City By City Report for July 24, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Thursday July 24, 2014

South Bend

You can enjoy activities and entertainment at Howard Park Thursday morning. Face painting and fun kicks off at 10:30 a.m. in the playground area. Next week, there's another family fun day in a different South Bend park. It's all meant to connect kids with area resources.


There's a fast-paced educational tour of snakes from around the world this afternoon at the Centre Township branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library. Snakehead Ed will show boas, pythons and more, plus, get a look at which Indiana snakes should be avoided. This activity is best for kids older than five. You should meet in the alligator room at 1 o'clock. If you need more information call this (574) 251-3700.


The city has approved a new tall grass ordinance. Now, residents' grass may grow up to 8 inches. According to our reporting partners at WKVI, if that limit is violated, the fine is $75. City council members say following the new rules will help the city look its best.


Your children can embrace their inner creativity on Thursday. There's a craft night focused on flowers and frames at better world books. It starts at 6 p.m. at their location on Main Street. Children will keep busy learning to make at least 8 paper flowers that can be used on different art projects.


Berrien County officials are looking into whether Tuesday's land auction in Niles was a flop. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, out of the 264 foreclosed properties up for grabs, only 6 were sold. That's compared to 54 properties sold at their Sodus auction earlier this month. Organizers say the goal was to get Niles residents involved but they're considering whether they'll hold an auction at that spot again.

Three Oaks

Betty's Buddies is asking for your support during their biggest fundraiser of the year. The organization provides hats for cancer patients going through treatment. On Friday, from 8-10 p.m., they're bringing in a band from Nashville to play in memory of the charity's namesake, Betty Jean Grosse. Admission is $25.

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