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Plenty to do this weekend in Portage

2013-03-13T00:00:00Z Plenty to do this weekend in PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
March 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

They say “when it rains, it pours” and that is exactly how I feel about this weekend’s activities. Not a night that I, and I hope many others can say, “there isn’t anything to do.”

It all starts 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday when the South Haven Lion’s Club hosts its annual all-you-can-eat chili supper at the South Haven American Legion Post 502. There will lots of tasty mouth-watering chili with all the trimmings, hot dogs and drinks for each hungry patron. Many luscious desserts will be on hand for your sweet tooth. Adult tickets are $7 and kids under 10 are $3. A special discount price is $17 for a family of four. Tickets are available at the door.

Portage Rebuilding Together and Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter are the grateful recipients for all the proceeds for this wonderful fundraiser the South Haven Lions put on every year. Both groups are concerned with keeping a roof over our Portage Township citizen's heads. Without partners like the Lions and the American Legions, they may cease to exist. Come on out and grab a bite to help those in need.

Next up is Portage 1st United Methodist Church’s 2nd annual Date Night Challenge this Friday. The night begins at 6 p.m. at the church with a dinner for you and your sweetie for just a free-will offering. Then comes the fun.

Did you know that statistics show that couples that have a regular date night at least once a month fair better than their counterparts that do not? Focus on the Family/Date Night Challenge hosted by Dr. Gary and Erin Smalley will have you laughing with comedian Michael Jr., singing with 14-time Dove Award winner Mark Schultz and learning to fall in love again. They help us to understand how to “make moments that matter” and give us “dynamic, yet down to earth advice through laughter and entertainment.”

I was always taught as I grew up that the foundation to a good family was only as good as the marriage it was founded on. Parents must make their relationship strong and stand united to keep the family together. Please consider coming to this unique and fun event to help keep your love alive.

Lastly, we all know what this weekend brings, especially those with an Irish heritage. Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and what would this weekend be without a visit to Portage’s own Clancy’s Irish Pub in the Portage Mall?

Put on your best green garb and indulge in all things Irish this weekend. There will bagpipers galore both Saturday and Sunday at Clancy’s for listening and dancing pleasure. DJ McVon will also be on hand playing the music that all of the lads and lasses cherish.

Since St. Patrick’s Day falls during Lent, the normal Lenten prohibition of eating meat is waived and people dance, drink and feast on the traditional dinner of Irish bacon (corned beef) and cabbage. Of course, this authentic dinner will be on hand for all to purchase at $12.95. But I warn you, bring your appetites or request a doggy bag because this dinner is quite a bellyfull.

Whereever this weekend takes you, may you blessed and be a blessing to others.

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