New Directions Career Center, Women of Promise fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m. April 17, at Limited Brands Inc., 3 Limited Parkway, Columbus. The event includes recognition of the 2014 Woman of Promise winner, live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, a silent auction of more than 150 items and a live auction. Tickets are $50, $110 for patrons, and may be purchased at newdirectionscc.org. For sponsorship opportunities or questions about this event, contact development director Linda Warden at 614-849-0028, ext. 110.
Events and programs
New Directions Career Center, Women of Promise fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m. April 17, at Limited Brands Inc., 3 Limited Parkway, Columbus. The event includes recognition of the 2014 Woman of Promise winner, live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, a silent auction of more than 150 items and a live auction. Tickets are $50, $110 for patrons. For sponsorship opportunities or questions about this event, contact development director Linda Warden at 614-849-0028, ext. 110.
Bexley Easter Egg Hunt, coordinated by the Bexley Celebrations Association and the Bexley Recreation & Parks Department, noon April 19, at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave. Eggs will fill the back meadow of Jeffrey Mansion for all ages up through fourth grade. This event will take place rain or shine. Participants are advised to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to get a good spot. For more information, contact the recreation department at 614-559-4300.
Art in Bloom, April 25-27, at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. The event will feature the theme East Meets West. Events include a Moulin Rouge-inspired opening reception April 25, an informative presentation of Russian gardens by artist, lecturer, photographer and author Elizabeth Murray and a Russian-inspired tea April 26, and a French-inspired Jazz Brunch April 27. A 'round trip' ticket is $145 and an express pass is available for $125. For more information, call 614-221-6801.
Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization and Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere, third annual Race to Eliminate Sexual Violence 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m. April 26, at Wolfe Park in Bexley. This event was created to raise awareness and provide information about sexual violence, promote financial support of victim service agencies and create social change. Advance registration is $27.50 up until the week of the race, when the fee increases to $32.50. Registration includes a T-shirt and a goodie bag.
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis Walk, 4:30 p.m. June 21, at Franklin Park Community Gardens. This family-friendly event also includes games, music and food. Contact Brianne McFarland at 614-889-6060.
AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over with securing 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
Ikebana Columbus Chapter 84, luncheon-demonstration, 9:30 a.m. April 25, at the University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road. The program will feature Ohara School Grand Master Ingrid Luders. Registration and a continental breakfast buffet will open at 9 a.m. Cost is $45. In addition, Luders will conduct an Ohara School Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 26, at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Flowers will be provided, with participants asked to bring an Ohara container, scissors and Kenzan. Cost is $20. Fee for the luncheon event and the workshop together is $60. For reservations for either program or both, contact Jan Stein at 614-864-5109 by April 15.
Creating and Remembering, a writers group made up of individuals who enjoy journaling, writing poetry, engaging in creative writing, writing memories or accounts of local history, 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. The group is co-led by Helen Reed, who has journaled for many years and has published her own memories, and Rubee Moxley, who has written and published poetry as well as short stories. For more information, call the church office at 614-235-3451.
New Directions Career Center, Head of Household: Financial Survival Tips for the Single Parent, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. April 30, at the center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.Health
American Red Cross, blood donations, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4 at the Bexley Public Library, 2411 E. Main St. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767.
Urban Zen, session on care for the caregiver, 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 9, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Urban Zen is a pioneering new therapy that combines yoga, reiki massage, breathing techniques and aroma therapy to reduce stress and anxiety, increase restfulness and restore focus and calm. Participation is limited to 10. To register, call 614-559-0350.
Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Additional sessions are available from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of each month. Enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance will be discussed. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. To make an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.
Better Body Fitness Boot Camp for Women, one free week of classes offered at various locations and times around Columbus. Workouts include elements of cardio, strength, flexibility, balance, core and more. All fitness levels are accommodated. Nancy Eisenman, certified personal trainer, leads the classes. For more information, call 614-747-1704.Meetings
Aldus Society, 7:30 p.m. April 10, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Joy M. Kiser, author of the book America's Other Audubon, will discuss her work in researching the life of Circleville native, Genevieve Estelle Jones who started to work on a reference book (entitled Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio) that would identify birds' nests and eggs, something that ornithologist John James Audubon had left out of Birds of America. Informal socializing begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 614-299-1980.
Boy Scout Troop 166, 7:30 p.m. every Monday evening at Bexley United Methodist Church, 2657 E. Broad St. New and returning Scouts welcome. Monthly outings and active summer High Adventure program.
Boy Scout Troop 603, 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the undercroft at St. Catharine Church, 500 S. Gould Road. Programming includes day outings, camping, wilderness survival, team building, leadership skills, community service and projects. Participants include students from St. Catharine, Bexley City Schools, Bishop Hartley High School, St. Charles Preparatory School and surrounding areas.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Columbus Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639.
Book Club, 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, October through May, at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
QuECK (Quilting, Embroidery, Crocheting and Knitting), 9 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month, at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Wave of Color, a session of watercolor painting, 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Quilting Etc., 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Berwick Civic Association, 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1555 S. James Road.
The Kiwanis Club of Berwick, noon Thursdays at Berwick Party House, 3250 Refugee Road. Buffet lunch is $9. Call David Barrett at 614-866-7309.
Bexley Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at Wing's Restaurant, 2801 E. Main St.
Rotary Club of Whitehall-Bexley, noon every Friday at the Columbus Country Club, 4831 E. Broad St.
Consumer and Family Advisory Council, 4:30 to 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, 447 E. Broad St. Call 614-222-3743.Support groups
Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, monthly lupus support group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 15, second floor, conference room, Ohio State University Carepoint East, 543 Taylor Ave. The support group is an open, small-group environment that encourages discussion among lupus patients and their families. Most discussions focus on the how-to's of living with a chronic illness. For more information, please contact the foundation at 440-717-0183.
Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St. Meetings subject to change. Call Steve to confirm at 614-251-7820.
Tea & Tears, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Main Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus. This group meets in the third floor meeting room and is led by Rachelle Martin. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 614-501-6264(NAMI).
Caregiver Support Group, noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m., each third Wednesday of the month at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 174 E. Long St. Topics covered include the hiring of in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free and free parking is available. Registration is necessary; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Jewish Family Services, 1070 College Ave. Open to those caring for someone with memory loss. Call Amanda Ripke at 614-271-1475.
Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 11 a.m. Saturdays at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 Livingston Ave. Call Karl at 614-236-9979.
Adult Epilepsy Support Group, 6:15 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Riverside Health Center, 500 Thomas Lane. Call 614-315-0437.
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.
Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step program for emotional wellness, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-470-0397.
Families Anonymous, for parents of those with substance abuse or behavioral problems, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-885-5199 or 614-875-8695.
WoW (Widows or Widowers) Club, second Saturday of the month, call Mary at 614-309-0804.Government
The Bexley Board of Education meets monthly in the Bexley High School Community Room, 328 S. Cassingham Road. For the meeting schedule, visit bexleyschools.org/domain/72.
Bexley City Council, 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Call City Hall at 614-559-4200 for meeting location.
Bexley Mayor's Court, 9 a.m. every other Friday in council chambers at City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.