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August 10, 2011

OUT AND ABOUT by Norm Stutesman

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This last May, a new pet foster care network called “Up-Cycled Pets” was formed.  Last Sunday, August 7, a “Meet and Greet” adoption event was held at the TSC store in Sturgis. Another “Meet and Greet” adoption event is scheduled for this Saturday, August 13, at the Diamond Creek Country Store in Three Rivers. The store is located on Johnnycake Drive, just behind Walgreens, at the intersection of Millard Road and US-131. The session will be held from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M.

The goal of Up-Cycled Pets is to locate forever homes for dogs and cats in need in St. Joseph County. All animals are adopted by Up-Cycled Pets from the St. Joe County Animal Control Shelter in Centreville and placed with foster pet parents for a minimum of two weeks, and until a permanent home can be found. All animals are temperament tested and given necessary medical care, which includes spay/neuter surgeries and all required vaccinations. Adoption fees collected for each animal vary according to the medical treatment needed. If you have been considering pet adoption, this would be a perfect opportunity to learn more. You might also want to visit the Up-Cycled Pets website at www.upcycledpets.com.

Here are a few events and dates that you might want to mark down on the kitchen calendar. I won’t go into detail, but they are definitely worth checking out:

  • Mendon Riverfest in Mendon – August 18-20.
  • Three Rivers Merchants Group Art Hop in downtown TR – August 19 from 6 to 10 P.M.
  • Harvest Festival in Constantine – September 10.

If you’re a fan of Charlie Chaplin, you’ll want to visit the Riviera Theatre, in historic downtown Three Rivers, this Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14. A Chaplin Retrospective will be shown on the big screen at 1 P.M. on Saturday, and 3 P.M. on Sunday. The Retrospective is made up of three of Chaplin’s funniest classics: from 1922, Pay Day; from 1919, Sunnyside; and Idle Class from 1921. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 65 and older.

The Riviera Theatre is not just a movie theatre. The Riviera is also known for hosting other events, including concerts. Rant Maggie Rant’s specialty is Celtic music. They will appear on the Riviera stage Sunday, August 21, at 7 P.M. The band combines original compositions with traditional elements in a contemporary approach to deliver an exotic blend of new and old. The cost for concert tickets is $15.

A perfect chance to show your support for the Three Rivers High School Aristocrats and enjoy some fabulous vocal performances happens Sunday, August 28, at 3 P.M., at the Riviera. There isn’t a charge to attend, but your generous donation would surely be appreciated.

I’ve pretty much highlighted the Riviera Theatre in the last several paragraphs, but I do so because, along with many others, I have fond memories of this venue. It is still one of the top places to go to for top-notch entertainment for a very reasonable price. If you’d like more information about coming attractions, or if you want to purchase tickets in advance, give the Riviera a call at (269) 278-8068, or just visit their website at www.trriviera.com.

Kudos to the Tripple Ripple Community Garden in Three Rivers. They have been busy with their community garden at the old Huss School site in the Second District. They invite interested individuals to learn how to can spaghetti sauce, salsa, pickles and jam. This learning experience happens Saturday, August 27, from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., at the First United Methodist Church kitchen. Participants will receive one jar each to take home; the rest will be donated to those who need good food to eat. The class is FREE; just take a knife, cutting board, and a large pot, if you have one. Lids and rings are also needed and could be a small donation to the canning cause. This will also be a great way to meet some of your neighbors and, of course, have a lot of fun. The First United Methodist Church is located on North Main Street, on the southeast corner of North Main and Kelsey Street.

See you Out and About!






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