Community calendar

March 14

• Members of the clergy and religious leaders in the Smith-Green Township area are invited to attend a discussion with Dan Hile, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools, on the upcoming school referendum and why the school board is requesting it. The talk will be held 8-9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Churubusco United Methodist Church, 750 N. Main St.

March 16

The 13th annual Whitley County 4-H Fun Night is 4-7:30 p.m. at the 4-H Center. The all-you-can-eat fish and tenderloin meal begins at 4 p.m. and will be served while supplies last. The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-10 and free for children 5 and under. The menu includes breaded fish and tenderloin, grilled tenderloin, baked beans, potato salad, applesauce and drinks. The dinner will be held in conjunction with the 4-H Council’s silent auction and the 4-H leaders’ Fun Night. The auction traditionally has more than 100 items for sale, with proceeds going to fund trips for kids and other activities throughout the year. Fun Night activities will feature games put on by several 4-H clubs. The 4-H Center is located at 680 W. Squawbuck Road, Columbia City.

Smith Township Fire Department’s fish fry is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at American Legion Post 157 in Churubusco. The cost is $9 for a dinner of $6 for a basket, served with french fries and applesauce. A sandwich only is $3.50. There will also be baked goods available for purchase, and orders of five or more can be delivered. Carry-outs also available.

John Ikert, one of the nation’s leading experts on sustainable agriculture, will speak on the environmental and economic impact of large scale industrial farms, 7 p.m. at the Rhinehart Music Center at Purdue Fort Wayne. The event is free and open to the public, and sponsored in part by Whitley Water Matters. For more information, concact John O’Connell at oconnelj@ipfw.edu.

Whitley County Chamber of Commerce will host Business Buzz at 8:15 a.m. at Brew’ha. Participants can promote their business, nonprofit, community interests and network with others at this casual, conversational meeting.

Whitley County Chamber of Commerce will host “Chamber on the Road” at noon at Brevin’s in Churubusco. This meeting gives participants an opportunity to promote their business, nonprofit, community interests and network with others.

March 17

A free presentation titled “Understanding Depression and How to Help Those Going Through It,” will be hosted by Cross Connections and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Columbia City, 9-11 a.m. Guest speaker Megan Beeching is a licensed counselor at Cross Connections Counseling in Fort Wayne, and will cover basic information about depression, new genetic testing for depression, various ways to manage the symptoms of depression and how to best walk alongside those who are suffering. A light breakfast will be provided. Call the church at 244-3712 or email deaconessintern.stjohns.com by March 10 to RSVP.

A Community Breakfast Buffet will be held at Saturn Christian Church, 8-10:30 a.m. The menu includes sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, pancakes, ham, hash browns, fruit, cereal, donuts, coffee, milk and juice. The meal is a free-will offering event and is sponsored by the Christian Men’s Fellowship. Fellowship Hall is handicap accessible. The church is located at 6731 E. County Road 800 South in Jefferson Township.

Wesley Chapel Warriors’ Chili Supper, pie auction and bake sale is 4-7 p.m. For a free-will donation, the meal includes chili, hot dogs, corn muffins and dessert. All profits from the event will go to the 2018 Relay for Life of Whitley County, which will be held June 23, 4-10 p.m., at Churubusco High School. The church is located at 13733 Wesley Chapel Road, Churubusco.

March 19

Whitley County Drainage Board meets 9 a.m. at the Whitley County Government Center in Columbia City. The board meets on the third Monday of each month.

Whitley County Commissioners meet 1 p.m. at the Whitley County Government Center in Columbia City. The commissioners meet on the first and third Monday of each month.

March 21

Churubusco Rotary will hold its annual community and scholarship auction in the cafeteria at Churubusco High School. The dinner buffet will start at 5:45 p.m. (a free-will donation will be accepted) and the auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

March 22

Kindergarten round-up will be held for Whitley County Consolidated Schools. Round-ups will be held at each elementary building. Morning and evening sessions are available. Each session is about 90 minutes. Any child who will be 5 years old before Aug. 1 is eligible to enroll for the 2018/2019 school year. Families should bring their child, the child’s original birth certificate and updated immunization records to round-up. Parents should call the appropriate office to register. For Coesse, call (260) 244-3351; for Little Turtle, call (260) 244-3343; for Mary Raber, call (260) 244-5857; and for Northern Heights, call (260) 691-2371.

March 24

The Whitley County Historical Society’s annual banquet dinner is 11 a.m. at the Whitley County Agricultural Museum, 680 W. Squawbuck Road in Columbia City. Come early to enjoy the museum and the silent auction fundraiser, featuring artwork of local historical buildings and places, along with animals and scenes painted by Jeanette Brown. The silent auction begins at 11 a.m. Enthusiastic historian Clay Geiger will be the guest speaker. His topic is titled, “Etna, Town of Dreams.” The dinner will be catered by Jill Daniel for $20 per person. All are welcome. Call the museum at 244-6372 for reservations.

March 27

Turtle Town AA & Al-Anon will hold its 35th anniversary carry in and speaker meeting at Churubusco United Methodist Church. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. Speakers Don and Sue G. start at 7:30 p.m. A meat dish and drinks will be provided. Please bring a covered dish and your own dinnerware.

A Royal Tea will be hosted at South Whitley Community Public Library at 6:30 p.m. The event is inspired by popular television shows “Victoria” and “The Crown.” At the tea, guests will enjoy a variety of teas, along with scones topped with orange marmalade or lemon curd jams, and a trifle. Guests will also play a trivia game related to Queen Elizabeth, a bingo game relating to Queen Victoria, and other parlor games. Register for the free program by visiting the library or calling 723-5321.

March 28

• Indian Springs Middle School will host “Parent University” 6:30-8 p.m. The presentation will include information about cyber bullying, sexting, dangers of technology and social media. The Indiana State Police’s cyber crimes unit specialist Cathie Bledsoe will deliver the presentation. Whitley County Consolidated School families and agencies are welcome to attend.

• The Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center will host a women’s lunch series “What can WEOC do for you?” at noon at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, 128 W. Van Buren St. The center offers women entrepreneurs business growth coaching, training and entrepreneurial education, connectivity and access to capital. The lunch is free, but space is limited, so RSVP to the Chamber at (260) 248-8131 or office@whitleychamber.com.

April 14

JFK and the Beatles at the South Whitley Community Public Library begins at 1 p.m. with a presentation by world-renowned Beatle scholar Aaron Krerowicz. The program is entitled “From the Shadows of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America.”

April 25

• Whitley County Chamber of Commerce will host a “Thanks a Bunch Lunch” for Administrative Professional Day at Eagle Glen Event Center. This event gives employers an opportunity to honor their administrative assistants, personal assistants, volunteers and others with lunch, door prizes and more. Tickets for this annual event are just $20 per person. To make reservations, contact the Chamber at (260) 248-8131 or office@whitleychamber.com. Deadline to RSVP is noon April 20.

April 28

Wine and Jazz will be held at the Old Train Depot in Pierceton, 6:30-9 p.m. The event is hosted by the Pierceton Chamber of Commerce, and will include a silent auction with items donated by the community. The Chamber will use funds raised for upcoming festivals, local parks and other town expenses. Tickets are available in advance for $30 each or $35 at the door. Email visitpierceton@yahoo.com or call (574)367-5069.

Ongoing

The Churubusco Lions Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Papa’s Place at 6:30 p.m.

AA and Al-Anon meetings Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. at the Churubusco United Methodist Church.

A support group for families of children with special needs meets 3-5 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at Choices & Changes, 360 N. Oak St., Churubusco. The meeting March 17 will focus on community supports. The topic for April 20 is grieving and growing. For more information, contact Chris Garau at (260) 255-0708 or Christy Garau at (260) 255-0707.

• The Whitley County Humane Shelter is doing an Easter-themed fundraiser. The shelter will send a customized letter from the Easter Bunny along with a small gift to a child for a $5 donation. Submissions are due March 13. For more information, contact the shelter at events@whitleycountyhumaneshelter.com.

C3 Youth Group meets with youth pastor Brad Millikan 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Community Church, 316 N. Main St. in Churubusco. Students grade 6-12 are welcome to join.

Churubusco Elementary School is registering all-day kindergarten students. Call (260) 693-2188 to schedule a registration time May 24 or 25 and a registration packet will be mailed to you. Students must be 5 years old by Aug. 1. The school is also accepting transfer students.

• Churubusco United Methodist Nursery School is accepting registration for the 2018-2019 school year. Children should be 3, 4 or 5 by Aug. 1. Enrollment is $50 and monthly fees will be $80 for the three-day program (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Morning sessions are 9-11:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions are 12:30-3 p.m. For more information, call the office at (260) 693-2154.

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