Out and About

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

LITERARY and LIBRARY PROGRAMS

Storytime at the Glass Slipper: Join us every Tuesday at 11 a.m. for stories, songs, tea and more. This free event starts at 11 a.m. at the Glass Slipper, 77 W. Olentangy St. Call (614) 433-9171 for more information.

Programs at the Delaware District Library

• Open Story Time, up to age 6, 6:30 p.m. Mondays.

• Toddler Story Time, ages 2-3, 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

• Picture Book Time, ages 4-6, 10 a.m. Thursdays.

• Baby Time, for ages birth to 24 months, 11 a.m. Thursdays.

Programs at the Grandview Heights Public Library

Saturday Story Stomp: Stories, songs and dancing for ages 2-5 from 11-11:30 p.m. This free program is at the Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Call (614) 486-2951 for more information.

•Baby Games: Stories for ages 6-17 months on Wednesdays. These free events is from 10:30 - 11 a.m. For more information call (614) 481-3778.

•Saturday Story Stomp: Stories, songs and dancing for ages 2-5 . 11 11:30 a.m. at the Grandview Public Heights Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus. Admission is free. Call (614) 481-3778 for more information.

•Music & Movement: Perfecting motor skills with songs and dancing, for ages 2-5.This free event is from 1 - 1:30 p.m. every Monday. For more information, call (614) 481-3778.

•Tales for Toddlers: Stories for ages 18-36 months every Tuesday of the month. This free events is from 10 - 10:30 a.m. For more information, call (614) 481-3778.

•Preschool Story Time: Stories for ages 3 5 . 10 10:30 a.m. at the Grandview Public Heights Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus. Admission is free. Call (614) 481-3778 for more information.

Twilight Toddlers: Stories and snacks for ages 18-36 months. 7:30 p.m. at the Grandview Public Heights Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus. Admission is free. Rain location in Youth Services. Call (614) 481-3778 for more information.

Thurber House Evening with Authors presents Sue Miller

New York Times bestselling author, Sue Miller, returns and will read from her latest novel, The Senator's Wife, a

mesmerizing portrait of two imperfect marriages and two women who

unexpectedly change each other's lives Thursday, Jan. 15. Tickets are $18 in advance $20 at the door. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbus Ave. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information.

Toddler Time

A wide variety of large and fine motor skills equipment will be

available. Every child or family of

children must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are $15 per 6 visits or $3 per class on Thursdays. Classes are held at Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave, Westerville from 12:45-2:30 p.m. Please call (614) 901-6500 for more information.

Parenting 101:

Helpful or Hovering?

Sometimes in an attempt to protect their children, parents overdo it

causing kids to grow up lacking a sense of self, unable to make decisions and feeling helpless. Learn ways to avoid this from Dr. Cynthia Buettner, an assistant professor at OSU. This free program starts at 7 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd. For more

information, call (614) 807-2626.

Ongoing events

Baby Boot Camp

Polaris Mall

Meet other moms and get fit with this fitness program for pre/postnatal women and their children, presented by Danielle Duerksen. 8:30-9:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Polaris Mall, 1500 Polaris Pkwy., Columbus. First class free. Call (614) 226-2594, or go to BabyBootCamp.com, click on Ohio.

Baby Boot Camp

Rite Bite Wellness Center

Meet other moms and get fit with this fitness program for pre/postnatal women and their children,

presented by Danielle Duerksen.

5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday,

11:30 a.m. Saturday. Rite Bite Wellness Center, 171 Green Meadows Dr. S., Lewis Center. First class free. Call

(614) 226-2594, or go to BabyBootCamp.com, click on Ohio.

Barnes & Noble

Weekly Storytime

Preschool-age children and

their adult friends will enjoy hearing favorite stories told by Barnes & Noble storytellers. 10:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at

Barnes & Noble Easton, 4005 Townsfair Way, Columbus. For more information call (614) 476-8489.

Columbus Area Parents

A fun place for parents to join in friendship, support, and to share in the joy of parenting. Our members arrange play dates, moms' nights out, family get-togethers, swap stories, tips, and just have fun. We welcome all

parents from all over the Columbus area, in the city or in the suburbs, you are welcome. For more information go to moms.meetup.com/3028, or fmeetupmom@att.net.

Columbus Hadassah Jewish Mommies Playgroup

Meet other Jewish moms and kids for a monthly playdate for kids age 4 and up. At various homes and locations around Columbus during morning hours. Call (614) 235-8111 for more information.

COSI Family Friday Night

COSI is open late the last

Friday of every month from 5-9 p.m. COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad St. Cost is $7 per person after 5 p.m. and includes all of COSI plus an Extreme Screen movie. Parenting workshops also are available. (614) 228-COSI, or COSI.org.

Culinary Couples Night Out

Touch of Gourmet at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. 3931 Trueman Blvd., Hilliard. $59. (614) 876-9452.

The Gadfly Cafe

Comedy Improv Workshop for Teenagers

Learn the art of improv like you've seen on Whose Line is it Anyway, while

mingling with our professional improv troupe. No one over 19 will be admitted without a teenager. 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Gadfly Cafe,

1126 1/2 N. High St., Columbus. Free.

La Leche League of Clintonville

Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Whetstone Branch of

Columbus Metropolitan Library. Call Suzanne, (614) 267-2109, or Maureen,

(614) 263-0641.

La Leche League of Crosswoods

Mother-to-mother breastfeeding

support. 9:30-11 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Crosswoods Women's Health Center, 7400 Huntington Park Dr., Columbus. Call Allison, (614) 901-3868.

La Leche League of Dublin

Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. 9:30-11 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Dublin Presbyterian Church, 5775 Dublinshire Dr., Dublin. Call Margaret,

(614) 733-0098.

La Leche League of Reynoldsburg

Mother-to-mother breastfeeding

support. 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Rd., Reynoldsburg. Enter at rear of building and look for signs. (614) 470-1555.

La Leche League of Westerville

Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support. 9:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Heritage Christian Church, 7413 Maxtown Rd., Westerville. (614) 898-9955 for

directions or phone help.

Latin American Literature in English Translation

Book club for teachers of English and the Columbus community, presented by OSU's Center for Latin American

Studies. 10 a.m. Saturdays at Barnes & Noble, 3280 Tremont Rd., Columbus. (614) 459-0920 or BN.com.

M.O.M. : Mommies of Miracles A support community of mommies with medically compromised and/or developmentally disabled (MRDD) infants and children. Ongoing monthly gatherings. Visit www.mommiesofmiracles.com for the meeting schedule, or call (740) 503-9102 for information.

Mocha Moms

Support group for stay-at-home moms of color. Call Kavetta,

(614) 323-1217.

Mommies Time Out

Online Support Group

A fun group of moms who provide

support and social activities for stay-

at-home and working moms in the

Columbus area. Includes playgroups, playdates, meet-ups, moms' nights out, message boards and more.

MommiesTimeOut.Proboards105.com.

MOMS Club of Clintonville

A fun social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their

children. Playgroups, field trips and monthly moms' nights out. 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month (locations vary). For membership information contact Carrie at

(614) 447-0567, or email

clintonvillemomsclub@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Dublin Central

Support group for stay-at-home moms. 9:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Vineyard Church, 5400 Avery Rd., Dublin. Call Michelle Redman at (614) 571-2050 or go to Geocities.com/momsclub-dublincentral/.

MOMS Club of Dublin West

Offers a variety of activities each month including a monthly meeting, mom and tot activities, play groups, parties, and a moms' night out. For more information, call Lana at (614) 441-1744 or e-mail

momsclubofdublinwest@gmail.com.

MOMS Club of Dublin

Southeast

Support group for stay-at-home moms. Playgroups, service projects, monthly activities calendar. E-mail Susan at momsclubmembership@columbus.rr.

com.

MOMS Club of Gahanna East

Support group for stay-at-home moms. Call Cathy at (614) 759-6137.

MOMS Club of Gahanna West

Support group for stay-at-home moms. Gahannamoms@yahoo.com.

Moms Club of Hilliard North

A social and support group for stay-at-home and part-time working moms and their children. Playgroups, field trips, and moms' nights out.

9:45 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, 4343 Dublin Rd., Hilliard. mchilliardnorth@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Hilliard South

Support group for stay-at-home and part-time working moms. Call Lauri at (614) 850-5396, or e-mail mchilliardsouth@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Lewis Center Southeast

A non-profit support group for stay-at-home moms. Actively seeking new members who live south of Orange Rd., east of S. Old State Rd., and

north of Lazelle Rd. For membership information contact Gail at Moms_Club_Membership@yahoo.com or www.lewiscentermomsclub.org.

MOMS Club of New Albany

Support group for stay-at-

home moms. Contact NAMOMSclub@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Northwest Columbus & Upper Arlington

Support group for stay-at-home or

part-time working moms. Meets on the second Wednesday each month. Call (614) 388-9410, or go to ColumbusMOMSClub.com.

MOMS Club of

Pickerington North

Support group for stay-at-home moms. Also serves Reynoldsburg and Pataskala. E-mail Rachel at argillaspie@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of

Pickerington South

Support group for stay-at-home moms living south of Refugee Rd. in Pickerington or Canal Winchester.

10 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday

of each month at Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Rd., Pickerington. Go to PickeringtonMoms.tripod.com.

MOMS Club of Powell

Support group for stay-at-home moms. E-mail Stacie at powellmoms@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Sunbury

Support group for stay-at-home moms. Meets on the last Tuesday of each month at Sunbury United Methodist Church at the intersection of State Routes 36/37 and 3, Sunbury. Call April at (740) 965-9830 or go to

Geocities.com/sunburymomsclub.

MOMS Club of Westerville South

Support group for stay-at-home

moms. Meets at 10 a.m. on the last Thursday of each month at Church

of the Good Shepherd, 6176 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus.

momswestervillesouth@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club of Worthington

Support group for stay-at-home moms. Meets on the third Wednesday of the month at Worthington Presbyterian Church. E-mail prospectivemember@worthingtonmoms.org for more information.

MOPS Newark

Fellowship and support group open to all moms with children ages birth-5. Meets at 9:30 a.m. on the

second Friday of each month at First United Methodist Church, 88 N. Fifth St., Newark. Call (740) 349-7020, or e-mail firstumc@voyager.net.

Mothers & More Chapter 51

Non-profit dedicated to

improving the lives of mothers

through support, education and

advocacy. St. John's Episcopal Church,

700 N. High St., Worthington. Call Janet at (614) 888-4702, or e-mail tsalmon11@yahoo.com.

Mothers of Multiples East Columbus

Support and social group for mothers of multiples. Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Church of the Redeemer United Methodist, 235 McNaughten Rd., Columbus. www.ECMom.org.

Mothers Swapping Skills

Group

Online notice board helps bring together moms who would like to exchange skills and services such as cooking, tutoring, baby sitting, cleaning, carpooling and coaching. Group is actively seeking women leaders for guidance. Register at Groups.google.com/group/

mothersswappingskills.

"My" Food-Allergy

Support Group

A group for parents of children dealing with life-threatening food allergies. We offer monthly meetings, occasional non-food family activities, and a

private e-mail group for additional support, sharing of concerns,

successes, coping strategies, resources and tools. E-mail Dena Friedel at dfriedel@insight.rr.com.

New Moms' Group

An opportunity for new mothers and their babies to meet and share

information. Meets from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Elizabeth Blackwell Center, 3635 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus. Free. (614) 566-4446.

Nisonger Center

Dual Diagnosis Clinic

This clinic provides mental health diagnosis, medication recommendations and psychological assessments for persons of all ages who have both a developmental disability and a mental illness. The Ohio State University, Nisonger Center, 357 McCampbell Hall, 1581 Dodd Dr., Columbus. Call Diana Boggs, (614) 292-9780, or e-mail boggs.59@osu.edu.

Online Nanny Group

An online group for Columbus-area nannies that helps grow

friendships and makes play dates. Go to groups.yahoo.com/group/

ohionannies/.

Parent & Caregiver

Support Group

Group empowers parents to regain a sense of control, well-being and stability when dealing with challenging or

troubled children. Meets at 6:45 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at Andrews House, 39 W. Winter St., Delaware. Call (740) 369-3316.

Parents Helping Parents

Eight-week program uses

culturally relevant principles as tools to help enhance individual parenting skills. Transportation and free child care are offered. Dates and times vary.

St. Dominic Parish Center, 455 N. 20th St., Columbus. Free. Registration required. Call (614) 372-3000 ext. 7350 or 7354.

Parents Morning Out Program

Taking applications for children ages 12 months to 4 years. Meets from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. $15 per day. Call (614) 766-5030, or

e-mail moravianpmo@hotmail.com.

Parents Who Parent Separately

A parent education program designed for single, divorced or

remarried parents in shared-parenting situations; (614) 224-0222 ext. 103 or

PositiveParents.com.

Parents Without Partners North by Northwest Chapter #227

Non-profit, volunteer organization

of single, widowed, divorced, separated or never-married parents of all ages and backgrounds who are bringing up

children alone. Meets at 7:30 p.m on the first and third Tuesday of each month at St. John's Episcopal Church, 700 High St., Worthington. Free. Go to home.columbus.rr.com/pwp227.

Postpartum Outreach & Encouragement for Moms

Resources, information and support

for women suffering from PPD. Meets at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of each month at 1110 Chambers Rd., Columbus (We Care Network Building, look for the red awning). Call Therese at (614) 451-3775.

Volunteers Needed for Battle of the Badges Stair Climb to Benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Event is on February 21-22, 2009. Join us for this fun, exciting competition between firefighters and law enforcement officers. Contact Brittany Wittman at (614) 846-2440 or bwittman@cff.org for more

information.

Young Moms of Columbus

Young Moms of Columbus is the place for you to meet new people who can relate to all the unique

challenges that come along with young motherhood. Let us be your support group and come make lasting friendships for you and your children. We meet at various locations in Columbus and the surrounding areas. For more information, please visit www.meetup.com/Young-Moms-of-Columbus.

Friday, January 2

Ohio Hockey Classic

Back for it's fourth year, this four-team tournament includes The Ohio State University, Army, nationally- ranked Miami University and Clarkson University in New York. This is an affordable family event during the

holiday season, and tickets are a great stocking stuffer for your hockey fan. Games are Friday, January 2 and Saturday, January 3. Two games each day at 5 and 8 p.m. at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Tickets start at $10 per person each day.

Saturday, January 3

Ohio Hockey Classic

See January 2.

Saturday Story Stomp

Stories, songs and dancing for ages 2-5 from 11-11:30 p.m. This free program is at the Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Call (614) 486-2951 for more information.

Monday, January 5

Music & Movement

Perfecting motor skills with songs and dancing, for ages 2-5 years. from 1-1:30 p.m. This free program is at the Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Call (614) 486-2951 for more

information.

Tuesday, January 6

Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour

HSM mania reaches new heights when the ice tour skates into Columbus for a pair of performances at Nationwide Arena on January 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $16.50. For more

information and to purchase tickets visit ticketmaster.com.

Wednesday, January 7

Baby Games

Stories for ages 6-17 months. This free program is at the Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Ave. from

10:30-11 a.m. Call (614) 486-2951 for more information.

Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour

See January 6.

Thursday, January 8

Social Skills Group

This 6-week long social skills group uses the "Model Me Kids" approach to improving social skills. Two groups will be offered (grades K-2 and 3-5) for any child needing

assistance with social skills. Groups will be held at Northwoods Child & Family Counseling, 20 Northwoods Blvd. and costs $180 per child for the 6-week course. For more information call (614) 271-8282.

Friday, January 9

The Miracle Worker

Helen Keller is an American hero. With the help of her unwavering mentor and teacher Annie Sullivan, Helen unlocked the mysteries of speech and communication despite the challenges of being blind and deaf. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. The performances are at the Vern Riffe Center, Studio One, at the corner of State and High St. Shows are January 9-18, Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit

www.thephoenixonline.org.

Perkins Observatory Stargazing

Join us for a fabulous view of the winter sky. The program will vary depending on sky conditions and begins at 8 p.m. Order tickets prior to the day of the event because event-day door sales are usually not available. Tickets start at $5 and can be ordered by calling (740) 363-1257. Visit perkins-observatory.org for more information.

Preschool Open House

Come evaluate local preschool programs all under one roof. Preschools from Westerville, Lewis Center, Sunbury and surrounding areas will be on hand to share information about their schools. Please bring a canned/boxed food item for the local food pantry. The open house is at the Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. in Westerville. Hours are 9:30.-12:30 p.m. Please call (614) 901-6500 for more information.

Saturday, January 10

Eric Carle Storytime

Celebrate the beautiful, brightly colored world of this children's author and illustrator with stories, rhymes and a craft. This free program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Dr. Call

(614) 807-2626 for more information.

Family Dance

Bring the entire family for an evening of dancing fun for all ages where experience isn't necessary. Parents must be present at all times. Classes are $5 at the Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Call (614) 901-6500 for more information.

Loose Teeth

Ages 5-7 will smile all the way through this fun event. There will be stories, crafts and even a scavenger hunt for missing teeth. This free

program begins at 10 a.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. Call (614) 807-2626 for more information.

Magic Tree House Party

Kids in grades 3-4 are invited for crafts, snacks and fun based on Mary Pope Osbourne's books. This free

program begins at 2 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd. Call

(614) 807-2626 for more information.

The Miracle Worker

See January 9.

Sunday, January 11

The Miracle Worker

See January 9.

Monday, January 12

Early Childhood Resource Network Developmental Screenings

These screenings are in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, speech and language, and personal/social skills. A hearing screening is also provided. Appointments are necessary and can be scheduled by calling (614) 543-9000, ext. 216. Screenings are from 9 a.m.-

1 p.m. at 600 High St., Worthington.

Music & Movement

See January 5.

Pee Wee Play Gym

Children 3 and under can explore large and small motor skills toys in a safe environment. Children under 6 months may accompany another child at no charge. An adult must accompany the children. Classes are $15 for 6 visits or $3 per class at Westerville Community Center,

350 N. Cleveland Ave., Westerville from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 14

Baby Games

See January 7.

Parenting 101:

Helpful or Hovering?

Sometimes in an attempt to protect their children, parents overdo it

causing kids to grow up lacking a sense of self, unable to make decisions and feeling helpless. Learn ways to avoid this from Dr. Cynthia Buettner, an assistant professor at OSU. This free program starts at 7 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd. For more

information, call (614) 807-2626.

Thurber House Evening with Authors presents Sue Miller

New York Times bestselling author, Sue Miller, returns and will read from her latest novel, The Senator's Wife, a

mesmerizing portrait of two imperfect marriages and two women who

unexpectedly change each other's lives. Tickets are $18 in advance $20 at the door. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbus Ave. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information.

Toddler Time

A wide variety of large and fine motor skills equipment will be

available. Every child or family of

children must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are $15 per 6 visits or $3 per class. Classes are held at Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave, Westerville from 12:45-2:30 p.m. Please call (614) 901-6500 for more information.

Thursday, January 15

Kindergarten Coffee

at St. Michael School

Learn about the curriculum, full- or half-day kindergarten programs, tour the school, and meet the principal and pastor. Baby sitting and refreshments are available and reservations are

suggested. The event is at St. Michael's School, 64 East Selby Blvd, Worthington from 9:30-11 a.m.

or 7-8:30 p.m. Visit stmichael.cdeducation.org for more information.

Kindergarten: Ready or Not?

How will you know if your child is ready? A panel of children's librarians and kindergarten teachers will answer your questions and recommend materials. This free program is at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd. at 7 p.m. Call (614) 807-2626 for more information.

Friday, January 16

The Magic Tree House:

The Musical

A full-scale Broadway-style musical adventure for the whole family at the Palace Theatre. Tickets start at $15 and are available through ticketmaster.com or at the Ohio State Theatre Box Office. Shows are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Miracle Worker

See January 9.

Perkins Observatory Stargazing

See January 9.

Toddler Time

A wide variety of large and fine motor skills equipment will be

available. Every child or family of

children must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are $15 per 6 visits or $3 per class. Classes are held at Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave, Westerville from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please call (614) 901-6500 for more information.

Saturday, January 17

Anime Teen Screen

Teens can join us for an anime film provided by operationanime.com. After answering a few survey questions, positive reviews mean the film could be added to the library's collection. This free program begins at 3 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd. Call (614) 807-2626 for more information.

Bookopoly:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Teams of kids in grades 4-6 must answer trivia and complete physical challenges based on Jeff Kinney's books. This free program begins at

3 p.m. at Northwest Library,

2280 Hard Rd. Call (614) 807-2626 for more information.

Fairy Fest

Celebrate the Daisy Meadows fairies with crafts, games and activities. Registration is required. This free program begins at 2 p.m. at Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Dr. Call (614) 807-2626 to register.

The Magic Tree House:

The Musical

See January 16.

The Miracle Worker

See January 9.

Saturday Story Stomp

See January 3.

Sunday, January 18

The Miracle Worker

See January 9.

Stress Survival:

Keeping your Tank Full

Deb Schneider-Murphy will present various ways for adults and adults

raising children with ADHD to tune into their bodies and recognize the

signals for physical and emotional needs and dealing with the stress of the condition. This seminar is free for CHADD members, $5 donation is appreciated from non-CHADD

members. Program is from 2-4 p.m. at Mifflin Presbyterian Church,

123 Granville Rd., Gahanna. Call (614) 528-4141 for more information.

Monday, January 19

Pee Wee Play Gym

See January 12.

Tuesday, January 20

Video Game Madness

Play Rock Band, MarioKart, Super Smash Bros., and more on the big screen after school. For ages 9-15 from 3-4:30 p.m. No registration required. This free program is at the Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Call (614) 486-2951 for more information.

Wednesday, January 21

Baby Games

See January 7.

Toddler Time

See January 14.

Thursday, January 22

Hand Drumming with Raymond & Hakan

Learn simple Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and South American techniques with storytelling, a drum circle and dancing, for families of all ages at 7 p.m. This free program is at the Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Ave. Call (614) 486-2951 for more information.

Friday, January 23

Perkins Observatory Stargazing

See January 16.

Thurber House Evening with Authors presents Merrill Markoe

Merrill Markoe will read from her latest novel, Nose Down, Eyes Up. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. Visit thurberhouse.org for more information.

Toddler Time

See January 16.

Saturday, January 24

Gahanna Moms East

Preschool Information Fair

This is a free event with over 20 preschools from the Gahanna and New Albany area. Parents can gather information about these schools while children participate in crafts and activities. The fair is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at

St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4456 Morse Rd., Gahanna. For more information email bigdodge9999@yahoo.com.

Nintendo DS Days

Kids in grades 4-6 can bring their Nintendo DS for some portable fun with friends. This free program begins at 3 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. Call (614) 807-2626 for more information.

OSU Party

Celebrate basketball season with crafts, games and stories. Your Buckeye attire could win you a prize in the Fan Flair contest. This free program begins at 10:30 a.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd. Call

(614) 807-2626 for more information.

Sweet Serenades by the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra

A concert sure to tug the heart strings. The orchestra will perform two of the worlds most beautiful and romantic serenades. The show begin at 8 p.m. at the Reese Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling (740) 345-5383.

Monday, January 26

Music & Movement

See January 5.

Pee Wee Play Gym

See January 12.

Wednesday, January 28

Baby Games

See January 7.

Toddler Time

See January 14.

Your Kids Can Love Math

(Even If You Don't)

Dr. Raj Shah will teach you techniques to help your pre-K or elementary

student enjoy math. Learn how to give your child a love of math that will last a lifetime. This free program begins at

7 p.m. at Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club. Call (740) 881-6500 to reserve a seat.

Thursday, January 29

Kindergarten: Ready or Not?

How will you know if your child is ready? A panel of children's librarians and kindergarten teachers will answer your questions and recommend

materials. This free program is at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. at

7 p.m. Call (614) 807-2626 for more information.

Friday, January 30

Perkins Observatory Stargazing

See January 9.

TGIF: Madden '09

This after-hours teen tourney will get you ready for some football. Registration is required and limited to 64 players. This free program begins at 6 p.m. at Old Worthington Library,

820 High St., Worthington. Call

(614) 807-2626 for more information.

Toddler Time

See January 16.

Saturday, January 31

Nintendo DS Days

Kids in grades 4-6 can bring their Nintendo DS for some portable fun with friends. This free program begins at 3 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Rd. Call (614) 807-2626 for more information.

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Battle of the Badges

Battle of the Badges is a two-day stair climbing and fundraising competition, on February 21-22, that raises money and awareness for the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More than 600 firefighters, EMS workers and law enforcement officers from stations and departments throughout Ohio will battle it out as they challenge each other to climb 40 flights of stairs, many in full gear. To support your local

firefighter or law enforcement officer, visit the website at www.cff.org/

centralohio/climb. For more

information, contact Brittany at bwittman@cff.org, or (614) 846-2440.