Gardens at Gantz Farm Annual Herb and Garden Symposium, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Gantz volunteers will lead this program that features speakers, vendors and lunch. Call 614-277-3058 to be placed on the mailing list to receive a registration brochure or download one at

Events and programs

Grove City High School class of 1989, 25-year reunion, July 26 at the Pinnacle Golf Club in Grove City. For more information and to RSVP, email or call Marja Keplar at 614-323-8439. Deadline is May 1.

MOPS Resale, 8 a.m. to noon April 5 in the Family Life Center, St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. Items for babies through preschoolers will be available, including gently worn clothes, shoes, coats, toys, games, books and nursery items. The MOPS group at St. John's Lutheran Church is sponsoring the sale.

Gardens at Gantz Farm Annual Herb and Garden Symposium, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 at the Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Gantz volunteers will lead this program that features speakers, vendors and lunch. Call 614-277-3058 to be placed on the mailing list to receive a registration brochure or download one at

Love Chiropractic Women's Pampering & Wellness Evening, 4 to 8 p.m. April 10 at 3590 Hoover Road, Grove City. This event includes chair massages, myovision scan, blood pressure testing, vitamins, jewelry, handbags, baskets, nails, cosmetics, florist, candles and pottery. Games and prizes also will be featured. Admission and refreshments will be free. For more information call 614-871-8400.

Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization and Deaf World Against Violence Everywhere, third annual Race to Eliminate Sexual Violence 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m. April 26 at Wolfe Park in Bexley. This event was created to raise awareness and provide information about sexual violence, to financially support victim service agencies and create social change. Advance registration is $27.50 until the week of the race, when the fee increases to $32.50. Registration includes a T-shirt and a goodie bag. Register for the event online at For more information email to

Book Fair with Local Authors, 2 to 4 p.m. May 10 at St. John Lutheran Church at West Broad and South Hague on the Hilltop. The book fair is part of the church's efforts to raise $180,000 to renovate its bell tower. Authors will pay $20 for a table to display their books. A complimentary lunch goes with the table fee. After April 26 or the day of the event, tables will cost $25. The public is invited to hear authors read from their books as well as share information on writing, publishing and promoting their work. Lunch will be served for a fee. People interested in participating can reserve a table by sending checks payable to St. John Lutheran Church to the church at 2743 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43228. Include name, address, phone number and email address. For more information send an email to

Grove City Town Center Wine and Arts Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 14. Twelve Ohio wineries, including Grove City's own Plum Run Winery, will offer samples of their vintages, and guests can find a new favorite beverage or get-away spot. The wineries will be complimented by artists and artisans as they create wine-related treasures. Guests can expect everything from custom-made wooden furniture to fine art. For information go to

Free Community Lunch, noon to 1:30 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4501 Hoover Road. Four-course lunch for those in need. Call 614-875-0510.

Classes, workshops

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America, Starting the Path Into German Genealogy spring seminar, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Featured speaker Ernie Thode will focus on how to begin the research for German ancestors. A panel of experts from the Palatines Chapter, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio Historical Societ, and the Ohio Genealogical Society will present overviews of their organizations and what resources are available. Registration of $35 includes seminar materials, morning coffee/juice/bagels, and lunch with Schmidt's Sausage Haus Classic Buffet. Advance registration deadline is March 30. Late registration is $10 additional. Send to: Ginny Poland, 162 Imperial Drive, Gahanna, OH 43230.

New Directions Career Center, Head of Household: Financial Survival Tips for the Single Parent, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. April 30 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.


Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 8:30 a.m. the first and third Saturday of the month through March at the YMCA track. The walks are free for anyone interested in taking steps to improve their health. A doctor will participate and answer questions.

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 offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. To make an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.

Better Body Fitness Boot Camp for Women, one free week of classes offered at various locations and times around Columbus. Workouts include elements of cardio, strength, flexibility, balance, core and more. All fitness levels are accommodated. Nancy Eisenman, certified personal trainer, leads the classes. For more information call 614-747-1704.

Fit Club, Thursday nights at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 3730 Broadway. 6:30 p.m., low-impact/low-intensity workout; 7:30 p.m., high-intensity workout. Bring yoga mat, resistance band and water. Workouts are video-based. Meet in the Our Lady Center gym.

Meetings and clubs

Compassionate Friends, Providing Grief Support after the Death of a Child, 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information, call 614-882-8986.

Grove City Roots Magic User Group, 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month in Room 204 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. This group is for anyone wanting to learn more about the Roots Magic genealogy software program. Participants should bring laptop computer if available (not required) and prepare to share questions and experiences with the program. For more information, contact

Grove City Senior Center, meetings at 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays at 4330 Dudley Ave. The first meeting is held for business; the second meeting includes entertainment. Bingo and cards follow the meetings.

Grove City Arts Council, 6:30 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at the Visitors Center & Museum, 3378 Park St. in Grove City. For more information, call 614-670-2926.

Southwest Franklin County Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. Email

Grove City Sertoma Club, 7 a.m. the first Thursday of the month at Cracker Barrel on Stringtown Road and 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at China Bell on Stringtown Road. The club focuses on services to the speech and hearing-impaired community. All are invited.

Rotary Club of Grove City, 7:30 a.m. every Thursday in the Grand Ballroom at the Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Drive. Socializing begins at 7 a.m. Visit

Grove City Moms, a club for stay-at-home moms and their children, the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4850 Haughn Road. Contact Amy at or 614-875-5859.

Grove City Noon Lions, noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at China Bell, 1947 Stringtown Road.

Grove City Lions Club, 6:45 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 2213 White Road. All invited. Email Dave Dildine at or call 614-565-0995.

Grove City Community Club, 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at 3397 Civic Drive. For club or building rental information, call Janet Hysell at 875-3819. For more information, visit

Kiwanis Club of Grove City, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Emeritus at Pinnacle, 1305 Lamplighter Drive. Club members volunteer at Doctors West Hospital on the second Tuesday of the month, and a board meeting is held the fourth Tuesday. Call 614-875-8323.

Women's Civic Club of Grove City, 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Jackson Township Administration Building, 3756 Hoover Road. Guests invited. Meetings include speakers and refreshments. Visit

West Columbus Civitan Club, 6 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month at Bob Evans, 1660 Georgesville Square. Call 800-248-4826.

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.

AmSpirit Columbus Chapter, Business Professionals, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Terry Hoover at 614-252-5241.

Support groups

Grove City "Dine and Share" Grief & Loss Support Group, 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in the Fireside Room at Grove City United Methodist Church, 2650 Columbus St. The evening begins with a potluck dinner, followed by a sharing group at 7:15 p.m. P articipants can take part in the dinner or just the group program.

Griefshare, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Grove City Church of God, 4325 Harrisburg Pike in Grove CIty. For more information, contact Kala Johnson at

Family Safety & Domestic Violence Advocacy Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the Pinnacle Community Center, 1710 Harbor Mist Drive, Grove City. For information contact Audry Hardy at 1-888-463-5758.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the E.L. Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Paula Taliaferro at 614-871-4238 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

Tea & Tears, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Main Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus. Group led by Rachelle Martin meets in the third floor meeting room. Registration is not required. For more information call 614-501-6264(NAMI).

Lupus support group, 6 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month, 3359 Park St., Grove City Library. Call Audry Hardy at 1-888-NOLUPUS.

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

MS Grove City Support Group, 7 p.m. the last Monday of every month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. Accessible to the disabled. Call Debbie or Chuck Shearer at 614-871-4800.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St.

Grove City Parkinson's support group, 1:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the E. L. Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. Snacks served. Call John Corbett 614-279-4984.

Overeaters Anonymous, 6 p.m. Tuesdays at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3220 Columbus St. Call Sioux at 614-801-0519.