City By City Report for April 4, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Friday, April 4, 2014:

Elkhart

You can feast on chili, all to help a local Cub Scout group. The leader of Pack 762 is accused of stealing all of last year's fundraising money. So Santa's Pantry “Pay It Forward” is hosting a dinner. There is no charge for admission, but they are asking for donations -- all of which go directly to the scouts. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Eastwood Elementary School.

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An Elkhart shop is celebrating one year of business on Friday. Bella's Consignment Boutique is offering discounts up to 30% and will be giving away door prizes Friday and Saturday. They're located on Johnson Street.

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The Easter Bunny is making his debut in Elkhart this weekend. He will be at Concord Mall starting Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. His Sunday hours are 1 to 6 p.m. Kids can get a coupon for a free Ben's soft pretzel, while supplies last.

Dowagiac

The city is gearing up for its annual city-wide garage sale. The event is May 16 and 17 so if you have items you want to put up for sale, you need to act soon. The registration deadline is April 15. It costs $8 to have your location listed in the buyer's guide and map. More than 70 people and businesses took part last year.

South Bend

You can get free dental care on Friday. Students in the dental hygiene program at IU South Bend are hosting a sealant clinic to help protect your molars from decay. It runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the IU South Bend facility on Ester Street.

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A former pop-up shop will open in a new location Friday. Playgroup focuses on hands-on creative play, geared toward preschool and elementary age children; but there's also a baby area, and foosball table and board games for older kids. The business is partnering with the South Bend Chocolate Company, and will be located in the store front directly behind the café on South Michigan Street. To learn more about Playgroup, click here.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame announced it will dedicate a new facility in Rome next week. The latest Global Gateway is meant to create space for cultural and intellectual exchange. Architecture students and professional staff moved into the facility in January. A blessing and dedication ceremony is planned for Wednesday. The university has six Global Gateways. The others are in Chicago, Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem and London.

Lakeville

There's a mobile food pantry Friday in Lakeville at the United Methodist Church. It's open from 10 a.m. to noon. Fresh and non-perishable items will be available from the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, first come, first serve. You should bring a valid photo ID and boxes or bags with you.

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