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Friday•Toy collection — 6:15 p.m.The Marines will be present at the Columbia City boys basketball game at 6:15 p.m. on Friday. The Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children in the community.Saturday• Cookie, candy sale — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.The Columbia City United Methodist Women will have its annual cookie and candy sale for missions Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the church. The church is located at 605 N. Forest Parkway. The cookies and candy will be sold for $5 a pound. This is open to the public.• Christmas bazaar — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The Churubusco High School New Era Show Choir will host a Christmas bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the bazaar, there will be over 70 craft vendors, a bake sale, pictures with Santa, lunch and refreshments and free performances. Churubusco Elementary School Chimers will perform at 10 a.m. and the Churubusco High School New Era Show Choir will perform at 2 p.m.•Open house, Santa — 1 to 4 p.m.Minear Real Estate will hold an open house and Santa event Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Grand Open House will be held in recognition of the company’s new downtown Columbia City office.The office is decorated for the holidays by Floral Concepts and at the open house, Santa will be there with live reindeer. There will also be refreshments for people to have while touring the new office and viewing the decorations.In addition the real estate company will be presenting The Lighthouse Shelter, Columbia City, with a donation check. Minear Real Estate brokers said, “Our agents have graciously donated a portion of every closing that comes through our office to this fantastic charity. “We are also hoping to have our Ribbon cutting that day along with Mayor Daniels in attendance. This is a completely free no strings attached event and is open to the public.”•Christmas bazaar — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.Delta Theta Tau, Theta Kappa Chapter will host its annual Christmas bazaar Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Whitley Town Hall.Participating vendors include Primitives, Sorority Nuts, Longaberger, Tupperware, 31 Purses, wood crafts, flower arrangements, blankets, gift baskets and sock made dolls and bears.•Primitives, shop hop — 9 a.m. to 3 p.mPierceton‘s Chamber of Commerce is once again offering The Heritage Gathering Primitives Show and Holiday Shop Hop. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the primitives and antique show will take place at the Pierceton Elementary School. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the “popular” horse-drawn sleigh will give rides through the town for a freewill donation or donated canned goods for the local food bank. At 11 a.m., Kerry Hippensteel will demonstrate how to make a garland with things found in the yard. Then, at 1 p.m. Marjorie Kennedy Babbitt will offer a beginner basket class for $5. At 10 a.m., the town will start a Shop Hop to start the Christmas season. Stop by any participating store and pick up a passport. Shoppers can travel to each shop printed on the passport. The passport will be marked off at each shop. When all of the spaces are marked off, the passports are turned in for a chance to win three gift baskets, filled with items from the participating shops in Pierceton. For more information, contact Sally Reuter at 574-594-3800, visit www.picturetrail.com/theheritagegatheringshow or find the event on Facebook. Sunday•Lighthouse walk — 1 to 5 p.m.Three holiday homes will be open for tour Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m. The Lighthouse Christmas Walk will benefit The Lighthouse, a transitional shelter in Columbia City.Tickets are $10 and include a lunch at Eagle’s Nest Event Center. Ann Fahl is the event’s coordinator. She said, “We have three beautiful, large homes for our walk in and around Columbia City. You will be in for a very special treat touring these homes and thanking these wonderful people for opening their houses for such a special occasion.”Bonnie Platz’s home, 314 N. Main St., is ready for Christmas and has the features of an older, well-kept home. At 517 N. Shore Court, Jacie Worrick’s home is located in the Columbia Shores Addition.The newer home is located on a pond, has a full walk-out basement and an open concept. Christian and Kathy Heri-tier’s home is described as a three-story home with “absolutely beautiful” large windows overlooking Eagle Glen Golf Course. The home has all the Christmas decorations needed to welcome Santa.Tickets for the walk are available at Orizon Real Estate or by calling Fahl at 609-2504. Tickets are also available at each house on the day of the walk as well as at the Lighthouse.Thursday, Dec. 6• Autisim group — 6:30 p.m.Whitley County Autism support group will meet Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the YMCA.• Bloodmobile — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia City United Methodist Church in the Community Room, located at 605 N. Forest Parkway in Columbia City. Those who donate from Dec. 1 to 31 will be entered into a region-wide weekly drawing for a $250 gasoline gift card.Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17-years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana and Ohio), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18- years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.Friday, Dec. 7• Stuff the cruiser — 6 to 8 p.m.The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department are relying on the community to stuff a police car full of toys Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. A Marine and other veterans from the Leatherneck Club will be present to accept new, unwrapped toys on behalf of Whitley County Toys for Tots. • Community Christmas — 6 to 8 p.m.The annual Community Christmas Celebration will take place Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Whitley County Courthouse.The event will feature seven live nativity scenes, community choir, children’s story time and refreshments. The event is free.Saturday, Dec. 8• Breakfast with Santa — 7 to 11 a.m.The public is invited to have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Union Township Fire Station in Coesse Saturday. Dec. 8. The breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m, which will include a bake sale with pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs. A photographer will be on hand, and the proceeds from the day will help the Ballard family.•Oaks craft bazaar — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Parkview Oaks will host its annual craft bazaar Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Oaks Dining Room. The bazaar will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All kinds of crafts and baked goods will be available.• Korean War vets mtg. — 10 a.m.The monthly meeting of the Korean War Veterans Association, Indiana Chapter One will be held Saturday, Dec. 8. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with lunch being served after the meeting. Meetings are held at the VFW Post 857, 2202 W. Main St., Fort Wayne. Spouses and friends are welcome to attend.• Breakfast with Santa — 8 to 11 a.m.The Noble Township Fire Station will host a breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. The breakfast will include pancakes and sausage. Santa will be available for pictures. Both the breakfast and picture are offered for a free will donation. • Free clothes — noon to 5 p.m.Columbia City Free Will Baptist will be giving free clothes to the family’s in the community that need them Saturday, Dec. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call Pastor Zack Brown at 244-6228 or 350-4736.