City By City Report for Dec. 2, 2013

Here's a recap of our City By City report from Monday, December 2, 2013:

North Liberty

Potato Creek State Park is closed Monday and Tuesday for controlled deer hunts. Potato Creek is among 21 Indiana state parks that are closed for select hunters. The Indiana Dunes, Pokagon and Turkey Run parks are also closed.


Students are learning skills Monday for a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle. It's Ranger Wellness Day -- part of the "Think. Respect. Campaign." Students will go through a number of activities, from a marine-sponsored obstacle course, to cooking healthy meals. The program is funded by an education grant.


Children will be paired with police officers Monday, to go shopping for gifts to brighten up the holidays. Thirty-five underprivileged children will be out with police at the Elkhart Road Meijer, picking out holiday gifts for themselves and their families. Meijer donates gift cards for the "Shop with a Hero" event.


Monday night the Plymouth High School winter guard will trade in their flags for aprons and serving trays. They will be your waiters and waitresses at Pizza Hut from 5 to 8 p.m. Pizza Hut will donate $1 for every buffet purchased plus all tips for the winter guard program.


The St. Joseph County Humane Society is accepting applications for its Paws for Pages program. Kids ages 6 to 13 will have the opportunity to read to shelter pets, participate in hands on projects and crafts, and learn from animal professionals. You can sign up by calling the humane society, space is limited.

South Bend

Tickets are still available for your child to have breakfast with Santa in South Bend. The event benefits the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Tickets cost $6 each and there are three different times, 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. It will be held at Eddy Street Commons on Saturday. We have a link to ticket information on the Big Red Bar.

A holiday staple in downtown South Bend is almost ready for the season. The Christmas tree is already standing in front of the old College Football Hall of Fame and it will be lit this Friday night during First Fridays. If you're looking for that perfect photo opportunity, jolly old Saint Nick will also be making an appearance, plus there are trolley rides from TRANSPO.


The fire department is selling Christmas trees to support fire prevention and education programs. The sale is happening on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 7 and Sundays from noon to 4.


You and your pet are invited to get your picture taken with Santa. It will be Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Concord Mall. All pets must be on a leash.

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