City By City Report for March 24, 2014

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Monday, March 24, 2014:

Elkhart

If you have a child who is a pro with color crayons, listen up. The Concord Mall is hosting a coloring contest. Winners take home gift cards worth up to $50. Easter Bunnyville is also now open at the mall. The contest is open until April 19.

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A wellness clinic opens Monday in Elkhart. They will treat non-emergency illnesses for those ages 5 to 64. A sliding fee scale is available to anyone who qualifies based on income and family size. Payment is expected at the time of service. The clinic is located at the Community Health Nursing Division of the Elkhart County Health Department located at 608 Oakland Avenue. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Elkhart County

A fundraiser to restore the Ox Bow Tower in Elkhart County was successful this weekend. The March for the Tower raised more than $1,300. According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, the parks department is now $1,500 away from securing enough money to start rebuilding the tower this summer. It burned down in 2010. Since then, the community has raised nearly $130,000 to restore it.

South Bend

South Bend’s "Get Booked" program is back in action Monday. Council Vice President Derek Dieter and Better World Books are teaming up to give away books to as many children as possible. The Silver Hawks and the Kroc are getting involved too -- offering rewards to children who read enough books. Swoop will accompany Dieter to hand out books at Muessel Intermediate, Marquette Primary, and Tarkington.

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An author who investigated the inner workings of the restaurant industry will be at Notre Dame Monday night. Saru Jayaraman wrote “Behind the Kitchen Door” looking at the struggles of restaurant workers, including the current campaign to raise wages. She'll be at Notre Dame's Carey Auditorium from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Jayaraman is director of the Food Labor Research Center.

Plymouth

Your child can learn about service dogs and how they help those living with disabilities. It’s all part of a spring break program at the Plymouth Public Library on Monday. It’s going on from 2 to 3 p.m. On Tuesday, an officer from the Plymouth Police Department will be the featured speaker with his canine partner, Jax, who was trained in Holland and responds to commands in Dutch.

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