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When it rains it pours in Portage

2014-04-23T00:00:00Z When it rains it pours in PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent
April 23, 2014 12:00 am  • 

You know the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers," depicting the weather for this time of year? Well it also could be said, with all the great things happening in Portage the rest of the week, “When it rains it pours." So many fun things happening this weekend in Portage, it would be hard to choose, but you really don’t have to, my friends.

The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Portage Community and Business Night is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road. There will be over 100 business and restaurants touting their stuff for all the world to see. Last year this event enticed over 750 people in attendance; don’t miss out on this powerful event.

At 7 a.m. Saturday, hundreds of volunteers will be out to mark this year’s 18th Annual Portage Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April). Rebuilding Together fills a much-needed gap, providing thousands of low-income, elderly and disabled Americans with hope in these trying times across the country. Yet, the need for our services is still vast. This entire operation depends on volunteers. It takes a company of skilled laborers, a corps of folks willing to help, and the donations of money and materials. Thanks goes to all that help with this labor of love every year.

This Saturday also has the Empty Bowls Project, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations to fight hunger. The event is going on from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Portage High School West cafeteria. It’s $5 for a bowl of soup and bread or $10 for a beautiful bowl to keep, handcrafted by students plus your meal. All donations go to the Portage Food Pantry and the event is sponsored by the PHS Art Club, Holy Cross and St. Peter’s Lutheran churches.

After that you can swing by for dessert from 2 to 4 p.m. at the South Haven Christian Church, 786 Juniper Road, to “Celebrate with cake, ice cream and beverages." Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for adults and all proceeds got to Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter to provide homeless woman and children refuge in Porter County. There will also be a silent auction and vendors for you to peruse at the benefit.

Lastly, is a chance to buy mom a present early this year for Mother’s Day. This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodland Park will be the Spring Jewelry and Craft Show for all your one stop shopping needs. There will be florists, jewelry, massages, custom gifts and much more at this annual tradition put on by the Portage Parks Department.

Wow, what an exciting week end in Portage. Take the time to get out and go to these awesome opportunities right in your own backyard while helping those that help others. What can I say? Portage rocks!

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