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ELKHART — From Hillsdale in Michigan, through northern Indiana and eventually into Lake Michigan, the 206-mile-long St. Joseph River has had a major impact on life for thousands of years.

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NAPPANEE — As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the three-and-a-half-day Nappanee Apple Festival, which opens at 5 p.m. today and runs through Sunday.

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SOUTH BEND — Cultivate Food Rescue will hold its annual fundraising event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Island at Century Center in South Bend. Supporters, volunteers, and sponsors will taste samples from local chefs, listen to live music from “The 1985” and raise money to provide 1,00…

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I usually get questions about applying manure to gardens in the spring, when everyone is excited about possibilities of fresh veggies. But in reality, it is probably better to talk about this subject in the fall.

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ELKHART — Premier Arts presents an all-youth cast production of “The AristoCats” on Sept. 17-18 at The Lerner Theatre, described as the perfect show to introduce children to theater.

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BRISTOL — Elkhart Civic Theatre will present the powerful, thought-provoking drama “Doubt, A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley, opening Sept. 17 for a two-weekend run at the Bristol Opera House.

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ELKHART — Elkhart’s own New Horizons Band, one of hundreds throughout the United States, is starting its 21st season on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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NAPPANEE — A prelude to the 2021 Nappanee Apple Festival begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, with the KOI Dirt Drags, with gates opening at 5 p.m., at the Nappanee Power From the Past Showgrounds, formerly the Farm at Amish Acres, 1600 West Market St.

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ELKHART — Ruthmere Museum has announced the Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Finals Competition on Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Ruthmere Game Room.

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ELKHART — Working with Integra Certified Document Destruction and the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, the city is inviting businesses, nonprofits, schools and residents to drop off their unneeded office paper as part of Clean Your Files Day near Civic Plaza.

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BRISTOL — The Elkhart County Historical Museum has opened its newest temporary exhibit, “Emma Molloy: In Her Own Words,” featuring the story of woman ahead of her time in the 1870s.

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August was a brutal month for many Elkhart County lawns. It was humid, hot and dry for the most part. Encouraged by the weather, three lawn diseases, necrotic leaf spot, summer patch and pythium, took over a number of lawns. Then late in August, armyworms marched across many lawns, pastures …

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LAS VEGAS — Carmela Cataldo is used to being the youngest competitor – and winning pizza-making titles – doing it again recently at the 2021 International Pizza Expo.

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ELKHART — Volunteers from Lippert’s program Lippert Cares helped build an ADA-compliant ramp for the family of one of their own over the weekend.

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GOSHEN — Have you ever left a doctor’s office wishing you remembered to ask a certain question? Or have you left it until the very end to tell your doctor about the real reason for your visit? With a little preparation, you can learn to make the most out of your doctor’s visit.

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It’s been an odd year. Dry, then lots of rain in later June, then dry again, then another extended rainy period, and now going dry again. Keeping irrigation systems going is time consuming, and costs you money for energy and repairs. But without the water, the crop yields can fall. So, when …

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ELKHART — The Gordon Lightfoot concert at The Lerner Theatre – postponed after the musician underwent surgery for a fracture in his hand from an accident at home – has been rescheduled for May 21.

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About 32 million Americans have food allergies. Food allergies can develop at any time, even to a food that you’ve safely eaten before. They tend to first appear in young children, but about 15 percent of individuals with food allergies are diagnosed as adults. Some children may outgrow cert…

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ELKHART — Organizers are asking residents along the Upper St. Joseph River to show their appreciation for veterans during a special cruise Thursday evening.

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ELKHART — Organizers deemed the 2021 Taste of the Gardens a success after the rain held off and shuttle buses helped visitors get around construction.

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Did you know you can get nutrition information straight to your home via the Amazon Alexa smart speaker? MyPlate is now available as an Alexa skill! All you have to say is “Alexa, enable the MyPlate skill.” Alexa skills are like smartphone apps and provide additional information at no extra cost.

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ELKHART — Despite countless repairs, The Elkhart River Queen will continue to serve as a landmark in the city, just as it has for 73 years, owners say.

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Webs are appearing in trees around the area. This ritual of the fall is caused by the fall webworm. Over 100 hardwood tree species, including alder, ash, cherry, cottonwood, elm, maple, various fruit trees, walnut and willow can be fed upon.

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ELKHART — All good things must come to an end and this summer is no exception. Fortunately, the Elkhart County Parks is offering plenty of opportunities to get out, have some fun, and savor the end of the season.

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Did you know tiny microscopic bugs called microbes are present on your face, skin, and all around our body? Don’t worry! Most of these microbes that naturally live on our bodies and inside us contribute to health and wellness in many ways. Microbes help us digest food for energy, protect us …

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ELKHART — Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart is offering eight distance-friendly courses as well as 14 in-person courses on campus this fall. Courses meeting in person will follow COVID-safe protocols.

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ELKHART — It’s an actual stroll down Memory Lane. The Ruthmere Museum’s new History Hike gives people a chance to learn what shaped the area they’re walking through, thanks to 25 new markers on the paths around the junction of the St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers.

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GOSHEN — The 16th annual reunion for all Goshen High School alumni will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds.

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