Culver area news mid-November into early December 2015

Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

Web browsers at Thursday Tech Time  The Culver-Union Twp. Public Library's Thursday Tech Time will take place Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. and will focus on web browser comparison. Which web browser was the most impressive for 2015?Covers new versions, feature comparisons, and performance testing of common web browsers. Thursday Tech Time is an open discussion group for anyone interested in computers and technology. Sessions are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Each session may have a speaker and topic or may simply be an open discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Culver Library at 574-842-2941, visit our website at or e-mail The library’s street address is 107 N. Main St.

Bake sale Saturday at Grace UCC  Grace United Church of Christ, 307 N. Plymouth Street in Culver, will hold a bake sale Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Women’s Guild, the sale will include a variety of goodies from cakes and pies to noodles, candies, and specialty items.

FFA fruit sales underway  Shoppers can help Culver Comm. High School’s FFA (Future Farmers of America) members earn their blue jackets by purchasing your fruit today. Contact any Culver FFA member or April Leeper, advisor, to purchase your oranges, grapefruit, apples and more. Order deadline is Nov. 30 and fruit will be delivered the week of December 7, just in time for the holidays. Call 574-842­-3391 or email

Park board meeting towards five year plan Nov. 23 The Culver Park Board will hold a public hearing to receive input regarding future needs the park should address over the next five years. The meetings will be at 6:30 p.m., Monday, November 23. Both meetings will take place at the Culver Beach Lodge, 819 East Lake Shore Drive, Culver. \

Daytime closure on SR 117 near Culver through Nov. 25   The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced the daytime closure of State Road 117, one mile south of SR 10 and 3.5 miles north of SR 110, near Culver from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Wednesday, November 25. Drivers wishing to travel north on SR 117 will be detoured west on SR 110, north on SR 17, and east on SR 10. Drivers wishing to travel south on SR 117 will be detoured west on SR 10, south on SR 17, and east on SR 110.

Small Business Saturday in Culver Nov. 28 Area residents are encouraged to support local Culver merchants during Small Business Saturday, a day designated in 2010 to focus on small, local, brick and mortar entities whose financial stability helps the overall financial status of the entire community, and who keep Culver's commercial life active and economy healthier. Small Business Saturday this year takes place Nov. 28. Several local stores and restaurants are offering in-house specials and other attractions during the event.

Wesley Thrift Store adds holiday hours For customers' Christmas shopping convenience, the Wesley United Methodist Thrift Shop on Ohion Street in Culver will be open on the Wednesdays before Christmas, in addition to regular Saturday hours during the month of December. The dates include Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

'Holiday Hop,' tree lighting Dec. 4  Culver's annual "Holiday Hop" event, which takes place the first Friday of December each year and coincides with the town's tree lighting ceremony in the town park, is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 this year. Customers are encouraged to shop and/or dine at four participating local businesses during the event, with special cards marked off for each purchase. The cards are then dropped off at the Cafe Max in downtown Culver for an 8:30 p.m. drawing of a $300 gift basket with gift cards from all participating businesses. The winner need not be present for the drawing. This year, two Culver businesses are celebrating significant anniversaries and tying those celebrations into the event. Cafe Max, at 113 S Main Street, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and will mark the occasion with an additional drawing using the Holiday Hop cards for the chance to win a $150 gift basket (the winner must be present to win). Participants are encouraged to gather at Cafe Max after a night of shopping, for the drawing. Another downtown staple, Michelle's Headquarters salon, is celebrating 20 years during the Holiday Hop as well (see page 1, this edition), with an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. coinciding with Culver's Holiday Hop. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres will be available along with gift basket and 20 percent discount gift certificate door prizes. The event will also bid longtime employee Susan Elizondo farewell and welcome new staff member Angie Maroules (a closer look at the business and its owner, Michelle Allyn, appears in the Nov. 19 edition of The Culver Citizen).

Stage II Christmas concert Dec. 4  Stage ll, the retired members of the Maxinkuckee Singers and Players, will perform a medley of vintage Christmas favorites in the Community Room at the Marshall County Museum on Friday, Dec. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. These Christmas songs will take you back to another time like, “Button Up Your Overcoat,” “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “Merry Christmas, Darling” and “I’ve got my Love to Keep Me Warm,” to name a few.

Holiday storytime and caroling Culver-Union Twp. Public Library and Miller’s Merry Manor invites everyone to meet Miss Jill on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. for holiday storytime and caroling at Miller’s Merry Manor in Culver at 730 School Street in Culver. Culver-Union Township Public Library will also hold its Holiday Open House and closing ceremony of its centennial year celebration. Santa will be visiting from 10 a.m. to noon. All programs are free and open to the public.

Dancevision includes holiday offerings Dec. 5, 6  Culver Academies Danevision performance recitals will return Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m. The performances will feature holiday excerpts from “The Nutcracker” and a variety of other pieces, including the choreography of five senior honors candidates and a stunning piece by Visceral Dance Chicago Director, Nick Pupillo. The public is welcome.

Wesley cookie walk returns Dec. 5 The annual Cookie Walk at Wesley United Methodist Church in Culver will be held on Sat., Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until noon in the church basement. The church is located at 511 School St. and is located between the elementary and high schools. Please enter through the front doors of the church and come downstairs. Home made cookies will be sold for $6 a pound.

Christmas concert Dec. 6 A Christmas concert featuring Culver Academies’ band, choir, and orchestra, will take place Sunday, December 6, starting at 4 p.m., at the Culver Academies Memorial Chapel. The public is welcome and there is no admission charge.

Facade funds available for Culver retailers  The Culver Redevelopment Commission has announced a second round of façade grants for 2015 with $11,000 in funds available. Commercial property owners interested in applying should submit applications for façade renovations to Culver Town Hall, c/o Kathy Clark, 200 E Washington St, Culver, IN. Applications will be reviewed as they are received by the commission, with immediate award upon approval. This round of grants has a closing date of December 21 or once all available funds have been awarded for this round.

Free computer classes at CUTPL Free computer classes at the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library continue in November on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. Classes include Smartphone and Tablet Training (Nov. 9. 13, 16, and 20).These sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrew Baker at or 574-842-2941.

Marshall County Tourism grants available Marshall County Tourism (MCCVB) has allocated $25,000 in funding for the marketing, development, and hosting of events exhibiting positive tourism potential to Marshall County. These funds are to assist qualified organizations with the promotion of tourism activities striving to directly increase hotel/motel occupancy and create positive image building publicity for Marshall County. Deadline for applications is January 14, 2016. Organizations interested should visit or request by phone. Applications may also be picked up at Marshall County Tourism at 201 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, IN 46563. For more information, call Marshall County Tourism at (574) 936-1882.

NIPSCO Winter Energy Assistance programs available Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), state agencies and other local organizations are partnering once again to help connect families that are struggling to pay their heating bills this winter with available assistance funds. Enrollment for the federal low income energy assistance program (EAP) information is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST at 800-4-NIPSCO (800-464-7726). Eligibility is based on income and family size. More information and a listing of agencies that help administer assistance programs can be found at

Town reminds of leaf-raking best practices Culver residents are reminded, when raking leaves, to please rake to the curb and not into the street. When leaves are piled into the street, it causes a number of issues. Those with questions may contact the town hall at 574-842-3140.

Residents reminded to guard for frozen pipes With cold temperatures on the way, frozen pipes and water meters are possible. Home owners are responsible for keeping their water meter from freezing and, if it does freeze, the cost to fix or replace it, which could mean a $175 replacement fee. Residents are encouraged to take precautions to keep it warm during extreme temperatures such as makings sure its space is heated, insulating the pipes around the meter, and leaving a faucet dripping so water is moving through the pipes.

Euchre, pinochle Fridays A weekly euchre and pinochle club, which is open to the public, meets each Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Culver park beach lodge’s upper-level meeting room, 819 Lake Shore Drive. All are welcome to have fun playing cards, make new friends, enjoy beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee, and Culver’s fine restaurants and city.

Adult coloring series at CUTPL Culver-Union Township Public Library is continuing its adult coloring series in November. The library is providing the coloring sheets and colors, but feel free to bring your own. Sessions take place at the library Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and/or Thursdays at 10 a.m. This program is free and open to the public. Contact reference/adult services manager, Dana Thomas, at 574-842-2941 or for more information.

Town of Culver announces online billing Beginning in January, Culver residents will have the option to receive their utility bills via e-mail and pay online. Information on how to set up e-mail billing will be made available via utility bills, the town’s Facebook page and the town’s website ( Friends of the Library seeks volunteers The Friends of the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library are seeking more volunteers to assist with book sales and other library-oriented activities. Interested persons may inquire at the library, 107 N. Main Street in downtown Culver, or by phone at 574-842-2941.