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.
Homemade Ice Cream Social and Cruise-In: Join West Point Trinity Church for an evening of food and community Saturday, June 8, from 4-7 p.m. Located at 4980 N. Etna Road in Columbia City, the church will be serving up ice cream, hot dogs, sloppy joes, chips, homemade desserts and drink for a free-will donation.
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.”
JA Golf Fundraiser: Whitley County Junior Achievement is again hosting a golf outing fundraiser Friday, June 14, at Eagle Glen Golf Course. Registration is due June 3, and is $350 and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, breakfast snacks, lunch, and gift bag. The 9 a.m. shotgun start is preceded by an hour of breakfast snacks and registration. Lunch is provided for participants during the post-round awards. Teams of four can sign up at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/201whigolout, or by contacting Baily Beiswanger. Sponsorship opportunities are still available as well for businesses who want to support economic literacy for schoolchildren in their community, using the same address above.
Flag Day Ceremony: After a year off, the popular evening flag ceremony returns to the lawn of the Whitley County Courthouse Flag Day, Friday, June 14. The Marines of the Leatherneck Coffee Club of Northern Indiana will ritually destroy hundreds of worn and tattered U.S. flags by fire against a backdrop of choral music performed by the mighty Chain O’ Lakes Chorus. Sponsored by Blackburn and Green, this fifth Flag Day ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Those who cannot attend but wish to have a flag retired may drop it off before the event at the Tractor Supply Company store in Columbia City.
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.
Relay For Life: This year’s Relay for Life event is from 4–10 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Whitley County Courthouse square. All are invited to support the fight against cancer, celebrate survivors and remember those who have been lost.
Whitley Co. Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk: Explore seven gardens in the northwestern area of Whitley County Saturday, June 22, during the Whitley County Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk. Purchase tickets from Purdue Extension–Whitley County office, 46 Graphics (Churubusco), Tri Lakes Tavern, MC Wheeler & Sons, or a master gardener.
Old Settlers Festival: The 2019 Old Settlers Day Festival is June 25-29 in downtown Columbia City.
Old Settlers’ Days Parade races: This year’s Old Settlers’ Days Parade on June 29 will have two new options for people of all ages: a one-mile elementary school parade race and a four-mile parade race. Both races will line up and run the parade route, with the elementary race beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the four-mile race beginning at 6 p.m. as the official kickoff for the parade. It will give participants an opportunity to experience the fun of a healthy activity, and excitement of a parade environment.
Columbia City fireworks: Columbia City’s Independence Day fireworks display will be Wednesday, July 3.
OFMC Meeting: Join the Old Fort Motorcycle Club Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m. for its monthly meeting at 4863 E. Lincolnway, Columbia City. New members and all bikes welcome. Ride to Carol’s Corner in South Whitley after the meeting.
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.