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Families can learn more about Garage Works tonight


Gilmore Garage Works, a hands-on auto restoration program offered by Gilmore Car Museum will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

High school students, parents, teachers, supporters and friends and family members of previous participants are invited to attend.

Since 2009, Garage Works mentors have provided instruction in automotive technology, giving students skills in welding, painting and fabrication. Students leave the program with a resume, portfolio, letters of recommendation, along with new skills and confidence.

Additional information can be found online at


Garden club to learn about aquaponics

Maddie Ek, office manager and sustainability coordinator at Revolution Farms, will be at the Thornapple Garden Club’s meeting Thursday to talk about the Caledonia-area farm that started producing locally grown lettuce, salad greens and tilapia late last year.

The meeting will be at the Episcopal Parish House, 315 W. Center St., Hastings, and will begin at 6:30 with refreshments, and the presentation at 7 p.m.  The business part of the meeting will follow the presentation.

Membership information for the garden club can be obtained through current club president Janet Smith by calling 269-795-9109 or membership chair Rose Ann Lipsch, 269-945-3242.


Hastings Women’s Club meeting Friday


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Retired Capt. Eva Lynn Chapp will be the guest speaker at the GFWC-Hastings Women’s Club meeting Friday, Sept. 13.

Chapp, who served in Military Police Public Affairs in the U.S. Army National Guard, will give a presentation on learning how to excel in challenging environments and how diligence and resourcefulness pays off

The meeting will begin at noon, with lunch and fellowship at 1 p.m., at the Barry County Commission on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings.

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Monthly meetings feature speakers presenting local volunteer information and topics that impact the community.

Visitors and new members are welcome.  Reservations and more information can be obtained by calling club president Joann Logan, 269-945-9782. 


Library hosting electric car test drives

It’s National Drive Electric Week – and a chance to test drive a Tesla. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Hastings Public Library will host a free electric car show and rides in the library parking lot at 227 E. State St.

The presentation, “Why Drive Electric?” will start at noon in the community room. The show, presented by Plug In America, Sierra Club, Electric Car Association and Kalamazoo Electric Vehicle Association Southwest Michigan Group, will feature the next wave in clean transportation. Several makes and models will be on site for show and tell and test rides.


Hydrant flushing to begin Monday


The City of Hastings Department of Public Services crew will start routine hydrant flushing Monday, Sept. 16.

This maintenance, in which water is forced through underground water mains at high speed and flushed out of fire hydrants to remove accumulated sediment, will likely conclude next Thursday.


Dinner, auctions, more planned at PCCI


A Latesummer Night’s Green is a celebration of Pierce Cedar Creek Institute’s mission to inspire appreciation and stewardship of the environment. The success of this fundraiser ensures environmental education opportunities in the coming year. The fundraiser will be Saturday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 pm.

The event is filled with delicious food and drink and many surprises. The night will include various games, raffles, two silent auctions, and a live auction. Games will include a pick-a-prize raffle, key box, pick-a-dessert raffle, green line drawing and a grub grab.

Featured items include a six-month membership to the Pennock Health and Wellness Center, two tickets to a David Sedaris show at Kalamazoo Theatre Nov. 17, a Chateau Chantal getaway, a hand-crafted pine table, a pair of greater scaup duck decoys, an ultimate bluebird house, a Boyne Mountain splash package, gift cards to local restaurants and much more.

Raffle tickets are now being sold for two items on display in the visitor center. Individuals can purchase tickets to win two 10-foot Sun Dolphin Bali SS sit-on top kayaks and a Northrock XCOO fat tire bike. Tickets are available at the front desk of the visitor center, online at, or by calling 269-721-4190. The winners will be announced at the live auction but do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10.    

Those wishing to attend A Latesummer Night’s Green may register at or call 269 721-4190. The cost is $50 per person.


Hastings library hosting card sign-up


Hastings Public Library is inviting all residents of the city of Hastings and Hastings and Rutland charter townships to stop in and get a library card.

Every first-time library card registrant will receive a welcome packet with pertinent information about library services, plus a coupon for a free book from the Friends of the Library bookstore. New registrants also will be entered in to a drawing for $25 in Barry Bucks.

As noted author E.L. Doctorow once said, “The three most important documents a free society gives are a birth certificate, a passport, and a library card.”



J-Ad seeking fall and winter events, ads


Life doesn’t stop after summer. This is Michigan, after all. Many area organizations and businesses continue to offer events well into the fall and winter.

And J-Ad Graphics staff is looking for information to share with residents, visitors and prospective tourists in the 2019 fall and winter fun guide. Anyone who is planning an event October through April – indoors or outdoors – is encouraged to contact J-Ad Graphics and share that information or discuss an ad.

These special seasonal editions are circulated throughout the area and at Michigan Welcome Centers, so the exposure is extensive.

Call 259-945-9554 for more information.

To contact an ad representative, call the number above or email

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