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Events and programs

Nitro Foundation/Nitro's Ohio Army, screening of A Dog Named Gucci in conjunction with What Were We Thinking Films Inc., 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Studio 35, 3055 Indianola Ave. The film offers a look at four dogs and their owners who took on the system and changed the law regarding animal cruelty. Director Gorman Bechard, who won the 2015 ASPCA Media Excellence Award for his work on the film, will be in attendance for a post screening Q&A, as well as Nitro's owners, Liz and Tom, from New York. Proceeds from the screening will benefit Peace for Paws Ohio and Pet Promise.

Rock and Roll Book Club, a free public taping of a podcast with performance, 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road. A discussion of Hitless Wonder: A Life In Minor League Rock And Roll by Joe Oestreich will be followed by a question and answer via Skype, during which the audience can ask Oestreich questions. Colin Gawel (of Watershed) will play a few songs live. Refreshments will be available.

Leadership UA and the Upper Arlington Public Library, "The Resident's Guide to Upper Arlington," 6 p.m. Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at at the Friends Theater at the Main Library, 2800 Tremont Road. The programs will explain how the local government, school system and library operate, with a goal of empowering residents to be informed voters and raise awareness of the value of service to the community. Contact the library to register for these free programs, call 614-486-9621.

St. Andrew Parish, annual spaghetti dinner, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the parish hall, 1899 McCoy Road. Dine in and carryout meals will be available at a cost of $9, $6 for children. The St. Andrew Home and School Association sponsors this event.

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 across 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 can/$1 per person.) All cans will be donated to the Holy Family Soup Kitchen. Proceeds will help send Beth Tikvah children to Jewish summer camps. For more information call 614-885-6286 or visit bethtikvahcolumbus.org.

Upper Arlington Civic Association, free dinner and dress rehearsal performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood for UA senior citizens, 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road. Registration is required, underway and limited to the first 400 registrants. For more information call 614-538-5320 or 614-583-5300, visit the UA Parks and Recreation or Senior Center offices, or contact the UA Stage event director at uastage@uaca.org.

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. Other items include meats, jams and jellies, pasta sauce, fresh breads, homemade cookies, hand pies, focaccia, herbal remedies, teas, body care, herb dips, honey, maple syrup and farm fresh eggs. 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.

Classes, workshops

Meers Inc., Happiness class, 6 to 7:30 p.m. every other Wednesday, Jan. 27 through March 9, at 3246 Henderson Road. The free program is for anyone who wants to be happier or who is striving to overcome anxiety or sadness. Dr. Robert Gore leads the sessions. Meers also will host a free class on dreams and sleep from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Dr. Sasha Ribic, a psychotherapist at Meers, will present. To register for either session, visit meersinc.com or call 614-451-0176.

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. The seminar, led by meteorologists from the NWS Forecast Office in Wilmington, will provide specialized training in how to spot, report and prepare for tornadoes and other severe weather conditions. Training and parking are free and open to the public. The registration deadline is the close of business Feb. 19. Register at fcemhs.org, click link "Register for the 2016 Weather Spotter Training."

Women's Institute for Financial Education, non-profit divorce workshop "What Every Woman Needs to Know About Divorce," 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Saturday of every month except December, at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd., Columbus. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The sessions, for women contemplating a divorce or in the midst of a divorce, will be led by a marriage and family therapist, a financial adviser and a family law attorney. Topics include the emotional, financial and legal aspects of divorce. Free, but registration is recommended. Go to secondsaturdaycolumbus.com. For more information contact Kitty Hedges at 614-545-4015 or kmh@hamiltoncapital.com.

Meetings

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.

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.

Meandering Quilters, a group open to all skill levels, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at CompuSuites, 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd., Building 2 Lobby. Quilts and projects created are donated to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Godman Guild and Fisher House. For more information contact Rena at 614-395-3342.

Northwest Toastmasters, 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of every month at Upper Arlington Main Library, 2800 Tremont Road. Visitors are welcome. Visit 859.toastmastersclubs.org to confirm upcoming meeting dates and location.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Arlington Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Chocolate Cafe, 1855 Northwest Blvd. Contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639 or email dean@currysolutions.com. For general information, visit amspirit.com.

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 communications@cabsgamers.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.

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 rscdscincinnati.org and click on Columbus under "Member Groups" 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. Free. For more information, contact Barb at marxolin@gmail.com or 614-530-8827.

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.

American Legion Memorial Post 614, 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, in the Rice Room of the Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard.

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.

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 400 W. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 170, Worthington. Call 614-404-8709 or visit ALColumbus.org.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), for mothers of children newborn through kindergarten, 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church on Lytham Road. For more information, contact mops@ualc.org.

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 www.centralohioansforpeace.org or call 614-436-3531.

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 newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. For information 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.

Columbus Folk Dancers, recreational international folk dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church. First-time guests can participate at no cost. For directions go to recfolkdancecolumbus.org/CFD. For additional information contact Leslie at ljsdancer@gmail.com or 614-262-7248, or Ann at annkangas336@gmail.com or 614-267-8183.

Support groups

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.

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.

GOALS (Giving Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Another Lifestyle) Support Group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, in Room 314 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.

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.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group- 20s and 30s Social Group, quarterly at the Rusty Bucket, 1635 W. Lane Ave. Contact Marisa Kress at marisakress@gmail.com for dates and times.

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.

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 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 CancerSupportOhio.org or call 614-884-4673.

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, will focus 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.

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.

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.

Al-Anon, for friends and families of alcoholics; for meeting information, visit coafg.org.

Cocaine Anonymous, for meeting information, visit caohio.org or 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.

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.

Overeaters Anonymous, from meeting information, visit the website OA.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.