Brian’s picks – October 5

1) I give Columbus-based Turning Point Domestic Violence Services plenty of credit for taking a serious topic such as dating and domestic violence and turning it toward the light and hope of healthy relationships. Therein lies the essence of the nonprofit agency’s Not-So-Newlywed Game today at The Commons. Five local couples will try to match answers on a range of questions to highlight elements of healthy relationships. Doors open at 5 p.m. (with food and a cash bar at 5:30 p.m.) at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in downtown Columbus. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased on the Turning Point website at under the Not So Newlywed Game heading.

2) Diwali, India’s joyous festival of lights, marking the triumph of good over evil, captures the attention of many of the nation’s faiths. And the Columbus Ganesh Utsav Mandel will present a local Diwali celebration from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Commons, 300 Washington St. downtown. The event will feature music, food, lantern making, an art exhibition and other activities. Information:

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.