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Local Habitat merges with Capital Region

Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity and Habitat Capital Region are proud to announce their strategic merger to serve Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties.

Beginning in September this merging created one organization, Habitat for Humanity Capital Region, that will serve a 1,700 square mile, three county area with a mission to impact more families through our Home ownership, Repair and Ramp Programs.

“Serving the entire tri-county area is a tremendous opportunity to grow the indelible mark we make on the Capital Region,” said Brent Taylor, Habitat Capital Region President & CEO.

As a result of the expansion, Habitat Capital Region will now serve a 1,700 square mile, three-county area with a mission to impact more families through their Homeownership, Repair, and Ramp programs.

The ReStore in St. Johns will continue to operate. Proceeds will continue to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission in the Capital Region.

Your volunteerism, financial gifts, and advocacy will mean more than ever as they strive to serve more neighbors in more communities than ever before, and to do so with the same care, respect and compassion that are the hallmarks of what they do.

The Administrative Office will be located in Lansing at 1941 Benjamin Drive.

For more information about Habitat Capital Region’s expansion, please contact or 517-374-1313, or visit the website.

Don’t forget the FEASTival downtown on Saturday

The streets of downtown St. Johns will host the 4th annual Fall FEASTival on Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bring the whole family for a day of fun and feasting on Michigan-Made foods.
Keep reading to see the list of the best farms, food producers and food trucks from all over the state. Sample and shop over 100 vendors.

There will be Live Entertainment, Family-Fun Games, Face Painting and so much more. Come on down between 2-4 p.m. for a chance to dunk Coach Fillwock and other program members in the dunk tank and support the St. Johns Girls Basketball Program.

The Art & Soul Gallery is hosting the annual Chalk It Up sidewalk chalk art contest during this year’s Fall FEASTival.

After enjoying the Fall FEASTival, the Barn Dance begins on Saturday, 16 September 2023 from 4:00-10:00 p.m. at the Clinton County Fairground.

Join them for Line Dancing, Cornhole, Checkers, Photo Ops, and Refreshments. This event supports Mental Health Support Programs in Clinton County. $10 per person/$40 per family at the door.

For more information visit

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.

Giving Paws and Friends Open House is September 21

An Open House hosted by Giving Paws and Friends will be held on Thursday, September 21 from 5-8 p.m. The event will take place at 323 N. Clinton Avenue during the Third Thursday Market at the nearby Depot.

For more information or to donate please visit

Maple Rapids FD to host fundraiser September 23

As part of Lamplighter Festival, the Maple Rapids Fire Department will be hosting a pancake breakfast prior to the parade.

The All You Can Eat Breakfast will be held on September 23 from 7:00 a.m. to l0:00 a.m. at the Maple Rapids Tennis Courts.

The Menu includes Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns, Sausage links and Beverages. The prices are: Adults (14 & over) $10.00, Kids (6-13) $5.00 and Kids Under 6 Free.

Cedar Creek Hospital Blood Drive is October 19

Cedar Creek Hospital, located at 101 W. Townsend Rd. in St. Johns has scheduled a mobile Blood Drive for Thursday, October 19 from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Make your appointment today by calling 866-642-5663.

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.