MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Fund raiser for concerned citizens, Relay for Life on tap

WHITLEY CONCERNED CITIZENSTO HOST SATURDAY FUND RAISERCOLUMBIA 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.CCHS KEY CLUB SPONSORINGFEB. 18 ZUMBA-THON AT THE CENTERCOLUMBIA 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.GRACE LUTHERAN TO HOST FAT TUESDAY TENDERLOIN FRYGrace Lutheran Church, located at 204 N. Main St. in Columbia City, is holding it’s Annual “Fat Tuesday Tenderloid Fry” on Feb. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.“Fat Tuesday” is the last festive day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season.Prices will be $8.50 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and children five and under eat free.This prices includes an all-you-can-eat tenderloin dinner, beverage and dessert. This is a cholesterol-free cooked meal. Carry-out dinners are also available.The supper will be held in the Parish Church Hall at Grace Lutheran.Proceeds generated from this fund-raising project will be given as financial support for church activities and outreach.Gaerte’s Frying Service is doing the cooking this year.GOVERNOR CANDIDATE REP. MIKE PENCEFEATURED SPEAKER AT LINCOLN DAY DINNERCOLUMBIA 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.EEL WATERSHED MEETINGSLATED FEB. 28 AT MANCHESTERNORTH MANCHESTER – Landowner cost-sharing programs and their pollution-reduction results, pending dam removals and more grants are on the agenda of the 2012 annual meeting of the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative.The free, public meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Flory Auditorium on the second floor of the Science Center of Manchester College in North Manchester.The Initiative is entering its fourth year of its mission of “protecting and enhancing the water resources of the Middle Eel River Watershed through education and implementation of soil and water conservation practices.”The annual meeting is of special interest to conservationists, farmers, landowners, birders, anglers and others who use the 30-mile stretch of the Eel River between North Manchester and Mexico, Ind., or care about its water quality.Success in obtaining grants totaling more than $212,000 from federal and state agencies has resulted in completion of 10 soil and water conversation projects with five more pending. The projects range from cover crops to fencing livestock from streams to no-till modifications, nutrient management and grassed waterways – impacting more than 2,350 acres.Fort wayne’s Home/Garden Showis coming March 1-4FORT 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 snowbirdswill roost awhilein Sebring March 6SEBRING, 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 Screeningavailable March 8COLUMBIA 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 Schoolsestablish kindergarten roundup datesCOLUMBIA 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.