Our Town is special – The Voice

OUR TOWN IS SPECIAL: Remember where you live and be grateful. Sigh, breathe deeply and then imagine living somewhere else. No, don’t imagine being somewhere else. Be glad where you are! Shout aloud that you’re living in a paradise on earth. Great shops, restaurants, museums, a library, fantastic schools, churches that are welcoming, clubs and organizations that work hard to make Our Town a fantastic place. We are blessed!

SEPT. 16 POW/MIA STEAK-OUT: VFW Post 7573 in Our Town is the site of this very important event. For tickets, call 586-725-7100. Doors open at 5 pm, with a special ceremony to honor and remember POW and MIA veterans. The cost is $18 a person for the last steak-out of the season. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, grill a personal New York strip steak, add a baked potato, salad, roll and dessert. Country singer Garrett Veal will entertain. The public is welcome.

HERITAGE DAYS SEPT. 17: From 10 am to 4 pm, the Chesterfield Township Historical Society at 47275 Sugarbush in Chesterfield Township will host a wonderful and interesting family day. Activities, photos, games, kids tent, candle making, rope making, corn grinding and a unique scavenger hunt. Food and drinks for purchase. The fee is $1 per person or $2 for a family. Don’t miss it!

LIVE MUSIC SEPT. 17 AT VFW POST 7573: The Spooky Sterling Band will perform from 6 pm to 10 pm for an outdoor lawn chair event. The cost is $10 a person. Burgers, hot dogs, chips, pop and water will be available for purchase. Inclement weather may cause the event to move indoors. Call 586-725-7100.

CIVIC CLUB STEAK-OUT SEPT. 24: Located at 36551 Main, enjoy a char-grilled steak and the fixins. With tickets at $25 each, there will be adult beverages, raffles, music and dancing. Doors open at 5 pm Call Dave Duffy at 586-805-6990, email duffy7521@yahoo or call Denise Tinnette at 586-404-0804.

SEPT. 24 CHARITY BENEFIT FOR GREAT LAKES BURN CAMP: Drag Queen Bingo will take place at VFW Post 7573 at 35011 23 Mile Road. The donation is $30 for three games and the show. Doors open at 6 pm and the show will be at 7 pm Cash bar, food, raffle baskets and 50/50 raffles will be available. Call Dawn Murphy at 586-525-0669 for advance tickets. Early tickets are recommended, as space will be limited.

CREATIVE MARKET AT THE MEADOWS: Opportunities for crafters and vendors to offer items for purchase will be available at Little Camille’s By The Green. Located at 4575 County Line, between 28 Mile and 29 Mile roads in Casco Township, the market will occur every other Saturday starting Sept. 10 and will run through October from noon to 5 pm The fee is $11. Children will meet mascots Caring Elephant and Baby Peanut. Blankets With Care will receive the proceeds. To participate, email CCConnectionLLC@yahoo.com or call Michelle at 586-219-5015.

SEPT. 25 KIDS & FAMILY DAY AT FARMERS MARKET: The bike parade and the dahlia challenge judging, too! Free give-aways and activities galore! Plenty of vendors selling produce, flowers and a variety of items. Open from 9 am to 2 pm and located on Washington between Main and Front. Vendors, food trucks, produce, flowers and plenty of interesting booths. Our Town is thrilled to be a destination for friends from near and far.

SEPT. 26 AND 28 SCARECROW CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Ride The Wave Committee and Downtown Development Authority are the hosts of the contest. First, take the scarecrows to Our Town’s city hall at 36535 Green from 6 pm to 8 pm with a donation of $10. A written description and title must accompany the entry. Contact Sandra McClure at 586-530-5020 between 9 am and 5 pm Boo!

VOTE DURING THE SCARECROW CONTEST: From Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, readers and friends are invited to vote for their favorite scarecrows. Find ballots at local businesses where there’s a sign that says, “Vote Here!” The winners will be announced Nov. 4. The prizes are: $100 and $50. The Our Town column will happily announce the winners and send appreciation to the committee. Hurray!

SEPT. 27 FIREKEEPERS CASINO TRIP: Call Shirley at 586-531-1934 to be off with friends to Battle Creek for a day. The cost is $40, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, snacks, bottled water and a movie on the way home. Departure is from the Lowe’s parking lot, 27990 23 Mile Rd., at 8 am Arrive by 7:45 am Arrival time back home is around 6:30 pm The casino offers $20 game play and a $5 food coupon.

NB PARKS AND RECREATION NEWS: New Baltimore Parks and Recreation recently released its fall and winter activities brochure that details a slew of activities available in Our Town. View the brochure and register for activities at nbrecreation.org!

FAMOUS SPAGHETTI DINNER OCT. 1: St. John’s Lutheran Church at 51161 Maria, known far and wide for this dinner, is cooking again! Indoors in the fellowship hall, the dinner will be served from 5 pm to 7 pm The charge for adults is $10 and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Another option is to pre-order for drive-thru pickup by calling or texting Kathi Bokano at 586-612-3191, leaving a name, phone number, number of dinners and times for pick-up. Meals will be ready starting at 4 pm and every 15 minutes thereafter until 4:45 pm Cash of check payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Hurray for Chef Roger Bokano and his staff!

YOU ARE INVITED OCT. 1: A Homecoming Dinner-Dance is ahead as historic First Congregational Church invites Our Town and friends to join them at Cedar Glen Golf Course, 36860 25 Mile, at 6 pm Tickets are $20 each. Call the church office at 586-725-0909. Be there to celebrate the church’s wonderful 156 years of worship on the corner of Base and Alfred Streets in Our Town. Come join the celebration!

OCT. 8 DANCIN’ IN THE STREET BLOCK PARTY: Downtown San Souci on Harsens Island from 5 pm to 11 pm is the place to be. There will be two bands, “10 Beach Drive” at 5:15 pm and “Dogfish” at 8:15 pm, for dancing and entertainment. Find food at the San Souci Market and Island Grind. Nonprofits are welcome for fundraising. Also, South Channel Drive, from William to Maple, will be closed from 4 pm to midnight. Parking available at the roadside and at Tashmoo Marina. Bring chairs and coolers. For further information, contact Cindy Babisz at 810-794-9320 or Artie Bryson at 810-335-9956. A ferryboat is needed to reach Harsens Island, so look for the sign showing the ferry ramp. The ferry is $15 round trip.

COAT DRIVE COMING OCT. 9: The site of the event will be the New Baltimore Civic Club from 9 am to 1 pm

OCT. 13 A TUSCAN EVENING: The Clinton Valley Kiwanis Club is inviting Our Town and friends. Benefiting homeless children of Macomb County, the evening is a wine tasting fundraiser from 6 pm to 9 pm at Zuccaro’s Banquet Center, 46601 Gratiot in Chesterfield Township. Tickets are $55 per person, with $500 for a table of 10. Enjoy a full buffet dinner, wine tasting of global varieties, cork pulls, auction, door prizes, 50/50 and card game raffles, too. Cash bar optional. Must be 21 years to attend. Contact Anna Gloria at 586-360-8043, Lillian Thompson at 703-282-2586, Shelly Penzien at 586-232-3473 or Sara Orris at 586-228-3480.

DEC. 6-10 NASHVILLE OPRYLAND COUNTRY CHRISTMAS TRIP: Contact Donna at 810-966-0017 to be placed on the travel list. The tour includes two nights at the Opry Hotel, four breakfasts, a Gen. Jackson boat cruise and a Country Christmas Dinner Show featuring the Oakridge Boys. A pleasant time away just before the holiday.

HAVEN PLACE NEEDS US: Haven Place will need volunteers in the form of individuals, groups, organizations and businesses. Volunteers will teach cooking classes, baking classes, and health, wellness, anxiety and depression seminars. Interested readers are requested to call 586-484-8540, email havenplaceinc@gmail.com or visit havenplaceinc.weebly.com.

ART ON THE BAY AWARDS ANNOUNCED: Taking place on Labor Day weekend in Burke Park, Our Town was a destination place, as over 7,000 visitors attended the show. Awards were judged by an experienced artist invited by the Art on the Bay committee. Surveying the work of 59 artisans, here are the results: First: “Moon Ceramics” by Myann Refai; second: “Imboden Pottery” by Charlie Imboden; honorable mention: “Roy’s Surf Shop.” by Roy Rodgers; people’s choice: “Rustic Relics by Alex.” by Alex Allen. Our Town is impressed with the workmanship of the artisans. The displays were fantastic!

PONDER THIS: “Never regret a day in your life; good days give happiness, bad days give experience, worst days give lessons and best days give memories.” Many thanks to my lovely daughter, Alison Carrothers Shilling.

To report news about your service organization, call Bette Carrothers at 586-725-8051 or email her at wgcmusicbjc@webtv.net.