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Worthington Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays on streets in downtown Worthington. More than 70 vendors offer Ohio grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants and homemade foodstuffs. Park behind the Worthington Inn and the Methodist church just one block south of the intersection of Routes 23 and 161.

Old Worthington Market Day, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 on the streets of downtown Worthington. The event will feature hand-crafted goods ranging from jewelry, pottery and ceramics to paintings, decorative clothing and wood products. For more information call 614-888-3040.

Junior League Bargain Box, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Goodwill Columbus' Grandview-area corporate headquarters, 1331 Edgehill Road, Grandview. In addition to having a new sale venue, Junior League's 450 members will also utilize Goodwill's six retail stores in Franklin County to collect Bargain Box donations. Items collected include linens, towels, pans, baby clothes, toys and purses. Proceeds will support the Junior League's community projects, including the Kelton House Museum and Garden, Adopt-a-Backpack for Children and Kids in the Kitchen. Unsold items will be donated to Goodwill and sold in its retail stores.

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over find 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, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Ohio Auto Club, 90 E. Wilson Bridge Road. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767.


Classes and workshops

Helping Hands Center, a non-profit organization with a mission to meet the educational and therapeutic needs of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, hosts Music Together programs with Flour Integrated Therapy and Sensory Solutions, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 19 through Nov. 21 at Flourish, 30 Northwoods Blvd. Children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat and participate in music. For registration and fee information, to complete a registration form or to learn more about the program, call 614-262-7520.

Westerville Promenaders Square Dance Club, dance lessons, 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 17 at Central College Presbyterian Church , 975 S. Sunbury Road, Westerville. Regular club dances are held at the Westerville Senior Center twice monthly. For information call 614-890-0498 or 614-468-0318.

New Directions Career Center, College Financing for Adults: How to Spend Less, Get More, and Navigate Lending Minefields, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 24 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. Participants will learn how to prioritize spending and access options. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register or for more information, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Ohio Dominican University, university-led Project Management Boot Camp, from 6 to 10 p.m. once a week starting Sept. 30 at its main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road. The nine-week program will be offered on four separate occasions during the year. It prepares students to take both the Project Management Professional and Certified Associate in Project Management Certification exams.The program may qualify for employer educational reimbursements.



Worthington Hills Garden Club, luncheon, noon Sept. 10 at the Worthington Hills Country Club, 920 Clubview Blvd., Worthington. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with a business meeting set for 11:30 a.m. Cheryl Harner will present the program, "If Butterflies Could Speak, What Would They Say?" Cost is $20. For reservations, required in advance, call 614-288-4668. Guests are invited.

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.Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2398, 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at the Sharon Memorial Hall, 161 and Morning Street, Worthington. For information call 614-888-6137.

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 more 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 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.

Columbus Sacred Harp Singers, 4 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays at St. James Episcopal Church, 3400 Calumet St., Columbus. New members are invited to this participatory singing experience; learn the four shape note system and sing early American hymns published in the Sacred Harp. Loaner books available. For more information go to columbussacredharp.org or call Laura at 614-270-9160.

English Country Dancers of Columbus, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month October through June at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, corner of North High Street and Clinton Heights Avenue. From July to September, the group meets on the third Sunday only. First night is free, after that a donation of $2 is welcome. For information call Sue at 614-263-9501.

Heather 'N' Thistle Columbus Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, social classes, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. most Thursdays from September to June at Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church, 1234 Fourth St. Participants learn the ballroom dances of Scotland. Beginners welcome at all times; no partner needed. For information go to rscdscincinnati.org and click on Columbus under "Member Groups" or call Laura at 614-270-9160.

Columbus Folk Dancers, recreational international folk dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church. First-time guests can participate at no cost. For additional information contact Leslie at 614-262-7248, or Ann at 614-267-8183.

AmSpirit Worthington, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at 99 Worthington Mall. 

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.


Support groups

Syntero-Northwest Counseling Services, Worthington Widowhood Support Group, a monthly meeting for men and women who have been widowed, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Griswold Center, 777 High St. in Worthington. Ann Metarrese, dietitian from the Laurels of Worthington, will present "Cooking for One." The Laurels of Worthington will provide refreshments. Owen Pollack is the group leader. For reservations, due Sept. 17, call 614-457-7876, ext. 422.

Syntero/Northwest Counseling Services' Low Vision Support Group, a monthly meeting for older adults with vision problems, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Griswold Center, 777 High St. in Worthington. Angie Daff and William Meltzer of the Worthington Public Library will provide information about the library's resources for people with low vision. Transportation is available for Worthington city residents to be picked up from their homes; call the Griswold Center at 614-842-6320 to schedule. New members are invited. For more information call Maxine Gilgoff of Syntero/Northwest Counseling Services at 614-457-7876, ext. 358.

Myasthenia Gravis Support Group of Central Ohio, 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at the Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. The group also will participate in a fundraising walk for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 in Slate Run Park in Asheville. 

GOALS (Giving Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Another Lifestyle) Support Group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Room 317 at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St. This group is co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Anxiety and Behavioral Health Services. Meetings are subject to change. Call Megan at 614-221-1441 to confirm. 

Greater Columbus Area Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 in Conference Room 1 at Dublin Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Drive. Participants are invited to hear about the latest research and treatment options for SD. Free. For more information contact Marcia Eyre at 740-775-2262 or meeyre@hotmail.com; Mare Hull at 614-793-1948 or hullmare@columbus.rr.com; or Dawn Lowery, Clinical Voice Pathologist Ohio ENT, at 614-538-2424, ext. 146.

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 Dublin Counseling, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Syntero-Dublin Counseling Center, 299 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin. Meeting subject to change. Call Amanda at 614-889-5722 to confirm.

POEM (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms) Pregnancy-Postpartum Support Group, meetings held twice a month at Northwest Counseling Services, 1560 Fishinger Road, Upper Arlington. These meetings, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, are subject to change. Call Tonya at 614-221-1441 for dates and times. 

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. Call Megan to confirm at 614-221-1441.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America 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 Megan at 614-221-1441.

Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step program for emotional wellness, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 149C at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-470-0397.

Guy's Night: Men Supporting Men, 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month 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. To register call 614-884-4673.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.