Out and About – Week of January 17th

We are more than half way through the first month of 2011. This year is already moving a little faster than some of us would like, so I’ll try to give you plenty of advance notice of events coming up, so that I’m not informing you of past events. Confused? I’ll try to type this a little slower. That way we’ll not get ahead or behind each other.

There’s a production coming up at the Three Rivers Community Players Theatre in February. You might think that February is next month, but as previously mentioned, January is more than half over, so it might be a good idea to mark your calendars for February 11, 12, and 13. A MUSICAL REVUE will serve as the first of two acts of this production. AYE DO, a one-act comedy, will be the second part of this production. In case you haven’t already read about it in this newspaper, I’ll fill you in on some of the specifics. The production opens Friday, February 11 at 8 P.M. Saturday, February 12, there will be an afternoon matinee at 2 P.M., followed by an evening performance at 8. Sunday, February 13, the final performance will be a matinee at 2 P.M. In summary, there will be only four performances and they will all be on one weekend. Tickets are available at Beam Sound & Video in Three Rivers. Phone Rodney at (269)279-6251. Adult tickets are $13 and tickets for students and senior citizens are $12. Tickets will also be available at the door. Because this production is only one weekend, advance ticket purchase is strongly advised. If the winter weather is depressing to you, this uplifting and funny production is for sure the cure.

The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) never takes a day off. They are especially on the alert during the winter months, when pets need extra care. We have a pet, and like most of you pet owners, our pet is a regular member of our family and our pet’s needs are high on our list of priorities. ARF is in need of donations of pet food. Every so often, the stores have BOGO specials. That would be Buy One Get One free. Take advantage of these sales and make a donation to ARF. Donations may be dropped off at Beam Sound & Video, 1115 West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers.

My final plug for ARF comes because we attended this event last year, and vowed to never miss another one. I’m talking about the Animal Rescue Fund’s Annual Dinner and Auction. What a wonderful and worthwhile event. It will once again be held at the Three Rivers High School cafeteria. Now you have until April 16 to plan your schedule, but now is the time to mark your calendars. The dinner, which will be donated and prepared by the Outback Steakhouse of Kalamazoo will be served at 5:30 P.M., and the auction will start at 6:30 P.M. The dinner menu includes a salad, your choice of an 8 oz. sirloin, or grilled chicken “on the barbie”, garlic mashed potatoes or green beans, and you can top off this dinner with a dessert of New York style cheesecake with raspberry or homemade chocolate sauce. Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults, and $4 for children 12 and under. Items for the auction will be mentioned as they become available.

The weather forecast continues to call for snow. This is January and this is Michigan, so we really don’t have a right to complain. We could be living in South Haven, Holland, or Muskegon. I think we’ve had a pretty nice winter so far, and I’m not a big fan of the season. As you’re Out and About clearing your driveway or sidewalk, why not continue shoveling the sidewalk in front of that elderly neighbor living a few houses away? While you’re at it, stop in and see if they need anything. Perhaps you could pick something up for them at the store on your next trip. Better yet, share a warm meal with them, by taking them a helping of your family dinner, set a place for them at your table. This isn’t Thanksgiving, but you don’t need a special day to do something nice for a neighbor.

Our cat Dixie just nudged my ankle. She wanted me to remind you that if you fail to provide adequate shelter for your pet, you may be in violation of Michigan law.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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