Out and About – Week of March 12th

We are now observing Daylight Savings Time. This means that everyone should have set their clocks and watches ahead by one hour effective this past Sunday morning at 2 A.M. We all lost an hour of sleep Saturday night, but that’s what naps are for. The Three Rivers Fire Department wishes to remind everyone that whenever you reset your clocks, you should also replace your batteries in your home smoke detectors. It’s easy to remember and just makes sense.

This Saturday, March 17, we all turn a little Irish, because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, an excuse to celebrate and have fun. In Chicago, the Chicago River turns green and they even have a huge parade. Here in Three Rivers, there will be parties and events also. I doubt if we’ll dye the rivers green, or have a parade, but we’ll still find time to honor St. Patty. “Whiskey Before Breakfast” will perform this Saturday at the Riviera Theatre downtown on Main Street. Entertainment starts at 7:30 P.M. and features Irish jigs, reels, and Irish songs of all kinds. Refreshments during intermission will be provided by Mr. Thom Cook. You’ll want to be sure to sample the many Irish desserts. Tickets are now available for $5 and may be purchased at the Riviera Theatre, phone (269)273-7909, or at the Carnegie Center, 107 North Main Street, Three Rivers. The Carnegie’s phone number is (269)273-8882.

If you’re a fan of the Carnegie Center for the Arts, you may have attended the opening reception for the “Save the Frogs” exhibit that was held this past Sunday at the Carnegie. This exhibit features artwork created by Three Rivers Schools’ students in support of a program focused on amphibian conservation. April 28 is “National Save the Frogs Day”. On this day hundreds of frog-themed art pieces, in all different media, will be hanging and hopping at the Carnegie. This exhibit will show until April 14. If you’d like more information, please visit www.savethefrogs.com.

I could finish this column with more information on the many exhibits being displayed at the Carnegie, but I’ll have to save that until next week. I must, however, mention the “Dollars for Scholars” silent auction that will be held at the Carnegie a week from Saturday. That would be March 24, beginning at 7 P.M. and running until 10 P.M. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Three Rivers Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund for local high school graduates. Tickets are available at the Carnegie Center for $10 per person; the event includes entertainment, appetizers, and drinks. This evening would be a perfect time to aid local students and have fun doing it. If you’d like more information, please visit their website at www.threeriverswomansclub.wordpress.com.

A final call for Grease. This Three Rivers High School production opens this Friday, March 16, at the high school Performing Arts Center at 7:30 P.M. Performance dates and times are March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30, and the Sunday matinees start promptly at 2 P.M. Tickets may be purchased at Beam Sound and Video, 1125 West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, and at Lowry’s Books and More, in historic downtown Three Rivers. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens.

Still over a month away, but worth an advance notice, is the Tenth Annual ARF Annual Dinner Auction to benefit needy animals here in St. Joseph County. The Dinner/Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, and will be held at the Three Rivers High School Cafeteria. Dinner begins at 5:30 P.M., with the auction starting at 6:30. Once again, the dinner will be donated, prepared, and served by Outback Steakhouse of Kalamazoo.Tickets for the dinner/auction are available at Beam Sound and Video, West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. There is no charge to attend the auction only portion of the evening.

While on the subject of the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF), if you happen to know of someone who has gone above and beyond to help an animal or animals, you may nominate them to be the recipient of ARF’s “Recognition of Service to Animals” award. All you need to do is visit www.arfund.org for rules and regulations, and to fill out their form. Application deadline is April 21, 2012.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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