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Events and programs

Westerville Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at St. Paul Church, 313 N. State St. Tim Cain and Vinny Herwig will speak about the church's early beginnings, growth, splits and additions.

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, annual meeting and awards reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at 2700 Corporate Exchange Drive. Networking, appetizers, a recap of 2015 and recognition of the Business Person and Young Professional of the Year award winners will be featured. Cost is $30 for members, $40 nonmembers. Call 614-882-8917.

Jazz Brew Concert Series, 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. The program, one of a four-part series with jazz performances of different styles, artists/groups and locations, is presented by the nonprofit SEMM Foundation to keep jazz alive, provide student/community music education and support Jazz 98.5 FM. This event includes classic, big band and jazz orchestra. Tickets are $15, $8 for students. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Friends, Family & Fun at LifeTown, free and ticketed activities for children, 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at LifeTown at the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center, 6220 E. Dublin-Granville Road. This fundraiser will feature face painting, bike rides, movies, arts and crafts, a photo booth, music and movement, animals, food, a cake walk, manicures and hairstyling. All proceeds benefit LifeTown, an indoor "simulated" city where students with special needs learn life skills. A book sale also is scheduled. Tickets available online and at the door. Visit or call 614-949-0765.

Paws to Party, benefiting CHA Animal Shelter, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Columbus Athenaeum in the Olympian Ballroom, 32 N. Fourth St. The event will feature dinner; unlimited wine, beer and appetizers; a silent auction of more than 100 items; music; and adoptable dogs featured on stage. Tickets, $90 for shelter members, $95 nonmembers, can be purchased by visiting

Westerville Concert Band, "Heroes and Superheroes, "annual children's concert, 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Westerville Central High School auditorium, 7118 Mount Royal Ave. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite hero or superhero. Before and after the concert, an 'instrument petting zoo' will allow children to touch and try an instrument. Admission is free. For more information visit

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.


Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays at Hope Church, 75 E. Schrock Road, Westerville. This is a nonprofit weight loss support group. For information call 614-891-3569.

SilverSneakers FLEX Strength and Balance, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Feridean Commons, 6885 Freeman Road, Westerville. Classes are free for SilverSneakers members, $5 per class for non-members. For more information, call 614-271-7230.

Classes, workshops

Midwest College Planning, free Paying for College workshop for parents of college-bound students, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Westerville Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave. Topics include how to identify grants, loans and scholarships available and to submit related paperwork. For more information go to

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 For more information contact Kitty Hedges at 614-545-4015 or


Still Going Strong Seniors, 1 p.m. Jan. 25 in McVay Fellowship Hall at Church of the Messiah United Methodist Church, 51 N. State St. A representative of Friendship Village will speak. If Westerville City Schools are closed due to snow, the meeting will be canceled.

Westerville Quilt Guild, 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the American Legion Hall, 393 E. College Ave., Westerville. Terri Brown, owner of the Laughing Ewe Quilting and Rug Hooking Shop, will present the program, "Wool 101." New members are invited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for Meet and Greet.

Women Today, luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at Villa Milano Banquet & Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Road. A speaker will give tips on 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.

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

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

Franklin 524 Toastmasters Club, 7 to 8 a.m. Thursdays at the Vineyard Church Community Center, 6000 Cooper Road. Visit

Urban Beekeepers of Central Ohio, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of every month at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1450 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus. Membership for calendar year is $10. Participants will hear expert speakers, view demonstrations and join in activities. For more information email

Mid-Ohio Boogie Club, swing dance club, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at 1960 Schrock Road, Columbus. Dance lessons from 7 to 8 pm.; dancing follows. Singles, couples and beginners are invited. Membership is $35 per year; cover charges are $8 for guests, $3 for members. For more information go to or call 614-939-1844.

Columbus Folk Dancers, recreational international folk dancing, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at Summit on 16th United Methodist Church. First-time guests 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.

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

Huber Ridge Area Association, 7 p.m. first Thursday of the month at Blendon Township Senior Center, 6330 Hempstead Road. Contact or

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 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 For general information on AmSpirit, visit

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 For general information, visit

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 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 central Ohio within one year of relocation. Visit for meeting times and locations. For information email

Support groups

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

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 and fourth Thursdays at Concord Counseling, 700 Brooksedge Blvd., Westerville. Meeting subject to change. Call Marilyn at 614-882-9338, ext. 227, to confirm or visit

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

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. 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 or visit mhafc. 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. Free. 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, 8001 Ravines Edge Court. Free, but donations are accepted. For information, call 614-896-8222 or visit thecenterforbalanced

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays at Faith Covenant Church, 3607 Dempsey Road. Call Gayle at 614-933-8745 or visit the website