Out and About – Week of March 21st

I couldn’t start this column without first congratulating the Lady Wildcats for giving all of us fans a tremendous season. You played like champions all season long, and Saturday evening you fell to defeat, but you did so like only champions would do. You’ll never forget this season for as long as you live. I’m sure I’m speaking for all of your fans in saying that we are proud of you. You are great ambassadors of this community. To you supporting fans, the next time you see one of the Lady Cats, let her know how much you appreciate them. They made history this season and, for that, they should be very proud. I’ll wrap this paragraph up by offering kudos to Coach Bingaman. Without you, the girls wouldn’t have given us the kind of season they did. To me, you are the “Coach of the Year”.

If you missed PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, you have one more weekend to catch this production at the Three Rivers High School Performing Arts Center. Don’t hesitate in obtaining tickets, because I’m sure they’ll go fast. Check with Beam Sound & Video on West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers, or check with Three Rivers High School.

Three Rivers Area Mentoring (TRAM) will hold its 5th Annual Glow Bowl fundraiser Saturday, April 30, from 1 to 4 P.M., at South Lanes in Three Rivers. South Lanes is located on Broadway Avenue east of US-131 and just west of Three Rivers Health. I mention this early because Applebee’s in Three Rivers is supporting TRAM by donating 15% of your bill to TRAM. They will do on the fourth Monday of each month up to the event. You only have Mondays, March 28 and April 25, to take advantage of this offer. When making your visit to Applebee’s, just present your flyer to your server prior to ordering. You may pick up a flyer at the TRAM office in downtown Three Rivers, Lowry’s Books & More, or at TRAM’s website, www.threeriversareamentoring.com. For more information, please call the TRAM office at (269)278-8726.

If you haven’t already done so, please mark your calendar and planner for Saturday, April 16. If you’ve never attended the Animal Rescue Fund’s Annual Dinner and Auction, don’t let this year’s event pass you by. The venue is once again the Three Rivers High School Cafeteria with dinner at 5:30 P.M. and the auction starting at 6:30. This year’s dinner will be provided by Outback Steakhouse in Kalamazoo. The cost for adults is $10, with kids 12 and under $4. There will be plenty of items to bid on, so it’s definitely an evening for the entire family.

While on the subject of the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), here are a couple more things you might want to consider when thinking about pet adoption.

Are you prepared to deal with special problems that a pet can cause?

Can you have a pet where you live?

Is it a good time for you to adopt a pet?

Adopting a pet is something that should be discussed with the entire family, because that pet will become a “member” of your family.

The Colon American Legion will host an “All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry” this Friday, March 25, from 5:30 to 8 P.M. Colon is not that far away, and the ocean perch dinner will make the trip worthwhile. The cost is only $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 through 12. After 6 P.M., you can purchase carryouts for $8, as long as fish are available.

A fun event to help close out the basketball season takes place also this Friday, March 25. It will happen at the Constantine Middle School Gym and will feature a game between the Constantine Public Schools faculty and some of the area’s police officers. This is a fundraiser for the Constantine Community Food Bank, so the admission is FREE, but non-perishable food donations would surely be appreciated. The action starts at 7:30 P.M., and it sounds like another one of those events that the entire family might enjoy. Here’s another opportunity to take advantage of those “Buy One – Get One Free” sales. Keep an item for your family and donate the other to a family in need.

See you Out and About all over St. Joseph County!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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