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.”

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 Tickets can be purchased here.

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.

Summer time safety tips for children and vehicles

It’s summertime, which means we, as parents and caregivers, need to be extra cautious when traveling with children. Unfortunately, the country has seen 17 deaths due to Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke already this year, and that number is bound to climb. Here are some tips to on how to keep your child this summer, as suggested by

  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. not even for a minute !
  • If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle call 9-1-1.
  • Be sure that all occupants leave the vehicle when unloading. don’t overlook sleeping babies.
  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices. teach children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first, and then the car, including the trunk.
  • Keep a stuffed animal in the carseat and when the child is put in the seat place the animal in the front with the driver. or place your purse, briefcase or cell phone in the back seat as a reminder that you have your child in the car.
  • make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • Have a plan that your childcare provider will call you if your child does not show up for school.



Information needed for online business directory

The Mid Michigan Journal is collecting information for businesses and organizations from around the central Michigan area. Interested participants can use the form here to submit their information and have it published on the Mid Michigan Journal site for free.

Anybody with questions can contact Jon Morgan, editor/publisher of the Mid Michigan Journal at or by phone at (989) 488-8207.

Tabernacle Back to School Bash to be held August 17th

Tabernacle Family Ministries in Riverdale will be hosting a Back to School Bash on August 17th starting at 12 p.m. Participants will be able to participate in drawings for prizes, and pick up free school supplies. The event will also feature a slip-and-slide, water balloon war, and free food. Registration will be from 12-2 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 3 p.m.

Last year, 275 backpacks were given out. Any community members or businesses who are interested in sponsoring the event are encouraged to reach out to Jessica Deidra at The church looking for donations of school supplies to include with the backpacks or monetary donations to go towards the free event.

The Tabernacle Family Ministries is located at 11098 M-46 in Riverdale, Michigan.

For more information, follow the Facebook event here.