Out and About – Week of August 1st

Welcome to the “Dog Days of August”. August is the last month of summer vacation for students, it doesn’t have any holidays, and it is the month when Lake Michigan is finally warm enough for a comfortable swim. Oh yes, it is usually the warmest month of the year. Michigan’s weather, in my mind, is probably the best around; however, Hawaii isn’t too bad. A couple of popular quotes often heard in the Wolverine state: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity” or “I don’t mind the cold, it’s the wind chill”. There is absolutely nothing that can be done about the weather, so I might as well move along.

The Three Rivers High School class of 2014 will host a golf outing this Saturday, August 6, at Sauganash Golf Club, starting at 8 A.M. $200 will cover the cost for a team of four, and this includes golf, a cart, and food. There will be a silent auction and raffles, with all proceeds going to the Class of 2014 Prom Fund. For more information, you’re invited to visit the class’s website at trhs2014@gmail.com.

The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) is hosting a four-day cat food drive. This event runs from Wednesday, August 3 through Saturday August 6 at the TSC store on US-131, just north of West Michigan Avenue. The hours every day are from 10A.M. – 6 P.M. A puurrrfect time to take advantage of and buy one, get one free deal that a store might have. Buy a can for your pet, and a can for one of the many homeless cats in St. Joseph County.

Who doesn’t like to hear stories from the Midwest? Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3, Dennis Stroughmatt will be at the Three Rivers Public Library with fiddle in hand. He’ll be there to entertain with some Creole music, French fiddle tunes, and some interesting stories of Midwestern USA. The music and stories begin at 6 P.M., and it’s all FREE for adults and families. The library is located at 103 South Douglas, at the intersection of West Michigan Avenue and Douglas Avenue.

The Three Rivers Community Players (TRCP) invite everyone to join them for their annual picnic next Monday, August 8, at 6 P.M. It will be an opportunity to meet the folks you’ve seen on stage, learn what’s coming up for the Players’ 2011-2012 season, and find out how you can be a part of this fun group of talented individuals. It has been said, “You don’t need to appear on stage to be a star”. The Players are always in need of people with many talents from helping backstage to working in the lobby. The picnic is always fun, and all you need to do is take a dish to pass, invite a friend or family member, and most importantly, take yourself. If you can’t take a dish to pass, that’s okay too. There’s always plenty of food.

Deer season will soon be upon us, which means that you hunters out there should start making plans for that big hunt. Have you taken a Hunter Safety Class lately? You can’t get a hunting license without having a certificate showing that you successfully have taken and passed a Hunter Safety Class. The St. Joseph County Conservation Club will offer classes in September and October, and they are FREE. Registration for the September class is Thursday, September 1, from 6:30 to 7 P.M. The September class is scheduled for September 8, 9, and 10. The class hours for Thursday and Friday are from 5:30 to 9 P.M. and the Saturday class starts at 8A.M. Saturday’s class is usually over by noon or 1 P.M. For more information, please phone Charlie Reynolds at (269)273-7295. It is recommended to register for the September class, because the October class fills up very fast and is the last class before deer season.

Wednesday afternoon, August 10, from 3 to 7, we’re all invited to Rotary Park in Constantine to celebrate “Pets in the Park”. The Village of Constantine says that if you don’t have a pet, you can dress up like your favorite animal and join the fun. If you take your pet, make sure it is on a leash. The special guest will be Three Rivers’s own Scidmore Park Petting Zoo. There will be plenty to do for everyone, including FREE popsicles. Constantine is not that far away, and the fun will be worth the trip.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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