(Posted Oct. 11, 2019)
Al-Anon meetings are held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays at Trinity Episcopal Church, 10 E. Fourth St., London. For more information, call (740) 604-0182. The group helps people cope with a loved one’s alcoholism or related addictions.
- Trinity Episcopal Church, 10 E. Fourth St., London, hosts an Alcoholics Anonymous group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
- First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St., London, hosts an Alcoholics Anonymous group at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Alzheimer’s Support Groups
- An Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month in the Madison Senior Living Clubhouse, 145 Keny Blvd. (corner of Keny and Independence boulevards), London. A free dinner is served at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 6:30. Respite care is available for loved ones who need to come along. For more information, call Pat Baynes at (937) 269-3605.
- The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Life in Christ Fellowship, 500 State Route 142 N.E., West Jefferson. For more information, contact Donna Wharton at email@example.com or (740) 490-5936. All are welcome. There is no charge to attend.
The Darby Creek chapter of the Archaeology Society of Ohio will meet Oct. 15 at Oak Run Township Hall, 7090 Gregg Mill Rd., corner of State Route 56 and Gregg Mill, five miles east of London. The hall opens at 5:30 p.m. for socializing and snacks. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. All are welcome to attend and bring Native American and early pioneer artifacts for discussion.
Liz Lassel and the London Visual Arts Guild are presenting a community show featuring fiber and textile artwork at Gallery On High, 5 E. High St., London. The show runs through Oct. 27. Books, stories and videos will be on display. Gallery hours are: Tuesday, 4-8 p.m.; Thursday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The London Visual Arts Guild holds a free Show-and-Tell from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to its quarterly board meeting, the fourth Tuesday of June, September, December and March. Guild members and non-members are invited to share art they’ve recently completed.
The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at St. Patrick Church, 61 S. Union St., London.
Board of Developmental Disabilities
The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at the administrative office, 500 Elm St., London. In the event the meeting needs to be cancelled and rescheduled, the meeting will take place on Oct. 24.
Catholic Faith Classes
Anyone interested in finding out more about how to become a Catholic is invited to attend informational sessions at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 61 S. Union St., London. Sessions are held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. For details, directions, or to inquire about an alternative time, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (740) 852-0942.
United Church, 30 E. Columbus St., Mount Sterling, holds a clothing giveaway from 9 to 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month. Use the side door on High Street to enter the church basement. Everyone is welcome. Take what you need; no limit and no questions asked. If you plan to visit the church to donate or pick up clothing, call ahead to Kathy Endres at (740) 869-3755 or Mary Alkire at (740) 604-1213.
Comprehensive Land Use Plan Open House
The public is invited to the Madison County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Open House set for 5-7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Madison County Engineer’s conference room, 825 U.S. Route 42 NE, London. This is an opportunity to review materials, become familiar with the proposed land use plan, and provide comments on the vision for the future. For more information, contact Julia Cumming, program administrator, Madison Soil and Water Conservation District, at (740) 852-4004 or email@example.com.
SNAP-Ed’s Cooking Matters course for adults will take place 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 at Madison Health, 210 N. Main St., London.
Participants will learn how to prepare delicious recipes in a fun setting, how to get their families excited about healthy eating, and tricks to buy healthy foods on a budget. Participants will take home free groceries after each lesson. They also will receive a guide with more than 60 low-cost, family-friendly recipes and kitchen supplies.
The series of classes is free but registration is required. RSVP to Deetra Huntington at Ohio State University Extension-Madison County, (740) 852-0975 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course is open to adults 18 and older and for individuals who are on food assistance programs, such as SNAP-Ed, WIC and soup kitchens.
Deer Processing Workshop
The Madison County Extension Office, in partnership with the Division of Wildlife, is hosting a deer processing workshop on Oct. 17 at the London State Fish Hatchery, 2470 Roberts Mill Rd., London. During the event, participants will learn how to properly field dress, process and store deer for venison. Food safety and handling procedures will be reviewed. The hands-on program will equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to safely process their own deer at home to achieve a high quality food product.
The program begins with a venison chili dinner from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by a field dressing and processing demonstration at 6 p.m. Participants will leave with a sample of venison.
The event, including dinner, is free and all are welcome. Pre-registration is required with limited space. To register, contact the Madison County Extension Office at (740) 852-0975 or email email@example.com by Oct. 15.
Euchre is played at 6 p.m. the last Friday of each month at the Jeffersonian Senior Center at the rear of 28 E. Main St., West Jefferson. There is no charge to play, but snacks and finger foods are requested. For details, call Sue or Jerry Kennedy at (614) 878-8915.
West Jefferson American Legion Post 201, 9701 W Broad St., is hosting fish fries from 4 to 7 p.m. the first and third Fridays of the month through October.
Food Pantry at Madison Public Health
Madison County Public Health, 306 Lafayette St., London, hosts a food bank from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Mid Ohio Food Bank provides the food. For details, call (740) 852-3065.
Full Moon Bike Rides
Choose from a 14-mile route or a 25-mile route and bike in the light of a full moon on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Rides start at Phat Daddy’s Pizza, 15 E. First St., London. The rides are free and hosted by Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails. For details, go to https://fmcpt.com for details.
Game of the Week
The Madison County Game of The Week can be heard on ReadyFM, 105.1FM, in the London area, or you can go to readyfm.com and click on the “listen live” button. The pre-game show starts at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff is at 7 p.m.
- Week 8 – Oct. 18: Southeastern at Madison-Plains
- Week 9 – Oct. 25: Shawnee at Jonathan Alder
- Week 10 – Nov. 1: Jonathan Alder at London.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 8530 Lilly Chapel-Georgesville Rd., is hosting a Harvest Festival on Oct. 19. Trunk-or-treat starts at 4 p.m. Also planned: a bonfire, hayride, food, face painting and pumpkin decorating. Come in costume, if you like.
Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson, can be reached at (614) 879-8448.
- Storytimes. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Halloween Costume Drive. Drop off new or gently used Halloween costumes at the library in September. Anyone who needs a costume can pick one up starting in October.
- Halloween-themed Program to Go. Available starting Oct. 14.
- Sleepytime Storytime. Young ones, put on your pajamas and grab your blanket, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15.
- Pumpkin Carving 101. Children of all ages can register for this program set for 6 p.m. Oct. 16.
- Adult STEAM: Edible Art Series. Adults are invited to learn how to create a graveyard cake at 11 a.m. Oct. 19.
Health District Board
The Madison County London City Health District Board will meet at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at 306 Lafayette St., London.
Heirloom Quilt Guild
The Heirloom Quilters Guild meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, September-June, at Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson. Dues are $20 each year. Meetings include a short business meeting, show-and-tell, demonstation and snacks. Occasionally, guest speakers are slated, too. Anyone interested in quilting, expert or beginner, is welcome.
The Humane Society of Madison County is located at 2020 Plain City Georgesville Rd., West Jefferson. Call (614) 879-8368.
- Paws & Pals Dinner-Auction. This annual event is set for Nov. 2 at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30. Silent and live auctions, a 50/50 raffle, items for sale, and presentation of the Bonzi awards are planned. The cost is $30 per person ($18 for children 10 years old and younger). Reservations are due by Oct. 19.
- T-shirt Sales. The Humane Society is selling fun pet-themed t-shirts in its lobby. The cost is $20, cash only. Sizes range from small to 2X.
London Public Library is located at 20 E. First St. Call (740) 852-9543 or go to www.mylondonlibrary.org for details.
- Storytimes. Toddler Time for ages 0-3, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11 a.m. Tuesdays.
- Library Board Meeting. 5 p.m. Oct. 14.
- Levi at the Library. Register your child for a 10-minute time slot in which they will read a story to certified therapy dog, Levi. Levi is a nonjudgmental listener who will encourage children to read and help struggling readers find confidence. Time slots are avaialble 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15.
- Cookbook Club. Do you love trying new recipes and sharing dishes? Do you love browsing cookbooks and eating food with your friends? Then cookbook book club is for you. The library picks the cookbook or cookbook author and reserves copies that you can pick-up at the library. You choose and make the recipe of your choice and then the group gathers on the third Wednesday of the month to share dishes. Bring a copy of your recipe. The next session is at 7 p.m. Oct. 16.
- ABCs of Movement. Children ages 3-6 can practice the alphabet through movement from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Oct. 17.
Madison County Senior Center
The Madison County Senior Center s located at 280 W. High St., London. Call (740) 852-3001. Lunch is served daily, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Oct. 14: Closed for Columbus Day
Oct. 15: 9 a.m., quilting; 10 a.m., bowling; 1:30 p.m., Rays of Hope for Seasons of Life Support Group; 5 p.m., cards and billiards; 5:30 p.m., line dancing
Oct. 16: 8:30 a.m., indoor walking/exercise; 9 a.m., Pumpkin Show trip departs; 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 10 a.m., pickleball at the London Community Center; 10:30 a.m., aerobics/strengthening class; 12:05 p.m., bridge
Oct. 17: 9 a.m., chair volleyball; 9 a.m., fun bingo; 1 p.m., pickleball at London Community Center
Oct. 18: 8:30 a.m., New England/Canada cruise meeting; 9 a.m., painting class; 10 a.m., chimes; 1 p.m., movie.
Medicare for Beginners
The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) will offer its free Medicare for Beginners workshops at the Mount Sterling Community Center, 164 E. Main St., Mt. Sterling:
- Oct. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Nov. 14, 1-2 p.m.
The workshops help people who are new to Medicare, need help understanding their options, or are interested in learning more. Trained COAAA staff offer unbiased information to help individuals make informed decisions. COAAA does not represent or sell insurance products. Individuals can attend any of the three upcoming workshops, but an RSVP is required by calling the Mount Sterling Community Center at (740) 869-2453.
Medicare information and resources are available at www.coaaa.org/medicare.
Mental Illness Support Group
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Clark, Greene and Madison Counties offers a Connection Recovery Support Group in Plain City. This peer-led, free and confidential group is for people living with a mental illness. Meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the former Plain City elementary school, 340 W. Main St., Plain City. (The site now houses Vineyard Church and Daily Needs Assistance.) For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (937) 322-5600.
Mt. Sterling Community Center
The Mount Sterling Community Center is located at 164 E. Main St. Call (740) 869-2453, email email@example.com or visit www.mountsterlingcc.org for details. The gym is open daily for walking from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Christian book library is open Monday-Friday.
Oct. 13: Supervised youth open gym basketball with instruction, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for grades 3-4, 6-7:30 p.m. for grades 5-7
Oct. 14: 10 a.m., chair exercises; 7:30-9 p.m., open gym basketball for high schoolers and adults
Oct. 15: 4-7 p.m., food/clothing pantry; 5-6 p.m., Take Pounds Off Sensibly; 6:30-7:30 p.m., boot camp exercise class; 7:30-9 p.m., volleyball for adults; 8-9 p.m., Alcoholics Anonymous
Oct. 16: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., adult sewing
Oct. 17: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. food/clothing pantry; 6:30-7:30 p.m., Medicare for Beginners workshop, call (740) 869-2453 to RSVP; 6:30-7:30 p.m., boot camp exercise class; 7:30–9 p.m. volleyball for adult.
Oct. 19–10 a.m.-3 p.m. sewing for all ages and abilities.
Oct. 23-Nov. 20: We Joy Sing, early childhood music and movement enrichment program, 10 a.m. for ages 1-20 months, 10:40 a.m. for ages 2-5 years old.
Nov. 2: 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission, door prizes, music, food, giveaways.
Mount Sterling Library
60 W. Columbus St., (740) 869-2430, www.mtsterlingpubliclibrary.org.
- Storytimes. Sessions take place at 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to enjoy activities, stories and snacks.
- Bookmobile. The bookmobile runs on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4 p.m. through mid-November, alternating between the South Solon Grace Church parking lot and the Sedalia Christian Union Church parking lot. The bookmobile will be in Sedalia on Oct. 16.
- Wood & Wine Workshop. This event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Mount Sterling American Legion Post 417, 27 N. Clark St. The cost is $40 per person and includes all materials and a painting lesson by Mary Davis. Participants will paint a wooden board with a fall scene on one side and a winter scene on the other. Food and beverages will be available. Reserve a spot by calling or stopping by the library by Oct. 10.
- Sherlock Holmes Mysteries at the Manor Club. The group will discuss “The Adventures of Black Peter” at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at the home of Casey O’Neill, 15865 State Rte. 207, Mount Sterling. For details, call (740) 869-3548.
- Kids Cooking Club. The new Batters, Splatters & Platters Kids’ Cooking Club kicksoff at 6 p.m. Oct. 21. The club is open to children ages 6-12. Registration is required. Call the library to register. The club will meet the third Monday of the month in the library community room.
- Bring a Friend, Make a Friend. In celebration of National Friends of the Library Week, the Mount Sterling Friends of the Library are inviting the public to learn more about their organization from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at Two Hands Coffee, Mount Sterling. Visitors will receive a free dessert and coffee.
- Around Town Book Club. The group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and carpool to a campsite at the Deer Creek State Park campground for a chili dinner and wiener and marshmallow roast. The group will discuss “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple. In case of inclement weather, the group will meet at the home of book club member Peggy Vincent.
- Ladies Night Out. Watch a recently released movie at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 on the library’s big screen. Bring a potluck dish.
- Teen Book Club. The new Teen Book Club will hold its first meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Open to youths ages 13-18, the group will discuss a new book on the last Tuesday of the month. For October, the selection is “Don’t Get Caught” by Kurt Dinan. The club will cover the young-adult genre; many books may contain mature and suggestive material.
- Mount Sterling Community Museum. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The museum is located on the library’s lower level. Appointments outside of regular hours can be made by contacting director Steve Chambers at (740) 869-9305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First United Methodist Church, 52 N. Main St., London, hosts a Narcotics Anonymous group at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call the church at (740) 852-0462.
Plain City Historical Society
The Plain City Historical Society board meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month except December at the museum, 105 W. Main St. Meetings are open to the public. The museum is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon, and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m. Visit plaincityhistoricalsociety.org for details.
Plain City Library
Plain City Library is located at 305 W. Main St. For details or to register for a program, call (614) 873-4912 or visit www.plaincitylib.org/calendar.
- Scary Stories for Kids. Children ages 8 and older are invited to enjoy treats and spooky tales from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15.
- Ghost Stories for Grownups. At 7 p.m. Oct. 17, the library will turn down the lights and serve seasonal refreshments. Listen to live renditions of spooky stories tsure to leave a haunting impression. Due to potentially mature content, this program is not intended for young audiences. Registration is required.
- Not-So-Spooky Storytime. Children ages 6 and younger and their families are invited to an interactive, slightly spooky Halloween storytime featuring stories, rhymes, songs, dancing and parachute play at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22.
- IMake. Drop in to create, invent and explore with a different hands-on STEM project from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday. Upcoming projects include coding with otley robots, 3D pens, button making and a LEGO Challenge. No registration is required. Visit plaincitylib.org/imake for the full project schedule.
Rays of Hope Support Group
Rays of Hope for Seasons of Life Support Group meets for 90 minutes starting at 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Madison County Senior Center, 280 W. High St., London. Life issues are shared in this safe place. For more information, call Donna Wharton, lay faith based general counseling, at (740) 490-5936. Once a month, the group meets at Cappy’s Pizza in London for food and fellowship following the meeting.
The Madison County Retired Teachers Association will meet Oct. 14 at the Madison County Senior Center, 280 W. High St., London. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. followed by the meeting at 12:30 p.m. Kelly McChristy will give an update on the State Teachers Retirement System. For details, call Ray Justice at (740) 852-1705.
MATCO Services, 204 Maple St., London, is hosting its 2nd Annual Shred Day in cooperation with the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The event is set for 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 19 and is free to Madison County residents. Donations are welcome.
Sensitive documents will be shredded in a safe, secure and professional manner. There is no need to remove staples or paperclips. Everything will be shredded on site. All paper and boxes will be recycled. Plastic and vinyl will not be accepted. For more information, call (740) 852-7054.
HELP House, 122 E. Center St., London, holds a Thanksgiving dinner outreach for which clients pre-register to “shop” for a complete holiday meal. Donations of money and food are needed to stock the shopping stations. Needed food items include stuffing mix, instant potatoes, gravy, canned pumpkin, premade pie crust, cranberry sauce, canned sweet potatoes and green beans, cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, canned fruit, noodles, cake mix and icing, jelly/jam, pickles, chicken noodle soup, canned carrots, tuna and corn, peanut butter, syrup and pancake/biscuit mix.
Donation drop-off times are: Mondays, noon-7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-noon; Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon; and Saturdays, 8-11 a.m.
Volunteers are needed: Nov. 20, noon-2 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Nov. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Nov. 23, arrival at 8:15 a.m., training at 8:30, outreach from 9 a.m. to noon. To volunteer, contact Chandra by text at (614) 202-1741 or at email@example.com.
- Deercreek Township. The trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the township hall, 75 Middle St., London, on the following dates: Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16.
- Fairfield Township. The trustees meet on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Fairfield Township Hall, 9100 Big Plain-Circleville Road. Start time is 8 p.m.
- Range Township. The Range Township trustees meet at 8 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month. Meetings take place at the firehouse in Sedalia.
- Somerford Township. Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at 91 State Rte. 56 NW in the former Somerford school building.
- Stokes Township. Regularly scheduled meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the township garage, 7105 E. Main St., South Solon.
Trick or Treat
- Sedalia. Oct. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Fairfield Township. Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
- West Jefferson. Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m., followed by the West Jefferson Community Association’s costume contest at Norwood Elementary
- Mount Sterling. Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m.
- London. Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
- Plain City. Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
- South Solon. Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.
Trunk or Treat
- West Jefferson. Oct. 26, 5-7:30 p.m. at the West Jefferson Community Center, 230 Cemetery Rd. A pirate bounce house, pirate cove, and music by the Shazzbots is planned.
Winter Coats Collection
HELP House is collecting new or clean, gently used coats to distribute to children in need of winter coats. They may be dropped off at HELP House, 122 E. Center St., London, on Monday evenings from 5-7, Wednesday mornings from 9-12, and Saturday mornings from 9-11. Distribution is set for 9-11 a.m. Oct. 19 at HELP House. Volunteers are welcome; arrive by 8:30 a.m. Call (740) 852-1980 and leave your name if you are able to volunteer.