Community Calendar

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Wednesday, April 18 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 316 E 11th Street in Schuyler from 9am-noon and 1pm-5pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-352-3488.

Wednesday, April 18 – The Drive For Five is co-sponsoring a job fair with the Nebraska Department of Labor. If you know of anyone who is looking for a job, send them to the 30 Center Mall from 11am-2pm. There will be over 30 employers ready to take your resume and will be doing on-the-spot interviews.  Dress for success and please arrange for child care.

Wednesday, April 18 – Come out to the Lemonade Stand at Hy-Vee East in Norfolk between 4-7pm for a refreshing glass of lemonade and help support the Norfolk Veteran’s Home! The stand is a project for the Northeast Community College class Applied Business Projects and all proceeds will go to the Norfolk Veteran’s Home. Thanks to Karen, Jordan, Lukas, Lane, Catrina, Allie and all the thirsty people for their support!

Thursday, April 19 – Industrial Leaders Breakfast will be held 7:am at Wunderlich’s Catering. All owners and managers of manufacturing are invited to attend for networking and discussion. RSVP to the Columbus Area Chamber by calling 402-564-2769 or emailing chamber@megavision.com.

Thursday, April 19 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 8:30am-noon and  1pm-5pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Thursday, April 19 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 723 W Fairview in Albion from 9am-noon and  1pm-4pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Thursday, April 19 – Come out and tap your toes to Country Music Circle Jam at the Heritage at Meridian Gardens! The music starts at 10:30am and is free and open to everyone!

Thursday, April 19 – The Columbus Public Library will have Story Time at 10:30am and 1:30pm in the Children’s Room in the upper level of the library. This week’s theme is Creative Colors! The program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 19 – The CCC Entrepreneurship Center presents Table Talks, a free lunch with a side of business knowledge, from noon-2pm at the center. This week’s topic is The Employee Lifecycle: Interviewing, Hiring & What Comes Next. Pre-registration is required; contact Doris Lux at 402-562-1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu. This lunch & learn is 2 hours instead of the usual 1.

Thursday, April 19 – Celebrate Spring Gardening with Central Community College at the Ramada Conference Center in Columbus starting at 4pm. There will be three breakout educational sessions to attend, a garden market with lots of vendors and a light meal served. Cost is $28 and pre-registration is required. FMI call Karen Mroczek at 402-562-1249.

Friday, April 20 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 8:30am-noon and  1pm-5pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Friday, April 20 – The Heritage at Meridian Gardens will host a community coffee from 10-11am to honor their volunteers. This is open to everyone. Come out and show your support to our wonderful volunteers!

Friday, April 20 – Everyone is invited to a benefit night for Albert & Marcia Jedlicka from 6-10pm at the Schuyler Fire Station and help support the family with house fire and medical expenses. There will be a steak feed from 6-10pm, music by Joe Cockson from 7-9pm, live auction at 8pm and a silent auction also included. Free will donation! FMI or to make a donation, contact Mitch Heavican at 402-615-1959. Donations can also be make at Pinnacle Bank. Co-sponsored by Cargill Beef Solutions and Schuyler Knights of Columbus.

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 – The Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln presents The Illusionists: Live From Broadway at 7:30pm both nights. This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The group has shattered box office records and dazzled audiences of all ages with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at tickets.liedcenter.org.

Friday, April 20 thru Sunday, April 22 – Grand Island Little Theatre presents the comedy “In One Bed and Out The Other” at College Park Auditorium in Grand Island. Show times are 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, with 2pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at Ace Hardware or Hy-Vee in Grand Island, or at the door. This production is not intended for young audiences.

Saturday, April 21 – The Boy Scouts will be in YOUR neighborhood collecting non-perishable food items for the Tyson Scouting for Food event from 9am-1pm. 1 in 5 children live in a food insecure household. You can help by putting your donations on your front doorstep by 8am. Items needed include peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned tuna and chicken, canned fruits and veggies and boxed meals. Please no glass items. All food donations stay local. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Saturday, April 21 – The Columbus Family YMCA will host a Healthy Kids Day from 9am-11am, with lots of fun, activities and information for the whole family. This event is free and open to everyone at the Columbus Y/Wellness Center.

Saturday, April 21 – The Columbus Public Library will have Super Sensational Saturday at 10:30am in the Children’s Room in the upper level of the library. This week’s theme is Fontanel Forest Raptor Recovery! The program is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 21 – The public is invited to an open house sneak peek at the CHS post prom, “Welcome to the Jungle”, from 1:30pm-2:30pm at the Columbus Middle School. Come by and see what all the excitement is about!

Sunday, April 22 – The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will be performing a selection of classic and contemporary big band tunes including some vocal numbers at Maximus Restaurant and Lounge (329 23rd Street, Columbus), from 7pm-9pm. Admission is free! Come and enjoy some great music with friends at Maximus!

Monday, April 23 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Monday, April 23 – The Columbus Public Library will have Monday Night Book Adventures at 6:30pm in the Children’s Room in the upper level of the library. This week’s theme is Gardening Fun! The program is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 23 – Don’t miss the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Celebration at Ag Park with special guest speaker Nebraska Head Football Coach Scott Frost! Appetizers will be served from 6-7pm. No dinner will be served. Business Casual or Husker Attire for this event. Tickets are $25/chamber members, $35 general public, $250/table of 8 (only available to chamber members). Tickets can be reserved online at www.thecolumbuspage.com, or at the chamber office.

Tuesday, April 24 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 316 E 11th Street in Schuyler from 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-352-3488.

Tuesday, April 24 – Score and Paychex presents HR101, a free seminar on hiring, onboarding and paying employees, from noon-2pm at the CCC Entrepreneurship Center. Learn about some of the most important employee management issues for small businesses, and how you can take action today. The seminar is free and a box lunch will be provided. Register now by contacting Doris Lux at 402-562-1242 or email dlux@cccneb.edu.

Tuesday, April 24 – Columbus Christian School is hosting an Open House at the school (3418 15th Street) from 6pm-7:30pm. This includes their pre-school and kindergarten round-up. Enrollment is open now for the 2018-2019 school year for pre-school through 8th grade. Teachers and the administrator will be there to give tours and answer any questions you may have.

Tuesday, April 24 – Big Pals Little Pals will be holding their annual banquet for all members of the organization from 6-8pm at the Family Resource Center.  This event is being made possible by a Thrivent Action Team.  Please RSVP to Roxanne at the Big Pals Little Pals office at 563-1018 or email bigpals@megavision.com.

Tuesday, April 24 – The Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln presents Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the coveted Gold Medal at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of all for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that brought the crowd to their feet, “[cheering] him like a rock star” (Cincinnati Enquirer). Show time is 7:30pm. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased at tickets.liedcenter.org.

Wednesday, April 25 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 316 E 11th Street in Schuyler from 9am-noon and 1pm-5pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-352-3488.

Thursday, April 26 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 8:30am-noon and  1pm-5pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Thursday, April 26 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 723 W Fairview in Albion from 9am-noon and  1pm-4pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Thursday, April 26 – The Columbus Public Library will have Story Art at 10:30am and 1:30pm in the Children’s Room in the upper level of the library. This week’s theme is Daring Duckies! The program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 26 – Columbus Community Hospital Rehab Services will hold a bike fit seminar at the Columbus Wellness Center from noon-1pm or 5:30-6:30pm. There will be a 30 minute presentation, followed by a question and answer period, with a light snack provided. Be sure to bring your bike to be personally fitted after the presentation!

Thursday, April 26 – The Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln presents An Evening With Audra McDonald at 7:30pm. Audra McDonald, recipient of a record-breaking six Tony Awards®, two GRAMMY® Awards and an Emmy Award, is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry. See her live with full orchestra as she performs hits from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at tickets.liedcenter.org.

Friday, April 27 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 8:30am-noon and  1pm-5pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Saturday, April 28 – The Lakeview Education Foundation presents the 6th Annual Viking Venture 10K/5K Run/Walk and Fun Walk at the Lakeview Stadium with a start time of 9am. Register online at getmeregistered.com/vikingventurerun, or pick up registration forms at Lakeview High School or any exercising facilities in Columbus.

Saturday, April 28 – The Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln presents Barrage 8 at 7:30pm. Barrage 8 is a high-octane fiddle-fest featuring an eclectic mix of music, dance and energy. STOMP meets Riverdance! “Too wow for words,” proclaims The Denver Post. Tickets start at $28 and can be purchased at tickets.liedcenter.org.

Sunday, April 29 – St. John’s Lutheran Church Shell Creek ELCA is hosting the second annual Maifest Polka service 10:30 a.m. The worship and meal honors the German heritage of the church, located north of Columbus at 10785 280th Street. Maifest serves to honor the strong tie to the German heritage of many of the existing congregation’s families and the upbringing of the church by featuring a lighthearted and celebratory worship service highlighting traditional Lutheran hymns set to popular polka tunes. A German-inspired meal featuring bratwurst, sauerkraut and root beer will be served to follow. Free will donations will be accepted and will benefit the St. John’s general fund.

Sunday, April 29 – Nebraska’s first zip line tour is now open to the public. The Soaring Hawk Zip Line Tour features five runs, or individual zip lines, that send riders careening across prairies and through the woods. Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska will celebrate this new attraction with a grand opening ceremony at 1pm at Camp Crossed Arrows. Camp Crossed Arrows is two miles north of Nickerson, near Fremont. The address is 12997 County Road P1 Nickerson, NE 68044.

Sunday, April 29 – Come out and enjoy an afternoon of free fishing with local Law Enforcement Officers! Cops and Bobbers will be held at the Pawnee Park West Lagoon from 1pm-4pm. The event is for children ages 7-15, with families welcome. Poles, tackle, bait and lunch will be provided. This is limited to the first 125 area kids and you must pre-register online at www.columbusne.us; at the Columbus Nebraska Police Department Facebook page; or at the Columbus Area COPS & Bobbers Facebook page.

Sunday, April 29 – The Columbus Friends of Music presents “Derik Nelson & Family” at the Columbus High School concert hall at 3pm. Multi-media show. Seattle-based siblings, self-contained hi-tech video & lights! FMI call 402-270-2255 or go to www.columbusfriendsofmusic.com.

Sunday, April 29 – The Albion Area Arts Council presents a concert by the award winning acappella singing group Tonic Sol-fa at 7pm in the Boone Central Performance Gym in Albion. This is very family friendly, fun music! FMI call 402-395-2633.

Monday, April 30 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm. The Nebraska Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost and breastfeeding nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants and children under five, healthy and strong. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Monday, April 30 – Sammy’s Superheroes invites you to their License Plate Celebration at Commonwealth Electric in Columbus from 5-6:30pm. Sammy’s Superheroes is inviting the whole community to check out the plates, bring their plates and we can change them for you, and celebrate that Nebraska cars can now raise awareness for childhood cancer wherever they go. Food and drinks provided, games for kids, and tours of Commonwealth Electric.

Saturday, May 5 – The United Way is hosting The Biggest Garage Sale at the Family Resource Center Garage (19th Street & 31st Avenue, Columbus) from 8am-1pm. All proceeds go to matching funds for The Big Give.

Saturday, May 5 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Beloved, Be Loved”, a one-day retreat with Father Francis A. Nigli from Omaha. Our God and Father creates us with love, tenderness and delightful purpose. Whether single, widowed, separated or divorced, His loving arms stretch out with love to us. This retreat day for singles of all ages is for all those who want to discover, explore or deepen this tremendous love of God and be loved! It is co-sponsored by the Widowed, Separated & Divorce Support Group of Omaha. Program fee: $35. Lunch is available at the Center for $ 10.50 (includes tax).  Register at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Thursday, May 3 thru Sunday, May 6 – “All In The Timing”, a comedy by David Ives, will be presented by the Northeast Community College Theatre Department, inside the Cox Activities Center on campus in Norfolk. Show times are 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Ticket prices are $10/adults, $5/students; tickets can be reserved by calling 402-844-7763.

Saturday, May 5 – You are invited to the opening reception of Worthy Rivals by artists Dale Nichols and Terence Duren from 2-5pm at the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art (575 E Street, David City), with guest curator Cole Satore. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, May 9 – The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic at the Polk County Health Department in Osceola from 3:30pm-5:30pm. 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.

Saturday, May 12 – Come and enjoy a Night of Percussion at Columbus High School main gymnasium. The night will include performances by the Columbus High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble, the Columbus Middle School Drumline, and the Elementary Drumline Clinic Ensemble. Concert ensembles and solo performances will also be featured. Doors open at 6:30pm and performances start at 7pm. $7/adults, $5/students, free/children under 5. Proceeds support the Columbus High School Winter Percussion Ensemble.

Sunday, May 13 – The Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln presents The Glenn Miller Orchestra at 3pm. Get “In the Mood” for an elegant evening of swing as the 17-piece orchestra dazzles and delights in its return to Lincoln after a sold-out performance as part of the Lied Center’s 25th Anniversary Season. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased at tickets.liedcenter.org.

Tuesday, May 15 – Columbus Community Hospital presents cooking classes at the Columbus Wellness Center from 5:30pm-7pm. This month’s class is “South American Flair”. Class size is limited, so please pre-register by calling 402-562-4462. This is an interactive class, with attendees participating in the prep and cooking. Cost is $15 per person.

Thursday, May 17 – The CCC Entrepreneurship Center presents Table Talks, a free lunch with a side of business knowledge, from noon-1pm at the center. This week’s topic is Bootstrapping: Ask The Expert. Pre-registration is required; contact Doris Lux at 402-562-1242 or dlux@cccneb.edu.

Friday, May 18 – The Heritage at Meridian Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Support will host a community coffee from 10am-11am at the facility at 4515 38th Street in Columbus. Join us for this free socializing event the 3rd Friday of every month!

Saturday, May 19 – Come to the library at 2 pm to hear author Vicky Benson tell about her husband’s life journey in the book “Out of the Turret and into Hell.” It is the story of one family’s passage through the difficult times of the Depression, and the son who wanted to fly. Vicky Benson recounts with humor and wisdom how the Benson brothers were dropped off at an orphanage, confirmed that “us Benson brothers are tough” and how a strange premonition helped a young man survive the trauma of battle, capture, and German prison camps. Vicky Benson will also have copies of her book to sell. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to support a local author and find a gift someone would treasure!

Monday, May 21 – The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic at the Polk County Health Department in Osceola from 3:30pm-5:30pm. 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, May 22 – Columbus Community Hospital presents Helping Mature Drivers Find Their Safest Fit from 3pm-6pm at the Columbus Wellness Center. This program is free and will review 12 key areas of your fit to your car and help you learn how to use and adjust your safety devices. Each checkup takes about 20 minutes. It is not a driving test or mechanical inspection. Please RSVP for your 20 minute session to RaeChael Wilcox at 402-562-3333. FMI, go to www.car-fit.org.

Friday, June 1 thru Sunday, June 3 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Walking With The Mother Of God”, a retreat with Father Mauritius Wilde, OSB, Ph.D., the Prior of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, Italy. Mary has a very special place in our faith and in our hearts. As the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, she was closer to him than anybody else. She has become an example of humility, courage, and faithfulness. We can learn from her, and she will intercede for us. Friday, 7:30 p.m., to Sunday after lunch. Register at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Sunday, June 3 thru Friday, June 8 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Never Lose Hope In God’s Mercy”, a retreat for religious Sisters with Father Thomas Leitner, OSB. This is the last of the 74 Tools of the Spiritual Craft that St. Benedict mentions in his Rule. During this retreat for religious sisters we will be inspired and guided by Benedict’s reliance on the power of trusting and persistent prayer, as well as by the manifold tools that he offers for living a Christ-centered life and for listening to God in everything. Sunday, 6:00 p.m., to Friday after lunch. Register at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Friday, June 8 – The Columbus Rescue Mission will host their annual Mission Masters Golf Classic at the Elks Country Club in Columbus at 12:30pm.

Friday, June 8 – The Center For Survivors Board of Directors presents Summer Sizzle Best of the West from 6pm-11pm at the Ramada River’s Edge Convention Center in Columbus. Join them for dinner, silent auction, grand auction and dancing to local band Sidestep. Western or casual attire is recommended. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at centerforsurvivors.ticket.qtego.net. If you are unable to attend, you can still bid from home online! All proceeds will help victims of sexual and domestic violence in our area. FMI contact the center at 402-564-2155.

Saturday, June 9 – LifeLight is excited to bring a one day festival featuring 10+ different artists to Aurora! Join us for a family friendly day of children’s activities, speakers, action sports and music artists! As the festival date gets closer, look on the LifeLight Festival Aurora, NE Facebook page for more info, including band announcements and start times. Let’s fill the square! The festival runs from 1pm-10pm at the Hamilton County Courthouse (1111 13th Street, Aurora) and is FREE and open to everyone. FMI contact Bekah Mead at bekam@lifelight.org.

Saturday, June 16 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Eqipped!” from 10am-4pm. This one-day retreat with Father Jeffrey P. Lorig from Omaha talks about evangelization as the buzzword of the day, but most of us don’t feel very equipped to share the good news of Jesus Christ. This day of reflection will focus not only on what the Church means by evangelization, but will equip disciples with the basic tools necessary to help others have a life-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ. Program fee: $30. Lunch is available at the Center for $ 10.50 (includes tax).  Register at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Tuesday, June 19 – Columbus Community Hospital presents cooking classes at the Columbus Wellness Center from 5:30pm-7pm. This month’s class is “Cooking With Beans”. Class size is limited, so please pre-register by calling 402-562-4462. This is an interactive class, with attendees participating in the prep and cooking. Cost is $15 per person.

Friday, July 27 – The Lakeview Education Foundation presents Big Red Night, featuring NU volleyball coach John Cook, at Ag Park in Columbus. Silent auction at 5pm, dinner at 7pm with the grand auction to follow. Tickets are $50 per person, or $350 for a table of 8, and includes the meal and one free drink. Tickets may be purchased at Lakeview High School, from Clete Pillen (402-276-0692), Brad Luchsinger (402-910-8619) or from any member of the Lakeview Education Foundation Board.

Saturday, September 8 – Columbus Community Hospital and the YMCA present the 15th Annual Tune Up For Life from 7am-11am at the Columbus Wellness Center. There will be free and reduced health screenings, healthy snacks, demonstrations, and lots of information on living a healthier life. Everyone is welcome!

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Columbus Community Hospital Events

Wednesday, April 18 – Comprehensive Diabetes Class from 6-8:30pm 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, April 19 – Diabetes Activity Group 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.

Thursday, April 19 – Comprehensive Diabetes Class from 6-8:30pm 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.

Friday, April 20 – 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, April 24 – Spine Fit Class at 11:30am at the Columbus Wellness Center. This program is designed to improve mobility, stability, and health of the neck and back. The class teaches stretches and exercises that may help reduce pain in the neck, back, and upper or lower extremities. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the Columbus Wellness Center. For more information, contact Doug Peters at 402-562-3333.

Tuesday, April 24 – Healthy Lifestyle Class from 6-8:30pm at the Columbus Wellness Center. Healthy Lifestyle Class – It is a free class for people to attend who may be at risk for diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure.  The target audience is anyone who has been told they have Pre-diabetes.  This class is also for people with high blood pressure or heart disease to see how they can decrease their risk of developing other health conditions that tend to occur with these health problems.  Those who family histories of these disorders are also encouraged to attend or if you are overweight, getting little exercise or over 45 years of age.  This class will help learning what you can do to reduce your risk of developing health problems.  The class will be held on the 3rd Tuesday in January, April, July and October in the Multipurpose Room at the Columbus Wellness Center.  For more information, contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Wednesday, April 25 – Comprehensive Diabetes Class from 1:30-4pm 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, April 26 – Diabetes Activity Group 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, April 27 – 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.

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On Going –  TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every week on Thursday at 9am at the Columbus Community Center (3111 19th Street, Columbus). Weight loss programs, contests & support from new friends with the same goal. FMI call Lee Leffers at 402-910-3342 or Betty Brichacek at 402-615-0857.

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 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 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 – The Alzheimer’s Association will host a support group meeting every 4th Monday of the month at the Columbus Resource Center  (3111 19th Street) from 2:30pm-3:30pm. This support group is for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to develop a support system.