Out and About – Week of December 10th

Christmas is two weeks from today. If you are planning to mail your Christmas gifts via US Mail, you might want to get to the post office soon. Please have patience with the postal clerks. You are not the only procrastinator in town, so please be prepared to wait in a line for a few minutes. Once you arrive at the counter, you will be treated with the same quality of service as the person before you.

While on the subject of postal workers, I think it’s a good idea to remember your mail carrier, along with the other delivery personnel who battle the elements of weather all year. Although, I must admit, there isn’t much of a fight going on right now. If we ever do receive any measureable amount of snow, make sure that your sidewalks are kept clear. As Mike the mailman says, “No trail, no mail.”

During this busy holiday season, please do not neglect your pets, who are, in most cases, true members of your family. The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) is conducting a pet food drive from now through December 24. It is being held at the TSC store on North US-131, just north of West Michigan Avenue. It’s very easy to participate. All you need to do is visit TSC, purchase an eight pound bag of pet food, at a reduced rate, and tell the salesperson that you would like to donate it to the Pet Food Pantry. ARF is always in need of pet food, and your generous donation will be greatly appreciated.

While on the subject of pets, as you’re decorating the inside of your home, take your pet into consideration. They are fascinated with all the new decorations and have a tendency to chew on and swallow tree decorations, ribbon, small gifts, and bones from holiday meats. Most of us love chocolate, but it’s not good for pets. Please keep your pets safe this season.

One final thing, while I’m on the subject of pets. You might think that a pet would make a terrific gift for Christmas, but I’m afraid you might be wrong, in some cases. You should remember that along with a pet comes some expense. Food, bedding, vet care, grooming, time to exercise, play time, and proper training. Cats can survive a weekend by themselves, as long as they have plenty of water, food, and a clean litter box. A pet dog is a different matter. Boarding can be expensive, and finding a good pet-sitter could be a challenge. If you’re thinking of giving a pet to a senior citizen, please give this some extra thought.

When I was in grade school, Three Rivers had four elementary schools and one Catholic school. Hoppin, Andrews, and Immaculate Conception are the only schools remaining. If you attended Huss School, in the Second District, back in the day, you might be interested in attending the Huss Project Coffee Hour this Thursday, December 13, at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. The church is located on Eighth Street, in Three Rivers. From 6 to 8PM, the public is invited to take questions, ideas, and stories related to Huss.

It will be a Golden Weekend in historic downtown Three Rivers this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It’s been called an “Ugly Sweater Weekend”. It will be a down home social gathering on Friday, December 14, from 9AM to 6PM, with the center of attention directed to the Riviera Theatre. You can have breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning at Main Street Cafe, from 9 to 11AM. For the children, or adults who like to color, Lowry’s Books and More is the place to be Saturday, from 10AM till 3PM. The Downtown Dog will feature Santa pictures with your pets from noon until 3PM on Saturday. Wine tasting at Unibrow will wind up the Saturday fun at 6PM. The fun continues on Sunday with activities scheduled from 9AM until 6PM. If you want to see and be seen, downtown Three Rivers is where you’ll want to be this weekend.

“Computer Basics” is the topic next Tuesday, December 18, at the Michigan Works! Workshop. The workshop will be held from 2 to 3:30PM, at the Michigan Works! location on Enterprise Drive, in Three Rivers.

With the Christmas season fast approaching, you’ll want to make sure you check this newspaper for the many events coming up right here in Three Rivers.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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