See the details of what’s coming up this weekend

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.

St. Johns Lights Festival is December 2 and 3


The St. Johns High School Youth Action Committee worked on the Downtown tree lights.

The big weekend is coming up fast.

On Friday December 2 starting Downtown at 5:00 p.m. you can enjoy Gingerbread House Jackpot, Chili Cookoff at the UAW, Festive Cocoa, Train Rides and Glow Corn Hole.

The Santa Parade launches at 6:30 p.m. Atfter that the Community Saint will be named and the Tree Lighting in the Depot area will take place. Then all will be free to enjoy shopping in Downtown businesses.

On Saturday December 3 at the Southpoint Mall beginning at 9:00 a.m. there will be Breakfast with Santa 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Cookie Decorating, Kids Crafts,

Train Rides, Talking Christmas Tree, Frozen Igloo, Christmas Characters and Putt Putt Golf.

The Christmas Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Knights of Columbus and St. Johns Lions Club will be selling 12 ounce cups of chili, chips and bottled water from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the UAW Hall downtown during the parade on Friday December 2. The hall is located at 117 W. Walker Street in Downtown St. Johns.

Enjoy some hot chili to warm you up during the Santa Parade and other downtown Christmas festivities $3.00 for a 12-ounce cup of hot chili served with crispy crackers and a smile. Bottled water and chips also available.

Breakfast with Santa is at Grace Point Church in the Mall from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 3. Big Boy will be cooking up Pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage along with donuts and cereal. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsored by the St. Johns Chamber of Commerce.

Get your child’s picture taken with Santa for free just for attending the breakfast.

The American Legion Auxiliary is holding their annual Kids (0-12 years) Christmas with Santa on December 3 from 8-11 a.m.

They will have a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8-9 a.m. that is free for the children. If parents would like to eat it’s a $5 donation.

They are asking parents to sign their children up so they can make sure Santa is prepared with enough gifts to distribute to the kids at 9:30 a.m. There will be crafts and other fun activities for the kids during the party.

Events by Briggs District Library include

A Bake Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m -3 p.m. to help raise funds for their renovation.

They will have games, crafts, stories and more. Drop-in for as little or as long as you like anytime between noon and 3:00 p.m.

The Clinton County Senior Center is hosting a holiday
Craft Show and Craft supply sale on Friday December 2 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Please stop in and browse. They will be having a bake sale, too.

The Clinton County Senior Center is located at 201 E. Walker Street in St. Johns.

Homegrown Productions presents Wonderthon December 2-4

The stage is being prepared, with set design by director Susan DeRosa and the engineering skills of veteran community theatre set builder Bob Gehrls, for this weekend’s Homegrown Productions presentation of The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon!
Showtimes are:
Friday, December 2 – 7:30pm
Saturday, December 3 – 7:30pm
Sunday, December 4 – 3pm
We hope to see you there. Bring a box of tissues, because our plan is for this show to leave you in tears… of laughter.

Join them for a rollicking take on the feel-good movies of the season December 2 and 3 at 7:30 and December 4 at 3:00 at the Wilson Center, 101 W. Cass St., St. Johns. Tickets are $10 at the door.

This 90-minute staged reading features Makayla Marrison, Darryl Schmitz, Marci Balogh, Tim Balogh, Christopher Hibbs, Marsha Brook, Jan Ross, Tom Webb, Debbie Lundeen, Eric Kasten, Beth Webb, Bob Pung, Michelle Harvey Hill, Bob Murrell, Kallie Marrison, M D Nelson, David Brooks and Susan DeRosa.


Rinse and Repeat

Before placing food containers such as bottles, jars and tubs in your recycling, give them a quick rinse to remove most food residue. A quick rinse is all they need.


Mint City Singers Christmas Concert is December 10

The Mint City Singers under the direction of Steven Easterling with accompanist Jeff Richards proudly present “Musical Lights of the Season” a musical journey through the many colors of the holiday season.

O Come, O Come, Emanuel, Little Jack Frost, Carry the Light, Jesus, Jesus, Rest your head, Rudolph on the Housetop, Light the Candles
and many more songs of the season will be included.

Enjoy an evening of music to get you in the mood for the holidays at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass Street in St. Johns on December 10, 2022.


Winter Arts opportunities coming up

Is a friend or loved on looking to spruce up their home this winter? Treat them with the gift of art with a gift card to the Art & Soul Gallery this holiday season.

E-Gift Cards entitle the bearer to $5 OFF a purchase of $25 or more of in-store merchandise.

Order E-Gift cards now.

Receive this coupon when you sign up for one of our many art classes at the Art & Soul Gallery.

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Check out the website for upcoming classes – new classes are added frequently, Below are a few of the winter classes.

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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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Mini, Stuffed Snowman Class

Saturday December 10, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

In this wintry class, you will learn how to make an adorable, miniture, stuffed snowman with his own felt hat and embellishments. We will work with hot glue and sewing needles, so any participants under 12 need to be assisted by a parent. All supplies will be provided. This class is $15 per snowman with a cap of three snowmen.

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Paint Pouring Class

Wednesday January 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

In this Paint Pouring class, you will learn how to apply chemical, how to combine oil, flotrol, ink and paint to create cells and to prevent your colors from muddying. You can do up to three 8″ x 8″ pour paintings. Due to drying times, the paintings will be made on the 11th, but pick up will be the following week. The cost of this class will be $25.

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Good News Kitchen offers free lunches on Tuesdays

Good News Kitchen, a ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church, serves free lunches on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The St. John’s Lutheran Church is located at 511 E. Sturgis St. in St. Johns, the corner of Business 27 and Sturgis St.

You may stop by and grab a free lunch to go for yourself, your family, a friend or a neighbor. Meals are free for everyone, and all are welcome to come although donations are always accepted and appreciated.

If you have questions or want to order ahead for pick up call 989-224-6796. Look for the signs and come to the west side entrance to get your free meals.