Safety, rummage sales and comedy highlight spring in Portage

2014-05-14T00:00:00Z Safety, rummage sales and comedy highlight spring in PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 14, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Anyone who knows Randy and me knows public safety is very important to us. With him being a firefighter-paramedic for most of our married life, seat belts and a myriad of other safety devices are a way of life for our family. He has served as a Portage firefighter for the last 20 years and as a medic on the Portage S.W.A.T team since its inception. Medics, firefighters and police officers are all people you see first on an emergency.

Every year these professions come together to sponsor and participate in the annual Bike Safety Day. Everything will be held at Willowcreek Middle School parking lot from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event includes a skills course designed to practice bicycle safety on a obstacle course with their speed checked by radar. One hundred safety helmets will be given away for children without one while supplies last. Other events include showing the kids how to perform a maintenance check on their bicycle, bike registration, Rusty the RailCat, Memorial Med Flight Helicopter and a Portage Police K-9 demo.

Thanks goes to the sponsors of event, Portage Firefighters Local 3151, Portage Police, Porter Regional Hospital and the Kiwanis Club of Portage.

When I think of spring; I think of spring cleaning and rummage sales. I believe that if you haven’t used it in 6 months, you should get rid of it. I have a few things like that laying around when I do my spring cleaning every year but I’m the type to take it to the local resale shop or my church.

If you are eager to hit a spring rummage sale, 1st United Methodist Church United Methodist Women's biannual rummage sale is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 22 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23 at 2537 McCool Road. Lunch and dinner will be served Thursday and lunch only on Friday. The menu includes chicken and noodles, hot dogs, pop, coffee and dessert. Proceeds from the sale go to local and worldwide missions. For more information, call (219) 762-1896. Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, plus you get a great bargain.

Lastly, I want to let everyone know about a special family-friendly comedy event coming up at 6 and 8:30 p.m. May 23 at Woodland Park, Oakwood Hall, 2100 Willowcreek Road. "The Sweet Life!" Is a dessert comedy put on by the Independent Missionary Network. Join them for a fun evening of good, clean comedy by Scott Davis plus a whole bevy of delightful desserts to tempt your taste buds. Tickets are $10 in advance, $11 online and $15 at the door. General admission seating and doors open at 5:15 and there will be childcare available for children 8 and under.

For online tickets you can go to www.MissionaryNetwork.org. Proceeds will be split between the Backpack Program, which feeds hungry children right here in Portage Township Schools on the weekends, and clean water in Guatemala.

Don’t miss this sweet treat!

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