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Out and About – Week of October 22nd

Christmas is only about two months away. It isn’t too hard to find Christmas items in many of the stores already. Thanksgiving is next month, and Halloween is next week. Why can’t we just take one day of celebration, or one holiday, at a time? Things have become so commercialized lately. I wouldn’t be surprised if fireworks don’t go on sale January 1, 2013.

Kudos to the Detroit Tigers. I haven’t watched one of their games all season, except for the playoffs. My wife refers to me as a fair-weather fan. She’s absolutely correct. I love you if you’re winning, and I want nothing to do with you, if you lose. Anyway, the World Series starts tomorrow, and I’ll be cheering on the Detroit Tigers, as long as we have good weather.

I’d like to jump back to my first paragraph, if I may, and mention Firefighters for Santa. Every year the firefighters of Station Two, here in Three Rivers, gather food, toys, and monetary donations, so that around fifty families in the Three Rivers area might have a very merry Christmas. Usually, around Christmas Eve, they take a fire truck or two and deliver food and gifts to those families. It’s a very rewarding experience to be a part of this act. The firefighters are still in need of donations. They may be dropped off at City Hall, and the firefighters will take it from there. This is the season for giving, so do your part and help make someone’s Christmas a little merrier.

You’ve heard of line dancing, so here’s an opportunity to be a part of it. The First Presbyterian Church of Three Rivers, 320 North Main Street, Three Rivers, is offering a one-time opportunity to learn this popular dance style. This Tuesday, October 23, from 7 to 9 PM, a FREE Line Dancing class will be held at the church. Please use the Bennett Street entrance.

If your taste buds are crying out for pasta, take them and your family over to Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main Street, Three Rivers, this tomorrow, October 24. The spaghetti hits the plates starting at 5 PM and the serving will continue until 7. I’ve mentioned this event before, so let this serve as a reminder. The cost for adults is $5.50. A real bargain for the kids is that they may eat for $2, or if you have three children, the cost is only $5.

We’ve all heard of “Trick or Treat”, but the Three Rivers Church of the Nazarene is hosting “Trunk or Treat” at the church, located at the corner of US-131 and Coon Hollow Road, in Three Rivers. It all happens this tomorrow, October 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. It’s important to remember that all children must be accompanied by a parent. There will be plenty of activities for the children, and the parking lot will be blocked off for safety concerns.

South Lanes, on Broadway in Three Rivers, is the venue for “Glow Bowl” this Saturday, October 27. Registration begins at 12:30 PM, and the bowling starts at 1 PM. The cost for this special event is just $12, which includes three games and shoe rental. October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, so there will be door prizes, a bake sale, and the breast cancer fire truck. Everyone is invited to participate in this worthwhile cause.

In celebration of this Halloween season, the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) will host the ARF Howl-O-Ween costume contest this Saturday, October 27, from 1 to 4 PM at TSC on US-131, just north of the US-131 and West Michigan Avenue intersection. The cost is $10 per pet, which includes a take-home photo. This contest is not limited to dogs, so any friendly pets are welcome. The contest categories include: funniest, scariest; and look-a-like. The last category deals with the pet that most resembles its owner. Sounds like a lot of fun to me.

The 2013 car models are now on the dealers’ lots. If you’re in the market for a new car and are trying to decide the color you might want, please remember this. When trading in a car, cars that are black, white or silver can fetch about $300 more in trade-in compared with similar models in different colors. The colors – black, silver, or white – are also preferred by car thieves. It’s never easy.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman