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Events and programs
AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program assists unemployed Franklin, Delaware and Licking county workers age 55 and older 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. weekdays.
The 2016 Ohio Police and Fire Games, hosted by Sheriff Dave Phalen and the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, June 12-17 in Lancaster. Ohio's active and retired law enforcement, firefighter and military personnel, with skill levels ranging from rookie to expert, are invited to participate in nearly 40 events. There will be K-9 competitions, rugby, softball, basketball, pistol and rifle events, golf, track and field events, cycling and running events, swimming and weightlifting, among others. Fairfield County is introducing new events, including a bagpipe competition, dodgeball and a fitness challenge. Most activities are open to the public to watch free of charge. The sheriff's office plans a celebration to coincide with the opening ceremonies June 12. For more information, visit theohiopoliceandfiregames.org.
Speak Up for Children Breakfast, 7:15 to 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, 50 N. Third St. Sponsored by the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County. The breakfast helps raise awareness and funds for CASA, which advocates for abused and neglected children in Franklin County.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit casacolumbus.org.
Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Reading Buddies, practice for children ages 6-11, 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 4445 E. Broad St. For more information, call 614-645-2275.
Classes and workshops
Creating and Remembering, a group made up of individuals who enjoy journaling, writing poetry, engaging in creative writing, writing memories or accounts of local history, 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. The group is co-led by Helen Reed, who has journaled for many years and has published her own memories, and Rubee Moxley, who has written and published poetry as well as short stories. For more information, call the church office at 614-235-3451.
Medicare Counseling, 2:30 to 4 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Wexner Heritage Village, 1151 College Ave. Additional sessions are available from 10 a.m. to noon 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 being offered in partnership with the Ohio Department of Insurance's Senior Health Insurance Information Program. To make an appointment, call Monica at 614-559-5502 or email email@example.com.
Franklin County Public Health, immunization clinics, 9:40 a.m. to 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month in 2015 in council chambers at Whitehall City Hall, 360 S. Yearling Road. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 614-525-3719. Required childhood immunizations are available to those who have no insurance for a $15 fee per shot; however, uninsured children will not be turned away. Cash or check are accepted as are Medicaid, CareSource, Buckeye, Paramount, UHC Community and Molina.
Whitehall Community Celebration Association, 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Whitehall Veterans of Foreign Wars, 4100 E. Main St. For more information, call 614-231-5900.
Whitehall Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at 400 N. Hamilton Road, in a blue all-steel Lustron home at the south end of Whitehall Community Park, 400 N. Hamilton Road. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 206-309-8608, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit whitehallhistoricalsociety.weebly.com.
Mothers of Preschoolers, 6:30 to 9 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Life Vineyard Church, 620 Alum Creek. The group offers fellowship and support for expectant mothers and mothers of young children. Childcare is provided for a fee of $2 per child.
Book Club, 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month, October through May, at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
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.
Wave of Color, a session of watercolor painting, 2 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, 2685 E. Livingston Ave. Call 614-235-3451.
Quilting Etc., 2 p.m. 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, call Dean Curry at 614-635-0639 or email email@example.com.
Columbus Area Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, 10 a.m. the second Thursday of the month (except August) at Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St., Dublin. Coffee available at 9:30 a.m. EGA is a national nonprofit organization that fosters the art of embroidery. Guests are invited. For more information, visit sites.google.com/site/ columbusareaega or Facebook Columbus Area Chapter EGA.
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 the Columbus Metro areas within one year of relocation. Visit newneighborscolumbus. com for meeting times and locations. For more information, email nnlcolumbus@ yahoo.com.
NAMI Connection, a 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. This group is free and meets for 90 minutes once a month. NAMI Connection offers a casual environment and the facilitators are individuals who are in recovery themselves. No registration or enrollment is required. For more information, call NAMI Franklin County at 614-501-6264.
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 ccfa.org/chapters/centralohio for times and dates or call 614-889-6060.
Caregiver Support Group, noon to 1 p.m. or 5:30 to 7 p.m. the 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 home-care programs and dealing with the everyday stresses of caregiving. Free; free parking is available. Registration required; caregivers may the agency at 614-645-7250, 1-800-569-7277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schizophrenics Anonymous, sponsored by Mental Health America of Franklin County, 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays at the Pathway Clubhouse, 1203 E. Broad St. Meetings subject to change. Call Steve to confirm at 614-468-1967 or visit mhafc.org.
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 coafg.org.
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 oa.org.
Whitehall school board meets in regular session at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the board offices, 625 S. Yearling Road, or one of the school buildings. For more information, visit the district's website, whitehall.k12. oh.us.
Whitehall City Council meets at 7 p.m. 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 more 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. the second Thursday of each month at 390 S. Yearling Road.