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Out and About – Week of March 16

     A very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you. This is the day when we’re all Irish. I don’t plan to consume any green beer, but I will definitely digest some corned beef and cabbage before calling it a day. Several restaurants in town will feature this traditional dish, so today is the day to loosen the belt buckle one more notch.

     Next weekend is one of those to look at carefully. There’s more than just one thing going on, so you’ll need to plan carefully in order to participate in as many things as possible. The Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) will host a Homemade Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser Saturday afternoon, March 21, from 1 – 5 P.M. at The Country Table, 714 West Chicago Road, White Pigeon. The cost is $10 for all you can eat, not including beverages.  If you’re an animal lover, this is the perfect opportunity to support this very worthwhile group. If you’d like more information, you may phone 496-7249, 279-6251, or 659-4567. You may also visit ARF’s website at www.ARFund.org.

     Jeffrey Keefer and his group Sentimental Jones will perform Saturday evening, March 21, from 9 until midnight, at Pub 21 in historic downtown Three Rivers. Sentimental Jones has  played all over southwest Michigan, including the Three Rivers HarmonyFest and  the Carnegie Center Masquerade Ball, and they were a big part of last New Year’s Eve bash “Midnight on Main”. The group is no stranger to wedding receptions and private parties either. Jeffrey Keefer leads Sentimental Jones on keyboard, acoustic guitar and vocals; Darcy Jones is the lead vocalist, Alan Hilgendorf plays guitar and sings, Kevin Leasenby plays bass, and Jonathan Weiher, on drums, completes the group.

     A special thank you goes to the Riviera Theatre and the Carnegie Center for the Arts for  bringing Kennedy’s Kitchen to the Riviera Theatre this past Sunday afternoon. It was a  great way to get all of us in the St. Paddy’s Day mood. Keep up the good work and thanks again.

     I apologize for leading you astray. In last week’s column, I mentioned a pancake breakfast hosted by the Boy Scouts at the First Presbyterian Church. According to my calendar, the all-you-can-eat affair was to have taken place last Saturday, March 14. Upon our 8:30 A.M. arrival, we discovered that the doors to the church were locked. Thus, no breakfast. With the anticipation of consuming a hearty breakfast, we went elsewhere. A weekend without breakfast out makes for a somewhat dull weekend. I’ll try not to let this happen again.

     I’ll fill up some space here at the bottom of the column with a few helpful hints that you might want to jot down and not forget. It’s almost time for spring cleaning. As you plan to wash those dirty walls and windows, wrap absorbent cotton around your wrist. Hold it in place with a rubber band. The cotton catches the uncomfortable trickles that run down your arm.

     It’s that time of the year to pay some attention to your outdoor furniture and patio. Rust stains on concrete, caused by metal outdoor furniture, can be removed by using lemon juice and rubbing with a soft linen cloth.

     Finally, here’s another use for those inexpensive coffee filters. If any of you still polish your shoes, take a bunched up coffee filter and use it to apply the shoe polish. It’s much better than an old sock.

     See you Out and About!

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