Ohio Herb Education Center, visits with Santa, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, at 110 Mill St. Santa's elves and helpers will guide children to the letter writing station. Then they can visit with Santa and pose for a keepsake photo. They will complete a picture frame and other make and take crafts. Cost is $5 per craft, photo or $12 for three items.

Events and programs

Columbus Jewish Federation's Partnership2Gether Committee, coffee to discuss the Young Partners project, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 11 at 367 N. Columbia Ave. The committee is recruiting high school freshmen who are interested in participating in the project, taking part in interactive group experiences with peers in Israel. Eight Columbus-based high school freshmen travel to Kfar Saba, Israel, Columbus' partner city; there they meet and are hosted by Israeli teens, who are individually matched for them. The Young Partners, during their first summer of participation, will spend two and a half weeks together in Israel participating in community service projects in Kfar Saba, touring the country, and building personal bonds with their Israeli counterparts. The following summer, the teens from Kfar Saba join their partners in Columbus for similar experiences. For information contact Julie Saar via email at jsaar@columbus.rr.com or Lior Abarbanel at the Columbus Jewish Federation, labarbanel@tcjf.org.

Ohio Herb Education Center, visits with Santa, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, at 110 Mill St. Santa's elves and helpers will guide children to the letter writing station. Then they can visit with Santa and pose for a keepsake photo. They will complete a picture frame and other make and take crafts. Cost is $5 per craft, photo or $12 for three items.

New Albany Indoor Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 13, at Church of the Resurrection, 6300 Dublin-Granville Road. The market will feature more than 45 merchants offering locally grown produce, honey, meats, cheeses, preserves and baked goods. Artisan gifts for the holidays, such as wreaths, candles, lotions and soaps, also will be available. There will be a chef's demonstration and a visit from Santa. For more information, go to healthynewalbany.org.

Crafts Gone Wild!, interactive crafting event, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13, at the Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St. Local vendors will be selling goods in time for holiday shopping and there will swag bags for visitors. Visit craftsgonewild.net for more information.

Compassionate Friends Worldwide, Candle Lighting Ceremony to remember loved ones who left too soon, 6 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Haimerl Center, 1421 Morse Road, Columbus. Light refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to bring a photo of their child to share. For more information, call 614-882-8986.

Gahanna Gifted Student Supporters, meeting, 7 p.m. Dec. 16,, in Room 325, Clark Hall, 380 Granville St., Gahanna. Patricia Farrenkopf will share strategies for inspiring and challenging gifted students at home as well as at school, best practices for teaming with the teachers and the district for success, as well as tips for developing a gifted child with disabilities.

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.

Health

American Red Cross, blood donation, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13, at St. Matthew the Apostle Church, 795 Havens Corners Road, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Stonybrook United Methodist Church, 485 Cherrybottom Road. Donations also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 13 and 15; noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 16; and 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18, at the Stone Ridge Donor Center, 337 Stone Ridge Lane. To schedule appointments, call 1-800-733-2767.

Medical clinic, held by Vineyard Community Church, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the church, 15187 Palmer Road in Reynoldsburg. Free sports and school physicals, health screenings and treatment for non-emergency illnesses. VCC food pantry also is open at this time. Interested health care professionals who would like to volunteer, call 740-927-7729.

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.

Meetings

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Fireplace room at Mifflin Presbyterian Church, 123 Granville Road, Gahanna. TOPS is a nonprofit weight loss support group, and the first meeting is free for attendees. Visitors are welcome.

Gahanna Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Rusty Bucket restaurant, 73 N. Hamilton Road. Gahanna. Those interested in serving a worthwhile cause are invited. For more information, go to e-clubhouse.org/sites/gahannaoh.

Gahanna Rotary Club, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Jefferson Country Club, 7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive, Blacklick. Lunch is served at the meetings. Professionals and individuals from diverse backgrounds are invited to exchange ideas and work to solve community challenges. For more information, go to gahannarotary.org.

Gahanna Freedom Alliance, 7 p.m. on the third Thursday at the Gahanna Golf Depot, 789 Science Blvd., Gahanna. The GFA comprises informed citizens who take an active role in government affairs. The mission is to inform residents of decisions made by elected and appointed officials; to unite with others under the common banners of liberty, personal responsibility and wise stewardship of community resources; and to defend American principles. For more information, visit gahannafreedomalliance.org.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Port Columbus Chapter, 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Brook Hollow Conference Center, 676 Brook Hollow, Gahanna. AmSpirit Business Connections is a national organization that assists sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals succeed by creating a forum where they can exchange qualified referrals with other sales representatives, entrepreneurs and professionals. Guests are welcome.

AmSpirit Business Connections-New Albany/Gahanna Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Fridays at Scrambler Marie's, 5729 N. Hamilton Road. The program focuses on networking opportunities for small businesses and professionals. For more information, contact Dan Wolt at 614-419-9103.

Gahanna Historical Society, 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at 101 S. High St. Log House tours are offered from 3 to 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. For more information, go to gahannahistory.com.

Gahanna Area Chamber of Commerce, 7:30 to 9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings focus on a variety of business topics and include new member introductions at breakfast meetings.

GRIN (Gahanna Residents In Need), 6:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at Mifflin Presbyterian Church, 123 Granville St. GRIN offers food pantry and financial assistance from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month, 9 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Wednesdays and from 6 to 8 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month.

Gahanna American Legion Post 797, 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719, 75 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna. All meetings are open to all eligible veterans. For more information on eligibility, call Malcolm Glasgow, post commander, at 614-476-3175.

Gahanna Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Good Samaritan Church, 620 McCutcheon Road. Call Alan Meisterman at 475-2898.

Mothers of Preschoolers, 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Life Vineyard Church, 620 Alum Creek. The group offers fellowship and support for expectant mothers and mothers of young children. Childcare is provided for a fee of $2 per child.

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 shipwrightsofohio.org.

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.

Community Bible Study, for women and children through sixth grade, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Peace Lutheran Gahanna, 455 Clark State Road. Visit columbusnortheastcbs.org or call 614-855-9832.

Sunrise Masonic Lodge 783, 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 211 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna.

Kiwanis Club of Eastern Columbus, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, at the VFW, 4100 E. Main St. Visit kiwanis.org to find out how to help serve the community.

Olde Gahanna Community Partnership, 8:15 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Olde Gahanna Sanctuary, 82 N. High St. Get progress reports on business and development issues. The group represents business and residents in the Olde Gahanna area. For more information, visit oldegahanna.com.

Gahanna Jaycees, 7 p.m. the last Monday of the month at Massey's Pizza, 261 Lincoln Circle.

Gahanna Historical Society, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the John Clark House, 101 S. High St. New members invited.

Gahanna Kiwanis Club, 6:30 p.m. the first, third and fourth Mondays of the month. All meetings are held at the Gahanna Municipal Golf Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Road. Call Frank Walker at 614-901-9935.

Gahanna Rotary Club, noon Wednesdays at the Jefferson Country Club, 7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive, Blacklick. Call Brad Schneider at 614-471-8444.

Rocky Fork-Blacklick Accord, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at New Albany Village Hall, 99 W. Main St.

Gahanna Black Parents Association, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Gahanna Lincoln High School, Room A160, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

Capitol City Chorus (Barbershop), rehearsals, 7 p.m. Mondays at First Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Towne Centre Chapter, 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at Logan's Roadhouse, 3969 Morse Crossing. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912.

Support groups

Compassionate Friends, Providing Grief Support after the Death of a Child, 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information, call 614-882-8986.

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. There is no fee. For more information, call Suzanne at 614-865-7254. Meetings are subject to change.

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

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, support groups for patients with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis as well as their family members, meeting in Reynoldsburg and Delaware. Visit ccfa.org/chapters/centralohio for times and dates or call 614-889-6060.

Colorectal Cancer Gathering, led by an oncology nurse navigator. The group is ongoing; join anytime. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.

Lymphedema Support Group, led by a certified lymphedema therapist and a registered nurse. The group is ongoing; join anytime. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.

Grief Process Support, led by hospice professionals. Various groups available. Call Mount Carmel Hospice at 614-234-0200.

Turning the Page on Cancer Book Club, led by registered oncology nurses. The group is ongoing; join anytime. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.

Celebrate Recovery, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 425 S. Hamilton Road. This is a 12-step, Christ-centered recovery program for any hurt, habit or hang-up. Adults 18 or older. Visit shepnaz.org under the Ministries link or call 614-471-3368, ext. 24.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at Columbus Alzheimer's Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call 614-459-7050.

Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays, at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. Call 614-895-1002.

Breast Cancer Support Group, led by a psychologist, social workers and registered nurses. The groups are ongoing; join any time. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.

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 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.

WoW (Widows or Widowers) Club, second Saturday of the month, call Mary at 614-309-0804.

Government

Gahanna City Council meets the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.

Mifflin Township trustees meet the first Monday of the month at 10 a.m. and the third Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. at the township meeting hall, 155 Olde Ridenour Road.

Jefferson Township trustees meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at the township hall, 6545 Havens Road.

Gahanna Civil Service Commission meets in January each year to organize for that year and thereafter on an as needed basis. Agendas and minutes for all meetings are available online at gahanna.gov. For more information, call the city clerk's office at 614-342-4090.

Gahanna Parks and Recreation Board meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.

Gahanna Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.

Gahanna Landscaping Board meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Road.