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.”

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.

Annual Shepherd Area Historical Society Ice Cream Social and band concert attracted large crowd

The Shepherd Area Historical Society held its annual ice cream social on the lawn between the Powerhouse Museum and the Village park on July 8 at 6 p.m. Afterwards, the crowd which had gathered was treated to a live performance by the Central Michigan Area Concert Band.