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Events and programs

Book signing and discussion, 6 p.m. May 3 at The Book Loft of German Village, 631 S. Third St., Columbus. Author Cheryl Della Pietra will discuss her new book, "Gonzo Girl." Pietra was once editorial assistant to famous journalist Hunter S. Thompson. For more information, visit

"Tale as Old as Time" performance, 8 p.m. May 14 and 2 p.m. May 15 at the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., Columbus. The concert will include selections from Disney animated feature films including "Beauty and the Beast," "Frozen," "Cinderella," "The Little Mermaid," "The Lion King" and "Tangled." Tickets are $25-$68 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center, all Ticketmaster outlets and To purchase tickets by phone, call 614-469-0939 or 800-745-3000.

Glass art exhibition opening and artist talk, 6 to 8 p.m. May 13 at Glass Axis, 610 W. Town St., Columbus. Artist Michelle Rial will speak at the opening of her exhibition, "Up Against the Wall," which will be on display through June 25. For more information, visit

Telesthesia exhibition, through April 29 at Gallery 831, 831 S. Front St., Columbus. The exhibition will explore the concept of telesthesia using color, quality of line and artistic expression in the work of Michael Bush, James Kurella, Peggy Mintun and David Senecal. For more information, visit

Repose of Lincoln and Civil War encampment, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 at the Ohio Statehouse West Plaza and Rotunda, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. Civil War re-enactment group the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, will provide an honor guard for a replica of Abraham Lincoln's casket. An encampment will also be set up on the front lawn to demonstrate Civil War life. Event is free. For information, visit

Statehouse student art exhibition, through April 30 in the Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. Presented by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. The Ohio Statehouse will feature artwork by students in grades K-12 from Ohio public schools. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Doggy Sunday School, 10 a.m. to noon Sundays, April through September at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus. A fenced-in area on church grounds will be open for dogs and their owners to play in, weather permitting. Advance registration is requested. To register, visit

North hallway exhibits, April 25 to May 2 in the north hallway of the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. Exhibits will include objects from Abraham Lincoln's funeral and reproduced images from the Library of Congress telling the story of his assassination. The exhibits are for mature audiences. Admission is free. For more information, visit

GartenMarkt, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at the German Village Meeting Haus Platz, 588 S. Third St., Columbus. Sponsored by the German Village Garten Club. This event is the club's major fundraising event of the year. For more information and pre-orders, visit

Speak Up for Children Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. Third St. Sponsored by the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County. The breakfast helps raise awareness and funds for CASA, which advocates for abused and neglected children in Franklin County. For more information, email or visit

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

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, with participants bringing their own coffee. Cost is $40. For reservations, which are requested, call 614-449-8144.


Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the American Red Cross Community Blood Drive, 995 E. Broad St., Columbus. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit

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


Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council meetings, 10:30 a.m. to noon May 5, June 2, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 at the COAAA office, 3776 S. High St., Columbus. The council is comprised of volunteers from eight Central Ohio counties who represent the views of older adults in their specific communities and advise the COAAA in its operations. For more information, visit

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 under the community link for meeting location.

Columbus Audubon Society, 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 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

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 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 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 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

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 for meeting times and locations. For information email

AmSpirit Business Connections-Columbus Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays in Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more 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 For general information,

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

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

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

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.

Cocaine Anonymous, for information about meetings, call 614-251-1122 or visit

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.