An attorney with a law firm that specializes in immigration issues will answer questions from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at the North YMCA, 1640 Sandalwood Place.

The announcement was made by McKinzi Warren, who works for Simakovsky Law, at the May 22 meeting of Northland Partners for Opportunity.

The Northland Partners meetings, which Northland Alliance head Jenny Lin has been hosting for the past several years, grew out of a series of gatherings for nonprofit organizations and agencies convened by Joyce Bourgault, former executive director of the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center free clinic.

Also at the May 22 meeting, Lin announced another event at the North YMCA aims to help would-be entrepreneurs obtain loans for starting businesses. She said representatives of Kiva Columbus, the local branch of an international nonprofit, would be on hand at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, to discuss ways in which people might receive no-interest loans.

"They're not huge loans, but it's something, a little help," Lin added.

Those attending the meeting May 22 talked about ongoing planning for the second annual Northland Community Bazaar. This year's event is intended to showcase the diversity in the neighborhood with vendors and entertainment representing different countries of origin. It's scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 5100 Karl Road.

The inaugural event took place on the grounds of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, but a portion of that site is now being developed into a community garden through a grant obtained by the Northland Alliance.

"We'll probably be signing vendors up until the last minute, but we're trying to at least get a good lineup," Lin said.

She also announced that a Nepali woman had volunteered to demonstrate a native dance at the bazaar, and she was seeking others to provide similar entertainment.

Finally, Northland Community Council President Alicia Ward announced that the organization's July meeting will be pushed back a week to July 10, the second Tuesday instead of the first, to avoid a conflict with Red, White and Boom! Downtown.

She also announced that the June 5 NCC meeting would feature a presentation from LifeCare Alliance entitled "More Than Just a Meal."

NCC meetings are usually held at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd., beginning at 7 p.m.

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