Here's a recap of our City By City report from Friday, November 15, 2013:
Holiday pop up shops are set to open Friday. They'll be open from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. According to Stacey Page Online, Denney Farms and Shanghai Tai are among the retailers. All of the shops are at the former license branch building on Lake Street.
Schools are expanding their recycling programs. Seven schools received grants totaling $1,300. According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, they'll be learning how to separate the various types of recyclable material, how to use compost and even learn about worm composting. Since 2004, the county has awarded 105 recycling grants to schools, totaling $86,000.
A benefit will be held in Mishawaka this weekend as part of the Sarah Strong campaign. Moccasin Creek will play at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge on 12th Street Saturday night. According to our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth, the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit Sarah Crane, a teenager battling cancer.
The Essenhaus Tour of Trees starts Friday and continues through Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. you can take a self-guided tour of more than 30 decorated Christmas trees. There are location guides available at any cash register and you can even enter a drawing to win one of three gift baskets with a cash value of $100, packed with Christmas decorating supplies and ornaments.
The Wizard of oz is coming to amish acres in nappanee, starting today. You can attend performances now through december 31st at the round barn theatre. For ticket information, you can call 800-800-4942. We also have details on the Big Red Bar.
You can get a free turkey for donating blood. The South Bend Medical Foundation is offering the deal at all of its locations, which also includes South Bend and Mishawaka. You will get a voucher for a free 10 to 12 pound Troyer turkey through November 27. If you don't want to keep it, you can help another family by donating the turkey to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. We have more details on the Big Red Bar.
You can learn about the history of Niles this weekend. The authors of a book called Niles Then and Now will be at the library on East Main Street Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be sharing a slideshow, offering refreshments and signing books.
They're having a chili cook off to benefit Relay for Life in the fight against cancer. It will be on Saturday at the VFW, located at 1511 South Heaton Street from 1 to 4 p.m. Central. All you can eat chili is available for $5. There will be a silent auction and bake sale as well.
Student composers will show off their work at a concert in South Bend this weekend. It will take place at the IU South Bend campus auditorium in Northside Hall at 4 p.m. on Sunday. You will also hear from the students about the art of creating music. Tickets are very affordable for families; they range from $5-9 for adults and senior, while students and kids get in free.