Germania Singing Society, the Mendelssohn Liedertafel, the Columbus Swiss Singers and the Alphorn Gruezie, Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 225 E. Gates St. A freewill offering is requested to support the Food Pantry at St. Paul's. For more information, call Kathy Megown at 614-848-7759 or the church office, 614-444-1311.

Events and programs

Germania Singing Society, the Mendelssohn Liedertafel, the Columbus Swiss Singers and the Alphorn Gruezie, Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 225 E. Gates St. A freewill offering is requested to support the Food Pantry at St. Paul's. For more information, call Kathy Megown at 614-848-7759 or the church office, 614-444-1311.

The 31th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Exhibition Hall C, 400 N. High St. Presented by the Martin Luther King Breakfast Committee Inc., this year's breakfast has the theme "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." Susan L. Taylor, editor emerita of Essence magazine and founder and CEO of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, will speak. Doors open at 7 a.m. Tickets are $40 per person. A dance performance, two choirs and student speakers will be featured. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information go to MLKjrBreakfast.com.

Special Olympics Ohio, 2016 Polar Plunge, Feb. 20 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell. All money raised by Polar Plunge events benefits more than 23,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio. Participants obtain a minimum of $75 or $50 (students) in pledges and then jump into the Polar Plunge pool. Plungers must be at least 8 years old. Guests will be charged a $10 zoo entry fee. Others can participate through "Too Chicken to Plunge," raising a minimum of $30. All plungers receive a T-shirt, food and non-alcoholic beverages at a post-event party. For information and links to registration, visit sooh.org or call 614-239-7050.

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.

Ikebana International Chapter 84 of Columbus Ohio, Sogetsu workshop, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18 in the Veridian Room at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. The fee is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers. Myrna Cordray, senior master first Degree, will teach a Sogetsu free style design. For reservations call Jean Jankowski at 740-587-4116 or Dottie Odrosky, 614-237-9201.

Clayspace, Clay and Coffee, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays at 831 S. Front St. Participants create an original work of art with clay, such as a coffee mug or tiles. Clayspace provides instruction, materials and firing. Participants bring their own coffee. Cost is $40. For reservations, which are requested, call 614-449-8144.

Health

Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4 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 contact Monica at 614-559-5502 or mmayer@ whv.org.

Meetings

German Village SnB stitching group, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Stauf's, 627 S. Third St. All crafters are invited to join fellow knitters,crocheters etc. for an evening of conversation and coffee.

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 schumacherplace.org under the community link for meeting location.

Columbus Audubon, 7 p.m. on 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. Go to columbus. audubon.org for more information.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Jackson Township Office, 3756 Hoover Road, Grove City. Meetings are open to all with an interest in honoring the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic. For more information go to ohiosuv.com.

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.

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 welcome; no partner needed. For information go to rscdscincinnati.org and click on Columbus under "Member Groups" or call Laura at 614-270-9160.

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

English Country Dancers of Columbus, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on 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 on the third Sunday only. First night is free, after that a donation of $2 is welcome. For information go to www.bigscioty. com/english.html or call Sue at 614-263-9501.

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 or visit mhafc.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 nnlcolumbus@ yahoo.com.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Columbus Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. Networking opportunities. For more information, contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639 or dean@currysolutions.com.

AmSpirit Business Connections-City Center Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the German Village Society, 588 S. Third St. Networking opportunities. For more information contact Frank Agin at 614-476-5540 or frankagin@amspirit.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.

Support groups

German Village Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays, 7 a.m. weekday mornings and 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Livingston Avenue United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave.

German Village Al-Anon, 5:30 p.m. Sundays at Livingston Avenue United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. Family members and friends of alcoholics are invited.

Depression Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 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 at 614-221-1441. Meetings subject to change. For information, visit mhafc.org.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St. Meetings subject to change. Call Steve to confirm at 614-468-1967 or visit mhafc.org.

NAMI Connection, a free peer support group for adults living with mental illness of any kind, noon to 1:30 p.m. the last Saturday of each month at Ohio State University East, Talbot Hall, 1492 E. Broad St. NAMI Connection facilitators are in recovery themselves. No registration or enrollment is required. For more information call NAMI Franklin County at 614-501-6264.

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 hiring in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free; free parking. Registration is necessary; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at coaaa@coaaa.org.

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, 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Marion Franklin Recreation Center, 2801 Lockbourne Road. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Tricia Bingham at 614-457-6003 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

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.

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.

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