Weights & Measures Awareness Week
- When: Friday, March 7, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Where: Whole Foods Market
1555 W. Lane Avenue
- Activites: Family Weigh-in
Price is Right
- And More! Equipment Station
3/1-31 - National Social Work Month
3/16 - Mingle With Our Mutts, Noon to 2 p.m.
There's always something going on at Veterans Memorial. Check out their upcoming events! Your Entertainment and Events Complex!
More from Franklin County
- 2014 Budget
- Become a Mentor
- Children Services Resource Guide
- Choose Your Partner Carefully
- Clerk of Courts Location, Hours and Phone Numbers
- County Engineer's Construction Projects
- Court of Appeals Docket
- Foreclosure Assistance
- Guidelines for Reporting Child Abuse
- Ohio Benefit Bank Online
- Safe Havens for Infants
- Self-Guided Tour of Art at the Courthouse
- Senior Options Program
- Social Networking Links
from Children Services
National Social Work Month is a time to recognize social work as a 116-year-old profession, which is dedicated to improving the social conditions and quality of life of children and families. Franklin County Children Services' social workers and case workers are on the front lines each day responding to critical issues of child abuse and neglect, physical and mental disability, alcohol and substance abuse and more. Click here to learn more about social work at FCCS.
The Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board recently launched the County Justice and Behavioral Health Systems Improvement Project. The goal of the initiative is to improve public safety and public health outcomes for people with mental health and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system. The project aims to demonstrate how counties can use data to improve such outcomes, and is part of a national effort to use a research-based framework to promote public safety and recovery and prioritize scarce criminal justice and behavioral health resources.
To raise awareness of the hazardous side of spring weather, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) will recognize Ohio's Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week and National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 2-8, 2014.
FCEM&HS is co-hosting a severe-weather spotter training seminar, urging countywide participation in a statewide tornado drill, and arranging for the posting of highway billboards promoting the dangers of floods, tornadoes, and severe thunderstorms to thousands of Central Ohioans. FCEM&HS encourages all residents to learn and understand the risks facing Franklin County. More information is available on the FCEM&HS website.
With a desire to refocus on honoring and serving the thousands of veterans who call Franklin County home, the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission (FCVSC) has accepted the County Commissioners offer to relocate the delivery of veterans services to the site of the County's first veterans memorial at Memorial Hall. The move will take place in Fall 2014.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is offering free homeownership education for those who are seeking to purchase a home.
Prospective homebuyers will learn about budgets, mortgages, credit and home inspections at three homeownership classes held March 5, 12 and 19 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The certificate received after attending all three classes can be used to help qualify for area downpayment assistance programs. For details or to register, call 614-233-4176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All sessions are held at the MORPC office at 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100 in Columbus, Ohio. Free parking is available.
The Commissioners have approved $75,000 for a new collaboration with the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) to support the MindMarket Business Incubator Project, which mentors art and design businesses by providing start-up work space, coaching by business professionals and industry leaders, entrepreneurial training, business plan assistance and networking opportunities with capital funders.
Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for native trees, shrubs and perennials; fruit trees; and fish for stocking farm or recreational ponds. Last day to order is March 21, 2014. Pickup for fish orders is March 27 from 11:00 a.m. until noon. The location will be announced on our Web site.
Pickup for plant orders is Friday, April 11 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Plant pickup will be at the ODNR Division of Wildlife, District 1 Headquarters, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.
Although it's hard to imagine now, summer will return and with it will come the beautiful monarch butterfly. That is, if the species can survive the loss of habitat that has endangered monarch populations so that "the population wintering in Mexico is down nearly 44% from last year's previous record low. Monarch experts lay much of the blame on the decline of milkweed plants in North America. Adult monarchs lay their eggs on milkweeds, which the caterpillars consume before spinning their cocoons." (http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/01/monarch-numbers-mexico-fall-record-low)
If you would like to add beauty to your yard and help the monarch, Franklin Soil and Water is offering two species of milkweed (Asclepias) in the tree and fish sale. Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) has brilliant orange blooms and can grow to two feet. It grows best in dry soils, in full to part sun. Sullivant's milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii) has sweetly scented clusters of rose-pink blooms. Reaching heights of three to five feet, it is a great selection for rain gardens, wetlands, along streams or in wet meadows in full sun or part shade.
More information about the tree and fish sale can be found at http://www.franklinswcd.org/2014/01/2014-fish-tree-sale/.