02-22-2018 Cornerstone U. to host a concert at Midway Baptist Church; Community Soup & Salad Su

Ada Wetzel celebrates 100 years Ada Wetzel celebrates her 100th birthday on Friday, March 2 with an Open House from 2-4 p.m. at Woodland Terrace of Paw Paw Lake, 6786 Red Arrow Highway in Coloma. Ada was born March 2, 1918; a lifetime resident of Millburg, Michigan. As a young girl, she thoroughly enjoyed doing her mother’s hair. Even neighbor ladies would let Ada do their hair from time to time. This inspired her to become a beautician. By the age of 18, she had her beautician license, and enjoyed her work for over 30 years. She was licensed both in Indiana and in Michigan. On June 23, 1945 Ada married the man of her dreams, Dale Wetzel. Together they built their home along with a motel in 1950. They called it Wetzel’s Motel. Ada was still working as a beautician in St. Joseph when her customers convinced her to move her cliental to the motel. To their delight Ada loved the idea. She could now help her husband run the motel while she did her beautician work at the same location. One of Ada’s vivid memories is when her grandmother sent her to the local grocery store in Millburg one day to purchase a loaf of bread. While returning home from the store, she saw some men in a very big hurry as they were running out of the bank. The men got into a big black shiny car. She thought that they must have a lot of money to be driving such a nice car. Later that day news spread around town that the local bank had been robbed! She suddenly realized that she had witnessed the robbery, and that they probably took her money too. She was very upset, and began to cry. The bank robbers were eventually apprehended. Bingo is one of Ada’s all-time favorite things to do. Two of her good friends, Judy and Edie, would travel with Ada to various locations for Bingo fun. Ada’s biggest win was $400. Now, her friend Judy picks Ada up every Tuesday, and off they go for an evening of more Bingo action. Even if Ada doesn’t win anything, she really enjoys getting out to see all her other friends. Every Friday afternoon Ada can be found playing Bingo at Woodland Terrace of Paw Paw Lake, where she now resides. Ada Wetzel still enjoys life at 100. Happy birthday Ada!


Cornerstone U. to host a concert at Midway Baptist Church

The Cornerstone University Chorale of Grand Rapids will appear at Midway Baptist Church on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 7517 Red Arrow Hwy in Watervliet. The Chorale, conducted by Dr. Kent Walters, is a select choral ensemble of 29 singers who perform a variety of choral literature from Renaissance to contemporary genres including gospel and spirituals. The Chorale focuses on the expression of beauty in choral artistry, combining musicianship and servant hearts for the glory of God and the consequent joy of both singer and audience. In recent years, the Chorale has toured in Europe (2013 & 2017), Florida, the East Coast and the Midwest. The concert will also feature the 5-voice a cappella ensemble, Credo. The concert is open to the public. An offering will be received. For more information, contact Midway Baptist Church at 269-463-3195.

Miss and Mr. Blossomtime Pageant Tickets on sale now The Blossomtime Festival is excited to announce that the 2018 Miss Blossomtime and Mr. Blossomtime Pageant Tickets are open for public sales. This year’s theme, “Roll Out The Red Carpet” has inspired two wonderful evenings of entertainment, music, and glamour. The Mr. Blossomtime and Showcase of Queens Pageant is Sunday evening, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. The Miss Blossomtime Pageant is the following evening on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $20. Program prices will be $3. The pageants, both nights, are at the Mendel Center Mainstage and are guaranteed to be wonderful evenings full of talented young ladies and gentlemen, and the coronation of the 2018 Blossomtime Royalty. Please call the Blossomtime office at 269-982-8016, or stop by at 2330 S. Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph to purchase your tickets in advance, availability is limited.

Community Soup & Salad Supper Friday, March 2

A Community Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Road in Coloma. The menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The public is invited. Cost for adults is $5; $3 for children up to 12 years of age; and free for children under three. Proceeds go to the HOPE Resources Food Pantry located at Coloma United Methodist Church. This month’s supper is hosted by Coloma Lioness Club.

2nd Annual Scrapbooking Day

Coloma United Methodist Church is hosting their 2nd annual Scrapbooking Day on Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are required to bring their own supplies. Lunch will be provided and a free will offering will be collected. The church is located at 144 S. Church Street in Coloma.

North Berrien Fire Rescue hosting Trivia Night fund-raiser March 3 In an effort to raise funds for three new thermal imaging cameras, the North Berrien Fire Rescue Department and the Auxiliary are hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Coloma FOP Lodge on Angling Road. Food will be available and the FOP bar will be open. The cost is $100 per team of ten persons. Cash prizes will be distributed to the winners. Those interested in registering or the various sponsoring opportunities should contact a North Berrien firefighter or any Auxiliary member.

Senior Services Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St. OPEN: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Bingo/ Card Games/ Euchre/ Hand and Foot/ Knitting/ Crochet/ Quilt Group, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Card Games/ Euchre/ Hand and Foot/ Computer with Emma/ Quilting/ Knitting/ Crochet Group, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 2 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Card Games/ Euchre/ Hand & Foot, 1:30 p.m. All seniors, age 60 and older, residing in Van Buren County are eligible to participate in these programs and activities. Any questions or comments, please contact Senior Services Paw Paw office at 269-655-8000. Rides are available from Van Buren Public Transit with no less than 24-hour advance notice at (269) 427-7921.

LaSata to host local office hours State Rep. Kim LaSata announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at Broad Street Café, 614 Broad St. in St. Joseph, from 10 to 11 a.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state government,” LaSata said. “Hosting office hours throughout the community helps me better represent my neighbors, and inform them about what is happening in Lansing. These office hours are an excellent way to hear from people in the community about issues that matter most to them.” No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov.

Coloma student recent graduate of Northern Michigan University Northern Michigan University in Marquette recently announced its graduates for the Fall 2017 term. Max Gleiss of Coloma was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

The Cornerstone University Chorale of Grand Rapids will appear at Midway Baptist Church on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The church is located at 7517 Red Arrow Hwy in Watervliet. The Chorale, conducted by Dr. Kent Walters, is a select choral ensemble of 29 singers who perform a variety of choral literature from Renaissance to contemporary genres including gospel and spirituals. The Chorale focuses on the expression of beauty in choral artistry, combining musicianship and servant hearts for the glory of God and the consequent joy of both singer and audience. In recent years, the Chorale has toured in Europe (2013 & 2017), Florida, the East Coast and the Midwest. The concert will also feature the 5-voice a cappella ensemble, Credo. The concert is open to the public. An offering will be received. For more information, contact Midway Baptist Church at 269-463-3195.

Miss and Mr. Blossomtime Pageant Tickets on sale now The Blossomtime Festival is excited to announce that the 2018 Miss Blossomtime and Mr. Blossomtime Pageant Tickets are open for public sales. This year’s theme, “Roll Out The Red Carpet” has inspired two wonderful evenings of entertainment, music, and glamour. The Mr. Blossomtime and Showcase of Queens Pageant is Sunday evening, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. The Miss Blossomtime Pageant is the following evening on Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $20. Program prices will be $3. The pageants, both nights, are at the Mendel Center Mainstage and are guaranteed to be wonderful evenings full of talented young ladies and gentlemen, and the coronation of the 2018 Blossomtime Royalty. Please call the Blossomtime office at 269-982-8016, or stop by at 2330 S. Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph to purchase your tickets in advance, availability is limited.

Community Soup & Salad Supper Friday, March 2 A Community Soup & Salad Supper will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the North Berrien Senior Center, 6648 Ryno Road in Coloma. The menu includes soup, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The public is invited. Cost for adults is $5; $3 for children up to 12 years of age; and free for children under three. Proceeds go to the HOPE Resources Food Pantry located at Coloma United Methodist Church. This month’s supper is hosted by Coloma Lioness Club.

2nd Annual Scrapbooking Day Coloma United Methodist Church is hosting their 2nd annual Scrapbooking Day on Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are required to bring their own supplies. Lunch will be provided and a free will offering will be collected. The church is located at 144 S. Church Street in Coloma.

North Berrien Fire Rescue hosting Trivia Night fund-raiser March 3 In an effort to raise funds for three new thermal imaging cameras, the North Berrien Fire Rescue Department and the Auxiliary are hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Coloma FOP Lodge on Angling Road. Food will be available and the FOP bar will be open. The cost is $100 per team of ten persons. Cash prizes will be distributed to the winners. Those interested in registering or the various sponsoring opportunities should contact a North Berrien firefighter or any Auxiliary member.

Senior Services Hartford United Methodist Church, 425 E. Main St. OPEN: Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Bingo/ Card Games/ Euchre/ Hand and Foot/ Knitting/ Crochet/ Quilt Group, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Card Games/ Euchre/ Hand and Foot/ Computer with Emma/ Quilting/ Knitting/ Crochet Group, 1:30 p.m. Friday, Mar. 2 Coffee and Conversation, 10:00-11:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11:30 a.m.; LUNCH served at 12:30 p.m.; Card Games/ Euchre/ Hand & Foot, 1:30 p.m. All seniors, age 60 and older, residing in Van Buren County are eligible to participate in these programs and activities. Any questions or comments, please contact Senior Services Paw Paw office at 269-655-8000. Rides are available from Van Buren Public Transit with no less than 24-hour advance notice at (269) 427-7921.

LaSata to host local office hours State Rep. Kim LaSata announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours take place on Friday, Feb. 23 at Broad Street Café, 614 Broad St. in St. Joseph, from 10 to 11 a.m. “I look forward to talking with residents of Southwest Michigan about their state government,” LaSata said. “Hosting office hours throughout the community helps me better represent my neighbors, and inform them about what is happening in Lansing. These office hours are an excellent way to hear from people in the community about issues that matter most to them.” No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or via email at KimLaSata@house.mi.gov.

Coloma student recent graduate of Northern Michigan University Northern Michigan University in Marquette recently announced its graduates for the Fall 2017 term. Max Gleiss of Coloma was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Someone Special Dance is  annual benefit for Safe Shelter

Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence is holding a Someone Special Dance on Friday, March 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Shadowland Ballroom, 333 Broad Street in St. Joseph. Tickets are $50 per adult/one child, $65 per adult/two children, and $70 per adult/three or more children. Proceeds benefit Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan, Inc. A professional DJ will play family friendly music and free carousel rides will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fun refreshments will be served and complimentary photos will also be available. Net proceeds will be used to provide survivors of domestic violence the services they need through Safe Shelter. All parental figures and those serving as a role model are welcome to participate in this event. The event is designed so that adults may create lasting memories and show the special children in their lives that they are treasures to be loved and respected. To make ticket reservations, become a sponsor, or make a donation please visit www.cfsswmi.org. For more information or questions, please send an e-mail to events@cfsswmi.org. Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence is a program of Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan, Inc. It offers violence-free shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children, counseling, advocacy, and support services. Safe Shelter’s 24/7 crisis hotline is 269-925-9500. Safe Shelter for Domestic Violence is a funded partner of United Way of Southwest Michigan. In its 126th year of continuous service, Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan, Inc. supports vulnerable people so they thrive in safe and loving homes.

Bones in Balance classes helps  individuals with osteoporosis

Lakeland Orthopedic Physical Therapy is now enrolling participants for Bones in Balance, a four week program designed to teach those diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia how to successfully live with these conditions through self-management. Bones in Balance incorporates education and exercise and is led by specially trained physical therapists. The program includes valuable self-management tips from a pharmacist, registered dietitian, and nurse educator. Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a four-week period at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. Registration is now open for the next set of classes which will run from March 6 to 29 and be held at 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. A physician’s order is required to participate. There is a $25 registration fee to cover the cost of materials; the remaining amount is billable to your insurance. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-7150.

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