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Now Through June – The Columbus Public Library has a Coloring-Puzzle Club that takes place the first Wednesday of every month from 7pm-9pm. Everything needed is provided but you are welcome to bring your own project. Drinks and music are provided in the conference room in the Teen Space during the club hours. Come and go as you please!

Friday, February 17 – Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership will hold a registration day for the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs at 3286 53rd Avenue in Columbus.  Come in between 8am-5:30pm to take a tour, talk to staff and register your child for the 2017-2018 school year.  All programs are free of charge!  Walk ins welcome, or call 402-564-1124 ext 0 to schedule an appointment.

Friday, February 17 thru Sunday, February 19 – Grand Island Little Theatre presents the comedy “A Nice Family Gathering” at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.  Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at Ace Hardware or Hyvee in Grand Island, or call the box office at 308-382-2586, or tickets available at the door.

Friday, February 17 thru Sunday, February 19 – Big Brothers/Big Sisters hosting their annual dress store in the Conestoga Mall in Grand Island.  Open 5p-9p on Friday and mall hours on Saturday and Sunday next to The Children’s Place by the south mall entrance.  Prom dresses for sale for $20!

Saturday, February 18 – Steve Tamayo, a traditional Sicangu Lakota artist, is coming at 2pm to the Columbus Library Art Gallery to talk about the 4 Tribes of Nebraska. He earned his BFA in Fine Arts from Sinte Gleska University and has developed and taught a curriculum of Traditional Arts for their Lakota Studies Department. Tamayo has worked with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in their collections management and conservation team to help preserve the material culture of the Indian People. Steve will bring Native artifacts that he has created and his grandsons will demonstrate the song and dance of the Indian People. Bring your friends and family to learn about our heritage.  This free program is sponsored by The Friends of The Library.

Sunday, February 19 – The Grain Bin in Howells is hosting a steak fry and silent auction at 11am to honor all area Veterans.  Music with DJ and guest speakers.  Silent auction items and donations accepted at the Grain Bin in Howells.  All proceeds will benefit the Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Flight to Washington DC on May 1, 2017.  FMI contact Richard Mundil 402-270-0512 or Jerry Mundil 402-615-1185.

Sunday, February 19 – The Columbus YMCA will be hosting an event for Big Pals Little Pals from 3p-5p at the Columbus Wellness Center for matches and their families.  This event is made possible by the Columbus YMCA.

Monday, February 20 – Join Columbus Community Hospital Occupational Health Services for a Lunch and Learn on Employer Sponsored Wellness Programs in the third floor conference center at the hospital.  There will be a complimentary buffet at 11:45am with the presentation by featured speaker Sara McCue from 12pm-1pm.  Please RSVP by Friday, February 17 to Ileana Jarecki at 402-562-4490 or imjarecki@columbushosp.org.

Monday, February 20 – The After 5 Club of Norfolk cordially invites you, your friends and potential friends to an evening dinner.  No membership or dues, and all women are welcome.  Monique Muhle, owner/designer of To a T Decorating/Chatterbox Floral & Gifts, located in Creston NE, will share affordable decorating ideas for any special occasion.  Beautiful music is in the air provided by Romona Nobles, Norfolk, NE. Romona is a paraprofessional at Norfolk Public Schools.  Do Fairytales Really Come True? Donna Christensen from Superior, NE, a free-lance writer, compares herself to Cinderella. She has 9 children and 31 great grandchildren. In her spare time, she loves to swim and play golf.  The event will be held at Christ is King Community Church – 715 Madison Avenue from 6:30pm-8pm.  Please use Southeast Door – $11.00 Inclusive.  Call Connie at 402-750-4942 or Nelda at 402-992-5372.  Please reserve before Thursday, February 16th, 2017.  If unable to attend, please call to cancel.

Tuesday, February 21 – The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic at the Polk County Health Department in Osceola from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  An appointment is recommended to avoid long periods of waiting.  Reminder – All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a record of all previous immunizations is required.   Please call the Health Department office (747-2211) with any questions, or to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, February 21 – The Columbus Area Business Incubator Center will hold an open house to celebrate the exciting entrepreneurial opportunities in the Columbus area.  1pm-3:30pm at 1415 17th Street (north entrance to NPPD).  Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 22 – The Shrine Circus is coming to town!  Featuring the James Cristy Cole Circus at Ag Park in Columbus.  Show times at 4pm and 7:30pm.  Tickets for adults/$10, children/$5.  Proceeds are for the benefit of Sesostris Shriners activities.

Friday, February 24 – Driver Chiropractic will host a Patient Appreciation Day from 11am-1pm at 2107 23rd Street in Columbus.  Everyone is welcome.  Please stop by for snacks and refreshments and enter a drawing to win an RTIC cooler!

Friday, February 24 thru Saturday, February 25 – Camp Luther will hold their annual woodcutter’s retreat.  They need your help to remove dead trees, clear overgrown areas, clear hiking trails and paths, trim trees and create burn piles.  Activities will also include men’s Bible study and fellowship, and breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday.

Friday, February 24 thru Sunday, February 26 – Big Brothers/Big Sisters hosting their annual dress store in the Conestoga Mall in Grand Island.  Open 5p-9p on Friday and mall hours on Saturday and Sunday next to The Children’s Place by the south mall entrance.  Prom dresses for sale for $20!

Saturday, February 25 – The Osceola Sophomore Class will host a pancake feed at the Osceola Auditorium from 11am-1pm to raise funds for prom.  Serving pancakes, sausage and dessert.  Adults/$5, K-4th grade/$3, preschool and under/free.

Saturday, February 25 – The Monroe American Legion will hold a soup, sandwich and pie supper from 4:30pm-7pm at Monroe United Methodist Church.  Cost is $7.00 per person.

Sunday, February 26 – The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform at Maximus from 7p-9p.  No charge or admittance fees.  Come out and enjoy some great music from local performers!

Monday, February 27 – The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic at the Polk County Health Department in Osceola from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  An appointment is recommended to avoid long periods of waiting.  Reminder – All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a record of all previous immunizations is required.   Please call the Health Department office (747-2211) with any questions, or to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, February 28 – St. John’s Lutheran Church in Schuyler will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30pm-7pm at 821 Denver Street.  The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, breakfast sausage and scrambled eggs.  Adults/$6.50, ages 6-12/$4, 5 and under/free.  Tickets available at the door.  This event is handicapped accessible.  The Women of the ELCA will be selling tickets for $2 each for a quilt to be given away at their salad luncheon on August 3, with proceeds to go to Habitat for Humanity in Schuyler.

Thursday, March 2 – Keystone Christian Academy will host an open house for preschool thru 8th grade from 6:30p-7:30p at 715 Madison Avenue in Norfolk.  Meet the teachers, discuss the Keystone program and see the school.  We are now taking registrations for preschool and kindergarten for the 2017/2018 school year.  Space is limited.  For more information, call 402-371-3531.

Friday, March 3 thru Friday, April 14 – The Eagles Club in Columbus will host their annual Lenten fish fry from 5:30pm-8pm.  All you can eat fish, and an ice cream bar sponsored by the auxiliary.  All proceeds go to various Eagle charities.

Saturday, March 4 – The Columbus Public Library will host a program by Jim Reisdorff at 2pm about Iowa native Joseph Connolly, known as “Head On Joe”.  Joe Connolly staged train wrecks fro crowds at state fairs and other public events nationwide.  Come see actual footage of these events and enjoy refreshments at this free event!

Saturday, March 4 – The Platte Valley Strutters will hold their National Wild Turkey Federation annual banquet at the American Legion in Columbus.  Doors open at 5pm with dinner served at 7pm.  They will have drawings, silent auction, live auction, raffles and much more!

Sunday, March 5 – The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will be performing at Central Community College in conjunction with the college’s performance groups concert starting at 3pm at the Columbus Campus.

Wednesday, March 8 – The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic at the Polk County Health Department in Osceola from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  An appointment is recommended to avoid long periods of waiting.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a record of all previous immunizations is required.   Please call the Health Department office (747-2211) with any questions, or to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, March 9 – The Merrick County 4-H Trap Team will host an evening of Soup Supper and Auctions.  Your choice of soup served between 5 and 8 p.m. with a silent auction and live auction beginning at 7:30.  Join us at the NEW Merrick County Youth and Agricultural Education Center on the Merrick County Fairgrounds, just west of Central City, NE.

Friday, March 10 – The Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department will host a Lenten fish fry at the Platte Center fire station on Main Street.  Serving from 5pm-8pm or until it’s gone, with potatoes, sides, desserts and drink.  Adults/$8, Kids 6-12/$5, under 5/free.  All proceeds go to funding equipment for the Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department.

Sunday, March 12 – The Knights of Columbus Council 938 will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and Raffle at the Knights of Columbus Hall (3115 6th Street).  Serving the best corned beef in town from 5pm-7pm, with the raffle drawing at 7.  Adults/$8, children/$4.  Carry out available.  Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, March 12 – For a shamrockin’ good time, make plans to attend St. Michael’s annual St. Patrick’s Carnival at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Albion.  St. Michael’s Altar Society will be serving a full roast beef and sausage dinner with all the trimmings from 11am-1pm at the Event Center.  Carry out will be available until 1:30pm.  New this year is a social garden from 1pm-4pm.  There will be a raffle for a lawn mower or a trip to the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, another raffle drawing with over 75 cash and merchandise prizes, a live and silent auction, quilt raffle, games, prizes and lots of surprises!  Everyone is welcome to join in for the great food and fun!

Thursday, March 16 – The National Wild Turkey Federation Platte Valley Strutters will host an adult and youth event, Turkey Hunting 101, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the VFW Post 3704 in Columbus.  Turkey hunting is growing in popularity in Nebraska every year.  To better understand the hunt and best practices, this class will provide information, hands-on learning and demonstrations that are guaranteed to benefit you.  There is no cost to participate, and you will take home a turkey call, take part in demonstrations and drawings, and much more!  Register on-line at www.register-ed.com/events/view/96349 or call 402-910-4443.

Saturday, March 18 – The Friends of Music invites you the performance of A Band called Honalee…a tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary-7:30pm at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center in Columbus.  FMI call 402-599-1503.

Sunday, March 19 – The Schuyler VFW Hall will host a hamburger feed and gun raffle starting at 11am to benefit the Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Flight to Washington DC on May 1, 2017.  The gun raffle is for a Browning BPS Hunter shotgun and an X-Bolt Hunter .243 rifle.  Only 500 raffle tickets sold for $20/ticket.  Guest speakers will honor all area Veterans.  Tickets are available from Schuyler VFW members, Schuyler Area Chamber of Commerce, El Pueblo Tire, J & B Auto, and Landmark Realty.  All donations are welcome and appreciated!  FMI contact Jerry Mundil 402-615-1185.

Monday, March 20 – The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic at the Polk County Health Department in Osceola from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  An appointment is recommended to avoid long periods of waiting.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a record of all previous immunizations is required.   Please call the Health Department office (747-2211) with any questions, or to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, March 21 – The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic at the Polk County Health Department in Osceola from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  An appointment is recommended to avoid long periods of waiting.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a record of all previous immunizations is required.   Please call the Health Department office (747-2211) with any questions, or to schedule an appointment.

Friday, March 24 – The Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department will host a Lenten fish fry at the Platte Center fire station on Main Street.  Serving from 5pm-8pm or until it’s gone, with potatoes, sides, desserts and drink.  Adults/$8, Kids 6-12/$5, under 5/free.  All proceeds go to funding equipment for the Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department.

Friday, March 24 thru Saturday, March 25 – Confirmation retreat at Camp Luther!  Pastor B.J. Fouts will share with confirmands what Christ has done for us and how we can stand for Him.  All confirmands are invited for awesome games, great food and Christian fellowship.  Cost is $50 per student and $25 for adult chaperones.  Register soon, as spots are filling fast!

Sunday, March 26 – The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform at Maximus from 7p-9p.  No charge or admittance fees.  Come out and enjoy some great music from local performers!

Friday, March 31 thru Saturday, April 1 – Confirmation retreat at Camp Luther!  DCE Marty Hein will share with confirmands what Christ has done for us and how we can stand for Him.  All confirmands are invited for awesome games, great food and Christian fellowship.  Cost is $50 per student and $25 for adult chaperones.  Register soon, as spots are filling fast!

Friday, April 7 – The Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department will host a Lenten fish fry at the Platte Center fire station on Main Street.  Serving from 5pm-8pm or until it’s gone, with potatoes, sides, desserts and drink.  Adults/$8, Kids 6-12/$5, under 5/free.  All proceeds go to funding equipment for the Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department.

Saturday, April 8 – The Platte Valley Humane Society will host the Barkin’ Bargains Garage Sale from 8am-4pm at Agricultural Park in Columbus.  Find new treasures and fun trinkets!  Entree fees go to support the Paws N Claws Adoption Center animals.

Saturday, April 15 thru Sunday, April 16 – The Columbus Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet will be held at Ag Park in Columbus.  Open 10am-7pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.  They will have cool clothes, new & used motorcycle parts, custom jewelry, leathers & stitchers, excellent food and a full service bar.  Admission is $6, with kids under 13 free.  This year’s charity is the Star City Bikers Against Child Abuse.  Please bring all sizes of new & used jean jackets for donating.  FMI e-mail cacker-33@hotmail.com, go to www.columbusnebraskabikeshow.com or like them on Facebook at Columbus Nebraska Bike Show.

Sunday, April 23 – The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform at Maximus from 7p-9p.  No charge or admittance fees.  Come out and enjoy some great music from local performers!

Tuesday, April 25 – Mosaic in Northeast Nebraska will present the fifth annual Partners in Possibilities, a free one hour fundraising event from noon-1:00pm at the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College in Norfolk.  Come and learn about a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities.

Thursday, May 11 – The Friends of Music invites you the performance of Twin Fiddle Express with Scott Woods Band-7:30pm at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center in Columbus.  FMI call 402-599-1503.

Saturday, June 3 thru Sunday, June 4 – Camp Luther is turning 50!  The Camp Luther weekend is going to be HUGE as they celebrate 50 years of all God has done, is doing, and will continue to do thru the ministry of the camp.  Follow Camp Luther on Facebook to keep hearing about upcoming details on this exciting event!

Monday, June 26 – 4-H archery shoot at Ag Park.

Wednesday, June 28 – Platte County Fair horse show at 8:00am.

Wednesday, July 5 thru Sunday, July 9 – Platte County Fair at Ag Park in Columbus.

Sunday, September 10 – The American Lung Association is holding their 37th Annual Fight for Air Corporate Cup at 8:30am in Aksarben Village. There is a timed 10K and an untimed 2 mile route. There’s also a 100 meter dash for children aged 5-10. Registration opens in early March, and registration fees range from $25-$65.

Sunday, October 1 thru Saturday, October 7 – National 4-H Week – find a way to support your local 4-H clubs by volunteering, donating, sporting some 4-H gear, or telling others about 4-H.

 

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On Going –Youth for Christ Columbus is looking for mentors for teen moms, rolls of duct tape for taping down cords and carpet, and Campus Life games, candy bars and Gatorade, bottled water and pop and volunteers to provide meals for hungry kids after school.  If you can help please call 402-564-3700.

On Going – Palmer Wesleyan Church will be hosting Movie Nights on the 3rd Friday of the month at 7pm, doors open at 6:45pm.  All events are free of charge and include popcorn and a drink.  For more information call 308-894-8345.

On Going-The 3rd Wednesday of every month the TBI/Stroke Support Group will meet at Columbus Community Hospital in the Prairie room on the 3rd floor from noon-1pm.  FMI call Megan at 402-562-3333.

On Going-The public is invited to Coffee and Conversation every Friday at 10am at the Cottonwood House in Columbus.  They provide the coffee and cake you provide the conversation.

On Going-The Polk County MOPS meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday’s at 9am at the Stromsburg Evangelical Free Church.  Free childcare is available.

On Going-WIC Clinics are held in Columbus Monday, Thursday & Fridays, Schuyler on Tuesday & Wednesday, Albion on Thursdays and Fullerton & St. Edward one Thursday a month.  FMI call 402-564-9931 ext 202 or 203.

On Going-Al-Anon Support group meeting is held every Saturday at 10am & on Wednesday’s at 5:45 at 12 & 12 in Columbus.  Everyone welcome and bring a friend!

On Going –La Leche League of York will host a free breast feeding support group for pregnant and nursing moms and babies from 7-9pm at the Kilgore Memorial Library on the third Tuesday of each month.  FMI call Gloria at 402-362-6875.

On Going –The 1st Saturday of the month from 7:30-10am the 6th Graders at St. Isidore Grade School will host a recycling day.

On Going – Give the gift of life by donating blood on Thursday’s from 11:30-5:30 at the First United Methodist Church Outreach Center located at 3602 16th Street, Columbus. To make an appointment call 402-564-8464. Walk in’s are also welcome!

On Going – Give the gift of life by donating blood on Tuesday’s from 11:30-5:30 at the chapter house in Norfolk. Walk in’s are also welcome.

 

Columbus Community Hospital Events

Friday, February 17 – LOUD Crowd Exercise Group at 1:30pm at the Columbus Wellness Center.  The LOUD Crowd is a weekly maintenance voice exercise group provided for people with Parkinson Disease or Parkinsonism, who have either participated in SPEAK OUT!® or LSVT LOUD® voice therapy. The group is led by a licensed and certified speech language pathologist. It is designed around a set of exercises that allow individuals to carry over the skills they learned in voice therapy so they are able to keep their voices strong long after therapy has ended. The voice exercise meetings are held every Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus Wellness Center. For more information, please contact Michell Ruskamp, M.S., CCC-SLP at 402-562-3333.

Tuesday, February 21 – Heart Smart Cooking Class from 5:30pm-7pm at the Columbus Wellness Center.  Want to take charge of your health? Need some ideas on quick, healthy cooking at home? Not sure of what or how to cook? Join Columbus Community Hospital dietitian Joan Plummer RD, LMNT, CDE for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The cost of the class is $15 per person per session which includes materials and food samples. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Tuesday, February 21 – Breast Feeding Class at 7pm.  If you are unsure about breast feeding or know you want to breast feed, this class is for you. The more you can learn before you deliver your baby, the more prepared and confident you will feel. Please try to attend. Classes will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Columbus Community Hospital, at 7:00 p.m. Stop at 2nd floor Maternal Child Health Department to check location. Class will be held in the Department or Third Floor Conference Center, depending on size of class. Call 402-562-3266 for more information.

Wednesday, February 22 – Comprehensive Diabetes Class from 9am-11:30am in the third floor conference center.  These classes are for those newly diagnosed with diabetes or who have never had diabetes education. A physician order is required and your insurance will be billed. Medicare covers 10 hours of education the first year. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required. If you attend all three classes, you may attend a cooking class at no cost or a free personal grocery store tour. For more information or to pre-register, please call 402-562-4462.

Thursday, February 23 – Diabetes Activity Class at 7:30am in the third floor conference center.  This group encourages activity & weight loss. Attendees will work with a walking tape for 30 minutes and then take a few minutes to discuss a recipe, food labels & other diabetes concerns. Weigh-in and review of your food records will also be available. Meetings are held every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the Third Floor Conference Center. For more information, contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Friday, February 24 – LOUD Crowd Exercise Group at 1:30pm at the Columbus Wellness Center.  The LOUD Crowd is a weekly maintenance voice exercise group provided for people with Parkinson Disease or Parkinsonism, who have either participated in SPEAK OUT!® or LSVT LOUD® voice therapy. The group is led by a licensed and certified speech language pathologist. It is designed around a set of exercises that allow individuals to carry over the skills they learned in voice therapy so they are able to keep their voices strong long after therapy has ended. The voice exercise meetings are held every Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus Wellness Center. For more information, please contact Michell Ruskamp, M.S., CCC-SLP at 402-562-3333.

On Going -If your group or organization has a non-profit event coming up, fax us the information at least two weeks in advance to 402-564-2867 attention David Gustafson.