Out and About – Week of November 12th

The election is over, which means that the campaigning is over, which means no more mudslinging via the news media. Someone made a lot of money during the campaigning, and I’m sure it wasn’t me or any others more deserving. What a waste of dollars. What will they talk about next on Facebook or Twitter?

The next event to plan for is Thanksgiving. I really like Thanksgiving, because it involves food. I also try to reflect on the many things that I’m thankful for, and I’m pretty sure that’s the true meaning of this November holiday. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is a popular day for merchants, a day made up of shoppers showing love and respect for each other, as they scramble to grab that one item that would be perfect for a loved one. I have no desire to Christmas shop on Black Friday. Some of those shoppers take no prisoners.

In the summer there are yard and garage sales. In the fall we have bazaars and craft shows. All of these events are filled with bargains. This time of the year, we are in the market for gifts for the holidays. My friends at the Ninth Street United Methodist Church invite all bargain hunters to stop by the church this Saturday, November 17, for their annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale. From 9AM to 2PM, you may peruse the many crafts, gifts, quilts, Christmas decorations, toys, and ceramics on display. Be there in time to have lunch from 11AM to 2PM. The church is located at 700 Ninth Street, in Three Rivers.

Saturday, November 17, is another busy Saturday in the Three Rivers area. There’s even a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross, which is being held at the UAW Local 2093 Union Hall, 15802 Hoffman Road, Three Rivers. Find time during your day of shopping, and stop by the hall between the hours of noon and 5:45. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated, and you’ll feel better about yourself.

While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by Light and Life Wesleyan Church’s Annual Craft and Bake Sale. The sale begins at 9AM and runs until 4PM. It’s a great opportunity to sit down, enjoy some FREE coffee and fresh-baked cookies, and look over all kinds of home crafted items for holiday fare. If you’re not a baker, you’ll find plenty of delicious baked items prepared for you. If nothing else, you’ll have the opportunity to sit, relax, and visit with neighbors and friends. Light and Life Wesleyan is just across the street from the union hall, so it’s very easy to find. If you’re in favor of spending your money locally and avoiding the big crowds, this is the place for you.

The Immaculate Conception School Vendor Expo also happens this Saturday. It will be held in the school gym from 9AM to 1PM, and the admission is FREE. Immaculate Conception is located at 601 South Douglas, in Three Rivers.

Everyone has heard of at least several Elvis impersonators. They are very entertaining to watch, and most of them are quite good. Some months ago, we were entertained by a John Wayne impersonator. I felt that I was only a few feet away from “The Duke” himself. Singer/Songwriter John Denver will perform Friday, November 30, at 8PM, at the Riviera Theatre, located in historic downtown Three Rivers. You’re right, John Denver passed away years ago, but Ted Vigil brings his image and songs back to life for your entertainment. Ted Vigil was adopted out of Colorado and was raised in the Seattle area. He has been performing since the age of ten. Tickets to see Ted Vigil are $15, and may be purchased at the Riviera box office.

As you start your holiday shopping, please don’t leave your manners at home. Have patience with the sales staff and with other shoppers. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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