Who: Ohio School Boards Association

What: OSBA 2017 Capital Conference and Trade Show

When: Nov. 12-14, 2017

Why: Gathering more than 8,300 school board members for one of the nation’s premier education conventions


  • More than 130 learning sessions
  • Nation’s largest educational trade show (Monday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • 100 programs highlighted in the Student Achievement Fair (Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hall B)
  • Opening general session speaker Sonia Manzano, the Maria character on “Sesame Street” on Monday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. in Union Station Ballroom
  • Closing general session speaker, Bexley native Josh Radnor, of “How I Met Your Mother” on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 2:45 p.m. in Union Station Ballroom


Who: Ohio Star Ball Championships

What: World’s largest professional/amateur ballroom dancing championships

When: Nov. 14-19, 2017

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency

Why: Celebrating the event’s 40th anniversary

How: Thousands of dancers, appearance by Linda Eder of Broadway’s “Jekyll & Hyde” musical, Best of the Best Dancesport Challenge, Global Dancesport Series, World Pro-Am Dancesport Series, 2017 Ohio Star Ball Collegiate Challenge

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Who: Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

What: OCALICON 2017

When: Nov. 15-17, 2017

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center

Why: The 11th annual premier autism and disabilities conference in the nation, attracting attendees from eight countries


  • About 2,000 people will gather to learn, visit the expo and listen to inspiring speakers
  • Patrick Henry Hughes, a musician born without eyes and unable to fully straighten his arms and legs, has become an author, speaker and subject of the 2015 film “I am Potential” and will speak at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
  • Thursday, Nov.16 speaker at 9:45 a.m. is Dr. Peter Vermeulen, co-director of a training and education center in Belgium focusing on autism spectrum disorders
  •  OCALICON exhibits in Hall C will be free and open to the public from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15