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Country Breakfast

Tracy United Methodist Church (located on Hwy 6, southeast of La Porte, west of Walkerton)
Breakfast served from 7 am – 11 am (central time).
$7 Adults, $4 ages 6-12, under 6 Free.
Bacon, Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes, Biscuits & Sausage Gravy,
Fruit, & Drink.
Carry-outs available. Handicap Accessible.

Kristine Egger (219) 393-5091
Tracy United Methodist Church
1702 E US Hwy 6 & 35, Hamlet, IN 46532

59th Annual Midwest RV Super Show

RV/MH Hall of Fame 21565 Executive Parkway Elkhart, Indiana 46514
Past meets the Present at the 2014 59th Annual Midwest RV Super Show. You can see RVings roots inside the RV / MH Hall of Fame and the step outside and see the latest offerings in the RV industry.
Over 250 brand new RV's! First opportunity to see the 2015 models - Blowout pricing on 2014 models.
Enjoy this great family fun event!
Thursday, August 7 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday, August 8 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 9 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 10 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Adults 16 and up: $10 (Includes RV Super Show & RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum Admission)
Kids 15 & under: Free with adult

Matt Rose

Millersburg Farmers Day Festival

Cook Station Park , Millersburg IN
Friday 15th: Car Show, Food Vendors, Kids Games , Entertainment Saturday 16th: Parade 11am downtown,
Food Vendors, Kids Games, Entertainment, Fireworks



Z. B. Falcons, 323 S. Sheridan St., South Bend, IN 46619`
All you can eat buffet wit perch, smelt, Pollack, fries, O-rings, homemade mac and cheese plus salad bar. $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.

Mary Staszewski, 574/288-3335

Back To School Bash

First Brethren Church, 4909 S Ironwood Dr South Bend, IN 46614
Community Free School Supply give away Also: Free Food, Free Inflatables, Free Games and much more. Community participants include: Pet Refuge, Christian Dance Academy, Small Smiles, Real Services, St Joe Health Department, St Joe County Public Library, Chippewa Bowl, South Bend Fire and Police Departments and a special appearance of "SWOOP" the Silver Hawks Mascot.

This is a FREE event, open to the public. We will be handing out backpacks and school supplies to children in the community.


First Brethren Church of South Bend, 574-291-4909.

Communication and Family Relations Project

South Bend, IN
University of Notre Dame F.U.N. Lab is looking for families to participate in our new study. We are looking for families with a child with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities between 6-17, a sibling between 11-17, and parents/guardians who are married or cohabiting. This study is to improve communication within families. Families can earn up to $295. For more information, please contact our lab.

F.U.N. Lab

Back To School Bash

FIrst Apostolic Church 802 E Mishawaka Ave Mishawaka, IN 46545
Free event for the community. Come and enjoy free food, games, inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, and school supply give-aways. There will also be a grand prize drawing for one girl and one boy bicycle.

Rachel Hoffman

Yellowstone Trail Fest

Starke County Fairgrounds Hamlet, IN
Hamlet Rendezvous - Town Wide Yard Sales. Free admission.
Vendors: 1830 HISTORY EVENT, music, FOOD, Sat & Sun Sausage & gravy biscuit breakfast, mobile reptile zoo, wet/dry inflatables, basketball, FFA Tractor event, games, mounted gun runners, car show & swap, silent auction, slow bike race, parade, wrestling, BANDS, adult tricycle race, raffles, pet parade, quilt show, hawk & knife spear throw, skillet throw, atalatal toss, Tae Kwon Do, pony rides, zumbe, Noah's wife, bicycle jump off, ice cream social.

Annette - 586-2105

August Game Day

Better World Books - Goshen, 215 S. Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526
It's our monthly Game Day at the bookstore! Bring a couple games to play and we'll have our demo games available too. Fun for everyone!

Veronica Berkey574.534.1984

Story Time at the Bookstore

Better World Books - Goshen, 215 S. Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526
Let's read! A local guest reader will share stories here at the store, so pull up a chair or a rug and enjoy. Bonus! Everyone who comes in for story time gets 10% off drinks and treats at Brewthies on Main while they're here!

Veronica Berkey574-534-1984

First Fridays - Kids' Night Out

Downtown South Bend, Indiana
The first Friday of every month downtown South Bend businesses open their doors to host entertaining events such as:
Live musical performances.
Special one night promotions/coupons/sales.
Demonstrations/classes (yoga, cooking, art etc.)
Activities and Experiences for kids, adults & families
Artist receptions, celebrations & festivities
Refreshments, food and wine tasting
Explore downtown South Bend for one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art galleries, studios, museums, salons, clubs, cafes, restaurants and more.
Movies, live music and other entertainment will also be hosted by Downtown South Bend, Inc (DTSB) each month.

Cathy Dietz, 574.968.7288,

Little Sprouts Cooking Class: Plant Parts Salad

Wellfield Botanic Gardens Elkhart, IN
It’s almost time for school to start. Are you looking for an end of the summer activity to do with your children? Bring them to Wellfield Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, August 5th at 11:00am for the Little Spouts Cooking Class. Children and their parents will create a plant parts salads, learning about plant parts, what is edible and healthy eating. This hands-on program allows children to prepare their own snack while making the connection about the origins for the food they eat. Participants should bring their own drink. Cost is $3/child. Space is limited, registration is required. Ages 5-12 welcome. Parents must accompany children. To register or for more information feel free to call 574-266-2006. Wellfield Botanic Gardens is located at 1011 N. Main St, Elkhart, IN 46514.

Angela Bell, 574-266-2006,

Movie in the Gardens: Shrek

Wellfield Botanic Gardens Elkhart, IN
Looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon? Bring the family to Wellfield Botanic Gardens and enjoy an outdoor movie matinee in a beautiful landscape. As a part of Celebrate Elkhart Week, The Gardens presents, in partnership with Momentum Marketing to present an outdoor showing of Dreamworks Shrek on the giant LED movie screen. Families can come for the movie, enjoy a stroll in the gardens and participate in a scavenger hunt. Bring chairs or a blanket to relax on. Kona Ice will be available for purchase. The cost is free with admission and with a suggested $1 donation for children. We hope to see you out for the Celebrate Elkhart Week kick-off and outdoor cinematic fun. For more information go to or call 574-266-2006. Wellfield Botanic Gardens is located at 1011 N. Main St. Elkhart, IN 46514.

Angela Bell, 574-266-2006,

Antique Engine and Tractor Show

Michigan Flywheelers Museum, South Haven, Michigan
Four days of old fashion family fun! See hundreds of old engines (like Model Ts), antique tractors and more during this event which is the largest show of its kind in the state. Daily parades, a huge outdoor flea market, tractor cruise, music, bingo, crafts, and - a favorite.... eat an ear or two of our delish corn on the cob cooked in a Nichols and Shepard steam traction engine. Visit Old Towne where the village blacksmith is busy hammering iron, learn about agriculture in the Farm History Building, take a picture of the old iron cell in the Old Tyme Jail, visit our newly built Peaceful Knoll Church and take a peek at how our early settlers lived when you visit our log cabin. There are also working demonstrations at the sawmill and shingle mill along with plenty of kids activities like the Sawdust Pile Hunt, peddle pull and the John Dudley Magic Show. Admission is only $6. Children 12 and under free with paid admission. Thursday is Seniors Dar and admission is only $3. Rustic camp sites are available on a first come basis. For more information, visit or Like us on Facebook

Patrick Ingalls, 269-639-2010

Truck Pull for South Bend Schools

South Bend Four Winds Field, South Bend, IN
Have fun raising funds for South Bend Schools. Free family entertainment at Four Winds Field. Watch the teams compete to pull the semi truck 20 feet!

Susan Warner(547) 283-8039

First Fridays - Downtown: The Musical

Downtown South Bend, Indiana
The first Friday of every month downtown South Bend businesses open their doors to host entertaining events such as:
Live musical performances.
Special one night promotions/coupons/sales.
Demonstrations/classes (yoga, cooking, art etc.)
Activities and Experiences for kids, adults & families
Artist receptions, celebrations & festivities
Refreshments, food and wine tasting
Explore downtown South Bend for one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art galleries, studios, museums, salons, clubs, cafes, restaurants and more.
Movies, live music and other entertainment will also be hosted by Downtown South Bend, Inc (DTSB) each month.

Cathy Dietz, 574.968.7288,

Kelly Miller Circus

Lakeville Wilson Field
Kelly Miller Circus
Americas One Ring Wonder
Lakeville Wilson Field
Sunday August 24th Performances at 2:00 PM & 5:00 PM
Tickets available at: BP Station (Bremen & Lakeville) Casey Mini Mart (Lakeville) 1st Source Bank (Lapaz)
Hilltop Restaurant (Lakeville) Leos Restaurant (Lakeville) Yum Yum Shoppe (North Liberty)
Or online at
Sponsor: Union Township & Town of Lakeville

Bill Stroup 574-274-3617

Dunlap Lions Club Original Jonah Fish Fry

Concord High School Cafeteria, Elkhart
All-You-Can-Eat fish and sides (potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw)
Adults $9.50; kids 6-12 $5; kids 5 and under eat free (carryouts available)
Sponsor: Dunlap Lions Club
All proceeds help fund community activities of sponsoring organizations.

Jeff Gillaspy

Michiana Renaissance Festival

Kamm Island, Downtown Mishawaka, IN
Come one! Come all to the 4th Annual Michiana Renaissance Festival, located on Kamm Island Park in Downtown Mishawaka, IN. Each day is filled with fun and educational things to see and do for the whole family!
The Michiana Renaissance Festival has 4 different re-enactment areas: Medieval/Renaissance, the Golden Age of Piracy, the Time of the Vikings, and Fairytale Storyland. Each area has exclusive exhibits, shows and vendors.

Amy Zook,, 574-367-8813

South Bend International Festival

Saint Joseph County 4H Fairground
A non-profit fund raising event accommodating all families. It's friendly outdoor event full of live music, local and authenic foods, arts and craft, children play, camping and fun.
This is brand new name and changes theme from the previous "South Bend Reggae Festival". It's a ten years anniversary celebration. The music is comprised of Blues, Latino, Reggae, R&B, African and Drum circle. The food is amazing and some you can't find them from this area.
Friday, gates open at 3pm, show time 5pm until 11:00. Sat, gates open at 2pm, show time 3pm until 11:30pm. Visit the or call 574-532-4973 if any questions.

John Pangani, 574-532-4973

Family Drop-In Activities

Wellfield Botanic Gardens Elkhart, IN
Bring the family to Wellfield Botanic Gardens for fun with science on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from June to October. Children can discover the wonders of the gardens through hands-on exploration and crafts. There is a new adventure every month – learn about plant parts in June, have fun with water in July, worms in August, birds in September, and how lovely leaves are in October. Drop-In any time between 1:00pm and 4:00pm. No registration necessary. Free with admission. Weather permitting. For more information call 574-266-2006 or visit our website

Angela Bell

Karsyn Bell Pay It Forward Festival

Congdon Park Bristol, IN (downtown)
Craft vendors, kids game area, BMX bike show, fire spinner show, Indiana yo-yo champ, rolling video game trailer, pony rides, zip line and more. Visit

Debbie Micola 574-361-3338

Cody Collier in Concert at the Newton Center

Newton Center 601 N. Michigan St. Lakeville, IN 46536
Performing at The Newton Center is Cody Collier.
New album release concert! A night of music with a message, singer/ songwriter Cody Collier releases his new album BREAKING FREE with a hometown concert at the Newton Center. A high energy and fun night for the whole family. Doors open @ 7:00p.m. Drawings at intermission. Concessions available!
Get your tickets now! Call 574-784-2749
Tickets cost $10.00 (Cash or check only)
10 and under free.

Newton Center 574-784-2749

Saturday Visitor Hours at Elkhart Environmental Center

1717 East Lusher Avenue Elkhart, IN 46516
Come visit the Elkhart Environmental Center today! The Elkhart Environmental Center features indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. Use the boat launch to fish along the Elkhart River, check out the food education garden, or take a walk along the beautiful trails that are open from dawn to dusk. The air-conditioned cabin is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Come inside to refresh, watch birds at the viewing window, check out environmental displays and explore the children’s activity loft. Visit the Elkhart Environmental Center’s website for more information at or call 574-293-5070.

Ericka Popovichphone: (574) 293-5070


Elkhart County Historical Museum 304 W Vistula, Bristol IN 46507

Come, sit, listen, laugh and reminisce while our 2014 nationally known featured tellers Bil Lepp and Beth Horner take your imagination and memories away to other times and places. You’ll find yourself laughing, caught up in an adventure with intriguing characters, or you may find a story reminds you of an experience long ago and forgotten. Our hope is that you will be inspired to share and pass on your stories with friends and family.

The 25th ANNUAL BRISTOL HILLS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL will be held Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the ELKHART COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM, at 304 W. Vistula Street in Bristol. Parking is available at the Museum, the Post Office, and across the street.

The Museum will remain open during the Storytelling Festival. Visitors are encouraged to browse through the exhibits before the program to learn about local history. Tour guides will be available to direct our guests through the galleries. In addition, you will enjoy listening to the “Promissory Notes" playing authentic, acoustic folk and mountain music both nights before the featured teller performance.

The Swapping Ground precedes the Featured Telling at 5:30 pm with local informal audience participation and is open to anyone wishing to share or just listen to a story. Traditionally the Swapping Grounds provides an opportunity for interested people to tell a story in front of a supportive audience. So come and tell your true, funny, a tall tale or personal story that goes between “Once upon a time” and “the end”. Be brave, have fun, give your story wings in the Swapping Ground. Featured tellers are at 7 pm. Admission is $10. Stories are family oriented for adults and teens.
The 2014 Festival featured storytellers will be:
Bil Lepp: Growing up in a family where it was the responsibility of the listener to decide whether or not a story was true, Bil became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. Audiences are delighted by Bil’s hilarious tales and delightful insights into everyday life. Be it a plunger, a hunting trip, or a funeral, Bil can find the humor in any situation. His stories often start as personal experiences, move toward outrageous, and become hysterically unbelievable. Yet they contain morsels of truth and wisdom. True life or true lie? You may never know.

Beth Horner: Beth’s goal as a storyteller is to entertain and to encourage her listeners to dip into the wealth of their own imaginations. “When you watch a story on television or in a movie theater, you see one person’s (the film maker’s) depiction of an image – of a monster, a prince or an enraged tiger eating a buffalo chip! When you hear a story, you create that image yourself. When I’m telling stories to 50 different people, there are 50 different movies going on in the minds of listeners. Nothing is as powerful or vivid as your own imagination.”

Visit our web site: or call 574-262-5957 for more information.

K Case

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure

Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N. Michigan Street, South Bend
Tickets on Sale Tuesday, May 27, at 10:00 AM

TWO SHOWS AT 3:30PM & 6:30PM

Grab your tiaras and doubloons and join us for DISNEY LIVE ON TOUR! PIRATE & PRINCESS ADVENTURE. Mickey and Minnie are taking their seats too at this never-before-seen live show featuring your favorite characters from Disney Junior's hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.

Get swept up in the excitement as Sofia and her family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess with a special appearance from Cinderella. Then it's off to Never Land where Jake and his swashbuckling friends Izzy and Cubby, with a little help from Peter Pan, battle Captain Hook to unlock treasure hidden inside a mysterious volcano. It's danger and dueling on the high seas as Jake discovers what it takes to be a true hero. Filled with new music, amazing effects, thrilling action and endless surprises, your whole family will sing, shout, and soar into the action when DISNEY JUNIOR LIVE ON TOUR! PIRATE & PRINCESS ADVENTURE sales into South Bend.

Special bonus! Starting ten minutes before every performance join loveable Doc McStuffins for a special pre-show! You can help Doc take care of one of her beloved toys with her own special brand of magic. Free to all ticket holders.


$ 73.00 - Orchestra (Rows BB-DD)
$ 43.00 - Main (Rows A-K)
$ 28.00 - Main (Rows L-Y), Boxes, Mezzanine & 1st Balcony
$ 23.00 - 2nd & 3rd Balconies

Tickets available at Morris Box Office: M-F 10 AM-5 PM; by phone: 800-537-6415; or online at Ticket Outlets with credit card: Hammes Bookstore/Eddy Street Commons and O’Brien Recreation Center, South Bend.

Ages one and older require a ticket.

Morris Box Office
574-235-9190 or 800-537-6415

Family Passport: Outdoor Explorer

St. Patrick’s County Park: Brown Barn, South Bend, IN
St. Joseph County Park and the Family Passport to Play program want to offer you a FREE event that will surely get you moving. Join us for an evening of paddling, hiking and playing all while connecting with nature. For more information visit the Healthworks! Happenings calendar and the Family Passport to Play Facebook page.

Jamie Hartzke 574-277-4828

The Great ZooBoo

Binder Park Zoo Battle Creek MI
The Great ZooBoo is just around the corner and is better than ever! This year’s Great ZooBoo offers tons of excitement, more animals on exhibit, and more fall activities for kids of all ages! Start planning for the perfect Halloween costume and wind your way through a dedicated trick-or-treat trail! Once your little goblins and ghosts have trick-or-treated, stay a little longer and enjoy the great fall atmosphere and fun activities like blacklight mini golf and the straw maze. Hop aboard the Binda Conservation Carousel, Haunted Hay Ride or Z.O.& O. ZooBoo Express, all at your own pace. Don’t miss the Booville Carnival or Haunted Africa for the big kids! There’s so much more to see and do at the all new Great ZooBoo! Wednesday-Friday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. For more information visit our website at

Binder Park Zoo
(269) 979-1351

Reptile Weekend

Binder Park Zoo, Battle Creek
Binder Park Zoo and the Michigan Society of Herpetologists (MSH) are proud to once again feature Michigan’s largest Reptile Weekend event held at Binder Park Zoo! Members from the Michigan Society of Herpetologists will share insight on the many misconceptions that plague reptiles and amphibians. This fascinating event, geared towards both kids and adults, will allow reptile enthusiasts to see and touch over 100 different reptiles and amphibians from around the world! For more information, call (269) 979-1351 or visit

Binder Park Zoo
(269) 979-1351

Sneak Peek Science

ETHOS Science Center 2521 Industrial Pkwy., Elkhart
Visit ETHOS Science Center Sneak Peek Science Night on February 20th for "Grossology". Family friendly activities includes ALL THINGS GROSS and so much more! Hope you can join us. 3rd Thursday of each month. March 20 "Holograms" April 17 "Robotics" May 15 "C.S.I." June 19 "Music" July (4H fair) "BOOM" August 21 Our 1st ADULT Only event "Fermentation" September 18 "Mars"

Dee Dee McAllister

Krasl Art Center’s Fall Class Lineup Released

Sep 29, 2008 - Jan 1, 2009 Beginning Monday: 10AM - 4PM

Krasl Art Center 707 Lake Boulevard St. Joseph, Michigan

Fall classes for both adults and children will begin on September 29 at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.

The Krasl is widely known for its extensive adult class list in jewelry. This fall you will see classes in metal clay, silversmithing, basic jewelry, beach glass, earrings, and an interesting new class called Knitting with Wire where participants learn the ancient Viking method of knitting strands of wire to form beautiful supple necklaces, bracelets and anklets.

Ceramics always plays a big role in Krasl classes because of the extensive ceramics studio at the Center with several kilns to fire class work. This fall is no exception with classes in Raku, sculptural ceramics, and basic skills, not to mention a new Wednesday evening class.

The Krasl also offers a class every Tuesday year-round for home school students. This fall it is Ceramic Overview for ages 4-12, where students will look at ceramics around the world while learning fundamental skills. Family workshops are a popular activity and the Krasl offers several, including Family Art Studio, and Family Woodworking.

The old favorites are still available at the Krasl. Classes for ages 4-7, and ages 8-14, where basic skills are learned as well as more advanced techniques are available in drawing, oil painting, acrylic, watercolor, textile painting, sculpture, and even cartooning. And brand new for this year is our Teen Intensives for ages 12-17. Ceramics, drawing studio, and textile painting are taught Tuesdays or Wednesdays after school.

Glass classes are still hot, and the Krasl offers glass bead making and glass fusing workshops as well as mosaics. And for those whose kids on a tighter Holiday budget than they are, the Krasl offers Giftmaking Galore, where kids can make gifts and cards for all occasions.

The Krasl offers scholarships for those who qualify; information about classes, fees, as well as scholarships is available at (269) 983-0271.
Or click here to download a fall class brochure

The Krasl Art Center is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization owned and operated by the St. Joseph Art Association, Inc. In operation since 1980, the Krasl Art Center boasts a membership of over 1200, a 17,500 square foot, three-story building located in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan overlooking Lake Michigan.

KAC has three public galleries, five studios, a library / lecture room, a black and white wet darkroom, a gift shop, and a permanent collection of some 37 works of sculpture. With a mission to bring people and art together, KAC offers thoughtful exhibitions, engaging classes, outreach opportunities, and cultural exploration.

The Krasl Art Center's hours are:

Sunday 1PM - 4PM
Monday10AM - 4PM
Tuesday10AM - 4PM
Wednesday10AM - 4PM
Thursday10AM - 9PM
Friday10AM - 4PM
Saturday10AM - 4PM

For more information, please contact the Krasl Art Center at 269-983-0271, Or click here to visit the Krasl Art Center online