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Explore Michigan’s Underground Railroad history September 30

The Michigan Freedom Trail Commission’s sixth annual Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering will take place at the Michigan History Center in Lansing on September 30 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $12 to cover a boxed lunch.

To commemorate Underground Railroad Month in Michigan the 2023 conference theme is “Representations of the Underground Railroad.” Speakers from around Michigan and the U.S. will speak about the Underground Railroad in fiction, film, plays, games, myths and other aspects of popular culture and the ways that it can be misinterpreted or misrepresented.

As in previous years, the day is aimed at networking, information sharing and developing next steps for a statewide Underground Railroad collaborative. Join them and become part of the conversation.

Pre-registration is required to confirm your lunch order.

Briggs District Library schedules Babysitting Workshop

Sign-up for a Babysitting Workshop on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Briggs District Library.

This program is designed for students ages 11-15, and will be run by an instructor from the Cardio Pulmonary Resource Center, Inc. Upon completion of this class, each student will receive a Pediatric CPR card, Basic First Aid card and a Babysitting Course certificate.

The cost of the program is $40 per participant. Participant fee will be paid the day of the training to the Cardio Pulmonary Resource Center.

Students will be required to bring a sack lunch, a baby doll or teddy bear, and their payment the day of the program.

Click this link to sign-up today.

No library card is needed to attend this program.

Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil scheduled for October 2

To kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2023 SafeCenter, in partnership with The Voice for Clinton County’s Children, will be holding a Candlelight Vigil on Monday, October 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion in Downtown St. Johns, corner of N. Clinton Ave. and Railroad St.

Attendees will hear from Domestic Violence Experts and Law Enforcement; Survivors/Victims will have the opportunity to share their testimony. All are encouraged to wear purple, the color of DV Awareness, and “light up the night” for this important event. Candles will be provided.

October 1 marks the start of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States. Usually when we think of “domestic violence,” we think of physical abuse. But domestic violence encompasses more than just physical abuse. Domestic violence includes any intentional act that seeks to exert power and control over another person, including but not limited to: emotional abuse, mental abuse, financial abuse, and sexual abuse.

To learn more about the SafeCenter and/or domestic violence, you can visit or You can also call 989-723-9716 or toll-free at 877-952-7283 to speak to someone confidentially.

SafeCenter 4th Annual Telethon is October 3, 4, and 5

SafeCenter Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Clinton and Shiawassee Counties will be kicking off the month of October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with their 4th Annual Telethon Event running Tuesday, October 3, Wednesday, October 4, and Thursday, October 5 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. each day.

This annual event, a unique fundraising opportunity for SafeCenter that began during the pandemic, provides the community with three action-packed days of following along with SafeCenter’s Advocacy Team on social media and pledging their support to help child and adult victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence right here in our local community.

The organization hopes to raise $15,000 in three days – $5,000 per day – to assist with the cost of direct, essential services and supports to victims not covered by state/federal grant funding. If that goal is met, come the afternoon of Day 3 (Thursday), SafeCenter has a dunk tank planned to be at the Owosso location with fun shenanigans in store for all supporters to take part in on social media.

Those interested in donating during the Telethon Event can call the SafeCenter office at 989-723-9716 during this time and pledge support over the phone via credit card. Individuals can also call to set up a time to stop in the office to pledge support in-person at the St. Johns or Owosso Office, or may do so online:

By giving to SafeCenter you partner in the mission to Empower, Advocate, Educate, and Prevent and provide essential services to adults and children who are in dangerous and potentially lethal situations. Your contribution also provides SafeCenter with the ability to partner with other community organizations across the area and hold perpetrators of this crime accountable for their actions.

They can’t do this work alone. Take a stand against Domestic Violence this October; support SafeCenter and help make our community a safer place to live, work, and play for all.

MMDHD Walk-In clinics scheduled

Mid Michigan District Health Department will be offering Walk-In Flu Clinics in October in all 3 locations. Every clinic will run from 8:30 a.m.-4.p.m.

The St. Johns clinic will be held on October 26 at the district office located at 1307 E. Townsend Road.

Use this as a great opportunity to get ahead of flu season this fall. COVID-19 Vaccines will also be offered when available.

Briggs District Library to hold silent auction

In November the Briggs District Library is hosting an online silent auction to raise funds for our up-
coming facility renovation project. Many items are being donated by local businesses and organizations, making this the perfect opportunity to acquire unique holiday gifts while supporting the library.

All auction items will be available for viewing online and at the library starting Monday, October 30.
Bidding will begin Saturday, November 4th and close at noon on Saturday, November 11.

To view or place a bid on auction items, visit Library staff will also
be available to accept bids for those wishing to place their bid in person.

A reception for auction winners and those who donated items will be held at the library from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11.

For more information on the library’s renovation project, visit

SJHS Class of 1983 40th Class Reunion is September 30, 2023

The St. Johns High School Class of 1983 40th class reunion will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at The Emerald Golf Course, 2300 W. Maple Rapids Rd, St. Johns, from 7:00-11:00 p.m.

The cost is $35 per person. You may pay at the door, or use these payment options: Venmo: @Jean-Ruestman PayPal: @JRuestman , mail a check to: Kim Brown at: 900 Farm Creek Rd., Waxhaw, North Carolina, 28173. Please include a note with your payment stating your current name and the name you had when you graduated.

There will also be a 9-hole golf scramble at the North Star Golf Course, 4550 S. Bagley Rd, Ithaca, with a 10:00 a.m. tee time. All classmates and their spouses/significant others are invited to attend. Cost is $22 per person. You may sign up as a 4-person group, or individually.

See the Facebook page for more information.