Clinton Community Thanksgiving celebration and dinner is November 25

You are invited to share Thanksgiving with this year at St Johns Lutheran Church at 511 E Sturgis St. in St Johns.
This is a free event for the community and a time to come together.

There will be a worship service from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Dinner is served between 12:00 and 3:00.

To reserve a meal please call 989-292-0972. Leave your name, number of meals and the time you will dining with them.

If you wish to volunteer please go to the website CCThanksgiving.org. There is also a link for volunteer opportunities.


Tri-County Office on Aging’s 36th Annual Dinner and Auction is November 18

The Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) will host its 36th Annual Dinner and Auction on November 18, 2021 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at 6:00pm. This is a new location for the event this year, which features a meal, live auction, games with prizes, cash bar, cash prize raffle, and a mobile silent auction with 100+ items open to the public. Health and safety protocols will be in place, including mask wearing for all in attendance.

For over 45 years, TCOA has helped connect people to services they need to promote and preserve their independence and dignity. Each year, proceeds raised from the TCOA Dinner and Auction benefit in-home services, including Meals on Wheels, for older adults and persons with disabilities in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties.

Jackson National Life Insurance Company is once again serving as the lead Event Sponsor, with additional sponsorships from Delta Retirement Center, Sparrow Specialty Hospital, Dart Bank, McLaren Greater Lansing, Home Care Alternatives, Cypress Home Care, MSU Federal Credit Union, and others.

A highlight of the evening will be a client testimonial, and there will also be a live auction featuring a French Dinner experience for 8 at Harper House in Lansing, a $500 Kroger gift card, a “Barrow of Booze” and more. A wide variety of silent auction items such as gift baskets, restaurant gift cards, fitness packages, children’s items, handcrafted home décor, and more are also available to bid on via Clickbid mobile bidding, open to the public in the days before the event. Visit www.tcoa.cbo.io to bid.

Raffle winners will be drawn for a $1,000 grand prize as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of $500, $300, and $200. Raffle tickets are available at TCOA (5303 S. Cedar St, Building 1, Lansing) for 1 for $5.00 or 5 tickets for $20.00. Raffle tickets are also available by calling TCOA at 517-887-1377. Other special events at the Dinner and Auction include the Arendsen Jeweler Deck of Cards game to win a hand-crafted diamond sunflower ring, and the Heads or Tails game for a chance at winning $350 in Meijer gift cards.

Sponsorship opportunities remain available, and individual tickets to the Dinner and Auction are available online for $65 each until November 12, 2021 at www.tcoa.org/tcoa-events.

The event is held to raise funds for Meals on Wheels and in-home services for seniors. For more information, please contact Casey Cooper at 517-887-1377 or CooperC@tcoa.org.


Swiss steak Fundraiser dinner is Saturday, November 13

American Legion Post 153 is sponsoring a Swiss steak Fundraiser dinner on Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. or until all is gone.

The meal consists of Swiss Steak, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, and dessert for $10.00 The beverage is not included.

Dine in or take out (989-224-7282). Open to the public; you do not need to be a Legion Family member to attend the dinner.

50/50 raffle drawing at 7:00 p.m.

Proceeds from the meal benefit the ALA 8th District Leadership Development Fund.

The Legion Hall is located at 110 E. Walker St., St. Johns, MI


City leaf collection in November

The following is the leaf collection schedule starting in November along with the map indicating when each section is scheduled for pick-up:
Section 1 (November 1—5)—South of M21 and West of S. Clinton Avenue
Section 2 (November 8—12)—South of M21 and East of S. Clinton Avenue
Section 3 (November 15—19)—North of M21 and West of N. Clinton Avenue
Section 4 (November 22—26)—North of M21 and East of N. Clinton Avenue

If you wish to rake, please rake leaves in a pile in the City right-of-way area in front of your house, between the sidewalk and the curb. If there is no sidewalk in front of your property, please rake leaves 6 inches behind the curb but not further than 6 feet from the curb. Do not rake leaves in the street as the leaves can be hazardous with traffic and also block storm sewers from draining properly. Anyone raking or otherwise placing leaves, trimmings, and similar type organic plant materials in the public street will be subject to a $50 civil infraction fine.

City residents also have the option to bag their leaves. Each property owner can receive up to 2 packs (10 bags) of yard waste bags, which can be picked up at City Offices (1st floor, Clinton County Courthouse). These bags will be picked up at the curb during your normal scheduled leaf collection pick-up.

Just a reminder, despite all advanced preparation, equipment can breakdown or weather events can slow or end the program early. Plan to have your leaves raked before your scheduled week. Early snowfall requires equipment and crews to be redirected to snow removal operations.

The regular curbside brush pick up is suspended during leaf pick-up.

Loose leaves and biodegradable yard waste bags can also be taken to the Department of Public Works, 1000 N. US-127 BR. This site is open 24/7. Please use the Kuntz Drive entrance located behind Journey Federal Credit Union. If you have any questions, please call (989) 224-8944, ext. 229.


Senior Center Available for Holiday Rentals

Are you looking for a location to hold a Family or Business Christmas Party? Then come and take a look at the Clinton County Senior Center, located at 201 E Walker Street in St. Johns. It is available for rent most weekends of the year.

The center has two large rooms (one with dining tables & chairs) available for use. The center rents for $100 – $150. The price depends on whether you use the kitchen or just the large rooms.

If you would like a tour of the facility, stop in any Mon, Tue or Fri between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions you can also call them at 989-224-4257.


Art Explosion returns to the IQhub

Calling all artists and art lovers. A very special guest exhibit will be coming to the IQhub in November.

Art Explosion returns after thousands of visitors enjoyed the unique exhibit in 2019. The event will run from November 30, 2021 through February 24, 2022 with special events each month. Admission to the Art Explosion event is free.

Local artists are invited to display their works with a submission deadline of November 9. All mediums are accepted on a first come, first served basis as space allows. Examples of artwork entered in 2019 include paintings, pottery, drawings, wood carvings, metal sculpture, photography and jewelry. Entries may be listed for sale. Pictures must have hanging capability or artist should provide an easel, and sculptures and carvings may be free-standing with tables provided by the IQhub. Locked glass display cases are available for small or valuable pieces.

The guest exhibit will kick-off on Tuesday, November 30 with a Giving Tuesday fundraiser. Throughout the three month long event, members of the public are invited to vote on their favorite piece of art.

There will also be special events hosted at the IQhub, through out the guest exhibit.
– First, a very special Indoor Winter Farmers Market will be held on Tuesday, December 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Vendor space is available now
– Next, there will be a painting night with Whimsical pARTy Gallery of St Johns on Wednesday, January 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
– The grand finale of Art Explosion will be an artist Meet & Greet with people’s choice awards on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you are interested in submitting art or if you are interested in being a market vendor, please contact the IQhub at 989-227-3847 or email IQ.hub@agroliquid.com.

The IQhub is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to be a free educational center for agricultural history, innovation and exploration.