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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Food fare events, North Manchester ice fest among upcoming 'go-and-do' checklist

February 9, 2012

Spaghetti Dinner
Friday at CCUMC
COLUMBIA CITY – Columbia City United Methodist Church, 605 Forest Parkway, will host a spaghetti dinner Friday, Feb. 10, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit CCUMC’s Childcare and Youth Group.
There will be live music at the $5 per person dinner.

AMVETS offering
prime rib Saturday
SOUTH WHITLEY – AMVETS Post #2919, South Whitley, is hosting a Valentine’s Prime Rib Dinner Open House Saturday, Feb. 11. Boneless chicken will be available too.
Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Karaoke will be 8 p.m. to midnight. Price for the event is $15 per person, $25 per couple. RSVP reservations please at 723-5212.

Festival of Ice to be hosted
at Timbercrest on Feb. 11
NORTH MANCHESTER – Timbercrest Senior Living will host the Festival of Ice, an ice carving event, on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. until noon. The event will be held on the Timbercrest front lawn.
Two ice carvers will be onsite to turn ordinary blocks of ice into works of art.
One of the carvers, Stan Horne, has competed in international ice carving competitions, including the BP World Ice Art Championships in Fair Banks, Alaska.
He also started the Fire and Ice Festival, which draws thousands to Columbia City each year. Columbia City’s event is Jan. 21-22
The two carvers at Timbercrest will complete a total of six sculptures over a three-hour period, so there will be lots of activity throughout the entire morning. Attendees can bundle up to watch the festivities outside or there will be seating inside for those who would rather not be out in the cold.
Many organizations are participating in the North Manchester event.

SOUTH WHITLEY – Whitko High School will be offering a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshop on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the high school lecture room.
Gretchen Bailey, a representative of the Financial Aid Department from Grace College, will provide information on how to complete the FAFSA.
This workshop is vital for high school seniors who are planning to attend college next year and their parents.
Parent / teacher
conferences Feb. 16
Whitko High School Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the high school commons area.
Progress reports will be available for all students upon entering the building.
All parents of Whitko High School students are encouraged to attend.

COLUMBIA CITY – On Saturday, February 18th the Columbia City Key Club is sponsoring its 2nd annual Zumba-thon to raise money for their Relay for Life team. The event will be held from 12-2pm at The Center in Columbia City. There will be door prizes available to those who participate in the dance-a-thon. The Key Club will have a free will donation to all those who want to take part. Relay for Life is a campaign sponsored by The American Cancer Society. In Whitley County each year in June, teams walk 24-hours at Indian Springs Middle School to raise money to provide help and support to individuals and their loved ones who are suffering from cancer.

COLUMBIA CITY – Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, a Republican candidate for governor and a national political figure, has been secured as the keynote speaker for the Whitley County Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center, 125 S. Eagle Glen Trail, according to Matt Boyd, Whitley County GOP chairman.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., Pledge of Allegiance and invocation 6:20 p.m. and dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.
Congressman Pence is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. Cost: $40/person $320/table of eight. RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 16 to Laurell Hodges (260) 723-4495 or email: Make checks payable to: Whitley County Republican Party.

Whitley Concerned Citizens
to host Feb. 18 fund raiser
COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County Concerned Citizens will host a fund raiser Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at The Eagles, 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
Local country/bluegrass band Huckleberry Blue will entertain.
There will be a $5 cover charge to benefit the fight against wind farms in Whitley County, according to organizers. There will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses.
Dinner is available at The Eagles, as well as drinks and socialization. Silent auction items start at 8 p.m., band starts at 9:30. Silent auction ends at 11 p.m.
Attendees will gain information about proposed wind farms in Whitley County.

Fort Wayne’s Home/Garden Show
is coming March 1-4
FORT WAYNE – The 39th annual Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show, the largest consumer event in Indiana’s Tri-State area, is the perfect place to find the latest home and garden ideas and products to make your home springtime ready.
This year’s show takes place Thursday, March 1 through Sunday, March 4 at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Avenue. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For nearly 40 years, over 41,000 visitors – including gardeners, decorators and do-it- yourselfers – have discovered unique ways to reinvent their humble abode through hundreds of experts all under one roof.

Whitley snowbirds
will roost awhile
in Sebring March 6
SEBRING, Fla. – The Columbia City High School Alumni Association will host its annual Snowbird Luncheon for all citizens of Whitley County on Tuesday, March 6.
The Florida luncheon and get-together will start at 11:30 a.m. at Homer’s Original Smorgasbord, 1000 Sebring Square, located on the southeast corner of U.S. 27 and Sebring Parkway.
This is billed as “a casual get-together for you to enjoy with family, friends, classmates and alumni of Whitley County, Indiana.”
There is no reservation required for this event. Luncheon amount is $10.97 per person, plus tax, at the door.

Life Line Screening
available March 8
COLUMBIA CITY – Whit-ley County area residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture.
Columbia City Church of the Nazarene, 506 N. Main St., will host Life Line Screening on March 8.
Four key points every person needs to know:
•Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.
•80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.
•Preventive ultrasound screenings can help persons avoid a stroke.
•Screenings are fast, non-invasive, painless, affordable and convenient.
Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.
Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit Pre-registration is re-quired.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools
establish kindergarten roundup dates
COLUMBIA CITY – Kindergarten Round-up dates have been established in March for Whitley County Consolidated Schools..
Parents are instructed by school officials to call each elementary school office to set up an appointment time for the appropriate date.
School, roundup dates and office phone numbers are:
•Coesse Elementary, Thursday, March 15. Call for an appointment 244-3351.
•Northern Heights Elementary, Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21. Call for an appointment 691-2371.
•Mary Raber Elementary, Thursday, March 22. Call for an appointment 244-5857.
•Little Turtle Elementary, Tuesday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 28. Call for an appointment 244-3343.


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