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Radio clubThe next meeting of the Whitley County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC) will be held tonight at the Peabody Library starting at 7 p.m. in the Lower Level Community Room A. The library is located at 1160 E. Ind. 205 in Columbia City. The program for the evening will be a demonstration on the new SDR/Flex radio presented by Paul Patterson / AE9P. All WCARC general meetings are open to the public. For further information on the Whitley County Amateur radio Club visit www.wcarc.org.Preschool sign upBig Lake Church of God Preschool and Ministry will hold a preschool fall sign up today from 6 to 8 p.m. The preschool is offering two, three and five day classes. Class sizes are limited. Big Lake Church of God is located at 6955 N. Ind. 109. For more information, contact 691-2487 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Music, campingThe 14th Annual Bean Blossom Blues Fest will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom. Blossom is five miles north of Nashville, Ind., on Ind. 135. The “Bean, “ as it’s affectionately called, is a three day music party featuring national blues bands, wine and beer tastings, food and camping on location with all night campfire jams. Those participating are invited to bring instruments, dancing shoes and hula-hoops. Admission to the Thursday, Aug. 23 festivities is free. There is a free workshop offered at a Beginners Harmonica Seminar held at the festival on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the festival are available at the gate or by calling 812-334-4420. For more information visit www.bleanblossomblues.com.Music festival Crossroads Music Fest will be Saturday starting at noon. The event will be held at the Mizpah Shrine Horse Grounds, 985 N. Ind. 9, Columbia City. This is a charity event. The cost is $5 for adult admission, and children under 12 are free. Entertainment will include Tito Discovery, Heady Times and a special guest appearance to be announced. From noon to 4 p.m. hotdogs will be served. From 4 to 9 p.m. there will be a hog roast. The cost is $5 per plate of food. There will be a beer tent, cornhole boards, Route 66 car show and primitive camping. All proceeds go toward Shriner’s Hospital-Chicago/Ameriface. For more information, contact Tricia Morton at 723-5267 or email@example.com. Visit the event online at www.facebook.com/crossroadsmusicfest.Car showThe Cruisin’ Hoosiers Car Club, with and for, Bakers Youth Club, will host the annual car, truck and motorcycle show Saturday at Warsaw Autoplex, Ind. 15 N., Warsaw. Gates will open at noon with registration from noon to 3:30 p.m. Flying Hooligans war planes will fly over at noon. There will be a dj, silent auction and activities throughout the day. For more information, contact Paul Goshert at (574) 267-7096.Sounds of SummerPeabody Public Library, in conjunction with the Whitley County Community Foundation, presents “Sound of Summer,” the annual summer concert series. All concerts will be held on the lawn behind the library, beginning at 6 p.m. Scratch & Sniff will entertain Saturday. In keeping with past series, this is a local band led by Mark Roberts. They will be playing rock and roll.Bed giveawayHelpline of Whitley County is in the process of acquiring 100 box springs and mattresses from the Super 8 hotel. Currently the office is closed for reorganization, but will be open to distribute these beds to persons in need now through Aug. 31. There will be a limit of 2 beds per family. Anyone interested must visit Pat Mossburg at the Salvation Army office to obtain a voucher. A current identification, proof of address in the form of a current bill and proof of income in the form of a pay stub will need to be shown at this visit. Vouchers can only be obtained through the local Salvation Army office. No beds will be given without a voucher. The Salvation Army is located at 1200 W. Depoy Dr. inside the First Church of God and is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information contact The Salvation Army at 248-1711. Toy showThe Michiana Farm Toy Collector’s Club is sponsoring its 25th Annual Labor Day Toy Show on Monday, Sept. 3 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the show is $4 for ages 12 and older. The show will feature more than 250 tables of farm toys, trucks, cars and construction items for sale and on display, Items will be available for both the serious collector and the sandbox enthusiast. Class reunionChurubusco High School class of 1987 will hold its 25th class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 8. Organizers are in need of contact information for many of the classmates. To report updated contact information for any classmate, contact Shonda (Creech) Hogeston at 693-3548 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.DYWThe 48th annual program of Distinguished Young Woman/Junior Miss of Whitley County will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Newell Rice Auditorium of Columbia City High School. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students Kindergarten through 12th grade. Tickets are available at the door. Reserve seating will be available for parents of the participants only.Art FestivalThe 11th Annual Art Festival in Downtown Columbia City will take place Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be held around the courthouse square.Fish fryThe Tri-Lakes Lions Club is holding a fish and tenderloin fry as a fund raising activity on Saturday, Sept. 8 4 to 7 p.m. The price for adults is $8.50, children ages six to 12 are $4 and children under five are free. The price includes an all-you-can-eat dinner, beverage and dessert. Carryout dinners are available. The dinner will be held at the Tri-Lakes Lions Hall on Colony Ave. in Tri-Lakes, east of Shriner Lake on the south side of Round Lake. Gaerte’s Frying Service will be cooking and a third fryer has been added to keep up with the food demands.Proceeds generated from the dinner will go toward the Lions district projects and other local Lions projects. The club is asking that those attending bring canned food items to be donated to a local food pantry in Columbia City. Class reunionThe Columbia City High School class of 1945 will celebrate its 67th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Big G’s restaurant. The class will meet at 11:30 a.m. and have lunch at noon. For more information, contact 260-244-4393.Harvest fest Albion’s 14th Annual Harvest Fest will be Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Noble County Saddle Club grounds, Ind. 8 east, Albion. There will be an Antique Car Show, clowns, children’s area, free entertainment, Motorcycle Show, Northeastern Indiana Garden Tractor display, antique saw mill demonstration, corn hole tournament, Historic Wagon Tours of Albion, Noble County Gas and Steam Assoc. display of antique tractors, freshly made kettle corn, kite flying demonstration, Northeast Indiana Draft Horse Assoc. wagon rides, Old Tyme Baseball game, straw maze, crafters, food alley, free admission and parking and much more. For information on the Harvest Fest contact Bill Shultz at 636-7863 or e-mail email@example.com.Beef, noodle dinnerThe AMVETS Ladies Annual Beef and Noodle Dinner will be Friday, Sept. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Post #2919 in South Whitley. For more information contact Le Anne Grossman at 609-5233 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Ronda Sroufe at 260-609-2207 or Tina Duggins-Foust at 765-860-2464.Golf outingA golf outing to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held at Magic Hills Golf Course Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. The cost is $50 per person and 100 percent of the money collected will be given to the association. The outing will be a four person scramble and the cost includes 18 holes with cart, food and drinks, prizes for the top three teams as well as contests for the longest drive, closest to the hole and longest putt. For more information, contact Magic Hills at 691-2788.Class reunionThe Whitko High School class of 1982 has planned its 30th class reunion for Saturday, Sept. 15th. The reunion will take place at the Old Train Depot in Pierceton. If a classmate has not received an invitation or if family members can provide an updated address for a classmate, contact Ronda Sroufe at 609-2207. An invitation to the reunion and to a tailgating party prior to the Whitko homecoming game has been posted on Facebook on the page titled Whitko Class of ’82. Fall festivalThe first Whitley County Fall Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Morsches Park in Columbia City. The day begins with the more than 50 vendors in the Whitley County Farmers Market, continuing with contests, games, outdoor activities and more. The festival will be capped with the grand finale, a fireworks display.Class reunionClassmates who attended Washington Center High School or grade school is invited to attend the school reunion set for noon on Sept. 23 at the senior center in Columbia City. The cost is $20. Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by Sunday, Sept. 9 by calling Shirley Smith at 396-2201.Literacy fundraiserThe Whitley County Literacy Council’s next fundraiser will be held on the Court House Square Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon. The fundraiser comes at the end of a week that focuses on literacy nationwide. At the Farmer’s Market participants can buy a raffle ticket for a Kindle Fire, while the children listen to stories by local celebrities, Abby Harris and Darci Kessie from South Whitley, Shellie Miller and Michael Mc Peak from Churubusco, and others including Amy Jagger, Mayor Daniels, Kathy Heuer, Jane Trump, Cindy Baker and Beth Sickafoose. Children will be able to choose a free book from a collection of gently used book donated by sponsors. A balloon artist from Sweetcakes Entertainment in Ft. Wayne will also entertain and create “balloon animals” for each child. The council will display information about their work, as well, and answer questions and take donations.5K run/walkRegistration is on going for the Free to Breathe Fort Wayne 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk. The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. at Headwaters Park, 330 South Clinton St., Fort Wayne. All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs. For more information, to register or donate, visit www.FreetoBreathe.org/fortwayne.Teen workshopSunday, Sept. 23, the First Church of God will host a county wide, hands on, interactive afternoon for teenagers. The Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) has plans to make a difference in the lives of young adults in Whitley County.GEMS will focus on personal safety along with a hands-on self defense class hosted by Dean Houser and the local police force. “MAN UP!” attendees will be challenged by a motivational speaker focusing on character building and breaking down masculine stereotypes. Also, there will be pizza and door prizes that will round out the event. For more information contact Sherry Sausaman at 609-7086 or Chip Stevenson at 248-5121.Steak dinnerThe AMVETS Post #2919 of South Whitley will host a swiss steak dinner Friday, Sept. 28 at 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Le Anne Grossman at 609-5233 or email@example.com.Class reunionCentral Noble High School class of 1982 will be celebrating 30 years on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. The reunion is planned at the American Legion in Albion. Invitations will soon be mailed. The committtee is seeking current addresses for the following classmates: Kim Carmichael Bowyer, Lisa Chester, Dave Pancake, Dan Potter, Penn Rinehart Miller and Mark Steinbarger. If you know how we may contact any of these class members please call Lisa Ladig Lock at 635-2700 or Vicki Moorhouse Jellison at 636-3509.Hog roastA hog roast will be held for the Chad Miller Cancer Benefit Fund on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at Monson Chapel Sonrise United Methodist Church, 12220 Lower Huntington Rd. The night will feature a silent auction, bike run and a D.J. Carry out dinners will be available. Deposits for the fund can be made at any 1st Source Bank location under the account title of Chad K. Miller Cancer Benefit Fund. For more information call 244-7919 or 625-3468.AARP tripsTwo trips are being planned for Bearcreek Farms Productions. Friday, Oct. 19 will be for “GI Blues” which is back by popular demand. Nurses entertain the troops with songs from the 40s and 50s. The cost is $35.The second trip is Friday, Nov. 9 to see “Red, Hot and Blue Holiday,” with players from Branson, Mo. This includes a live band for a nostalgic journey through the big band era of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. The cost for this trip is $44. Both trips include show tickets, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Sunbeam Express. The bus will leave from the Nazarene Church, Main St. Columbia City, at 9:15 a.m. and return approximately 5 p.m.Reservations for both trips are needed by Friday, Oct. 5. Contact Betty Mink at 723-6044 to make reservations or for more information. Checks need to be made payable to AARP and sent to Mink at 5534 W. Ind. 14, South Whitley, IN 46787.Both trips are open to anyone who is interested in participating.Autism walkThe Autism Society of Indiana will hold a one mile walk to benefit the Whitley County Autism Support Group. The event will be held Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Whitley County YMCA in Columbia City. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and costs $10. All registrants will receive a walk T-shirt. Families can take part in games, snacks, prizes and local autism resource providers will be on hand. For more information, contact Jamie Blook at 229-0997 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Preregistration can be done online at www.autismsocietyofindiana.org.Missionary leagueThe Lutheran Women’s Missionary League will have a North Zone Rally Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 2465 W. Keiser Rd. Columbia City. Registration is $6 and includes a continental breakfast. “Modern Day Moses - Let God Lead” is this year’s theme presented by Deaconess Kris Hodges, missionary in Wau, Sudan. There will be a voluntary monetary ingathering to support the school/church building which is bring built in the Sudan community. The ladies of the congregations are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.Election of officers will be held as well. Registration deadline is Oct. 8. For more information, contact Mary Zelt at 627-2228.Senior eventAging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana is holding its 37th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony Friday, Oct. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. A book signing will follow the event. The ceremony will be held at the Fort Wayne Marriott Marquis Ballroom and will feature Barry Petersen, “CBS Sunday Morning” contributor, “CBS Evening News” correspondent and author of “Jan’s Story”: Love lost to the long goodbye of Alzheimer’s.” The cost is $25 per person or $200 for table of 10. “Communities for a Lifetime” Awards of Excellence 2012 honorees will be announced. For more information, call 745-1200 x 228.Craft bazaarThe Lighthouse will hold its annual bazaar Saturday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center in Columbia City.Admission is free. All crafts are custom made including woodcrafts, quilts, unique jewelry, homemade artwork, candles, homemade candies, household decorations, decorative holiday items and gifts. The food court and bake sale are favorites among patrons. Booth rental, food court and bake sale proceeds all benefit The Lighthouse Transitional Homeless Shelter. Booth space is still available with more than 70 booth spaces for shoppers to enjoy at this event. To reserve your space contact The Lighthouse at 244-5266 or e-mail Leah at email@example.com.