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Events and programs
Orbiting Squares Western Square Dance Club, free dance lessons, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24 at the Gahanna Community Congregational Church, 470 Havens Corner Road, Gahanna. Dancing continues on Thursday evenings. Couples, singles and families are welcome, no partner necessary. Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. Call 614-837-6974 or go to OrbitingSquares.org.
Stonybrook United Methodist Church, Essentials for Seniors, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at 485 Cherrybottom Road. Check-in for this workshop geared toward senior adults and their adult children starts at 8:30 a.m. The opening session will be "Healthcare Reform in the Era of the 'Silver Tsunami,' " presented by Dr. John Weigand. Other topics cover essential documents, residential alternatives and Medicare and Medicaid. Lunch and handout materials are $15 per person. For registration, due Sept. 21, call 614-471-0252 or visit Stonybrookchurch.net.
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 college-fair.org or contact Ben Shoemaker at 614-823-1544.
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.
Wills and estate planning, free seminar, 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the meeting room at the Gahanna branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 310 Granville St. Topics will include methods to avoid probate, living trusts, powers of attorney, medical directives and changes in tax regulations. Email Ikelaw@aol.com or visit Ikelaw.com.
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 are at sfdstallions.org.
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 will begin at 11 a.m., when attendees will also have an opportunity to engage with professional resources such as adoption and foster care agencies, attorneys, financial planners, counselors, and places of worship. Registration will be $5 per person for FPN members, $10 nonmembers. Attendees can join FPN for a $10 per year for the entire family at familypridenetwork.org/join.
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 and 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 email@example.com. For additional information, visit milvetsrc.org.
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 stephenministry.org/workshop.
American Red Cross, blood donation, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18, 19 and 21; noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 22; and 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24 at the Stone Ridge Donor Center, 337 Stone Ridge Lane. To schedule appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 614-638-0442.
GRIN (Gahanna Residents In Need), 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at 760 Morrison Road, Gahanna. GRIN offers food pantry, clothing and financial assistance from 6 to 8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 9 to 11 a.m. the first and third Saturdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. For more information, visit grin4gahanna.org or send an email to email@example.com.
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 Kiwanis Club, 6:30 p.m. the first Monday and 7 p.m. third and last Mondays of the month at the Gahanna Senior Center, 480 Rocky Fork Drive.
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. 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.
Gahanna Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Tri-County Veterans of Foreign Wars, 75 W. Johnstown Road, Gahanna. Call Ashlee Ralph 614-702-0986 or visit gahannatoastmasters.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 exchanging qualified referrals with others. 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. For information go to GahannaAreaChamber.com.
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.
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 or visit centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com.
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 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. For more information go to capitolcitychorus.org.
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 newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 or email@example.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.
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. Free. 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.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
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.
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.