Columbus Public Health, Farmers' Markets offering fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhood residents and participants of the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and the Ohio Direction Card, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, on the lawn at 240 Parsons Ave. For more information, visit


Columbus Public Health, Farmers' Markets offering fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhood residents and participants of the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and the Ohio Direction Card, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8, on the lawn at 240 Parsons Ave.

District 18 State Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus), Community Hours, 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 2, at the Parsons Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 845 Parsons Ave. Constituents are invited to share ideas and discuss issues. For information, call Stinziano's office at 614-466-1896.

New Beginnings Church, Community Festival, noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at 492 Williams Road. The event will feature games, face painting, give-aways, clowns and bounce attractions. Lunch and free haircuts also will be available. For information call 614-497-3815.

Sixth Annual Kayak for a Cure Columbus, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Genoa Park. Kayaks and gear will be provided for those who do not have their own. No experience is necessary, as professional guides will provide instruction. Paddleboards and canoes also are welcome. A light breakfast will be served prior to the paddle and lunch will be served following the paddle. All funds raised will be donated to the Nationwide Children's Center for Childhood Cancer Research. Participants who register before Aug. 10 will receive an event T-shirt. For questions email

Columbus Wine Festival, presented by Giant Eagle, 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9, and 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10, at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Guests will have the opportunity to taste from more than 300 wines from around the world while those who prefer beer can enjoy a wide sampling in the International Beer Garden. Adult wine tasting tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the door. There are no handling or processing fees for online orders. Admission tickets include a souvenir wine glass, 10 tastings, food and wine seminars, cooking demos, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount. Additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival. Designated driver tickets are $10 in advance or at the door; those under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks and a souvenir wine glass upon departure. For phone orders, call 877-772-5425. An additional $2 order processing/handling fee applies for phone orders. A portion of the festival's proceeds will benefit Franklin Park Conservatory. For more details, visit

New Directions Career Center, Fourth Annual Wine Tasting, 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 10. A small selection of tasteful items will also be available in a silent auction for discerning guests. Executive Director Linda Danter and her husband, Ken, open their Bexley home to benefit the clients of NDCC, a nonprofit organization which empowers women to achieve and maintain financial self-sufficiency. Tickets, at $75 per person, may be purchased online through the website, Donate/RegisterNDCCWine.jsp.


Art of Positive Parenting, "Parents Who Parent Separately," 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 23 through Sept. 27, at Action for Children, 78 Jefferson Ave. Cost is $75 per person. To register, call 614-224-0222, ext. 103, using class number TP 13-22.


Diabetes Academy, presented by the Wexner Heritage Village Institute, 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Patients with diabetes and their loved ones are invited for a free educational series taught by certified diabetes instructors Participants can take one class or take all four. Topics are: Aug. 5, Diabetes 101: Diabetes types and the risk factors; Sept. 16, Diabetes & Staying Healthy: Eating healthy and staying active; Oct. 7, Diabetes & Nutrition: Cooking demonstrations and dietitian guidance; and Nov. 4, Insulin 101: The basics of insulin and how to us a flex pen. For information, contact Francesca Bryan at or 614-559-0318.


Merion Village Association, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the MVA Information Center, 1330 S. Fourth St.

Schumacher Place Civic Association, 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Check under the community link for meeting location.

New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday. Visit for meeting times and locations. To join, email

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 information, contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639 or

AmSpirit Business Connections-City Center Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the German Village Society, 588 S. Third St. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540 or

Support groups

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, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at

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.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 11:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Bureau of Workers Compensation, 50 W. Spring St. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Anne Bare at 614-457-6003 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. A second group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Marion Franklin Recreation Center, 2801 Lockbourne Road. Call April Lee at 614-325-1297.

Depression Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at North Central Mental Health Services, 1301 N. High St. For information, call Mary Brennen-Hofmann at 614-299-6600, ext. 2073 or visit

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