2013-04-04 / Community

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Help for struggling families

HURON COUNTY — Do you know a family who is struggling to afford child care for their infant or toddler? A scholarship program is available to help through the Women's Caring Center in Lansing. These scholarships are intended to assist families who do not qualify for the child care subsidy through the Department of Human Services. Funds are available for children birth through age 2. A waiting list exists for scholarships for children 3-5 years old. For additional information or to apply: 800-875-6751 or www.womenscaringprogram.org.

Fun at Harbor Beach library

HARBOR BEACH — The Harbor Beach Area District Library is sponsoring a variety of card parties each week at the Citizen’s Room in the basement of the Community House. Games start at 12:30 p.m., run until about 4 p.m., and are open to the first 30 players who arrive each day. The library is requesting a donation of $1 for Theatre Improvement Fund. The games are scheduled through April as follows: Tuesdays is Euchre, Thursdays is Pinochle, and Fridays the game of Hand and Foot will be played. Winner’s names will be posted each week in the Citizen’s Room. Join in to play your favorite game, or learn a new one.

Food Distribution Apr. 6

SEBEWAING — Bay Shore Camp, 450 North Miller Street, Sebewaing, announces upcoming 2013 Food Bank Dates: Saturdays, Apr. 6; Jun. 8; Aug. 17; and Oct. 5. All dates are Saturdays and distribution is from 8 a.m. till 10 a.m. or when food is gone. Participants must have a photo ID with current address to receive food. For more information, and to call ahead to verify dates and times, 989- 883-2501.

Diabetes self-management training program Monday

HARBOR BEACH — “Putting it All Together: Discussion and Problem Solving of Common Situations Managing a Life with Diabetes,” a discussion class for people with diabetes, will be offered from 1-3 p.m. on Monday at Harbor Beach Community Hospital. Attendees are welcome to bring a spouse to the program. Physician order and preregistration is needed, class size is limited. To preregister, call Laurie at 989-479-3201 extension 202.

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” free on Monday

HARBOR BEACH — On Monday at 6:30 p.m. the free movie sponsored by the Friends of the Library in the Community Theatre will be “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

“Lincoln” showing on Tuesday

PIGEON — The Pigeon District Library Book Club will host a showing for adults of the movie “Lincoln” (2012, PG, 150 mins., biography, drama, history, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn) at the library at 7236 Nitz Street, Pigeon, from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday. Beverages will be served along with treats that anyone wishes to bring and share. For more information, call 989- 453-2341.

Prayer fellowship Wednesday

ELKTON — The Elkton Prayer Fellowship will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Elkton Civic Center. Dr. Grady McMurtry, who formerly taught evolution for 20 years in the nation’s public education system, has produced a DVD titled “The Waters Cleaved.” In the presentation, Dr. McMurtry will use modern, highly accurate maps of the ocean floor to demonstrate a young earth. His website, www.creationworldview.org is available to anyone interested in viewing the full presentation. For more information, call Charlotte, 989-738-8772 or Evelyn, 989-375-2340.

Thumb Community Concert Choir April 12 and 14

USA — The Thumb Community Concert Choir (TCCC) will give its annual spring concert at 7 p.m. on April 12 and 3 p.m. on April 14 in the U.S.A High School auditorium, 2203 Wildner Road, Sebewaing. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $8. The concert will highlight a variety of sacred and secular choral music from a broad range of periods and styles. The choir will be accompanied by piano, keyboard and selected brass, saxophone and percussion players. The concert will also feature special musical guests, Thumb Ringers Handbell Choir, and pianist Michelle Kuhl. TCCC is sponsored by Thumb Friends of the Arts and is a volunteer choir made up of singers from around the Thumb. The choir’s new director, Dr. Phil Burkett and wife, Darlene Burkett (accompanist), are from Cass City, where Burkett serves as pastor of Cass City Missionary Church. Dr. & Mrs. Burkett have directed choirs, handbell ensembles and taught college level church music courses for many years in Michigan and Indiana.

Embracing Our Earth Apr. 13

PIGEON — Embracing Our Earth IX will be from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. on April 13 at Laker High School, 6136 Pigeon Road, Pigeon. The free, educational, “Green” festival for the entire family includes live music and great food. Vendors, as well as others, may call 989-269-6406 for more information. Check out the ad on page 35 in today’s edition.

Bad Axe student rally plans live music, food, prizes

BAD AXE — Junior and senior high school students are invited to a free “Stand up for Life Youth Rally,” which will be conducted on April 14 at Bad Axe High School, 200 North Barrie Road, Bad Axe. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program is from 6-9 p.m. The event will include food, live music, prizes, guest speaker Mary Rathke, and breakout sessions.

Register by email at mstacer375@gmail.com. Rathke, an adopted daughter, whose birth mother had been raped, knows first-hand that even after a horrible encounter of rape one can choose life. Her story includes her birth mother’s experience and how her adopted mother’s tragic past was restored through adoption. Mary, married and mother of four, volunteers as a counselor for a local crisis pregnancy center and at a homeless shelter in Bay City.

For more information, call Jeanne Gusa at 989- 658-8701.

Check out your local library for National Library Week

HURON COUNTY — National Library Week is April 14-20. Stop by your local library during that week to see what they have planned. In Harbor Beach, patrons can stop in for details about a chance to win a prize in their drawing. The folks there will be giving away a tote bag each day, and a gift certificate to the Community Theatre for the Grand Prize. The staff at the Harbor Beach library, along with the others in the county, says, “If you haven’t been to the library in a while, this is a good time to see what we now have to offer!”

Woman’s Club Apr. 16

HARBOR BEACH — Harbor Beach Woman’s Club will meet April 16th in their club room. Members, please be ready to report on Spring Fling ticket and raffle sales. The program for the evening will be on Alaska by Lynda Fitzgibbon. Hostesses for the evening will be Clarann Holdwick and Eleanor.

Author to speak on PTSD

PIGEON — On April 16 at 7 p.m. the Pigeon District Library will host Ken Rogers, a life-long Michigan resident and author of the book Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Police Officer’s Report. Rogers says, “I have written a book about my personal experiences serving as a police officer and my involvement in the shooting of a barricaded gunman. The emotional issues which followed, including suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, changed my life forever. My desire is that other first responders understand that they are not alone in their feelings of isolation and depression. With help and knowledge they can survive a critical incident and the possibility of developing PTSD.”

The free program is open to everyone who has an interest in PTSD and in learning how Rogers dealt with the disorder.

Regional fishery workshop

UBLY — A free Lake Huron Regional Fishery workshop is 6-9 p.m. on April 18 at the Ubly Fox Hunter’s Club, 2153 Ubly Road, Ubly. To register: Val Golding, Michigan Sea Grant-MSU Extension-Alpena, 989-354- 9870, goldingv@alpenacounty.org. For information: Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant, 989-354- 1056, schroe45@msu.edu.

Library Musical Jamboree

PIGEON — Each year, the Pigeon District Library hosts a Musical Jamboree during National Library Week. This year, the jamboree will be at 7 p,m, on April 18 in the community room. Staff members are looking for talented individuals of all ages who are willing to share their talent with the community by performing a vocal or instrumental selection that evening. If this interests you, please call the library at 989-453-2341 and speak with a staff member who will answer your questions and add your name to the list of performers.

Rose Garden Workbee Apr. 20

THE THUMB — The Thumb Rose Society’s Huron County Medical Care Facility Rose Garden Workbee is 10-11 a.m. on April 20 at 1116 South Van Dyke Road (M-53), Bad Axe. Bring gloves and pruners.

The Thumb Rose Society maintains the garden for the enjoyment of residents at the facility and everyone who enjoys the sights and smells of roses. For more information, call 989-269-7154 or 989-269-8490.

Cross open house, carnival

PIGEON — Cross Lutheran School will host an open house in conjunction with the annual CEA Carnival from 5-7:30 p.m. on April 20. Parents will have an opportunity to tour the school, speak with teachers and other school parents and enjoy the fun of the carnival. Registrations will be accepted. Cross Lutheran School is aligned with Michigan Curriculum Framework benchmarks and standards and Huron County Core Curriculum guidelines and is accredited with the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools. The curriculum includes a religion course. For more information, call 989-453- 3330 or see www.crosslutheranschool.org.

Thumb choir performs Apr. 21

HARBOR BEACH — On April 21 at 3 p.m., the Thumb Community Choir will be performing in the Community Theatre. Donations accepted at the door will be split between the Thumb Community Choir and the Theatre for the Projector Upgrade Fund.

“Ferngully” is free Apr. 22

HARBOR BEACH — On April 22 at 6:30 p.m., the free movie sponsored by the Friends of the Library in the Community Theatre will be “Ferngully.”

Friends of the Library meet

HARBOR BEACH — The next Friends of the Library meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on April 23 in the Friends of the Harbor Beach Area District Library. “New friends are always welcome, so please feel free to stop by and join us.”

Auditions for “Peter Pan”

SEBEWAING — Thumb Area Community Theatre announces open auditions for “Peter Pan the Musical” from 6-9 p.m. on April 28 and April 29 at the USA High School Auditorium, 2203 Wildner Road, Sebewaing. (Attend one day only.) Auditions are open to male and female actors of all skill levels ages 7 and older. Actors must prepare a 30-second to 1-minute monologue of their choosing and a 30-second to 1-minute a cappella song of their choosing. Call backs may be scheduled at the directors’ discretion. Bring a current photograph. Minors will need parental signature/permission at the audition. Be prepared to provide any dates you are unavailable May- August. Performance dates are Aug. 1-4. Actors must be available for all performance dates. There is a $30 participation fee per actor due at first rehearsal. For more information, call Karen Southgate at 989-977-0626 or Angie Noah at 989- 964-1364.

Free Health Fair Apr. 30

PIGEON — Scheurer Hospital announces a Free Health Fair from 7 a.m. till 6 p.m. on April 30 at the Scheurer Professional Center, 135 North Caseville Road, Pigeon. No appointment is necessary for free health screenings. No fasting necessary for the blood draws. Call or visit www.scheurer.org for a complete list of screenings. For more information, call Amber Delmotte at 989-453-4478.

Small business awards dinner

Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) brings together the resources of collaborative partners and supporters to raise the profile of small businesses in Michigan, build a network of entrepreneurial companies, and tell the stories of successful, growing Michigan entrepreneurs. On May 2, small business owners, partners and supporters join from across the state to show support for the award winners and Michigan’s growing companies. Last year over 1,000 attended the awards dinner and experienced the energy that surrounds Michigan’s businesses. MCSB invites you to be part of the Ninth Annual Michigan Celebrates excitement! For more information, see www.MichiganCelebrates.biz.

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