YMCA spring break camp
Beginning March 13 through 17, the YMCA will host a summer camp for children in K-5 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The camp will offer a variety of activities from swimming, ice skating and bowling to arts and crafts and even a campfire. For members, the cost is $140/week or $30/day. For non-members, the cost is $160/week or $35/day. Register in-house or online at columbusy.org. For questions contact 402-564-9477.
Teachers grant application
Applications for special grants just for educators are due March 15, 2023. Fifty $1,000 grants will be awarded to Nebraska educators around the state to support innovative humanities education during the 2023-24 school year. Grants will be available to full-time educators and can be used for expenses including, but not limited to, tools and materials for humanities projects, professional development opportunities in the humanities, speaker fees, and field trips. Educators may apply through any Nebraska organization that educates students within the Pre-K through grade 12 age range, with a maximum of one application per organization. To ensure statewide distribution, awards will be balanced among the following regions: Lincoln Metro, Omaha Metro, Eastern Nebraska outside of Lincoln/Omaha, Central Nebraska, and Western Nebraska.
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For complete details and access to the grant application, visit humanitiesnebraska.org/edugrant.
Food thoughts classes
Food Thoughts classes will resume throughout March, which are classes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday in the multipurpose room at the Columbus Wellness Center. Dietitians lead the classes, provide advice about health and nutrition and answer questions following each presentation. Tentative topics include: March 17, discover the health benefits of produce; March 24, what to look for in yogurt; and March 31, Jicama apple slaw cooking demo.
For more information contact Susan Olmer at 402-562-4460 or Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.
Lunch & Learn session on emotional well-being
Columbus Community Hospital will offer a free Lunch and Learn on emotional well-being in the workplace, featuring Karen Rehm, the wellness services manager at the Nebraska Safety Council. The hospital’s Occupational Health Services department will host the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the Platte and Prairie rooms of the first-floor conference center. Attendees must register for the event by Friday, March 17. For more information or to register please contact Ileana Jarecki at 402-562-4490 or email@example.com.
Cervical cancer benefit
A cervical cancer benefit will be held for Lissette Segovia at the Knights of Columbus, 3115 6th St., on March 18 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The spaghetti feed will be from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction, spaghetti feed, split the pot, DJ Franco Benitez, dancing, and a bake sale. Lisette is a 34-year old single mother to four children who discovered when she was pregnant last year that she had cervical cancer. She is currently doing chemo treatments in Omaha. All money raised will help Lissette with medical bills and expenses. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at Emerald Nursing and Rehab, 2855 40th Ave. For more information contact Megan at 402-276-6739 or Ashley at 402-942-1146.
Walk with a doc
The next Walk with a Doc event will be on Tuesday, March 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the US 30 Center Mall. Speaking will be Dr. Sabu George on “Treating your Heart Right.” Participants will take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic, and then spend the rest of the hour enjoying healthy conversation with the doc. Walk at your own pace at this free community event.
Community Builders meeting
Community Builders announces the next meeting to be held in Creston on Tuesday, March 28. Registration begins at 3 p.m. with a tour of Kapels Last Resort, 46709 205 Ave., southwest of Creston. The group will travel into Creston and tour Creston Fertilizer, followed by a stop at The Vault on Main where the group will hear about the progress on the renovations of the 100-year-old building. The meeting will conclude with a meal at Alice’s Cedar Inn. For reservations call Jessica at Cornhusker Public Power District 402 564 2821 between 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. weekdays. All persons are welcome to attend.
Michael Charles and band performance
Grammy-elected Michael Charles will be performing with his band on Thursday, March 30, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Oak Room, 1270 27th St. The concert is free. The band will take viewers through a guitar driven journey through thirty-eight years and thirty-seven releases of original music. Charles’s music includes contemporary blues and soulful ballads.
Butler County scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship is to be awarded in the spring of 2023 to a graduating senior at a Butler County, Nebraska high school. Preference will be given to a student entering a degree related to the areas of automotive, transportation or agriculture industry. Interested students may contact their high school guidance counselor or may inquire at northsidedc.com. Scholarship deadline is March 30.
Mayflower Descendants scholarship
At the Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendant’s Spring meeting on April, 23 in Omaha, the Society will award the ninth Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants Burt and Becky Whedon Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,620 to a high school senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year-college or university during the 2023 through 2023 academic year. The year’s essay topic focuses on the Mayflower Pilgrims. Applicants should choose one Pilgrim from the 51 Mayflower passengers who left descendants and write about his or her contribution to Plymouth Colony and his or her place in history. Applicants will be evaluated by a written essay, honors received, school or volunteer activities, employment and demonstrated leadership. Mayflower ancestry is not a requirement. The essay must include references to document the facts in the essay, which will be evaluated for content, organization, style, grammar and creativity. Sources must be cited in appropriate bibliographic style. The deadline to apply is March 31, and for more information visit nebraskamayflower.org/scholarship.
Cloud 9 seeking volunteers
The Arc of Platte County is proud to sponsor a prom night experience for people ages 14 and older who have special needs on Friday, March 31. Organizers are looking for volunteers to help make the event a success. The “Cloud 9 Celebrations” dance will be from 6-9 p.m. at 1C The Sanctuary at 2200 28th Ave. in Columbus, with hair and makeup for female guests starting at 4 p.m. The local event will provide an evening of royal treatment for attendees, complete with a dinner, dance, party bus rides and other fun activities. Volunteers will act as buddies for the prom guests. These buddies will ride with guests in the party bus, eat dinner, dance and, most importantly, ensure the guests have a memorable evening. The event committee would like additional volunteers to help with registration, food set-up, hair and makeup, decorations and other tasks. Individuals interested in volunteering can sign up online at bit.ly/3RZcaJj. Volunteers over 18 years old will need to complete a background check.
For more information on the event or to register as an attendee or volunteer, contact Amber Stary at 402-910-2757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbus fish fry
The Columbus American Legion will have fish fries on Fridays until March 31. They will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Legion, 2263 Third Ave. Cost is $13. All you can eat.
Silver Creek fish fry
The Silver Creek American Legion will host fish fries on Fridays now through April 7. The events will take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Legion, 106 Vine St., Silver Creek. Costs is $15, all you can eat.
Paper shred day
Paper Shred Day will be April 8th, and Ag Park and Keep Columbus Beautiful will be holding a paper recycling event at the Ag Park East Lot, 822 15th St. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Limit is 100 lbs. per person. For questions call (402)-563-9223.
Vertical Voices rehearsals
Vertical Voices, the Columbus area’s nondenominational praise choir and band, will begin to rehearse for this year’s National Day of Prayer Concert to be held on Thursday, May 4, in Frankfort Square (or First United Methodist Church if weather dictates). No audition is necessary. Email director Fred Ritter at email@example.com or test 402-285-2343 with your name and what part you want to sing (soprano, alto, tenor or bass). There will be four rehearsals all on Monday evening— April 10, 17, 24 and May 1 all at the Columbus Middle School from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Electronics recycling event
Keep Columbus Beautiful will host an Electronics Recycling Event on April 22nd in the NPPD Parking Lot, 1414 15th St. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until full. Bring in used or broken electronics to be recycled properly. Items accepted are computers, printers, TV’s, scanners, phones, fax machines, VCR’s, radio equipment and etc. CRT monitors and TV’s fees apply. Under 19 inches is $10 and over 20 inches is $20. For questions call Keep Columbus Beautiful at (402)-563-9223.
Parkinson’s wellness symposium
The Columbus Community Hospital is sponsoring a Parkinson’s Wellness Symposium on Monday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ramada Inn River’s Edge Convention Center in Columbus. Participants will learn from experts the challenges of managing Parkinson’s disease, new opportunities and alternative treatments, and the latest health and wellness information for Parkinson’s disease. This is a free educational event for patients, caregivers and family members. For more information contact Michell Ruskamp at 402-562-4488. Special room rates are available for Ramada Inn by calling 402-564-1492.
Genoa Indian School scholarship
The Native American students who attended the Genoa U.S. Indian School from 1884 to 1934 contributed to the history of Genoa, the state of Nebraska, and the United States through their presence, language, and culture. In recognition of the contributions of these students, the Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation and the children of Dale and Alice Wolfe will now offer a $2,000.00 college scholarship to a descendant of a former Genoa U.S. Indian School student. Students may obtain an application on line at www.genoaindianschoolmuseum.org or by writing to the Genoa Indian School Foundation at PO Box 382, Genoa NE 68640, or by contacting Nicole Drozd via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and by noting “scholarship” in the subject line. Students should provide a thorough application and at least one reference letter from a teacher or employer. The application submission deadline is June 15th of every year prior to the scholarship being awarded for the upcoming fall semester. For additional questions contact Drozd at 308-991-5360.
Columbus Clean Way Club
The Columbus Nebraska Clean Way Club NA hosts meetings downstairs in the Pioneer Plaza, 2402 13th St. on Mondays through Fridays at 12:15 p.m., Sundays at 4:30 p.m., alongside 8 p.m. meetings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.