Girl Scouts complete mural
courtesy of Girl Scout Troop 30270

St. Johns Girl Scouts from Troop 30270 worked on a mural in downtown St. Johns on the side of the Oh Mi Organics building. The sixth grade troop includes Aryana Banks, Norah Glew, Edie Goff, Emmelia Hooks, Molly McElroy, Chelsea Moinet, Bella Payment, and Mia Ramirez, and are led by Gwen Juip and Katie Goff.

The Girl Scouts did the mural for their Bronze Award project, which is the highest award Girl Scout Juniors can earn by doing something that has a positive impact on their community.The mural depicts people who inspire Girl Scout Troop 30270 and includes Juliette Gordon Low, Mahatma Gandhi, Frida Kahlo, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks. “The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers,” is written on the mural and is a quote by Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scouts decided on the design, were mentored by Tracie Davis in learning how to complete the mural and had to find creative ways to work virtually though the spring and summer in order to complete the project. The troop will be formally recognized next year for their award, but the mural is up for all to see at on the east side of the building at 109 W. Higham St.

The troop and leaders would like to thank Tracie Davis for her guidance and support, Brent and Megen Hurst from Oh Mi Organics for helping make the mural become a reality and to their parents for the support in creating the mural. If you know of a girl that is interested in joining a Girl Scout troop, you can find out more at www.gshom.org/join.


Arts Council staying engaged

As the Clinton County Arts Council (CCAC) looks back on a year that has been both challenging and rewarding, it is already looking ahead to next year to again bring arts related activities to the Clinton County community.

“If there was ever a critical time for the arts to feed our soul, it is now,” explains Bill Tennant, president of the CCAC Board. “We’ve been able to put together some great programming this year despite everything going on. We will continue to reinvent ourselves, bringing more creative programing to our mid-Michigan community as we move towards an even more productive year ahead. The arts are an integral part of the human experience and we are committed to contributing to Clinton County a quality arts experience!”

The CCAC was able to present 9 outstanding concerts this year, safely held at the St. Johns City Park Performance Shell to the joy of many performers and audience members alike. This fall the organization presented 2 wonderful programs in downtown St. Johns. Its “Chalk It Up” and “Chocolate Walk” events were extremely popular with Clinton County artists, businesses, and community members.

There was also an online video arts camp, with the Art and Soul Gallery and Clinton Northern Railroad Museum resuming regular hours in the summer and fall. And one of the Council’s most popular programs, their “Mobile Art Cart,” gave away over 1,500 bags containing art supplies. The bags were distributed through two local food bank programs here in Clinton County from March through August.

As the CCAC looks ahead towards 2021, it is planning on reaching even more people through creative programming featuring the best that Clinton County has to offer. The organization is committed to keeping the arts alive and the quality of life high in our area as it continues to traverse through these unprecedented times.

To help keep the doors open and the CCAC functioning at an effective level, the organization is reaching out to the community for help because many of their funding opportunities have been extremely curtailed due to the pandemic. Revenue is down 50% this year.

To end the year on a high note, the CCAC has joined the worldwide global movement called “Giving Tuesday.” This movement unleashes the power of people and non-profit organizations to make a difference in their communities. “Giving Tuesday” will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020 and throughout the year.

“We hope that our community responds to this request with a “Giving Tuesday” donation by becoming a CCAC member, or by renewing your membership,” says CCAC Vice President Jenny McCampbell. “This is a critical time for us. All donations are welcome and will help as we are limited in what we can present with the resources we have.”

Donations can be made online at: www.clintoncountyarts.org – by mail to CCAC, 215 N. Clinton Ave., St. Johns, MI 48879 – or by visiting the Art & Soul Gallery in person at the address above. The CCAC is a tax exempt 501c3 organization.

The Art & Soul Gallery is open for holiday shopping on Monday through Friday from 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. The annual CCAC Membership Meeting will take place in the gallery on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. with social distancing and masks the protocol for the evening.


COVID drive-thru testing area improved

Sparrow Clinton Hospital in St. Johns recently improved its COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in the North parking area. Please use the Oakland Street entrance and follow the directional signs.

Sparrow Clinton’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can self-order a COVID-19 test by going to Sparrow.org/Labs and completing the MySparrow app process on your smart phone, tablet or computer.

Sparrow Clinton Caregivers are on site and ready to help you with the self-order process. You may also receive a COVID-19 test with an order from your physician.


Community Thanksgiving Take-out Dinner is November 26

The annual Clinton Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner is a celebration of all that is good about community life in the Mid-Michigan Region. They are an interfaith endeavor put on by volunteers for all people of the area at Columbian Hall, the Knights Of Columbus Hall, 1108 N. US 27 in St. Johns.

The dinner will be available from 12:00-2:00 p.m. This is an inclusive event where everyone is invited to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at no cost

To order call (989) 292-0972 or CCThanksgiving.org.


Need food?

If you find that you need help with providing food for yourself and your family, you may call Beacon of Hope.

They are distributing food Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information call 090-224-0328.

Beacon of Hope is a ministry of First Baptist Church located at 512 South U.S. 27, St. Johns, MI


Visit Fowler’s Drive-By Experience November 29

On Sunday, November 29 drive through downtown Fowler to see the community Christmas tree along with Santa and his friends.

Pick up a pre-packaged treat bag. One of these will contain a Golden Prize Ticket. Grab a card to participate in games that can be enjoyed from within your vehicle.

The event will be held beginning at 6 p.m. All safety guidelines will be followed.