07-26-2018 School News & calendars

“Kute Kids”… THESE “KUTE KIDS” are… from the left, Milton Weber (3), Caroline Weber (7), Maverick Weber (1), and Charlotte Weber (5). Their proud parents are Kyle Weber and Melissa Morlock. Grandparents of this crew are Kurt and Nancy Weber of Benton Harbor, and Jeff and Debbie Morlock of Watervliet. Share a photo of your “Kute Kids” with your friends, neighbors, and relatives who read the Tri-City Record. Make sure you write your kids’ names on the back of the picture and include any other information about it you would like to see in the paper, including mom and dad, grandma and grandpa, and so on. Send the “original” photo to the Tri-City Record, P.O. Box 7, Watervliet, MI 49098 or email it with your information to record@tricityrecord.com. Pick up your photo after it appears in the paper or include a stamped, self-addressed envelope and we will mail it back to you. Where are your “Kute Kids”?

Author with local ties has book  signing at Box Factory for the Arts

Michigan author and realtor Kim Jorgensen Gane invites the public to join a lively conversation on Tuesday, July 31 with two She Writes Press authors, Rickey Gard Diamond of Vermont, formerly of Coloma, and Linda Gartz of Chicago, along with a moderated discussion with local Pastor Lisa Deneen Gorman and attorney Elizabeth McCree, including book signing, audience questions and participation. Admission is free at Box Factory for the Arts, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Food will be provided by BajaGringo Taco Truck, with beverages, including wine and beer, by donation. Both new books interweave the personal with the political and the economic. Award-winning journalist Rickey Gard Diamond’s latest book “Screwnomics: How the Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change” calls for today’s women to join an almost exclusively male conversation. She explains with wit and humor the history of the unspoken but widely applied economic theory that females, including Mother Earth, should always work for less, or better, for free—and shares women’s stories and tools for a more inclusive future. Emmy-award winning film producer Linda Gartz‘s “Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community” exposes the racist mortgage policies that ravaged a Chicago community in the 1960s told through the story of one white family navigating the uncharted shoals of a neighborhood’s racial change. Based on long hidden letters and diaries, this vivid memoir cracks open and lays bare complicated truth of marriage, sexual freedom, and race relations in a devastated landscape.

Watervliet 40 Year Club reservations due August 3 The date for this year’s meeting of the Watervliet Public Schools 40 Year Club is Saturday, August 18, 2018. The location will be the Watervliet Middle School, 450 East St. Joseph Street, Watervliet. Social hour begins at 11:00 a.m., with lunch being served at noon. Anyone that graduated from, or attended the Watervliet Public School system is welcome to attend. Former school employees are welcome also. Besides the social hour and lunch, tours will be available for the Middle and High School buildings and grounds. Reservations are $15 per person, and are due by Friday, August 3, 2018. A downloadable reservation form and more information may be found on the “Watervliet 40 Year Club, all class reunion” page on Facebook. More information is also available by calling Marsha Stennecke Cole at 269-463-3712, or Donna Gillard Curtis at 269-463-6680.

Rep. LaSata to host local office hours on Friday at Hub Central in Coloma State Rep. Kim LaSata has announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled office hours. Office hours will take place on Friday, July 27 at Hub Central 185, 185 N. Paw Paw St. in Coloma from 8 to 9 a.m. “I have always made it a priority to be accessible to the people of our district,” LaSata said. “Hosting regular office hours allows people to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas directly with me in an informal setting. I look forward to hearing from residents of Berrien County about how we can continue making Michigan a great place to live, work, and raise a family.” No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-1403 or email KimLaSata@house.mi.gov.

Free Adult Mental Health First Aid course offered Community members are invited to attend a mental health first aid training course. The class will be held on Thursday, August 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Consortium for Community Development, located at 175 West Main Street in Benton Harbor. Adult Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based public education and prevention tool which works to improve the public’s knowledge of mental health and substance use problems, helps adults take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations, and connects people with care. Studies show one in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they may need. A training manual and certification is provided upon completion. Preregistration is required; call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.