Out and About for August 12th, 2008

Where has the summer gone? It’s almost the middle of August, and next month at this time, the kids will have been back in school for a little over a week. In three months, we’ll be finishing our Christmas shopping. Before you fall into deep depression, remember that we still have some great events to anticipate: the St. Joe County Grange Fair and the Fall Color Tour, to name just a couple. Fall is a great time to live in Michigan. The colors are fantastic, and it’s remarkable how Mother Nature prepares us for the unpredictable winter months. To quote my favorite sister, “I just love the change of seasons.”

If you live in Three Rivers and want some real fun this weekend, go east on M-60 to the village of Mendon. It’s August, and that means that it’s time for the Mendon Riverfest. August 15 and 16 are the dates, and they’ve gone all out to guarantee that everyone will have a good time. The Wet Slide and the Balloon Typhoon are just a couple of the water rides available and, of course, there will be plenty of fun games with all levels of prizes. A nice public restroom on the grounds of the pavilion will be available so that you can change from your bathing suit into some dry clothes. If you’re interested in saving $5, you can purchase a wristband in advance at various locations in Mendon and Three Rivers. The cost is $20. If you wait and purchase the wristbands after Riverfest starts, you’ll pay $25. If you plan to attend for just one day, $15 will secure a wristband.

The Third Annual Mendon Heritage 5k Run and Walk will start at 9 Saturday morning, August 16, beginning at 7:30 at the Mendon Elementary School. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Mendon Schools cross country program.

Before leaving Mendon, stop by the Mendon Carnegie Library Saturday morning between the hours of 9 and noon to shop their annual Riverfest Book Sale. All proceeds will go to the library.

A great way to wrap up your weekend would be to travel west out Hoffman Road on Sunday evening to the Newberg Norton Bible Church near Marcellus. Every Sunday evening during the summer, you can attend Drive-In Church. This Sunday evening, Rah-sha-knee will perform. Pastor John Hill and the congregation would like everyone to join them for this FREE concert. You’ll want to stick around afterwards, because rumor has it that refreshments are available after the service.

Earlier Sunday afternoon, the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church will welcome the entire community to join them at a farewell reception for Pastor Matt Deames from 2 to 4 in the church social room. St. John’s is located north of Three Rivers on Buckhorn Road.

It’s still over a month away, but it’s never too early to make plans for a picnic. The Commission on Aging (COA) will hold a picnic September 16 at the Nottawa Sand Lake Pavilion from 10 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. The cost is $4, and attendance is by reservation only. Tickets will go on sale at the COA office and all Senior Centers starting August 11 and continuing through September 5. Lunch, entertainment, bake sale, bingo, 50/50 drawing, games and prizes will be offered. For more information or to make reservations, call the COA at 1-800-641-9899 or 279-8083.

Thought for the week: Okay, so what’s the speed of dark?

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