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Events and programs
Congregation Beth Tikvah, 10th annual Chicken Souper Bowl Cook-off, 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at 6121 Olentangy River Road. Professional chefs and home cooks from the Columbus area will compete to see whose soup and challah will win. Admission of $6 per adult and $4 for children 5 and older includes unlimited soup and challah samples, hors d'oeuvres, sweets and drinks. Music, games and a photo booth will be featured.Children ages 4 and younger attend for free. Guests who bring a can of soup to donate will save $1 off admission. One dollar saving per person please. All cans will be donated to the Holy Family Soup Kitchen. Proceeds from the event help send Beth Tikvah children to Jewish summer camps. For more information call 614-885-6286 or visit bethtikvahcolumbus.org.
Bill Cohen's Valentine concert, Love Songs Through the Decades, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 6 at Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 E. Oakland Park. Featuring guitar and piano, the program will include songs by John Denver, the Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, the Eagles, the Beatles, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis and Tom Waits. Ann Fisher will provide flute accompaniment with an all-girl trio, the Harmonettes, adding vocal back-ups. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. A $10 donation per person is requested at the door, with proceeds going to help produce the upcoming Central Ohio Folk Festival.
Special Olympics Ohio, 2016 Polar Plunge, Feb. 20 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 4850 Powell Road, Powell. All money raised by Polar Plunge events benefits more than 23,000 Special Olympics athletes in Ohio. Participants obtain a minimum of $75 or $50 (students) in pledges and then jump into the Polar Plunge pool. Plungers must be at least 8 years old. Guests will be charged a $10 zoo entry fee. Others can participate through "Too Chicken to Plunge," raising a minimum of $30. All plungers receive a T-shirt, food and non-alcoholic beverages at a post-event party. Register at sooh.org or by calling 614-239-7050.
Columbus Winter Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month through March in the community room at Whetstone Community Center, 3923 N. High St. Winter vegetables such as squash, carrots, potatoes, spinach, onions, garlic, brussels sprouts and mushrooms will be available. Local bands will perform. For more information visit columbuswinterfarmersmarket.com.
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.
BMI Federal Credit Union, How to Save for College workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13, at its Dublin branch, 6165 Emerald Parkway. The program presented by Capstone Wealth Partners will focus on 529 College Savings Plans and other options. To register, visit bmifcu.org/calendar or call 614-707-4000.
Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and The Ohio State University Emergency Management, annual Tornado and Severe Weather Spotter Seminar by the National Weather Service, 9 a.m. March 5 at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Meteorologists from the NWS Forecast Office in Wilmington will provide training in how to spot, report and prepare for tornadoes and other severe weather conditions. Training and parking are free. Deadline to register is close of business Feb. 19. Sign up at fcemhs.org, click "Register for the 2016 Weather Spotter Training."
Forum at Knightsbridge, Tai Chi classes, 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 4950 Knightsbridge Blvd. Sessions are free and open to the public. To register call Barb Daily at 614-451-6793.
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, a combined effort of Serving Our Neighbors Ministries and the Columbus Bar Association, offers free legal advice and is available to anyone 250 percent above the poverty level or below.
Aldus Society, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. Matt Kish, author of Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page, will discuss his artistic process and visual interpretation of classics. Admission is free and open to the public. Socializing begins at 7 p.m. For more information call 614-268-6222 or visit aldussociety.
Wild Ones, 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 13 in the Community Room at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St. Lisa Ruschman, an active naturalist and Home Certified Volunteer Naturalist member in Lake County, will discuss invasive earthworms and their impact on natural areas.
PROBUS, an organization for retirees with professional or business backgrounds, 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the MCL Cafeteria in the Kingsdale Center in Upper Arlington. Members choose their own meals, then listen to the guest speaker. Dues are $15 per year. For more information, call 614-486-4769.
Columbus Area Boardgaming Society, on the first and third Fridays and second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 670 Lakeview Plaza Blvd., Suite E, Worthington. Participants choose board games from the more than 1,000 options in the CABS library. The first visit is free. For a meeting schedule go to cabsgamers.org. For more information email email@example.com.
Assistance League of Metro Columbus, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at 400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 170, Worthington. Call 614-404-8709 or visit ALColumbus.org.
Inventors Network, discussion of the invention process, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Ohio Business College, 4525 Trueman Blvd., Hilliard. Cost is $36 per year for membership (payable at any time, not pro-rated for a partial year), $5 per meeting for nonmembers at the door. Call 614-470-0144 or visit inventorscolumbus.com.
Buckeye Bop Club, swing dance club, 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Emerald City Ballroom, 2809 Festival Lane, Dublin. Lessons are offered from 7 to 8 p.m.; dancing follows. Partners are not necessary and beginners are welcome. Membership is $25 per year; cover charges are $8 for guests, $5 for members. For more information go to v4.buckeyebopclub.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 pm., 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.
Columbus Sacred Harp Singers, 4 to 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays at St. James Episcopal Church, 3400 Calumet St., Columbus. New members are invited to this participatory singing experience; learn the four shape note system and sing early American hymns published in the Sacred Harp. Loaner books available. For more information go to columbussacredharp.org or call Laura at 614-270-9160.
English Country Dancers of Columbus, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month October through June at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, corner of North High Street and Clinton Heights Avenue. From July to September, the group meets on the third Sunday only. First night is free, after that a donation of $2 is welcome. For information go to www.bigscioty.com/english.html or call Sue at 614-263-9501.
Heather 'N' Thistle Columbus Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, social classes, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. most Thursdays from September to June at Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church, 1234 Fourth St. Participants learn the ballroom dances of Scotland. Beginners welcome; no partner needed. For information go to www.rscdscincinnati.org and click on Columbus under "Member Groups" or call Laura at 614-270-9160.
Columbus Folk Dancers, recreational international folk dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church. First-time guests participate at no cost. For directions go to recfolkdancecolumbus.org/CFD. For additional information contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-262-7248, or Ann at email@example.com or 614-267-8183.
Clintonville Beginning Dulcimer Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Education Room of Wesley Glen (by the swimming pool)), 5155 N. High St., Columbus. Bring a dulcimer or call to ask about borrowing one. No need to read music. Free. For more information, contact Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-530-8827.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbus Area Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, 10 a.m. on the second Thursday (except August) at the Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St., Dublin. Coffee available at 9:30 a.m. EGA is a national nonprofit organization which fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. For more information, go to sites.google.com/site/columbusareaega or Facebook Columbus Area Chapter EGA.
North Outerbelt Amspirit, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Road. Call Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or email email@example.com.
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 northwestkiwanis.com.
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 Sawmill Lanes, 4825 Sawmill Road. Visitors are welcome; visit sawmill.toastmastersclubs.org. Members focus on improving public speaking skills.
New Neighbors League of Greater Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, informal monthly coffees in members' homes and monthly book clubs for women who have moved to central Ohio within one year of relocation. Visit newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. Tuesday and Sunday as well as 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road.
Mindful Living Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at Worthington United Methodist Church, Browning Lounge, 600 High St. Meetings are subject to change. Call Megan at 614-221-1441 to confirm or visit mhafc.org.
Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio, Pancreatic Cancer Networking and Support, 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Cancer Support Community, 1200 Old Henderson Road. Pancreatic cancer survivors, including those in active treatment, are encouraged to join this group to ask questions, meet others and share stories. Patricia Summers, a registered nurse and experienced oncology nurse, is the leader. Free. To register, visit CancerSupportOhio.org or call 614-884-4673.
Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, in Room 314 at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 N. High St. Meetings subject to change. Call Megan to confirm at 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. All are welcome to attend. Call 614-396-4938 for more information.
Depression Support Group, co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Syntero, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Syntero-Dublin Counseling Center, 299 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin. An additional group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call Megan to confirm at 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.
POEM (Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms) Pregnancy-Postpartum Support Group, meetings held twice a month at Northwest Counseling Services, 1560 Fishinger Road, Upper Arlington. Meetings, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, are subject to change. Call Tonya at 614-221-1441 for dates and times. For information visit mhafc.org.
Men and Grief, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month, at Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive. This group confronts the issues men face in grieving, discussing strategies and tactics for coping and progressing. The group is sponsored by OhioHealth as part of its Community Bereavement Services Program. To register or for more information call 614-566-5377.
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.
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.
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.
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 info@LowSelfHelpSystems.org.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Cocaine Anonymous, for information on meetings, call 614-251-1122 or visit caohio.org.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics, 8 p.m. every Thursday at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road.
Eating disorder support groups for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder support group and family and friends, 6:30 to 8 p.m., the first and third Tuesdays of each month (except holidays), at the Center for Balanced Living, 8001 Ravines Edge Court. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 614-896-8222 or visit thecenterforbalanced living.org.
Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays, at Maple Grove United Methodist Church in basement room 6, 7 W. Henderson Road. For more information, call David at 614-895-1002.
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northwest Columbus, 7 to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-547-9788. Meadow Park Church of God is not affiliated with the DBSA.
Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step program for emotional wellness, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 149C at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-470-0397 or visit emotionsanonymous.org.
Overeaters Anonymous, for meeting information, visit the website at OA.org.
OCDconnect (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), a free, faith-based support group of women, 5 to 7 p.m., the first and third Sundays of each month at 979 High St., second floor. Contact Judy Lair 614-893-5603.
Mended Hearts of Central Ohio, a support group for heart patients, caregivers and heart care professionals, the second Wednesday of every month at the Ross Auditorium at OSU Medical Center, 452 W. 10th Ave. Call Jeff Davidson at 614-580-1561 or visit mendedheartscentralohio.org.