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Community Events

DONATION DINNER

New Hope Fellowship Missionary Church is having a “donation” dinner. The date is March 8, with serving from 5-7pm. The menu features homemade soups with sandwiches, a hearty meal for a cold March evening. Church is located at 9115 Pere Marquette Rd., East of Clare.

SUPER BUCK SPORTSMAN NIGHT

Venison Dinner on March 1, 2014 at 5:00pm at the Liberty Baptist Church, 6007 Mannsiding Road, Lake George, MI 48632. Free Admission. Numerous door prizes including: managed hunt at Legend’s Ranch and a 50 caliber black powder gun. Bring your deer rack or head in for the Big Rack Contest-great prizes, awards and door prizes. (Prizes and awards based on scoring). MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. Special Guests: Skipper Bettis – Legends Ranch and Jeff Goyt-Retired Sheriff Clare County. For more information call 989-588-7039.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH AT WILLOW

The Clare County Arts Council presents Deb Hoyt as Artist of the Month.  Deb is showing needlework designs at the Willow in downtown Clare through the month of March.  Deb is from Harrison,  and has been competing in local and state fairs with her needlepoint creations for over thirty years. You may know Deb from Mid Michigan Community Action Agency where she has been employed for 28 years and finance director since 2001.

Deb wears many hats.  Needlepoint of course, but she also has a passion for racing NASCAR and local tracks.  Her first memory of needlework was sitting with her Grandma and stitching on stamped cross stitch pillowcases.  She has taken many classes and credits her first class with Susan Greening-Davis getting her really hooked on needlework.  Susan introduced her to different fabrics, threads, specialty stitches and different designers.

BBBS & CLARE COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL AUCTION

Big Brothers Big Sisters together with the Clare County Arts Council auction March 12th Doherty Hotel Clare 7 p.m. This year we are changing it up!  Come check out the Travel inspired items available.  Silent, Live and this year on line too!  Check out the online items at www.biddingowl.com/mmbbbs

Questions or need information call us 989-386-9304

Also save the date for Bowl for Kids Sake coming April 25th at Clare Gateway Lanes and also at Meadowlanes in Gladwin.  Get your bowling shoes/your friends together and join us for a friendly competition between the counties.  Clare won last year but who will win this year?

Check out www.midmichiganbbbs.org  for more information.

Or contact us at 989-386-9304

ADOPTABLE PETS

Adoptable pets from the Clare County Animal Shelter will be making a rare Sunday appearance Sunday, March 2 from 11 am to 3 pm at Discount Variety in Harrison! Shelter volunteers will be on hand to introduce you to the pets, loan you a leash to take a dog for a test-walk or a comfy chair for a kitty-cuddle, and guide you through the adoption process. Spread the word, bring the whole family and meet your new best friend! Call 539-3221 with any questions.

BIKE/SKATE PARK

There are plans to build a skate/bike park at Shamrock Park.  If you would like to help with this project, there will be an organizational meeting Wed. March 5 at the Pere Marquette Library.  We will meet at 6:30pm.  If you would like more information, e-mail jan.winter@sbcglobal.net

THE SANFORD LAKE CLOGGERS

Are Coming To The Clare Castle Senior Dining Center (At 502 Beech St.) On Saturday March 15th At 1:00 P.M. (After The Irish Festival Parade!) Join Us For Sloppy Joes, Hotdogs, Coleslaw And Chips Fundraiser And Enjoy The Cloggers! Food Served From 11:00 Am To 2:00 Pm.

NEWSPAPER SCANNING PROJECT

March 4th Mount Pleasant Area Historical Society meeting to feature Clarke Historical Library Director Frank Boles’ presentation on the Library’s vintage newspaper scanning project in conjuction with a nationwide effort by the Library of Congress to build a national searchable database.

Boles will make his presentation a at the 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4th meeting of the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society (MPAHS). Following the speaker, the MPAHS business meeting will take place in Room A of the Isabella County Commission on Aging Building, 2200 S. Lincoln Road, Mt. Pleasant. The business meeting will include plans for the MPAHS  Field Trip (open to the public) will be a Saturday, September 6, 2014 excursion ot the Annual Marshall Michigan Tour of Historic Homes.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the program and (if desired) the business meeting.

At their February 4, 2014, MPAHS members elected the following slate of offices for 2014: Jack R. Westbrook – President; Valerie Wolters – Vice President; Bob Banta- Treasurer; and Tom Hall – Secretary.

SHEPHERD SUGAR BUSH

On March 15 and 16, the Shepherd Sugar Bush will host an open house in conjunction with the Michigan Maple Syrup Association’s Maple Weekend event. With weather cooperating, visitors on March 15 and 16th, from 10am – 4pm, will be able to see all facets of maple syrup production;  collection, filtering,  reverse osmosis, evaporation, drumming,  canning,  and candy making.

In the Central Michigan area, Doodles Sugar Bush, owned by Steve and Lynette Henson,  will also be open at the same time.

They are located 2 miles south of Winn, 2 ½ miles west on Fremont Road and ½ miles south on Johnson Road at 10566 Johnson Road, Blanchard.  Their unique gift shop includes many maple confections.
Due to the variety of weather conditions, Michigan Maple Weekend activities in the northern lower peninsula will take place March 23-24 and March 30-31 in the Upper  Peninsula.  See http://www.mi-maplesyrup.com for more details or locally, call 989-828-5415 for information.

ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW AND MARKET PLACE

The Farwell Area Women’s Club would like to invite you to attend the Annual Craft Show and Marketplace at the Farwell Area Schools. The craft show will feature many crafters as well as many booths of unique market items. There is no charge to attend the show! There will be lunch available and a bake sale too. For more information on the show, or if you would like to exhibit please contact Shirley at 989-588-3140 or Elm Creek at 989-588-6061. Plan to attend the Annual Craft Show and Marketplace on Saturday March 29th, 2014.

ANNUAL AUCTION GALA

Save the Date!  Annual Auction Gala March 12th, 2014 Doherty Hotel Clare 7 p.m. This year’s theme is “Travel”.  Get out of the cold and come enjoy an evening of travel fun!

SCRAP & CRAFT DAY

The Clare County 4-H Council will be hosting a 4-H Scrap & Craft Day on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 8:30am to 9:30pm at the Harrison Lions Club Building located on the Clare County Fairgrounds.

Paid guests can expect meals, snacks and refreshments along with goodie bags, hourly door prize drawings and vendors on site.

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