Culver happeings mid-September into October 2015

Culver Citizen
Staff Writer

Details on these and other events are available in this week's print edition of The Culver Citizen, or online via

Start time changed for Kurt Elling concert Thursday

Culver Academies’ 2015-2016 Huffington Concert Series will kick off with Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist (and Academies’ grad/Fine Arts Hall of Fame member) Kurt Elling, who will perform his Frank Sinatra 100th anniversary tribute at the Academies’ Eppley Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 24, starting at 8 p.m. (as opposed to the originally-reported 7:30 start time) Tickets may be purchased online via, by phone Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 574-842-7058, or in person at the Steinbrenner Performing Arts (hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 9 to 2 Wednesdays), or at the Eppley Auditorium Box Office, located in the Lobby of Eppley Auditorium, one hour before each performance.

Author Sharon Biggs Waller here Thursday

The Culver-Union Township Public Library is excited to announce that Sharon Biggs Waller will be visiting CUTPL on Sept. 24 as a part of its Celebrated Voices Series. Sharon is the author of the young adult novel, “A Mad, Wicked Folly” and the upcoming novel, “The Forbidden Orchid.” Copies of “A Mad, Wicked Folly” are available for check out at the library’s adult circulation counter; this novel will be enjoyed by adults and young adults alike. CUTPL host a book discussion with the author in the large meeting room at 5 p.m.. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Reference/Adult Services Manager, Dana Thomas, at

Town-wide yard sales part of busy Sept. 25 wkd

The town of Culver will host its annual autumn town-wide yard sales that weekend, both Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26. Culverites should prepare for a bit of extra traffic over that weekend, when two major events at Culver Academies coincide: the annual fall Parents’ Weekend and annual cross country high school invitational hosted at Culver Academies, which usually brings over 5,000 people to the campus.

VFW Friday meal
The Culver VFW Ladies Auxiliary will serve roast pork, dressing, potatoes, veggie, salad and dessert on Friday night, Sept 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fish  and open menu will also be available The cost is $10 and the public is welcome.

Friends book sale this wkd
The Culver-Union Twp. Public Library Friends of the Library will hold a used book sales Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday the 26th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lower level of the library.

CCHS cheerleader bake sale Saturday
Culver Comm. High School’s cheerleaders will hold a bake sale and car wash on Sat., Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Culver’s Park & Shop on Lake Shore Drive.

Greer benefit Saturday

A benefit and chili cook-off will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Mystic Hills Golf Course in Culver, to raise funds for Culver resident and alleged domestic violence victim Melanie Greer. The cost is $50 per person. Another benefit event is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 19, from 4 to 11:30 p.m. at the Knox VFW Post on State Road 35 in Knox. Tickets to that event are $9, or $6 for children 12 and under (children 5 and under are free). Those with questions may call 219-508-8892 or 574-207-5139. In addition, an online fund-raising page has been set up for Melanie Greer at

Final carillon recital of 2015 has Culver theme
John Gouwens, carillonneur and organist of the Academies, will present the final recital of the 2015 series of carillon recitals on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. All carillon recitals are free of charge and open to the public.
Since this recital is presented as part of the festivities of fall Homecoming and Parents' Weekend, the program will feature music composed or arranged by people who have, over the years, played recitals on the carillon at Culver. The program will include hymn improvisations as usual. Printed programs will be available in stands near the South doors of the Chapel, with much information about the instrument and the music being played. It is best to listen to the carillon from a distance of 300 feet or more from the base of the tower, depending of course on weather conditions. In the event of rain or questionable weather conditions, the tower will be open for people to come up during the recital to see everything at close range. In good weather, the door is locked, but a tour will be offered afterwards, taking people up to see the instrument, and demonstrating its capabilities.
The Culver carillon, made in England in 1951, is a particularly splendid set of fifty-one bells, ranging in weight from eleven-and-a-half pounds up to 6,496 pounds, all of which can be heard to great advantage in the open, quiet setting of the Culver campus.

The Dynamics of Elder Abuse” Saturday
Nelson Chipman, sitting Marshall County Prosecutor, will be at the Culver-Union Township Public Library on Saturday, September 26 at 10 a.m. in the large meeting room for a program focusing on the detection and, hopefully, the prevention of elder abuse. Nelson will share his research on the topic with the community in the hopes of raising public awareness and reaching out to warn potential victims. Nelson asks that you remember these two numbers: 10,000 and 70. He will tell you the significance of those numbers at the beginning of his presentation. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Reference/Adult Services Manager, Dana Thomas at 574-842-2941 or

Culver PTO seeking pumpkins, parents ahead of Oct. 7 mtg
Each Culver Elementary student who turns in 25 box tops as part of the Box Tops for Education program, which assists the PTO in a number of endeavors at the school, will be designated a "Box Top Hero" and take part in a lunch-time picnic and pumpkin painting event Oct. 13, according to PTO coordinator Raeanne Stevens, a 5th grade teacher at CES. In conjunction with the effort, the PTO is seeking donation of pumpkins for the contest. PTO members can pick up donated pumpkins. Contact or call the school at 574-842-3389 with questions. The next PTO meeting will be held Wed., Oct. 7 at the Culver Elementary library. Interested volunteers or supporters are welcome to attend.

Free computer classes at CUTPL

Culver-Union Township Public Library is offering free computer classes on Mondays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m., in September. Laptops are available, or feel free to bring your own. These classes are held in cooperation with People’s University through Marshall County Council on Aging. These sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrew Baker at or 574-842-2941.

Kids’ talent show Sept. 28

Area youth are invited to show off their skills at the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library’s Kids’ Talent Show. Children or teens (family groups welcome too) mahy dazzle the audience with their skits, magic, music, dance routines and everything in between, on Monday, Sept. 28. The show starts at 6 p.m., to finish by 7 p.m. Please call 574-842-2941 to register to perform. The program is free and open to the public.

Lions Club fall events now offered two October weekends

The Culver Lions Club is "mixing up" its usual autumn event and will offer its popular flea market Oct. 1, 2, and 3, with its longstanding pancake and sausage/gravy breakfast rescheduled to Culver Fall Fest Saturday, Oct. 10, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. A bake sale will accompany the latter event. The flea market is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Thurs. and Friday, Oct. 1 and 2, and 7 a.m. to 2 pm. on Sat., Oct. 3. Information on the club and its activities is available online at

Hydrant flushing in Culver Oct. 5 - 9

The Town of Culver will be flushing fire hydrants beginning Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9. During this process your water may have a “rusty” color; however it is still safe to drink. The hydrant flushing is done twice a year and is necessary to remove rust from the town’s water distribution system.

Moonlight Paddle reservations open

Those wishing to reserve a canoe for this year’s Fall Fest Moonlight Paddle (the evening of Friday, Oct. 9) are encouraged to contact Dana Neer of Culver Academies (which is sponsoring the event alongside Culver-Union Twp. Heritage) to reserve one of the limited supply of free canoes, at or 574-842-8080. Those requesting a canoe must have some prior experience navigating a canoe. Participants may also bring their own canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard to the Culver town beach for launch at 7 p.m. A new route will be featured this year, and part of Culver’s Native American history will be shared at the event. A bonfire with goodies follows the event, back at the beach.

Culver Fall Fest , Kiwanis Cyclocross Oct. 9 wkd

Culver Fall Fest, hosted by the Culver Chamber of Commerce, will kick off one week earlier than in years past, starting Friday, Oct. 9 and continuing Sat., Oct. 10 with Culver Kiwanis Cyclocross on Sunday, Oct. 11. A host of events including scarecrow and pumpkin decorating contests, Culver History Hayride, Moonlight Paddle, marionette puppet show, fondue dinner, 5k Fun Run, live music, vendors, and more, are detailed online at

Fall Fest ‘Bolt for Blessings’ event details announced

One new addition to the Culver Fall Fest this year -- as previously announced in The Culver Citizen -- is a fund-raising event for the Culver Blessings in a Backpack program in the form of Bolt for Blessings, a fun run or walk Saturday morning, Oct. 10, at 8:30 a.m., starting at the parking lot of the Culver beach lodge. Participants may register online at or can print out a registration form and complete it. In addition to participating in the event, it's also possible to be a "sponsor," which means your name will appear on the event t-shirts (if the committee is contacted by Sept. 29) and in other promotions. A tax deductible donation of $150 ($200 is suggested) or more qualifies.

Town-wide cleanup Oct. 10

On Saturday, Oct. 10, the town of Culver offers a large dumpster and volunteer students from both Culver Comm. High School and Culver Academies assist residents in disposing of trash not easily thrown out via normal trash hauling, for the town-wide cleanup, located at the town lot at College Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.

Texas Hold-Em tournaments return to Culver VFW

Culver VFW Post 6919, 108 E. Washington St. in Culver will resume its Texas Hold-Em tournaments on the second Sunday of each month, including Oct 11, and Nov 8. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. There is a $50 buy-in (no re-buys); $12,000 chips (25 percent to the house, 75 percent in the pot). License #129586. Contact 574-842-3886 with questions.

Coloring night for teens Oct. 12
Teens are encouraged to clear their minds and join Culver-Union Twp. Public Library for a stress-relieving hour of coloring. The library is providing the coloring sheets and colors, but feel free to bring your own. The event takes place Monday, Oct. 12 starting at 4 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Sign ups are not necessary; all programs are free and open to the public.

Andrew Carnegie essay contest detailed
Culver-Union Township Public Library is hosting an essay competition in honor Andrew Carnegie for its Centennial Year Celebration. The first place winner will receive $100; second place $50; and third place $25.
The competition is open to any 6 through 8th grade student who lives in or attends public, private, or homeschool in Union Township. The essay should thoroughly address, "How did Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy impact the nation's libraries?" It must range from 300-500 words typed. Essays must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 2, with a student entry form attached; form available at Culver-Union Township Public Library.
Essays will be judged by an impartial panel of judges; no library board or staff members will be a judge. All essay winners will be invited to read his or her essay at our library’s Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 5, where all prizes will be awarded. Turn in or mail your essay with completed entry form to: Culver-Union Township Public Library, Attn: Jill Gavlick, 107 N. Main St., Culver, IN 46511.

Marshall County Torch Relay nominations sought

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is now accepting torchbearer nominations from the public to recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state. The online nomination form is available at Applications can also be picked up at the Marshall County Historical Society, 123 N. Michigan St., Plymouth, or the Marshall County Visitors Bureau, 201 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. These businesses will also accept completed applications for the torch relay committee. The nomination period ends on Dec. 31. Nomination committees have been formed in each county to manage this process on a county-by-county basis. The relay is patterned after the Olympic Torch Relay and is designed to connect Hoosiers across the state and nation with their home state during the bicentennial year. The torch will pass through Marshall County on October 4, 2016.

Library board applicants sought

Union Twp. trustee Jerry Greeson is seeking letters of interest from those willing to serve as a member of the Culver-Union Twp. board of trustees. Applicants must be residents of Union Township in order to qualify to serve. Questions or letters of interest may be directed to Jerry Greeson, 15995 St. Rd. 10, Culver, IN 46511, or by phone to 574-842-4260.

Blessings in a Backpack seeks donations

The Culver Blessings in a Backpack program, a not-for-profit which packs food for children to send home on Fridays to ensure nutritious meals are available during the weekend for those youngsters identified by the school as most in need, is seeking donations to support the program. Financial contributions may be made online at (click the tab that says DONATE and be sure to designate Culver Elementary School online or on your check, which should be made payable to Blessings in a Backpack. Checks may be mailed to Dianne Johnson, 306 N Ohio St, Culver IN 46511. The cost to support a student for a full year is $80 per student, and 100 percent of each donation goes toward food purchase. Any questions may be directed to Dianne Johnson at 812- 699-1099 or

TOPS group meets Wednesdays

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Grace United Church of Christ, 307 N. Plymouth St., Culver (lower level conference room). There is no charge to visit: Annual Fee: $32. Decide to join as a new TOPS member, receive a free weight loss aide. Follow the TOPS weight-loss winners of the world. Visit and call Sue for more information at 574-842-2188.

Culver Farmers Market

The Culver Farmers’ Market is now open at the northwest corner of Ohio and Jefferson Streets (across from CVS Pharmacy). The market will operate into October on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Interested ven dors please call at 574-842-2648 (ask for Barb). The Culver Chamber of Commerce sponsors the market.

Rarities on exhibit at Academies gallery

A page from the first book printed on the printing press is among a wide array of pieces exhibited at the Crisp Visual Art Center on Culver Academies’ campus through June. Several diverse exhibits include works around the themes Landscapes, ART/WORD, and Culver Connections, respectively. The Galleries at the Crisp Visual Art Center are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment at 574-842-8278.