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Events and programs

Nitro Foundation/Nitro's Ohio Army, screening of A Dog Named Gucci in conjunction with What Were We Thinking Films Inc., 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave. The film offers a look at four dogs and their owners who took on the system and changed the law regarding animal cruelty. Director Gorman Bechard, who won the 2015 ASPCA Media Excellence Award for his work on the film, will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A, as well as Nitro's owners, Liz and Tom, from New York. Proceeds from the screening will benefit Peace for Paws Ohio and Pet Promise.

Meers Inc., Happiness class, 6 to 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday, Jan. 27 through March 9, at 3246 Henderson Road. The free program is for anyone who wants to be happier or who is striving to overcome anxiety or sadness. Dr. Robert Gore leads the sessions. Meers also will host a free class on dreams and sleep from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Dr. Sasha Ribic, a psychotherapist at Meers, will present. To register for either session visit or call 614-451-0176.

Congregation Beth Tikvah, 10th annual Chicken Souper Bowl Cook-off, 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at 6121 Olentangy River Road. Professional chefs and home cooks from across the Columbus area will compete to see whose soup and challah will win. Admission of $6 per adult and $4 for children 5 and older includes unlimited soup and challah samples, hours d'oeuvres, sweets and drinks. Music, games and a photo booth will be featured.Children ages 4 and younger attend for free. Guests who bring a can of soup to donate will save $1 off admission. (One can/$1 per person.) All cans will be donated to the Holy Family Soup Kitchen. Proceeds will help send Beth Tikvah children to Jewish summer camps. For more information call 614-885-6286 or visit

Bill Cohen's Valentine concert, Love Songs Through the Decades, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 E. Oakland Park. Featuring guitar and piano, the program will include songs by John Denver, the Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, the Eagles, the Beatles, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis and Tom Waits. Ann Fisher will provide flute accompaniment with an all-girl trio, the Harmonettes, adding vocal back-ups. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. A $10 per person donation is requested at the door. Proceeds will help produce the upcoming Central Ohio Folk Festival.

Paws to Party, benefiting CHA Animal Shelter, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Columbus Athenaeum in the Olympian Ballroom, 32 N. Fourth St. The event will feature dinner; unlimited wine, beer and appetizers; a silent auction of more than 100 items; music; and adoptable dogs featured on stage. Tickets, $90 for shelter members, $95 nonmembers, can be purchased by visiting

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 or call 614-239-7050.

Glass Axis, Glassquerade: Fire and Ice, a party and fundraiser for the nonprofit glass art studio, 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 27 at 610 W. Town St. Activities will include glassblowing demos, silent auctions, an art raffle, a photo booth, a High Energy Glass Fashion Show, music and dancing. Free desserts and refreshments, a cash bar and a food truck, will be available, with a $5 voucher included in admission of $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Cost is $40 for students and members. Advance tickets are will-call, available at the Glass Axis entrance. For more information visit or call 614-291-4250.

Columbus Winter Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month through March in the community room at Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. Winter vegetables such as squash, carrots, potatoes, spinach, onions, garlic, brussels sprouts and mushrooms will be available. Other items include meats, jams and jellies, pasta sauce, fresh breads, homemade cookies, hand pies, focaccia, herbal remedies, teas, body care, herb dips, honey, maple syrup and farm fresh eggs. Local bands will perform. For more information visit

Classes, workshops

Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and The Ohio State University Emergency Management, annual Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Seminar by the National Weather Service, 9 a.m. March 5 at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. The seminar, led by meteorologists from the NWS Forecast Office in Wilmington, will provide specialized training in how to spot, report and prepare for tornadoes and other severe weather conditions. The training and parking are free. Registration deadline is close of business Feb. 19. Residents can sign up at, click link titled "Register for the 2016 Weather Spotter Training."

Women's Institute for Financial Education, nonprofit divorce workshop "What Every Woman Needs to Know About Divorce," 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of every month except December, at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd., Columbus. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The sessions, for women contemplating a divorce or in the midst of a divorce, will be led by a marriage and family therapist, a financial adviser and a family law attorney. Topics include the emotional, financial and legal aspects of divorce. Free, but registration is recommended as workshops fill up quickly. Go to For more information contact Kitty Hedges at 614-545-4015 or


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 email


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. For more information, call 614-486-7346.

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. 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 choose 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.; dancing follows. 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 additional 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, then a donation of $2 is welcome. For more information, go to the website 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; 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 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 400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 170, Worthington. Call 614-404-8709 or visit

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 central Ohio 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. Members and other nature enthusiasts 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

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

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 to ask questions, meet others and share 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. 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, led by Larry Walters, Bryan Loveless and Ricky Kitchen, focuses 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 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. 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, 8001 Ravines Edge Court. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 614-896-8222 or visit thecenterforbalanced

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. 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.