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Events and programs

Northridge High School Choir, spaghetti dinner fundraiser to raise money for new choir robes, 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at American Legion Post 254, 180 W. Maple St., Johnstown. Cost is free-will donation.

American Red Cross-Licking County, blood drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Licking County Administration Building, Meeting Room A, 20 S. Second St., Newark; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19 at Kaiser Aluminum, 600 Kaiser Drive, Heath; 1 to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Church of the Ascension Worship Center, Classrooms 3A-4B-2B, 555 S. Main St., Johnstown. For more information or appointments, call 1-800-733-2767.

Miller Memorial United Methodist Church, Soup Supper, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at 5241 Miller Church Road in Johnstown. Hot soups, sandwiches and homemade desserts will be featured. Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit church mission projects.

East Central Ohio Audubon Chapter, winter program on "Magnificent Monsters of the Ice Age," 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Community Room of the Granville Public Library, 217 E. Broadway, Granville. The slide show and talk will be presented by Robert C. Glotzhober, curator emeritus of natural history at the Ohio Historical Connection. The free, public event is intended for adults and children over the age of 10. Hot chocolate will provided. For more information about ECO-Audubon membership and programs, contact Lyn Boone at 740-587-4728.

Angel Paws, multimedia introductory presentation for potential volunteers, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Licking County Library, 101 W. Main St., Newark. The focus will be on the health and educational benefits of human/animal interaction and how pet lovers can join Angel Paws, with or without pets. Guests can ask questions about Angel Paws' health care visitation and Reading Education Assistance Dogs programs. For reservations, due Feb. 23, call 740-364-0824 or email patti@AngelPawsTherapy.org.

Licking County Genealogy Society, 2 p.m. March 1 in Meeting Room A, first floor, Licking County Library-Main, 101 W. Main St., Newark. In addition to a general meeting, Cindy Thompson will present "Our Ellis Island Ancestors." The meetings are free and open to the public. For more information call the LCGS Library at 740-349-5510.

Johnstown Area Seniors, meeting and program, 10 a.m. March 9 at Church of the Ascension, 555 S. Main St., Johnstown. This group is for those 55 years of age or older. A social gathering with coffee starts the day, with a meeting at 10:30 a.m., a program at 11 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m. There is a $5 one-time admission fee and $5 fee for each meeting that includes lunch.

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over secure 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.

Health

The Licking County Health Department is at 675 Price Road.

Licking Memorial Hospital is at 1320 W. Main St., Newark. Meetings are in or begin in the first-floor conference rooms unless otherwise noted.

Newborn basics class, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at Licking Memorial Hospital. The class instructs parents-to-be how to care for their babies through the months after birth. Topics covered include newborn care, infant growth and development, ways to interact with infants, and infant and child safety. Cost is $10 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics class, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at Licking Memorial Hospital. Participants will learn the basics of breastfeeding. A board-certified lactation consultant will be available for one-on-one questions. Cost is $20 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346 or email firstimpressions@LMHealth.org.

Childbirth Education class, for expectant mothers, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Licking Memorial Hospital. A childbirth educator will teach the class, focusing on the anatomy of pregnancy, ways to cope with labor, breathing exercises, guided imagery exercises, postpartum care and newborn care The cost is $55 per couple. Lunch is provided. The class is ideal for both first-time mothers, and mothers who would like a refresher course. To register, call 740-348-4346 or send an email to firstimpressions@LMHealth.org.

Stork Tour, for expectant parents and those planning a pregnancy, 6 p.m. March 3 at Licking Memorial Hospital. Program includes a guided tour of the hospital's maternity floor. To register call 740-348-4346.

Prenatal Breastfeeding class, 6 to 8 p.m. March 4 at Licking Memorial Hospital. Participants will learn the basics of breastfeeding, including the skills and techniques necessary for success. A certified lactation consultant will be available for one-on-one questions. The cost for this class is $20 per family. To register, call 740-348-4346 or email firstimpressions@LMHealth.org.

Adult flu vaccinations, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Licking County Health Department. Residents can walk in and receive vaccinations with certain insurance companies billed for the service. For those without coverage who are not high-risk, or those covered by a company the department cannot bill, a $25 fee is charged. To schedule an appointment for a child in need of flu or other vaccinations, call 740-349-6535.

Immunizations, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays by appointment, Licking County Health Department. For information, call 740-349-6535.

Blood pressure clinic, 8 a.m. to noon daily at the Licking County Health Department. Call 740-349-6535.

Meetings

AWANA Clubs, 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, September through April, at Johnstown Independent Baptist Church, 7397 Johnstown-Alexandria Road. Children ages 3 years through sixth grade are invited. For transportation or more information, call 740-967-7417.

Friday Night Frenzy, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Christian Endeavor UMC, 1415 Londondale Parkway in Newark. Outdoor and indoor games, music and a potluck are included for all ages, free of charge. A euchre competition will be held. Call 740-344-2351.

AmSpirit Business Connections--Johnstown Chapter, 8:45 a.m. every Tuesday at the Hot Spot Coffee House, 94 W. Coshocton St. Professionals, business owners and sales professionals network through an exchange of business referrals. For more information about the Johnstown chapter, contact Allison Speck at 740-966-3180. For general information, contact Frank Agin at 888-267-7474 or visit amspirit.com.

Licking County Democratic Club, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Don Hill Licking County Administration Building, 20 S. Second St. in Newark.

Licking Heights Athletic Boosters, 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Licking Heights High School, 4000 Mink St. in Pataskala.

Bryn Du Governance Commission, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Bryn Du Mansion property. Meetings are open to the public. Call 740-587-7053.

Support groups

Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group, 10 to 11 a.m. March 3 in the auditorium at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St., Newark. A certified lactation consultant will answer questions and provide resources as needed. The group is one of many First Impressions Programs offered by the Health Systems throughout the year for mothers and mothers-to-be. To register for this free program call 740-348-4346.

Al-Anon, 7 p.m. Mondays at Pataskala United Methodist Church, 458 S. Main St. AL-ANON for families and friends affected by alcoholism meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. For more information contact http://coafg.org/find-a-meeting.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, noon on the last Thursday of the month at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, 75 McMillen Drive. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Beth Mueller at 740-403-4463 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. Lunch provided.

Nar-Anon Family Group, 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Shepherd Hill main building, 200 Messimer Drive, Newark. Nar-Anon Family Group is a companion, but separate program, to Narcotics Anonymous. Meetings are open to family and friends of people who are using drugs. For more information, call Susan at 740-344-5963.

Depression and Bipolar Support, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the MHA offices, 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. For more information, go to mhalc.org or call 740-522-1341.

Peer Support for Adults with Mental Illness, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, noon to 1 p.m. Fridays in the MHA offices, 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. For more information, go to mhalc.org or call 740-522-1341.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the MHA offices at 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. For more information, go to mhalc.org.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, 7 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the MHA offices, 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. For information, go to mhalc.org or call 740-522-1341.

Autism Support Group, for parents and guardians of those who live with autism, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, noon to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. For more information, go to mhalc.org or call 740-522-1341.

Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, 7 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the MHA offices, 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. For information, go to mhalc.org or call 740-522-1341.

Survivors of Trauma or Sexual Abuse, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays at the MHA offices, 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. For information, go to mhalc.org or call 740-522-1341.

Survivors After Suicide Loss, sponsored by Mental Health America of Licking County, 7 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the MHA offices, 65 Messimer Drive in Newark. For information, go to mhalc.org or call 740-522-1341.