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September 25

Children's Day Celebration Held at COSI

Every child is a wonderful gift, a unique individual with unlimited potential. It is the goal of Franklin County Children Services to support such an environment for our community's children. In honor of all children the agency is hosting a special Children's Day celebration at COSI, from 5 to 9 p.m. at COSI Columbus, 333 W. Broad St. Children and families under the care of FCCS will receive passes for free admission, thanks to donations from Kroger and Huntington Banks, along with a partnership between the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and COSI, to actively offer programming that supports family learning.

All community children attending on this special day can enjoy the wonderful prizes offered in the drawings for prizes (two bikes are being given away), exciting stage performances, a visit from Columbus Crew soccer players and local mascots. The first 300 community children to enter will get in free. For more information go to

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September 24

Free Self-Defense Program for Girls

Girls ages 13-17 can learn some self defense moves with Grandview Heights Police Officer Adkins from 6 -- 8 p.m. No experience is necessary. Dress in loose, comfortable clothes. Space for this free event is limited. Call the Grandview Heights Public Library to register, 1685 W. First Ave. at (614) 481-3778.

The Wizard of Oz

Based upon one of the most popular movies of all time, this is the story that started it all. It begins when a little Kansas farm girl, Dorothy Gale, and her dog Toto are blown away in a tornado and land in a fairyland named Oz. Here she meets a very unusual cast of characters -- the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion, and together they go on a quest to see the Wizard of Oz, each of them seeking what they want most in life. Join Dorothy as she confronts the Wizard and even stands up to the Wicked Witch of the West in this wonderful adventure filled with all the songs you know and love.

The play is showing on September 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.; September 26 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and September 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $11 and are available by calling (614) 224-6672. The play will be held at Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. For more information, visit

September 26

Apples and Pumpkins Storytime

Bring the family to the Worthington Park Library, 1389 Worthington Centre Dr., for seasonal stories and crafts. This free event begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information on this free event call (614) 807-2626.

Kids Camps at Outside the Lines Studio: Painting with Stamps

This kids camp will focus on painting with stamps. Kids will learn how to create unique and original designs on bisques with stamps. We truly teach them how to "unlock their creative side." The fee for this 2-hour camp includes all bisque, supplies, materials, hands-on instruction, firing, snack and drink is $25 per child. You may leave children 6 and up if they are comfortable and can work on their own. Please call the studio at (614) 527-7752 for more information and to register. The studio is located at 5236 Cemetery Rd. in Hilliard and classes are from 2 -- 4 p.m.

Three Bags Full Children's Consignment Sale

Save money at this kids clothing and toy sale at the Hartford Fairgrounds, 14028 Fairgrounds Rd. from 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m. and 6 -- 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call (614) 325-0063, or visit for more information.

October 4

StepOut: Walk to Fight Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association supports your whole family with diabetes information, advocacy and research. There are a total of 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes today and three new cases are diagnosed every minute.

StepOut is a family-friendly walk with inside and outside walking routes. Entertainment will include music by Radio One, Matt the Balloon Guy, face-painting, volunteer cheerleaders, a children's craft area and more. Don't miss the Healthy Living Expo where you can have your blood glucose and blood pressure checked. Meet with the endocrinologists from the Diabetes & Endocrinology Center of Ohio, have your feet checked and learn more about diabetes supplies and medicines.

COSI and Genoa Park, registration is at 7:45 a.m. inside COSI, walk begins at 9 a.m.

Parking: $2.50. Visit for more information.

October 15

DIFFA's Dining by Design

A feast for the eyes, body and heart, featuring the most dynamic and innovative dining environments ever created!

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Join honorary chair Mrs. Ann Wolfe as DINING BY DESIGN Columbus returns in a brilliant blast of cuisine, creativity and spectacle. The event features design luminaries and culinary giants in a feast for the eyes and palate.

Franklin County Veteran's Memorial

300 W. Broad St.

Columbus, OH 43215

Cocktails by Design: tickets $75

Friday, October 15, 7 -- 10 p.m.

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