Community Events 5-2-14

May 1, 2014

On Saturday, May 3rd in Harrison, registration for the free food distribution will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 212 S. Broad St. beginning at 9:00 a.m. 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. Free seeds and gardening information will also be available, and nutritionists will be there providing healthy eating tips and recipes. Please bring a photo ID and 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. Any who can volunteer to assist with the food distribution should arrive by 10:30 a.m.

The monthly food distribution is conducted by the Community Nutrition Network, and the Clare United Methodist Church is sponsoring this month’s distribution. For more information about the free food distribution and nutritional education effort or the Community Nutrition Network and how you can help combat hunger in Clare County, contact Nancy Petree at or at (989) 539-7805 ext. 3201.

At the Clare United Methodist Church, 105 E. 7th St., Clare on May 8 & 9 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and May 10 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Proceeds go to Mission work

Service dog training organization Paws With A Cause (PAWS®) will be participating in the Coleman Health and Safety Fair at the Railway Family Center on Saturday, May 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m .

The event is free and open to the public, with many resources for area families. The PAWS representative and demonstration dog will hold three sessions to show people what the dogs can do and explain what services PAWS offers for people with disabilities. The demonstration sessions will be at 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
The health and safety fair is sponsored by the Order of the Eastern Star, Coleman #281, which has helped provide funding for multiple PAWS Dogs in recent years. For more information on the May 3 event, contact Ann Sigsby, Coleman OES at 989-615-2599. For more information on PAWS, visit

It’s “reigning” cats and dogs, and hedgehogs, too, in Downtown Midland. On Saturday, May 10, beginning at noon, families will gather for a pet pageant in the Tridge area of Downtown Midland.

With great prizes awarded for best costume, best trick, most unusual pet, smallest pet, largest pet, cutest pet, most looks-like-their-owner pet and best of show, along with family activities there will be purrrrfectly wonderful fun for pets and their owners.

Registration forms are available on the Downtown Midland website at, follow the event link. Forms can also be requested by calling the Downtown Midland office at (989) 837-3330 and at the event. This is a free event and open to the public.

The Parade Your Pet Pageant begins at 12:30 p.m. and is expected to conclude around 3:00 p.m. Bring the entire family down for a fun-filled afternoon whether you have a pet or not!

The Parade Your Pet Pageant is sponsored by Soldan’s Feeds & Pet Supplies, I’ve Been Framed, Humane Society of Midland County and SOS Animal Rescue. For more information about the pageant, visit

This May, as the nation celebrates mothers,  Big Brothers Big Sisters is introducing

“All She Wants for Mother’s Day,” a fund drive that highlights mothers of more than 30,000 children, mostly boys, who are on the organization’s “waiting to be matched”

“Andrew deserves someone a little older than him, to go outside with, play sports with and get advice from” -Kayla Raymod

This Mother Day gift is a gift with rewards proven by studies to help children improve in school, their behavior and their self-esteem – something that can change her child’s life for the better, forever.  Please consider being a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Learn more at or or call 989-386-9304.

Effective 7:00 a.m. Monday, May 5, 2014, Seasonal Weight and Speed Restrictions will be lifted from all Clare County roads.

Gateway Ramblers, a Good Sam Camping Club, would like to invite people interested in camping, to attend a meeting on the second Monday, May 12 ,2014. Contact John Stow at (989-386-5197) or

Don’t wait until the last minute….get your team signed up quickly!! Summerfest Fireworks Fundraiser at Gateway Lanes on Thursday, May 15th.

Here is how it works: 1. Your business sponsors a lane for $100 and get your Business Name on that Lane 2. Then you put together a team of 4 bowlers….only 1 MUST work at the Sponsoring business 3. Each of the 4 bowlers gets pledges from friends, neighbors, etc. 4. There will be two games with multiple ways to win (Spare Shots~50/50~Low Score~3,6,9 Strike) , as well as the Team that raises the most pledges will win a Bowling party for 25 people.

Give me a call today to register for your team lane & evening of fun!  989/386-2442.

Next meeting of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society (MPAHS) will be at  7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in Room A, Isabella County Commission on Aging Building, 2200 South Lincoln Road, Mt. Pleasant Michigan.

Owing to technical difficulties with the projector at the February 4th MPAHS meeting we have asked Clarke Historical Library Director Frank Boles to return, along with project supervisor Kim Hagerty, to make an encore MPAHS appearance for a slide presentation about the Clarke Historical Library local newspaper digitization project. The program will also feature an opportunity for you to try out the program. There will be two laptop computers at the meeting for general use, but you can also bring your own and “solo” on the records that have been digitized so far, as well as “check out” the Library of Congress digitized newspaper website.

Following the speakers, the MPAHS business meeting will take place. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the program and (if desired) the business meeting.

Thanks to AT&T Michigan and the Michigan Technological University Mind Trekkers, middle school students from the Harrison, Mich., area will have the chance to try their hand at these and other science “magic tricks,” at Mid Michigan Community College’s Science & Engineering Festival. The festival takes place on Tuesday, May 6 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2:30 p.m.
Mind Trekkers is a travelling science show featuring dozens of hands-on experiences designed to reveal the science behind what looks like magic.  Student and staff volunteers put on the show, which coordinator Tom Maynard calls “a science carnival.”

On May 9, 2014, Clare Public Schools will be hosting a district wide Fine Arts Festival at the Clare High School. Varied cultural events will be happening this evening. An art exhibit showcasing Primary, Middle School, and High School creations will be held in the high school commons. The Drama I students will also be performing their Living Wax Museum throughout the high school hallways at this time. This free exhibit will be open to the public from 5 to 7 p .m. Immediately following these events. The Clare band program will be having a concert in the high school gym at 7 p.m. We hope you will be able to join us for an evening of student talent by the Clare Public Schools.

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