Exotic Zoo presentation to be held at Shepherd Community Library September 21

A presentation on Exotic Zoo animals will be held Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m. inside the Coe Township Hall in Shepherd. The event will feature several exotic animals including an alligator, monkey, giant tortoise, giant python, arctic fox, lemur, honey bear, porcupine, and siberan lynx.

The event is free to the public and presented by the Shepherd Community Friends of the Library.

Back to School Bash to be held August 13

The public is welcome to attend the 8th annual “Back to School Bash” being held August 13 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. inside the Shepherd Little Salt River Park. This year, the Shepherd United Methodist Church, which has hosted the event in previous years, is partnering with Project AWARE to provide support and fun to families with students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The event is geared towards families with students in kindergarten through fifth grade and will include a wide range of fun activities. School supplies will be given to the 200 students to register at the event. There will also be free hot dogs, pizza, homemade cookies, snow cones, and popcorn.

A wide range of local agencies will be present to provide attendees with information about different community resources including Clothing Inc., a source of free clothing for those in need hosted by the Nonprofit center at 1114 W. High Street, The Mount Pleasant Care Store which is hosted by the Mount Pleasant Community church and is located at 1400 W Broomfield St, and therapeutic horsemanship program Hopewell Ranch, located at 6410 W Leiter Rd. Hopewell Ranch will provide therapy ponies and donkeys. In addition, Dalis Hitchcock of Dalis to the Rescue will be present with an assortment of small animals for adoption, as well as her newly-released children’s book.

Alaina Sunken, event coordinator for Project AWARE, said that the event is expected to be a “great opportunity for family to spend time together before the school year starts.”

Food Truck Rally planned for August 24

A Food Truck Rally will take place place August 24 from noon to 9 p.m. inside the Ithaca High School parking lot. In addition to the food trucks, the event will include carnival rides, games, dunk tank, craft show, and flea market. Also, Dalis to the Rescue will be present with cats for visitors to adopt.

For more information, contact Many Symonds at (989) 388-2263.

Native Farmers Market open every Tuesday until October

A Native Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday on the corner of Broadway and Leaton Road. The market includes seasonal produce, baked goods, breaded/sculpted/natural art and Indigenous foods. The market will run until October.

For more information, contact Sam Anglin, Market Master by phone at 989-775-4315 or by email at sanglin@sagchip.org

Auditions to be held this month for “The Good Doctor”

Interested members of the community are invited to audition for an upcoming production of “The Good Doctor” to be put on by the Gratiot County Players. Auditions will take place August 12th and 13th at 6:30 p.m. inside the Strand Theatre. According to a post by Joshua Ryan, “This show is a delightful comedy by Neil Simon containing a number of short sketches adapted from the short stories of Anton Chekhov. It has parts in it for a variety of ages, and if you’re new to the stage but always wanted to give it a shot, it’s a great opportunity to get involved.”

A copy of the script is on hold at the Alma Public Library for anybody to review up until auditions.

The performance dates for the play are October 18-20 and 25-27.

For more information, contact Mike Klahre by phone at 989-763-4716 or by email at trouperklahre@aol.com or Joshua Ryan by phone at 989-533-1665 or joshuarzeitler@gmail.com.

Back to School Bash to be held in Riverdale August 17

A Back to School Bash featuring a variety of free activities and giveaways will be hosted by the M-46 Tabernacle Family Ministries, 11098 E. Howard City Edmore Rd in Riverdale on August 17 from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The event will feature a water slide, water balloon war, inflatable, free prizes, and free food. During the event, backpacks filled with school supplies will be handed out.

For more information, follow the Facebook Event.

Improvement Projects underway at the Shepherd Train Depot

The Shepherd Train Depot will be seeing several improvements this summer. Currently, a gazebo is under construction, and the caboose is being repainted. There are also plans to repaint the Shepherd Train Depot’s mail car.

The construction of the gazebo and other projects are being funded by proceeds from the Depot Auction as well as donations from residents.

Dream Works Re-Sale Shop opening in August

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Dream Works Re-sale Shop will be opening in August. We are taking ALL donations for re-sale!

Contact Anna at 586-623-3379 for drop off or free pick up options!

Had a garage sale and have left overs you don’t know what to do with? Call Us!

Have things laying around you’d really like to get rid but too good to throw away? Call Us! Have estate items you’re not sure what to do with? Call Us!

Thinking of posting a used item for sale but would like to support a good cause instead and donate it? Call Us! Who ya gonna call? Day Dreams!!!

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Battle of the Food Trucks to take place August 24

Save The Date! Don’t miss the carnival and Battle of the Food Trucks which will take place at the Ithaca High School on August 24 from noon until 9 p.m.

The event will include amusement rides, a 50/50 donation raffle, and a food truck battle. For the amusement rides, attendees can purchase a wristband for $12 and ride all rides, or pay $1 per ticket.

For the food truck battle, everybody will get a vote card. Food truck with the most votes will receive a $50 cash prize.

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Rock for Restoration concert to take place August 16

The New Life and Thrive Churches will be hosting “Rock for Restoration” on Friday, August 16 starting at 6 p.m. at the New Life Church, 7989 E. Broomfield Rd., Mount Pleasant. Tickets will be $10 in advanced and $12 on the day of the event.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Isabella County Restoration House as well as help to bring awareness of homelessness in the community.

The event will feature performances by The Protest and The Persuaded, as well as local acts Matt Moore and Edge from Falling.

Businesses or organizations who are interested in sponsoring the event can contact Matt Pifer at pastormatt@newlifemtp.com. Tickets can be purchased here.

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