Lunch and learn session April 20
Mark your calendars for a leadership refresher April 20. As part of Excellence in Servant Leadership Week, Leadership Whitley County is hosting a lunch and learn session. The session is titled “Lead From Where You Are.” The featured speaker is Bob Aibel, a Human Resources practitioner and instructor, with over 25 years of experience. Aibel has worked and consulted in various industries, including medical device, consumer products, restaurant and hospitality, insurance and service organizations. He is a full-time faculty member at IPFW in the school of Organizational Leadership and Supervision in the College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science. Cost to attend is $10 and pre-registration is required. For more information, download the program flyer at www.leadershipwc.org  or contact Kelley Sheiss at 213-4045 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
CCHS play isApril 20, 21
Students from Columbia City High School will show “The Miracle Worker” April 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. The play tells the story of Helen Keller, a blind and deaf girl living in 1886 who discovers the world with help from her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan will be played by Corinne Kauffman, Helen Keller will be played by Kirstie Crisp, Kate Keller will be played by Hannah Schaefer, Captain Keller will be played by Foster Eber, Aunt Ev will be played by Miranda Johnson, Martha will be played by Emilie Richter, James Keller will be played by Matt Swain, Viney will be played by Amelia Roman, Percy will be played by Jason Hershman, Jimmie will be played by Josh Graham, Dr. Anagnos will be played by Josh Jones, The Doctor will be played by Ben Tison, Clara will be played by Anna McCullough, Laura will be played by Ashley O’Connor, Beatrice will be played by Michaya Rodriguez, Marie will be played by Mackenzie Schillace, Louise will be played by Shelby Morse and Alice will be played by McKenzie Morse. Tickets are on sale now for $7, available from a cast member by request or at the door the nights of the show starting at 6:30 p.m.
4-H museum benefit meal is April 21
The Whitley County 4-H Ag Museum Benefit Breakfast will be held April 21 from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Whitley County Ag Museum building at the Columbia City 4-H fairgrounds. Donations are welcome. The menu is all-you-can eat, and it includes whole-hog sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes and drinks.
Spring Fling coming April 22
Spring Fling will take place April 22 at the 4-H Center Building from noon to 4 p.m. This is a fund raising event for the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force. Many vendors, such as Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Gold Canyon candles and many more will have cash and carry items for sale. In addition, the Columbia City Show Choir will have lunch for purchase. It is the place to pick up the gifts for Spring graduations, weddings and Mother’s Day. Raffle tickets will be sold as well for a bundled packaged of products donated by the vendors.
Red Cross Bloodmobile April 26
The American Red Cross Bloodmoblie will be at Columbia City United Methodist Chuch, lower level, 605 North Forest Parkway, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are always accepted. If you are at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental permission in writing, and weigh at least 110 pounds and have a good hemoglobin blood count, you may be accepted for donation. All those wishing to donate blood should bring their blood donation card or driver’s license. For questions, call 244-7671 or 229-0863.
Drug Awareness presentation is April 26
There will be a drug awareness presentation for parents and community members at the Peabody Library Auditorium April 26. The presentation will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson will present important information regarding drug use among youth.
Drive 1 For Your School at Whitko April 28
City Ford will conduct a Drive 1 For Your School event at Whitko High School, South Whitley, April 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An array of new Ford vehicles will be at the Whitko parking lot, ready for test drives. For each test drive, City Ford will donate $20 to Whitko to be directed to the school’s National Honor Society and Student Roundtable. City Ford and school officials encourage Whitko patrons to participate in this unique fund-raising opportunity.
Beef & noodle dinner slated April 28
The women of Grace Lutheran Church will host a Beef and Noodle dinner April 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. Beef and noodles will be served, as well as mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, rolls, desserts and beverages.
Carry-outs will be available. Everyone is invited. Profits will benefit local and worldwide outreach ministries. Previous recipients were: Grace Food Pantry, the Lighthouse, BABE, Kathleen Lutz — a missionary in Kenya and Lutheran World Relief.
Spaghetti dinner fundraiser coming April 28
An all-you-can-eat Spagh-etti Dinner Fundraiser will be held at the Columbia City High School Cafeteria to benefit the CCHS Band program. The fundraiser will take place April 28 from to 7 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $5 for seniors, age 65 plus, $7 for adults 13-64, $4 for children five to 12 and children four and under eat free. Tickets at the door are $6 for seniors 65 plus, $8 for adults 13 to 64 and $5 for children five to 12. Pre-sale tickets will be available for purchase through band members or by calling Elizabeth Bailey at 609-7519.
Cub Scout birthday party April 30
There will be a Cub Scout Pack 3082 60th birthday party April 30 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the FOP, next to Kids Dreamland. All former Pack 3082 alumni of all ages are invited to join the party.Those attending the party, can to share stories, memories and photos.
Car show and benefit May 5
There will be a car show and benefit May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hearth at Sycamore Village, located on Ind. 14 and Allen/Whitley County Line Road. Food and bake sale items will be a free will donation. Silent auction items are toys, tools, sports wear, beauty supplies, golf, motel stays, golf umbrellas, gift baskets and more.
Cubs bus trip set for May 6
There will be a Cubs bus trip to Chicago Wrigley Field May 6. Those planning to attend the Cubs bus trip will depart from Big Lake Church of God at 9 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Big Lake/Tri-Lakes fireworks fund. Cost is $65 per person. For more information, call the Big Lake Church of God at 691-3503.