Community Events 9-25-15

September 25, 2015

For the past nine years Alma College has been hosting the Matthew J. Reinke Memorial Scot Trot 5k Run/Walk. This fund raising event benefits a scholarship in Matt’s memory at Alma College. Matt passed away on July 16, 2006 just months after graduating. This event has been well attended over the last nine years and has truly blessed Matt’s family and made higher education more affordable for several Alma College students. The scholarship fund is endowed and will live on for many years to come.
After much consideration, Matt’s family has decided that this will be the last 5k in his honor. The last 5k will be October 3rd at 9:00 am (Alma College Homecoming). If you can, come enjoy a fun run or walk through fall colors and the beautiful Alma campus. Sign up on line or the day of:

Regular meeting of North Central Area Chapter #19, State Employee Retirees Association, will be held Tuesday, October 6, at the Houghton Lake Community Building (located back of The Pines Theater), beginning at 2 p.m.
All retired state employees and their spouses are invited (and encouraged) to attend. For information call (989) 386-0085.

“Clare County GOP will be holding their monthly meeting Thursday, October 1 at the Doherty Hotel. Dinner is at 6 pm with the meeting starting at 7 pm. There will be updates from several public officials as well as information on upcoming events. Special guest speaker is Jon Thebo, Chair of the College Republicans at Central Michigan University. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Any questions can be directed to:”

Faith United Methodist Church is celebrating the beautiful fall season with a Harvest Dinner on November 7th from 5:00-7:00pm
in the fellowship hall at FUMC. Join us for an evening of fellowship, fun, and food! We are providing a traditional Thanksgiving feast, including turkey and gravy, homemade mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, cranberry salad, rolls, and dessert! Dinner is $10.00 for guests 18 and older, $7.00 for guests 3-17, kids 2 and under eat free. In addition to filling your bellies, you’ll have the opportunity to get a head start on your Christmas shopping! FUMC members will be selling goods that they have made using their own God-given talents, via a program at Faith called Grow Your Talent. Proceeds from Grow Your Talent and the Harvest Dinner will be used to support needs in the Coleman school system, as well as other needs in the community of Coleman. Event Address: 209 E. Jefferson Street, Coleman 48618

The Clare County Democratic Party monthly meeting will be on Thursday, October 1st. The meeting will begin at 6:30 the lower level meeting room of the Clare County Building in Harrison. All are welcome to attend.

Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre will be presenting their Fall Drama W;T on October 8th & 9th at 8 pm and October 10th at 2pm & 8 pm. The performances will be held at the Gladwin City Park, Community Building. Directed by Yvette Keast and starring community members: Monika Pfannes as Vivian Bearing, Pamela Gorton as Dr. Kelekian, Marcia Garcia as E.M. Ashford, Taunee Sherlock as Susy, Kyle Diller as Jason Posner. Also featuring our diversely talented cast of four as students, fellows, technicians, and code team; Kaitlynne Warmack, Steven Ulch, Katie Babb, Sean Greer.
Margaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize-winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences–mortality–while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships
$10.00 per person with TICKETS ON SALE IN GLADWIN AT: Gladwin City Hall, Chamber of Commerce, Lyle’s Flowers, The Medicine Shoppe & Village Flowers and Gifts. IN BEAVERTON AT: Beaverton Pharmacy and Beaverton City Hall
Questions? Please Contact Yvette Keast at 989.802.1771 or at

On Saturday, October 3rd, Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre is holding their Annual Swiss Steak Dinner at the Gladwin Eagles Club. The cost is $8 per person $3.50 for children under 10. The Swiss Steak Dinner includes real mashed potatoes, brown mushroom gravy, corn, coleslaw, non-alcoholic beverages, homemade bread and lots of homemade desserts. There are door prizes given away throughout the event, must be present to win. For more information call Nicole at 989-426-5571

United Way of Clare and Gladwin Counties is sponsoring the Community Nutrition Network Free Food Distribution on Saturday, October 3 at McGuire Chevrolet in Clare.
WHAT: We still need 10-15 volunteers to help distribute food.
WHEN: Volunteers needed at 10:30 a.m. Food distribution will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until all food is distributed (estimated 2:00 p.m.)
WHO: Anyone who can lift boxes of food!
WHY: Support our community, great volunteer opportunity for employees of our donor companies and partner agencies, United Way volunteers, and students.
Can we count you in?? Please call our office at 386-6015 to sign up or reply to this email.

The Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society will hear an update on Isabella County Jail procedures and advances in law enforcement Sheriff’s Department from Jail Administrator Tom Recker the at the Society’s 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, meeting at the Isabella County Commission on Aging Building at 2200 South Lincoln Road, Mt. Pleasant MI.
The general public is invited and encouraged to attend the program and, if desired, the Historical Society’s brief business meeting following the speaker.
The business meeting, will see the election 2016 MPAHS officers and installation of same.

The Clare County Youth Action Council (YAC) would like to invite energetic youth between 7th and 12th grades from Clare, Farwell and Harrison Schools to help make a difference in Clare County. The YAC meets once a month to give money away to community organizations as well as plan community service projects. YAC is a youth driven board with adult advisors. This group enjoys having fun and making a difference. Come and learn what YAC is all about and how you can join.
The first meeting for your school is listed below. Be sure to listen to your school’s daily announcements for the location and time!
• Harrison students will meet on Tuesday, October 6th at the High School.
• Clare students will meet Wednesday, October 7th in the High School conference room next to the office.
• Farwell students’ first meeting will be on Thursday, October 8th.
One of the major responsibilities for the YAC is to award grants to organizations that are doing projects that will impact the youth in Clare County. The YAC and Clare County Community Foundation are always looking for projects and community organizations to support. If you have a project and are looking for funding, please visit the web at and contact a board member of the Clare County Community Foundation or myself.

The Clare Congregational UCC is hosting a rummage sale at 110 W. 5th St.(across from Post Office). Thursday, October 8th 6pm to 8pm, Friday, October 9th 9am to 5pm, Saturday, October 10th 9am to 12 noon

The Clare County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) will have its last meeting of the year atnoon on Tuesday, October 6th in the Michigan Room, Mid Michigan Community College Harrison Campus. The guest speaker will be Lori Ware, Director of the Council on Aging. Remember your non-perishables for the Toucan Food Drive. For more information, contact Secretary Jeanne Shelander at 386-2063.

You can bring holiday joy to families in need through the Clare County Christmas Outreach Adopt-a-Family program! The Adopt-A-Family program was created to address the needs of low-income households, children and families, during the holidays.
Join in the season of giving by becoming a Family Sponsor! We make it easy for you by creating a family summary of the names, ages and needs of each family member. All you have to do is to provide the fixings for Christmas dinner or a gift certificate to a local grocery store to cover the cost of dinner and a gift for each family member.
Over 100 low income Clare County families are presently on the Adopt-A-Family waiting list. To become a sponsor call United Way of Clare County at (989) 386-6015 no later than November 14th!

Those experiencing water or sewer related struggles are invited to seek assistance with Mid Michigan Community Action Agency (Mid Michigan), who has funding available to help.
Income-eligible residents can apply for help with water and sewer shut-offs, minor septic tank repairs. To see if you qualify, call your local Mid Michigan Community Action office. A list of offices can be found at
“Families should not have to choose between paying a bill and buying groceries for the month. Being able to use the shower and indoor plumbing are basic necessities,” said Sharon Wainman, outreach services director at Mid Michigan.
Mid Michigan is offering this assistance as a response to an unmet community need. Existing programming often addresses electric and home heating but not water.

Volunteers from the Clare County Animal Shelter will be bringing a few adoptable pets to Old Fashion Days in Dover on Saturday, September 26 from 11 am to 4 pm. This day of outdoor family fun is hosted by Clare Historic Society, and they are donating space for the animals behind the Dover School. Dogs and kittens can be adopted any time during the afternoon and taken home with you when you leave at the end of the day! 989-539-3221

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