Here we are three days before the scariest night of the year. It really amazes me how crazy Halloween is now-a-days. It's not just for the kiddies anymore though. A Halloween Costume Dance for seniors is planned for this evening at Miller's Merry Manor Senior Living Community, 5911 Lute Road at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and is free. Costumes are appreciated but not mandatory.
Portage Economic Development Corporation in cooperation with the Downtown Development is sponsoring a Downtown Trick or Treat on Friday along Central Avenue from 4 to 6 p.m. Over 50 businesses from in and around Portage will be offering treats for our kiddies. Events also planned for this time are McDonald's Pass the Pumpkin Contest, the Youth Commission is taking Spooky Photos at City Hall and Greentree Environmental is sponsoring a coloring contest. Looks like some good haunting and hunting downtown this Friday!
Diamond Plaza on U.S. 6 is hosting a Halloween event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will include a moonwalk, candy, food, games, giveaways and chances to win free movie tickets for the Portage 16. The event is free to the public and is sponsored by the businesses of the Diamond Plaza and the Portage 16/IMAX Theater. For more info contact (219) 256-2612.
For all the parents in Portage, trick or treat hours are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. I hope that the weather will be good for all the little ghouls and goblins.
A few safety tips are to carry some kind of illumination with you. Try to use sidewalks whenever possible and cross the streets at a crosswalk. Don't eat any of your treats until they can be checked by an adult. Wear some kind of reflective clothing or tape so you can be easily seen.
Have a great Halloween, Portage. Now on to the next day, All Saints Day. In Christianity, it is a day commemorating all the saints of the church, known and unknown. It is celebrated in the Western churches on Nov. 1 and the 1st Sunday after Pentecost in the eastern churches. The first observance of the All Saint's Day was all the way back in 837. In medieval England, this festival was called All Hallows, hence the name of it's eve becoming Halloween.
Speaking of saints, I was reminded that some very busy volunteers are getting out applications for homeowners to apply for help in this next years, Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) to be on April 24, 2010.
While April seems far away right now with the impending holidays, we need several months to carefully prepare for build day with adequate supplies, donations and volunteers. The criteria includes that the applicant resides in Portage Township, own their own home, have a household income of 80% of median or less, have no outstanding property taxes, are unable to do the work themselves and are willing to work with the RT team. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2008. For any other information or for locations of the applications call Tom at 762-2530, Carrie at 762-1623, ext. 21 or me at (219) 921-9178.
Last but not least remember this is the weekend we get an extra hour of sleep. Remember to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday morning, Portage!
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