* Car wash, care packages Saturday
The Gleaner Life Insurance Society and Union Township 4-H clubs are joining hands Saturday for Join Hands Day. Donations are being collected for care packages to be sent to the local area service men and women.
Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Culver Fire Department on Lake Shore Drive, donations will be packaged and a free will donation car wash will take place, with all proceeds to benefit the Culver food pantry.
*Scout fund-raiser Saturday
Boy Scout Troop 229 will hold a Port-a-Pit chicken fund-raiser at the Napa Parking lot in Winamac, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $5 for a half chicken. Funds will help Culver Scouts Alan Dilts, Jack Campbell, and Jeremy Penrod with their Southern States Tour next summer and other Scouting events.Those in the Culver area may request local delivery of chicken by calling 574-216-5041.
*Lions Spring Fest this wkd.
The Culver Lions Spring Festival and flea market will take place Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, with a breakfast and bake sale May 4. All will be held at the railroad station in Culver. The flea market is Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast will be Saturday from 6 to 11 a.m. ($7 adult and $4 for children). The bake sale is from 7 a.m. until sold out.
Donations are accepted for the flea market. For pick up, call Fred at 574- 842-2015. For more information call Sandy at 574- 842-2152.
*Free computer classes at the library
Culver-Union Township Public Library is offering free technology classes for beginners Mondays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. in May. They include: Computers for Beginners (May 6, 10), Internet/email for beginners (May 13 and 17), Mobile devices for beginners (May 20 and 24). Classes are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrew Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org  or 574-842.2941.
*Jr. Football sign-ups
Sign-ups for the 2013 Junior Football season are starting next month, on the following dates: May 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., and June 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Culver Community High School library. All enrollment will be online this yearwith only an email address required. If you do not have one, volunteers can help you create one when you enroll. If you choose to enroll online on your own, please still plan to attend one of these dates to be fitted for equipment and uniforms. All are encouraged to “like” Culver Junior Football on Facebook.
*Babysitting club in May
A babysitting club will be offered on Wednesdays in May beginning May 8 at the Culver beach lodge. The club is offered to girls and boys ages 11 and up, free of charge. Participants will learn something new each week with tips in first aid, simple cooking, crafts and games, and activities. Those interested must register by May 3 at 574-842-3510.
The Town of Culver is sponsoring a Town Wide Clean Up Day Saturday, May 11. You may drop off items that need to be disposed of at the dumpsters in the water town lot on Lake Shore Drive. Hazardous materials and tires will not be accepted. Citizens may call Bob Porter at 574-292-3943 to schedule a pick up.
*VFW Men’s Aux. dinner to benefit local youth
The Culver VFW Post 6919 Men’s Auxiliary will host a smoked half-chicken dinner with baked beans and chips included, for $8 Saturday, May 11, from noon until sold out, at the Post. The public is welcome. Profits from this event will be used for the CCHS Scholarship Fund.
*Lake study rescheduled, public presentation May 14
The previously announced Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Council core sampling project has been rescheduled for May 13, 14, and 15. Representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, who will lead the extensive study of Lake Maxinkuckee, will lead a public presentation at the Culver depot at 7 p.m. on the 13th for the general public, and for various Marshall County students and teachers at 10 a.m. on the 14th. For more information, contact LMEC executive director Kathy Clark at email@example.com .
*Last PTO mtg May 14
The Culver Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) will hold its last meeting of the year Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. in the Elementary school library, for those interested in attending.
*Community meal at Grace May 15
Grace United Church of Christ will hold its monthly community meal on Wednesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. All are invited to this free, ecumenical event whose purpose is to share a friendly meal in a welcoming, community atmosphere. The meals are held on the 15th day of each month in the basement of the church.
*Tour de Max May 18
The Culver Tri Kappa Tour de Max bicycle ride will take place Saturday, May 18 and will include 10, 30, and 63-mile routes. At the end of the ride, riders are invited to enjoy a biker’s brunch. Cyclists may begin checking in at the beach lodge and start their ride as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 9:30 a.m. However, those riders planning to ride the 63-mile route must leave no later than 8 a.m. The cost is $25, and includes a t-shirt. Riders 12 years old and under may ride free with an adult but do not receive a t-shirt. Registrations will be accepted the day of the ride. Helmets are required and must be worn during the ride. Read more at www.tourdemax.blogspot.com  or register online at www.active.com .
*Fly fishing 101 June 15
Learn when and why fly fishing is the right tool for the task Saturday June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Culver Academies’ Tennis Courts. Attendees will gain an understanding of what weight fly rod and fly line to use for various fishing; leaders and tippet as well as fly line types (SF, DT, etc.), fly fishing safety and etiquette, and types of flies; learn basic casting techniques and the five casting principles that help you become more proficient in handling casting situations; basics in tying, knots, and bugs. Class is limited to 5 participants. Minimum age is 11 years of age. Total cost for each participant is $10. Equipment will be supplied. Please contact Kelly Young, park supt., at 574-842-3510 to register.
*New teachers, education director sought for Wesley
Wesley United Methodist Church is expanding its youth ministry and looks forward to hiring, along with two new preschool teachers, a new Director of Education who will oversee the Wesley Preschool, along with family and adult education opportunities at Wesley United Methodist Church. Those interested in knowing more about the preschool or the new job openings may visit the church’s website (www.culverumc.com/preschool  or www.culverumc.com/hiring) or contact Pastor Jacob Juncker (firstname.lastname@example.org  or 574-842-2900).
*Swimming lesson registration
The Culver park department will offer three sessions of swimming lessons this summer. Registration for children aged 3 and up will take place June 3 through 12 and the cost is $25 per child. Session dates are as follows: session 1: June 17 through 26; session 2: July 1 through July 11; session 3: July 22 through July 31. Times will be determined at a later date.
*St. Mary’s daycare apps for fall 2013
St. Mary of the Lake Childcare Ministry (daycare) is now accepting applications for fall, 2013. Call 574-842-3488 for more information or to register. New informational brochures are also available on the program.
*Chairs sought for Chairs for Charity
Doing your spring cleaning? Want to get rid of that old chair in the basement? Culver Tri Kappa members are seeking chairs that can be decorated for their Chairs for Charity event that will be held this summer. Those with a chair to donate for this worthy cause, please contact Judy Sawhook at 574-842-2861.
*Funds sought for after-school food program
More funds are needed to attain the $1,000 goal of a Leadership Marshall County group’s efforts to fund an after-school youth food provided for students at the Culver Public Library. To donate, send checks made out to Culver Public Library (with “youth food program” in the memo line) to Culver Public Library, 107 N Main St., 46511, with attention to Ali Gaskill. Project originators are also available to answer questions about the program. Contact them at 217-493-5695 (Sam Bramfeld) or 574-216-6227 (Jerry Kisela).
*Texas Hold `Em second Sundays
The Culver VFW Post, 108 East Washington Street, hosts a Texas Hold `Em tournament the second Sunday of each month, sponsored by the Men’s Auxiliary. An average of 50 players takes part, and the Auxiliary provides chili or hot dogs and sloppy Joes. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. Funds go to various community charities.
*Park board meetings change time
Culver’s park board will now meet at 7 p.m. (rather than 7:30 as in the past) the first Weds. Of each month, at the Culver town hall, 200 E. Washington St. in Culver. Meeting schedules, board makeup, and other information related to the municipality of Culver is available online at www.townofculver.org .
*CBGC auction set for June 14
The Culver Boys and Girls Club has announced its annual fundraising event, “Building Brighter Futures” to be held Friday, June 14 at the Culver Academies Lay Dining Center from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the annual silent auction, and entertainment provided by Mission IMPROVable, a comedy improv act. The silent auction will culminate with a premium live auction featuring spectacular items available to the highest bidder. To reserve admission, contact Leslie Shepard at email@example.com  or a CBGC board member. You can also write to Attention Auction, CBGC, PO Box 44, Culver, IN 46511.
*Culver to host “Michiana’s Rising Star” event
WNIT Public Television has announced the Culver Academies Eppley auditorium will host one of the five regional competitions of “Michiana’s Rising Star,” a search for the brightest and best talent in the entire Michiana region, Saturday, June 15. The five top performers will compete at the WNIT studio each evening from July 28 through, August 2, to determine the grand prize winner and “Michiana’s Rising Star.” The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 cash and the opportunity to appear on WNIT programs. Visit the contest web site at wnit.org or call the station at 574.675.9648 x 309.