Community Calendar

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Now thru October – The Columbus Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday in Frankfort Square from 7:30am-12:00pm. Local farmers and vendors will have fresh produce, baked goods, meats, eggs, plants, crafts and much more for sale. Support our local economy and get some super fresh, healthy foods for your family.

Friday, September 21 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 8:30am-noon and  1pm-5pm. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Friday, September 21 – Join Meridian Gardens for Community Coffee from 10am-11am. Free coffee, Danish and conversation at the Heritage at Meridian Gardens, 4515 38th Street in Columbus.

Friday, September 21 – Friends of Music, the Nebraska Arts Council and Columbus Public Schools Foundation present Gooch and His Las Vegas Big Band at 7:30pm at the Columbus High School Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 and available through Columbus High School, Kay’s Place, or Columbus Music. This performance is part of fundraising activities for the purchase of a concert grand piano for the CHS Concert Hall. FMI: peabodyj@discoverers.org or www.columbusfriendsofmusic.com or 402-270-2255.

Friday, September 21 – The Lied Center for Performing Arts presents An Evening With The Plain White Ts. Shows will be at 7pm and 10pm at 301 N 12th Street in Lincoln. Limited tickets for The Plain White T’s are available to the public. Free to UNL Students. Reserve tickets online. https://www.liedcenter.org/event/evening-plain-white-t’s. Any remaining tickets can be picked up by UNL students before either performance.

Saturday, September 22 – Drive For Your Community at Gene Steffy Ford of Columbus from 8am-4pm. Take free test drive (no purchase necessary!) and Gene Steffy Ford will make a donation of up to $6,000 to the Columbus High School band program! The more people who drive, the more the CHS band will earn. To make a test drive appointment, please call Amy Blaser at 402-270-1819 or Erv Kopp at 402-910-2245.

Saturday, September 22 – Free Ag & Horticulture Workshop from 9am-noon, with free lunch included! If you are struggling with getting your agribusiness up and running or managing your existing business profitably, then join us for this workshop. You will gain valuable information and free resources that will help you manage your agribusiness. Please meet at the Central Community College Entrepreneurship Center in Columbus. Workshop is available in English and Spanish. Pre-registration is required by calling 402-562-1242 or email dlux@cccneb.edu.

Saturday, September 22 – Join Alpha Media for Columbus’ Biggest Tailgate Party! Everyone is invited to watch the Huskers play Michigan on the 3 projection screens under the big tent next to McChristy’s Jewelry. Admission is free! There will be BBQ, a beer garden, bounce houses, snow cones and prizes, Prizes, PRIZES! The Dylan Bloom Band will close out the event. Don’t miss the most fun tailgate party this year! Gates open at 10am for the 11am kickoff.

Saturday, September 22 – Kids Safety Day from 10am-2pm at Mike’s Auto Sales and Towing. Area families are invited to learn safety tips from local experts at this year’s Kids Safety Day. Kids Safety Day includes demonstrations and displays that allow children and teens to learn about fire, seatbelt and powerline safety, among other important topics. Attendees can also participate in various drawings, including the chance to win a free bicycle. Numerous local public safety organizations will be in attendance, including the Columbus Police Department, Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and Columbus Fire and Rescue. Columbus Community Hospital will also have several health professionals on hand to teach children health safety tips. For more information on Kids Safety Day, please visit www.mikes-auto.com or www.columbushosp.org.

Sunday, September 23 – Knights of Columbus Council 938 will hold a pancake, sausage, scrambled eggs and hash browns breakfast at the KC Hall (3115 6th Street, Columbus) from 7am-11:30am. $7/adults, $4/children. Everyone is welcome and takeout is available. Proceeds will go to support seminarian studies.

Sunday, September 23 – Columbus Motor Company announces the 1st Annual Jeep Show at 2806 23rd Street in Columbus. Registration will start at 9am, with the show from 11am-2pm. All Jeeps welcome, with prizes to be awarded. Food and beverages provided for a free will donation. There will also be an off-road track on site. Entry fee is $10, with $5 and all free will donations going to the Columbus Police Department to help incorporate and grow a canine unit in our community. Come on out and show your support for the CPD and your Jeep love!

Sunday, September 23 – Columbus Public Library and the Friends of the Library are bring in Humanities Nebraska presenter Dan Holtz. In the “Nebraska through Song and Story” program, Dan Holtz celebrates and commemorates people, places, and events in Nebraska history through stories, historic folk songs and his own original musical compositions. Dr. Holtz tells stories of the pioneers who crossed the overland trails, early-day settlers, Pony Express riders, Native Americans, and more recent Nebraskans such as Evelyn Sharp, Nebraska’s pioneer aviatrix, and more recent events such as the great blizzard of 1949. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 23 – Join in the 3rd Annual Habitat For Humanity Bowl-o-rama at Westbrook Bowling Lanes from 1pm-4pm. Grab your buddies for an afternoon of bowling fun to support the Habitat of Columbus. Register by contacting Lori Peters at 402-564-4663 or info@hfhcolumbusne.org.

Sunday, September 23 – The Columbus Arts Council will host a reception for artists Emily Slattery and Mary Thompson from 2pm-4pm at the Columbus Art Gallery in the lower level of the Columbus Public Library. These artists will have their artwork on display through September 28th.

Sunday, September 23 – Sammy’s Superheroes Glows Gold Honors will be held at Lakeview High School from 3pm-7pm. This family fun event is a day to honor the families the brave families that have survived or are currently fighting cancer and remember the angels who have passed away. The day is for family fun for all ages including: bungee trampolines, games, face painting, bounce houses, food, dance performances, a choir performance, and ends with a balloon release in honor of the angels and a 1 mile honor walk. Honored Cancer Family doors open 1 hour prior to general admission time. Join us in supporting these brave families and help us find a cure for childhood cancer!

Monday, September 24 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Monday, September 24 – Columbus Public Library presents Monday Night Book Adventures in the Children’s Room from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come join this free event for stories, crafts and bedtime snacks! This week’s theme is Autumn Amazement! FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Tuesday, September 25 – Columbus Community Hospital invites everyone to the 2018 Senior Living Festival at the Ramada in Columbus from 8am-12pm. There will be education, information, free screenings and lots of giveaways! Dr. Nila Novotny will speak at 9am on Skin Lesions and Dr. Richard Cimpl will speak at 11am on the Surge Joint Replacement Center. Flu shots available for $21 and pneumonia shots for $120.

Tuesday, September 25 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 316 E 11th Street in Schuyler from 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-352-3488.

Tuesday, September 25 – Bo’s Go’s Gold at Bo’s West in support of Sammy’s Superheroes will be held from 3pm-midnight. Drink specials, food, raffles and door prizes! A portion of sales during those hours will be donated to Sammy’s Superheroes for childhood cancer research.

Tuesday, September 25 – Join us for for Something Good On The Go at Eakes Office Solutions (2911 13th Street, Columbus) from 5pm-6:30pm and help wish Larry Anderson farewell. Everyone is welcome! Come enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and networking!

Tuesday, September 25 – It’s Cruise Night in Norfolk! Bring out your cars, trucks, motorcycles and families to Barnstormers for music, food, door prizes and fun from 6pm-9pm! 93.5 The Hawk will be there with music and giveaways, and Barnstormers will have food and drink specials. Even if your vehicle is a work in progress, bring it out and network!

Wednesday, September 26 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 316 E 11th Street in Schuyler from 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-352-3488.

Thursday, September 27 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 8:30am-noon and  1pm-5pm. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Thursday, September 27 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 723 W Fairview in Albion from 9am-noon and  1pm-4pm. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Thursday, September 27 – There will be a Voter Registration Drive at the Literacy Council of Grand Island (312 N Elm Street, Suite 101, Grand Island) from 9am-8pm. This is open to the community; everyone is welcome! There will be informational sessions from 10am-12pm and 5pm-6pm with the election commissioner. Please bring an ID, piece of mail or document with your current address.

Thursday, September 27 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. This week’s theme is Comical Clothing! FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Thursday, September 27 – It’s Cruise Night in Columbus! Bring out your cars, trucks, motorcycles and families to the American Legion for music, food, door prizes and fun from 6pm-9pm! 93.5 The Hawk will be there with music and giveaways, and The American Legion Riders will have food and drink specials. Even if your vehicle is a work in progress, bring it out and network!

Friday, September 28 – East Central District Health Department will hold a WIC clinic at 4321 41st Avenue in Columbus from 8:30am-noon and  1pm-5pm. Services are available free of charge. Servicios están disponibles en español. To make an appointment, call 402-564-9931.

Friday, September 28 – Edgewood Memory Care Assisted Living is offering complimentary Memory Care screenings from 9am-4pm at 3386 53rd Avenue in Columbus. Call 402-564-3785 to schedule an appointment today!

Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 – Well known spiritual author Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, will come to St. Benedict Center, and speak on the topic of “Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God”. On Friday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. she will give an evening presentation, followed by discussion and sharing. On Saturday, September 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., she will present a one-day retreat. Guest rooms are available at St. Benedict Center for the night from Friday to Saturday. The program fee is $60, for Friday only $20; for Saturday only it is $40.  Early bird rate for both Friday and Saturday (register before August 24) is $55.  Room and board charges will be added to the program fee. For more information call St. Benedict Center 402-352-8819 or visit www.StBenedictCenter.com.

Saturday, September 29 – Come and enjoy the 44th Annual Columbus Marching Festival, sponsored by the Columbus High School Band Boosters. The free marching band parade will by at 10am on 13th Street, followed by the field competition at Pawnee Park Memorial Stadium at 1pm. Admission to the field competition is $7/adults, $5/students K-12. Concessions will be available at the stadium.

Saturday, September 29 – The Columbus Public Library presents Super Sensational Saturdays! This free event is for families and is held in the Children’s Room from 10am-noon. Come and go as you have time! This month’s theme is “Fantastic Fall Celebration”. Enjoy fun, fall crafts and a tasty autumn treat!

Sunday, September 30 – Plan now to attend Ss Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Fall Fest Dinner! The delicious meal will be served from 11am-1:30pm and includes Minute Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Fruit Salad, Rolls and Desserts.  A Giant Auction begins at 1:30pm with many unique items.  Come join in the fun of bidding wars with proceeds going to support our church and school.  Activities throughout the day include Bingo, Bottle Bonanza, Games for Children, Silent Auction, Country Store and Cash Raffle.  Come Join in the Fun!

Sunday, September 30 – St. Francis Church Center Parish of David City will host a Spaghetti Dinner from 11am-3pm at 3071 P Road, David City. Serving spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread, kolaches and bars. $10/adults, $5/age 5-12, free/under 5. Takeout available for $11. There will also be a country store, cake walk, games, cash raffle and beer garden. Everyone is welcome!
Sunday, September 30 – Veterans and active military and their families are invited to a free family day at the Elk’s Country Club starting at 1pm. Activities include a 9 hole golf scramble, social activities, bounce house, steak dinner and cash bar. Please RSVP bay calling the Country Club at 402-564-4930. Sponsored by the Elks and the DAV.
Sunday, September 30 – St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Snyder will hold its annual Church Dinner/Raffle in the Snyder Firemen’s Ballroom. A beef and pork dinner will be served from 5pm-7pm. $10 ticket includes one meal and a chance to win a $500 cash prize. Children are $5 for a meal ticket only. Raffle will be at 7pm. Carry out orders available by calling 402-568-2612.

Thursday, October 4 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Friday, October 5 thru Sunday, October 7 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Habits For Holiness”, a retreat with Monsignor Andrew J. Vaccari, from Brooklyn, NY, and Teresa Monaghen, AO. St. Frances de Sales tells us that the key to a joyful, energetic way of life for God and others is to never tire of starting over again. This retreat will be a walk with Mary, the Saints, and saints in the making, highlighting the virtue of perseverance. We will show how Mary and the saints witnessed many ways to live life with energy for God and others, even in the worst of circumstances!  Friday, 7:30 p.m., to Sunday after lunch. Register at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Saturday, October 6 – Columbus Community Hospital Rehabilitative Services presents the 8th Annual We Can Run, Walk and Roll 5K and 1 mile run at Pawnee Park at 10am. The race is for everyone from beginners to competitive runners, joggers and walkers and will include those using wheelchairs to compete individually or with someone’s assistance pushing during the race. Funds raised are used to purchase adaptive trykes for children and adults with varying abilities. Register online at www.columbushosp.org.

Saturday, October 6 – The Columbus Public Library presents Lev Shekhtman at 2pm to serenade us with his accordion playing Russian Folk songs. Lev is a professional accordion player from Omaha, originally from Belarus on the other side of the world. He has performed for over 25 years. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the sound of Russian Folk music. Bring your friends and family. There is no fee and no registration.

Saturday, October 6 – The St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus will host a Big Red Party for the Nebraska/Wisconsin game at the St. Anthony Social Hall. They will be giving away 2 big screen TVs, along with cash and prizes after each score. There will also be a silent auction and all the food you can eat. BYOB. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the church. Proceeds go to youth activities and the seminarian fund.

Sunday, October 7 – The October 2018 program meeting of the Platte County Historical Society will be held at 2pm in the west building meeting room. The program will be the 85th Anniversary of Loup Power District. The Loup Hydroelectric Project had a big impact on Columbus, Platte County and the surrounding area. Come and share your stories and view the video of the construction of the canal and powerhouses in the 1930s. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is free to members and $3 for non-members.

Sunday, October 7 – St. Isidore’s Church of Columbus inviting the community to join in The Rosary Coast To Coast from 3pm-4pm at the church (3921 20th Street). The Rosary will be prayed along with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Come pray in union with millions around the world for our beloved country, church and world. ALL ARE INVITED! For more information, go to rosarycoasttocoast.com.

Sunday, October 7 – The 18th Annual Taste of Columbus is scheduled at the Ramada Columbus from 4:30pm-8:30pm.  Enjoy an evening of savory food and delightful drinks while supporting the Columbus Area Future Fund and the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. The committee, chaired by Ryan & Jaci Tessendorf and Rick Tracie Chochon, is still seeking items for both the silent and live auction.  If you would like to donate please contact the Chamber at 564-2769 or email chamber@megavision.com. To learn more, or reserve your tickets, visit www.thecolumbuspage.com.

Monday, October 8 – Columbus Public Library presents Monday Night Book Adventures in the Children’s Room from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come join this free event for stories, crafts and bedtime snacks! FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Tuesday, October 9 – Edgewood Memory Care Assisted Living presents a Traveling Dementia Art Therapy Show at 3386 53rd Avenue, Columbus from 6pm-8pm. Enjoy wine, cheese and art as you learn about how art is used in therapy for those with dementia issues.

Tuesday, October 9 – Columbus Community Hospital invites everyone to the 15th Annual Diabetes Awareness Day from 3:30pm-7:30pm at the Columbus Wellness Center. Free information and education, cooking demonstrations and health screenings, food, fun and prizes!

Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10 – Shifting Gears, the 2018 Nebraska Safety Council Conference and Trade Show and Pre-Conference Sessions, will be held at the Holthus Convention Center in York. Get detailed information online at www.nesafetycouncil.org, or call 402-483-2511.

Wednesday, October 10 – Columbus Community Hospital presents a free lunch & learn, “What Can I Do For The Pain”, featuring Dr. Dustin Volkmer and Doug Janssen, PT, DPT,  from 12pm-1pm in the third floor conference center. If you suffer from joint or back pain, plan to attend this free event. You’ll learn what causes pain and effective ways to manage it, including exercises and techniques to make daily tasks easier and options for surgical interventions. This event includes a light lunch. Please RSVP at 402-562-3380 or register online at www.columbushosp.org.

Wednesday, October 10 – 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. Flu vaccine will be available for adults and children. 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.

Wednesday, October 10 – The University of Nebraska Extension will be offering the ServSafe Food Handler Program in Columbus at the Platte County Extension Office from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Class instructor is Amy Peterson MS, RDN from UNL Extension in Polk County. Cost is $20 per participant, which includes the course book and additional classroom materials. FMI or registration, go to extension.unl.edu.

Thursday, October 11 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Saturday, October 13 – Free Ag & Horticulture Workshop from 9am-noon, with free lunch included! If you are struggling with getting your agribusiness up and running or managing your existing business profitably, then join us for this workshop. You will gain valuable information and free resources that will help you manage your agribusiness. Please meet at the Red Apple Farmer’s Market (2620 23rd Street, Columbus). Workshop is available in English and Spanish. Pre-registration is required by calling 402-562-1242 or email dlux@cccneb.edu.

Monday, October 15 – 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.  Flu vaccine will be available for adults and children. 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.

Monday, October 15 – Living Hopeful, a free survivor event for breast cancer survivors and their guest from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Friedhoff Room at Schwesers (1270 27th Avenue, Downtown Columbus). Dinner will be served starting at 6pm. Guest speaker will be Dr. Samer Renno of Hematology and Oncology Consultants. Please RVSP to Columbus Cancer Care at 402-562-8666. Seating is limited.

Tuesday, October 16 – Columbus Community Hospital presents cooking classes at the Columbus Wellness Center from 5:30pm-7pm. This month’s class is “Cooking for a Healthy Heart”. 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, October 18 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Saturday, October 20 – It’s the 2nd Annual Havoc 5k at Lutjelusche with Sammy’s Superheroes to raise funds for childhood cancer research! The race starts at 10am and after the hilly 5k trail, beer, brats and a live band will greet you at the finish line. Families and runners’ supporters are able to buy a ‘Havoc Hangout’ pass for $20: this includes beer (drinks), brats and enjoying the live band. Costumes are welcome! FMI go to www.sammyssuperheroes.org.

Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Life And Living Invites Us To Be Beautiful People” with Sister Marie Micheletto, RSM, M.A., L.P.C., LMHP. Beatitude people collect and share gratitude, hope, and mercy on a daily basis. This then becomes our legacy to family, friends, and the world. Together we will reflect on these “tasks”, these gifts, that are for us and for each other. Saturday, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday after lunch. Register at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Monday, October 22 – Columbus Public Library presents Monday Night Book Adventures in the Children’s Room from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come join this free event for stories, crafts and bedtime snacks! FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Thursday, October 25 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Thursday, October 25 – The Columbus Public Library is partnering with the Downtown Business Association for the Downtown Trick or Treat event from 5pm-7pm. We will have treats at the library, and at Frankfort Square we will have a booth for kids to enjoy a fun craft that they can take home with them. Enjoy a night out with the family and makes some great memories!

Saturday, October 27 – The Columbus Public Library presents Super Sensational Saturdays! This free event is for families and is held in the Children’s Room from 10am-noon. Come and go as you have time! This month’s theme is “Spooktacular Extravaganza”. Conjure up Bootiful Halloween trinkets and a haunting, mouth-watering snack!

Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Living The Fullness of God” with Benedictine Oblate Jodi Blazek GehrWhat does it mean to live life to its fullest? Is it possible to always live with joy? Explore the paradox of embracing joy and sadness, light and darkness, birthing and dying, God in all and God within as we explore our greatest joy—that we are created in the image of God and we are created to create! Embrace the fullness of God’s gift of creative prayer including lectio divina,SoulCollage®, guided meditation and a labyrinth walk. Saturday, 9:30 a.m., to Sunday after lunch. Register at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Thursday, November 1 – The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) and D.A. Davidson will host the 2018 Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Future is…” The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Akaya Windwood, president of the Rockwood Leadership Institute, the nation’s largest provider of transformative leadership trainings for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. An annual event expected to attract more than 300 national and local thought leaders, staff and volunteers from the nonprofit world, the Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands will feature breakout sessions, a Catalyst Award and workshops on a variety of topics, including fundraising, lobbying and strategic planning. Registration for the event is required. FMI contact Abby Hughes at abby@nonprofitam.org or call 402-557-5800, or go to nonprofitam.org/summit2018.

Thursday, November 1 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Sunday, November 4 – Join Big Pals Little Pals for the brightest fundraising event in town, the 2018 Bowl-A-Thon! Teams will take part in a neon party packed with glow sticks, bright colors and plenty of prizes! Start your team or secure your corporate sponsorship now at bigpals.org/bowl or call 402-563-1081 or email bigpals@megavision.com.

Thursday, November 8 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Saturday, November 10 – The Columbus Public Library presents Super Sensational Saturdays! This free event is for families and is held in the Children’s Room from 10am-noon. Come and go as you have time! This month’s theme is “A Time Of Thanksgiving”. Express what you are most thankful for through thoughtful projects and a yummy, delectable treat!

Monday, November 12 – Columbus Public Library presents Monday Night Book Adventures in the Children’s Room from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come join this free event for stories, crafts and bedtime snacks! FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Thursday, November 15 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Monday, November 26 – Columbus Public Library presents Monday Night Book Adventures in the Children’s Room from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come join this free event for stories, crafts and bedtime snacks! FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Thursday, November 29 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Thursday, December 6 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Saturday, December 8 – The Columbus Public Library presents Super Sensational Saturdays! This free event is for families and is held in the Children’s Room from 10am-noon. Come and go as you have time! This month’s theme is “Merry Christmas To All”. Celebrate the holiday by creating beautiful holiday crafts and a decadent seasonal snack!

Saturday, December 8 – The 2018 Nebraska Jingle Bell Run  (sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation) will be held at the Strategic Air & Space Museum Hangar B and Mahoney State Park in Ashland. Registration and check-in at 7:30am; the run will end at noon. This is a timed and untimed 5K and a timed 10K, with a Reindeer Dash for 12 and under. Cost is $15 for Reindeer Dash, $30 Untimed 5K, $35 Timed 5k and $40 Timed 10K, after September 1, prices go up. The Arthritis Foundation’s original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer! 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause. Website:  www.jbr.org/nebraska ( to register and find out more information). Contact:  Sally Stalnaker, 402-262-0144.

Monday, December 10 – Columbus Public Library presents Monday Night Book Adventures in the Children’s Room from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come join this free event for stories, crafts and bedtime snacks! FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Thursday, December 13 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H. and Miss Peggy! This program is held in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and again at 1:30pm and is free and open to the public. FMI call Brad Hruska at 402-564-7116 #4.

Thursday, December 20 – The Lied Center for Performing Arts present A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at 3pm and 7pm at 301 N 12th Street in Lincoln. Chip Davis has created a show featuring Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Davis’ groundbreaking Fresh Aire series. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller, an American favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years! For ticket information, go to www.liedcenter.org.

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Columbus Community Hospital Events

Friday, September 21 – Ask the Dietitian from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Columbus Wellness Center. Columbus Community Hospital dietitians will be available in the Multipurpose Room every Friday to discuss a nutrition topic for 30 minutes and then be available afterwards to answer any individual questions. There is no cost for the class or time with the dietitians. This week’s topic is What Is Magnesium?

Friday, September 21 – 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.

Saturday, September 22 – Bump And Beyond Class from 8am-12pm in the third floor conference center. The birth of your baby is one of the most exciting events in your life and a moment you will cherish and remember always. Join us for our three-week evening or weekend express series to help you understand the process of labor and delivery, comfort techniques, medical procedures, cesarean births as well as newborn and postpartum care. Classes are held in CCH’s third floor classrooms. The cost is $30 per couple for each series of classes. Payment in the form of cash or check will be collected at the time of the event. Only one registration is needed per couple. Spanish interpreters are available upon request. Register early, as participation is on a first come, first serve basis! For more information, call 402-562-3266 or register online at www.columbushosp.org.

Saturday, September 22 –  Kids Safety Day from 10am-2pm at Mike’s Auto Sales and Towing. Area families are invited to learn safety tips from local experts at this year’s Kids Safety Day. Kids Safety Day includes demonstrations and displays that allow children and teens to learn about fire, seatbelt and powerline safety, among other important topics. Attendees can also participate in various drawings, including the chance to win a free bicycle. Numerous local public safety organizations will be in attendance, including the Columbus Police Department, Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and Columbus Fire and Rescue. Columbus Community Hospital will also have several health professionals on hand to teach children health safety tips. For more information on Kids Safety Day, please visit www.mikes-auto.com or www.columbushosp.org.

Tuesday, September 25 – 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.

Wednesday, September 26 – TBI and Stroke Support Group from 12pm-1pm at the Columbus Wellness Center. This group is designed for TBI and Stroke survivors & caregivers.  Our goal is to provide education regarding Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke, promote wellness, provide chance for group members to use skills that have been or are being taught, and to provide support for each other.  Meetings are held from noon-1:00 p.m., at the Columbus Wellness Center.  For more information, contact Meghan Jantzi or Morgan Kapels at 402-562-3333.

Thursday, September 27 – 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, September 28 – Ask the Dietitian from 11:30am-12:30pm at the Columbus Wellness Center. Columbus Community Hospital dietitians will be available in the Multipurpose Room every Friday to discuss a nutrition topic for 30 minutes and then be available afterwards to answer any individual questions. There is no cost for the class or time with the dietitians. This week’s topic is Money Saving Grocery Shopping Tips.

Friday, September 28 – 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.