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Events and programs

Keep Ohio Beautiful Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Ohio Statehouse North Plaza, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. The celebration will include the planting of native species at the Statehouse and informational displays. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Statehouse Rotunda. Call 614-752-9777.

Haunted Statehouse Tours, every half-hour from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 14-15 and 21-22 at the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. Meet figures from the past while walking through the Statehouse's darkened hallways. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. To purchase, call 614-728-9234 or visit

"Ohio's Eight Presidents" exhibition, through Sept. 30 in the South Hallway of the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center, in partnership with the American Political Items Collectors, will showcase paraphernalia from the political careers of Ohio's eight presidents and their campaigns. Visit

Ohio Statehouse grounds tour, 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 30 starting at the West Lawn, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus. The free 45-minute tour will highlight the Statehouse's exterior architecture, monuments, Civil War cannons and foliage. Visit

Doggy Sunday School, 10 a.m. to noon Sundays 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

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over secure employment. Call 614-258-7295 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

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.


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


Mended Hearts of Central Ohio meeting, 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, 452 W. 10th Ave., Columbus. Dr. Sitaramesh Emani will present on managing heart failure. About 60 heart patients and caregivers will meet to learn and support one another. For more information or to RSVP, call 614-580-1561 or email

The New Neighbors League of Columbus offers group activities and social events for recent transplants to the Columbus area. The group's purpose is to bring together new neighbors in the greater Columbus area to establish friendships and assist in the adjustment to new surroundings. The fee to join is $60. For more information, call 614-636-6652, email or 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.

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.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St., Columbus. The group is co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Columbus Area Inc. Meetings are subject to change; call to confirm at 614-468-1967 or visit

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.