Out and About – Week of September 10th

School has been in session for a week now. Students are settling in with their daily routines and are realizing that school can actually be fun and educational. The moms, who have sent their little ones off to their first day ever of school, have dried their tears and now realize that little Susie will return home after being cast into the real world of kindergarten or pre-school. Mom realizes that taking a moment for that second cup of coffee is a pretty nice thing.

The great thing about living in the Three Rivers area is that there’s always something to look forward to. This is one of the main reasons this column exists. I always have to have something fun to plan for. I’m sure that many of you feel the same way. The St. Joseph County Grange Fair is the next big happening here in St. Joe County. It happens every September and makes for a great introduction to the fall season. This year, the fair opens on Sunday, September 16 and continues through Saturday, September 22. The gates will open at 8 AM each day, and the fun usually winds down by 10PM. For more information, please visit www.CentrevilleFair.com.

Coin collecting can be a very interesting and sometimes profitable hobby. I’ve tried collecting dimes and nickels, but I usually end up spending the objects of my hobby. Schoolcraft is hosting their Twelfth Annual Coin Show Saturday, September 22, from 9AM to 3:30 PM, at Krum Center, 515 East Clay, in Schoolcraft. The Krum Center is two blocks east off US 131. There will be buying and selling of coins, currency, tokens, medals, and bullion. Admission is FREE. For more information, please phone (269) 273-7070 or (269) 679-4907. You may also visit the website at www.schoolcraftcoinshow.com.

Woody Allen fans might want to check out To Rome With Love, a romantic comedy, now showing at the restored Riviera Theatre in historic downtown Three Rivers. Performance dates and times are September 11 through 15, at 8:30PM. Admission for adults is $6, and the cost for students and senior citizens is $5.

Fans of opera will want to note on their calendars that the Riviera will be showing La Traviata Sunday, September 30, at 3 PM, and once again Tuesday, October 2 at 6 PM. The opera runs for 160 minutes with one intermission. It’s presented in Italian with English subtitles. Admission is $16.

The Riviera Theatre offers a little bit of everything for everyone. Whether it’s cage fighting or a fine opera, the Riviera has it. For more information on what’s happening at the Riviera, please visit the Riviera’s website at www.trriviera.com. You may also purchase advance tickets, and check out movie trailers at the site.

Do you consider yourself an artist? Do you have your own studio in which to work and create works of art that might someday be collectible? If you’re an artist without dedicated studio space, the Three Rivers Community Center invites you to attend their Young at Art Open Studio. The studio is open Thursdays from 5 to 7 PM and is located inside the Community Center at 103 South Douglas in Three Rivers. This is the same building that houses the public library and the Commission on Aging. The time you spend at the studio is FREE.

As one gets older, the chances of suffering from arthritis become greater. Here’s some good news for those afflicted with arthritis. Certified AFEP instructor Cathy Taylor will lead a low impact exercise program for those with arthritis or related conditions. The program will be held at the Three Rivers Community Center, 103 South Douglas, Three Rivers, beginning in October every Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. The program will not take place on the third Monday of the month. The sessions will also be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. A suggested donation of $3 would be appreciated for those over 60 years of age, and $4 for those under 60. Each session would need a minimum of 5 students. You need to call the Commission on Aging to register. The number for the COA is (269) 279-8083.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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