Friends of Music event
The Columbus Friends of Music will present the concert “Backtrack Vocals” on Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Columbus High School Concert Hall. The concert will feature a five-person a cappella singing group. “Backtrack Vocals” transforms familiar pop, funk, Motown, standards and Broadway songs with all-new vocal and beatbox arrangements. Tickets are available online at www.columbusfriendsofmusic or by contacting Kirsten Ritter at (402)-270-2255.
Alzheimer and dementia support group
The next Columbus Alzheimer/Dementia support group meeting will be held on Monday, March 27th at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbus Community Center (Old Hospital), 3111 19th St via the door on the north side. The program will be Northeast Nebraska Area Agency on Aging with Sandy Duncan, Options Counselor for Aging and Disability Resources Center. For more information contact Adam Lassen at (402)-910-8111 or Martha Davidson at (402)-910-8580.
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Construction on US-30 in Columbus
Weather permitting, construction work will begin on March 28th on the U.S. Highway 30 improvement project, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. The westbound lanes from 16th Ave to E 12th Avenue will close at 8 p.m., and the traffic will operate in two-lane, two-way configuration in the existing eastbound lanes. During construction, temporary turn signals and traffic control will be in effect, including lane shifts. Access to all properties will remain open; however, intermittent driveway and intersection closures are to be expected. Motorists are reminded to drive cautiously in and near zones, buckle up and put phones down. More information can be found at ndot.info/32234 or on the following social media pages, @23rdStColumbus and @NEColumbus on twitter.
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 Ave. 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.
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 31, Jicama apple slaw cooking demo.
For more information contact Susan Olmer at 402-562-4460 or Joan Plummer at 402-562-4462.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Pancake and sausage feed
St. Michael's Historical Society will host a Pancake and Sausage Feed on Sunday, April 2nd from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the St. Michael's Parish Hall in Tarnov. Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. Adults are $8, 5 to 10 are $3 and under 5 are free. Take part in raffles, bake sales and the easter egg hunt (after mass). All are invited.
Eggsperience event for children
The Columbus Community Hospital will host its annual Eggsperience drive-thru celebration on Thursday, April 6th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. outside the hospital’s main entrance at 4600 38th St 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 can also check out the hospital’s Little Free Library near the Child Care Center, where Easter book will be available. Additionally, there is an opportunity to win one of several grand prizes, which can be entered by going to the hospital’s Facebook page and liking the post.
For more information, visit columbushosp.org.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
‘Stop the Bleed’ program
The Columbus Community Hospital want to help people save lives, which is why it will offer ‘Stop the Bleed’, a national program in which instructors explain how to stop bleeding in severely injured individuals. The hospital will host the one-hour class from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 13th in the Platte/Prairie conference rooms. The session includes a presentation and hands-on practice with tourniquets and pressure dressings. Individuals do not need previous medical background or experience to participate. To sign up for the class or to set up a course for your organization contact Lozos at (402)-562-3192 or visit columbushosp.org.
Lakeview spring orientations
Lakeview Community Schools will be hosting their spring 7th grade orientation for all current 6th graders planning on attending Lakeview Junior High this coming August on Wednesday, April 19th. Check-in is at 8:45 a.m. and will conclude at 11:15 a.m. Lunch will be served. If you are not currently a Platte Center or Shell Creek student, please bring $3.20 for lunch.
The 9th grade spring orientation for 8th graders who are not current Lakeview students interested in attending Lakeview High this coming fall on Friday, March 31st. Check-in is at 1:30 p.m. and will conclude at 3:30 p.m. There will be a Math placement exam. Bring a copy of 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter report cards and any MAPS data.
For further information regarding orientations contact Cindy Wendt at (402)-564-8518 for more information.
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.
Tribute to AC/DC performance
On April 29th ACC Entertainment will present "Shoot to Thrill", a tribute to AC/DC featuring Rocks in a Pocket, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Ramada Inn. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Contact Adam at (402)-707-0794. For reserved tables visit acc-entertainment.ticketleap.com.
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 email@example.com 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.