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Events and programs

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, second 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb, 9:03 a.m. Sept. 11 at MAPFRE Stadium, 1 Black and Gold Blvd. Participants will climb the stadium's stairs multiple times for a total of 110 stories, representing the number of floors in the Twin Towers, and remembering the 343 members of FDNY who gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Everyone will receive a photo ID of one of those fallen heroes. Check-in is between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Registration is $35 and is open to the public at Event proceeds will benefit the FDNY Counseling Unit, which offers peer counseling and programs that support fire service survivors.

Columbus Celtic Dancers, first class of a new season, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The group is seeking new members, men and women age 18 and older. No previous dance experience is necessary and a partner isn't required. Classes are held every Monday in practice room number one in the basement of the Ohio Theater. Entrance is through the side door of the Ohio Theater, at the south end of the breezeway from State Street to Columbus Commons. Tuition is collected on a monthly basis. Dancers may choose to attend class, participate in performances, or compete against other adult dancers in regional competitions. For more information visit

Central Ohio Kidney Walk, 9 a.m. Sept. 20 at Genoa Park in downtown Columbus. Walkers are invited to participate as individuals, families or teams and raise funds. This a non-competitive, 2.8 mile stroll that aims to fight kidney disease through prevention, advocacy and education. The event also features a wellness pavilion, Richie's New York Corner Deli post-walk sandwiches and a children's corner with activities and music. For more information, visit

The Little Garden Club of Columbus, flower show with the theme "Everything Old is New Again," 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Amelita Mirolo Barn, 4395 Carriage Hill Lane, Upper Arlington. There is no fee.

Columbus Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26 at St. Agatha's Parish Hall, 1860 Northam Road. Nearly 100 handmade-juried artists and crafters will sell their items, ranging from bath and body products and modern art to jewelry and home goods. A portion of the Columbus show proceeds will benefit the youth nonprofit YES Club. Tickets are $3 at the door, free for children under 12. For more information, contact Becki Silverstein at

Ohio Plein Air Society, Painting in the Park, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at Trouville, a condominium area at the corner or Tremont and Kenny roads in Upper Arlington. All painters, whether an OPAS member or not, are invited to paint anything you choose. This is an informal event and beginners are welcome. For more information, email

Grandview Avenue Farmers' Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October in the parking lot at Vino Vino, Grandview Avenue at Third. The market is hosted by the Wagenbrenner Co and operated by the Pearl Alley Growers' Association. The market offers farm fresh seasonal produce from apples to zucchini, along with herbs, honey, jams and jellies, fresh cut flowers and fresh baked goods. Area restaurants have the opportunity to showcase their creations at the markets. For more information, contact Marcy Musson, market manager, at 419-674-4719.

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

The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, new patient education class, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in Martha Morehouse, Room 1066, 2050 Kenny Road. The class covers basic information about managing lupus and living well. It is not limited to newly diagnosed patients, though that is its main focus. For more information or to register, contact the foundation at 440-717-0183 or visit

Naturally Healthy Dogs and Cats, 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Boline Apothecary,15 W. Dunedin Road. Lily Kunning of Boline Apothecary, Annie Warmke of Blue Rock Station and Simply Living Sustainable University will offer this class on natural diets and supplementation for companion animals and pets. Natural flea and tick control and remedies for common ailments also will be discussed. Animals can be seen during the appropriate time slot, 2 to 3 p.m. for cats and 3 to 4 p.m. for dogs. Cost is $35. Tickets and more information can be found at

Meers Inc., free class on "Happiness," 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 7-28, at 3246 Henderson Road. Led by Dr. Robert Gore, sessions include: The Biology of Happiness, Relationships and Happiness, Wealth and Well-Being and Meaning, Work and Happiness. For more information or to register, visit or call 614-451-0176.


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, contact Monica at 614-559-5502 or


Grandview Cinema Discussion Group, 6:45 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave. The program is discussion only; films are not shown at meetings. The topic for Oct. 7 will be Dawn of the Dead (1978). For more information, call 614-486-7346.

Columbus Chapter of the Nonfiction Authors Association, write-in and critique group oriented toward publishing short nonfiction pieces, 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 in the cafe at Barnes & Noble, Lennox Town Center, 1739 Olentangy River Road. Participants socialize then write for about an hour. The group then critiques previously submitted nonfiction and poetry before ending the meeting with a discussion on where to publish the work. For more information, contact Nichole L. Reber at

PROBUS, an organization for retirees with professional or business backgrounds, 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the MCL Cafeteria in the Kingsdale Center in Upper Arlington. Members choose their own meals, then listen to the guest speaker for the month. Dues are $15 per year. For more information, call 614-486-4769.

Fifth by Northwest Area Commission, neighborhood meeting, 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1150 W. Fifth Ave. This group represents the area "Grandview North of Third" for zoning, traffic planning, road repairs, Columbus free curbside recycling, police matters and neighborhood events. Anyone living, working or owning property in the area is invited.

Columbus Area Boardgaming Society, on the first and third Fridays and second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 670 Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Suite E, Worthington. Participants are invited to play board games from the more than 1,000 options in the CABS library. The first visit is free. For a meeting schedule, go to For more information, email

Inventors Network, discussion of the invention process, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Ohio Business College, 4525 Trueman Blvd., Hilliard. Cost is $36 per year for membership (payable at any time, not pro-rated for a partial year), $5 per meeting for nonmembers at the door. Call 614-470-0144 or visit

Buckeye Bop Club, swing dance club, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Emerald City Ballroom, 2809 Festival Lane, Dublin. Lessons are offered from 7 to 8 p.m., with dancing to follow. Partners are not necessary and beginners are welcome. Membership is $25 per year; cover charges are $8 for guests, $5 for members. For more information, go to

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.

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 at all times, with no partner needed. For information, go to and click on Columbus under "Member Groups" or call Laura at 614-270-9160.

Columbus Folk Dancers, recreational international folk dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church. First-time guests can participate at no cost. For directions, go to For additional information, contact Leslie at or 614-262-7248, or Ann at or 614-267-8183.

Northwest Area Progressives, monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at various locations in Grandview Heights. Social time starts at 6:30 p.m. Participants can get involved in political action and community service projects in the Grandview and northwest Columbus area. For more information, contact

Northwest Area Progressives Donkeys and Donuts, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Luck Bros. Coffee House, 1101 W. First Ave., Grandview Heights. Participants meet for informal and lively discussion about politics and current events. For more information, contact

Upper Arlington Grandview Gold Star Referral Club, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Marshall's, 1105 W. First Ave. Call Jim Bishop at 614-425-5735.

University Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave. Call President Kent Williamson at 614-451-2957.

Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. For more information, visit

Tri-Village Sertoma, noon Wednesdays at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Potential new members invited. Call 614-274-5900.

Columbus Area Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, 10 a.m. on the second Thursday (except August) at the Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St., Dublin. Coffee available at 9:30 a.m. EGA is a national nonprofit organization which fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. For more information, go to or Facebook Columbus Area Chapter EGA.

Assistance League of Metro Columbus, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-404-8709.

Tri-Village Noon Lions Club, noon the first Tuesday of the month at the Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Road. All are invited. Call Brad Gambill at 614-374-9333.

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 the Columbus Metro areas within one year of relocation. Visit for meeting times and locations. For information, email

AmSpirit Crosswoods, 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Champps Restaurant, 161 E. Campus View Blvd. For contact Gina Winterstein at 614-794-3500 or email For general information, visit

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.


Grandview Heights City Council, 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays at the municipal building, 1016 Grandview Ave.

Marble Cliff Village Council, 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Village Hall, 1600 Fernwood Ave.

Support groups

Central Ohio Myasthenia Gravis Support Group, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 at the Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. The group is raising money and awareness for MGFA at a walk on Nov. 8. For information, call Jane at 614-732-5930. All interested parties are welcome and there is no fee for the support group meetings.

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered Columbus, support meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Stefanie Spielman Breast Cancer Center, 1145 Olentangy River Road. This free group is for people whose genetics predispose them and sometimes family members to hereditary breast, ovarian and other cancers. All diagnosed with this genetic variation are invited. For reservations, requested but not required, contact Laurie at

Depression Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 7 to 8:30 p.m., the 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

POEM (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms) Pregnancy-Postpartum Support Group, meetings held twice a month at Northwest Counseling Services, 1560 Fishinger Road, Upper Arlington. These meetings, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, are subject to change. Call Tonya at 614-221-1441 for dates and times. For information, visit

Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio, Pancreatic Cancer Networking and Support, 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Cancer Support Community, 1200 Old Henderson Road. Pancreatic cancer survivors, including those in active treatment, are encouraged to join this group that will provide a forum for asking questions, meeting others and sharing stories. Patricia Summers, a registered nurse and experienced oncology nurse, is the leader. There is no fee. To register, visit or call 614-884-4673.

Central Ohio Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Support Group, 1 to 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Wesley Glen Guild Center, 5155 N. High St., Columbus. All are welcome to attend. Call 614-396-4938 for more information.

Guy's Night: Men Supporting Men, 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Cancer Support Community, 1200 Old Henderson Road. The group, facilitated by Larry Walters, Bryan Loveless and Ricky Kitchen, will focus on male-specific cancers and other cancer diagnoses. Topics include healthier living, improved quality of life and ways to cope with diagnosis and treatment. To register, call 614-884-4673.

Men and Grief, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month, at Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive. This group confronts the distinct issues men face in grieving, discussing strategies and tactics for coping and progressing. The group is sponsored by OhioHealth as part of its Community Bereavement Services Program. To register or for more information, call 614-566-5377.

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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which participants learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer encouragement. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 614-501-6264.

Eating disorder support groups for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder support group and family and friends,6:30 to 8 p.m., the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except holidays), at the Center for Balanced Living, 445 E. Granville Road, Buildings M and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 614-293-9550 or visit

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; free parking is available. Registration is necessary; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at

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

Mended Hearts of Central Ohio, a support group for heart patients, caregivers and heart-care professionals, the second Wednesday of every month at the Ross Auditorium at OSU Medical Center, 452 W. 10th Ave. Call Jeff Davidson at 614-580-1561 or visit

Overeaters Anonymous, for meeting information, visit

Cocaine Anonymous, for meeting information visit or call 614-251-1122.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Columbus Alzheimer's Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call 614-459-7050.

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.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northwest Columbus, 7 to 9 p.m. the fourth Tuesday 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, a 12-step program for emotional wellness, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-470-0397.

Families Anonymous, for parents of those with 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.