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Successful 45th Michigan Magic Day

April 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Organizers of the 45th Michigan Magic Day, staged over the weekend in Colon, hailed the event as a success.

The annual gathering marked the first time Colon has hosted the event, which drew more than 100 magicians to activities Friday and Saturday. Ron Carnell, a member of the Colon-based International Brotherhood of Magicians 386, said a Saturday morning magic competition and a Saturday night public performance drew hundreds of people to Colon High School.

Kevin James was the featured talent at Saturday night’s five-act program.

Between shows Saturday, the magicians had private workshops and events related to their industry.

Carnell said a social gathering Friday at the Colon American Legion provided a casual opportunity for the group to socialize and catch up.

Rivers of Justice Film Festival

April 4, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Here’s a reminder that the Rivers of Justice Film Festival takes place this weekend in downtown Three Rivers.

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma said the festival includes three feature-length films at the Riviera Theatre. Banana Land, playing at 8 o’clock tonight, explores issues of worker and environmental justice in banana-growing regions.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, The House I Live In will invite viewers to consider the effectiveness of the war on drugs, while If You Build It will tell the story of an innovative building and design program at a rural high school. It will be shown at 8:30 p.m.

World Fare will host a community potluck dinner at 6:30 this evening to coincide with the start of the two-day event.

Tickets, available online and at the Riviera, are $5 per film or $10 for the three-movie package.

Dancing with the St. Joe County Stars

March 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Here’s a reminder that online voting for the People’s Choice continues through Wednesday for the upcoming Dancing With the St. Joseph County Stars event.

Event organizer Linda Kline said an award will be presented after Friday’s production to the couple that receives the most online votes for People’s Choice. Voting for the award will continue the day of the event at the Nora Hagen Theater.

Seven couples are scheduled to participate in the inaugural competition, which is a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Child Abuse and Neglect agency.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A limited supply remains and are available at any township library in the county, W.E. English Insurance in Sturgis or the Commission on Aging office in Three Rivers.

Rivers of Justice Film Festival

March 3, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Officials from World Fare have announced the Rivers of Justice Film Festival will take place April 4 and 5 in downtown Three Rivers.

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma  said the festival includes three feature-length films at the Riviera Theatre. Banana Land, playing April 4, explores issues of worker and environmental justice in banana-growing regions.

On April 5, The House I Live In will invite viewers to consider the effectiveness of the war on drugs, while If You Build It will tell the story of an innovative building and design program at a rural high school.

World Fare will host a community potluck dinner April 4 to coincide with the start of the two-day event.

Tickets, available online and at the Riviera, are $5 per film or $10 for the three-movie package.

Two win Gold Key awards

February 26, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Two Sturgis High School students recently won Gold Key awards in the regional Scholastic Art Contest at South Bend Regional Museum of Art.

Peyton Boughton won in the mixed media category with a pencil and ink wash drawing. Brianna Lindsey won in the jewelry category with a ring. Because the girls’ pieces were judged Gold Key winners, the pieces will go on to New York City for national competition.

High school art teacher Sally Baldwin said the competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious national high school art shows.

The South Bend show runs through March 1 at The Warner Gallery at the South Bend Museum of Art.

Mob-style video shoot

January 15, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Approximately 100 people gathered in downtown Three Rivers Sunday to participate in a flash mob-style video shoot, led by the city’s Downtown Development Authority.

DDA director Christy Trammell said the authority has applied to participate in the Select Level of the Michigan Main Street Program.

Adhering to the theme, “T.R. is All in this Together,” representatives from various organizations, Three Rivers Community Schools’ students, business people and citizens gathered on Main Street for the afternoon filming.

Three Rivers is one of four communities competing to proceed to the next level of the MMSP. Trammell said those accepted to the Select Level will be making a five-year agreement to commit to receive the support and training the program has to offer.

Sunday’s video shoot will be played Feb. 5 as part of the DDA’s presentation in Lansing.

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