MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Wintry forecast for weekend Fire & Ice WinterFest on Courthouse Square

Ice sculptors arriving to carve frosty artwork on Courthouse SquareCOLUMBIA CITY – The seventh annual Whitley County “Fire and Ice” WinterFest will be taking shape this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22 amidst a wintry weather forecast.Snow showers and highs in the low 30s are forecast.This unique winter festival hosts ice carvers from the tri-state area who will be demonstrating their talents around the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City by creating works of arts for local business sponsors.The ice sculptures and sponsorship information will remain on the Courthouse lawn or at the businesses for as long as the weather allows.Saturday, Jan. 218 a.m. – Ice carvers create sculptures around the Courthouse Square and at various businesses (all day until completed).9 a.m.•Registration for the 5k at The Center, South Chauncey Street, downtown.•Kid’s Activities provided by the Whitley County YMCA at The Center (until 2 pm).•Etna United Methodist Church – Biscuits & Gravy, Chicken & Noodles – at The Center (until 2 pm).10 a.m.•Snowflake 5k in downtown Columbia City.•Craft Bazaar located in the lobby of The Clugston Apartments (until 4 p.m).•Vendors around the square (until 4:00 pm).Noon•Live Entertainment (until 3 p.m).12:30 p.m.•Ice Cream Eating Contest at The Center.6:30 p.m. – Carver’s Reception at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center. Carvers and their families, festival workers and sponsors are welcome.Sunday, Jan. 22Noon• Ice Carving Competition on the Courthouse Square, downtown Columbia City (until 3 p.m.).•Chili Challenge for Charity at the Center (until 3 p.m). Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 5-12, under 5 are free. •Craft Bazaar located in the lobby of The Clugston Apartments (until 4 p.m).•Vendors around the Square (until 4 p.m).•Live entertainment at The Center (until 3 p.m).3:30 p.m.•Awards announced for the Chili Challenge at the gazebo on the Courthouse Square.•Awards announced for the Ice Carving Competition at the gazebo on the Courthouse Square.Locations for Fir & Ice events•Whitley County Cour-thouse Square – downtown Columbia City, Main (Ind. 9) at Van Buren streets.•The Center for Whitley County Youth, 201 W. Market St. (southwest corner of the Courthouse Square).•Clugston Apartments, 108 S. Chauncey St. (west side of the Courthouse Square).All registration forms are available on-line at or contact the Chamber office at 248-8131 for further information.Please note that Chauncey Steet between Van Buren & Market streets will be closed to traffic. Please do not park any vehicles in this area to allow room for vendors and foot traffic. Public restrooms are available in City Hall, located at the corner of Chauncey and Market streets on the west side of the Courthouse.Eagles Auxiliary 1906to present grant to Riley Children’s Hospitalat Jan. 22 luncheon, eventCOLUMBIA CITY – The Columbia City Eagles Auxiliary 1906 will make a grant presentation to the Indiana State Auxiliary for Riley’s Childrens Hospital Sunday, Jan. 22.There will be a lunch from 12 to 2 p.m. that day, along with music by Melvin Mullins until 5 p.m.The event is open to the public.“We thank the community for its kind contributions to our raffles and would welcome all to our special day of recognition,” said Sharon Geiger, Eagles Auxiliary spokesperson.Top spellers from all county schoolsto converge on Churubusco Jan. 25CHURUBUSCO – The Whitley County Spelling Bee will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Churubusco High School beginning at 5 p.m.Soil & Water Conservation District'sannual meeting is Janur 24COLUMBIA CITY – The Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is holding its 56th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center, 125 S Eagle Glen Trail, Columbia City.The event is being catered by Stan and Doris Horne. The cost will be $5 for the meal and tickets can be purchased from SWCD Supervisors or the office located at 788 W Connexion Way Suite C, Columbia City, phone 260-244-6266 ext. 3.STAR to host 6th AnnualAg ForumJanuary 25COLUMBIA CITY – STAR will host its sixth an-nual Agricultural Forum, Wednesday, Jan. 25.The luncheon will take place at the Eagles Nest Event Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Dr. David Kohl, agricultural economics expert, will present “The Wild World of Global Economics and Kitchen Table Economics.”February blood driveshave 'heart' themeCOLUMBIA CITY – Every day, hospital patients depend on steady and consistent blood donations from volunteer donors for the blood they may need for ongoing and emergency medical care. And with February being American Heart Month, it’s a great time to put your heart into a worthwhile cause: helping to build the nation’s blood supply through your American Red Cross.Upcoming local blood drives include:•Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 7:30 a.m. until noon at Northeastern REMC in the Conference Room, located at 4901 East Park 30 Drive in Columbia City. Please call 625-3700, ext. 412 to schedule your blood donation appointment.•Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 12:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the South Whitley United Methodist Church, located at 6685 W. SR 14 in South Whitley.GED Orientation scheduled for Feb. 4COLUMBIA CITY – Four County Area Vocational Cooperative is offering free GED and Adult Basic Education Instruction in Whitley CountyLearn more at a program orientation on Saturday, Feb. 4 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at 220 Frontage Rd, Columbia City, in the Huntington University Excel location. Interested students must pre-register at: 888-349-0250 ext 251 or thutchins@fcavc.orgFort’s Home/Garden Showis 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.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.