Tickets now on sale for North Pole Express

Tickets went on sale to the public on September 22 5 pm as tickets for the North Pole Express. Visit for more information.

This holiday season put on your favorite pajamas or 1940s/50s attire and join us for a nostalgic journey to the Christmas of yesteryear when you climb aboard the North Pole Express. Depart from the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso for a four and a half hour, round trip excursion to the Village of Ashley Country Christmas.

Disclaimer: Due to an extensive wheel and running gear rebuild taking place on Pere Marquette steam locomotive 1225, the 2022 North Pole Express will be scheduled for diesel power.

Forum to introduce local candidates for November election

A forum is being held to inform St. Johns residents of the candidates seeking City Council seats and allotted terms on the school board of education. Their names, certified by both the city clerk’s office and the office of the chief deputy clerk/register of deeds for Clinton County, will appear on the ballot of the November 8 general election.

The event, hosted by the St. Johns Call-In Coalition, is set for Thursday, October 13, beginning 7 p.m. in a conference room at the RESA building, next to the Southpointe Mall, N. US-27.

City residents in attendance are encouraged to ask questions to the candidates about their platform and qualifications, and a facilitator will ask questions as well. The forum will also be streamed live on the SJ Call-In Coalition Facebook page for persons who cannot attend.

All of the candidates have been contacted and encouraged to participate in the forum. There are four candidates vying for two open City Council seats. They are:
– Scott Dzurka,
– Ryan Lynch,
– Roberta Cocco
– Tyrell Wilson.

Candidates whom filed for term positions with the school board are:
– Incumbent Robert Watson, six-year term
– Incumbent Richard Drabek, six-year term
– Christine Mansfield, six-year term
– Katheryn Elliot, partial term ending 12.31.24
– Matthew Charles Boak, write-in candidate for the partial term ending 12.31.26.

The St. Johns Call-In Coalition is a group of concerned citizens whom foster and advance the culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in the community.

Senior Center 20th Annual Rock-a-Thon is October 13

On Thursday, October 13 senior citizens and other supporters of the Clinton County Senior Center will participate in the center’s 20th annual Rock-a- Thon. Prior to the event participants will be collecting donations from family and friends to see who can collect the most money for the center.

During the Rock-a-Thon participants will play games, bingo, tell stories, make a craft or two and have breakfast and lunch all while ROCKING In a rocking chair.

Now you can help too. Please consider being a sponsor for the event. The Center has had a few large unexpected maintenance costs this year.

Sponsorship levels include:
– Premier Sponsor ($750)
– Major Sponsor ($500)
– Meal Sponsor ($250)
– Craft Sponsor ($150)
– Bingo Sponsor ($150)
– Game Sponsor ($100)
– Chair Sponsor
– Snack sponsor ($50)
__ Door prize sponsor. Donate a gift certificate or a merchandise item from your business and they will use it for the silent auction or use it as a prize for a top participant.

If you have any questions call the center at (989) 1224-4257 or email

Join the St. Johns Lions Club Eyeglass Collection Challenge

The Lions of District 11-C2, of which St. Johns is a member, are sponsoring an eyeglass collection challenge to see which club can collect the most eyeglasses from now through March 1, 2023. The District includes Lions Clubs in Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Livingston, and Shiawassee Counties.

Eyeglass collection boxes are available at the following
St. Johns locations:

Lions Recycling Center
605 N. Swegles between Steel & Lincoln Streets

Avery Vision Center
1002 N. U.S. 27

Dr. David Peters, OD
611 W. State Street

Walmart Vision & Glasses
1165 Superior Drive

Hearing Aids also can be dropped off at these locations

Lions Recycle For Sight Program: Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions living in low- and middle- income countries lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and collect usable glasses in their communities to support the Lions Recycle For Sight Program. Lions also collect usable hearing aids for individuals in need.

Questions: Call or text Lion Kenny Kinsey (989) 307-9749

Annual Chocolate Walk is October 7

The 2nd Annual Chocolate Walk is planned for Friday, October 7, 2022
from 5 – 8:30 p.m.

The Chocolate Walk is sure to be a night of sweet fun for everyone. Enjoy a night touring St. Johns businesses while collecting a chocolate treat at each stop. Complete the map for a chance to win a prize. Be sure to stop at bonus locations outside of the downtown area for additional chances to win.

Tickets start at $15 per person, with the option to upgrade to a $25 Golden Ticket and receive a commemorative wooden box to collect your chocolate treats.

The number of tickets is limited to 210 for this sweet event, so be sure to order your tickets early. Ticket sales began on Monday, August 22. For more information visit

Paint Your Poison at the Art & Souls Gallery

Join them at the Art and Soul Gallery at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 14 for a night of spooky, painting fun and spirits. (Bring your own boos!)

The Gallery is co-hosting with Paint Your Poison for a fall themed painting party. If you would like to join them, please vote on which piece you’d like to paint below. The winner will be announced next week. Stay tuned to sign up and reserve your spot.

For more painting projects, visit Paint Your Poison’s Website for more creative fun!