City of Westerville, Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at Westerville City Hall, 21 S. State St. Live holiday music and a candle-lighting ceremony are planned. Paige's Playhouse and the Westerville Community Band will perform.

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Events and programs

Otterbein University Wind Ensemble, "Cornerstones" concert, 8 p.m. Nov. 30 in Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. The ensemble will be joined by guest conductor and composer James Swearingen and will perform three of his works for band. The ensemble will also perform standards of the wind-band repertoire, including works by Grainger, Persichetti and Barber. The Otterbein Wind Ensemble is conducted by Michael Yonchak. This event is free.

City of Westerville, Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at Westerville City Hall, 21 S. State St. Live holiday music and a candle-lighting ceremony are planned. Paige's Playhouse and the Westerville Community Band will perform.

Tree Lighting, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Otterbein University's Towers Plaza, 1 S. Grove St., Westerville. The event will feature a holiday message by Chaplain Judith Guion-Utsler, tree lighting by President Kathy Krendl, music, carols and a visit from Santa Claus. A holiday feast will be held afterward at 6 p.m. at the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. The event will feature dinner, photos with Santa Claus and children's activities. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $5 for ages 4-10. Advance tickets for $10 general and $4 for ages 4-10 can be purchased at

A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play, 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, 2 p.m. Dec. 4, at Westerville South High School, 303 S. Otterbein Ave. Westerville's fictional radio station, KPNF, will be back to broadcast another holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play." Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.


Still Going Strong Seniors, 1 p.m. Nov. 28 in McVay Fellowship Hall at Church of the Messiah United Methodist, 51 N. State St. Carrie Keller from Columbus Parks and Recreation will speak on "Backyard Birds."

Columbus Woman's Club, noon Dec. 1 at Brookside Country Club, 2770 W. Dublin-Granville Road. The program will be "Sounds of Christmas." For reservations call MarJean Keller at 614-451-4344.

Public Employee Retirees Inc. Delaware County Chapter No. 36, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware. Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin will discuss domestic violence, scams and the current climate faced by law enforcement. For information, call Bill Friend at 740-369-2802.

Women Today, holiday celebration, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at Brookside Country Club, 2770 W. Dublin-Granville Road. David Tolley, a renowned pianist and professor of music, will provide the program. New attendees are invited to join this social and philanthropic organization. Reservations due Nov; 28. Contact Marge, 614-433-9903, or Nancy, 740-548-5952.

New Neighbors League of Columbus offers group activities and social events for recent transplants to the Columbus area. The group's purpose is to bring together new neighbors in the greater Columbus area to establish friendships and assist in the adjustment to new surroundings. The fee to join is $60. For more information, call 614-636-6652, email or visit

Ye Olde Buzzards of Westerville, 9 to 10 a.m. on the second Tuesdays at Graeter's Ice Cream, 1 N. State St.

Westerville Moms Group, details vary. Stay-at-home moms are invited to participate in playgroups, nights out and crafting events with other Westerville moms. Annual dues are $20. For more information, email

Mid-Ohio Boogie Club, swing dance club, 7 to 10 p.m. Mondays at the Winking Lizard, 100 Hutchinson Ave., Columbus. Dance lessons from 7 to 8 pm., with dancing to follow. Singles and couples as well as 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.

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 learn from expert speakers, view demonstrations and join in activities. For more information email

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.

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 at614-794-1247 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, 7:30 a.m. Mondays at Panera Bread, Maxtown and Polaris. Visitors are welcome. Call Dave McConnell at 614-906-6233 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.

Support groups

Families in Touch Support Group, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Dempsey Family Education and Resource Center, 3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus. The group for families and friends of those with mental illness is co-sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County and OhioHealth. Meetings are subject to change; call to confirm at 614-566-2638 or visit

Maternal mental health, 6:30 to 8 p.m. every first Tuesday, Columbus Birth & Parenting, Suite LL7, 6649 N. High St., Worthington. A Perinatal Outreach and Encouragement for Moms support group for mothers beyond the postpartum period with children from toddlers to teens. Sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County. Meetings subject to change. For more information, call 614-221-1441 or visit

Perinatal Outreach & Encouragement for Moms pregnancy/postpartum support group, meets twice per month; call for location details. Sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County. Meetings subject to change; call 614-221-1441, or visit

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.

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

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