Out and About – Week of January 3rd

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2011! This is the time when we go through our filing cabinets, shoe boxes, desk drawers, or wherever you might keep your receipts and other important papers. It’s time to discard old receipts and get your “system” ready for a new year. The receipt you have for shoelaces you purchased last February might be ready for the shredder. On a serious note, be careful how to dispose of some of your receipts. Don’t just throw away anything that some enterprising thief might find useful. I have my work cut out for me and this is not the time to procrastinate. April will be here before we know it, and then the taxman cometh.

January is the time when several committees start to meet. The Water Festival committee will hold their first planning meeting in a couple of weeks. This is the time for anyone interested in being a part of this annual event to contact the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s phone number is (269)278-8193. Speak with Deb, and she will find a place for you. Volunteering to help with the Water Festival can be a very rewarding experience and, once you participate, you’ll want to become a permanent volunteer. If you’ve often felt that the Water Festival is lacking in some areas, then you’re the perfect person to come on board to make a contribution. New volunteers mean new ideas.

Several days ago, some of you made resolutions for the new year. According to a recent poll, losing some weight was listed as one of the most popular resolutions. I know that it’s one of mine. There are some who have a true eating disorder, and this can be a serious issue. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous-FA conducts weekly meetings every Monday in Three Rivers at Trinity Episcopal Church, 321 North Main Street, beginning at 6:30 P.M. If you’d like more information, you may call them at 1(886)914-3663, or visit their website at www.foodaddicts.org.

We’ve just experienced, probably, the most popular holiday season of the year. Christmas and New Years have always been a time for gathering with family, celebrating in various religious ways, and then gathering with friends to welcome in the new year. Unfortunately, every so often we lose a loved one during this supposedly happy season. There is nothing that can be done to change our time of expiration, but there is a group, The New Beginnings Grief Support Group, who will help one deal with the loss of a spouse. They will meet again in Three Rivers at Brewster’s on Thursday, January 20, at 11:45 A.M. If you’ve suffered a loss due to death, you might want to mark your calendar and be there. Brewster’s is located on Hoffman Street, just off US-131.

On a much brighter note, The Three Rivers Community Players will hold auditions for A Musical Revue this Wednesday and Thursday, January 5 and 6, at 7:30 P.M. at the Players’ Theatre in Three Rivers. The theatre is located on Millard Road, directly behind Dairy Queen. Interested parties are to take music to sing; accompaniment will be provided. A Musical Revue will be performed as the second act to an original one-act play, with performance dates of February 11, 12, and 13. If you’ve never auditioned, this would be a perfect opportunity to see how much fun this experience can be.

If you have an important event that you’d like everyone to be aware of, please drop me a note, and I’ll see what I can do to spread the word. I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to use your item of interest, but you’ll never know unless you try. My address is at the bottom of this column.

If you have any old eyeglasses sitting around gathering dust, you might consider donating them to the Three Rivers Lions. They will gather them and see to it that they are put to good use by those less fortunate throughout the world. There are several drop-off points here in Three Rivers, including Lowry’s Books & More, City Hall, LA’s Coffee Cafe, Fred’s Pharmacy, Three Rivers Health Specialty Clinic and the Principal’s office at Three Rivers High School.

2011 has started out with some nice weather. Nice enough to get off the couch, get outside, and get yourself Out and About. See you there!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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