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Events and programs
Buckeye Game Fest, 9 a.m. to midnight Sept. 8-10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, 6500 Doubletree Ave. This board game convention will feature open gaming with access to a library with almost 1,000 games, along with tournaments, game demos and opportunities to meet game designers. Anyone who registers in advance will receive a free game, while supplies last. Hosted by the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society. Admission for the full event is $45 for adults, $20 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and younger. Daily admission is available for $15 on Sept. 8, $25 on Sept. 9-10 and $10 on Sept. 11. For more information or to register in advance, visit buckeyegamefest.com.
Speak Up for Children Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. Third St, sponsored by the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County. The breakfast helps raise awareness and funds for CASA, which advocates for abused and neglected children. Email email@example.com or visit casacolumbus.org.
Good Shepherd Free Store, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (doors close at 12:30 p.m.) on the third Saturday of each month at Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, 6176 Sharon Woods Blvd. The store offers limited quantities of clothing and small household items at no cost. Donations and registrations are accepted from 10 to 11 a.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Call 614-891-5043 or visitwww.goodshepherdum.org.
Legal Aid Society Northland area legal advice clinic, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Haimerl Center, owned by the Lutheran Ascension Church, at 1421 Morse Road. Individuals and families with gross household income at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level can meet with a pro bono attorney. This clinic can serve U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens at no cost. For more information, call LASC a 614-224-8374.
Mended Hearts of Central Ohio, 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, 452 W. 10th Ave., Columbus. Dr. Ray Hershberger will present "Living to Age 100." To RSVP or for additional information, call 614-580-1561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The first visit is free. For a meeting schedule, go to cabsgamers.org. For more information, email email@example.com.
Urban Beekeepers of Central Ohio, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1450 E. Dublin-Granville Road. Membership for calendar year is $10. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-Ohio Boogie Club, swing dance club, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 1960 Schrock Road, Columbus. Dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m. with dancing to follow. Singles and couples as well as beginners are invited. Membership is $35 per year; cover charges are $8 for guests, $3 for members. For more information, go to midohioboogieclub.org or call 614-939-1844.
Maize Manor Civic Association and Blockwatch, 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road. For more information, call Jennifer Adair at 614-929-5088.
Clinton Estates Civic Association and Blockwatch, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Trinity United Church of Christ, 1180 Shanley Drive. Call Emmanuel Remy at 614-453-5007.
Northland Community Council development committee, 6:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month at the Franklin County Job and Family Services office building, 1721 Northland Park Ave. Call 614-325-8217 or email email@example.com for more information.
Salem Civic Association, 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Salem Baptist Church, 5862 Sinclair Road.
Sea Scout Ship 468, 6:45 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road. For more information, call Nancy Peto at the Simon Kenton Council Scout office, 614-306-9768.
Shipwrights of Central Ohio, a group for ship modelers, 9 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month at Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. For information, visit shipwrightsofohio.org.
American Legion Post 171, 7:30 p.m. and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the post, 393 E. College Ave. Guests are invited. Call Mike Etling at 614-891-9388 or Kim Mann (Auxiliary) at 614-266-2695.
Northland Community Council, 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd. Call 614-325-8217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forest Park Civic Association, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, locations and topics vary. Call 614-325-8217 or email info@ fpcivic.org.
Franklin 524 Toastmasters Club, 7 a.m. Thursday at the Vineyard Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road. For more information, visit524.toastmastersclubs.org.
Karmel Woodward Park Civic Association, 6:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Valley Forge Elementary School, 1321 Urban Drive. Call William Logan at 614-846-1089 for information or email KWPcivic@gmail.com.
Sharon Woods Civic Association, 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at Church of the Good Shepherd, 6176 Sharon Woods Blvd. Call John Kirkpatrick at 614-890-5417.
Northland Kiwanis Club, 6:15 p.m. the second and the fourth Mondays of the month at Friendship Village of Columbus, 5800 Forest Hills Blvd. Call 614-479-3256.
Central Ohioans for Peace, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave. Visitcentralohioansforpeace.org or call 614-436-3531.
Maternal mental health support group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. every first and third Thursday in Suite LL7 at Columbus Birth & Parenting, 6649 N. High St., Worthington, for mothers beyond the postpartum period with children from toddlers to teens. Sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County. Meetings subject to change. For more information, call 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.
Giving Obsessive-compulsives Another Lifestyle friends and family support group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every first and third Wednesdays in the Browning Lounge at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St., sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County. Meetings subject to change. For more information or to RSVP, call 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.
Families In Touch, 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd., Westerville. A support group for families and friends of people with mental illness. Meetings subject to change. To confirm, call 614-22-1141 or visit mhafc.org.
Depression Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Syntero Inc.-Dublin Counseling Center, 299 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin. Meetings subject to change. Call 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.
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. AllCall 614-396-4938 for more information.
Schizophrenics Anonymous, 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd., Westerville. Meetings subject to change. To confirm, call 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.
Compassionate Friends, grief support after the death of a child, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road, Columbus. For more information, call 614-882-8986.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
Pet Loss Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Villa Angela Care Center, 5700 Karl Road. Call Dorothy Hall at 614-895-3416.
Cocaine Anonymous, for information on meetings, call 614-251-1122 or visit caohio.org.
Overeaters Anonymous, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road. Call Diane at 614-898-5447. Visit OA.org.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, Central Ohio Chapter, 12:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Gillie Senior Recreation Center, 2100 Morse Road. Call Marty Cameron at 614-457-6003 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.
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.