Blood drive: Faith Lutheran Church will host a Red Cross Blood Drive, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at the church, 9251 E. SR 205, Churubusco. Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule your donation or call 800-RED-CROSS.
Food truck: Edwin Coe Spirits will host Fork & Fiddle food truck from 5-9 p.m. Acoustic artist Jess Thrower performs live from 6-9 p.m.
Painting Class at SWPL: It’s time to get the creativity flowing. Paint & Pastries, a family painting class, is planned for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at South Whitley Public Library. Teaching artist Taira Simmons will guide artists young and old through the creation “Raindrops Keep Falling,” a whimsical painting full of bright colors. Paint & Pastries is a perfect class for children who are interested in art. Cost of the class is $10, which covers all supplies. Advance payment is due with your registration. For more information on any program, contact the library at 723-5321.
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.
Ag Museum Fundraising Breakfast: Come support the Whitley County Agricultural Museum and 4-H Learning Center from 7–10 a.m. Saturday, April 13, with a fundraising breakfast. Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages will be served for a free-will donation at the Ag Museum, located at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds.
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 more than 50 booths and food will be served.
Donut Dash 5K: Passages Inc.’s Donut Dash 5K begins at 8 a.m. at Morsches Park in Columbia City.
FCA Day: Marco’s Pizza in Columbia City is donating 20 percent of some profits to Faith Christian Academy. Mention FCA when ordering for the school to get the donation any time from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. All menu items are eligible.
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.
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.
Ribbon cutting: There will be a ribbon cutting for the United Way of Whitley County, 219 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, at noon. There will be an open house until 6 p.m.
South Whitley garage sales: The annual South Whitley garage sales are April 26-27.
Wolf Lake Alumni Banquet: The 91st Wolf Lake Alumni Banquet will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Wolf Lake School. This year’s honor classes are the Class of 1949, Class of 1959, and Class of 1969.
National Day of Prayer 5K: The annual National Day of Prayer 5K in downtown Columbia City begins at 9 a.m. at The Center for Whitley County Youth. Registration fees are $25 until April 13 and $30 per person through race day, with a family maximum of $100. Pet registration is $10.
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.
Columbia City Legacy of Life Banquet: Right to Life of North Central Indiana will host its annual Columbia City Legacy of Life Banquet Monday, April 29, at the Carver Center in Indiana Springs Middle School in Columbia City. Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, and may be purchased online at nci4life.org or by calling 574-267-3481. The keynote speaker is Heather Gemmen with Pat Miller returning as emcee. Join us to learn what is going on in the pro-life community, how you can help babies and moms, and to celebrate life.
CCHS Honors Convo: Columbia City High School will host its annual Honors Convocation at 8:30 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Car and Truck Show: The Annual Churubusco Charity Car and Truck Show will be Saturday, June 1, at C&A Tool, 4100 N. US 33, Churubusco. The event is open to the public, rain or shine, and will feature trivia, raffles and door prizes, food and drinks, a DJ, vendors and crafts. Registration is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., judging will be 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and awards will be announced at 3 p.m. Preregistration is $15, payable to Churubusco Charity Car & Truck Show, now through May 20. Mail a check or money order to Sherrie Brady at 214 Windsor Drive, Churubusco, IN 46723. Entrants registering the day of the show will pay $20.
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.”
Chalk Walk: 46 Graphics is hosting a Chalk Walk for Whitley County and surrounding areas in conjunction with the Turtle Days Festival and Parade in Churubusco. The Chalk Walk will showcase and celebrate local talent, as well as ignite interest in Churubusco and the surrounding community. Artists can reserve a 4-foot-by-4-foot square for $5, or an 8-foot-by-8-foot square for $10 (shirt, chalk and water included). Squares are limited; reserve yours at 46graphics.com
Old Settlers Festival: The 2019 Old Settlers Day Festival is June 25-29 in downtown Columbia City.
Celebrate recovery: Is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our lives. The group meets weekly on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Church Big House, 5019 E. CR 500S, Noble County.
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.