Community Calendar

"JEFFERSON AWARDS CALL FOR NOMINATIONS"   WBNS-10TV, Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Services, and Lifeline of Ohio   December 28 - February 12   Nominate those who go the extra mile to improve life in their communities for a Jefferson Award.  For details, log on to www.thejeffersonawards.com.

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"2016 POLAR PLUNGE"   Special Olympics Ohio   Saturday, February 20   Columbus Zoo and Aquarium   1:00pm   Hundreds of participants will be freezin' for a reason when they take the chilly plunge to raise money for Special Olympics Ohio.   For details, log on to www.sooh.org.

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"TALENT HUNT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM"   Omega Psi Phi Fraternity   Deadline:  February 27   High school students in the performing arts are invited to apply for scholarship prizes in this annual talent hunt.   For details, call (614) 531-7748 or e-mail mcs35789@sbcglobal.net.

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"VALENTINES FOR VETERANS CONCERT"   VA Ambulatory Care Center   Saturday, February 13   Valley Dale Ballroom   7:00pm   Local military veterans and their families can get free tickets to this concert, featuring the band Exile.   For details, call (614) 388-7787.

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"FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB"   American Lung Association   Saturday, February 20   Rhodes Office Tower, downtown Columbus   8:00am - 12:00pm   Climb the stairs of the Rhodes Tower and support those affected by lung disease.   For details, log on to www.climbcolumbus.org.

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"WINTER WARM-UP"   Columbus Dance Theatre   Saturday, February 20   Fisher Theatre   7:30pm   This cold-weather benefit concert features drinks, desserts and performances by the Company of Columbus Dance Theatre.   For details, log on to http://www.columbusdancetheatre.com.

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"BACKSTAGE AT THE LINCOLN"   Lincoln Theatre Association   Thursday, February 18   769 East Long Street, Columbus   7:00pm   Sit on the stage as the Jimmy McGee Band performs blues, jazz and rock.   For details, call (614) 469-0939 or log on to www.lincolntheatrecolumbus.org.

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"ELEMENTS"   Capital University   January 18 - March 23   The Schumacher Gallery   For details, call (614) 236-6319. 

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"CITY YEAR RECRUITING"   City Year Columbus   Deadline:  February 15   Young people interested in helping Columbus City Schools students stay in school and graduate can join City Year Columbus.   For details, log on to www.cityyear.org.

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"BLACK HISTORY MONTH"   Columbus Metropolitan Library   February 1 - 27   Various CML branches   CML is offering family-friendly programming throughout 22 locations during the month of February.   For details, log on to www.columbuslibrary.org/events.

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"CARMEN.MAQUIA"   BalletMet   February 5-14   Capitol Theatre   This production is an innovative take on the iconic story of a gypsy femme fatale and a Spanish army officer.   For details, call (614) 469-0939 or log on to www.balletmet.org.

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"BABA'S BOOK CLUB"   Urban Cultural Arts Foundation   February 10 and 27   William H. Thomas Gallery, Columbus   This social group encourages like-minded males to come together to discuss books and express their opinions and ideas.   For details, call (614) 252-7525 or e-mail info@galleryinthehood.com.

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"DRINK FREE FOR CHARITY"   Resurrecting Lives Foundation   Through March 31     City Barbecue will donate all profits from its limited-edition drink tumbler sales to assist veterans with traumatic brain injuries.   For details, e-mail beth@citybbq.com.

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"TURN WHITE CASTLE RED"   American Red Cross   Through Saturday, February 13   White Castle customers are invited to purchase Red Cross icons to support the work of the American Red Cross.   For details, e-mail Whitney.Somerville@redcross.org.

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"FREE INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS"   Military Veterans Resource Center   Through April 18   1395 East Dublin-Granville Road    Free filing assistance is offered to veterans and spouses who meet the income requirements.   For details, log on to www.milvetsrc.org.

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"HAPPY HOUR 2:  FROM ITALY TO SPAIN VIA ALASKA"   Columbus Symphony Orchestra   Thursday, February 18   Ohio Theatre, Columbus   6:30pm   This colorful musical evening is comprised of works inspired by some of the best travel destinations ... Rome, Spain and Alaska.   For details, log on to www.columbussymphony.com.

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"ST. VALENTINE'S DAY FLOOR SHOW AND TEA DANCE"   The Rick Brunetto Big Band   Sunday, February 14   Valley Dale Ballroom   2:00pm-5:00pm   This event features a show with costumed dancers, free dance lessons, and dancing after the show.   For details, cal (614) 579-1150 or log on to www.rickbrunetto.com.

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"AFS COMICON"   American Foundry Society   Saturday, February 13   Holiday Inn Worthington   6:30pm   Tis fundraiser featuers music, dancing, a reverse lotto, and more.   For details, call (614) 444-1105 or log on to www.afscentralohio.org.

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"ENGINEERING WORKSHOPS"   Columbus Metropolitan Library   February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13   Livingston Branch CML   3:30pm - 5:30pm   OSU engineering students will conduct hands-on workshops for children.   For details, log on to www.columbuslibrary.org.

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"MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE:  A CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL MUSIC"   City of Columbus   Saturday, February 13   The King Arts Complex   1:00pm - 2:30pm   Explore the history of gospel music through narration, songs and performances.   For details, call (614) 645-7206 or log on to https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusGov/.

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"JEFFFERSON'S SIGNATURE SERIES"   Jefferson Academy of Music   Sunday, February 14   Columbus Museum of Art   2:30pm   Piano trio, Triple Helix, will perform music by Beethoven.   For details, call (614) 268-0750 or log on to www.Jefferson-Acdemy.org.

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"THE WOMEN'S SPORTS REPORT"   Greater Columbus Sports Commission   Wednesday, February 17   Greater Columbus Convention Center   8:00am - 9:15am   Meet Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and hear all the latest about women's sports in Columbus.   For details, log on to www.columbussports.org.

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"LEADERSHIP HOUR"   Ross Leadership Institute   Tuesday, February 16   Roush Hall, Otterbein University   7:30am - 8:30am   David Teed of Queensland Investment Corporation is the featured guest.   For details, e-mail Debbie@RossLeadership.com.

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"OPEN MIC NIGHT"   William H. Thomas Art Gallery   Friday, February 19   1270 Bryden Road, Columbus   8:00pm   Share poetry, play an instrument, sing a song in this celebration of Black History Month.   For details, log on to www.avillagecollective.com.

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"CELEBRATE COLUMBUS'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY"   Columbus Metropolitan Library   Thursday, February 18  Driving Park Branch, Columbus    5:30pm   Learn about the role neighborhoods have played in the African-American community.   For details, call (614) 645-2275 or log on to www.digital-collections.columbuslibrary.org.

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"WORTHINGTON KIDSFEST"   KidsLinked Family Media Group   Friday, February 19   Worthington Community Center   5:00pm - 8:00pm   This family-friendly event offers a chance to explore all types of summer camps.   For details, log on to www.KidsLinked.com/FEST.

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 "IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE HEALTHY NATION"   Columbus Metropolitan Club   Wednesday, February 17   Athletic Club Columbus   12:00pm - 1:15pm   Amy Rohling McGee, president of Health Policy Institute of Ohio, is the featured panelist.   For details, call (614) 464-3220 or log on to www.columbusmetroclub.org.

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"MASTERWORKS:  MUSICAL POSTCARDS"   Columbus Symphony Orchestra   February 19 and 20   Ohio Theatre, Columbus   8:00pm   This glamorous musical journey takes the audience to the Czech countryside, Egypt, Alaska, Italy and Spain.   For details, call (614) 469-0939 or log on to www.columbussymphony.com.

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"EQUALITY"   Ohio Craft Museum   February 7 - March 26   1665 West Fifth Avenue   Members of Women Creamic Sculptors take on the issue of equality.   For details, call (614) 486-4402 or log on to www.ohiocraft.org.

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"THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD'   Upper Arlington High School   Februry 25-28   For details, log on to www.UAVocalMusic.org.

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