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Events and programs

Spring Fling welcome event, 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 28 at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. The event will include hors d'oeuvres and a chance to meet members who will share information about the club and its interest groups. Reservations requested by calling Lynne Bratka at 614-354-9565.

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, 8 p.m. April 30 at Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave. Presented by the Columbus Folk Music Society's FolkSide Coffeehouse, the event will include an open jam from 6 to 7 p.m. and an open mic from 7 to 8 p.m. Suggested donation of $7, $5 for society members and students. For more information, visit columbusfolkmusicsociety.org.

Learn your park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30 at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 400 W. Whittier St., Columbus. The free event will include opportunities to play games, participate in nature activities, rock climb and hike, and will go on rain or shine. For more information, email learnyourparkcbus@gmail.com.

Columbus Women's Chorus, 3 p.m. May 1 at King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave. The chorus will feature music written by artists Gwyneth Walker, Joan Szymko, Holly Near and Meghan Trainor. Tickets are $15 for adults, free for ages 12 and younger. For more information, visit colswomens chorus.org.

The Duck Variations, 3 p.m. May 1 at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. Tickets for the play, featuring community actors Geoff Nelson and Jonathan Putnam, are $20; to purchase, call Carolyn Hill at 614-268-1656.

Book sale and raffle, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 at 227 E. Lakeview Ave., Columbus. Paperback books will sell for $1, hardcovers for $2. The event also will include raffles and refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

A Picasso , 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. The play tells the tale of Pablo Picasso, who is captured in Nazi-occupied Paris. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit aportabletheatre.com.

Blessing of the animals, 1 p.m. May 15 at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. Animal rescue groups and adoptable animal activities will start the program; the blessing service will begin at 2 p.m. All pets on leashes or in carriers may be brought to the service.

Murph-a-palooza Crossfit,1:30 p.m. May 28, starting at 85 Montrose Way. The event will benefit the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center and feature a race with various Crossfit events. Registration, due by May 18, is $40 for members at crossfitclintonville.com, $50 for nonmembers by emailing info@crossfitclintonville.com.

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 sfrank@ casacolumbus.org or visit casacolumbus.org.

Vaughn Wiester's Famous Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Mondays at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. Free parking. $10 general admission, $5 for students.

Schoolhouse Rock Live! will run at 2 p.m. most Sundays through June 26 at Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St., Suite 260, Columbus. The family-friendly musical teaches about a variety of subjects ranging from adverbs to legislation. Tickets are $25 general; $20 students, seniors and military personnel; $10 ages 12 and younger. For more information or to reserve, call 614-416-7625 or visit shadowboxlive. org.

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and older 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. weekdays.

Classes and workshops

Whetstone Folk Dancing, free recreational international folk dancing, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Whetstone Community Center in the dance room. No partner required. For more information email Mike at sparkpass@yahoo.com or call 614-592-4696.

Forum at Knightsbridge, Tai Chi classes, 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 4950 Knightsbridge Blvd. Sessions are free and open to the public. To register, call Barb Daily at 614-451-6793.

Meetings

Columbus Area Boardgaming Society, the first and third Fridays and second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 670 Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Suite E, Worthington. Participants are invited to play board games from the more than 1,000 options in the CABS library. The first visit is free.

For a meeting schedule, visit cabsgamers.org. For more information, email communications@cabsgamers.org.

Inventors Network, discussion of the invention process, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Ohio Business College, 4525 Trueman Blvd., Hilliard. Cost is $36 per year for membership (payable at any time, not pro-rated for a partial year), $5 per meeting for nonmembers at the door. Call 614-470-0144 or visit inventorscolumbus.com.

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 learn from expert speakers, view demonstrations and join in activities. For more information email ubco2014@ yahoo.com.

Columbus Sacred Harp Singers, 4 to 6 p.m. 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, visit columbussacredharp.org or call Laura at 614-270-9160.

Mid-Ohio Boogie Club, swing dance club, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 1960 Schrock Road, Columbus. Dance lessons from 7 to 8 pm., with dancing to follow. Singles and couples as well as beginners are invited. Membership is $35 per year; cover charges are $8 for guests, $3 for members. For more information, visit midohioboogieclub.org or call 614-939-1844.

English Country Dancers of Columbus, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 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 the third Sunday only. First night is free; thereafter, a donation of $2 is requested. For more information, visit bigscioty.com/english.html or 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 invited at all times, with no partner needed. For more information, visit rscdscincinnati.org and click on Columbus under "registration member classes" 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 directions, visit recfolkdancecolumbus.org/ CFD. For more information, email Leslie atljsdancer@ gmail.com or call 614-262-7248, or Ann at annkangas336@gmail.com or 614-267-8183.

Columbus Area Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, 10 a.m. the second Thursday of the month (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 that fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. For more information, visit sites.google.com/site/columbusareaega or Columbus Area Chapter EGA on Facebook.

Clintonville Beginning Dulcimer Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the Education Room of Wesley Glen (by the swimming pool), 5155 N. High St., Columbus. Bring a dulcimer or call to ask about borrowing one. No need to read music. There is no fee. For more information, email Barb at marxolin@gmail.com or call 614-530-8827.

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 the Columbus Metro areas within one year of relocation. Visit newneighborscolumbus. com for meeting times and locations. For more information, email nnlcolumbus@ yahoo.com.

Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. For more information, visit northwestkiwanis.com.

Central Ohioans for Peace, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave. Call 614-436-3531.

Assistance League of Metro Columbus, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at 400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 170, Worthington. Call 614-404-8709 or visit ALColumbus.org.

AmSpirit Business Connections -- Atlas Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave., Columbus. Email Frank Agin at frankagin@amspirit.com.

Columbus Audubon Society, 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month, September through April, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park, 505 W. Whittier St. The group provides opportunities for members and other nature enthusiasts to learn about and enjoy all wildlife with an emphasis on birds. The meetings include a short program at 7 p.m., refreshments and door prizes at 7:15 p.m. followed by a main speaker at 7:30 p.m. Visit columbus.audu bon.org for more information.

Support groups

Myasthenia gravis support group, noon to 2 p.m. April 30 at the Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, Columbus. For more information, or to find out about June awareness activities, call 614-732-5930 or email j.eickholt@aol.com.

Arthritis Support Group, 10 a.m. the first Friday of each month at Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus. For more information, call 614-396-4938.

Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. Tuesday and Sunday as well as 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road.

Depression Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. An additional group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at North Central Mental Health, 1301 N. High St. Call Megan to confirm either meeting at 614-221-1441. Meetings subject to change. For more information, visit mhafc.org.

GOALS (Giving Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Another Lifestyle) Support Group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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 more information, visit mhafc.org.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio chapter, 10:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Lauren Croman at 614-888-7492 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. A group also meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Columbus Alzheimer's Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Call Marjorie Witkowski at 614-459-7050.

Alzheimer's Men's Breakfast Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio chapter, 8:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Panera Bread, 4519 N. High St. Call Matt Levering at 614-457-6003.

Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio, Pancreatic Cancer Networking and Support, 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Cancer Support Community, 1200 Old Henderson Road. Pancreatic cancer survivors, including those in active treatment, are encouraged to join this group that will provide a forum for asking questions, meeting others and sharing stories. Patricia Summers, a registered nurse and experienced oncology nurse, is the leader. There is no fee. To register, visit CancerSupportOhio.org or call 614-884-4673.

Guy's Night: Men Supporting Men, 6:30 p.m. 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, will focus 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. 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. the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information, call 614-882-8986.

Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the third-floor multipurpose room at the Forum at Knightsbridge, 4625 Knightsbridge Blvd. Call Dodie Wood at 614-481-8888.

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 mhafc.org.

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

Debtors Anonymous, a 12-step program for the financially challenged, 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Glen Echo United Presbyterian Church, 220 Cliffside Drive. Call 614-404-4827.

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. Dublin-Granville Road, Buildings M and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 614-293-9550 or visit thecenterforbalancedliving.org.

Cocaine Anonymous, for information on meetings, call 614-251-1122 or visit caohio.org.

Mended Hearts of Central Ohio, a support group for heart patients, caregivers and heart-care professionals, the second Wednesday of each month at the Ross Auditorium at the Ohio State University Medical Center, 452 W. 10th Ave. Call Jeff Davidson at 614-580-1561 or visitmendedheartscentral ohio.org.

Arthritis Peer Network, 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Panera Bread, 4519 N. High St. This group is designed for working adults to share and offer support. Call the Arthritis Foundation at 614-876-8200.

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 invited. Freewill offerings accepted. For more information, call Paul at 614-895-6760 or email info@LowSelfHelpSystems.org.

Men's and Women's Conversational English Group, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays at Indianola Presbyterian Church, 1970 Waldeck Ave. Free sessions where international men and women can practice speaking American English in a comfortable, friendly group. Each individual, country, religion and culture will be respected. Email Bob Patton at rpatton6@columbus.rr.com or call Jack Kyle at 614-325-0208.

MOMS Club of Clintonville, a social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Email clintonvillemomsclub@yahoo.com or visit clintonvillemomsclub.yolasite.com.

Overeaters Anonymous, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road. Also: 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call Carol at 614-777-8596 or visit oa.org.

Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. For more 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 alliance.

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 or visit emotionsanonymous.org.

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.