Upper Arlington's Annual Easter Candy Hunt, 10 a.m. April 19 at 10 a.m. at Thompson Park for children ages 9 and under, with a separate search area for children with special needs. Families are advised to arrive early to allow time for parking and finding the appropriate age-group search areas, located in the fields surrounding the North Shelter. For more information call 614-583-5300.

Events and programs

The Salvation Army Student Fellowship Asbury University Brass Band and Vocal Ensembles, God and Country concert, 7 p.m. April 12, at the Church at Mill Run, 3500 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard. The free performance will feature special guest Mark Ridenour, assistant principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Brass Band of Columbus will round out the evening.

Upper Arlington's Annual Easter Candy Hunt, 10 a.m. April 19 at 10 a.m. at Thompson Park for children ages 9 and under, with a separate search area for children with special needs. Families are advised to arrive early to allow time for parking and finding the appropriate age-group search areas, located in the fields surrounding the North Shelter. The Easter Candy Hunt is made possible through a partnership of the Upper Arlington Civic Association and the city's Parks & Recreation Department. In the event of bad weather or poor field conditions, candy is passed out in a drive-through in the parking lot. For more information call 614-583-5300.

Art in Bloom, April 25-27 at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. The event will feature the theme East Meets West. Events include a Moulin Rouge-inspired opening reception April 25, an informative presentation of Russian gardens by artist, lecturer, photographer and author Elizabeth Murray and a Russian-inspired tea April 26, and a French-inspired Jazz Brunch April 27. Ticket information may be found at columbusmuseum.org. A 'round trip' ticket is $145 and an express pass is available for $125. For more information call 614-221-6801.

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.


Cancer Support Community Central Ohio, free workshop "Understanding the Healing Power of Tai Chi Chuan," 11 a.m. April 12 at 1200 Old Henderson Road, Columbus. Dan Lucas, longtime Tai Chi facilitator at Cancer Support Community and workshop instructor, will focus on how the exercise promotes feelings of serenity and well-being, achieved by performing gentle movements that reduce stress and tension, improve posture and balance and increase muscle strength. Attendees are encouraged to register by April 8 by calling 614-884-4673.

Asian American Community Services, annual Asian Health Fair, 10 a.m. too 2 p.m. April 26 at Bethel International United Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Road. The event, designed to help the disadvantaged Asian population in central Ohio, will feature screenings for cholesterol, vision, hearing, blood pressure and asthma, among others. Informational booths on subjects such as Medicare, dental hygiene and driving safety will be set up. Other features include cooking demonstrations and T'ai Chi demonstrations. For more information go to aacsohio.org.

Classes, workshops

The Gardeners of Weedin', 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for five sessions starting April 5 at the University Baptist Church, 50 W. Lane Ave. A fee of $15 covers sessions on Milk Jug Seed Starting, Square Foot Gardening, Creating Hypertufa Planters, Downy Mildew on Impatiens, and Perennial Division/Propagation, along with snacks and beverages. To register contact Diana Morrison at 614-795-6703.

Ohio Chapter Palatines to America, Starting the Path Into German Genealogy spring seminar, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Featured speaker Ernie Thode will focus on how to begin the research for German ancestors. A panel of experts from the Palatines Chapter, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio Historical Societ, and the Ohio Genealogical Society will present overviews of their organizations and what resources are available. Registration of $35 includes seminar materials, morning coffee/juice/bagels, and lunch with Schmidt's Sausage Haus Classic Buffet. Advance registration deadline is March 30. Late registration is $10 additional. Register online at www.oh-palam.org, or send to: Ginny Poland, 162 Imperial Drive, Gahanna, OH 43230.

Syntero, training session, "Trauma and Dissociation: Fundamentals of Assessment and Treatment," 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. April 18 and May 9, in Conference Room 2 at Dublin Methodist Hospital. Helen Hill and Cheri Kerr, who have been providing training for clinicians working with trauma for many years, will lead the sessions. Syntero is an approved provider of CEU credits for counselors and social workers in the state of Ohio. Participants who attend all four sessions will receive 12 CEUs. Workshop fee is $180. Workshop descriptions and details regarding registration/payment can be found at syntero.org under the news link. For information regarding registration or logistics, contact Mary Ann Lewandowski via email at mal@syntero.org or 614-273-2951.

Ikebana Columbus Chapter 84, luncheon-demonstration, 9:30 a.m. April 25 at the University Plaza Hotel, 3110 Olentangy River Road. The program will feature Ohara School Grand Master Ingrid Luders. Registration and a continental breakfast buffet will open at 9 a.m. Cost is $45. In addition, Luders will conduct an Ohara School Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 26 at the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. Flowers will be provided, with participants asked to bring an Ohara container, scissors and Kenzan. Cost is $20. Fee for the luncheon event and the workshop together is $60. For reservations for either program or both, contact Jan Stein at 614-864-5109 or jks2667@aol.com by April 15.

New Directions Career Center, Head of Household: Financial Survival Tips for the Single Parent, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. April 30 at the center, 199 E. Rich St. New Directions Career Center is sponsoring the seminar which is facilitated by a member of the Financial Planning Association of Central Ohio. Registration fee of $10 is payable at the door. To register call 614-849-0028, ext. 100.


Clintonville Woman's Club General Assembly, luncheon, noon March 28 at the club, 3951 N. High St. A musical performance by George Kalbouss, singer and pianist, will follow lunch. For more information call the club at 614-268-5525.

Columbus Woman's Club, luncheon and program, April 3 at the Clintonville Woman's Club, 3951 N. High St. Judy Plenunik of Angels Welcome Bed & Breakfast in Milan, Ohio, will present "Special Angels." Columbus Woman's Club supports Creative Living for handicapped students at Ohio State University. For reservations call MarJean Keller at 614-451-4344.

Columbus Military Wives Club, 11:30 a.m. April 9 at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., Bexley. The program will be a Yong Chan "Boxing for Women" performance with Lurean Dunan from China. For reservations, due one week in advance, or for more information call Ann Hallenbrook at 614-837-6283 or Mabel Edwards at 614-866-2625.

100 Women Who Care, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. April 15 at the Rusty Bucket Restaurant, 7800 Olentangy River Road. The organization was started in November 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Miss., as a way of raising money efficiently and quickly for local nonprofits and worthwhile causes. The group meets four times per year for one hour, with members nominating a nonprofit to be one of three presenters at the next meeting. Groups present an overview of their work with members ultimately voting to donate $100 per meeting to the winning organization. For more information go to columbus100wwc.weebly.com or email columbuswwc@gmail.com.

Inventors Network, discussion of the invention process, 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month in Room 109, lower level of Kinney Hall, at the Columbus College of Art & Design, 470 E. Gay St. April's topic is "Intellectual Property Economics 101: Failing to Plan and Planning to Fail." Cost is $36 per year for membership (payable at any time, not pro-rated for a partial year), $5 per meeting at the door. Call 614-470-0144 or visit inventorscolumbus.com.

Lifetree Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Weekly videos, stories and discussions that help build relationships. Topics change weekly and focus on popular life issues. Free; no registration required. Snacks and beverages are available. For more information, contact lifetreecafe@meadowpark.org.

Clintonville Beginning Dulcimer Club, 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month in the Education Room of Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus (west entrance off of parking lot). Bring a dulcimer or call to ask about borrowing one. No need to read music.Free. For more information, contact Barb at 614-848-5041 or email marxolin@gmail.com.

Northwest AMVETS Post No. 911, 7 p.m. meets the first Thursday of each month in the VFW Hall, 2436 Walcutt Road. Call 614-876-4817.

Upper Arlington Grandview Gold Star Referral Club, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Marshall's Restaurant, 1105 W. First Ave. Call Jim Bishop at 614-425-5735.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Arlington Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Rusty Bucket, 1635 W. Lane Ave. Contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639 or email dean@currysolutions.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.

University Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Panera Bread, 300 W. Lane Ave. Call President Kent Williamson at 614-451-2957.

Northwest Kiwanis, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the MCL Cafeteria in Kingsdale Center. For more information, visit northwestkiwanis.com.

Tri-Village Sertoma, noon Wednesdays at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Potential new members welcome. Call 614-274-5900.

Assistance League of Metro Columbus, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-404-8709 or visit ALColumbus.org.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Moppets (children newborn through kindergarten), 9 to 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. Contact Christine@mcwherter.com or 614-921-9907.

Tri-Village Noon Lions Club, noon the first Tuesday of the month at the Winking Lizard, 1380 Bethel Road. Call Scott Stevenson at 614-451-6313.

Central Ohioans for Peace, 7 p.m. Mondays, at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Ave. Visit centralohioansforpeace.org or call 614-436-3531.

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

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

Support groups

Grief Support Group, 10 a.m. April 5 at First Community Village -- The Chelsea, 1800 Riverside Drive. For more information, contact Tiffany Bassler at 614-233-2157.

Guy's Night: Men Supporting Men, 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Cancer Support Community, 1200 Old Henderson Road. The group, facilitated by Larry Walters, Bryan Loveless and Ricky Kitchen, focuses on male-specific cancers and other cancer diagnoses. Topics include healthier living, improved quality of life and ways to cope with diagnosis and treatment. To register call 614-884-4673.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 10 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at Riverside United Methodist Church, 2701 Zollinger Road. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Ardith Nolte at 614-457-1627 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

Depression Support Group, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 7 to 8:30 p.m., the first and third Mondays of the month at the Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call Megan to confirm at 614-221-1441.

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America 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 Megan at 614-221-1441 or visit mhafc.org.

GOALS (Giving Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Another Lifestyle) Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays in Room 317 at Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St. This group is co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Anxiety and Behavioral Health Services. Meetings are subject to change. Call Megan at 614-221-1441 to confirm. For information go to 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. 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 mhafc.org.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness in which participants learn from each others' experiences, share coping strategies and offer encouragement. Registration is not required to attend. For more information call 614-501-6264.

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.

Caregiver Support Group, for friends and family of those facing cancer, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. Free. For information, call 614-800-3819.

Bereavement Support Group, for those who have lost a loved one to cancer, at Beyond Healing Holistic Cancer Support, 6460 Busch Blvd., Suite 137. Free. For information, call 614-800-3819.

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, 445 E. Granville Road, Buildings M and O, Worthington. Free, but donations are accepted. For information call 614-293-9550.

Cocaine Anonymous, for meeting information, call 614-251-1122.

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.

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.

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.

Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Support, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call Linda at 614-457-5132 for more information.

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, 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. For more information, call 614-470-0397 or visit emotionsanonymous.org.

Tri-Village Co-Dependents Anonymous, a 12-step support group, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2015 W. Fifth Ave., Suite 22. Open to the public. Call 614-487-0785.