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Events and programs

Sawmill Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 3 at the Sawmill Wetlands State Wildlife Education Area, 2674 Sawmill Place Blvd., Columbus. A naturalist from the Ohio Wildlife Center's education department will teach about hawks. The area also has a butterfly nursery where attendees can see them being raised. Wild Birds Unlimited will lead birding tours on the boardwalk. Representatives from Ohio History Connection and Worthington Libraries will offer information on programs and services. Hosted by the Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands Facebook page,, or email

The Happiness Class, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 at Meers Inc. Consulting Psychologists, 3246 Henderson Road, Columbus. This free four-part class on happiness will run the first Wednesday of the month from September through December. Dr. Robert Gore will facilitate. For more information or to RSVP, call 614-451-0176 or visit

Kick Off, 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Northwest United Methodist Church, 5200 Riverside Drive, Columbus. Food trucks will be available for purchase, or attendees may bring a picnic lunch. The band Agent 99 will perform music from the 1970s at 5 p.m. and the Ohio State University alumni band will perform OSU favorites at 6:15 p.m. The event also will feature free activities for children and a dunk tank. Canned food or monetary donations will benefit the Hilliard Food Pantry. For more information, call 614-451-2825.

Free classical concert, 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Highlands Presbyterian Church, 6909 Smoky Row Road, Columbus. The program will include works for solo instruments and chamber ensembles composed by Michael Rene Torres, of Columbus. Part of the Second Sunday Concert Series. For more information, visit

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

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 in Franklin County. For more information, email or visit

Classes and workshops

"Social Security 101" workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Dublin branch of the BMI Federal Credit Union, 6165 Emerald Parkway. The free workshop will include information about retirement benefits and eligibility and how to get the most from benefits. Presented by the Social Security Administration. To register, visit or call 614-707-4000.

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 offers free legal advice and is available to anyone 250 percent above the poverty level or below. The Legal Clinic is a combined effort of Serving Our Neighbors Ministries and the Columbus Bar Association.


Red Cross blood drives, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 2, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3, 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Carriage Place Donor Center, 4820 Sawmill Road, Columbus. Donors can receive a voucher to buy one Columbus Blue Jackets hockey ticket, get one free and a chance to win a Blue Jackets prize pack through Sept. 30. To schedule an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit


Worthington Hills Garden Club meeting, 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at Worthington Hills Country Club, 920 Clubview Blvd. S, Columbus. Darlene Sillick will present "Helping the American Kestrel, One Box at a Time." The cost is $20 and includes a luncheon. The deadline to register is Sept. 9. For more information or to register, call 614-288-4668.

Worthington Area Nurses Association meeting, 10 a.m. Sept. 6 at the Linworth United Methodist Church, 7070 Bent Tree Blvd., Columbus. The program is "Sharing Your Story" by Janet Kory of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. For more information, call 614-885-5896.

Sawmill Road Toastmasters, noon every first and third Monday at the Safelite Group Inc. corporate office, 7400 Safelite Way, Columbus. Members focus on improving public speaking skills. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit

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." Sixty heart patients and caregivers will meet to learn and support one another. For more information or to RSVP, call 614-580-1561 or email

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 for the month. 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 are invited to play board games from the more than 1,000 options in the CABS library. The first visit is free. For a meeting schedule go to For more information email

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

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

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., with dancing to follow. 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

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 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 or call Laura at 614-270-9160.

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. There is no fee. For more information, contact Barb at or 614-530-8827.

Northwest Area Progressives, monthly meeting, 7 p.m. 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

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 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

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

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 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 the Columbus Metro areas within one year of relocation. Visit for meeting times and locations. For information email

Support groups

Nar-Anon family group, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, Columbus. The support group is for those who are concerned that someone close to them may have a drug problem. For more information, call 614-383-8086.

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. To confirm, call 614-221-1441 or visit

Arthritis support group, 10 a.m. on the first Friday of each month at Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus. For more information, call 614-396-4938.

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, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays at Wellness Now Group, Suite A, 5329 N. High St., Columbus. The group is sponsored by by Mental Health America of Franklin County. Meetings are subject to change; call to confirm at 614-221-1441 or visit

Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio, Pancreatic Cancer Networking and Support, 6:30 p.m. 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 that will provide a forum for asking questions, meeting others and sharing stories. Patricia Summers, a registered nurse and experienced oncology nurse, is the leader. There is no fee. To register, visit 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

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. These 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

Men and Grief, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month, at Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive. This group confronts the distinct 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. 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 in 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.

Cocaine Anonymous, for information on meetings, call 614-251-1122 or visit

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

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

Overeaters Anonymous, for meeting information, visit the website at

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.