It’s Socktober at Briggs Library

Socks and underwear are some of the most needed and least donated items to organizations that help those in need. So the folks at the Briggs District Library are running their annual Socktober clothing drive and collecting as many pairs of new socks and underwear as they can.

Items can be dropped off at the circulation desk anytime the library is open from now until Thursday, October 31.

More information about our Socktober clothing drive can be found on the website.

Creating Confident CaregiversĀ® workshops offered

The Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) is pleased to offer a new session of the popular Creating Confident CaregiversĀ® program for non-professional caregivers of persons with dementia. The six-week session will be held on Wednesdays at the MSU Radiology Building in East Lansing beginning October 16 through November 20, 2019 from 3:30- 5:30 p.m.

The program is offered locally at no cost to non-professional caregivers. Pre-registration is required. Respite care for your family member may be available at no cost while attending the sessions – please ask in advance of the workshop. To register, or for more information about classes, contact Barbara Mannino at 517-887-1418 or 1-800-405-9141.

A Matter of Balance workshop begins October 14

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls is an interactive workshop which promotes the belief that falling and fears about falling are controllable. It aims to reduce fall risk, increase physical activity, and reduce fears about falling. Although the workshop is primarily discussion, it does include an exercise program designed to increase balance, strength, coordination, and stability. Caregivers and significant others are encouraged to register and attend as active participants. Workshop is free of charge but donations are accepted ($25 suggested donation, but it is not required). Pre-registration is required. To register, call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465.

What: Matter of Balance workshop
Where: Grove Bible Church, 6990 E. Price Rd., St. Johns, MI
When: Mondays and Wednesdays, October 14 – November 6, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
How to register: Call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465. Workshop offered in partnership with MSU Extension.

City hydrant flushing ongoing

The St. Johns Water Department has scheduled the fall hydrant flushing program to begin on Wednesday, October 9 and will last for approximately three weeks.

There is a chance that you may experience a small amount of rusty or discolored water. If you do experience discoloration, let your water run and it should clear up quickly.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the St. Johns Water Department at (989) 224-8944, ext. 235.

Halloween Costume Collection has begun

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children will be collecting Halloween Costumes (new or gently used) through October 18.

Costumes will be available for children who are in foster care, children who have been in foster care, and children we serve through our Child Advocacy Center.

Please drop off all costumes to our CASA Office located at 306 E. Elm Street in St. Johns (building neighbors include Dr. Rajesh and Sparrow Medical Supply).

Soup kitchen makes stops in area

His Cup Runneth Over, a mobile soup kitchen, will be making a stop at

– First Congregational Church, 100 Maple Ave, St. Johns 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, October 15

– The Meadows of St. Johns, 2265 W. Parks Rd., St. Johns, from 3 pm to 5 pm, Thursday, October 17.

Soup, bread, fruit and dessert will be served to all who come free of charge. For more information call 517-388-2005.

Helping Harvest Farm Relief is October 26

The new non-profit Helping Harvest Farm Relief is holding their first major fundraiser event on October 26 at Uncle John’s Cider Mill. The Halloween-themed car show will also feature a costume contest, trunk or treating, silent auction, face painting, pumpkin patch scavenger hunt, and pumpkin decorating along with all of the amazing activities that Uncle John’s offers.

Helping Harvest Farm Relief helps primarily Michigan farmers during times of need as well as farmers in other states who are trying to recover from major natural disasters. They also strive to bring attention to the high suicide rates among farmers and those in the agriculture industry. This service includes how to spot suicide tendencies in others, and how to properly approach and help those individuals.

Moolenaar Announces Office Hours for October 17

Congressman John Moolenaar announced office hours to be held by constituent relations representatives at locations throughout the Fourth District. The purpose of the office hours is to help residents in need of assistance with a federal agency, like the IRS and the VA.

October 17
1:30-2:30 PM
Clinton County Courthouse, Garden Level Conference Room “A”, 100 East State Street, Saint Johns, MI 48879