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Friday, March 28•Food safety - 9 a.m.A large segment of agriculture includes small farms. Whether a side business or a producer trying to make it their main business, fruit and vegetable producers are among small farmers making a go of it. However, in order to meet certain state requirements for producers who wish to sell to a restaurant, grocery store, or similar business, training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) is required.Purdue Extension workshops across the state will teach current and prospective fruit and vegetable farmers about practices that help keep food safe from seed to market.The workshops’ goal is to present current science-based information on how to reduce risk of contamination during production of fruits and vegetables, as well as provide practical knowledge on planning and documenting food safety practices from planting through marketing. Attendance will satisfy the Indiana State Department of Health food safety training requirement for producers of fresh fruits and vegetables who sell to wholesale and institutional accounts.Producers who sell raw vegetables or fruits directly to consumers from the farm, door-to-door or at farmers markets are not required to take the training, but it is suggested.The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at most locations, with an evening program planned at LaGrange. Events nearest Whitley County will be held on the following dates and at the following locations:•Friday, March 28: Wakarusa Produce Auction, 65460 County Road 9, Goshen. For more information, contact Jeff Burbrink at email@example.com, 574-533-0554.•Support group - 7 p.m.For those that feel used, abused, hurt or misunderstood there is a new support group meeting.The group is also open to those who have been incarcerated and find it hard to adjust to life, those with addictions and wanting to put the past behind them.SALT is a faith-based support group where attendees can meet new friends and have the opportunity to build relationships with others who have similar interests and needs. SALT is open to young adults, and men and women of all ages.Meetings are held in the basement of the Church of the Second Chance, 204 S. Oak St. in Columbia City., Fridays at 7 p.m.The meetings begin with a social time with refreshments. There are no formal membership dues, but donations are accepted. Saturday, March 29•Fish fry - 3:30 p.m.Richland Township Community Assocatiation, Richland Township Fire Department, and the Larwill Lions Club will be hosting a fish fry, all-you-can-eat March 29, from 3:30 p.m. to whemever at the Larwill Fire Station and Community Building. Carry outs are available. Dinner will include onion rings, baked beans, and potato salad to go along with the main dish, which is fish. Monday, March 31•Passages - 5 p.m.Passages, Inc. will be collaborating with Pizza Hut to raise dollars for their self advocacy group called “The Navigators,” Monday, March 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pizza Hut.The group is planning their third annual formal spring gala and are raising money for this occasion.•Pizza Hut - 5 p.m.Passages, Inc. is collaborating with Pizza Hut to raise dollars for the organization’s self advocacy group called The Navigators. Monday, March 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for every buffet sold, $1.00 will go to The Navigators, self-advocacy group where 100% of the money raised will go towards the 3rd Annual Formal Spring Gala.The Navigators are comprised of individuals that Passages’ assist on a day to day basis as well as participants from the community. THE Navigators’ are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information on Passages, Inc. visit www.passagesinc.org or contact Jason Meyer at 244-9310 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding this event contact Tammy Nickolson at email@example.com or at 244-9317.Tuesday, April 1•Relay meeting - 6 p.m.It is not too late to put together a Relay for Life team. Team captain meetings are held to help leaders stay informed of event details as well as to have support in rallying team members and funds. For more information about the relay event or forming a team, plan to attend one of the following team meetings:•Tuesday, April 1 at Parkview Whitley Hospital at 6 p.m.•Applicator program - 9 a.m.Purdue Extension in Whitley County is sponsoring a private applicator recertification program April 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the 4-H Center in Columbia City. This program will count as one of the three required programs for private applicators (pesticide and/or Category 14) during the five year active period of their license.Registration, refreshments, and payment for the program will take place from 8:15 a.m. until the program begins at 9 a.m. Dr. Jim Camberato, Purdue soil fertility and plant nutrition specialist, will discuss nitrogen management and give an overall crop fertility update.Dr. William Johnson, Purdue professor of weed science, will discuss palmer amaranth management strategies, as well as offer an overall weed control update. John Woodmansee, Extension Educator in Whitley County, will cover strategies to reduce drift. Preregistration is required. Call the Whitley County Extension office at 244-7615 or 625-3313 by March 25 to register.Wednesday, April 2•Concert -7 p.m.The Kuyasa Kids, Horizon International’s acclaimed ambassador choir from Capetown, South Africa, will be in concert at Big Lake Church of God Wednesday April 2 at 7 p.m. Horizon International is a nonprofit Christian relief and development organization dedicated to creating a world of hope for orphans affected by HIV/AIDS.