Walk supports ALS group

NORFOLK -- ALS in the Heartland will hold its annual Norfolk- and Columbus-area walk Sunday at Skyview Lake in Norfolk to help spread awareness and support for those impacted by ALS.

The walk will begin at 2 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. Registration is free.

ALS in the Heartland is a nonprofit agency that helps provide services including guidance, equipment loans, respite services and transportation reimbursement at no cost to patients. The event will feature refreshments, giveaways and activities. Routes are handicapped-accessible and pet-friendly.

Fundraising forms can be downloaded at www.alsintheheartland.org. Donations can be made online through the website (designating your gift in honor of the “Norfolk Walk”) or send checks to ALS in the Heartland, 1320 S. 119th St., Omaha, NE 68144. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, call the ALS in the Heartland office at 402-592-2374.

City conducting hydrant flushing

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Water Utility Division will begin fall hydrant flushing on Oct. 2.

Residents may notice discolored water and low pressure as crews pass through their areas. The flushing and flow testing may last up to three weeks.

CCC presenting 'Elephant Man'

COLUMBUS -- Central Community College-Columbus will present Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man” at 7 p.m. Oct. 5-7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Fine Arts Theater.

The play, which premiered in London in 1977 and had off-Broadway and Broadway runs, is based on the life of Joseph Merrick, referred to in the script as John Merrick. He lived in the Victorian era and was known for the extreme deformity of his body. The actor playing the lead role will not wear prosthetic makeup, but will portray the deformity through physicality, leaving the audience to imagine Merrick's appearance.

Tickets are $7 for general admission.

Backflow training course offered

COLUMBUS -- A backflow recertification training course will be offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5 in the West Education Center, Room 177, at Central Community College-Columbus.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The course will cover testing issues, regulatory requirements for installation, customer complaints and cross-connection control programs. Preregistration is open through Sept. 28. Class size is limited, so individuals are encouraged to preregister early. The cost is $85. Continuing education hours will be awarded by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information or to preregister, contact Susan Baer at 402-562-1425; toll-free at 1-877-222-0780, ext. 1425; or email sbaer@cccneb.edu.

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