Schoolcraft Library Gets Memorial Donation

librarybookThe Schoolcraft Community Library received $1,500 in donations in the name of Carol Kendall after she passed away in the fall of 2015. Her husband, Charlie Kendall, asked that $500 go to children’s books including fiction and non-fiction, according to Faye VanRavenswaay, library director.

“We were able to purchase 38 books and each one has a memorial plate put inside the cover indicating that it is dedicated to Carol Kendall. Right now, many of them are on display in our new books area. These materials are a fine addition to the children’s collection,” she said.

“Anyone can make a memorial donation to honor a loved one and restrict it to a particular type of book or material,” VanRavenswaay said. “If a gift is not restricted, it typically goes into the general fund and is often put to use later for special projects. It all adds up, so it is great to have any kind of donations to help us meet expenses.”

Vicksburg Library Events

Feb 2:  12:30 p.m. Come & Go Brown Bag Lunch for Adults:  Bring your lunch and we will provide drinks and a light dessert.  This events will include games, jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages, and socializing.

Feb 5:  6:30-8 p.m. Art Show:  Up and Coming Photography Artists from the Vicksburg High School.

Beginning Tuesday February 9 for four weeks 1-3 p.m.:  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from WMU presents “Our Collective History:  The Revolutionary Period–More Than Guns and Marches” with David and Kristina Aubry.  Registration required at (269) 387-4200.

Feb 13:  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Cuppa Joe Informational meeting.  Come and join us for a morning Cuppa Joe.  At 11 a.m. a short presentation will be given explaining E-books, Inter-Library Loans, and navigating the library’s website.  Also, Andrea is planning to be with us to answer some of your tech questions.

Feb 13:  1 p.m.    Cabin Fever Afternoon for Adults.  Choose a craft item to create or color a picture.  Get out of the house and socialize.  PLEASE register for this event.

Feb 17:  Come & Go Brown Bag Lunch for Adults: Bring your lunch and we will provide drinks and a light dessert.   Nancy Smith, local author, will be joining us to share excerpts from one of her books and to talk with us about writing our own stories.

Chili Cook Off and Chili Run Back by Popular Demand

By Sue Moore

The Chili Cook-Off, sponsored by the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, kicks off its day with a 5-kilometer chili fun run at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 6 at the entry to Clark Park. The run is sure to raise appetites for runners and the public. They are invited to return to the big tent at the corner of W. Prairie and Michigan Avenue, for some warm chili, starting at 11 a.m., according to event chairperson Brian Pitts.

This annual event in February was cancelled for a few years, said Pitts, chamber president. “We were happy to bring it back by popular demand in 2015. It makes for something special in the dead of winter for the community and is a fundraiser for the Chamber. Whatever the weather, the tent will be warm and there will be live music for entertainment.”

A taste of each vendor’s chili will be sold at 50 cents a taste, with hot dogs, bottled water, and snacks also for sale by the Chapman Nazarene Church crew. Local vendors competing in the chili cook-off include Rise & Dine, The Vault, Taco Bob’s, Jaspare’s, and the Cultural Arts Center. Mandy’s Candies expects to provide coffee and baked goods.

The 5k chili fun run is new this year, taking the place of the Frostbite Run that was started in 2009 by Ann Maltby. It will be much more informal this year with no registration fee, although donations will be accepted. The race will go throughout the village and anyone can enter by signing up on Friday, February 5 at Tanya’s Girl Garage until 8 p.m., or Saturday morning before the race.

To keep folks entertained, there will be outhouse races with teams of five competing for the silver plunger that the chamber is offering. The outhouses were built a few years ago by the village’s Department of Public Works and have survived the zaniness, although several suffered flat tires in 2015, Pitts said.