Kettle campaign begins Friday

COLUMBUS -- The Salvation Army will begin its Red Kettle Campaign on Friday.

This time of year is very significant to the operations of The Salvation Army. Donations help assist many families with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

To volunteer as a bell-ringer, contact the Salvation Army office at 402-564-6910 or sign up at If you require assistance for Christmas, call the office to set up an appointment.

PD focusing on seat belts

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Police Department will conduct the Click It or Ticket safety belt campaign Nov. 20-26.

The department has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to pay for overtime enforcement, extra patrols and traffic checkpoints. The goal of this enforcement is to raise the seat belt usage rate from a current 60 percent to over 83 percent.

As a reminder, drivers and front-seat passengers are required to wear a seat belt. Adults 18 years and older seated in the back seat are exempt from wearing a seat belt unless the driver possesses a school, learner's or provisional operator’s permit. All children ages 5 and younger must be in a child restraint system.

Jazz band at Maximus

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform a selection of big band and holiday tunes from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Maximus Restaurant and Lounge, 329 23rd St.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Big Pals gift wrap fundraiser

COLUMBUS -- Big Pals-Little Pals will have a Christmas gift-wrapping booth at the Turkeyfest Craft Show set for Nov. 25-26 in 30 Center Mall.

Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 25 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26. For a freewill donation, members of the organization will wrap your gifts.

Big Pals-Little Pals is a mentoring organization that matches adult volunteers with children ages 6-19 from single-parent homes in order to provide them with an adult friend and role model. For more information, call Roxanne at 402-563-1081 or visit

Festival of Trees coming soon

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Women’s Club will hold its annual Festival of Trees Thursday through Sunday in the lower level of Columbus Public Library.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door, with a cookie and beverage included. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Thursday; noon-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. The event will include a raffle and sweet shop.

Advance tickets can be purchased from Women’s Club members, Tooley Drug or Columbus Art Gallery.

Knights planning soup supper

COLUMBUS -- The St. Isidore Knights of Columbus will hold a soup supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday at the St. Isidore Elementary School cafeteria.

The all-you-can-eat meal choices include chili, potato soup, chicken noodle soup, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and desserts. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children.


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