City By City Report for Nov. 27, 2013

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Wednesday, November 27, 2013:


Fall flowers are bringing big bucks to local organizations. Sales of the 7,000 mums that once made up the fall flower carpet downtown generated $4,500 for charity. Beneficiaries include The Crossing, Open Door, and the Boys and Girls Club, among others.

St. Joseph County

Better World Books has received $100,000 to purchase equipment to track book donations and sales. The organization collects and resells books from all over the country. They've re-used or recycled 120 million books in the past decade, and raised 15 million dollars for literacy. The recycling grant will increase those numbers, and allow the company to hire 57 new employees.

Berrien County

One Hundred Women Strong is working to raise money to help women with emergency financial needs. They want 100 women to donate $100, so they can raise $10,000 by January 25. They'll use that money to help women pay for car repairs, medical bills, utilities, or other unexpected expenses. We have information on how to donate, and how to sign up for financial help, on the Big Red Bar.


A local restaurant will be featured on Food Network Wednesday night. “Seven Restaurant” will make its debut on Robert Irvine's Restaurant Impossible. The show airs Wednesday night at 10 o'clock eastern, 9 o'clock central time. The newly-remodeled restaurant plans to have live music, drink specials and half-off appetizers Wednesday night after the episode airs.

St. Joseph

The city will embed the new logo of the 75th Senior PGA Championship at the center of the ice at the John and Dede Howard Ice Rink. The unveiling will happen Wednesday afternoon. The logo will appear there throughout the winter season to raise awareness for the event.

South Bend

Another edition of the Mayor's Night Out has been scheduled. It will be held on Monday, December 2 at Lincoln Primary Center on East Calvert Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Conversations with the mayor, councilwoman Valerie Schey and department heads will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Looking for a special someone for the holidays? There will be a speed dating event Thursday night for single professionals in their 20's and 30's. It will be at Ciao's Italian Lounge from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $20. You should register ahead. Click here for more details.


A free Thanksgiving dinner will be held in Warsaw on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be at the Elks Lodge 802 located at Center Lake Pavilion on East Canal Street. The meal includes turkey, green beans, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy and dessert. Meals will also be delivered to those who pre-ordered and can't come to the dinner.


Get ready for a turkey stampede. The annual Thanksgiving Day race will take place Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at North Side Gym on Lawrence Street. This is a family-friendly event.

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