Out and About – Week of April 5th

“Happiness makes up in height, what it lacks in length.” ~ Robert Frost

Welcome to April, 2021. Thanks to all you readers, I am now starting my sixteenth year writing this column. When I started the column, this newspaper was delivered to your home and was available at several newspaper stands six days a week. A lot has changed over the years. Some changes were good and some not so good. I wanted this column to be informative and interesting, while at the same time reassure everyone that unless it’s a life or death situation, it can’t be all that bad. I also wanted you to perhaps feel a little better about yourself and life in general. Let’s never take life so seriously that we forget how to laugh. Life is short, so let’s take advantage of every moment and live it to the fullest. Above all, we should take Garry Moore’s advice and “Be kind to one another.”

There is always someone in need of help. Whether it’s food, clothing, household items, or furniture, there is always someone who can use some kind of help. The FREE Store, or Stone House, located at the corner of Bennett and West Street in Three Rivers is willing and able to come to the aid of those in need. The FREE Store’s hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 AM until noon. If you are in need, or if you have something to donate, you may set up an appointment by phoning 269-535-2786. The volunteers are the only ones permitted inside the store, and they will fill your order for you. If you do have something to donate, they are in need of young children’s clothing and shoes. The needed sizes are 12-18 months for both boys and girls.

If you have furniture to donate, Restored Hope Furniture Ministry is in need of new or gently used furniture. Check your over-stuffed garage and attic, then call Angie Reed West at 918-409-3001. You may also fill out an online form at https:forms.gle/sSz3E5UvTTLCQknu6.

For what it’s worth, here are some words of wisdom passed down by someone smarter than me:

Appreciate the many things that make your life so valuable.
Act the part and you will become the part.
Don’t wait for the ideal time to begin something.
Now that some restrictions have become loosened a bit, the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging has opened up their Three Rivers Activity Schedule. Here’s an example of what’s available:

Mondays: Balance exercise at 11 AM; Chair Yoga at 1 PM; and Zumba Gold at 2 PM. (This class is offered both in person and on Zoom).
Tuesdays: Cardio Drumming at 9:30 AM; Arthritis Exercise 11 AM; Bingo 1 PM; and Bingocise at 2:15 PM.
Wednesdays: Balance Exercise at 11 AM.
Thursdays: Cardio Drumming at 11 AM; Arthritis Exercise at 11 AM; Chair Yoga at 1 PM; and Zumba Gold at 2 PM.
Fridays: Balance Exercise at 11 AM; Bingo at 1 PM; and Bingocise at 2:15 PM.
“It’s fun to go down Memory Lane, just be sure you don’t complain.” – BURMA SHAVE

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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