Spring has arrived in Our Town! – The voice

HAPPY SPRING ! : It’s a happy time when winter is still in the air. Crocuses, tulips and daffodils don’t care. Snow and ice can visit us, it happened in April, but think about it; there will be days when it will be a pleasant memory, when summer temperatures and humidity will be high; but, be alert to severe weather changes. To be aware. Be careful! In the meantime, be happy today. Everything will happen. It’s always like that.

BLOOD DONATION OPPORTUNITY APRIL 21: Blood donations will be collected by the American Red Cross at Grace United Methodist Church at 49655 Jefferson at the corner of Hooker Road in Chesterfield beginning at 1 p.m. to 19h. To book an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and use the referral code, graceunche, or call 1-800-733-2767. Save time by using RapidPass to complete pre-donation reading and online health history before coming to an appointment. Get started at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass or by using the Blood Donor app. Come out in life! Give blood!

PRESTIGE ART EXHIBITION APRIL 23-29: The MacDonald Public Library at 36480 Main on the corner of Bedford is the site of the exhibition during library hours. The public is invited to stop and admire paintings, drawings and more from the Anchor Bay Artists Club. Vote for a favorite artwork.

APRIL VFW POST 7573 EVENTS: April 23: Meat Bingo at 2 p.m. with a cost of $1 per stick, five spins and three winners per spin; April 29: BBQ Pulled Pork Supper served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person, the menu includes pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, chips and dessert.

APRIL 26 UNIQUE SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS: Learn the basics of sign language with Evelyn McCoy. Class begins at 7:00 p.m. at Ira Township Hall at 7085 Meldrum between M-29 and Short Cut Road. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. Registration is mandatory. Contact Cindy at 586-339-3962 email [email protected] Place a check payable to Ira Township in the drop box in the Town Hall parking lot, with “sign language class” in the memo. Ms. McCoy has taught this class all over the world. Be sure to sign up and meet her and learn this important skill.

GRAND OPENING OF MAY 1 FARMER’S MARKET: It’s the fifteenth season! Located on Washington between Main and Front streets, the market invites Our Town to be there. Normal market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To enter, text 586-215-7484, visit newbaltimorefarmersmarket.com or email [email protected] Tote bags distributed between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Encouraged products are: for handmade items: art, crafts, woodworking, metal products, artisan food, body care, candles, candies, maple syrup, licensed foods, ceramics and pottery; for farmers and horticulturists: fruits, vegetables, plants, shrubs, perennials and micro-greens; Other: row of retailers, direct sales reps, manufactured goods, antiques, toys, artists, musicians, makeup, educational groups, non-profit groups. It will be a great day and a great shopping season for visitors!

CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY WITH BREAKFAST ON MAY 8: VFW Post 7573 will host the meal from 8-11 a.m. at The Cove. The cost is $10 for adults and $2 for children under 10. Take away available. Located at 35011 23 Mile in Our Town. The cove is at the back of the building.

LET’S PLAY BUNCO MAY 13: A Bunco tournament with snacks, cash bar, 50/50 raffles and hoops will be held at the New Baltimore Civic Club at 36551 Main in our town. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets sold in advance at a cost of $25. Call Laurie at 586-383-0139, visit https://eventbrite.com/e/309072493147 or email [email protected] Proceeds support the New Baltimore Civic Club and Soroptimist International of Grand Macomb.

MAY 20 STEAK-OUT AT VFW POST 7573: From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., enjoy cooking your own New York strip loin over hot coals. Add a baked potato, coleslaw, bun and dessert. The cost is $18 per person. Entertainment by Garrett Veal. Questions? Call 586-725-7100.

ADDITIONAL NEWS FROM THE NB RECREATION CENTER: Summer jobs are available by contacting: [email protected] Get an application today to apply for the following positions: Lifeguard, Summer Camp Counselor, Warden forestry and park maintenance. Flexible hours, paid training and competitive salary increases are the advantages.

BEVERAGE CONTAINER COLLECTIONS WANTED: The New Baltimore Lions Club has a new beverage container collection site. Friends are asked to drop off clean cans or bottles at the Champion Health Club at 33089 23 Mile in the Premier Lanes shopping center on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Funds raised will continue to support Lions work for the blind.

ARMED FORCES DAY USO SHOW MAY 21: Host American Legion Post 351 at 46146 Cass in Utica is looking for artists: singers, soloists or groups, clean comedians, dancers, small groups who dance tap, salsa, ballet or swing, and unique acts such as jugglers and magicians. Artists are asked to donate their time as there will be no compensation. Send a talent video or email action to [email protected] to enter. Please call 586-694-2562 for more information. Organized by The Purple Clover Supporting Our Troops and Veterans.

NBIC IN CONCERT MAY 22: Lighthouse Bible Church at 52260 Washington Rd. in Our Town will be the venue for the New Baltimore Interfaith Choir’s next concert. Entitled “Sing! To smile! Be Grateful!” The forty-voice ensemble will begin performing at 2:30 p.m. Selections of classics, fun songs and patriotic anthems will round out the program. Traditions of inviting children in the audience to perform and honoring those who have served in the military or are currently serving will continue. The choir has performed with joy and perseverance for the region since 1965 with a hiatus between 1984-1996. Be there! Celebrate the love of singing!

DID YOU KNOW? : A Blessing Box has been placed at the entrance of the Town Hall of Our Town. In the box are non-perishable foods. Donations to the Blessing Box are welcome and if needed, feel free to take any food you desire. Our city is grateful to those who donate to the box and sends blessings to those who wish to withdraw from it.

NB LIONS SELL BUTTONS: To support the upkeep of our city’s glorious flag, the Lions have flag buttons available at $2 each. Find them at The Pink House, New Baltimore Civic Club, New Baltimore City Hall, and Town Pump Bar. Collect a bunch of them and distribute them to others.

MAY 30 MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVATION: A parade through Washington with the ABHS Marching Tars and a meaningful ceremony at City Hall are part of this important day in our city and in our country’s history. This year, the day will be observed on the actual day it was first observed to commemorate members of the armed forces killed in war. The details will follow in the next chronicles of Our city.

JUNE 17 BANDWAGON BAND AT VFW: From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. an outdoor lawn chair event will be held at ext. 7573 at 35011 23 Mile in our city. Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, fries and entertainment for $10 per person. Soft drinks and water for sale and a cash bar will be available. In case of bad weather, the event will move to the banquet hall. Our City is invited. Call 586-725-7100 for details.

JUNE 18 VFW POST 7573 ANNUAL GOLF OUTING: The Cedar Glen Golf Course at 36860 25 Mile is the site of the outing with an 8 a.m. start. The cost is $80 per person, which includes 18-hole golf, use of a cart, hot dog, chips, and a drink at the turn. Extras include: Vegas Hole, Longest Practice Holes, Nearest Pinholes, and Team Skin. Later a steak dinner with two drink tickets at ext 7573 at 35011 23 Mile in our town. For more details, please contact Jerry Genso at 313-804-4380, Jim VanTiem at 586-557-4380 or Post 7573 at 586-725-7100.

YOUTH CAMP NEEDS JUNE 20-26 HAVEN PLACE: Lightly worn t-shirts for Bay-Rama workers, Volunteers to serve 9 a.m. to noon as mission workers, Camp leaders from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week and night chaperones for six nights with a flexible schedule. A hot breakfast will be served Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

OFFERED SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE: St. Mary Queen of Creation Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul offer two summer camp areas for youth from early July through August; for boys and girls, a residential camp for children aged 8 to 11 and an adventure camp for children aged 12 to 14 will be available in a safe and fun atmosphere at Camp Ozaman. Children in foster care or family placement, in economic difficulty or in the event of death in the family are invited. Parents and guardians can inquire about the camp for details. Questions can be answered at 586-725-1953.

NB LIONS YARD SALE NEEDS GOODS: A benefit for the Relay For Life team from August 11-13 will be part of the massive Thumb Yard Sale Trail to be held on the grounds of NB City Hall. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. If you have any questions, please call Flo at 586-725-4690.

THE UNITED STATES FLAG FOLDING CEREMONY: As the weeks lead up to Memorial Day, the Our Town column will share the significance of the many folds. With honor guard or flag detail to fold and unfold the flag into a quarter fold: the first fold of our flag is a symbol of life, the second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life, the Third Fold is made in honor and memory of veterans who gave a part of their life in defense of our country in order to achieve peace in the world.

To report news from your service organization, call Bette Carrothers at 586-725-8051 or email her at [email protected]

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