Columbus Literacy Council, free ESOL classes, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9,10, 16 and 17, at the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4371 E. Broad St. To register, call 614-282-7661.

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Events and programs

Columbus Literacy Council, free ESOL classes, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2, 3, 9,10, 16 and 17, at the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4371 E. Broad St. To register, call 614-282-7661.

Columbus Public Health, Farmers' Markets offering fresh fruits and vegetables to neighborhood residents and participants of the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and the Ohio Direction Card, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, on the lawn at 240 Parsons Ave. For more information, visit

Ohio State University's Program 60, registration information session, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8, in the Barbie Tootle Room on the third floor of the Ohio Union at OSU. Volunteers will be available to answer questions and help in selecting a course of study. This session, sponsored by the Program 60 Association, will be an informal setting providing individual guidance on course selection and registration procedures for Ohio residents age 60 or older. Participants attend classes, at no cost on a non-credit, non-degree basis, tuition-free. The autumn term runs Aug. 21 through Dec. 3. For more information, go to

Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex and Living Beyond Autism, presentation of Communicating Beyond Autism, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10, at the arts complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave. This program designed to assist children with autism spectrum disorder to learn communication and life skills. Living Beyond Autism will provide iPads to 10 local deserving families coupled with a professional training sessions for both children and parents taught by Apple Store specialist. For more information, visit or call 614-975-5582.

Whitehall Parks and Recreation offers ongoing exercise classes at the Whitehall Activity Center, 402 N. Hamilton Road. Aerobics classes start at 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Yoga is offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 7 p.m. Thursdays. Both drop-in classes cost $3 per visit. For more information, call 614-863-0121.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Central Ohio Chapter, kick-off event for its 2013 Columbus Light The Night Walk, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Embassy Suites, 2886 Airport Drive by the Columbus Airport. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. This event will give participants an opportunity to generate excitement about the fall walk, get fundraising tips and pick up fundraising supplies and materials. During a Light The Night Walk, participants carry illuminated balloons, white for survivors and patients, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer. This year's walk will be held Oct. 12 at John W. Galbreath Bicentennial Park. For more information, call Michelle Burris at 614-498-0430 or visit

AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists 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.

Classes, workshops

Jewish Community Center, anti-bullying program being brought to Columbus by community advocate Susan Steinman and JCC Program Director Melanie Butter, 7 p.m. Aug. 13, at the center, 1125 College Ave. A presentation by Denise Koebcke, a teacher for more than 20 years and the creator and director of Team LEAD LLC, will begin a yearlong series. The free sessions are designed to be an interactive educational experience that gives parents, educators, counselors, and the community the tools to address bullying and social aggression. Additional programs are set Dec. 9, Jan. 27, Feb. 24 and March 3. In partnership with the JCC, this program is made possible by Matrix Integrated Psychological Services, the Bexley Education Foundation, and Bexley City Schools. For more information, call 614-231-2731.


Diabetes Academy, presented by the Wexner Heritage Village Institute, 2 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Patients with diabetes and their loved ones are invited for a free educational series taught by certified diabetes instructors. Participants can take one class or all four. Topics are: Aug. 5, Diabetes 101: Diabetes types and the risk factors; Sept. 16, Diabetes & Staying Healthy: Eating healthy and staying active; Oct. 7, Diabetes & Nutrition: Cooking demonstrations and dietitian guidance; and Nov. 4, Insulin 101: The basics of insulin and how to us a flex pen. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Francesca Bryan at or 614-559-0318. Registration can be completed online at


Military Wives Club, noon Aug. 14, at Kensington Place, Lutheran Village, 1001 Parkview Blvd., Bexley. Social time begins at 11:30 a.m. The program will be "The Story of Wedding Dresses." For information or reservations, call Ann Hallenbrock at 614-877-6283 or Mabel Edwards, 614-866-2625.

Whitehall Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at 400 N. Hamilton Road, in a blue all-steel Lustron home. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 206-309-8608, email or visit

QuECK (Quilting, Embroidery, Crocheting and Knitting), 9 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month, at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.

Quilting Etc. meets at 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.

Consumer and Family Advisory Council, 4:30 to 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, 447 E. Broad St. Call 614-222-3743.

AmSpirit Business Connections-Columbus Chapter, 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Livingston United Methodist Church, 200 E. Livingston Ave. The program focuses on networking opportunities. For more information, contact Dean Curry at 614-635-0639 or

Support groups

Tea & Tears, a support group for family members of those facing a mental illness, meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Main Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus. This group meets in the third floor meeting room and is led by Rachelle Martin. Registration is not required to attend. For more information, call 614-501-6264(NAMI).

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, support groups for patients with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis as well as their family members, meeting in Reynoldsburg and Delaware. Visit for times and dates or call 614-889-6060.

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 the hiring of in-home help, qualifying for homecare programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free; free parking is available. Registration required; caregivers can contact the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or via email at

Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Franklin County, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St., Columbus. Meetings subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Steve Willey at 614-251-7820 or visit

Mental Health Through Will-Training, sponsored by Recovery International, 11 a.m. Saturdays at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 Livingston Ave. Call Karl at 614-236-9979.

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

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 Jewish Family Services, 5:30 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Jewish Family Services, 1070 College Ave. Meeting subject to change. Call to confirm. Call Danielle Ruben at 614-559-0110 or visit

Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Central Ohio, 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Jewish Family Services, 1070 College Ave. Open to those caring for someone with memory loss. Call Amanda Ripke at 614-271-1475.

Mothers of Multiples, for mothers and expectant mothers of twins, triplets and more, serving Pickerington, Reynoldsburg and east Columbus areas. Call Dee Gabe at 614-868-0497.

Overeaters Anonymous, for meeting information, visit


Whitehall Board of Education meets in regular session at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Board of Education offices, 625 S. Yearling Road, or one of the school buildings. For more information, go to the district's website,

Whitehall City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road. Council committees meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays. For information, call City Council Clerk Carol Churchman at 614-237-8614.

Whitehall Building and Zoning Appeals Board tentatively sets hearings for 7 p.m. the second Monday at City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road. Members meet only when cases are scheduled.

Whitehall Civil Service Commission meets at 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at 390 S. Yearling Road.