit www.avantgardeshows.com.
J Street, launch of Columbus chapter with a book club-style discussion, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, at the Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave. This national pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus and the Melton Center for Jewish Studies of the Ohio State University, will consider Israeli columnist Ari Shavit's bestseller, My Promised Land. Moderator will be Ohio State history professor Robin Judd. The chapter is co-chaired by Isaiah Shalwitz and Cantor Jack Chomsky. Ted Fisher will lead the group's political activities. Open to the public.
Worthington Education Association, Read Across America!, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Worthington Community Center. This kick-off celebration for the NEA's Read Across America will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday and promote early literacy with Nationwide Children's Hospital and their Reach Out and Read book drive. Families can donate a new preschool book/person to swim for free during the event. Cost to swim without a book donation is $5 per child and $8 per adult.
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. Upcoming topics include: Jan. 23, "Care for Caregivers: Meeting the Unique Needs of Those Who Sacrifice for Others," featuring the short film Life in Reverse; and Jan. 30, "Where is God When Life Turns Tough?," featuring a film about John Stumbo, a healthy ultra-marathoner suddenly attacked by a life-threatening illness. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women Today, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at Villa Milano, 1630 Schrock Road. Barbara Free, an expert in motion, will present the program, "Let's Move," discussing how to keep fit and energized. For more information and/or reservations, due Jan 28, call Marge at 614-433-9903 or Barbara, 614-844-3946. New members are invited to this social and philanthropic organization.
Sharon Memorial Hall Board Meeting, 7 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at 137 E. Dublin-Granville Road. Open to the public. For information call 614-846-3255.
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. For information, 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 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 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 email@example.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.
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.
Guy's Night: Men Supporting Men, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Cancer Support Community, 1200 Old Henderson Road. The group, facilitated by Larry Walters, Bryan Loveless and Ricky Kitchen, focuses on male-specific cancers and other cancer diagnoses. Topics include healthier living, improved quality of life and ways to cope with diagnosis and treatment. Meetings will continue on the second Tuesday of the month. To register call 614-884-4673.
Myasthenia Gravis Support Group, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 29 at the Northwest Library on Hard Road in Columbus. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men and Grief, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month, at Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive. This group confronts the distinct issues men face in grieving, discussing strategies and tactics for coping and progressing. The group is sponsored by OhioHealth as part of its Community Bereavement Services Program. To register or for more information call 614-566-5377.
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 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.
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. 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 information.
Overeaters Anonymous, for meeting information, visit the website OA.org.
MOMS Club of Northwest Columbus, 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.