Quick Takes – February 3

Help food banks

Food banks in Bartholomew County play an important role in providing food to people who are struggling to put meals on their tables. However, food banks also need assistance, keeping their shelves stocked so they have food to distribute.

Local residents can provide a helping hand by attending the 20th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St., Columbus. The event consists of a meal featuring soup, chili and other offerings such as desserts, live music and contra dancing.

Adult attendees can choose from $12 and $25 meal options. Organizers are hopeful that they can raise $20,000 to support the food banks. For more information, go online to the Facebook page Empty Bowls 2018.

Supporting another good cause

Those who participated in, volunteered for or attended the 10th annual “Dancing with the Stars Columbus Style” on Jan. 26 and 27 at The Commons deserve thanks for their efforts.

The event, which featured 10 dancing couples, raised $67,407 to support Children Inc. and Family School Partners, and drew a total of 780 people for the two shows.

That’s appreciated and much-needed support for two organizations that benefit children and their families.

Self examination

Ivy Tech has done a good thing by creating the “Columbus: Past, Present and Future” panel discussion series. The “Present” installment was Jan. 25 at the Columbus Learning Center.

Attendees heard about the city’s low unemployment rate, business expansions and multiple higher education opportunities. They also heard about current challenges, such as drug addiction and becoming an even more welcoming community.

The series provides a good self examination of Columbus. A community can’t understand where it is headed without understanding its past history and present situation. Residents should find the March 29 final installment, on what’s in the city’s future, of high interest.