The popular and eclectic Banister Family Bluegrass Band will entertain at the 20th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for area food banks from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St. in Columbus. Bloomington-based contra dancers also will join the fun. All-you-can-eat soup, bread and drink for $12. Children 12 and younger eat for $3. Desserts are $2. Advance tickets are available at Viewpoint Books. Information: Facebook page for Empty Bowls 2018.

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