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Out and About for week of Feb. 16

 I hope that everyone had a wonderful Valentines Day. I was very fortunate to receive twelve special cards from my best friend. I used to wonder how someone could say, “Just give me a card. I don’t need a present.” It’s amazing that, as you grow older, cards seem to mean so much. They don’t wear out or break, you can look at them repeatedly, and they always mean so much. Valentines Day is another one of those days when you express your feelings to those who mean the most. As I’ve said before, you should express your true feelings more than just a couple of times a year.

If you missed MOTHER HICKS this past weekend, you have three more chances to catch the current production at the Players’ Theatre in Three Rivers. This Three Rivers Community Players production will be performed February 20, 21, and 22 at the theatre located on Millard Road, just behind Dairy Queen in Three Rivers. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday is 8 P.M. and the Sunday matinee starts promptly at 2 P.M. Tickets are available at Beam Sound & Video, 1115 W. Michigan Ave., Three Rivers. Phone 279-6251 for tickets and information. Tickets will also be available at the door, but advance purchase is a good idea.

Spring is still several weeks away, and I’m sure we’ll receive more than our share of snow before we’re ready to crank up the lawn mower. Potholes are already in season, so when you’re getting Out and About, be extra watchful for those craters. A special thank you goes out to those Public Service employees who continue to wage war on those demons of the roadways. I’m wondering if the wheel alignment mechanics have anything to do with placement of the potholes. I’m sure Osama Bin Laden is behind it all.

Here’s another opportunity to get something FREE. From 10:30 A.M. until noon, on Saturday, February 28, at the Three Rivers Public Library, 920 W. Michigan Avenue, in Three Rivers, everyone will have the opportunity to learn to dance with dance instructor Jerry Wright. The Three Rivers Public Library and the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging invite the young and the young-at-heart to the COA’s dance floor for a morning of free dance instruction and intergenerational fun. If you don’t have a dance partner, it is not a problem. Come on your own. Another plus is that registration is not required. Just show up. If you have questions, phone the Three Rivers Public Library at 273-8666.

Those senior citizens having birthdays in February will not want to miss a party in their honor at the Three Rivers Senior Center, 103 S. Douglas in Three Rivers. Friday, February 27 is the date, and pianist Jeffrey Keifer is the entertainment. You’ll want to phone the center at 279-8083 or 800-641-9899 for the actual time of the party, although it should begin around noon.

The 2009 Regional Juried Show at the Carnegie Center for the Arts in Three Rivers runs through next Sunday, February 22. As a special attraction, The Merling Trio will perform at 3 P.M. closing the Juried Show. Western Michigan University is proud to include The Merling Trio in their School of Music. This must-see concert is free to the public.

As promised, here’s another use for coffee filters other than filtering your “morning brew”. If you ever break the cork while opening a bottle of wine, just pour the wine through a coffee filter. The filter captures the broken cork. The taste of the wine is not affected. I’ll have another helpful hint next week.

See you Out and About!

submitted by Norm Stutesman

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