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Labor Day Festival, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 3; 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 4; and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in downtown Canal Winchester. Milton Mapou, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, will be the grand marshal of the Labor Day parade at 1 p.m. Sept. 5. For more information, visit

Paws in the Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at Stradley Park, 30 S. High St., Canal Winchester. The event will feature music, raffles, food and vendors. Free dog competitions will begin at 10 a.m.; dogs can compete in best trick, owner look-alike and best-dressed categories, run the obstacle course or play the Mutt Tin game. Sponsored by the Canal Winchester Lions Club. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Pilot Dogs program. For more information, visit

The Not For Sale Conference, fighting the sexual exploitation of children in Ohio, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Heritage Free Will Baptist Church, 575 Obetz Road. The conference, hosted by the charity Orphan Frontier, will educate attendees on effective ways to identify and combat exploitation. The free event will feature teaching sessions, a keynote address, exhibitors and sharing time, along with activities for adults and children. For more information, visit

Ruck. Run. Remember, 8:46 and 9:03 a.m. start times Sept. 11 at the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road. The Fallen 15 is hosting a 20K ruck run race to honor the victims of 9/11. Participants can choose to carry a 25-pound ruck sack for the entire race or part of the race or run without a ruck sack. Cost is $65. For more information, visit

Canal Winchester Old Town Plan, open house, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at Shade on the Canal Pine Room. The city is creating a plan for Old Town, guiding how the area develops over the next five to 10 years. This gathering will allow participants to view key pieces of the plan, ask questions and voice opinions. For more information go to

Wexner Heritage Village, Lawrence D. Schaffer Memorial Lecture: Preventing Financial Elder Abuse, 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the WHV Huntington Education Center, 1151 College Ave. David M. Kessler, an investigator with the Fairfield County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, will speak. The event is free and open to the public. For reservations contact Debbie Melser at or 614-559-0331.

Farmers market, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays through Sept. 24 at Stradley Park, 30 S. High St., Canal Winchester. For more information, visit

Speak Up for Children Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. Third St. Sponsored by the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County. The breakfast helps raise awareness and funds for CASA, which advocates for abused and neglected children in Franklin County. For more information, email or visit

Canal Winchester Storm Water Department, ninth annual tire sweep and creek cleanup along Walnut Creek, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at Walnut Woods Metro Park, 6723 Lithopolis Road. City staff will work with volunteers to remove tires in the Walnut Creek basin from Gender Road to Lithopolis Road, including the Walnut Woods Metro Park.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, providing of unwanted and unused prescription drugs in a safe manner, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 Diley Ridge Medical Center parking lot, 7911 Diley Road. The city of Canal Winchester and Diley Ridge Medical Center, in cooperation with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host the event.

Classes and workshops

Line Dancing Classes, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport. Open to all skill levels and ages, with no registration required. Please wear shoes with leather soles or socks. There is no fee.

The Art of Movement foundation classes, combining East and West intuitive dance practices to relieve stress, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. Cost is $4-$5 per class. Participation is open to ages 16 and older, with no registration required.


Destination: Canal Winchester networking group, 8 a.m. the third Friday of the month at Harvest Moon Coffee House, 7 N. High St. for information, visit destinationcw. org.

Canal Winchester Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10523, 7:30 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. Membership is open to any military combat veteran, regardless of race, rank, gender, etc. This is a non-drinking post. For more information, call Rick Williams at 614-735-0983 or Bob Taylor, 614-837-5119.

Canal Winchester Gold Star Referral Club, 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Inn at Winchester Trails, 6401 Winchester Blvd. The group meets to exchange referrals and discuss business. Call Paul Workmaster at 614-397-0591 or visit

AmSpirit Business Connections-Canal Winchester Chapter, 8:15 a.m. Fridays at Pizza Cottage, 1000 Old Diley Road, Pickerington. Prospective members are invited to attend three complimentary meetings, encouraged to bring business cards and to give a brief description of their businesses. Contact Brady Roenker at for information.

Bloom Carroll Kiwanis Club, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Shirky's Pizza Zone, 70 E. Canal St., Carroll, and the fourth Thursday of the month at the Red Door Pub, 44 E. Columbus St., Lithopolis. For information, call Joe Taylor at 614-519-8460 or email

Southeast 9-12 Project, 5 p.m. the second Wednesday and 7 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month. Meeting location varies. For information, call Mike Lyons at 614-561-4040, email or visit

Canal Winchester Rotary Club, noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday at Shade on the Canal Restaurant, 19 S. High St. Individuals interested in learning more about Rotary are invited to attend. Visit

Boy Scout Troop 316, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Brice United Methodist Church, 3160 Brice Road. For information, call Tom McInnerney at 614-863-5221 or email

Indians Touchdown Club, 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in room 174 at Canal Winchester High School, 300 Washington St. Visit for information.

Violet Grange 1949, 2 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Violet Township Office, 12970 Rustic Drive, Pickerington.

Networking Luncheon, sponsored by the Canal Winchester Area Chamber of Commerce, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. Reservations required. Cost is $15 for preregistration or $18 at the door.

Women Marines Association, Ohio-3 Florence Jelsma Fawley chapter, a veterans association specifically for women Marines, meets quarterly in the Columbus-Dayton area. For information, email

Support groups

Parent Support Group of Tyler's Light, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Road, Pickerington, for parents who have a child struggling with addiction. For more information, go to

TOPS Weight Loss Support Group, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St. For more information, call 614-836-3333.

Emotions Anonymous, new chapter, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road N., Pickerington. There are no dues or fees required. Emotions Anonymous offers a 12-step program to help people cope with stress in daily living and to live a healthier emotional life. For more information, call Paul at 614-562-5300.

GriefShare, 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Road NW, Pickerington. Griefshare is a nondenominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. For more information, call 614-837-8824 or visit

AA, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Peace Christian Center, 88 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester. For information, call 614-837-6689.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Winchester Place, 36 Lehman Drive. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Michele Ross at 614-834-2273 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit

Grief Support Group, meets for lunch at noon the first Wednesday of the month at the Fairfield County District Library, 219 N. Broad St., Lancaster, sponsored by Fairhope Hospice. Call 740-654-7077.

Reformers Unanimous International Addiction Abstinence, a faith-based program, 7 p.m. Fridays at Heritage Baptist Church, 470 Groveport Road. Visit or call 614-837-6772.

FairHope Hospice & Palliative Care Inc. PALS Night, a free monthly grief support group for children and teens, 5 to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 125 N. Eastwood Ave., Lancaster. Open to those dealing with the loss of a parent, caregiver or sibling. Monthly activities include pet therapy, art activities, locomotor and song and music therapy. For more information, call 740-475-0699 or 800-994-7077.