Author visit: Jane Austen, portrayed by Debra Miller, will join guests for tea at South Whitley Community Public Library at 6 p.m.
One-day book sale: Friends of the Peabody Public Library in Columbia City are hosting a book sale Thursday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are always lots of new books, and all proceeds benefit the library.
Concord Cemetery fundraiser: American Legion Post 157 will host a shrimp and tenderloin fundraiser to benefit Concord Cemetery. All proceeds will go toward the restoration of seven Civil War veteran grave sites. The event is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the $8 meal includes fries and applesauce. Shrimp alone is $5 and a sandwich is $5.
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.
Traditional plant usage: Chain O’ Lakes State Park is welcoming back Miami Tribal member Dani Tippmann for the second year, presenting information about traditional plant usage. The event begins at 2 p.m. at the Stanley Schoolhouse in Chain O’ Lakes State Park. There will be programs on cattail plants, including tasting, if weather permits. The program is free with park entrance fees. Call 260-636-2654 for more information.
Fort Wayne Children’s Choir: Upcoming performances include the choir’s Spring Concert Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Tickets may be purchased online (search for Fort Wayne Children’s Choir), by phone at 260-481-6555, at the Purdue Fort Wayne Box Office in Gates Athletic Center, or at the Rhinehart Music Center Box Office (Saturday, May 4, only; 9 a.m. to noon). The choir will also perform at the Friday, May 17, Tin Caps game at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne.
Patriots: The Whitley County Patriots will host their meeting at 7 p.m. at the Columbia City Church of the Nazarene.
Food handlers certification: Whitley County Purdue Extension Office is hosting a ServSafe Food Manager training class and certification exam, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exam on May 16 at 9 a.m. The event will be 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.
Flower sale: Green Township’s 4-H clubs will be hosting its flower sale along with the pancake and sausage breakfast at Green Township Community Center, 6-10 a.m. The 4-Hers will be selling flats of flowers, hanging baskets, planters, perennials and baked goods. Flats of flowers can be mixed or flowers can be sold individually — a perfect opportunity to purchase a Mother’s Day gift and support local 4-H.
Benefit breakfast: Green Township Community Center will host an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, 6-10 a.m. Drinks include coffee, tea, orange juice and milk. The breakfast is provided for a free-will donation, and proceeds benefit the community center, located at C.R. 300E and C.R. 300S in Noble County.
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.
3rd Annual Health and Wellness Day: Free for the whole family, Ormas Baptist Church offers a variety of activities Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to educate all on various safety topics. Door prizes, Safe-Assure Identification fingerprinting, free smoke alarm installations and more are available, as well as a children’s smoke house demonstration, ATV and boating safety demos, and information on 4-H clubs. Ormas is located at 8962 N. C.R. 300W, Columbia City (Noble/Whitley county line).
Flea market: St. John Bosco Catholic Church on Main Street in Churubusco will host its spring flea market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be several different participants with tables and a large variety of items.
CCHS Honors Convo: Columbia City High School will host its annual Honors Convocation at 8:30 a.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Churubusco High School Senior Awards Program: Come recognize outstanding CHS seniors Friday, May 24, from 1-3 p.m., in the CJSHS auditorium.
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 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.
Churubusco Jr. High Awards Program: The junior high awards program will be Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. in the Jason Smith Auditorium. Eligible 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students will receive invitations in the mail. The program is a “dress-up” occasion, meaning no shorts, jeans, leggings, flip flops or holes in clothing.
Car and Truck Show: The Annual Churubusco Charity Car and Truck Show will be Saturday, June 1, at C&A Tool, 4100 N. U.S. 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.
Homemade Ice Cream Social: St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church will host a homemade ice cream social at S.R. 9 and C.R. 500N, near Tri-Lakes. The church will serve nine flavors of ice cream, sandwiches, chips and desserts from 4-7 p.m., for a free-will donation.
Tri-Lakes Upcoming Events: The Tri-Lakes Community Garage Sale is June 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and June 8, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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.
Breakfast benefit: The Tri-Lakes Property Owners Association Pancake & Sausage Breakfast is June 15, 8-10 a.m. at Tri-Lakes Park on Fish Hatchery Road. Eat-in or carryout is available.
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, Tennessee, 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. C.R. 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. C.R. 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.