The Mid-Ohio Planning Commission's annual State of the Region Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, April 30.

The Mid-Ohio Planning Commission's annual State of the Region Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, April 30.

The location is the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 350 N. High St. in downtown Columbus. Reception and registration begin at 11 a.m. with the luncheon at 11:45 a.m.

MORPC will be celebrating 40 years of service to central Ohio.

The guest speaker will be Rich Karlgaard, publisher and columnist for Forbes Magazine.

The event will also feature the presentation of MORPC's report on the 12-county region it serves and the announcement of annual award winners.

Tickets are $65 a person. Reservations are requested by Monday, April 13, and may be made online at

For more information, call 233-4125 or e-mail Shari Saunders at

The luncheon is being sponsored by the Franklin University Leadership Center, Iannarino Dexter Creative and Schottenstein, Zox and Dunn.

A Muslim chaplain and a Roman Catholic priest will address "Catholic-Muslim Relations Today" during a lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, at the Jessing Center on the campus of the Pontifical College Josephinum, 7625 North High Street, Columbus.

The Rev. Dennis D. McManus, Ph.D., and Imam Yahya Hendi, both of Georgetown University, will offer their insights into the current state of Catholic-Muslim relations during the Fifth Annual Lecture in World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue of the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Reservations are requested and should be made with Sandy Antes by Friday, April 10, at 985-2497 or by e-mail to

Imam Yahya Hendi is the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown, the first American university to hire a full-time Muslim chaplain. He also is the Muslim chaplain at the National Naval Medical Center and serves on the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of North America. His master's and doctorate work at Hartford Seminary are in comparative religions, with interests in Christianity, Judaism, and interreligious relations.

The Rev. McManus completed a master's degree in historical ethics at Georgetown University and a doctorate in historical theology at Drew University. He has taught in secondary schools and universities for 30 years, including courses in theology, liturgy and interreligious dialogue.

Founded in 1973, the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus is a collaborative effort of the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (United Methodist Church), the Pontifical College Josephinum (Roman Catholic Church), Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), and affiliate member Bexley Hall Seminary (Episcopal Church in the USA).

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Franklin County has announced several upcoming classes.

"Hand to Hand," a nine-week class for parents of minor children with a mental illness, will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays March 31 through May 26, at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road.

"Family to Family" a 12-week course for families and friends of adults with mental illness, will meet from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 1 through June 17, at the NAMI Ohio office, 747 E. Broad St.

An additional "Family to Family" class for family members of veterans will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays April 16 through July 2 at the Veterans Clinic, 420 N. James Road.

All classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Call (614) 501-6264 or e-mail to register.

Out Run Autism will sponsor its sixth annual 5K Run and one-mile "fun run" Saturday, April 18, at Homestead Park, 4675 Cosgray Road, Hilliard.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m.

After the race, food and entertainment will be provided.

All proceeds stay in Ohio and will benefit charitable causes for autism, such as Central Ohio Families for Effective Autism Treatment and Recreation Unlimited.

Participants may register online at All participants registered by April 10 are guaranteed a T-shirt.

For more information, call (614) 403-2987.