3. April

mEGGa Hunt: The annual mEEGa Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the Churubusco Community Park on April 3, with events beginning at 3:30 p.m. Along with four different age categories of Easter egg hunting, there will be several other activities for families, including games, Scheumann Farms & Petting Zoo, touch-a-truck, popcorn, cotton candy, Merriam Christian Chapel Puppet Team and more. Ages 3 and under will hunt for eggs at 3:30 p.m., ages 4-6 is at 3:50 p.m., ages 7-9 is 4:10 p.m. and ages 10 and up are at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and is hosted by Christ Community Church.

8. April

WCARC meeting: The next Whitley County Amateur Radio Club general meeting is Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Peabody Public Library lower level, Community Rooms A&B. The program for the evening will be on The History of Radio Astronomy, presented by John Wasmuth, AA9KB. Masks and social distancing will be required. All general meetings are open to the public. The library is located at 1160 E. SR 205, Columbia City. For additional information, visit the Whitley County Amateur Radio Club webpage at www.wcarc.org or on Facebook.

9. April

Youth fundraiser: Churubusco American Legion Post 157 will host a youth fundraiser 4-8 p.m. at the post. There are several meal options, including a fish and shrimp dinner for $10, fish sandwich for $5, fish and fry basket for $6.50, fish dinner for $9, shrimp dinner for $8.50 or just shrimp for $6.50. The meal is offered as dine-in or carry-out.

16. April

Our Turn to Serve fundraiser: Churubusco American Legion Post 157 will host an Our Turn to Serve Fundraiser at the legion. Our Turn to Serve assists veterans with service-related trauma by providing trained service dogs. The meal is offered from 11 a.m. until gone. There is delivery all day, call the post at 260-623-6263. Meal options include tenderloin and fries for $8; tenderloin, fries and applesauce for $8.50; fish only for $15; a fish dinner for $9; and a fish and fry basket for $6.50.

17. April

VFWA Cookout: VFW Post 3846’s Women’s Auxiliary will host a cookout on Saturday, April 17, noon until gone. The meal includes a boneless chicken thigh dinner with two thighs, a baked potato, vegetable and roll. The cost is $9 per mail. Dine in or carry-out is available. The post is located at 109 N. Main St., Churubusco.

21. April

Red Cross Blood Drive: An American Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for April 21 at the Churubusco United Methodist Church, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The church is located at 750 N. Main St., Churubusco. Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule your donation or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

24. April

WCARC test session: The next Whitley County Amateur Radio Club test session will be Saturday, April 24, 9-11 a.m. at the Peabody Public Library lower level, Community Rooms A & B. Masks and social distancing will be required. The cost to take the test is $14. The library is located at 1160 E. SR 205, Columbia City. The club is also hosting bi-monthly virtual test sessions at https://hamstudy.org/sessions/N9QCL. For more information, contact Roger McEntarfer via email at n9qcl@arrl.net.

Veterans BBQ: Churubusco American Legion Post 157 will host a Veterans BBQ at the post from noon until gone. Jason is an Army veteran with a passion for barbecue and helping fellow veterans. The meal includes a pulled pork sandwich, cole slaw and mac ‘n’ cheese for $10.

25. April

Christian artist Hannah Schaefer: Community Bible Church, 325 N. Elm St., Columbia City. 6 p.m. Free. Contemporary Christian artist Hannah Schaefer will present a “Night of Worship.” Children are welcome to attend. Schaefer, a Columbia City native, has toured internationally and has given over 300 concerts. She has opened for Matthew West, Building 429 and Aaron Shust. hannahschaefermusic.com

7. May

Settlers Inc. plant sale: Historic Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Settlers Inc. will host their annual herb and perennial plant sale and Historic Swinney Homestead open house. Parking by the tennis courts; main floor display of Settlers Inc. hand arts programs; plants will be in the basement; perennial “diggings” on the back lawn. Proceeds from Settlers Inc. events support the Swinney Homestead.

8. May

Settlers Inc. plant sale: Historic Swinney Homestead, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. 9 a.m.-noon. Only the basement will be open on this final day of the plant sale.

Cancer Services Ribbon Walk: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana will host its annual Ribbon Walk on Saturday, May 8, 9-11 a.m. at the Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana location at 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne. Register online at https://give.cancer-services.org/RibbonWalk2021. Raise $35 by May 1 to receive a commemorative T-shirt.

16. May

Eco Fest Fort Wayne: Headwaters Park West, Fort Wayne, in the gated Rothschild Pavilion area. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Family-friendly event has food, drinks, workshops, and nonprofit and retail vendors. Wheel-chair accessible. Visit www.ecofestfw.com for details.

21. May

Chamber EXPO: The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual business expo in a new way — an Outdoor Expo in downtown Columbia City on May 21. The event will be held 6-9 p.m. downtown to allow for better accommodations for the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. Booth space is available, call 260-248-8131 for more information. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local chamber.

12. June

Tinkham 5K: Camp Whitley’s annual Tinkham 5K Trail Run/Walk will be held Saturday, June 12. Runners and walkers of all ages will begin at 8 p.m. and make their way through open fields and wooded trails, over dirt and earth, in the country setting at Troy Cedar Lake. A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served at the finish. Applications are available at campwhitley.org. The cost is $25 and includes a free T-shirt if registered by June 1. Awards will be given to the top finishers. Proceeds will benefit Camp Whitley and the construction of a new director’s cabin.


One Community meals: One Community in South Whitley is offering meals one day a week on Wednesdays starting in October. Meals are on a carry-out and delivery basis only. Carry-outs can be picked up from 11-11:30 a.m. behind the former Brownstone restaurant. Deliveries are available within the town limits only.

Multi-County Medical Outreach Clinic: is a free clinic at 885 Connexion Way, Columbia City, typically open Thursday afternoons from 1-5 p.m., except the fifth Thursdays of the month. The clinic is conducting telephone appointments during the virus situation at 260-564-1946. The clinic serves non-insured or underinsured on a first-come, first-served basis. Donations are accepted.

CUMC Food Pantry: Churubusco United Methodist Church offers a substantial amount of food and essentials for families. Call the church for an appointment at 260-693-2154. The supplies are open to anyone in need.

CUMC Drive-Thru food give away: Every Tuesday, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Churubusco United Methodist Church gives two bags of groceries to supplement families in need. The event is open to anyone in need, no appointment needed.

Celebrate Recovery: is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our lives. The group meets weekly on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Church Big House, 5019 E. CR 500S, Noble County.

Drug Free Whitley County: Meets the third Thursday of the month at noon in the basement of Parkview Whitley Hospital, where lunch can be purchased. These meetings are open to the community. Email Carlee LaRue at whitleydfi1@gmail.com for more information.

Tri-Lakes RSD board meetings: The Tri-Lakes Regional Sewer District’s Board of Trustees will hold their 2020 regular monthly board meetings on the second Monday of each month at the District Office, 5240 N. Old 102, Columbia City. Special meetings, if required, will be posted in advance of the meeting date and time as required by the state’s open door policy.

Martha’s House: Free clothing of all sizes, household items and small furniture is available for families in need at Sugar Grove Church, 5019 E. C.R. 500S, Churubusco, by appointment only: 260-693-1718.

Understanding Your Grief: A program led by Parkview Home Health and Hospice will be each Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. at Green Center United Methodist Church, 2861 S. C.R. 300E, through March 21. Each session will include information and ideas by Alan Wofelt, and internationally noted author, educator and grief counselor. Rev. Ken Weaver, LCSD, LMFT and chaplain; and Cathy Petrie, LCSW and bereavement counselor, will discuss emotional responses to illness and death, and how to cope. To register, call 800-292-9894 or call Petrie at 260-452-5606.

Yoga therapy: The Peggy F. Murphy Grief Center in Fort Wayne is offering people who have lost loved ones a chance to work through their grief with therapeutic yoga sessions. Sessions take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. There is no charge for the sessions, but the center asks people to register ahead of time by calling 260-453-3261.

Impact Food Pantry: at 500 W. Van Buren St. will be open on Thursdays from 1-4:45 p.m.

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

Chess Club: meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month at the South Whitley Community Public Library. All ages and experience levels welcome.

eSpecially Needed: This family Support group for families of children with special needs meets the third Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Columbia City United Methodist Church, Room 200, 605 N. Forest Parkway, Columbia City. Childcare is available. For more information, contact Jan Boggs at 249-8429.

C3 Youth Group: meets with youth pastor Brad Milikan 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 United Methodist Nursery School: is accepting registration for the 2021-22 school year. Children should be 3, 4 or 5 by Aug. 1. Enrollment is $55 and monthly fees will be $85 for the three-day program (Monday, Wednesday, 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.

Cook, Talk and Taste: meets 6 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month. Participants must register for a seat ahead of time on the Peabody Public Library website.

VFW Post 5582 hosts a fish fry: the first and third Fridays of each month, 5-6:30 p.m. The post is located at 415 E. Chicago St., Columbia City.

Whitley County Herb Gatherers: meet the third Monday each month. The group is dedicated to preserving the lore of herbs for future generations, their uses and how to grow them. All are welcome. Meetings are at 1 p.m. in Parkview Whitley Hospital’s medical building classroom No. 2. To learn more, contact Sharon at 260-503-4199.

Community Harvest Farm Wagon: meets at 1 p.m. every first, third and fifth Thursday in the old Crossroads Bank parking lot in South Whitley. Free fruits and vegetables for families. Be sure to bring your own bags.

Fun with Robotics: meets at 6 p.m. every third Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. every last Saturday at the Peabody Public Library. Kids are invited to learn how to build and program their own bots.

Here to Help: You don’t have to fight addiction alone. Whitley County has many support groups to help you get, and stay, sober:


12&12 Group and AL-ANON

Grace Lutheran Church

204 N. Main St Columbia City, IN

Thursday 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday 7:30-8:30 p.m.

South Whitley Discussion Meeting

United Methodist Church

6685 S.R. 14, South Whitley, IN

Monday 7-8 p.m.

Coach House — Smith and Sons Funeral Home

207 N. Main St., Columbia City, IN

Tuesday 7:30-8:30 p.m.

There is a Solution Group

St. Matthews United Methodist Church

1460 E. 500 N. Columbia City, IN

Saturday 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Larwill Anonymous Group

Richland Township Fire Station

6538 W. County Road 100 N. Larwill, IN

Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery

The Center

201 W. Market St. Columbia City, IN

Sunday 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The Landing

201 W. Market St. Columbia City, IN

Thursday 6-8 p.m.

Ages 13-19


Coach House — Smith and Sons Funeral Home

207 N. Main St. Columbia City, IN

Tuesday 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Church

204 N. Main St. Columbia City, IN

Wednesday 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Dial 211 for FREE rides to and from substance use treatment and certified support programs.

Whitley County Council on Aging. For pricing, call (260) 248-8944 or visit whitleycountycouncilonaging.com/public-transit/

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