Out and About – Week of December 12th

The Three Rivers Lions Club has the ideal venue for your holiday party or get-together. If you’ve procrastinated long enough and are looking for a place for your holiday gathering, consider having it in a place where there’s plenty of parking, a kitchen, and even a dance floor. Call the Three Rivers Lions Club at (269)273-2424. Leave a name and number; someone will get back to you, and arrangements can be made.

You don’t see a lot of dogs taking their owners out for walks this time of the year. I’m sure they still venture out, but the walks are briefer. They probably don’t go much farther than the backyard. I’ve had several dogs in my life, so “newsy” stuff about pets always catches my eye. Here’s one: In the 70s, they blamed Dobermans. In the 80s, they blamed German Shepherds. In the 90s, they blamed the Rottweiler. Now they blame the Pit Bull. My question is: when will they blame the humans?

Christmas is less than two weeks away. I apologize for bringing this up, but time seems to pass quickly if you don’t pay attention. I’d hate to have someone see me in two weeks and say, “I forgot that Christmas was two days ago. Why didn’t you remind me?” Anyway, you still have time to take some of your extra nonperishable food, toys, clothing, and even a monetary donation and drop them off at City Hall for this year’s “Firefighters For Santa”. Your donations will be graciously accepted and made ready for delivery to those in need on Friday, December 23. The Three Rivers firefighters are in the final stages of preparation so that on December 23, the volunteers will embark on their mission of making sure those families in need have a very Merry Christmas.

If your Christmas shopping is still incomplete, you might consider a “Super Book”. The Super Book packet contains three books of coupons that permit you to buy one and get one free; they cover a variety of eateries, plus many entertainment venues. They sell for $40, and the Three Rivers Lions Club has them. They are also available at Lowry’s Books and More, Peoples Federal Savings, and at the Southern Michigan Bank & Trust branch in Westland Plaza out on US-131. For more information, or to arrange a purchase, phone (269)506-2620.

There are still some people who send Christmas gifts via the U.S. Postal Service. If you are one, the time for getting your parcel on its way, in a timely fashion, is drawing to a close. Please check with the postal clerk to ensure that it will arrive on time.

Speaking of postal employees, please try to remember them and other service personnel during this giving season. These people are required to work in all types of weather. The guys down at the fire station enjoy cookies, the people who deliver things to your home enjoy a token of your appreciation, and even the noisy garbage man likes to be remembered. A lot of these service personnel are taken for granted for the job they perform. Please don’t forget them during this joyous season. They’ll appreciate your kindness.

Once again, our friends at the Riviera Theatre are keeping us entertained with seasonal entertainment. Santa Claus made his appearance a week or two ago, and now THE NUTCRACKER will pay a visit twice during the month of December. This Christmas classic will be on the big screen next Sunday, December 18, at 3 P.M., and again a week from today, Tuesday, December 20, at 6 P.M. Admission is $12. Keep current on what’s going on at the Riviera by phoning them at (269)278-8068 or visiting their website: www.trriviera.com.

Take the time to enjoy the sights and sounds that abound right here in Three Rivers. There’s always plenty to see and do.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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