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‘Girls’ invited to night out tonight

“Celebrating Strong Women” is the theme of the Girls Night Out event in Hastings tonight. Women of all ages are invited downtown for shopping, dining and more.

From sporting goods to jewelry, clothing to home décor, gifts, food and more, female shoppers will find all sorts of specials. Scarecrows will line the streets, and guests can vote for their favorites.

The official hours for Girls Night Out are from 5 to 8 p.m.

Girls and guys are invited back to downtown Hastings – and other local communities – Oct. 4-6 for Buy Nearby Weekend. Sponsored by the Michigan Retailers Association the annual event encourages Michigan residents to support local businesses.

MRA reported that the state’s economy would grow by $1.2 billion, and nearly 10,600 jobs would be created if residents switched just one in 10 purchases from an online seller to a Michigan retailer.





Episcopal church hosting animal blessing


Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 315 W. Center St., Hastings, will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a Blessing of the Animals Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m.

A procession of the animals will begin from the parking lot behind the church (accessed from either Broadway or Court Street), with a short liturgy and blessings on the Center Street lawn to follow.

Participants may bring their pets with collars, bridles or carriers. Representative stuffed animals or cremains of pets also can be blessed. Certificates of the pets’ blessing, as well as people and animal snacks, will be provided.

All pets are welcome, but should be leashed or in a carrier. Participants also may bring a contribution of paper towels for the Barry County Humane Society or a donation of people food for the Hastings Food Pantry.



Life Chain Sunday returning

Hastings will be connected to the International Life Chain Sunday, Oct 6, along with more than 1,600 cities and towns in the U.S. and Canada. Supporters will be lining the streets of Hastings with pro-life signs while praying for the end of abortion in the United States. The Hastings event will be from 2:15 to 3:30 pm.

Anyone wishing to participate may meet in the parking lot next to the Barry County Friend of the Court on the southwest corner of State and Broadway in Hastings at 2:15 pm., rain or shine.

Participation is open to all ages. Lawn chairs and umbrellas are welcome.

People passing by are also welcome to join at any time. Life Chain participants follow a code of conduct that respects all motorists and pedestrians.

Additional information can be obtained by calling Marty Preston, 269-948-8834. Hastings Life Chain is sponsored by Barry County Right to Life.


A cappella choir to present concert

The Lakewood Area A Cappella Choir will present its second annual solo concert Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 239 E. North St. in Hastings.

Under the direction of co-conductors Cindy Olson and Robert C. Oster, the 25-voice choir, an auditioned ensemble from the larger Lakewood Area Choral Society, will present a variety of sacred, secular and vocal jazz selections.

The concert will open with Lloyd Pfautsch’s “Consecrate the Place and Day,” followed by an eleven-part a cappella setting of the national anthem and the hymn “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” arranged by Oster. Other sacred selections include “Shall We Gather at the River” featuring mezzo-soprano Lisa Sterkenberg and flutist Cathie Ott; “Beati Quorum Via” by Charles Stanford Villiers, a Latin motet based on Psalm 119; and two spirituals, “Let Me Fly” by Robert DeCormier and “Witness” by Jack Halloran.

Soprano Cindy Olson and alto Mary Kuhlman will sing an arrangement of “Amazing Grace” by Jack Schrader. Secular selections include “Something Told the Wild Geese” by Sherri Porterfield and “A Red, Red Rose” by James Mulholland. Vocal jazz pieces include “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “You Do Something to Me.” The concert will conclude with James Gossler’s setting of “An Old English Prayer.”

In lieu of tickets, a freewill offering will be accepted, and proceeds will be donated to the music ministry at Grace Lutheran Church. The public is welcome to attend.


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