New Directions Career Center, Women of Promise fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m. April 17, at Limited Brands Inc., 3 Limited Parkway, Columbus. The event includes recognition of the 2014 Woman of Promise winner, live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, a silent auction of more than 150 items and a live auction. Tickets are $50, $110 for patrons, and may be purchased at For sponsorship opportunities or questions about this event, contact development director Linda Warden at 614-849-0028, ext. 110, or

Events and programs

New Directions Career Center, Women of Promise fundraiser, 6 to 8 p.m. April 17, at Limited Brands Inc., 3 Limited Parkway, Columbus. The event includes recognition of the 2014 Woman of Promise winner, live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, a silent auction of more than 150 items and a live auction. Tickets are $50, $110 for patrons, and may be purchased at For sponsorship opportunities or questions about this event, contact development director Linda Warden at 614-849-0028, ext. 110.

Art in Bloom, April 25-27, at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. The event will feature the theme East Meets West. Events include a Moulin Rouge-inspired opening reception April 25, an informative presentation of Russian gardens by artist, lecturer, photographer and author Elizabeth Murray and a Russian-inspired tea April 26, and a French-inspired Jazz Brunch April 27. Ticket information may be found at A 'round trip' ticket is $145 and an express pass is available for $125. For more information, call 614-221-6801.

Goodwill Columbus, e-Cycling Drive, 9 a.m. to noon April 26, at Huntington Park, 330 Huntington Park Lane. This event is being held in cooperation with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, the Columbus Clippers, WBNS-10TV and The Columbus Dispatch. Unwanted computers, small appliances and other electronics will be accepted from the public and used to create work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers through Goodwill. Goodwill Columbus adheres to Responsible Recycling standards but does not accept liability for lost or confidential data or software. Donors are responsible for backing up any valuable information and erasing sensitive data from computer hard drives before dropping them off. Participants will receive a goody bag with items from event sponsors.

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization and Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere, third annual Race to Eliminate Sexual Violence 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m. April 26, at Wolfe Park in Bexley. This event was created to raise awareness and provide information about sexual violence, promote financial support of victim service agencies and create social change. Advance registration is $27.50 up until the week of the race, when the fee increases to $32.50. Registration includes a T-shirt and a goodie bag.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis Walk, 4:30 p.m. June 21, at Franklin Park Community Gardens. This family-friendly event also includes games, music and food. Contact Brianne McFarland at 614-889-6060.

Heart of Ohio Tole Chapter, 34th Annual Convention "Hats Off To Painting," Aug. 11-16, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus. As part of the event, the chapter will offer painting classes in a variety of skill levels and mediums A color catalog of classes, with registration information, is available at Other features of the convention include free demonstrations, a gift shop and an art show. For more information, call 614-863-1785.

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.

Classes, workshops

Ask the Expert: Your Resource for Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking-and More!, a program offered through New Directions Career Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 9 to 11 a.m. April 22, at the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Participants are encouraged to ask pressing job search and career development question in an event that is open to the public. Private, 15-minute sessions will be offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call the New Directions Career Center at 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Computer Basics, a 20-hour, one week program presented by New Directions Career Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21-25, at the New Directions Career Center, 199 E. Rich St. The first six hours are underwritten by Connect Ohio and the remaining 14 hours of classroom instruction are supported by a PNC Bank Foundation grant. Participants learn key board basics along with how to use a mouse to navigate the desktop, and learn how to use the computer to find out about available jobs and apply for them. There is a suggested $10 fee to cover processing of registration; however, the center assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, call 614-849-0028 and dial 100.

Ikebana Columbus Chapter 84, luncheon-demonstration, 9:30 a.m. April 25, at the University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road. The program will feature Ohara School Grand Master Ingrid Luders. Registration and a continental breakfast buffet will open at 9 a.m. Cost is $45. In addition, Luders will conduct an Ohara School Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 26, at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Flowers will be provided, with participants asked to bring an Ohara container, scissors and Kenzan. Cost is $20. Fee for the luncheon event and the workshop together is $60. For reservations for either program or both, contact Jan Stein at 614-864-5109 by April 15.

New Directions Career Center, Head of Household: Financial Survival Tips for the Single Parent, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. April 30, at the center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register, call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Art of Positive Parenting, "Parents Who Parent Separately," 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 23 through May 28, at Action for Children, 78 Jefferson Ave. Cost is $75 per person. To sign up and pay, call 614-224-0222, ext. 103. The class number is TP 14-16.


Mount Carmel Moms2B, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays starting April 3, at the Community Health Resource Center on the campus of Mount Carmel West, 793 W. State St. Moms2B is a community program working to empower women in high risk neighborhoods throughout Columbus. The group works to help women deliver healthy babies in an effort to reduce racial disparities and infant mortality. Beginning this year, Mount Carmel's Welcome Home Program will serve any of the women in the Moms2B program, providing a nurse that would go to their home, for free, after their baby is born. These visits usually happen within 14 days of discharge and will happen as quickly as possible if the mother is having breast feeding issues or other concerns.

Urban Zen, session on care for the caregiver, 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 9, at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Urban Zen is a pioneering new therapy that combines yoga, reiki massage, breathing techniques and aroma therapy to reduce stress and anxiety, increase restfulness and restore focus and calm. Participation is limited to 10. To register, call 614-559-0350.

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.


Aldus Society, 7:30 p.m. April 10, at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Joy M. Kiser, author of the book America's Other Audubon, will discuss her work in researching the life of Circleville native, Genevieve Estelle Jones who started to work on a reference book (entitled Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio) that would identify birds' nests and eggs, something that ornithologist John James Audubon had left out of Birds of America. Informal socializing begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 614-299-1980.

Inventors Network, discussion of the invention process, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in Room 109, lower level of Kinney Hall, at the Columbus College of Art & Design, 470 E. Gay St. The topic for April will be "Intellectual Property Economics 101: Failing to Plan and Planning to Fail." Cost is $36 per year for membership (payable at any time, not pro-rated for a partial year), $5 per meeting at the door. Call 614-470-0144.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St. Meetings subject to change. Call Steve to confirm at 614-251-7820.

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.

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 more information, contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639.

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.

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.

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 at 614-299-6600, ext. 2073.

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.

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.

Celebrate Recovery, 6 p.m. Wednesdays at United Methodist Church for All People, 946 Parsons Ave. For more information, call David at 614-895-1002.

Cocaine Anonymous, for information on meetings, call 614-251-1122.

CORDS (Cancer Overcomers Receiving Deliverance Support), 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road. Contact Glenn Mueller at 614-277-1609.

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 DBSA.

Emotions Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays at UMC for All People, 946 Parsons Ave. For more information, call 614-470-0397.

Families Anonymous, for parents whose children have 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.

Narcotics Anonymous, 5 p.m. Fridays at UMC for All People, 946 Parsons Ave. For more information, call David at 614-895-1002.