Young and old, arts patrons, fitness fans and the business-minded all have plenty of special events to choose from coming up in Columbus. 

A free CYP Club networking breakfast Thursday at Franklin University features a panel of health and fitness professionals discussing “Columbus, The Health & Fitness City.” At least a few statistics from our March Breakdown suggest Columbus has some work ahead of it to claim that title. 

Supporting an even younger crowd, those who believe in the Junior Achievement mission of introducing schoolkids to business opportunities, will bet on the continued success of JA of Central Ohio in a casino night fundraiser May 18 at Bluestone.

At the other end of the spectrum, Employment for Seniors Inc. offers free workshops for Delaware County residents 50 and older May 18 and 23.  The agency’s 2017 Legacy Awards Program is May 24. Some seniors find part-time work suits them best.

ACG Columbus members are interested in promoting business growth and job opportunities for all. The organization’s annual dinner on May 23 features a keynote by John Tamney, who is a senior fellow in economics at Reason Foundation and political economy editor at Forbes, among other things.

The 2017 Arts Day & Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio luncheon May 17 will include honors from Ohio Citizens for the Arts for someone Gov. John Kasich knows well—First Lady Karen Kasich. She is being honored for her commitment to advocacy and advancement of the arts in Ohio.  

Others who support the arts locally may want to volunteer at the Columbus Arts Festival June 9-11. The Greater Columbus Arts Council recruits hundreds of volunteers for the event that draws 450,000 people to the Downtown riverfront.

The new Our Lady of Guadalupe Center offers an array of programs for economic development, health and nutrition, family strengthening and community building for clients on Columbus’ West Side. It extends support from Catholic Social Services to the Hispanic community.