Mid October in Portage lends itself to crisp, cool weather, colored leaves and all kinds of activities associated with with the upcoming holidays.
One such event is this Saturday at the American Legion Post 260 Auxiliary’s Harvest Craft Sale. There are about 30 different crafters, woodworkers, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Tastefully Simple, jewelry and more to tempt you to spend your money on gifts or something special for yourself.
A highlight of this event is a special group of women from the auxiliary who call themselves the “Happy Hookers,” who knit and crochet lap blankets, shawls, afghans, caps, scarves and wheel chair bags and donate them to the veterans at the Indiana Veterans Home in Lafayette.
The members donate much time and materials to our veterans and will have many of their items for sale this Saturday to continue their work for those who have fought hard for our country.
If you keep up with many of the young people in your life, you probably hear a lot of chatter about zombies. Yes, TV shows such as “The Walking Dead” and movies such as “World War Z” are entertaining young and old alike with the world of flesh-eating undead creatures.
Pair those undead with America’s running culture and you get the Portage Parks Foundation’s second annual Freaky Fun Zombie Run at 4 p.m. Saturday at Imagination Glen’s Outback Trail. This run is a 5K Extreme Run where runners will experience challenges of strategically placed obstacles, mud, water, rough terrain and zombies at unexpected spots along the trail. Participants are encouraged to come in costume to get into the “spirit” of things but that is not required. After the race, runners will enjoy food and beverages.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three runners in each age group. This year there will also be prizes given to the first 48 runners who finish the race without losing their flag on their waist to a lurking zombie. Registration will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and will cost $35 per person on the day of race. The race will be professionally timed for all those who are serious and scared stiff. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (219) 781-3295. How many will we see running right out of their socks this weekend?
Lastly, I want to remind everyone about Haven Hallow Harvest Fest from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Haven Hallow Park, 330 W. County Road 700 North in South Haven. There will be horse and carriage rides, Halloween games and crafts, pumpkin decorating, hot dogs and chips, a Cider Hut, luminary lighting, costume parade, scavenger hunt and spooky stories and s’mores by the campfire.
Thanks goes to all the South Haven businesses, sponsors and volunteers who are making this event totally free.
This is an outdoor event so please dress for the weather and come and have a happy harvest time. For more information, call (219) 762-1675 ext. 31 or visit www.facebook.com/portagetownship.org.
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