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

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Events and programs

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

Autumn Joy flower show, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road. Sponsored by NorWest Garden Clubs. Admission is free.

"Peace Corps is For All Ages" program, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road. The program will feature three returning volunteers, who will explain the application process and highlight the two Peace Corps programs: short-term professional service and two-year service. Email peacecorps@osu.edu.

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers ages 55 and over with securing employment. The program offers paid work experience, specialized training, upgrading of skills and job-search assistance. Call 614-258-7295 or 614-322-0600, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Classes and workshops

Collegiate IEP student seminar, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Learning Center at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road. A seminar for college-bound students with an individualized education program. Central Ohio students and their families are invited.

Second Saturday-Free Divorce Workshop, "What Every Woman Needs to Know About Divorce," 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of every month except December, at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd., Columbus. The nonprofit Women's Institute for Financial Education offers this program. There is no cost to attend, but registration is recommended as workshops fill up quickly. To register go to secondsaturdaycolumbus.com. For more information contact Kitty Hedges at 614-545-4015 or kmh@hamiltoncapital.com.


Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Additional sessions are available from 10 a.m. to noon the first Wednesday and 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, call Monica at 614-559-5502 or email mmayer@ whv.org.


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.

New Neighbors League of Columbus, 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. Fee is $60. For more information, call 614-636-6652, email nnlcolumbus@yahoo.com or visit newneighbors columbus.com.

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 of Columbus between Grandview and Upper Arlington in matters of zoning, traffic planning, road repairs, Columbus free curbside recycling, police and neighborhood events. Anyone living, working or owning property in the area is invited.

Columbus Area Boardgaming Society, 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, visit cabsgamers.org. For more information, email communications@cabsgamers.org.

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 inventorscolumbus.com.

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 invited. Membership is $25 per year; cover charges are $8 for guests, $5 for members. For more information visit v4.buckeyebopclub.org.

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

English Country Dancers of Columbus, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 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 the third Sunday only. First night is free; thereafter, a donation of $2 is requested. For more information, visit bigscioty.com/english.html 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 invited at all times, with no partner needed. For more information, visit rscdscincinnati.org 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, visit recfolkdancecolumbus.org/ CFD. For more information, email Leslie at ljsdancer@ gmail.com or call 614-262-7248, or Ann at annkangas336@gmail.com or 614-267-8183.

Northwest Area Progressives, monthly meeting, 7 p.m. 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 areas. For more information, email nwaprogressives@ gmail.com.

Northwest Area Progressives Donkeys and Donuts, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 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 email nwaprogressives@gmail.com.

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 northwestkiwanis.com.

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. 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 that fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. For more information, visit sites.google.com/site /columbusareaega or Columbus Area Chapter EGA on Facebook.

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 AL Columbus.org.

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 newneighborscolumbus. com for meeting times and locations. For more information, email nnlcolumbus@ yahoo.com.

AmSpirit Crosswoods, 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Champps Restaurant, 161 E. Campus View Blvd. For more information, call Gina Winterstein at 614-794-3500, email gina@ panageanetworks.com or visit amspirit.com.

Columbus Audubon Society, 7 p.m. 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. For more information visit columbus.audubon. org.


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

Families In Touch, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Dempsey Family Education & Resource Center, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. A free support group for adult family members and friends of those with mental illness. Each month features a new guest speaker. Sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and OhioHealth. Meetings subject to change. For more information or to confirm, call 614-566-2638 or 614-788-6115 or visit mhafc.org.

Bipolar peer support group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays in Room 158A, Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, Columbus. The group is co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and the Peers Enriching Each Other's Recovery Center. Meetings are subject to change; call to confirm at 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.

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. To confirm, call Megan at 614-221-1441. Meetings subject to change. For more information, visit mhafc.org.

POEM (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms) Pregnancy-Postpartum Support Group, meets twice per month; call for location details. Sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County. Meetings subject to change; call 614-221-1441, or visit mhafc.org.

Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio, Pancreatic Cancer Networking and Support, 6:30 p.m. 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 CancerSupportOhio.org 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 invited to attend. Call 614-396-4938 for more information.

Guys 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. 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 multipurpose 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 those with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder and their 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; donations are accepted. For more information, call 614-896-8222 or visit thecenterforbalanced living.org.

Caregiver Support Group, noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. the 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 may call the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or email at coaaa@coaaa.org.

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

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 mendedheartscentralohio.org.

Overeaters Anonymous, for meeting information, visit OA.org.

Cocaine Anonymous, for meeting information, visit caohio.org 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 anytime. 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 alliance.

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.