Ruthmere’s Coffee on the Piazza begins

ELKHART — Ruthmere Museum “Coffee on the Piazza” begins Saturday. From 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday in June, July and August, participants can join the Awakening Realm with yoga while the Ruthmere serves complimentary coffee, Rise ‘n’ Roll pastries available for a donation and present local musical talent.

Saturday’s event features the musical talent of Mel Williams. An array of entertaining parlor and board games will be available courtesy of Secret Door Games in downtown Elkhart.

This year a new classic car show will take place on the front drive. Only four parking spots will be available each Saturday. More information is available from Bill Firstenberger at

Coffee on the Piazza is sponsored by the family of Phyillis Myers, Tom and Karen.

Guided tours of Ruthmere Museum and Havilah Beardsley House are offered on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. The museum is at 302 E Beardsley Ave. More information is available at 574-264-0330 or

Girl Scouts honor volunteer award recipients

FORT WAYNE — Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana recognized volunteers for their hard work and dedication to Girl Scouting. Among them were:

Michele Epp, Elkhart, won an Appreciation Pin, a national award given to adults who have given outstanding above-and-beyond service to at least one area of Girl Scouting.

Barb Grumme, Syracuse, won an Honor Pin, a national Girl Scout award given to adults who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and whose service has impacted more than one area of the council.

Megan Striegel, Granger, won a Thanks Badge, the highest award an adult can receive in Girl Scouting honoring service that has impacted the entire council or national movement.

Julie Spears, Elkhart, won a Thanks Badge II, a national Girl Scout award given to honorees who have received the Thanks Badge in the past and whose service has continued to go above and beyond the call of duty.

LeeAnn Ousley, Warsaw, won the Heart of Gold, a council award celebrating those who have embodied the Girl Scout mission by leading through example and who have given significant contributions to the organization’s success.

Wild plant hike for budding botanists

BRISTOL — Elkhart County Parks is inviting nature enthusiasts ages 10 to 15 to join a naturalist for an informative hike on wild plants from 4 to 5 p.m. June 10 at the Feedlot Shelter in Bonneyville Mill County Park.

Epic Explorers is a series geared toward adventurous and enthusiastic kids that combines hands-on exploration and learning outdoors at the Elkhart County Parks. Each program follows a different environmental theme through activities, crafts, hikes and other adventures.

In June, the Epic Explorers will set out on a flora-themed hike and learn how to spot and identify common plants found in the park. Participants will learn the differences between native and nonnative species, and the role both plants play in our ecosystem. Explorers will also get a chance to try some edible wild plants along the way.

Cost is $4 per person. Space is limited. Registration and payment before Friday, June 7, is required in order to attend. Participants can sign up at More information is available at 574-535-6458.

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