13. March

• Enrollment event: 21st Century Scholars will host an information and enrollment session for seventh- and eighth-grade students and their families at the Churubusco Jr.- Sr. High School library. The program asks students to bring their completed application to the session so they can begin to set up their accounts. Families must RSVP by March 1 by contacting Kim Burns in the guidance department. The session will begin at 6 p.m.

14. March

WCARC meeting: The Whitley County Amateur Radio Club general meeting is 6 p.m. at Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. S.R. 205, Columbia City. The program is on aircraft communications, normal FAA communications and Ham experiments, presented by Ted Tahmisian and Carl Luetzelschwab. All WCARC general meetings are open to the public.

Pi Day: Celebrate Pi day at South Whitley Community Public Library — stop by the library to learn fun facts about the number that represents the circumference divided by the diameter of a circle, and enjoy the another kind of “pi.”

15. March

• State of the City: Mayor Ryan Daniel will deliver his annual address at the Center for Whitley County Youth at 11:45 a.m. Daniel will recap the past year and look ahead to plans for the future.

Turtle Days fish fry: A fish fry for the Turtle Days Festival is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Gilbert Davis American Legion Post 157, Churubusco. The menu includes a fish dinner for $9 (with coleslaw or applesauce and freedom fries), fish basket for $6 or fish sandwich for $4. Proceeds will benefit the 70th Turtle Days Festival, June 12-15. A delivery pre-order sheet is available at www.turtledays.com or on Facebook. On the day of the event at (260) 693-6263.

St. Patty’s Party: The Woodlands Senior Center will host a St. Patty’s Party at noon, and includes prizes. Dress in green and watch the Irish dance show. A Euchre tournament also begins at 12:30 p.m.

4-H supper: The Whitley County 4-H Fish and Tenderloin supper is 4-7 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for kids and those under age 5 are free.

16. March

Trivia Night: St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 315 S. Line St., Columbia City, will host a Team Trivia Night, with a meal at 6:15 p.m. and the first question starting at 7 p.m. The Irish dinner includes Irish chicken, corned beef, cabbage and more. Teams of 8-10 players will compete for cash prizes. Trivia categories are varied and cover a variety of interests. Prizes will be given to the winning team, the team with the best table decorations (Irish themed) and to winners of side games. The cost is $100 per team and the meal is $8 per person. The event is a fundraiser for the high school youth group to attend a conference. Register at spygcc.weebly.com/trivia.

Pancake and sausage breakfast: Columbia City’s Order of the Eastern Star Pancake and Sausage breakfast 7-10 a.m. at the Columbia City Masonic Temple, 503 E. Chicago St., for a free will donation.

Cleveland Twp. breakfast: Cleveland Township Volunteer Fire Department will host a breakfast, 7:30-10 a.m., serving pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage, coffee and other drinks.

Community breakfast buffet: A community breakfast buffet will be hosted by the Christian Men’s Fellowship of Saturn Christian Church, 8-10:30 a.m. The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, ham, hash browns, fruit, cereal, donuts and drinks. The meal is provided for a free-will offering. Saturn Christian Church is located at 6731 E. CR 800S., in southeast Whitley County.

18. March

Creative Canvas: March’s project with Carl Mosher is entitled “The Big Wave,” at 6 p.m at the South Whitley library. The work depicts a huge wave against the backdrop of a storm. The cost of the class is $20. Advance payment with registration is required.

19. March

• Rotary auction: The Churubusco Rotary is hosting its annual dinner and auction event at Churubusco High School to raise money for community programs and scholarships. Dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m. for a free-will donation and the auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.

• Movin’ On Up session: The Salvation Army of Whitley County in collaboration with the Whitley County Purdue Extension Office will host the next session of its informational self-improvement program. This session will discuss finding housing and figuring out ways to pay for it. Class will run from 6-8 p.m. Registration can be done online.

• SCWD annual meeting: The Soil and Water Conservation District will host its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 204 N. Main St., Columbia City. The agenda for the evening includes a meal, followed by an election for one of the positions on the SWCD board, and a report on activities, accomplishments and finances. Additionally, the group will recognize the 2018 River Friendly Farmer. The cost of the meal is $5 per person. Reservations need to be placed by March 12 by contacting Nadean Lamle, (260) 244-6266, ext. 101, email nadean.lamle@in.nacdnet.net, or stop by the office at 788 W. Connexion Way, Unit C, Columbia City.

20. March

Columbia City Rotary Club auction: The almost 100-year-old Columbia City Rotary Club is gearing up to celebrate 100 years of the local club, starting with an auction at the Whitley County 4-H Center at 6 p.m. All of the proceeds will be invested into an Endowment Fund with a goal of $100,000 to be used to fund annual projects for the benefit of Columbia City and Whitley County. 

• Caregiver seminar: Choices and Changes in Columbia City is inviting people to learn about its “Live Heal Give” approach to care. The session will go from 6-7 p.m. The facility asks that RSVPs be made by calling (260) 244-0264.

Movie Matinee: SWCPL will show Disney’s 1993 version of Alexandre Dumas’ “Three Musketeers,” at 12:15 p.m.

21. March

• Screenagers film: Indian Springs Middle School will host a screening of the documentary “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age.” Showtime is 6 p.m. Registration for the event can be found on impactflow.com. The Parent University event will be followed by a tabletop discussion of the events portrayed in the video.

Euchre night: The Old Fort Motorcycle Club will host Euchre night, 7-9 p.m. at its location at 4863 E. Lincolnway, Columbia City. Snacks and soft drinks will be available.

22. March

Nursery school fish fry: A fish fry will be hosted for the United Methodist Nursery School, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at American Legion Post 157, 115 S. Main St., Churubusco.

23. March

Chili supper: The Wesley Chapel Warriors will host a chili supper, pie auction and silent auction to raise money for the 2019 Relay for Life of Whitley County. The meal is provided for a free-will donation. Wesley Chapel UMC is located at 13733 Wesley Chapel Road, Churubusco.

After Dark Book Club: Meets at the AmVets in South Whitley to discuss the dystopian fantasy novel, “The Queen of the Tearling,” at 7 p.m. The club is only for adults ages 21 and up.

Fruehlingsfest: A spring concert and dinner, hosted by the Fort Wayne Maennerchor/Damenchoir, will be held at Park Edelweiss Clubhouse, 3355 Elmhurst Drive, Fort Wayne. There will be a traditional German Schlachtfest (bratwurst) dinner with all the trimmings. The chorus, which has members from Whitley County, will perform at 7 p.m., following the 6 p.m. meal.

25. March

Weed management program: Private pesticide applicators can learn about weed management and adjuvants at the Private Applicator Recertification Program at the Whitley County 4-H Center. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the program starts at 1:30 p.m., and will conclude at 3:45 p.m. Those who need the PARP credit will be required to pay $10. Pre-registration is required, call (260) 244-7615.

7. April

Old Fort open house: The Old Fort Motorcycle Club will host an open house, 3:30-5 p.m. for friends, fun and food — and to see what the group is all about. The club is located at 4863 E. Lincolnway, Columbia City.

13. April

Homemaker’s Garage Sale: The Whitley County Homemakers will host their garage sale, 8 a.m – 3 p.m. at the Whitley Co. 4-H Center, 680 W. Squawbuck Drive, Columbia City. There will be over 50 booths and food will be served.

18. April

Euchre night: The Old Fort Motorcycle Club will host Euchre night, 7-9 p.m. at its location at 4863 E. Lincolnway, Columbia City. Snacks and soft drinks will be available.

19. April

Community sing: An old-fashioned community sing begins at 6 p.m. at the historic Blue River Community Church, the corner of Riley Road and CR 300N, five miles northeast of Columbia City. Fourteen of the older, classic hymns will be sung at the Good Friday service. Guests are encouraged to carpool as parking is limited.

28. April

CCHS golf tournament: Columbia City High School’s boys golf team boosters will host their 5th annual golf tournament at Eagle Glen Golf Course. The cost is $240 for a foursome and includes lunch, green fees, a cart and door prizes. Contact coach Andrew Thompson at (260) 503-1311 or Lynnae Hall at (260) 414-9334 for registration information.

24. May

CCHS Honors Convo: Columbia City High School will host its annual Honors Convocation at 8:30 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.

12. June

Turtle Days: The 2019 Turtle Days Festival at the Churubusco Community Park is June 12-15, celebrating the 70th annual event with the theme “Saluting Turtletown Heroes.”

25. June

Old Settlers Festival: The 2019 Old Settlers Day Festival is June 25-29 in downtown Columbia City.


Martha’s House: Free clothing of all sizes, household items and small furniture is available for families in need at Sugar Grove Church, 5019 E. CR 500S., Churubusco, by appointment only: (260) 693-1718.

• Understanding Your Grief: A program led by Parkview Home Health and Hospice will be each Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. at Green Center United Methodist Church, 2861 S. CR 300E, through March 21. Each session will include information and ideas by Alan Wofelt, and internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor. Rev. Ken Weaver, LCSD, LMFT and chaplain; and Cathy Petrie, LCSW and bereavement counselor, will discuss emotional responses to illness and death, and how to cope. To register, call (800) 292-9894 or call Petrie at (260) 452-5606.

• Yoga Therapy: The Peggy F. Murphy Grief Center in Fort Wayne is offering people who have lost loved ones a chance to work through their grief with therapeutic yoga sessions. Sessions take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. There is no charge for the sessions, but the center asks people to register ahead of time by calling (260) 453-3261.

• Impact Center Cottage Gift Shop: at 500 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, is open Thursdays from noon-5 p.m. All proceeds will purchase food for the Impact Center Food Pantry.

• Impact Food Pantry: at 500 W. Van Buren St. will be open on Thursdays from 1-4:45 p.m.

• Multi-County Medical Outreach Clinic: is a free clinic at 524 Branch Court, Columbia City, open Thursday afternoons from 1-5 p.m., except the fifth Thursdays of the month. The clinic serves non-insured or underinsured on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations are accepted.

• The Churubusco Lions Club: meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Papa’s Place at 6:30 p.m.

• Chess Club: meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month at the South Whitley Community Public Library. All ages and experience levels welcome.

• AA and Al-Anon meetings: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. at the Churubusco Methodist Church.

• A support group for families: of children with special needs meets 3-5 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at Choices & Changes, 360 N. Oak St., Columbia City. For more information, contact Chris Garau at (260) 255-0708 or Christy Garau at (260) 255-0707.

• C3 Youth Group: meets with youth pastor Brad Milikan 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Community Church, 316 N. Main St. in Churubusco. Students grade 6-12 are welcome to join.

• Churubusco United Methodist Nursery School: is accepting registration for the 2019-20 school year. Children should be 3, 4 or 5 by Aug. 1. Enrollment is $50 and monthly fees will be $85 for the three-day program (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Morning sessions are 9-11:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions are 12:30-3 p.m. For more information, call the office at (260) 693-2154.

• Cook, Talk and Taste: meets 6 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month. Participants must register for a seat ahead of time on the Peabody Public Library website.

• VFW Post 5582 hosts a fish fry: the first and third Fridays of each month, 5-6:30 p.m. The post is located at 415 E. Chicago St., Columbia City.

• Whitley County Herb Gatherers: meet the third Monday each month. The group is dedicated to preserving the lore of herbs for future generations, their uses and how to grow them. All are welcome. Meetings are at 1 p.m. in Parkview Whitley Hospital’s medical building classroom No. 2. To learn more, contact Sharon at (260) 503-4199.

• Community Harvest Farm Wagon: meets at 1 p.m. every first, third and fifth Thursday in the old Crossroads Bank parking lot in South Whitley. Free fruits and vegetables for families. Be sure to bring your own bags.

• Fun with Robotics: meets at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. every last Saturday at the Peabody Public Library. Kids are invited to learn how to build and program their own bots.