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Events and programs

District 18 state Rep. Michael Stinziano, Community Office Hours, 10 to 11 a.m. June 28, at the Franklinton Library, 1061 W. Town St. Constituents are invited to share concerns and discuss issues. For more information, call 614-466-1896 or email

Make-A-Wish 14th Annual Medical Mutual Columbus Walk for Wishes, 10 a.m. July 13, at Huntington Park and downtown Columbus. Participants can choose either a one- or three-mile walk to help grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions. A Finish Line Celebration filled with music, food and fun will be held at the conclusion of the walk. Walkers also have the opportunity to meet current and past Wish families. To register as an individual or team, visit Every participant who raises $100 or more will receive an official T-shirt. For more information about this event, contact Chelsea Dobbs at 614-495-3713 or

St. James Lutheran Church's 30th annual Brats and Crafts Festival, Aug. 2-4, at 5660 Trabue Road. Hours are 4:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2, noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 and noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. The event will include authentic German food and beer, live German music and dancing, a hot-air balloon launch Aug. 2 and an 1860s-era "base ball" game at 4 p.m. Aug. 3, played by the Ohio Village Muffins. The weekend concludes with the Columbus Maennerchor and the traditional German Worship Service on Aug. 4. For more information, call Steve Dodson at 614-777-7792, the church office at 614-878-5158; or visit the website

Connect Ohio and YMCA Central Ohio, Every Citizen Online free basic computer and Internet training program, at the Hilltop YMCA/Cherry Creek multipurpose facility, 600 Fox Ridge St. The ECO program is open to any Ohio adult and curriculum includes six hours of training. To register, call 614-878-7260 and ask for Mary.

Classes and


Computer Basics, a 20-hour, one week program presented by New Directions Career Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 22-26, at the New Directions Career Center, 199 E. Rich St. The first six hours are underwritten by Connect Ohio and the remaining 14 hours of classroom instruction are supported by a PNC Bank Foundation grant. Participants learn key board basics along with how to use a mouse to navigate the desktop, and learn how to use the computer to find out about available jobs and apply for them. There is a suggested $10 fee to cover processing of registration; however, the center assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, call 614-849-0028 and dial 100.


American Red Cross, blood donation, 1 to 7 p.m. June 24, at the Westbelt Donor Center, 4327 Equity Drive. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to

Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 9 a.m. July 6, at the Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center, 5525 Hoover Road. The walks are free for anyone interested in taking steps to improve their health. A doctor will be on hand to talk with people during the event. For information, go to


American Legion Galloway Post 799, 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Prairie Township Firehouse, 23 Maple Drive, Columbus. For information, contact Mike Winland at 614-209-6852.

Westland Senior Citizens, 11 a.m. the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Columbia Heights Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road. All are welcome. For more information, call 614-870-6476.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6065, 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Prairie Township Senior Center, 4616 W. Broad St. The Ladies Auxiliary meets the same time. For more information, call Will Davis at 614-309-0171.