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Thursday• Autism 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 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.•Silent auction — open to Dec. 19The Salvation Army of Whitley County is holding a silent auction to raise money to feed local families in need for the holiday. Items to bid on a include an autographed photo of Colts’ kicker Adam Vinatieri with an authenticity paper from the Colts; four box-seat tickets to a South Bend Silverhawks regular 2013 game; certificate for two terrace seats at a Chicago Cubs game on April 9 against the Milwaukee Brewers; two Komets tickets for 2012-2013 and an antique crocheted bed cover. All items are on display at the Salvation Army’s office, located in First Church of God off of Depoy Drive, Columbia City. Silent bids can be called in up until Dec. 19 at 248-1711. Friday • 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.• Senior tours travel show — 2 p.m.Pam Crone, tour director from Travel Time Senior Tours, will be hosting a travel show at the Woodlands Senior Center Friday at 2 p.m. The Woodlands Senior Center is located at 710 Opportunity Dr. in Columbia City. Anyone interested in travel is invited to attend as Crone will be previewing her 2013 itinerary, including one- and two-day trips. She will also have details on extended vacations to Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland, Nova Scotia, Panama Canal and riverboat cruises aboard the America Queen. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend. No reservations are necessary.Saturday• 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 families 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.• Cookie walk — 8 a.m. to noonPierceton United Methodist Church will hold its annual cookie walk Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a bake sale and some craft items available. Many varieties of cookies will be available to buy and are sold by the pound. All proceeds go to the mission projects of the women of the church.Sunday• Victorian open house — 2 to 4 p.m.Members of the Board of Directors and the Whitley County Historical Society (WCHS) will host an open house on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Thomas R. and Lois Marshall home, located at 108 W. Jefferson St. in Columbia City. The public is invited to attend the open house.Light refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge. The Marshall home, which houses the Whitley County Historical Society, is decorated as near to the Victorian time period as possible for the open house and the Christmas season. Musicians from the Columbia City High School band will present several musical selections during the open house.Monday• Education grants deadlineMembers of the local Beta Upsilon Chapter, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc., announced its sorority this year will give $15,000 for educational grants for specialized training in guidance and counseling.Grants are awarded to students at the graduate level, based upon their scholastic ability and financial need. Those who are interested may write to Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc. at Philanthropy Committee Chairman, 500 S. Colfax, Martinsville, IN 46151-2309. A stamped self-addressed envelope must accompany all requests for application. Applications are also available at www.deltathetatau.org. Applications are reviewed by the Philanthropy Committee in February each year and applications for the summer session of 2013 or the Academic Year of 2013-2014, must be post marked no later than Dec. 10. Delta Theta Tau Sorority has been associated with this project since 1959 and has given a total of $608,652.78 to 693 individual students throughout the United States.•Alzheimer’s group — 6:30 p.m.An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support group will meet at the Columbia City United Methodist Church Monday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Albright Room on the lower level (follow the signs). The confidentiality is secure and you are invited to come and learn what you can do to help your loved one. Care for the caregiver is of utmost importance and you can learn from others how they are coping with their support and their loved-ones condition. Tuesday, Dec. 11•Senior movie — 2:00 p.m.A movie will be shown for seniors Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. “Home Alone” will be screened at First Church of God, Columbia City. A free home-cooked lunch will be served at the Woodlands Senior Center at 11:30 a.m. and the Red Hat Strutters will perform at the church at 1:15 p.m.Reservations are required and can be made by calling 244-5122.Thursday, Dec. 13>•‘Busco chamber banquet — 6 p.m.The Churubusco Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual chamber banquet Thursday, Dec. 13 at Eel River Golf Course. Wine tasting, courtesy of Country Heritage Winery will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $15 for couples.Nominations for Business of the year and Citizen of the Year may be made by phone or e-mail. A reason as to how these businesses or individuals have helped the community this past year is requested.Reservations are requested by Dec. 7. Reservations and nominations made be made by calling 229-6766 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.