Out and About – Week of Dec. 20th

The Three Rivers Lions Club thanks all those volunteers who pitched in to help make this year’s “Food Box” project a success. The Lions Club distributed 250 food boxes to those in need in St. Joseph County this past Saturday, December 18. With the help of volunteers and Lion members, the Three Rivers Lions lived up to their motto “WE SERVE”. Thanks also go out to those individuals and businesses who purchased ads in the annual Lions Christmas Paper supplement to the Three Rivers Commercial-News that appeared last Friday. Without the funds generated by those ads, there would likely be no Food Box distribution.

In keeping with the joyous Christmas season of joy and music, the First United Methodist Church of Three Rivers will host a piano recital of Christmas music, both sacred and secular, a week from today, Tuesday, December 28 at 7 P.M. The recital will feature Rachel and Andrew Harry from Allegan, a brother and sister duo who will play their own arrangements of traditional Christmas carols. Rachel and Andrew are recipients of many awards including first place in the State of Michigan Federation of Music Clubs, first place national winner of the General Association of Baptist Churches piano competition, Kalamazoo Symphony Youth Soloist, and first place Grand Rapids Youth Symphony Piano Concerto Competition. The recital is FREE and open to the public. The First United Methodist Church is located at 215 North Main Street in Three Rivers.

This evening is the final evening for auditions for the Three Rivers Community Players production of AYE DO. Auditions begin at 7 P.M. at the Players Theatre on Millard Road, directly behind Dairy Queen, in Three Rivers. Performance dates for this production are February 11, 12, and 13, 2011. If you’re a bit shy about performing on stage, don’t worry, because there is always a need for backstage crew members, ushers, set construction people, and people to help with ticket sales. For more information, please call (269)365-8417.

This is the season when we are all subject to falling down. The slippery ice is usually the culprit that causes these incidents. Because of this, the unfortunate victim is sometimes in need of medical equipment to assist them in getting Out and About. It would not be normal to keep a pair of crutches or a walker in the basement, just in case you have an accident. We are fortunate to have the Commission on Aging (COA) near by. They have a medical equipment loan closet, which contains items such as walkers, canes, hospital beds, etc, and these items are available on a loan basis to individuals in need. You may call the COA office to check on availability of needed items. Unfortunately, the COA is in need of a few items in order to keep their closet stocked properly. If you have a hospital bed that is collecting dust in the garage, or a bath seat that would fit inside a tub or shower, give the COA a call. They are also in need of a wheelchair or two. For more information on how to borrow something, or make a donation, please call Mildred at the COA office. Phone 1-800-641-9899 or (269)279-8083.

My Christmas wish to each of you is that you will treat one another in the same way that you would like to be treated. I wish each of you a most joyous holiday season. A special holiday greeting to my editor, and to Managing Editor Elena and her staff at the Commercial-News.

If your holiday plans include travel, please watch out for the other guy. There are a lot of crazy drivers out there and most of them are not as careful as you when it comes to obeying the rules of the road.

If your plans include spending time with family, please cherish each and every moment. Life is short and family is precious.

 Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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