Out and About – Week of October 17th

I think we can safely put away our shorts and sandals for another year. We have enjoyed a fantastic and colorful Indian summer, and it’s now time to rake the leaves and look for the snow shovel, or dust off the snow blower. To quote my sister, “I just love the change of seasons.” Just think, two months from next Tuesday, it will be Christmas Day.

The stage at the Three Rivers Community Players Theatre is alive with music. Forever Plaid opened last weekend and finishes its run this weekend with three final performances. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, is 8 P.M., and the Sunday, October 23 matinee begins promptly at 2 P.M. Tickets are now available online. Go to the Players’ website at www.trcommunityplayers.org. You will find instructions that you can print out and order tickets. If you do not have a computer, you may purchase tickets at Beam Sound & Video, 1125 West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers. Their phone number is (269)279-6251. Tickets will also be available at the door. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for students and senior citizens.

Gray’s Community Band, under the direction of Andrew Hagenbuch, will present a “Fanfare and Fun” concert next Sunday, October 23, beginning at 3 P.M. at the First Church of God, 17398 M-86, just east of American Legion Post 170 in Three Rivers. The concert is FREE; however, donations are always graciously accepted. Refreshments will be available after the concert. For more information, or if you’re interested in joining the band, contact Andrew at (269)244-1014.

The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) will host their annual Bake and Book sale Saturday, October 29, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the TSC store north of West Michigan Avenue on US-131. Homemade goodies and gently used books will be available for sale. If you have either, that you would like to donate, please contact Rosann at (269)816-5115 to make arrangements. ARF will also sponsor a toenail clinic at the same time as the Bake and Book sale. If trimming your dog’s nails is not one of your favorite things to do, take your dog along, and ARF will gladly do this chore for you.

Identity theft and other smaller crimes are becoming more prevalent every day. For the next several weeks, I’m going to list several things to remember, so that your name doesn’t appear in the news as someone who has fallen into the hands of a bad guy. Here are the first three:

Try to have your picture placed on your credit cards. A thief would think twice before attempting to use a credit card with someone else’s picture on it.

When using your credit card, do it discreetly. It’s very easy for someone to use their cell phone and take a picture of your card, if you make it visible.

Mail your letters at a mailbox or at the post office. Don’t leave your outgoing mail in your mail box with the little red flag raised. This lets everyone know that you might have checks or credit card numbers in your mail box.

My pal George reminds everyone about the American Red Cross blood drive tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19, at the JoCo Center, 805 Wood Street in Three Rivers, from 11:30 A.M. until 5:15 P.M. The blood bank of St. Joseph County is always in need of blood. It doesn’t take long and you will sleep better knowing that you have done something that might save a life someday.

The Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main Street in Three Rivers, will host a spaghetti dinner tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19, from 5 to 7 P.M. The menu consists of spaghetti, salad, and a beverage. The cost for adults is $5.50, and children 12 and under will pay $2. If you have several children, you are eligible for a real bargain of 3 meals for $5 for the younger ones.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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