Circle K serves community beyond

first_imgSaint Mary’s Circle K chapter participates in weekly community service projects that serve the South Bend community, from tutoring and providing meals at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, to working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and hosting a variety of events for The Sisters of the Holy Cross Covenant located on the Saint Mary’s Campus.Junior Jaclyn Voltz, president of Circle K, said the organization, sponsored by Kiwanis International, chooses volunteer projects based on certain goals.“Circle K clubs focus on the three tenets of service, fellowship and leadership,” she said.Voltz said the goal of the club is to give back to the South Bend community.“Service is the heart of Saint Mary’s College Circle K,” she said. “We are dedicated to providing a variety of service opportunities that reflect the interests of our members and the needs of the South Bend community.“There are service projects each week varying in date, time, length and focus. Our projects span a wide range of interests including children, education, healthcare, elderly, hunger, housing, animal care and environmental issues.”Voltz said one of the club’s regular activities is assisting nuns at the Sisters of the Holy Cross Convent on campus.“Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Circle K volunteers go to the Sisters of the Holy Cross Convent to socialize with the nuns and provide activities for the sisters – game show nights, craft projects, Notre Dame football tailgate parties, bingo and social nights,” she said.“The sisters truly appreciate the company and have so many incredible stories to share. Circle K members are also active at the Center for the Homeless preparing and serving meals.”Kathleen Dunn, a first year student and Circle K member, said she enjoys volunteering with the club because the activities are “creative.”“During the fall semester we hosted a milkshake and Pictionary night, as well as a reverse Trick or Treat session for the sisters. … Volunteering with Circle K at the convent is a great way to connect with women who have lived adventurous and meaningful lives. They have a lot to teach us.”According to the Circle K website, upcoming events include the Hannah & Friends Karaoke Night and the Chicago March for Babies, a walk that will take place on the lakefront trail in Chicago on April 26.For those interested in joining the club, the group meets weekly on Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. in the Le Mans Hall basement, according to the Circle K website.last_img read more


Art in the Loft preparing to open in June

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWith Governor Gretchen Whitmer beginning to ease restrictions of the Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order, businesses across Michigan are beginning to open up. That includes some right here in Alpena.Art in the Loft is planning to get back in the swing of things, bringing staff back to work at the art gallery after being off for 10 weeks.Executive Director of the gallery, Justin Christensen–Cooper, says the first order of business is making sure community members will have a safe experience when they return.“It’s going to take us a good week just to get the space ready, meaning having adequate signage that’s related to the coronavirus, sanitizing all the surfaces, cleaning, organizing, and then we’re going to use that time to get our artists back up there to start to setting up their displays of all their new artwork that they have.”One of the major concerns as the gallery prepares to reopen its doors is getting back on track financially. Like many other businesses, Art in the Loft has taken a significant hit due to the coronavirus response.“We’ve seen a 60% cut in what our revenue would’ve been up to this point. And that’s revenue that goes toward things such as administration and staffing, to paying the rent, to allowing artists the space to come up and use as a means to sell their artwork. So the biggest thing that I can really do to help not only our mission but to help arts in our community is to become a member of Art in the Loft. And they can do that through Art in the Loft’s website and those funds are going to be going to so many things that we want to start back up.”When the gallery does reopen, social distancing guidelines will still be in place and events will be limited to attendees who RSVP. A number of programs will also be available online. Art in the Loft is scheduled to reopen june 11.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Art in the Loft, coronavirus, reopeningContinue ReadingPrevious COVID-19 cases for Wednesday, May 27Next Michigan Secretary of State branch offices to reopen June 1 by appointment onlylast_img read more


NFL Draft 2019: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson shares unique connection to team’s 4th-round pick

first_imgWhile Jennings ended his collegiate career on the gridiron with 54 catches for 917 yards and 13 touchdowns, it was another sport that he shares with his future quarterback, Russell Wilson.Wilson, who congratulated Jennings via Twitter, was also Jennings’ youth basketball coach alongside his father. Related News “What’s crazy is how God works!,” Wilson wrote. “From my dad and I coaching you and my sister [Anna Wilson] in basketball when y’all were young and us all going to the same school together to now!”What a blessing!”Gary!!! @_Gman12What’s crazy is how God works! From my dad and I coaching you and my sister @a_willy03 in basketball when y’all were young and us all going to the same school together to now!What a blessing! #GoHawks 🙏🏾 https://t.co/Z81ZfTTJ2O— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 27, 2019Jennings responded saying, “God is good!!”God is good!! https://t.co/T9Qukhcdtr— Gary Jennings (@_gman12) April 27, 2019Shortly after Jennings walked across the draft stage, he hopped on a conference call to detail their relationship.”I went to Collegiate K through 8, and he was in high school at the time,” Jennings said, via ESPN. “It was a K-through-12 school. Growing up in that school, I used to see him play quarterback. He was an amazing quarterback back in the day. I saw him run back and forth across the field, and someone was always wide open. They basically won state every year he was there.”​ Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin’s career may be over due to injuries, report says Jennings estimated he was in fourth grade when he played on the team​ featuring the Wilson family.”He was a scrapper,” Jennings said of Russell Wilson. “I was young at the time. He was a great basketball coach.”It was YMCA, so I don’t know if it was that competitive. We couldn’t even press, I don’t think. It was cool because he was a star player at the school, and he had a chance to be able to coach.”center_img NFL Draft 2019: D.K. Metcalf drafted by Seahawks at No. 64 after fall from first round The NFL Draft is full of heartwarming stories and inspiring relationships. But, one unique connection came out of the Seahawks’ fourth-round pick Saturday.Seattle selected Gary Jennings, a wide receiver out of West Virginia, with the No. 120 overall pick. last_img read more