Out and About – Week of March 5th

I’m a big fan of comfort food. There’s nothing quite like a plate of macaroni and cheese to make one feel quite comfortable. My mom used to make fantastic macaroni and cheese, and it didn’t come out of a box. I don’t know if lasagna is considered comfort food, but I do know that it makes me feel very comfortable after consuming a portion. If you feel the same, you might consider taking the family over to Sturgis tomorrow evening, March 7. From 5 until 6:30, the Sturgis First United Methodist Church, 200 Pleasant Street, in Sturgis, will host a homemade lasagna dinner. Besides lasagna, you’ll also have garlic toast, salad, a beverage, and dessert. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 6 through 12, and children age 5 and under eat for free. Carry outs will be available, in case you’d rather eat at home. Sounds pretty economical to me.

We are about a month away from income tax time. Some of you have already filed and have received your refunds. Others will wait until April 14 to get their papers in order. Good news for those whose household income is $50,000 or less. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is offering free income tax preparation for those who meet these qualifications. The preparation sessions take place at Community Action Head Start, 1000 East Broadway, Three Rivers, every day from 10 to 11 A.M. To arrange an appointment or ask any questions, please call 877-422-2726.

We’ve been experiencing some weird weather this winter. Temperatures in the thirties and forties one day, the fifties and sixties the next, and then twenties the day after that. It makes it difficult to plan any activities, let alone know what to wear from one day to the next. If you have a member of your family with four legs, you’ll want to pay particular attention to their needs when the temperature drops out of our and their comfort zones. In the summer, never leave your pet in the car without making sure there is proper ventilation. The same applies to the cold of winter. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing your pet to freeze to death. If you have a cat, keep it inside during the winter. Felines can freeze or become lost or stolen, injured, or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies from other cats, dogs, and wildlife.

Grease opens a week from Friday at the Three Rivers High School Performing Arts Center. Friday, March 16 is opening night. The production will run March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25. Friday and Saturday performances begin promptly at 7:30 P.M. The two Sunday matinees have a 2 P.M. curtain time. The cost for tickets is $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at Beam Sound & Video, West Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, and Lowry’s Books and More in the historic downtown area.

When it comes to entertainment, the Riviera Theatre never wants to be left out. If ballet is your cup of tea, then Le Corsaire is the cream and sugar. Performance dates and times are March 18 at 3 P.M. and March 20 at 6 P.M. The ballet runs 225 minutes and will have two intermissions. The cost is $12. If opera strikes your fancy, then you’d probably be interested in La Boheme. This is presented in Italian with English subtitles. LaBoheme’s performance dates are March 25 at 3 P.M., and March 27 at 6 P.M. Admission is $16. Both of these productions are presented in high definition.

Appearing a bit sooner at the Riviera is THUMMp. You may have heard of them when they were called elmoTHUMM. They are the same group who continues to create and innovate on the a cappella scene. THUMMp will perform Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 P.M. Admission is $15, and part of the proceeds will go toward this year’s Three Rivers Water Festival. For more information on what is happening at the Riviera, please visit their website at www.trriviera.com.

During these tough economic times, I sometimes wonder why you have to “put your two cents in”, but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going?

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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