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Events and programs

Ohio Ride for Autism Poker Run, 10 a.m. July 27, starting at C&A Harley Davidson, 7610 Commerce Place, Plain City, and ending at 4 p.m. at Quaker Steak & Lube, 8500 Lyra Drive. Registration begins at C&A Harley Davidson at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $10. Proceeds from the event benefit Autism Speaks, Make It Fit Foundation, the Ingram Autism Research Center, Recreation Unlimited, the Autism Society of Ohio, the Lettuce Work Foundation and other autism organizations and treatment facilities. For more information, visit or contact Mike Hoover at 614-580-7300 or at

Clintonville Woman's Club, Past Presidents and Trustees Luncheon, Raffle & Card Party, July 31 at the clubhouse, 3951 N. High St. This year's theme is Sunshine and Flowers. Lunch will feature a sandwich loaf entree with fruit salad and cheesecake. Tables for cards and board games are reserved. For more information contact Ginny Nunemacher at 614-263-9333. The club also is planning its annual Corn Roast and Bingo Party for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13. The menu includes corn on the cob, fried chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, homemade cookies and beverages. The price is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Dinner is served family style promptly at 6:30 p.m., followed by bingo. This event is open to the public. For reservations call Pat Uhrick at 614-505-6709 no later than July 31.

Ohio State University's Program 60, registration information session, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Barbie Tootle Room on the third floor of the Ohio Union at OSU. This session, sponsored by the Program 60 Association, will provide individual guidance on course selection and registration procedures for Ohio residents age 60 or older. Participants attend classes, at no cost on a non-credit, non-degree basis, tuition-free. The autumn term runs Aug. 21 through Dec. 3. For more information go to CEd_pro60.php.

Columbus Wine Festival, presented by Giant Eagle, 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 and 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Guests can choose from among more than 300 wines from around the world, while those who prefer beer can enjoy a wide sampling in the International Beer Garden. Adult wine tasting tickets are $29 in advance and $35 at the door. Online orders include no handling or processing fees. Admission tickets include a souvenir wine glass, 10 tastings, food and wine seminars, cooking demos, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount. Additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival. Designated driver tickets are $10 in advance or at the door; those under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks and a souvenir wine glass upon departure. For phone orders, call 877-772-5425. An additional $2 order processing/handling fee applies for phone orders. A portion of the festival's proceeds will benefit Franklin Park Conservatory. For more details, visit

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over with securing 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.

Classes, workshops

West Interfaith Legal Clinic, 5:30 to 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, the Church at Mill Run, 3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard. The Legal Clinic offers free legal advice and is available to anyone 250 percent above or below the poverty level. The Legal Clinic is a combined effort of Serving Our Neighbors Ministries and the Columbus Bar Association.


Forum at Knightsbridge, presentation of "In Recent Memory: Latest Developments in Dementia Treatment, 2 to 2:30 p.m. July 30 at 4590 Knightsbridge Blvd. Dr. Douglas Scharre, a board-certified neurologist with special interests in dementia-related behaviors and degenerative dementias, will speak. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are required by calling Kimmie Holton at 614-451-6793, ext. 243.


Northwest Area Progressives, monthly meeting, 7 p.m. on 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 area. For more information contact

Northwest Area Progressives Donkeys and Donuts, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on 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 contact

Clintonville Beginning Dulcimer Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Education Room of Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus. Bring a dulcimer or call to ask about borrowing one. No need to read music. For more information contact Barb at 614-370-8183 after 5 p.m. or email

North Outerbelt Amspirit, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Road. Call Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or email

Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. Call Joe Sonderman at 614-294-2328. For more information, visit

Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington, noon Wednesdays at La Scala, 4199 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

Accountant Information Market, Worthington-Westerville chapter, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Scrambler Marie's, 6152 Cleveland Ave. CPAs are invited to meet for lunch. Call 614-478-8187.

Sawmill Road Toastmasters, noon the first and third Mondays of every month at Azteca Mexican Grill, 5925 Sawmill Road. Visitors are welcome; visit Members focus on improving public speaking skills.

New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday of each month. Meeting times and locations can vary. Visit For information on becoming a member, email nnlcolumbus@yahoo. com.

Support groups

Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the third floor multi-purpose room at the Forum at Knightsbridge, 4625 Knightsbridge Blvd. Call Dodie Wood at 614-481-8888.

People With Cancer Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd. Elaine Manley, a registered nurse, leads this group for those with any type or stage of cancer. For information, call Manley at 614-499-1152.

Friends and Family of Those With Cancer Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at First Community Church, 1320 Cambridge Blvd. Valerie Milgrom, a registered nurse, will lead this group that shares the experience of caring for a loved one. For information call Milgrom at 614-403-4881.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Columbus Alzheimer's Care Center, 700 Jasonway Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call 614-459-7050.

Bereavement Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Masonic Temple, 2436 W. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. Elaine Manley, a registered nurse, facilitates this group offering compassionate and confidential support for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information, call 614-499-1152.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Franklin County, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, in Room 317 at Worthington Methodist Church, 600 N. High St. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Tonya Fulwider at 614-221-1441 or visit

Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N. High St. Individuals struggling with stress, anxiety, panic, fatigue, depression or fear are welcome. Freewill offerings accepted. For more information contact Paul at 614-895-6760 or

Hearing Loss Support Group meets at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Meeting times vary with library scheduling. Call 614-861-7956 or email for more information.