A list of local meetings, fundraisers, and recreation and volunteer opportunities.
Posted: 06/24/2012 at 1:15 am
Alcoholics Anonymous meets morning, noon and evening daily in Goshen, Osceola, Bristol, Union and Elkhart. The Central Service Elkhart area office is at 949 Middlebury St. Information: 295-8188.
After Images art counseling program provides an opportunity for individuals to explore grief issues through the use of art and drawing as an expressive counseling experience by appointment only at 22579 Old U.S. 20 E. Information and registration: Greg Suderman, bereavement counselor, at 264-3321 or 800-413-9083.
Ryan’s Place, a center for grieving children, teens and families, meets at 6:30 p.m. every other Monday at Goshen City Church of the Brethren, 203 N. Fifth St., Goshen. Information: 535-1000.
Elkhart Rotary Club meets at noon Mondays at the Matterhorn, 2041 Cassopolis St. Information: Tom Shoff at 293-5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emotions Anonymous meets at 6:15 p.m. Mondays at Elkhart General Hospital, Room 2.
Elkhart Youth Community Choir, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Deliverance Church of God in Christ, 1305 Benham Ave. Any child 8 and older is welcome.
Next Step Singles, a place for Christian singles ages 25 and older, meets every Monday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Crossroads North Campus, 3322 Middlebury St., to discuss life events during a book study. For more information, call 875-4479, or visit www.mycrossroadscommunity.com.
Tyrian Lodge 718, 301 S. Fifth St., Goshen, fellowship meeting every Monday. Dinner at 6 p.m., EA Degree meeting at 7 p.m. Information: James Robinson at email@example.com.
Divorce Care for adults and children meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at Crossroads Community Church. For more information call Donita Johnson at 848-0891.
Baby Play, 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at First Presbyterian Church, Goshen. Play and learning time for parents and children up to 4 years old. Pizza or sandwiches provided. No charge or pre-registration required. Information: Goshen Health System’s Nurse On Call at 535-2600.
FOE 395 Auxiliary, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 225 W. Marion. Information: 294-6007.
Elkhart County 4-H Genealogy Club, 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at the Elkhart Public Library, 300 S. Second St. Information: 523-2216 or 533-0554.
Happy Hearts Clown Alley, 7 p.m. the last Monday of the month at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 2701 E. Bristol St. Information: Carol Cornish at 269-641-7431 or Dorothy Meredith at 875-7659.
Healing Pathways domestic violence support group, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the YWCA North Central Indiana Elkhart office, 23426 U.S. 33. For more information call 830-5073.
Elkhart Exchange Club, noon Tuesdays at Christiana Creek Country Club, Main and Bristol streets. The club was formed in 1939 to offer opportunities for youth activities, community services and the prevention of child abuse. Information: Steve at 293-3461 (days) or 848-4378 (evenings).
Elkhart Noon Kiwanis Club, noon Tuesdays at Matterhorn Banquet & Conference Center, 2041 Cassopolis St. Information: Pat McCauley at 536-7660.
FOE 395 Aerie, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 225 W. Marion St. Information: 294-6007.
Maple City Toastmasters, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Goshen Chamber of Commerce, 232 S. Main St., Goshen. Information: Judy Moore at 535-7522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elkhart Breakfast Optimist Club, 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Pumpernickle’s, 500 S. Main St.
Elkhart Knitting Group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the Elkhart Public Library. All knitters of any experience welcome. Information: 295-7839.
Nappanee Noon Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesdays at DalMar Catering, 159 E. Lincoln St., Nappanee. Information: Beverly Fales at 773-7876.
The Harvest Basket Food Program for those age 60 and older, disabled or victims of a catastrophic illness, meets from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the First Brethren Church of Elkhart, 24197 C.R. 16 E. Sponsored by Christ’s Commissary. Information: Shelley at 304-2749.
Elkhart County Chess Club, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First Congregational Church. 431 S. Third St. Visiting chess, backgammon and beginning players are welcome. Information: 262-4023 after 5 p.m.
The Widower’s Activity Group will have its monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Granma’s House of Pancakes, 3709 S. Main St. Free and open to all widowers. Information: Jan Noble at 848-5327.
The suicide survivors support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second and last Tuesday of every month at United Health Services in Granger.
“The Voice” support group for parents of children in special education classes meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Elkhart YMCA, 200 E. Jackson Blvd. The Voice is open to parents of children with any disability and is a collaboration of ADEC, GPS (Guiding Parents to Services) and the United Way. Information: Viv Blakeslee at 294-6197, ext. 105 or email@example.com.
Caregivers are asked to gather together for the Alzheimer’s Association’s support group meeting at 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at First Presbyterian church, 200 E. Beardsley Ave. Facilitated by a trained leader, the group meets to provide caregivers with an opportunity to share their experiences and receive support from others coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Free and open to the public. Information: www.alz.org/indiana or call 800-272-3900.
Healing Pathways domestic violence support group for women, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at the YWCA North Central Indiana Elkhart office, 23426 U.S. 33, will be moving to Mondays at the same time and location beginning July 2. Information: 830-5073 or www.ywcancin.org.
The Elkhart County Regional Sewer District, which usually meets at 6:30 the first Wednesday of every month at the County Services Building, 4230 Elkhart Road, Goshen, will meet at 6:30 Wednesday, June 27, instead of July 4 due to the holiday. Meetings are free and open to the public. Information: Lynn at 293-2572.
Cancer support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Beulah Missionary Church, 57595 Old C.R. 17, Goshen. The group is led by pastor and cancer survivor Brent Poe, and necessary materials are provided. Information: 875-6537.
Family/Community Resource Network conducts quarterly meetings from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. to share information about local agencies, programs and current topics. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elkhart Lions Club, noon Wednesdays at the Matterhorn Banquet & Conference Center. Visitors welcome.
NAMI Connection, a peer-oriented support group for people living with mental illness, meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month in the Eucalyptus Room at Oaklawn, 2600 Oakland Ave. Anyone living with a mental illness is welcome, and anything shared during the meetings is confidential. Information: Marcia Thomas at 295-7830.
Domestic violence support group for women who have been victims of abuse meets at 6:30. For more information and location of the meeting contact Beth Floyd at Victim Assistance Services: 523-2237.
Elkhart Morning Rotary Club meets 7 a.m, Thursdays at McCarthy’s on the RiverWalk, 333 NIBCO Parkway. Guests are welcome. For more information call Charles Stutsman at 226-1805.
Youth Action Committee Junior Optimists Club, 7 p.m. Thursdays on the second floor of the Elkhart train station, across from the post office. Youth ages 14 to 18. Information: Brian or Aaron at 295-8727.
Healthy Healing, a class on healthy coping strategies for domestic violence survivors, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the YWCA North Central Indiana Elkhart office, 23426 U.S. 33. For more information call 830-5073.
TheElkhart Local Food Alliance sponsors a weekly 4-H gardening club from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Roosevelt Center, 215 E. Indiana Ave. Children and teens are welcome to come and learn to become gardeners. Information: Nicole at 536-0225 or email@example.com.
Noon Optimist Club, noon Thursdays at the Elks-Christiana Creek Club. Information: Lori Snyder at 522-7100.
The Elkhart New Thought Spirituality/Science of Mind study group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at 126 W. Lexington Ave. in Elkhart. Information: 226-0391 or email Michael Mirante, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Elkhart Luncheon Optimist Club meets weekly from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays at Pumpernickel’s Restaurant, 500 S. Main St. Information: Linda at 269-699-9148.
Elkhart High School class of 1950, 9 a.m. breakfast meeting at The Golden Egg Restaurant (north of the Indiana Toll Road), Elkhart.
Elkhart High School Class of 1961, 9 a.m. breakfast meeting at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, 107 Northpointe Blvd. the fourth Thursday of every month. Information: 534-4153.
Michiana PC User Group (MIPCUG), 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every other month at the Elkhart Public Library, 300 S. Second St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for informal discussion. Information: Bill Roberts at email@example.com.
South Side Sounding Board, 7 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at Washington Gardens Community Center. Information: 522-1449.
Concord High School class of 1950, 8:30 a.m. quarterly breakfast at Granma’s House of Pancakes, 3709 S. Main St.
Healing Pathways domestic violence support group for women, 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the YWCA North Central Indiana Elkhart office, 23426 U.S. 33. For more information call 830-5073 or visit www.ywcancin.org to view the YWCA Elkhart County service site calendar.
Yoga classes are held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays at the Wellfield Gardens, 1000 N. Main St. Mats provided. A $4 to $10 donation is requested. In case of inclement weather, classes are held inside the Wellfield offices.
White Dog Rocket Club meets from 6 to 7 p.m. every other Saturday at Woodlawn Nature Center. Learn about rocket science and astronomy, create and test working model rockets. Free. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 264-0525.
The Elkhart High School Class of 1953 meets at 9 a.m. the last Saturday of the month at Stacks Pancake House, C.R. 17. For more information call Katie Stump at 522-3247.
Caring for the Caregiver (formerly called A Season for Caring), a support group for people who are caring for a loved one, meets at 9 a.m. Sundays at River Oaks Community Church, 58020 C.R. 115, Goshen. Information: 875-1152.
Pierre Moran Neighborhood Association meets at 4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at Pierre Moran Park Pavilion, 201 W. Wolf. Information: 522-0802.
DAV Chapter 15, 708 W. Pike St., Goshen. Dinner is from 5 to 7 p.m.; bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Funds used for veterans and projects. Information: 533-2924.
American Legion Post 308, 122 Lincolnway E., Osceola, all-you-can-eat dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Cost: $7. Other menu items available. Live band 8 p.m. to midnight. Public welcome. Information: 674-6712.
American Legion Post 143, 905 Maple St., Bristol. Fish fry, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Cost: $7. Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Open to the public. Proceeds go to the veterans home and VA hospital.
VFW Post 88, 1519 W. Bristol St. Fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Information: 264-1000.
Enjoy pancakes and sausage during a fundraiser for the Middlebury Community Food Pantry from 7 to 11 a.m. July 7 at First Mennonite Church, 203 E. Lawrence St., Middlebury. Cost is $6 per person, free for children 4 and younger. Information: 825-5135.
DAV Chapter 15, 708 W. Pike St., Goshen. has an open kitchen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
American Legion 365 on U.S. 12 E., Edwardsburg, Mich. Sunday morning breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon. Open to the public with a full menu. Proceeds benefit SAL veterans projects.
Cards and games at 11:30 a.m. and Tea and Treats with Atria at 1 p.m. Monday at the Y Healthy Living Center. Information: 226-0953.
Bingo, 7 p.m. Mondays at Elkhart Moose, 1500 C.R. 6 W. Open to members and guests. Information: 264-1522.
Public bingo, 6:30 p.m. Monday at Elks 798, 220 N. Main St., Goshen. Information: 533-5230.
Ballroom dance classes, 7:55 to 8:55 p.m. rhythm class. Cha cha, salsa, rumba and hustle. $5 fee for each person. Information: Robin Reveal at 389-7878, ext. 206.
Ballroom dance classes Mondays at Studebaker Park. Foxtrot, swing, cha cha, rumba, tango and more. Beginners, 6 p.m.; intermediate class, 8 p.m. Cost: $60 per couple for six weeks or $15 per session. Information: Kay Teal at 295-7275.
Euchre, American Legion Post 365, U.S. 12 in Edwardsburg, Mich., 7 p.m. Monday. Information: 269-663-8888.
Painting class, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Y Healthy Living Center. Information: 226-0953.
Bingo, 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays at Elkhart Moose, 1500 C.R. 6 W. Open to members and guests. Information: 264-1522.
Loom knitting class, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Y Healthy Living Center. Information: 226-0953.
Fight cancer with a fork when Clinical Dietitian Heather Borsa, RD, CSO, CD explores the basics of healthy nutrition with tips, recipes and a dietary guide at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Michiana Hematology Oncology Advanced Center for Cancer Care, 1668 S. U.S. 421, Westville. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so people are encouraged to make reservations by calling 287-4197.
Bike Night Wednesday nights in the parking lot at Signature Lanes, U.S. 20 Bypass and C.R. 17. Need a destination for a ride? Information: 296-1111.
Bingo, Goshen Elks 798,220 N. Main St., 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 533-5230.
Ballroom dance classes Wednesdays: 7:55 to 8:55 p.m. rhythm class, cha cha, salsa, rumba and hustle; 8 to 8:55 p.m. smooth class, American waltz, tango, fox trot and Argentine tango. Information: Robin Reveal at 389-7878, ext. 206.
Euchre, VFW Post 88, 1519 W. Bristol St., 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Euchre, DAV Chapter 19, 1205 Middleton Run Road, has a euchre tournament at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Open to the public. Information: 293-0761.
Euchre, DAV Chapter 15, 708 W. Pike St., Goshen.
Dine Around at La Esperanza, 11:30 a.m., and bingo with Elkhart Rehab, 1 p.m. Thursday at the Y-Healthy Living Center. Information: 226-0953.
Learn the facts about cancer risk reduction with Ruth Conley at 4 p.m. Thursday at Michiana Hematology Oncology Advanced Center for Cancer Care, 5340 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so people are encouraged to make reservations by calling 287-4197.
Euchre, Knights of Columbus, 112 E. Lexington Ave., 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Use rear alley entrance.
Euchre, Osceola American Legion Post 308, 122 Lincolnway E. 7 p.m. Thursdays (sign in at 6:30 p.m.).
Bingo, American Legion Post 365, U.S. 12 in Edwardsburg, Mich. Public bingo at 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Information: 269-663-8888.
Bingo, DAV Chapter 19, 1205 Middleton Run Road. Crazy bingo starts at 7 p.m. Fridays. Information: 293-0761. Looking for additional players.
Bingo, DAV Chapter 15, 708 W. Pike St., Goshen. Public bingo, 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Players are invited to have supper at the DAV.
Bingo, VFW Post 985, 1201 W. Pike St., Goshen. Public bingo, 7 p.m. Fridays. Supper available from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Dancing, VFW Post 88, 1519 W. Bristol St., ‘50s-’60s night, 8 p.m. first and third Fridays.
Weekly dances are held at the Elks Club, 3535 McKinley Highway, South Bend. 8 p.m. to midnight every Friday. Lessons one hour prior for $4; dance admission is $9. Must be 21. Information: email@example.com.
Euchre, Brentwood in Elkhart, 3600 E. Bristol St., 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 262-1626.
Dancing, DAV Chapter 19, 1205 Middleton Run Road, dancing and live band, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturdays.
Euchre, American Legion Post 308, 122 Lincolnway E., Osceola, 2 p.m. Saturdays.
Wheelchair Help needs volunteers to help with cleaning and organizing parts, restoring equipment and working with clients. Information: 295-2230.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has a volunteer opportunity for every person, skill level and time constraint. Information: 534-0148.
Second Chance Small Dog Rescue is looking for volunteers to foster small dogs until they find their forever home. For more information contact Mary at 295-7184.
The Elkhart County Center for Community Justice needs volunteers to help with light building maintenance and grounds-keeping. Duties might include weeding, trimming and plant upkeep, as well as basic indoor and outdoor repairs.
Heartland Hospice is looking for caring individuals to make friendly visits to patients in St. Joseph, Marshall and Elkhart counties. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Information: Christine Cracknell at 304-7193.
Harbor Light Hospice is in need of volunteers to make friendly visits to patients in St. Joseph, Marshall and Elkhart Counties. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Information: Jamie Rhew at 254-1041.
REAL Services offers many volunteer opportunities for assisting the elderly and disabled in the community. Those interested in learning about upcoming volunteer opportunities can visit www.realservices.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RV Hall of Fame needs volunteer greeters at its museum any time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Women’s Care Center desperately needs volunteers to assist with child care during parenting classes from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays and from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. Any help for either or both classes is greatly appreciated.
LoveWay Inc. therapeutic equestrian services is in need of volunteers to assist with its therapeutic riding classes this summer, helping riders with special needs as they groom, tack and mount their horses. Classes meet for about an hour once a week until Aug. 3. LoveWay is also looking for volunteers to help with summer camps. Camps run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and are for kids 6 to 14 years old with disabilities. For information or to volunteer contact Aimee Miller, volunteer coordinator, at 825-5666 or email@example.com.
Riverview Adult Day Center is in need of volunteer activity assistants. Volunteers can volunteer daily or weekly for all day or half a day.
Habitat Restore in Elkhart is looking for volunteers to help during the store’s 50 percent off sale on Saturday. Lunch will be provided for volunteers. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org. The restore also regularly needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Habitat for Humanity in Elkhart County needs volunteers for gardening, landscaping and building homes. A Senior Build is every Thursday. No previous experience is required. Information: 533-6109 or email email@example.com.
Guidance Ministries is in need of volunteers to answer phones and direct people from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Child and Parent Services (CAPS) is in need of volunteers to work as Court Appointed Special Advocates, advocates for an abused or neglected child’s best interest in court. They are also in need of parent aide volunteers to serve as “parenting coaches” for struggling families. Information: 295-2277 or www.capselkhart.org.
Woodlawn Nature Center is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions, including national history museum docents, project assistants, and program and events staffing. Also available are editor positions on the Woodlawn Nature News quarterly newsletter for seasonal news, environmental news, member and volunteer features, event listing and coverage and wildlife news, and a sales and marketing manager. Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or 264-0525.
Santa’s Pantry is seeking adults interested in joining the board of directors. New members are also needed to volunteer at the pantry’s many events throughout Elkhart County. Join Santa’s Pantry on Facebook or contact Deb Micola at 262-4478 or email@example.com for more information.
The Studebaker Museum is in need of volunteers to serve as tour guides. Those interested should be comfortable speaking to groups of people and work well with the public. Training is provided, including shadowing current, experienced tour guides. Tours are usually scheduled Monday through Friday, with occasional Saturday tours. Information: Courtney Bogunia at 235-9002 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is at 201 S. Chapin St., South Bend.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association needs volunteers to help with its annual lockup fundraisers from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during South Bend Lockup July 18-19 and Mishawaka Lockup Aug. 16.
The Salvation Army, 300 N. Main St., is in need of volunteers:
• Breakfast ministry is in need of help with cooking, serving and cleaning up from 6 to 10 a.m. Monday to Friday. Information: Becky Dick at 206-0257.
• Mobile Meals Ministry is in need of assistance delivering meals to shut-in seniors. Volunteers use their own vehicles and gas. Weekly routes run from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Monday and Thursday. Information: Julie at 970-0088, ext. 23.
Bulletin Board appears on Sunday each week in The Elkhart Truth. Deadline for submissions to Bulletin Board is 5 p.m. Monday. Notice of events of community interest or fundraising events by nonprofit organizations may be addressed to: Bulletin Board, The Elkhart Truth, P.O. Box 487, Elkhart, IN 46515; faxed to 294-3895; or emailed to email@example.com. You also may leave a message at 296-5816.