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Events and programs

Military/Veterans Benefits Fair, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Grove City Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave., Grove City. A featured speaker is tentatively scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. Military personnel and their families can meet with agency representatives who can answer questions, discuss employment opportunities and offer guidance on other military-related issues. Participants should bring their DD 214 or NGB 22 discharge papers. If discharge papers are not available, bring the Social Security card of the military personnel. The event is free and open to the public. Widows and spouses are encouraged to attend.

New Directions Career Center, free resume review sessions, 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 7, at the Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad St. NDCC volunteers will provide resume reviews designed to assist job seekers. The sessions will be conducted in 15-minute allotments, with advance registration required. For information, contact the Technology Desk of the Westland Area Library at 614-878-1301, ext. 604.

Franklin County 4-H Council, annual fundraising event, "A Taste of Ohio," 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 15, at the Ohio State University Golf Club, 3605 Tremont Road. Celebrating Ohio as the birthplace of 4-H, the event will feature hor d'oeuvres, desserts and a silent auction. Some of the items in the auction showcase the talents of 4-H members in Franklin County as well as items obtained throughout the state. For ticket information, contact Trisha Rose at 614-337-1920 or via email at

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 workshops

Ask the Expert: Your Resource for Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking-and More!, a program offered through New Directions Career Center and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 26, at the Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. Participants are encouraged to ask pressing job search and career development question in an event that is open to the public. Private, 15-minute sessions will be offered on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call the New Directions Career Center at 614-849-0028, ext. 100.

Computer Basics, a 20-hour, one week program presented by New Directions Career Center, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18-22, 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.


National Alliance on Mental Illness, Community Conversations About Mental Health Action Forum, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave. Community leaders, educators, persons in recovery, veterans, family members, providers, students and others have been meeting to decide how they will take action to improve mental health in their families, schools and communities. This program will share action plans. For more information, call 614-501-6264.

American Red Cross, blood donation, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Westland Area Library, 4740 W. Broad St. Blood donations also will be accepted from 1 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and 31, at the Westbelt Donor Center, 4327 Equity Dr. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood. org.

Mount Carmel Health System, Walk with a Doc program, 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2, at the YMCA track. The walks, set on the first and third Saturdays through March, are free for anyone interested in taking steps to improve their health. A doctor will be on hand to answer any questions and talk with people during the event. For more information, go to

Early Childhood Resource Network, Child Check developmental screenings for those age 1 month to 5 years, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6, at the Grove City YMCA, 3600 Discovery Drive. Screenings cover the areas of gross motor, fine motor, speech and language, and personal-social skills. A hearing screening is provided, along with vision screenings for children older than 3 years. ECRN follows up with families who may need assistance in finding resources to address issues. There is no fee; however, appointments are required. To schedule, call 614-543-9000, ext. 218 or 216.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, Huntington Hearing Health Program in partnership with Huntington Bank, offering free hearing screenings from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center, 510 E. North Broadway. Screenings will be offered to those ages 5 and older throughout 2013. To schedule appointments, call 614-261-5452.


American Legion Galloway Post 799, 7:30 p.m. every second Thursday of the month at the Prairie Township Firehouse, 23 Maple Dr., 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 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.

AmSpirit Columbus Chapter, Business Professionals, 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Terry Hoover at 614-252-5241 or

Support groups

Grove City "Dine and Share" Grief & Loss Support Group, 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in the Fireside Room at Grove City United Methodist Church, 2650 Columbus St. The evening begins with a potluck dinner, followed by a sharing group at 7:15 p.m. Participants can take part in the dinner or just the group program.

Family Safety & Domestic Violence Advocacy Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at the Pinnacle Community Center, 1710 Harbor Mist Dr., Grove City. For information, contact Audry Hardy at 1-888-463-5758 or email to

Caregiver Support Group, noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m., each third Wednesday of the month starting Oct. 16, at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 174 E. Long St. Topics covered include the hiring of in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. There is no cost and free parking is available. Registration is necessary; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at coaaa@