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Railroad Club set to conduct annual show

The Columbus Area Railroad Club is conducting its annual train show and swap meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson County Park office building.

The Indiana Live Steamers will be giving train rides. Model trains will be sold.

The Heartnut Festival also will be at the Johnson County Park.

Westport Kiwanis annual barbecue slated

WESTPORT — A car show, pig wrestling competition and cornhole tournament will be among the fun Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Westport Kiwanis annual barbecue.

Registration to participate in the Heat in the Street car show Saturday will be 8 a.m. to noon that day. Cost is $15 an entry, and officials will announce the car show at 4 p.m., Kiwanis member Tami Wenning said.

Entering a competition to wrestle a pig onto a barrel Saturday will cost $60 a team. The size of the team will determine the size of the pig assigned. Gates for the paid spectator event will open at 5 p.m., and the gates will open at 6:30 p.m.

People may enter a cornhole tournament for $10 a team, Wenning said. The event at at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

A pedal tractor pull for children will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, hand-made quilts will be lined up on Main Street and a parade is at 1 p.m. Sunday. Musical entertainment will be Friday and Saturday evening.

Domestic services group awarded charity donation

Shoppers at Maurice’s women’s clothing store voted Columbus-based Turning Point Domestic Violence Services the recipient of a $1,000 gift.

In honor of its one-year anniversary at Edinburgh Premium Outlets, Maurice’s offered $500 to the charity of shoppers’ choice. Store manager Samantha Braun said that more than 100 shoppers voted between July 27 and Aug. 5. The gift was matched by Reams Asset Management, also of Columbus.

Patrick Smith, president of Turning Point, said that the money will be dedicated to prevention services, particularly among adolescents, designed to stop the cycle of domestic abuse.

Turning Point was founded in 1978 and provides 12 southern Indiana counties with with domestic violence services, including a 22-bed emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, and education and prevention services.

Youth group to recognize brightest senior group

Youth Leadership Bartholomew County will recognize 179 of the county’s brightest high school seniors at a Sept. 17 event that will feature a champion swimmer as its guest speaker.

The event will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Clarion Hotel on Jonathan Moore Pike, near Interstate 65.

Seniors with a cumulative 9.0 grade-point average at the end of their junior year were invited and are eligible for college scholarships that will be announced during the event, said Nancy Whaley of the Columbus Service League.

Columbus Service League organized the program in cooperation with the Columbus Rotary Club.

Each candidate had to submit a resume of high school accomplishments, a short essay about leadership and interview with a professional. Combined scores determine the winners.

Parents have been invited to attend the scholarship announcement, Whaley said. Columbus Rotary Club will share lunch with student candidates during its regular meeting, allowing them to watch proceedings and interact with community leaders.

Columbus resident Jennifer Hooker Brinegar, who swam in the 1976 Olympics and continued as a member of the U.S. National team until 1979, will share her inspirational story.

Columbus bands to play in weekend invitational

The Columbus East High School Marching Band will take the field at 7:30 p.m. Saturday during the Columbus North Marching Band Invitational.

The event will feature bands from more than 20 Hoosier schools. Columbus North will perform an exhibition at 10 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults. Children kindergarten age and younger get in free.

New season of comedy opens at YES Cinema

YES Cinema kicks off a new season of comedy with standup star Rob Haney at 8 p.m. Saturday at the venue, Fourth and Jackson streets. Jack Wilson will open the show.

Haney is a frequent guest and writer for the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show.” He has appeared on HBO and Showtime and boasts a long list of other television credits.

Haney also is the owner of Wiley’s Comedy Club in Dayton, Ohio, and is probably most well-known for his “talking dog joke.” Concessions, beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available at YES Cinema and Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Center, 1039 Sycamore St.

Tickets may also be reserved with a credit card by calling the center at 379-1630.

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