Out and About – Week of January 24th

If you feel that there’s nothing to do here in the Three Rivers area, then it’s not the fault of the Riviera Theatre. It doesn’t matter what time of the day, or the day of the week, the marquee at the theatre is always full of coming attractions. Whether it’s movies, opera, or live performances, the Riviera seems to always have something for everyone either now or coming soon. Oscar-nominated short films, Shakespeare in cinema, and Jason and The Punknecks are a few of the examples of what’s coming soon. Need more information? Visit the Riviera’s website at www.trriviera.com.

Those who enjoy doing things at the last minute should be interested in the 9th Annual Icebreaker Silent Auction and Fun Night. It happens tomorrow, Wednesday, January 26, starting at

7 P.M. at A Place in Time in downtown Three Rivers. The cost is $15 per person, with advance ticket purchase required. Ticket price includes food and beverages. Contact the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce at (269)278-8193 for tickets or more information. You can’t get a shorter notice than that.

If you hate chocolate, you might want to skip this next item. “A Chocolate Affair” will take place Saturday, February 12, from 3 to 5 P.M. at World Fare, 37 North Main Street in historic downtown Three Rivers.With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, this is an event you’ll definitely want to check out. World Fare will host a bake-off, with voting-by-tasting of delicious chocolate desserts. Tasting and voting will be from 3 to 4:30 P.M. with several prizes up to a $50 gift certificate for the store announced at 4:45 P.M. If you’d like to enter the baking contest, stop by the store and pick up a canister of fair trade cocoa and entry form for a $7.75 entry fee. If you’d rather come by on February 12 and taste and vote, you may do so for only a $1 voting fee. At the event, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the bake sale for take-home goodies. For more information, please contact Karen Hay at (269)816-4663, or visit World Fare’s website at www.worldfare.org/holiday.

Our blood banks are always in need of blood. Two communities will host blood drives this next week, so if you can spare a pint, please check out at least one of them. The first one takes place in Centreville at the Firm Foundation Church, 651 East Main Street. Tuesday, February 1 is the date, and you’ll be welcome to donate what you can spare from noon until 5:45 P.M. If you’re busy on Tuesday, then travel over to Mendon on Wednesday, February 2, from 9 A.M. until 2:45 P.M. This blood drive will take place at Mendon High School, 26396 Kirby Road, on the north end of Mendon. The American Red Cross will see to it that you are made to feel comfortable and appreciated. They’ll even offer you some juice to show their appreciation. Unfortunately, you’ll never appreciate the act of giving blood until you’re in a situation where you need a pint or two.

I usually focus this column on actviities happening here in Three Rivers, but St. Joseph County has so much to offer. The citizens of every town are proud of the communities they live in and would love to have you stop by for a visit. Colon is just one example. This Friday, January 28, the Colon American Legion will host a fish fry, featuring ocean perch, from 5:30 until 8 P.M. This is another one of those events when the family can do something together. The cost is $8 for adults, and if you’re a child between the ages of 5 and 12, your cost is $4. Carry outs will be available after 6 P.M. for $8 and will last as long as fish is available.

Unless you’ve spent the last couple of years living in a cave, you’re all aware that Michigan has just about the highest unemployment rate in the country. You’ll be glad to know that Michigan Works has received an influx of “On The Job Training” funding. These funds are to be used to pay 50% of the wages for newly hired employees during their identified training period. Applicants must be unemployed at time of hire or have a family income below $40,000 per year. Interested applicants should contact Shelly Bixler-Martin at the Michigan Works Service Center in Three Rivers. The phone number is (269)273-2717.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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