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Tuesday, March 5 – Choices Treatment Center invites the public to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10am at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce. Come celebrate the opening of their Columbus office!

Thursday, March 7 – Columbus Public Library invites kids to Story Time and Story Art at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Children enjoy stories, crafts, songs and fingerplays at this free event. This week’s theme is “Celebrating Seuss”.

Thursday, March 7 – Columbus Public Library invites teens to Anime Club from 6pm-7pm at the library. Enjoy free anime and take home Japanese snacks. This is free for students in 7-12 grades.

Thursday, March 7 thru Sunday, March 10 – The Platte Valley Playhouse invites the public to the comedy “12 Incompetent Jurors” at the CCC Columbus Campus Theater. Show times are 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are available at the door or by visiting pvphcolumbus.org and clicking on reservations/tickets or by calling 402-564-7827.

Friday, March 8 – Join Columbus Community Hospital dietitians at the Columbus Wellness Center from 11:30am-12:30pm for Food Thoughts, a free healthy eating class. This week’s topic is “The Facts On Sodium And High Blood Pressure”.

Friday, March 8 – Knights of Columbus St. Anthony’s Council 9264 will hold their annual weekly fish fries during lent in the St. Anthony’s Social Hall (basement of the elementary school) from 5:30-8pm. Costs are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for children ages 5-11, and free for ages 4 and under. Takeout meals are $14 each, and all fish is $25. The menu features fried and baked fish, potatoes, macaroni salad, and coleslaw.

Friday, March 8 – Columbus Friends of Music presents the Sinta Quartet at 7pm at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center. The Sinta Quartet has won the Gold Medal at the ’18 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the ’17 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the ’13 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and First Prize at the ’12 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. FMI or to purchase tickets, go to www.columbusfriendsofmusic.com or email [email protected].

Friday, March 8 – The Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department invites everyone to their Lenten Fish Fry at the Platte Center Fire Station. An all you can eat buffet from 5pm-8pm, or until the fish is gone! Adults/$15, kids 5-12/$5, kids 4 and under/free. All proceeds go to support and equip the Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department.

Saturday, March 9 – The Tri-city Model Railroad Association is holding a Pancake Feed from 7am-12pm at the Burlington Station, 6th & Plum Street, Grand Island. A model train layout will be open for viewing. $7/adults, $4/ages 12 and under. 

Sunday, March 10 – Columbus Public Library and Humanities Nebraska presents “The Music Of Ireland”, a program with David March at 2pm in the Library Community Room. David will entertain with music, fables and stories that will transport you to the Emerald Isle. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 13 – Columbus Public Library invites teens in grades 7-12 to free game day from 3pm-5pm. Play games, hangout, and eat snacks!

Wednesday, March 13 –  The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic in Stromsburg, from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Flu shots are available. An appointment is required. Infant, Kindergarten, 7th Grade and college entry vaccines are available for VFC eligible children from birth through 18 years of age. Reminder – All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a record of all previous immunizations is required. A small administrative fee will be charged, however services will not be denied to those who have a true inability to pay. Please call the Polk County Health Department at 402-747-2211 for further details or to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14 – Columbus Community Hospital is hosting free informational sessions for their national diabetes prevention program in the first floor Pioneer Room. Program times are 4:30pm on Wednesday and noon and 4:30pm on Thursday. For more information, contact diabetes educators Amy Soulliere at 402-562-3322 or Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462. 

Thursday, March 14 – Columbus Public Library invites kids to Story Time and Story Art at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Children enjoy stories, crafts, songs and fingerplays at this free event. This week’s theme is “Feathered Barnyard Friends”.

Friday, March 15 – Join Columbus Community Hospital dietitians at the Columbus Wellness Center from 11:30am-12:30pm for Food Thoughts, a free healthy eating class. This week’s topic is “Different Types Of Lettuce And Greens”.

Friday, March 15 – Knights of Columbus St. Anthony’s Council 9264 will hold their annual weekly fish fries during lent in the St. Anthony’s Social Hall (basement of the elementary school) from 5:30-8pm. Costs are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for children ages 5-11, and free for ages 4 and under. Takeout meals are $14 each, and all fish is $25. The menu features fried and baked fish, potatoes, macaroni salad, and coleslaw.

Saturday, March 16 – Columbus Public Library presents Super Sensational Saturday, a library program for children pre-k thru 3rd grade that takes place in the Children’s Room of the Columbus Public Library from 9am-11am. Families will engage in fun activities and crafts, including an edible project! This inclusive program is FREE to all.

Saturday, March 16 – Columbus Cancer Care Foundation invites the public to take part in For The Love Of Life, a 5K fun run at 8am at the Columbus Fieldhouse indoor track. Registration is $20 per person and includes a t-shirt. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all proceeds benefit Columbus Cancer Care Foundation. FMI contact Nicolette Coble at [email protected] or Robbin Cutsor at [email protected]

Saturday, March 16 – St. Luke’s United Church of Christ invites everyone to a Murder Mystery Dinner! You are invited to a backyard cookout and rock’n’roll party. We’ll be jiving to the top 40 hits of 1959 while the chicken is grillin’ on the barbecue. When the unthinkable happens: a murder is committed! Doors open at 5:30pm at the Columbus Innovation Center; tickets are $50 and include dinner and the mystery! FMI or to get tickets, call 402-564-8862. Can you solve the mystery?

Sunday, March 17 – Howells Community Catholic School invites everyone to Fun Fest at the Howells Ballroom. A grilled pork loin dinner will be served from 10:30am to 1pm. $13/adults, $8/ages 6 and under, $15/drive thru meals. There will also be a quilt raffle, main raffle, split the pot, bake sale, kids games, and a live auction starting at 1pm. All proceeds go to support the Howells Community Catholic School.

Sunday, March 17 – Columbus Public Library presents Marilyn Schmidt of the UNL Extension Master Gardener Program and growing vegetables in containers. This free event will be held at 2pm in the Library Creativity Corner.

Monday, March 18 – The Polk County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic in Stromsburg, from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Flu shots are available. An appointment is required. Infant, Kindergarten, 7th Grade and college entry vaccines are available for VFC eligible children from birth through 18 years of age. Reminder – All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and a record of all previous immunizations is required. A small administrative fee will be charged, however services will not be denied to those who have a true inability to pay. Please call the Polk County Health Department at 402-747-2211 for further details or to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, March 19 – Boy Scout 212 invites everyone to the annual Pancake Feed from 4:30pm-7:30pm at Federated Church (2704 15th Street, Columbus). All you can eat buttermilk pancakes, also serving sausages and beverages. Cost is a suggested free will donation of $8/adults and $5/ages 6-10, ages 5 and under free. Proceeds will support programs and camps for the boy scout troop.

Tuesday, March 19 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Breakfast, Anyone?” Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Tuesday, March 19 – Are the current markets making you wonder how to best navigate your financial strategy? Join Thrivent Financial for a livestream of Thrivent’s Market and Economic Update at 11:30am, presented by Thrivent leaders. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Thrivent’s perspective and what the latest trends may mean for you. No products will be sold.

Thursday, March 21 – Columbus Public Library invites kids to Story Time and Story Art at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Children enjoy stories, crafts, songs and fingerplays at this free event. This week’s theme is “Spring Fun”.

Thursday, March 21 – Columbus Community Hospital will host its annual Eggsperience drive-thru celebration from 3p-6p outside the hospital’s main entrance at 4600 38th Street in Columbus. The event is for children ages 2 to 7. Vehicles should use the south entrance off 38th Street to enter the hospital campus and drive to the main entrance, where the Easter Bunny will hand out treat bags for each child while supplies last. Those attending the event can also check out CCH’s Little Free Library near the Child Care Center, where they will find Easter books for children.

Thursday, March 21 – Columbus Public Library invites teens to Anime Club from 6pm-7pm at the library. Enjoy free anime and take home Japanese snacks. This is free for students in 7-12 grades.

Friday, March 22 – Join Columbus Community Hospital dietitians at the Columbus Wellness Center from 11:30am-12:30pm for Food Thoughts, a free healthy eating class. This week’s topic is “Healthy Snacking With MyPlate”.

Friday, March 22 – Knights of Columbus St. Anthony’s Council 9264 will hold their annual weekly fish fries during lent in the St. Anthony’s Social Hall (basement of the elementary school) from 5:30-8pm. Costs are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for children ages 5-11, and free for ages 4 and under. Takeout meals are $14 each, and all fish is $25. The menu features fried and baked fish, potatoes, macaroni salad, and coleslaw.

Friday, March 22 – The Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department invites everyone to their Lenten Fish Fry at the Platte Center Fire Station. An all you can eat buffet from 5pm-8pm, or until the fish is gone! Adults/$15, kids 5-12/$5, kids 4 and under/free. All proceeds go to support and equip the Platte Center Volunteer Fire Department.

Saturday, March 23 – The Columbus Morning and Noon Rotary Clubs are hosting a Cornhole Tournament fundraiser at the Columbus Eagles Club. Entry fee is $50 per team of two people. If registered by March 15, $40 per team. Double elimination tourney, with cash payouts. Games start at 4pm, and food will be available for purchase during the tournament. Call or text Aaron at 402-920-0520 to register. Proceeds benefit the outreach programs of the Rotary Clubs.

Wednesday, March 27 – Columbus Public Library invites teens in grades 7-12 to free game day from 3pm-5pm. Play games, hangout, and eat snacks!

Thursday, March 28 – Columbus Public Library invites kids to Story Time and Story Art at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Children enjoy stories, crafts, songs and fingerplays at this free event. This week’s theme is “Yummy Foods and Tasty Treats”.

Thursday, March 28 – Adults are invited to the library’s book club at the FNBO second floor conference room at 6:30pm. This month’s book is “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins.

Friday, March 29 – Join Columbus Community Hospital dietitians at the Columbus Wellness Center from 11:30am-12:30pm for Food Thoughts, a free healthy eating class. This week’s topic is a cooking demonstration, “Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins”. 

Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 – The St. Benedict Center in Schuyler presents Sharon Doran, the founder and teaching director of Seeking Truth Catholic Bible Study, Omaha. Sharon will speak on The Feminine Genius of Queen Esther. Delve into the mesmerizing life of the orphan girl Hadassah, the beautiful young Jewish woman who risked her own life to become Queen Esther of Persia. This Biblical Retreat will be about this fascinating Old Testament book and its Christ-like heroine Esther, who was willing to lay down her own life for the salvation of God’s people. The program begins on Friday at 7:30pm and closes on Saturday at 4:45pm. Sign up at www.StBenedictCenter.com or call St. Benedict Center at 402-352-8819 for more information.

Saturday, April 6 – 1C The Sanctuary will be hosting a packing day event from 10am-1pm where all are welcome to come help pack meals. Funds are currently being collected to pay for supplies to meet our goal of packing 80,000 meals! If you are interested in helping to pack these meals, or are interested in donating funds to buy food for this meal packing event, please go to www.1cchurch.com

Saturday, April 6 – Columbus Public Library presents a program with the creators of Fantasy Drone Show at 2pm at the Columbus Community Building. Come and hear how this company from Norfolk develops their complicated and amazing shows. They have done shows at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve, Florida, and more! This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 9 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Easy Meals For Busy Families”. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Saturday, April 13 – Columbus Public Library presents Super Sensational Saturday, a library program for children pre-k thru 3rd grade that takes place in the Children’s Room of the Columbus Public Library from 9am-11am. Families will engage in fun activities and crafts, including an edible project! This inclusive program is FREE to all.

Sunday, April 14 – Columbus Public Library presents “Ask A Master Gardener”. This free event will be held at 2pm in the Library Creativity Corner. Come get your gardening questions answered by the experts.

Wednesday, April 17 – The Columbus Chamber of Commerce invites you to the Vehicle Day event at the Columbus National Guard Armory. This exciting event provides an educational and entertaining experience for area students (typically first graders) to learn about various types of vehicles and how they operate. The event will run from 9am-3pm and will be open to students from Columbus Public, Lakeview Community, and Columbus Catholic Schools as well as regional schools. This provides a great opportunity for you to promote your business and inspire the next generation of our area’s workforce. The students will have the opportunity to learn about the various vehicles on display, ask questions, and interact with the drivers and owners.

Thursday, April 25 – Columbus Friends of Music presents Abbacadabra with AbbaFab at 7pm at the Columbus High School Concert Hall. ABBAFAB is a stunning tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 70s and 80s including monster hits such as Waterloo, Fernando, Honey Honey, Dancing Queen and countless others. From ABBA’s earliest hits to Mamma Mia, ABBAFAB will take you on a technicolor journey that is unmatched. FMI or to purchase tickets, go to www.columbusfriendsofmusic.com or email [email protected].

Saturday, May 11 – Columbus Public Library presents Super Sensational Saturday, a library program for children pre-k thru 3rd grade that takes place in the Children’s Room of the Columbus Public Library from 9am-11am. Families will engage in fun activities and crafts, including an edible project! This inclusive program is FREE to all.

Tuesday, May 14 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Beans – The Miracle Fruit”. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Wednesday, May 15 – Columbus Friends of Music presents Brassfire at 7pm at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center. Brassfire is a virtuosic trio led by world-renowned trumpeter Jens Lindemann, who is not only a superb Juilliard-trained musician, but a wonderful entertainer. Jens is a former member of the famed Canadian Brass, and has soloed with many of the world’s great orchestras. FMI or to purchase tickets, go to www.columbusfriendsofmusic.com or email [email protected].

Tuesday, June 11 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Summer Salads”. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Tuesday, July 9 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Recipes For 1 Or 2”. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Tuesday, August 13 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Gluten Or Dairy Free – Now What?” Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Tuesday, September 10 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Garden Variety”. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Tuesday, October 8 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Mexican Flair”. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Tuesday, November 12 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Carb Balance”. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.

Tuesday, December 10 – Want to take charge of your health? Join the Columbus Community Hospital dietitians for monthly healthy cooking classes from 5:30pm-7pm in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. The classes are $15 per person, including materials and food samples. This month’s topic is “Holiday Delights”. Attendees must register. For more information or to register, please contact Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.