MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Swimmers and farmers hosting fund-raising food events Friday, Saturday

YMCA RAPIDS SWIM TEAM HOSTINGFUND RAISING DINNER FRIDAYCOLUMBIA CITY – The YMCA Rapids Swim Team will be hosting a chicken/beef/vegan noodle dinner on Feb. 24 from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The dinner will include choice of Chicken, Beef or Vegan noodles, mashed potatoes, salad, roll, drink and dessert. Presale tickets are $6.00 and $7.00 at the door. Children under 4 are free. Contact Dalene Binkley 244-4189 for more information.WHITLEY COUNTY FARM BUREAU HOSTSFARMER’S SHARE BREAKFAST SATURDAYCOLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County Farm Bureau will host a Farmer’s Share Breakfast with Legislators at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Whitley County Ag Museum in Columbia City.The museum is located at the Whitley County Fairgrounds. This breakfast event provides an opportunity to meet, greet and learn the positions of local, state and national legislators and candidates as well as to ask their opinions on issues of importance. A donation of $1 is suggested with larger donations accepted and appreciated with proceeds going to a local food bank and Whitley County 4-H Buyers Support Group, a group whose purpose is to help support the 4-H auction by creating a minimum support price for 4-Hers for their livestock.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.GIRLS SCOUTS WILL CELEBRATE 100WITH SLEEPOVER MARCH 10-11 Come and enjoy a 100th birthday celebration for Girl Scouts in Whitley County with a sleepover Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 10 a.m. the next day at Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City!Activities include:CornholeLadderballSwaps makingCrayon MakingBracelet MakingWii Dance/BowlingMovieCost $5, includes pizza dinner and jungle breakfast. Girls who do not want to stay the night, pick up at midnight!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.‘TEDDY ROOSEVELT TO KEYNOTE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNERCOLUMBIA CITY — En-thralling stories and characteristics of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, will come alive through Gib Young’s professional and historical interpretation March 19. The event is part of the Whitley County Historical Society’s annual meeting and will take place at The Brownstone in South Whitley at 6 p.m. The event will precede the election of proposed and current members for board of director membership. Awards honoring extraordinary members of the Whitley County Historical Society will also be presented. The general public is invited to attend and reservations are $18 per person. The Brownstone is located at 105 S. State St. in South Whitley.To make a reservation or for more information, call the historical museum at 244-6372. MOBILE MAMMOGRAPHY COMING TO SOUTH WHITLEY MARCH 19SOUTH WHITLEY – Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography will be at South Whitley Elementary School, 406 W. Wayne Street, South Whitley, Monday, March 19.“When it comes to breast cancer, the best protection is early detection. Fifteen minutes could save your life. Your time is valuable; your life is priceless,” note organizers. To schedule a mammogram appointment or a site visit, call: 260-483-1847 or (800)-727-8439 ext. 26540.The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a mammogram every year starting at age 40.Francine’s Friends, Bosom Buddies in the Fight Against Cancer in partnership with Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and breast Diagnostic Center. Web site is: www.FrancinesFriends.orgCHURUBUSCO ROTARY CLUB AUCTION MARCH 20 TO FUND STUDENTS, PROJECTSCHURUBUSCO — A Churubusco Rotary Auction is scheduled for March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Churubusco High School Cafeteria. Thanks to the generosity of area people and businesses, the Churubusco Rotary is able to award several scholarships to high school seniors and finance projects to help the local community and school. Rotarians welcome the public to attend this banquet and to bid on many donated items. Last year, due to the generosity of bidders, the auction raised $20,000.Some of the items already donated for the auction include flower baskets, an antique tractor and trailer, an hour airplane flight, a truckload of driveway stone, two family passes for all sports for the 2012-13 school year, a decorative pottery, two tickets for any production of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, a reverse osmosis drinking water system, a battery charger, a framed autographed photo of the Churubusco boys and girls basketball team, Vera Bradley items, a 12-month membership from the Whitley County YMCA, a Nook Color E Reader from the Whitley County Community Foundation, admission tickets to the Children’s Zoo in Fort Wayne and much more. For more information, call 691-2230 or 609-1895.COESSE ALUMNI PLANS REUNION The Coesse Alumni Association is planning the school’s annual reunion for JUNE 9, 2012 at Eagle’s Nest Event Center in Columbia City. Graduates and anyone who attended Coesse is welcome to attend.Doors open at 5:30, dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Call Ema Lou Rose (260-432-5230) or Joanna Wright (260-248-2520)to make reservations.