Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner coming up

The Clinton Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Dinner is a celebration of all that is good about community life in the Mid-Michigan Region. We are an interfaith endeavor put on by volunteers for all people of the area in Smith Hall in St. Johns. This is an inclusive event where everyone is invited to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at no cost and share the day with others.

The event runs from 10:30 AM to 2:00 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.

Dinner begins at noon and features a classic Thanksgiving Day menu. A delicious vegetarian option is also served. 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.

Part of the dinner is cooked by Sparrow Clinton Memorial Hospital. Some of it is prepared in local restaurants, bakeries, and churches. The rest is made ready on site in a commercial kitchen. It is prepared from scratch, with love, and tastes of home.

The dinner is put on by the community for the community. It is supported by donations from businesses, churches, community groups, and individuals.

Everyone is invited. If you have visitors from another area, they are welcome to join in as well.

The Thanksgiving celebration begins at 11 AM with an interdenominational worship service. The worship service is interdenominational – Protestant and Catholic – and is lead by people from several different churches.

Smith Hall is located at 819 W. Park St., the City Park in St. Johns. For more information go to

Pauli Ford is collecting PJs for children until November 31

Pauli Ford has announced that they are holding a Kids Pajama Drive for The Voice for Clinton County’s Children.

Pauli Ford will be collecting New and Gently Used kids pajamas from now until November 31.

The mission of the voice of Clinton County’s children is to Advocate and to serve in the best interest of the children and our community.

Plan ahead for GivingTuesday on December 3

GivingTuesday is a Global Giving Movement which is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. People are inspired to show up and give back to the causes and issues that matter to them, often in the community in which they live and work. Fueled by the power of social media, GivingTuesday can create a wave of generosity that helps those in need and strengthens our society. Giving Tuesday takes place this year on December 3, 2019.

People fundamentally want to help, to give, and to talk about making our world better, especially when given the opportunity. GivingTuesday provides a powerful way to give. Leadership can help create the conditions for giving, and we believe that businesses, local groups and foundations can inspire not only giving, but also social responsibility and volunteer efforts. GivingTuesday gives us a new way to think about generosity and an avenue to come together to improve our community, our nation, and the world.

For more information visit

Join the movement by helping others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice. Make it Local on December 3.

Below are local community organizations that support your friends, family, employees and your investment in this community.

St Johns Area Community Fund

The Voice for Clinton County Children

Clinton County Historical Museum

St. Johns School Foundation for Excellence Inc.

Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity

Clinton County Arts Council

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Community Resource Volunteers (CRV)

Caring and Sharing Family Life Services, Inc.

Elsie Area Food Pantry

Clinton County Senior Center

Breakfast with Santa tickets available

The 17th Annual Christmas Festival, sponsored by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CC RESA Building at 1013 S US 27 in St. Johns.

The day begins with Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, silver dollar pancakes, sausage, cereal, pop tarts, donuts/cookies, milk, juice and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children. Age 2 and under are free.

You must have a breakfast ticket to get your picture with Santa, so please bring your own cameras. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 1013 S US 27 in St. Johns or Big Boy of St Johns). Depending on availability some tickets may be available at the door that day.

After Santa has seen the last child and breakfast gets cleared away, there will be free crafts that children of all ages can make from noon – 3:00 p.m. These crafts are something the children can make for other kids, parents or grandparents, or they can make them for themselves.

Of course the day is not all about the kids. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a Craft Show throughout part of the building. There will be more than 90 booths of vendors selling everything from baked goods and jewelry to fabric crafts, wood items and much, much more. Attendees can also participate in a raffle that will award more than 75 prizes.

In the lobby of the building there will be a Festival of Trees. Many Chamber members will have a Christmas tree decorated for you to enjoy. You can vote on your favorite with a money donation. The tree that collects the most votes, the most money, gets to decide what charity receives all the money collected.

Lunch of Potato/Ham Soup, Hotdogs and Nachos will be available from 10:30 until gone by the Clinton County Senior Center in the lobby of the building.

If you have any questions about any part of the Christmas Festival, please call the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce at 989-224-7248.

Decorate and register now for the Light Festival

Last year’s Light Festival was a huge success due much in part to St. Johns Residents and Businesses taking the time to decorate.

This year’s Light Festival and Santa Parade will launch on Friday December 6. Whether you hang one row of lights or cause a blinding radiant glow, please register your festive home.

A prize of $100 will be given to the top 3 resident homes, and a $100 prize will be given to the best decorated business. You must be registered to win!

The deadline to register is December 1. For more information go to

Swiss Steak Fundraiser Dinner is November 16

American Legion Post 153 is hosting a Swiss steak dinner on Saturday November 16 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. or until it is all gone.

The Dinner is open to the public.

The menu includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, vegetables, rolls/butter, and dessert. A beverage is not included.

Prices are $10.00 Per Ticket, Children Under 12 $5.00. There will be a 50/50 Raffle Drawing
at 7:00 p.m.

The Lounge opens at 2:00 p.m. Beverages purchased benefit the Lounge.
Call (989) 224-7282 for take-out orders. Dinner proceeds will benefit the American Legion Auxiliary 8th District Leadership Development Fund. The Legion Hall is located at 110 E. Walker in St. Johns.