Community Calendar

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Now thru October – The Farmers Market is open in Frankfort Square in Columbus every Saturday from 7:30am-noon. Shop local farmers and artisans for the freshest homegrown produce, baked goods, craft items and much more!

Thursday, October 17 – All area manufacturing and industrial leaders are invited to join the last 2019 industrial leaders breakfast to network and discuss the area’s victories and challenges as related to our local economy. This quarter we will have Bernie Hansen from the Nebraska Department of Labor discussing the regions labor outlook. Breakfast will be served at Wunderlich’s Catering at 7am. Register online at www.thecolumbuspage.com, by calling 564-2769, or email chamber@megavision.com.

Thursday, October 17 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H and Miss Peggy in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and 1:30pm. This event is free and open to everyone. This week’s theme is “Pumpkin-O-Rama!”

Thursday, October 17 – The Neligh Public Library and Humanities Nebraska presents New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee at 6pm. Tosca writes historical novels and thrillers, so come out and meet her.

Thursday, October 17 – Meridian Gardens is hosting an educational series on dementia from 7pm-9pm. It will review communication tips and tools to use in every day interactions with those with dementia and hear stories of families and caregivers. The series focuses on the teachings of M. Heather McKay, award winning occupational therapist and dementia care specialist. Sessions are free and refreshments provided. FMI call 402-564-6300.

Thursday, October 17 – Genesis House is a long-term transitional support center for those who are survivors of domestic violence, located in David City. As part of our new Open Arms Program, we are offering a women’s self-defense workshop with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department from 6pm-8pm at the Hruska Memorial Public Library conference room. Cost is $10. FMI go to www.genesishousebutterflies.org.

Thursday, October 17 – Central Community College Columbus is hosting the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Day Open House from 4pm-7pm. This is a community event to help connect the dots between what CCC has to offer and the great STEM careers that are available through the industries here in Columbus, and we will have many businesses here to share with attendees what they do/make. We want to get kids up close and hands on with things like pneumatics, welding, drones, 3D printers, etc. We will also have fun stuff like a hotdog cookout, face painting, cotton candy, activities, and giveaways.

Friday, October 18 – Join Columbus Community Hospital dietitians every Friday for Food Thoughts, a free hour of information at the Columbus Wellness Center from 11:30am-12:30pm. This week’s topic is “Getting The Most Flavor And Nutrients”.

Friday, October 18 – The Rococo Theatre in Lincoln presents “Stefon Harris & Blackout” at 7:30pm. Heralded as “one of the most important artists in jazz” (The Los Angeles Times), Stefon Harris exudes passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity that have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Fresh off his latest release, Sonic Creed, which was named Jazz Album of the Year by the world’s No. 1 jazz radio station WBGO, Harris returns to Lincoln for the first time in a decade. Tickets start at $39 and are available at tickets.liedcenter.org.

Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 – The Women of Divine Mercy Parish in Schuyler will sponsor the Annual Community Clothing Drive at the St. Augustine Hall, 604 Chicago Street in Schuyler. Donations of clean, gently used clothing will be accepted on Thursday, October 17 from 8am-5pm. The sale will run from 8am-5pm on Friday and 8am-11am on Saturday. All clothing will be 50 cents, coats will be $1.00.

Friday, October 18 thru Sunday, October 20 – Grand Island Little Theatre will perform “The Battle of Shallowford”, a comedy by Ed Simpson, at College Park Auditorium in Grand Island. Showtimes are 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/12 and under, and can be purchased at Ace Hardware or Hy-Vee in Grand Island, or by calling the theatre box office at 308-382-2586.

Saturday, October 19 – Howells Community Catholic Schools invites you to a craft show at the Howells Ballroom from 9am-3pm. Many beautiful and unique crafts, gifts, home decor and more! Admission is $2 and a lunch stand will be available.

Saturday, October 19 – The Simon House presents Tea With Simon, a fundraiser to help those in need in our community, at the Immanuel Family Life Center (1470 23rd Avenue, Columbus) from 11am-2pm. Enjoy fellowship and delicious food on beautifully themed tables, then find something special in the silent auction. There is also a grand prize raffle. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Simon House, 1853 10th Avenue in Columbus. Don’t forget to RSVP by October 11!

Saturday, October 19 – Columbus Public Library presents Donald Hickey from Humanities Nebraska at 2pm as he examines Paul Revere’s famous ride in 1775. Donald Hickey will look at what people commonly think Revere did with what he actually did. He will also explore the role of other participants in the story, especially other riders who were active that night. In addition, he will examine why Henry Wadsworth Longfellow chose to immortalize Revere in a poem some 85 years later and how this poem shaped our understanding of the event. He will pay special attention to where Longfellow, either by accident or design, got the story wrong. This event is free and open to everyone.

Saturday, October 19 – You are invited to help celebrate 50 Seasons with the Platte Valley Playhouse from 7pm-11pm in the Oak Room at the Friedhoff Building in Columbus. There will be plenty of music, a fun-filled presentation, and the
announcement of our upcoming season. A cash bar will be available. Since the Platte Valley Playhouse was founded in 1970, we encourage you to don your best 1970’s garb and join us for a night of groovy fun!

Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Praying With The St. John’s Bible”, a retreat with Brad Neary and Fr. Thomas Leitner, OSB.The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten Bible in more than five hundred years, on approximately 1,150 pages and including 160 major illuminations. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to Sunday after lunch. Register now at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Monday, October 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. Influenza vaccine is available now. 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, October 22 – Columbus Community Hospital wants to help alleviate some of the uncertainty that comes along with parenthood. With that in mind, the hospital is hosting “Ask the Pediatrician,” a free educational event on from 6:30pm-8pm in the CCH Pawnee and Prairie Rooms. The event will feature Dr. Maggie Egbarts and Dr. Jon Kroenke from Columbus Children’s Healthcare, P.C. People who are interested in attending but are uncomfortable asking questions in a crowd have the option to send questions ahead of time to kadahl@columbushosp.org. The questions will
remain anonymous and doctors will provide answers during the event. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for $100 in Columbus Bucks and light refreshments will be served. To register for the event, call 402-562-3359 or register online at www.columbushosp.org.

Tuesday, October 22 – Columbus Community Hospital presents a Healthy Lifestyle Class at the Columbus Wellness Center from 6pm-8:30pm. Session topics include carb counting, fat and calories, weight loss, physical activity, setting goals and healthy snacks. This event is FREE to the public. To register, go to www.columbushosp.org or call 402-562-4462.

Wednesday, October 23 thru Sunday, November 3 – The Lied Center in Lincoln presents “The Phantom Of The Opera”, with times at 2pm and 7:30pm. Tickets start at $29 and are available at tickets.liedcenter.org.

Thursday, October 24 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H and Miss Peggy in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and 1:30pm. This event is free and open to everyone. This week’s theme is “Monster Mayhem!”

Thursday, October 24 – Columbus Public Library partners with the Downtown Business Association to give you Trick or Treat on the Square from 4pm-6pm. We have a neat decorate your cup craft for the kids to put together. When they are finished decorating their monster cups we have a packet of hot cocoa for them to take home and enjoy! In case of bad weather we will move our craft tables to the library’s main floor by the entrance. This event is free and open to everyone!

Thursday, October 24 – Friends of Music presents Take 3 in concert at 7pm at the Columbus High Concert Hall. Mixing a flair for the wild and unexpected, this trio combines the refinement of a Julliard background with a fun, rock star charisma. The piano, violin and cello trio will perform their take on pop, jazz, movie themes and classical tunes. Tickets available at the door or from any Friends of Music member.

Thursday, October 24 – The Neligh Public Library and Humanities Nebraska present Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason at 7pm. The public is invited to meet Matt and talk with him about poetry and authorship.

Thursday, October 24 thru Sunday, October 27 – Central Community College Theatre presents Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies” at the CCC Theatre. Showtimes are 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

Friday, October 25 – Join Columbus Community Hospital dietitians every Friday for Food Thoughts, a free hour of information at the Columbus Wellness Center from 11:30am-12:30pm. This week’s topic is “10 Ways To Save Time & Money At The Grocery Store”.

Saturday, October 26 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Gratitude” with Brother Tobias Dammert, OSB. Struggles are stepping stones to encounter God’s faithfulness toward us that fills the heart with gratitude. The day includes
time for reflection, journaling and sharing and goes from 10am-4pm. Cost is $30 and lunch is available for $10.50, if you pay before the program starts. Register now at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Monday, October 28 – Columbus Public Library presents Monday Night Book Adventures in the Children’s Room from 6:30pm-7:30pm. There is a story, craft, and bedtime snack! This event is free and open to everyone. This week’s theme is “Spooks Galore!”

Thursday, October 31 – Columbus Public Library presents Story Time and Story Art with Mr. H and Miss Peggy in the Children’s Room at 10:30am and 1:30pm. This event is free and open to everyone. This week’s theme is “Happy Halloween!”

Friday, November 15 thru Sunday, November 17 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents “Mystical Guides for the Spiritual Journey”. Learn from the lives and teachings of the great mystics St. Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich! The sessions consist of initial lecture, individual silent reading of selected texts from the saints, small-group
discussion and big group sharing. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated daily. Reconciliation will be available, as well as times of Eucharistic Adoration. Friday, 7:30pm to Sunday after Lunch. Program Fee $60. Rooms per night, single occupancy: $45 plus tax; double occupancy: $37 plus tax.
Meals per day: $27.65 plus tax. Register now at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call (402) 352-8819.

Thursday, November 21 – Meridian Gardens is hosting an educational series on dementia 7pm-9pm. It will review communication tips and tools to use in every day interactions with those with dementia and hear stories of families and caregivers. The series focuses on the teachings of M. Heather McKay, award winning occupational therapist and dementia care specialist. Sessions are free and refreshments provided. FMI call 402-564-6300.

Friday, November 22 – Friends of Music presents A Jazzy Little Christmas with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. This show combines classic holiday tunes and sacred seasonal favorites. The concert is at 7pm at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door or from any Friends of Music member.

Thursday, December 19 – Meridian Gardens is hosting an educational series on dementia 7pm-9pm. It will review communication tips and tools to use in every day interactions with those with dementia and hear stories of families and caregivers. The series focuses on the teachings of M. Heather McKay, award winning occupational therapist and dementia care specialist. Sessions are free and refreshments provided. FMI call 402-564-6300.