Out and About – Week of June 20th

Today is officially the first day of summer. This means two things. First, beginning tomorrow, the time of daylight starts getting shorter. The days are not getting shorter, because there still will be twenty four hours in a day. Second, you probably don’t need to pay much attention to those signs that state “Watch for ice on bridge”. On a personal note, tomorrow is my mother’s birthday. If she were alive, she would have been 108 years young.

The Three Rivers Public Library has come a long way over the past fifty years. The library used to be the place one could check out a book with a library card, or one could go there to study or do research. There are now computers available, so anyone can go to the library and enter the world of high technology. The library also has free programs, covering many interests; the library has now become the place to go to solve your curiosity or expand your knowledge. A perfect example of what I’m talking about happens tomorrow evening, Wednesday, June 22, from 6 to 8. “Wire Sculpture With Kathy” is the program, and anyone can go and learn how to make wire sculptures for their garden. The Three Rivers Public Library is located on the southwest corner of Douglas Avenue and West Michigan Avenue, in Three Rivers. By the way, this program is free.

If you happen to be going through withdrawals because Water Festival is over for another year, fear not, because this coming weekend there’s still plenty to do. Centreville is only about six miles east of Three Rivers, and it’s very easy to find. Covered Bridge Days, Centreville’s annual celebration, happens Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. You can’t travel through Centreville without being right in the middle of this family-oriented event. There will be crafters, vendors, a talent show, fireworks, classic car show, rummage sales, concerts, plenty of activities for the children, and even a parade. Oh yes, there will also be plenty of food.

Alice in Wonderland Jr. opens this Thursday, June 23, at the Players’ Theatre on Millard Road, just behind Dairy Queen. This Apple Crate Kids production runs just one weekend, with opening night Thursday, June 23, with a 7 P.M. curtain. Performances continue Friday, June 24, at 7 P.M. Saturday, there will be two performances: a matinee at 2 and an evening performance at 7. The final performance will be a Sunday afternoon matinee at 2. Tickets are available at Beam Sound and Video. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will also be available at the door, but because this production is taking place on one weekend, advance ticket purchase is advised.

Sturgis Dam Days will run from Saturday, June 25 through Saturday, July 2. Covered Bridge Park, north of Centreville, is the venue for this week long celebration. Check DAMDAYS.com for information on the concerts, baseball game, classic car, truck, and motorcycle show, and all of the other activities planned for this week.

During the time I spend Out and About, I see, more than I like, pet dogs wandering around many of the neighborhoods. These animals belong to someone, and I’m pretty sure the owners aren’t aware that their family pet has decided to make a run for it. Here are four things you can do, should you suddenly discover that Fido has set out on his own:

Search the neighborhood. Walk or drive through your neighborhood several times each day. Ask neighbors, letter carriers, and delivery people if they have seen your pet. Let them know who they should contact, if they see your pet.

Advertise. Post notices at grocery stores, community centers, veterinary offices, and traffic intersections. Put an ad in the local newspaper, and let the local radio station know about your lost pet.

Contact the local animal shelter and the local Code Enforcement Officer.

Don’t give up the search and make sure your pet has proper ID on its collar.

A special thank you to all the volunteers whogave of their time to make Water Festival a success.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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