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.
Easter egg hunt: The Columbia City Rotary Club’s annual Easter egg hunt is at 6 p.m. sharp at Morsches Park’s baseball diamonds in Columbia City, with four age groups, ranging from birth to age 11. Children older than age 11 are not allowed to participate. For more information, contact Jacie Worrick at 260-244-6174.
Easter Services at SWUMC: An unusual service of “Shadows & Stones” will be held on Good Friday at 7 p.m. at South Whitley United Methodist Church. The church will also host a community breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 21, with an Easter service to follow at 9 a.m. featuring several special guests. A community egg hunt follows the service at 10:15 a.m.
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.
Shop for Paws: The Humane Society of Whitley County will host vendors with products to buy, including Pampered Chef, Lularoe, Mary Kay, thirty-one, Norwex, Scentsy, Old World Fudge and more, 4:30-6:30 p.m. as a benefit for the shelter.
Unwanted medication disposal day: Walgreens in Columbia City will host an unwanted medication disposal day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring expired and unused medications for safe disposal to this event. No sharps or liquids. Sponsored by Whitley County TRIAD.
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.
Touch-a-Truck: Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is hosting its ninth annual Touch-a-Truck event, 10 a.m.-noon at the Coliseum Campus’ parking lot, 3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne. Children will be able to explore nearly 50 vehicles, which will include a SWAT vehicle, bread truck, wrecker, school bus, limo, semi truck and more. There will also be free snacks and additional activities, including “paint the plow,” tricycle rides and storytelling. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact Cari Knuth, 260-480-4135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCARC test session: The next Whitley County Amateur Radio test session is 9-11 a.m. in the community rooms of Peabody Public Library, 1160 E. SR 205, Columbia City.
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 Indian 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.
Bike repair day: The Whitley County 4-H Bicycle Club is hosting its annual bike repair day, 8-11 a.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds, under the awning by the main concession stand. Repairs will be made with free labor, with charges for parts and donations to the club appreciated. Call club leader Eric Blank for more information, 260-248-6390.
Food handlers certification: Whitley County Purdue Extension Office is hosting a ServSafe Food Manager training class and certification exam, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with the exam on May 16 at 9 a.m. The event will be held at the extension office, 115 S. Line St., Columbia City. Register at purdue.edu/servsafe. For more information, contact Cindy Barnett, extension educator, at 260-244-7615 or email@example.com.
Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast: The Whitley County Council on Aging is hosting a Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast, 7-10 a.m. at the Woodlands Senior Center, located at 710 N. Opportunity Drive in Columbia City. Adults $7, children 6 and younger $3. The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes toppings, sausage, mush, milk and coffee. Tickets can be purchased at the front desk of the Senior Center. For additional details, call 260-248-8944.
CCHS Honors Convo: Columbia City High School will host its annual Honors Convocation at 8:30 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.
CHS Presents Musical Revue: Tickets are now on sale for “A Tribute to Harold Norman: 45 Years of CHS Musical Theater.” The musical revue, which will be held Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at Churubusco High School, will showcase more than 40 alumni and current CHS theater students. The CHS Fine Art Department invites all to journey through the many memorable shows that have been produced at CHS. Tickets are $10, and can be reserved by calling 260-691-1344 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
FOP No. 131 benefit: Whitley County Fraternal Order of Police No. 131’s 40th Annual Country Music Show, featuring national recording artist The Taylors and the Mama Tried Band of Nashville, Tenn., will be Saturday, June 22, at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High School, located at 600 N. Whitley St., Columbia City. Adults $14, children 12 and younger $7.
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.