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Events and programs

Sports Card and Memorabilia Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15 at the Makoy Center, 5462 North Center St., Hilliard. More than 100 tables will feature items from dealers in eight states. Participants can buy, sell and trade sport and non-sport cards and collectibles. Memorabilia, hobby boxes and supplies and free appraisals of items will be included. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact JD or Stacy Heckathorn at 574-223-4320 or email

St. Margaret of Cortona Church, 17th annual fish fry dinner for Lent, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays, through March 27 at 1600 N. Hague Ave. Dinners include fried ocean perch or baked cod with sides of fries, baked potato, baked steak fries, cole slaw, applesauce, rolls and homemade desserts. Cost is $9.50 for adults with reduced rates for senior citizens and children ages 10 and younger and free for those under 3. Seconds also are free. Free coffee is provided; pop and beer are available for a fee. Carryouts are available at the door. For information call the parish office at 614-279-1690.

Ohio Business Expo, an outreach event for minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses, 8 a.m. March 25 at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Road. State officials are hosting informational sessions to promote the state's Minority Business Enterprise and Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity programs and to give businesses the opportunity to learn how to do business with the state. Workshops and time for networking will be included. Online registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To register or learn more about this event , visit the Ohio Department of Administrative Services' website at or call 614-466-8380.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 and 28, as well as April 11 at Ohio Dominican University, Erskine Hall, Rooms 201, 202 and 205, 1216 Sunbury Road. Additional times are 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 18 and 25 as well as April 1 and 8. VITA offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income, generally $51,000 and below. Supervised by faculty members who are certified public accountants, ODU accounting students offer assistance with special credits, including earned income tax credit, child tax credit and credit for senior citizens. Students prepare federal, state, local school and city income tax returns with free electronic filing available. To make an appointment call HandsOn Central Ohio at 211 in Franklin County or 614-221-2255, and ask to speak with the VITA scheduler.

The Jubilee Museum and Catholic Cultural Center, Lenten season exhibition of "Pieta (The Lamentation of Christ) from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection," through April 5 at 57 S. Grubb St. The exhibition of 30 works of art (created after 1900) by modern artists from around the globe offers variations of traditional Lamentation scenes, where mourners gather around the body of Christ, just taken down from the cross. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, with guided tours at 1 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 per person. For more information visit or call 614-600-0054.

Craftin' Outlaws Alternative Craft Festival, noon to 5 p.m. April 19 at the High Line Car House, 550 S. High St., Columbus. The festival will feature handmade gifts and other goods, including clothing, handbags, jewelry, paintings, posters, ceramics, knitted accessories, plush creatures, bath and body items, letterpress stationery and home decor items. Sweet Carrot Food Truck will be stationed outside, with Pattycake Bakery and the CD102.5FM Ice Cream Truck serving sweet treats. Inside, shoppers will find a full bar as well as music provided by Wholly Craft. The first 100 shoppers will leave with a swag bag courtesy of Allison Rose. Admission is free. Proceeds from raffles and a diaper drive will benefit the nonprofit Columbus Diaper Coalition. For more information visit

St. Cecilia Church, 46th annual spaghetti dinner, 4:30 to 8 p.m. April 25 in the Parish Center, 434 Norton Road. Cost at the door will be $8 for adults, $5 for children under age 12, $28 for a family up to five people. Advance ticket discounts are available. A silent auction and door prizes will be included. For more information email

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.

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

Young Ohio Preservationists, a newly formed sub-group of Heritage Ohio, workshop on weatherproofing and rehabilitating historic windows, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 and 15 at 176 S. Binns, a property owned by Homes on the Hill. Homes on the Hill, a non-profit organization that develops affordable housing in southern Franklin County, is working with the YOP to develop the workshop, which will include demonstrations on the installation of weather-stripping, the repair of weight ropes, broken glass replacement and glazing techniques by window restoration experts Jim Turner with Turner Restoration and Patrick Kennedy, Restoration Projects Limited. Following the demonstrations, participants can apply these techniques. This workshop is open to the public. To register visit or call 614-258-6200.


American Red Cross, blood donations, 1 to 7 p.m. March 9 and 12 at the Westbelt Donor Center, 4327 Equity Drive. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to

Mount Carmel Moms2B, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Community Health Resource Center on the campus of Mount Carmel West, 793 W. State St. Moms2B is a community program working to empower women in high-risk Columbus neighborhoods. The group helps women deliver healthy babies to reduce racial disparities and infant mortality. Mount Carmel's Welcome Home Program serves women in the Moms2B program, providing a nurse who goes to a new mom's home, for free, after her baby is born. These visits usually happen within 14 days of discharge and will happen as quickly as possible if the mother is having breast feeding issues or other concerns.

Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Additional sessions are available from 10 a.m. to noon on the first Wednesday and the third Monday of each month. Enrollment options, prescription drug plans and their benefits, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance programs for people with limited incomes and long-term care insurance will be discussed. The free, confidential, one-on-one service is offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. To make an appointment, call Anne at 614-795-0927.


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. The topic for March 10 will be "Market Research and My Product's Development." 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

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 614-878-8996.

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 at the same time. For more information, call Will Davis at 614-309-0171.

Compassionate Friends of Washington Court House, 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the Medical Arts Building II Classroom, 1510 Columbus Ave. Washington Court House. For more information call 740-490-8393 or email

New Neighbors League of Columbus, monthly luncheon the second Tuesday of each month, get-acquainted coffee the third Wednesday for people who have recently moved to the Columbus Metro areas. Visit for meeting times and locations. For information on becoming a member, email

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

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 For additional information contact Leslie at or 614-262-7248, or Ann at or 614-267-8183.

Support groups

Families in Touch, for families and friends of people with mental illness, co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and the Twin Valley Behavioral Health, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, 2200 W. Broad St. Meetings are subject to change. Call Scott at 614-752-0333, ext. 5178, or visit

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter, noon on the second Monday of the month at the Dodge Recreation Center, 667 Sullivant Ave. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Deanna Reiser at 614-940-5604 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.

NAMI Connection, a free peer support group for adults living with mental illness of any kind, noon to 1:30 p.m. the last Saturday of each month at Ohio State University East, Talbot Hall, 1492 E. Broad St. NAMI Connection facilitators are in recovery themselves. No registration or enrollment required. For more information call NAMI Franklin County at 614-501-6264.

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 Drive, 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 at the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, 174 E. Long St. Topics covered include hiring in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free; free parking. Registration is necessary; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at

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 or visit

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

Adult Epilepsy Support Group, 6:15 to 8 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Riverside Hospital Conference Center, 500 Thomas Lane. Call 614-315-0437.

Bipolar Anonymous, 7 p.m. Thursdays at Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road. Call 614-895-1002.

Bone Marrow Transplant Support Group, 1 to 2 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Room 322 at James Cancer Hospital, 300 W. 10th Ave. To register, call 614-293-9152.

Breast Cancer Support Group, led by a psychologist, social workers and registered nurses. The groups are ongoing; join any time. Call Mount Carmel at 614-546-4180.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Central Ohio Chapter, Adult Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at City BBQ, 5979 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg. Call 614-889-6060.

Emotions Anonymous, a 12-step program for emotional wellness, meets from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, at North Community Lutheran Church, 114 Morse Road; and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road. Call 614-470-0397.

Families Anonymous, for parents of those with substance abuse or behavioral problems, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, 4131 N. High St. Call 614-885-5199 or 614-875-8695.

Lupus Education Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at Mount Carmel East Hospital, 6001 E. Broad St. Call 614-876-8200.

Pro-Mom (Parent Resource Organization-Mothers on Mothering), a nonprofit volunteer organization for mothers and children, offers parent education courses, organized child-centered activities, support and social opportunities for families. Meets the third Monday of every month. Call Colleen Hull at 614-844-6374.