Nominate the next Community Saint by November 26

Readers are being invited to nominate this year’s Community Saint. It should be someone who is selfless, giving and serves the community.

The Community Saint will be honored and awarded at this year’s St. Johns Festival of Lights / Saint Nick Parade to be held on December 2 and 3 in Downtown St. Johns.

The voting drop box is located at Global Coffee Co. on Clinton Avenue in St. Johns.

Voting ends November 26.

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Saint Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara in Asia Minor. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his kindness and generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for maidens, sailors and ships.

St. Nick’s feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death which is December 6. Throughout the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas’ life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need.

Fill the Cop Car is Saturday, December 3

On Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Law Enforcement officers throughout Clinton County will be asking for your help. Their goal is to Fill the Cop Cars with groceries.

Officers will be at your local grocery stores with the purpose of helping to fill our local food banks with non-perishable food items. Police Officers chose their profession so that they can help others.

During this time of year officers often experience families in need, but they don’t have the ability to help directly. By filling the cop cars they can see to it that those who need a helping hand can get it.

They are asking that you purchase an extra item or two and help them help those in need. The back seats of the patrol vehicles are usually used to transport people that have run afoul of the law. Help them put them to good use.

Officers will be at the following locations in Clinton County:
– Kroger, 900 S. Business 127, St. Johns
– Wal-Mart, 1165 Superior Drive, St. Johns
– Monticello’s Market, 16912 Marsh Road, Bath
– Village Food Pride, 501 S. Main Street, Ovid
– On Herbison Road near the south DeWitt Meijer driveway (A fire truck and police vehicles will be parked in the Herbison Road cul-de-sac)

All food collected at these locations will be donated to local food banks in Clinton County. The officers of the St. Johns Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Bath Township Police Department, DeWitt Township Police Department and Ovid Police Department appreciate your generosity during this holiday season.

Clinton Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner is November 24

The in-person dinner is served between noon and 3 p.m.

Join your Whole Family for a Thanksgiving Celebration. The in person event runs from Noon to 3:00 PM and is full of a variety of activities for all ages. There will be musical entertainment, arts and crafts, games for the children and a large screen TV for the Thanksgiving Day football games. Come for all or part of the celebration.

The goal of the celebration is to bring everyone together. That is why they are having the dinner in-person.They want everyone to join in.

Dinner begins at noon, is served until 3 p.m., and features a classic Thanksgiving Day menu along with a vegetarian option. Local businesses and individuals have provided the food at reduced cost or as a donation. Others have contributed money to under write the expenses of the dinner. This support allows us to offer the meal at no charge.

While they would like you to join in-person, carry out is available upon request


St. John’s Lutheran Church
511 E. Sturgis, St. Johns, Michigan
(Corner of Sturgis and Old US-27)

Christmas is coming, and the Museum will be open to celebrate

As you are out and about this coming Holiday Season, put the Clinton County Historical Society’s Paine Gillam Scott House on your Christmas to-do list. House volunteers have been busy recreating a quaint Victorian Christmas with all the sights, sounds and tastes that the Holiday season has to offer.

Beautiful cedar garland, a fresh Christmas tree and magical candlelight fills the House as they recreate a traditional Victorian Christmas season.

Come and browse the cool collection of antique toys and decorations that fill the first floor of the House.

The Museum will be open to the public on Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. through December 21, 2022.

The House will also be hosting a children’s Victorian Christmas event on Wednesday, December 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. complete with a tour of the House, a Victorian Christmas craft, refreshments and a story teller that will share with us a Christmas in the past.

Please make Paine Gillam Scott House part of your Holiday season. You will be amazed by the history we all have to share.

Feel free to contact them at (989) 224-2894 for more information.

Hospice Tree honors lost love ones

Wednesday’s short, small event meant much to family members. Each light represented a loved one lost. Nurse Regina read a poem after the tree was lit.

Art classes coming up

Aluminum Wire Wrap Bracelet Class is December 1

Thursday, December 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m

In this class at the Art & Soul Gallery, you will learn wire wrapping jewelry techniques. Aluminum is hypoallergentic, maleable and fun to work with. Using multiple colors, you will learn how to spiral wrap and twist wires to create volumn and texture. This 2 hour class costs $25.

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Live, Clothed Figure Drawing is December 14

Drawing sessions will resume in December. December’s date will be a week early due to being so close to the holidays. In January they will be going back to the 3rd Wednesday of every month,

Meet from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Everyone from ages 14 to 114 are welcome to join us at the Art & Soul Gallery for a session of live, clothed figure drawing. This is an instructionless session, but you are welcome to ask for suggestions from the other artists. Volunteer models can attend the rest of the year’s sessions for free, otherwise $4.00 admission. Bring your own drawing materials.

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