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Events and programs
Olentangy Local School District, "One Community" Conference on Diversity and Inclusion, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Liberty High School, 3584 Home Road, and 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 6 at Olentangy High School, 814 Shanahan Road. During more than 20 workshop sessions, parents, students in grades 9-12, community members, teachers and administrators can discuss such topics as economic diversity, overcoming hurdles in building relationships between American and Indian immigrants and exploring implicit bias. Both conferences are free; babysitting provided. Registration for the Feb. 4 ends Jan. 25; registration for the April 6 event closes March 28. For more information call 740-657-4200.
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. For information and links to registration, visit sooh.org or call 614-239-7050.
Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts, free Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event to make a Valentine's Day arrangement, time slots between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell. Children ages 5 to 12 may participate; they will receive a free balloon. For registration information call 740-548-4082.
BMI Federal Credit Union, Financial Fundamentals workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at its Dublin branch, 6165 Emerald Parkway. The free workshop will cover credit reports, budgeting and debt management. To register, visit bmifcu.org/calendar or call 614-707-4000.
Central Ohio American Red Cross, blood donation, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 23, noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 25, 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 26 and 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Polaris Donor Center, 1327 Cameron Ave. For appointments call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
Ganzhorn Gathering Group, for those who have a loved one living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 18, March 17 and April 21 at the Ganzhorn Suites Welcome Center, 10330 Sawmill Parkway, Suite 200, Powell. Topics include maintaining a meaningful relationship with a loved one, tips and techniques for effective communication and how to cope with changing needs. Free. For reservations calling Anne Farley at 614-505-7351.
SilverSneakers FLEX Strength and Balance, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Feridean Commons, 6885 Freeman Road, Westerville. These classes are free for SilverSneakers members, $5 per class for non-members. For more information, call 614-271-7230.
Adult walk-in clinic, 7:30 to 9 a.m. weekdays at the Delaware General Health District clinic, 3 W. Winter St. Free and low-cost health screenings and immunizations. Clients seeking cholesterol checks are asked to phone the clinic at least a day ahead; the number is 740-203-2040.
SourcePoint, free New to Medicare class for individuals who are turning 65 years old and plan to enroll in Medicare, 10 a.m. to noon, the second Wednesday of each month, and 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Road in Delaware. Delaware County residents will learn about traditional Medicare Parts A & B benefits as well as how to cover the gaps. For more information, call 740-363-6677. Register for the class at growingolder.org.
Women Today, luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road. A speaker will discuss how to live a healthy lifestyle. New attendees are invited to join this social and philanthropic organization. For reservations, due Jan. 25, contact Marge at 614-433-9903 or Nancy at 740-548-5952.
Olentangy Area Senior Citizens, 11:45 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Orange Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road. Each meeting features a potluck or catered luncheon, a business meeting and entertainment. Blood pressure checks are available from 10 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the meeting. Membership dues are $15 annually. For more information call 614-204-5289.
Creative Hands Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild, 9:30 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday at Trillium Place, 3500 Trillium Crossing (Independent Activity Room). The guild's purpose is educational and cultural development through participation in and encouragement of interest in the art of needlepoint. Stitchers of all levels are welcome. For information contact Pat at 614-885-0856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Olentangy Rotary Club, Thursday for Breakfast meeting, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, 10561 Sawmill Parkway, Powell. For information, call Steve Ussery at 614-764-8993.
AmSpirit Business Connections Scioto Chapter, networking meeting, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Scrambler Marie's, 3980 Presidential Parkway, Powell. This group of business professionals provides one another with quality business referrals and helps participants grow their business. For more information call Dan Miller at 614-557-9276.
Accountant Information Market, Dublin-Powell Chapter, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Scrambler Marie's, 3890 Presidential Parkway. CPAs are invited to meet for lunch. Call 614-478-8187.
Delaware County Veterans Service Commission, 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Wolf Building, 149 N. Sandusky St., Delaware. For more information call 740-833-2010.
Self Advocates of Delaware County Board, 6 to 7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center. For more information email Mindy Garverick at email@example.com.
Ohio Aktion Club, a service organization for adults with disabilities in Ohio, in relationship to the Kiwanis Club of Delaware, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Alpha Group, 1000 Alpha Drive, Delaware. For more information contact Jim Cornett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People First of Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 6 to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month (except for May) at Creative Foundations, 57 N. Sandusky St. For more information contact Tiffany Bowen at Tiffany@PFO54.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; 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.
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.
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.
Shipwrights of Central Ohio, a group for ship modelers, 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. For information, visit shipwrightsofohio.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.
Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Towers Hall at Otterbein University. Allwelcome. Call Jim Schultz at 614-794-1247 or visit centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com.
AmSpirit Business Connections, Powell Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Shamrock Golf Club, 4436 Powell Road. For information, contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or email@example.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.
Kiwanis Club of Powell, 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at Liberty Tavern, 50 S. Liberty St. Call Lynn Hanna at 614-885-7309 or Don Grubbs at 614-804-8916.
Lewis Center-Polaris Rotary, 7:45 to 9 a.m. every Friday for breakfast, at the North Pointe Conference Center (Nationwide facility) at the corner of state Route 750 and U.S. 23. Call Mark Robertson at 740-548-4739.
Powell Sertoma Club, noon Wednesdays at Liberty Tavern, 50 S. Liberty St. Call Dave Betz at 614-202-0235.
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.
Delaware County Home Economists, open to the county's practicing and retired home economics or family consumer sciences professionals, meets monthly, September through May. Membership dues are $10. To apply or for program information, call President Dee Allenspach at 614-436-9358 or email email@example.com.
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.
Sawmill Baptist Church and Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio, cancer support group in the Powell/Liberty Township area, 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the church, 10635 Powell Road, Powell. All meetings will be led by licensed mental health professionals trained in Cancer Support Community philosophy, methodology and administration. The Rev. David Nuhfer, Sawmill Baptist's pastor, will be available upon request for those seeking additional spiritual encouragement. This ministry to open to anyone, regardless of religious background. For more information contact the church at 614-764-1141 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Cancer Support Community at 614-884-4673 or email@example.com.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Concord Counseling, 706 Brooksedge Road, Westerville. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Teresa Lembach at 614-882-9338 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time. An additional group meets at 10 a.m. Thursday at Willow Brook at Delaware Run, 100 Delaware Crossing W. For information call Heidi Reed at 740-201-5640.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Delaware and Morrow Counties, Connection Recovery Support Group for adults with mental illness, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at Annie's Outreach/Safe Harbor, 325 S. Sandusky St., Suite 305, Delaware. This support group is facilitated by trained volunteers who also have a mental illness. The Connection Recovery Support Group offers encouragement through shared experiences. Free; no registration required. For more information call 740-815-1767 or visit namiofdel-mor.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.
Tea & Tears-Westerville, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Church of the Messiah, Meeting House, 51 N. State St., Westerville. This group is led by Ron and Lori Richardson. Registration is not required. For more information, call 614-501-6264(NAMI).
Diabetes Support Group, sponsored by Mount Carmel/St. Ann's Hospital, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at the hospital, 500 Cleveland Ave., Westerville. Participants will receive information on diabetes and diabetes self-care activities. Those diagnosed with diabetes and their family members and friends are invited. Free. For more information, call Suzanne at 614-865-7254. Meetings are subject to change.
MOMS Club of Powell-Northwest, a nonprofit daytime support group for stay-at-home moms, is open to those who live in Powell south of Home Road, east of Riverside Drive, north of Powell Road and west of Liberty Road. The chapter offers monthly meetings with childcare, playgroups, weekly activities, parties and a monthly Moms Night Out. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOMS Club of Powell NE, a national nonprofit organization for stay-at-home moms, offers monthly meetings with child care, daily activities at low or zero cost, play groups and holiday parties. Contact Valerie at 614-985-3026 or email email@example.com.
MOMS Club of Lewis Center South Chapter, a nonprofit support group for stay-at-home moms, is seeking new members who live south of Orange Road, west of Sunbury Road, north of Lazelle Road, east of Route 23 in Lewis Center and Westerville. Weekly activities for mothers and their children are offered, as well as a monthly Moms Night Out. All meetings are held during the day; mothers may bring children. Contact Misty at Moms_Club_Membership@yahoo.com or visit momscluboflewiscenter.com.
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, support groups for patients with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis as well as their family members, meetings in Delaware and Reynoldsburg. Visit ccfa.org/chapters/centralohio for times and dates or call 614-889-6060.
Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.
Delaware Area Parkinson's Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Delaware Township Hall, 2590 Liberty Road. Call Al or Barb Ulrich at 740-363-3841.
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.
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.