Community Events 5-1-15

May 1, 2015

The Clare County Democratic Party (CCDP) May meeting is on Thursday, May 7th beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting will be at the Pere Marquette District Library at 185 E. 4th St. in Clare. All are welcome to attend.

Clare County GOP will be holding their monthly meeting Thursday, May  7 at the Doherty Hotel.  Dinner is at 6 pm with the meeting starting at 7 pm.  There will be updates from several public officials.   The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Any questions can be directed to:

The Harrison Area Genealogical Society will hold their monthly meeting Weds., May 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Harrison Library Community Room, 102 N. Second, Harrison. Research time after the meeting. Use of the library computers and collections. Genealogy Help Sessions available at 5:30 at the library.

The next Clare County Food Distribution and Nutritional Education event is Saturday, May 2nd. Registration for the free food distribution will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Harrison Palace Senior Center (former Knights of Columbus Hall) at 212 S. Broad St. The food will be distributed in the parking lot of the Clare County Building beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m.
All who want food will receive it as long as supplies last with the limitation of one food package per household. Please bring your own reusable bags, boxes, or baskets if you can. There may be a long wait, so if you need to sit, please bring a chair.
Volunteers are needed to help distribute the food and assist patrons. Volunteers should arrive by 10:00 a.m. and be prepared to help out until sometime in the early afternoon. Volunteers are welcome to register for and receive food. This month’s food distribution and nutritional education event is sponsored in part by MidMichigan Health. For more information about the monthly free food distribution contact Nancy Petree at or at (989) 539-7805 ext. 3201.

The Gateway Brass Ensemble will present its Spring Concert on Saturday, May 2nd, at 3 p.m. at Brown Corners Church. The ensemble, established in 2013 by conductor Michael Wright, will present a varied program of selections by Mussorgsky, Stuart and Joplin. They will be joined by the ACM Brass Quintet from Central Michigan University.
The Gateway Brass Ensemble is comprised of local brass & percussion students, including music majors from Central Michigan University. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided afterwards. More information can be found on the Brass Ensemble’s website at

Hilla Dog Training in Harrison, MI is offering TWO FREE one-hour dog training sessions for every dog adopted from the Clare County Animal Shelter! Certificates will be provided at the time of adoption, and it is our hope that with early training each dog will transition smoothly into a new home with new rules. For information on Hilla Dog Training, the website is or call (248) 242-1416l

Next week on Wednesday, May 6 in the morning Harrison Community Schools will conduct another Walk to School Day.  These days are sponsored in conjunction with the Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Safe Routes to School Program to promote healthy lifestyles and exercise for our students and the community.
On May 6 the Harrison High School and Middle School students will be dropped off by the busses at the end of the trail by St. Luke Lutheran Church and make the short walk past the ball diamonds to school.
The Larson Elementary students who ride the bus will be dropped off at the north end of the football field and walk a few laps on the track before crossing into the back parking lot to go to Larson.  Parents of students who normally are driven or walk to school are welcome to drop their children off or to join us with their children to walk the track that morning.
Hillside Elementary students will exit the busses in the bus lot and walk around the front and east end of  Hillside on the sidewalk and enter school by the main entrance.  Parents of students who normally are driven to school or who walk to school can bring their children to the front entrance and have them cross the playground with the staff to meet the other students when they get off the bus to walk with them.

Homeless pets from the Clare County Animal Shelter will be available for adoption Saturday, May 2 from 10 am to 2 pm at Tractor Supply Co, 5688 E Pickard, Mt. Pleasant. Shelter volunteers will walk you through the painless, affordable adoption process and you can take your new best friend home with you that same day! (989) 539-3221.

The National Day of Prayer will be observed this year on Thursday, May 7th. The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.
The Clare Area Churches invite all to a prayer vigil to be held Thursday, May 7, at Noon at the City Park on West Seventh Street across from City Hall. In case of rain, the vigil will take place at the Clare Congregational Church.

The Lake George Boosters Club, 89 S. Bringold Ave., Lake George is hosting a Swiss Steak Dinner on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  We will begin serving at 4pm.  Take out is available.  The proceeds will go to our College Scholarship Fund.

GriefShare, a special help seminar and support group for people experiencing grief and loss, will be held each Wednesday evening 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Clare Assembly of God.
GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Is This Normal?”, “The Challenges of Grief”, Grief and Your Relationships”, “Why?” and “Guilt and Anger”.
Meetings will be held at 3557 E. Colonville Rd., Clare.  For more information, call the Clare Assembly of God at 989-386-3232.

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