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My heart is happy.

I’m a huge advocate for volunteerism. It’s a huge, satisfying part of my life.

With it being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, seeing all the volunteering and giving opportunities makes me proud to be in these communities. While I’m not going to pretend to understand the depth and breadth of what Dr. King means to the African-American community, I truly admire the movement to create something special in his memory. I think that’s one of the most profound legacies a person can leave in this world.

In talking with my aunt last week, she said something that resonated with me: To whom much is given, much is expected. I agree. I’m no millionaire, but I certainly can’t complain about my lifestyle. My family is safe, warm and fed. We have access to doctors and teachers. Life is good.

But others aren’t so lucky.

Time is free and it’s the most important thing you can give. I encourage you to get out there this week, and every week, and lend a hand where you can. You don’t even need to be formal about it. Grab some paper and markers and make cards for kids in the hospital. Pick up litter at your local park. Start a pay-it-forward the next time you’re in the drive thru.

It’s all about kindness, folks. And it’s the least we can do.

Stay warm,


15th Annual Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser

On Thursday, Jan. 30, downtown will fill with the aroma of chili as bars and restaurants compete in a Chili Cook-Off Pub Crawl Fundraiser. The crawl runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Cost includes a taster chili at each site, chili pepper beads, and a scorecard.

For more information, call 586-469-4168.

15th Annual Mount Clemens Ice Sculpture Show

Ice sculptures will be on display on Macomb Place Downtown from Friday, Jan. 31, to Sunday, Feb. 2. There will also be live carving demonstrations on Fountain Stage and a Kids Wonderland Warming Center.

The event is free and fun for the whole family.

Survey Launch Party

Artspace will conduct a major online survey of artists, arts organizations and creative businesses in the Mount Clemens area to determine the size and nature of the market for an Artspace mixed-use project in the community.

The eight-week survey will be launched with a free public event at 7 p.m. on Feb. 4, at the Anton Art Center. The event is open to all; artists and directors of arts organizations and creative businesses are especially encouraged to attend.

The Survey Launch Party is an opportunity to learn about building affordable live/work artist housing and studio space in Mount Clemens. Area artists, arts & culture organizations, creative community members, businesses and arts supporters of all kinds are invited to attend the launch party for refreshments, information and camaraderie.

Preregistration is requested.

Craft All Day at the Library

Crafters, rejoice! The Mt. Clemens Public Library is hosting an all-day craft-a-thon on Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Join fellow crafters for a full-day of scrapbooking, card making or whatever inspires you. Spend the day and have a six-foot table to craft to your hearts content.

Lunch is potluck and dinner is $5.

Click here for registration and information.

Rebecca Calappi

Rebecca Calappi

City News Editor

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