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 Ringbells.org. If you require assistance for Christmas, call the office to set up an appointment.

Sasse staffer at mobile office

COLUMBUS -- U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse announced that a member of his staff will be hosting a mobile office from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Columbus Public Library, 2504 14th St.

Office hours will provide Nebraskans with a face-to-face opportunity to speak with a member of Sasse’s staff about federal government-related issues. A constituent services representative will be on hand to offer guidance and aid to Nebraskans who require help navigating Washington's federal bureaucracy.

Constituent services representatives can be reached at 402-476-1400.

Group meeting in St. Edward

ST. EDWARD -- A Community Builders meeting will be held 5 p.m. Wednesday in St. Edward.

Site visits will be made to Big Iron, Alida’s Picture Pages, Tami’s Flipping Vintage and Beaver Creek Smokehouse. The Grapevine will cater the dinner at Central Valley Ag. Mayor Dean Hamling will give the welcome, and Karen Asmus, workforce coordinator for the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, will give the program “Drive for Five Initiative: 500 New Employees in Five Years.”

Cost for the dinner is $10. Individuals planning to attend are asked to contact Mary Blaser at Cornhusker Public Power District by noon Monday at 402-564-2821. Community Builders helps individuals in Boone, Colfax, Nance and Platte counties learn about ways to improve their communities.

St. Benedict hosts craft show

SCHUYLER -- St. Benedict Center will host a Christmas craft show from Nov. 26 to Dec. 10.

Hours are 2-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A large variety of crafts and gifts made by area artists will be on sale. The book and gift store will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30–10:45 a.m. and 1–4 p.m. Saturdays and 1–3 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit www.christthekingpriory.com.

Overnight casino trip planned

SCHUYLER -- The Colfax County Senior Center in Schuyler is planning a two-day holiday bus trip fundraiser Dec. 4-5.

Cost is $65 per person for double occupancy or $75 for single occupancy, with reservations and payments due by Friday. The first night will be at WinnaVegas Casino with Day 2 at the Blackbird Casino. There will be many perks at both casinos, vouchers, points and specials on food.

For more information, call Betty at 402-615-0857 or Lloyd at 402-615-0353. Checks can be made to Colfax County Senior Center and mailed to Betty Brichacek, 1617 Adam St., Schuyler, NE 68661. No refunds.

Jazz orchestra playing at Maximus

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform a selection of big band and holiday tunes from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 19 at Maximus Restaurant and Lounge, 329 23rd St.

The performance is free and open to the public.

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