Upcoming in Culver, late October - early November

* Barkada Quartet live Friday
The Barkada Quartet will play Friday, Oct. 26 at the Culver Academies’ Legion Memorial Building Heri­tage Room for a free per­formance open to the pub­lic. The quartet is appearing here as part of the Fischoff Grand Prize Winner’s Tour. The performance is free and open to the public.

*VFW Halloween party Saturday
Culver’s VFW Post #6919, located at 108 E. Washington Street in Cul­ver, will host a Halloween party Saturday, October 27, from 7:30 p.m. until…? In­cluded will be a Best Cos­tume Contest with prizes for the winners. Music and karaoke will be provided by Rockin’ Randy.

*Spooky full moon history paddle Sunday
An autumn full moon paddle and bonfire on Lake Maxinkuckee will take place, free of charge, Sun­day, Oct. 28, starting at 7 p.m., on the Culver town beach. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be made available by the Culver Academies, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Other­wise, anyone wishing to participate is asked to bring their own non-motorized craft. Refreshments will be provided by the Antiquari­an and Historical Society of Culver. A local, historical will be told by Jeff Kenney of the AHS, and attendees will take a short paddle from the site to Long Point and back. To sign up for the event, reserve a canoe, or to ask questions, contact Kenney at jeffpkenney@yahoo.com, or Academies Wellness Director Dana Neer at Dana.Neer@culver.org, or 574-842-8353.

*Tyler art exhibit opens Sunday
Highlights from the single largest collection of art Cul­ver Academies has received will be exhibited for the pub­lic starting Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Herbert F. Tyler Bequest, will occupy the gallery space at the Crisp Visual Arts Center on the Culver Academies campus from now through March, 2013, with an assortment of dates planned for public exhibition. The gallery is located on Academy Road, west of Logansport Gate.

*Children’s Halloween party Monday
The Culver Lions will host the annual Culver communi­ty children’s Halloween party Monday, October 29 from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Culver Elementary School gym. Catego­ries for costume judging include: infant through 3, ages 4 and 5, ages 6 and 7, ages 8 and 9, ages 10 and up. Cash prices for the top three places in each group. Judging is from 6 to 6:30; costume awards from 6:30 to 7; and games at 7. Games, prizes, and treat bags for all (costumes not required).

*Community meal at St. Mary’s Tuesday
St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church’s monthly com­munity meal will take place Tuesday, October 30. On the 30th day or each month, a community meal will be pro­vided for anyone interested in attending. St. Mary of the Lake is located at 124 College Avenue in Culver. Ques­tions may be directed to 574-842-2522.

*Trunk or Treat at Culver Bible Church
Culver Bible Church will be hosting “Trunk or Treat” Wednesday, October 31 from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Stop by for free hot dogs, treats, and then continue on your way! The church is located at 718 S. Main St. For more information, contact Pastor Dan at 574-842-3056.

*Trick-or-Treat times
The town of Culver’s trick-or-treat hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31. Monterey hours are from 5:30 to 7 p.m., also Wed., Oct. 31.

*Trick-or-Treat at Miller’s
As in years past, Miller’s Merry Manor nursing home, at 730 School Street in Culver, will host Halloween trick-or-treating during the hour prior to the town of Culver’s trick-or-treating. Treats will be provided from 4 to 5 p.m., throughout the nursing home building.

*Chem-o-ween Nov. 3
Chem-o-ween, an informative, fun, and spooky-themed journey through some of chemistry’s most fascinating facets, is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., at Roberts Hall of Science on the campus of Culver Academies. The lively, all-ages event is led by Phil Cook of Culver and other members of the science department faculty.

*“Christmas in Culver” Nov. 2-4
“Christmas in Culver” will once again take place the weekend of Nov. 2 through 4, with Culver merchants open with special sales and offerings 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri­day and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The “By the Lake” holiday bazaar will also take place Sat. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the depot - train station on Lak Shore Drive. The Mystic Hills holiday bazaar will take place at Mystic Hills golf course the same day and time.
Free carriage rides will be available during “Christmas in Culver,” which encourages shoppers from Culver and beyond to shop locally and support Culver area entities.

*Local polling place changed; absentee vot­ing underway
The Culver-Union Twp. polling location has moved from the Culver Public Library to the train station-de­pot on Lake Shore Drive. Absentee voting for Marshall County in the coming election is underway in the county clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Clerk’s office will also be open for voting Saturday November 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The absen­tee voting travel board is underway if you expect to be confined by illness, are caring for a confined person at a private residence or are a voter with disabilities who be­lieves your polling place is not accessible. If you meet those qualifications and would like to vote by travel board call the Clerk’s office at 574-935-8713. Voter information is available at www.co.marshall. in.us.

*VFW rib dinner Nov. 10
Culver VFW Post 6919 Men’s Auxiliary will host a half-rack baby back rib dinner Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon until dinners are sold out. The cost is $10 per dinner and baked potatoes and green beans are included with the dinner, which takes place at the Post at 108 E. Washington Street in Culver.

*Tri Kappa wreaths available
Just in time for Christmas, Culver’s Tri Kappa is selling fresh wreaths and garlands this year. 24-inch wreaths are $20 and 36-inch wreaths are $35 apiece. Garland is $1 per foot (to go around a standard 38 inch door, you’ll prob­ably need about 17 feet). Wreaths will be available for pick up December 1. Members of Tri Kappa will be taking orders at Diva, Culver Coffee Company and Park-n-Shop during the retailers’ Christmas event the first weekend in November. For more information or to place an order, contact Chris Sheppard at 574-276-7438 or Chris.shep­pard@culver.org.

*Lions fruit sale underway
The Culver Lions Club’s annual fruit sale is underway with a greatly expanded inventory. To view the gift boxes or to order online, go to www.FreshFruitOrder.org/culver­lionsclubfruitsale. or call any Culver Lions member, or Susan Elizondo at 260-571-0452.
Order deadline is Nov. 14. Delivery is Dec. 7 at the Culver Lions train station. Packaged gift items will be mailed directly to the recipient. View the Culver Lions Club online at www.culverlions.net.

*Boy Scout wreaths available
Boy Scout Troop 229 is now holding its fall Christmas wreath fundraiser. The last wreath order will be placed Nov. 2, and wreaths may be ordered online via bsa229.net, or via Ruth Dilts in Culver. Several Culver youth are part of Troop 229, which proceeds go to support.

*Duff, student art at CCC
Paintings by Culver’s Anne Duff -- former Fine Arts in­structor and chair at the Culver Academies -- will be on exibit at the Culver Coffee Company at 634 Lake Shore Drive, through mid-November. The exhibition will be joined by works by Academies seniors Jordan Berger and Cord Martin, winners of the Marty and Julie Clapper sum­mer grant, which underwrote the two studying photogra­phy last summer.

*Einstein at “A Novel Approach”
“A Novel Approach,” the book/film club at the Culver Union-Township Public Library, will feature “IQ Think Love” Wednesday, November 7, at noon in the library’s large meeting room located downstairs at the library. The book is “Who Was Albert Einstein?” by Jeff Brallier (ju­venile). The film is “IQ Think Love,” starring Meg Ryan. Patrons are encouraged to bring their lunch to eat while they enjoy the movie and the discussion afterwards.

*Downtown clock donations soight
The fund-raising goal towards Culver’s new Main Street clock is at the halfway mark towards total $8,000 cost of the clock -- which will be installed in conjunction with the downtown revitalization project at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets. Checks may be made out to The Town of Culver and sent to: Verl Shaffer, 1140 South Street, Culver, IN, 46511.

*TOPS meets Wednesdays
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at the Culver Grace United Church of Christ, 307 Plymouth St., Culver Wednesday at 3 pm. Weigh in is from 3 to 3:30 p.m. meet­ing is 3:30 to 4 p.m. Use the main door to the east and go downstairs.