Next week is Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, to be exact. Are you ready? Do you have a turkey, plus all that goes with it? Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together and celebrate their many blessings. Even though the economy has seen better days, we all still have plenty to be thankful for. There is always someone out there with more problems than you. Here are a few ideas that I think might be worth giving some thought:
Invite someone you know who lives alone to join you for Thanksgiving dinner.
Take a warm, full plate of food to a neighbor who lives alone and is without family.
Visit a local nursing home and spend time visiting with someone who doesn’t have a family.
Help out at a church that provides free Thanksgiving dinners to those in need.
Take some warm food to a local shelter. Your sharing will be appreciated.
Above all, take a few moments and give thanks to your God for all of the things you probably take for granted. You have plenty of time to plan how you might make someone else’s Thanksgiving more memorable.
The season is approaching for bazaars and bake sales. The Ninth Street United Methodist Church is already getting into the spirit of the season. They will host a Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale this Saturday, November 19, from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. You’ll find crafts, gifts, quilts, Christmas decorations, toys, ceramics, and much more. You just might be able to do all of your Christmas shopping right here at one time. Lunch will be available from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M. The church is located at 700 Ninth Street in Three Rivers.
If you’re in the mood for easy-listening music, the Carnegie Center for the Arts will host the Brandenburg Concert this Saturday, November 19, at 7 P.M. The choral concert is open to the public and is FREE. The Carnegie Center is located at 107 North Main Street in historic downtown Three Rivers.
The Three Rivers Fire Department is in need of canned and dried goods for their Firefighters for Santa. Next month, right around Christmas, the firefighters will deliver gifts and food to those in need in the Three Rivers area. This act of generosity is made possible through the donations of canned and dried goods from the citizens of Three Rivers. Monetary donations are also welcome. You may make your check out to “Firefighters For Santa”. Take your donations to the Three Rivers City Hall. Someone there will direct you to where you may drop off your donation. The Three Rivers Fire Department serves the area with pride and dedication. They are here for you 24/7. This is the one time of the year when they need your help.
L.A.’s Coffee Cafe will host a Senior Coffee Hour Wednesday morning, November 23, from 9 until 10. There will be giveaways, door prizes, health care information and FREE coffee. L.A.’s is located at 145 West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers. It’s the old power plant, on the west side of the railroad tracks on West Michigan Avenue. They have plenty of comfort food and drink for these cold, damp days of fall.
If you’re a senior citizen who enjoys walking but who doesn’t care for walking in inclement weather, you might want to check out the “Walkie Talkies”. It’s a walking club that meets at the Three Rivers Wellness Pavilion every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1 to 2. Stop in and take advantage of walking on an ergonomically designed walking track. If you’d rather put a few miles on a stationary cycle, you may do that, too. The cost is only $2. If interested, sign up with Twila Jones at the Wellness Pavilion.
Get out and enjoy the Three Rivers area while the weather cooperates.
See you Out and About!
Submitted by Norm Stutesman