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Events and programs
Lunch and Evening at the North Pole, Dec. 11 and 12 at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. Children ages 8 and younger, with a parent, are invited to a program from noon to 1:30 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. Santa's elves will serve a meal, and crafts and a sing-along will be included. Cost is $10 per child, $5 per adult. Infants under 1 year are admitted free. Advance reservations are required. To register contact the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department at 614-901-6500.
New Albany Indoor Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 13 at Church of the Resurrection, 6300 Dublin-Granville Road. The market will feature more than 45 merchants offering locally grown produce, honey, meats, cheeses, preserves and baked goods. Artisan gifts for the holidays, such as wreaths, candles, lotions and soaps, also will be available. A chef's demonstration and a visit from Santa will be included. For more information go to healthynewalbany.org.
AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program helps unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and over with securing 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.
American Red Cross, blood donations, 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17 at Vineyard Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road. For appointments, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org.
SilverSneakers FLEX Strength and Balance, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Feridean Commons, 6885 Freeman Road, Westerville. These classes are free for SilverSneakers members, $5 per class for non-members. Participants can enter a monthly drawing for a free spa facial. For more information, call 614-271-7230.
Westerville Branch of American Association of University Women, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Eye Surgical and Medical Care, 550 S. Cleveland Ave. Bring a book you want to share with members. For more information go to AAUWohWesterville.wordpress.com.
North Star Club Toastmasters, 6:15 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month at 8800 Lyra Drive, Room 102. Participants focus on improving speaking skills. For information, visit 3552.toastmastersclub.org.
American Legion Post 171, 7:30 p.m. and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the post, 393 E. College Ave. Guests are invited. Call Mike Etling at 614-890-4050 or Kim Mann (Auxiliary) at 614-266-2695.
Shipwrights of Central Ohio, a group for ship modelers, 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month, Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St. For information, visit shipwrightsofohio.org.
Franklin 524 Toastmasters Club, 7 to 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Vineyard Church Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road. Visit franklin524toastmasters.com.
Columbus Folk Dancers, recreational international folk dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church.For additional information contact Leslie at email@example.com or 614-262-7248, or Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-267-8183.
Sea Scout Ship 468, 6:45 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at Maize Manor United Methodist Church, 3901 Maize Road. For more information call Nancy Peto at the Simon Kenton Council Scout office, 614-306-9768.
Accountant Information Market, Worthington-Westerville Chapter, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at Scrambler Marie's, 6152 Cleveland Ave. CPAs are invited to meet for lunch. Call 614-478-8187.
Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month in Towers Hall at Otterbein University. All welcome. Call Jim Schultz at 614-794-1247 or visit centralohiocwrt.wordpress.com.
Huber Ridge Area Association, 7 p.m. first Thursday of the month at Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 Hempstead Road. Contact President@huberridge.org or huberridge.org.
Westerville Lions Club, 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month at the American Legion Hall, 393 E. College Ave. Visit westervillelions.org or call Don Mullen at 614-882-3465.
Westerville Rotary Club Sunrise, 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Wednesdays, third floor of the Old Bag of Nails, 24 N. State St. For more information, call Diane Conley at 614-579-3303.
Westerville Noon Rotary Club, noon Thursdays, at Villa Milano on Schrock Road.
Westerville Kiwanis Club, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, at the Westerville Public Library. For information, call 614-898-9616.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Westerville Chapter, 7:30 a.m. Thursdays, at Toukan & Co., 575 Charring Cross Drive. For information, contact Gina Winterstein at 614-794-3500 or email@example.com. For general information on AmSpirit, visit amspirit.com.
AmSpirit Business Connections-Pulsar Chapter, 11;15 a.m. Thursdays, at O'Charley's, 1425 Polaris Parkway. For information contact Tom Anderson at 614-679-0912 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information, visit amspirit.com.
Westerville Sertoma Club, 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Panera Bread, Maxtown and Polaris. Visitors are welcome. Call Dave McConnell at 614-457-6233 for further information.
Westerville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7883, 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the American Legion Building, 393 E. College Ave. Call Walt Mays at 614-330-2703.
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 area. Visit newneighborscolumbus.com for meeting times and locations. For information on becoming a member, email email@example.com.
Westerville Area Parent Support Team (WAPST), a support group for parents/caregivers of children with Mental Health Challenges, such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, autism and mood disorders, in Room 404 at Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State St., Westerville. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month for parents and caregivers of middle and high school students and the third Wednesday of the month for parents/caregivers of preschool and elementary school students. For more information, contact Amanda Chiles at 614-266-5592 or Jodi Fletcher at 614-891-2952.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Concord Counseling, 706 Brooksedge Road, Westerville. Open to anyone affected by Alzheimer's disease. Call Teresa Lembach at 614-882-9338 before attending the first time to verify the meeting time.
Families In Touch, a support group for families and friends of adults affected by mental illness, co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Concord Counseling, 10 a.m. to noon the second Thursdays of November and December at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd., Westerville. Meeting subject to change. Call Marilyn at 614-882-9338, ext. 227, to confirm 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 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.
Tea & Tears-Westerville, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at Church of the Messiah, Meeting House, 51 N. State St., Westerville. This group is led by Ron and Lori Richardson. Registration is not required to attend. For more information call 614-501-6264(NAMI).
Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and Concord Counseling, 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd. Call Marilyn at 614-882-9338, ext. 227, to confirm. Meetings subject to change.
Diabetes Support Group, sponsored by Mount Carmel/St. Ann's Hospital, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except holidays) at the hospital, 500 Cleveland Ave., Westerville. Participants will receive information on diabetes and diabetes self-care activities. Those diagnosed with diabetes and their family members and friends are invited. There is no fee. For more information, call Suzanne at 614-865-7254. Meetings are subject to change.
Pet Loss Support Group, for those mourning the loss of a beloved animal companion, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Villa Angela Care Center, 5700 Karl Road. Call Dorothy Hall at 614-895-3416.
Arthritis Support Group, 1:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Westerville Senior Center, 310 Main St. Call Ann Bailey at 614-882-5709.
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 thecenterforbalancedliving.org.
Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays at Faith Covenant Church, 3607 Dempsey Road. Call Gayle at 614-933-8745 or visit the website OA.org.