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EVENTS / 11-08-18

EVENTS / 11-08-18

Garden Club Meeting Tonight
The Thornapple Garden Club will meet today, Nov. 8, for the fall potluck and Thanksgiving celebration. The public is welcome at the meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m.Members are reminded to bring a dish to pass and donations for the Hastings Food Bank and Green Gables Haven.Membership information for the club can be obtained through club co-president Janet Smith by calling 269-795-9109 or membership chair Rose Ann Lipsch, 269-945-3242.

Maple Valley presenting ‘Sound of Music’
Maple Valley students will perform “The Sound of Music” at the high school auditorium this weekend. Shows will be tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. General admission is $8, admission for students and seniors is $5. Reservations can be made via

Holiday Gift Show at PCCI Sunday
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute near Dowling will celebrate is holiday gift show and lunch Sunday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handcrafted and creative gifts will be available for purchase. All artists donate 15 percent of their sales to the institute. Lunch reservations may be made online at or by calling 269-721-4190.

MMAP counselors available through Commission on Aging
The Barry County Commission on Aging is aiding Barry County senior residents by providing Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program counselors during open enrollment.
The open enrollment deadline is Dec. 7, and coverage begins Jan. 1, 2019. MMAP counselors are available by appointment only, which may be scheduled by calling 269-948-4856. The COA is at 320 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings.
MMAP counselors can help compare Medicare drug plans, explore options and assist in signing up for a new plan.

Food resources topic presentation
The topic for the Family Support Center of Barry County quarterly community breakfast will be food resources and how to access them.
Representatives from Manna’s Market, the Soup Kitchen, Hastings Food Pantry, Women, Infants and Children, Maple Valley Community Center of Hope, MSU Extension nutrition program, Community Action and Family Fare will be presenters. The free breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Leason Sharpe Hall, 231 S. Broadway St., Hastings. Those who plan to attend are asked to call 269-945-KIDZ (5439) or email to register. Veterans Day celebration Sunday

Lawrence J. Bauer Post 45 will host Veterans Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Plaza in Tyden Park. There will be a Veterans Day bean soup and cornbread lunch at the American Legion Post for all veterans and those who care about them. The lunch is free. Free-will donations will be accepted. Post 45 participate in a Flag Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital. Also that day, a Community Veterans Dinner will take place at the Barry Community Enrichment Center, 231 S. Broadway, Hastings.

Hastings Public Library  / Day Of Games Story
The Gathering will be one of the many games at the Get Your Game On event at the library in Hastings Saturday. Pictured are (from left) Derreck Tefft, Logan Ashcraft and Damion Leckrone. Hastings Public Library will celebrate games and play during the “Get Your Game On – 12 Hours of Gaming” event.

Visitors can read, learn and play during International Games Week at the library Nov. 10. The library will host special game programs and events to celebrate video and board games. The library's Dungeons & Dragons and board game groups, along with Small Town Computers are teaming up with the library for 12 hours of gaming from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Players at the library will join over a thousand libraries around the world during International Games Week as they transform their libraries with play. A variety of games will take place for visitors to drop in and participate, though no unattended children will be allowed to play.

New this year will be Nerf games for teens and adults taking over the library from 4 to 6 p.m. Team and individual games will be available, and supplies will be provided. Visitors can bring their own standard Nerf gear (no “mega” or modified items allowed).

Attendees are asked to sign up beforehand.
The Friends of the Hastings Public Library will be providing some snacks, but attendees are encouraged to bring snacks and beverages to share. Visitors also can bring a few dollars to chip in toward pizza.
More information is available by calling the library, 269-945-4263, checking the Facebook event page or stopping at the info desk where visitors can sign up for prizes.
Dungeons & Dragons and board games groups normally play on the second and third Saturdays of the month and are always looking for new attendees.
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