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Events and programs

Ikebana Workshop, led by Karen Shockey of the Sogetsu school of Ikebana, 9:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 18 in the Veridian Room at Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Fee is $15 for members, $25 nonmembers. For reservations and a list of materials needed call 740-587-4116 or 614-877-4984.

Otterbein University, Columbus Suburban College Fair, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Clements Recreation Center, 160 Center St. Representatives of 235 participating college and universities will answer questions about their institutions and programs, as well as their admission processes. Shuttle buses will be available from remote parking lots at 33 Collegeview Road and 60 Collegeview Road. For more information, visit or contact Ben Shoemaker at 614-823-1544 or Phillipa Smith at 614-823-1533.

Westerville Quilt Guild, 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the American Legion Hall, 393 E. College Ave., Westerville. The speaker will be Anne Marie Chany, who started a blog and an online group to encourage others to become involved in quilting. New members and guests are invited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for meet and greet.

St. Francis DeSales High School, annual Dance/Majorette Camp for girls in grades K-8, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at 4212 Karl Road. Registration deadline is Sept. 21. For more information, contact Terisa Sites 614-267-7808 or Lisa Coyle at 614-325-8551. Registration forms can be found at under Announcements and Quick Links.

Family Pride Network of Central Ohio, LGBT Family Conference and Resource Fair, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 at Columbus Academy, 4300 Cherry Bottom Road. The keynote address will be delivered by Ellen Kahn, director of the Children, Youth and Families Program at the Human Rights Campaign. Registration begins at 11 a.m., when attendees also can engage with professional resources such as adoption and foster care agencies, attorneys, financial planners, counselors, and places of worship. Registration is $5 per person for FPN members, $10 nonmembers. Attendees can join FPN for a $10 per year for the entire family at

Uptown Westerville Farmers' Market, 3 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through Oct. 28 at North State and East Home streets. Produce and product availability may vary throughout the season. Market takes place rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, such as lightning, the market will suspend activity. For more information go to

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over secure 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.

Classes, workshops

Services Specialists, workshop to help veterans improve their job search skills, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at Military Veterans Resource Center, 1395 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 350. The workshop will include resume and interview sessions and a one-on-one consultation. Veterans who have a resume should bring it. Participants must register in advance by contacting Herb Jones at 614-636-4634 or For additional information, visit

Westerville Community United Church of Christ, Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at 770 County Line Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and refreshments will be served. The half-day workshop consists of three sessions designed both to enhance participants' caregiving skills and to help congregations explore expanding their caring ministry with Stephen Ministry. Cost is $15 per person, $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. For more information, or to register call 314-428-2600 or visit


American Red Cross, blood donations, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to

SilverSneakers FLEX Strength and Balance, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Feridean Commons, 6885 Freeman Road, Westerville. Classes are free for SilverSneakers members, $5 per class for non-members. For more information, call 614-271-7230.


Wild Ones, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 19, Monarch Rearing and Release at Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road, Newark. Shana Byrd will present information about Dawes Arboretum and share the methods used to rear wild monarchs from the egg stage to adulthood. For car pool information, contact Barbara Altenburg or call at 614-638-0442.

Women Today, luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, 4784 N. High St. Mike Greene, reporter for the magazine Heart of Ohio, will speak. New attendees are invited to join this social and philanthropic organization. For reservations, due Sept. 28, contact Marge at 614-433-9903 or Nancy 740-548-5952.

North Star Club Toastmasters, 6:15 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at 8800 Lyra Drive, Room 102. Participants focus on improving speaking skills. For information, visit

American Legion Post 171, 7:30 p.m. and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the post, 393 E. College Ave. Guests are invited. Call Mike Etling at 614-890-4050 or Kim Mann (Auxiliary) at 614-266-2695.

Shipwrights of Central Ohio, a group for ship modelers, 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. For information, visit

Franklin 524 Toastmasters Club, 7 to 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Vineyard Church Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road. Visit

Urban Beekeepers of Central Ohio, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1450 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. Membership for calendar year is $10. Participants will hear expert speakers, view demonstrations and join in activities. For more information email

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 directions go to For additional information contact Leslie at or 614-262-7248, or Ann at or 614-267-8183.

Sea Scout Ship 468, 6:45 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road. For more information call Nancy Peto at the Simon Kenton Council Scout office, 614-306-9768.

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.

Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Towers Hall at Otterbein University. All welcome. Call Jim Schultz at 614-794-1247 or visit

Huber Ridge Area Association, 7 p.m. first Thursday of the month at Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 Hempstead Road. Contact or

Westerville Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at the American Legion Hall, 393 E. College Ave. Visit or call Don Mullen at 614-882-3465.

Westerville Rotary Club Sunrise, 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Wednesdays, third floor of the Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St. For more information, call Diane Conley at 614-579-3303.

Westerville Noon Rotary Club, noon Thursdays, at Villa Milano on Schrock Road.

Westerville Kiwanis Club, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Westerville Public Library. For information, call 614-898-9616.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Westerville Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, at Toukan & Co., 575 Charring Cross Drive. For information, contact Gina Winterstein at 614-794-3500 or For general information on AmSpirit, visit

AmSpirit Business Connections-Pulsar Chapter, 11;15 a.m. Thursdays, at O'Charley's, 1425 Polaris Parkway. For information contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or For general information, visit

Westerville Sertoma Club, 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Panera Bread, Maxtown and Polaris. Visitors are welcome. Call Dave McConnell at 614-457-6233 for further information.

Westerville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7883, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the American Legion Building, 393 E. College Ave. Call Walt Mays at 614-330-2703.

New Neighbors League of Greater Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, informal monthly coffees in members' homes and monthly book clubs for women who have moved to central Ohio within one year of relocation. Visit for meeting times and locations. For information email

Support groups

Westerville Area Parent Support Team, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday at the Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St., Westerville. NAMI Franklin County hosts this group is for parents or caregivers of preschool and elementary-school aged children with mental health challenges. For more information contact NAMI Franklin County at 614-501-6264.

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 314 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. For information go to

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Concord Counseling, 706 Brooksedge Road, Westerville. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Teresa Lembach at 614-882-9338 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

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 Concord Counseling, 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Thursdays at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd., Westerville. Meeting subject to change. Call Marilyn at 614-882-9338, ext. 227, to confirm or visit

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. For information visit

Tea & Tears-Westerville, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Church of the Messiah, Meeting House, 51 N. State St., Westerville. This group is led by Ron and Lori Richardson. Registration is not required to attend. For more information call 614-501-6264(NAMI).

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Concord Counseling, 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd. Call Marilyn at 614-882-9338, ext. 227, to confirm or visit mhafc. Meetings subject to change.

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.

Pet Loss Support Group, for those mourning the loss of a beloved animal companion, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Villa Angela Care Center, 5700 Karl Road. Call Dorothy Hall at 614-895-3416.

Arthritis Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Westerville Senior Center, 310 Main St. Call Ann Bailey at 614-882-5709.

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

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays at Faith Covenant Church, 3607 Dempsey Road. Call Gayle at 614-933-8745 or visit the website