Sunday, February 14, 2010 • WEST SHORE SHOPPERS GUIDE • 3
If I wasn’t a chamber manager...
If I wasn’t a Chamberof Commerce manager, Ithink I’d like to be a res-taurant critic, or maybe asecret shopper.Heaven knows I haveextensive experience inboth eating out and shop-ping. Now, I’m not anespecially picky eater, butI am a picky customer— if by picky you mean Iwant great food, cheer-ful servers, a welcomingatmosphere and promptservice and I want it all ata fair price.Is that picky?Or is that really justwhat we should expectwhen we spend our hard-earned money?
Lunch at LaFamilia
Last week, I had lunchat La Familia, the new Mexican-style restaurantat 318 River Street. LaFamilia opened about amonth ago and has justoined the chamber.During my lunch at LaFamilia, owners Stephenand Tanya Laredo cameout to say hello — notust to me but to eachcustomer — and not oncedid they approach a cus-tomer whose mouth wasfull or who was in themiddle of a sentence withtheir lunch partner.During my conver-sation with Stephen, Imentioned that I lovedpico de gallo (tomatoes,onions and cilantro —kind of like salsa but notexactly) which was not onLa Familia’s menu.Stephen excused him-self and came back out acouple of minutes laterwith what I suspect was acustom made bowl of picode gallo. That’s excep-tional service! It bodes well for this new businessthat they have already mastered the conceptthat nothing is sacred in business except that thecustomer comes back.So stop in and wel-come this friendly new business to Manistee andif enough people ask forpico de gallo, I bet we’llsee it on the menu lick-ety-split.
Glens Market will holdits 6th Annual PaczkiEating Contest on Feb.16, 8-11 a.m. Divisionsinclude schools, busi-nesses, restaurants,media personalities, law enforcement, fire depart-ments, government offi-cials and more.There will also be akids cheering competition before each school divi-sion.Please call Pam, Missy or James at 231-723-3434to reserve your spot.
News from MSUExtension
MSU Extension SNAP-ED Program assistantCydni Jacobi and 4-Hprogram instructor DebraLaws presented a sessionon financial education tohelp students at CASMAN Alternative Academy learn the lessons of soundpersonal financial man-agement.The class concluded with a discussion abouteach person’s viewson spending and sav-ing, with an emphasison saving goals, futuremoney plans and current ways students econo-mize. In addition to being prepared for livesin the work world, theseCASMAN students now also have grounding inpreparing to handle theirpersonal finances in aninformed, educated man-ner.
ServSafe train-ing for food ser- vice employees
West ShoreCommunity College isoffering the nationally recognized ServSafe®training and exam forthose who are employedin food service operationson three consecutiveThursdays, Feb. 18, 25,and March 4, from 5-8:30p.m.Classroom instruc-tion is encouraged forthose who have never hadformal food safety train-ing. Participants whoreceive a 75 percent or better on their exam will be issued a ServSafe cer-tificate from the NationalRestaurant AssociationEducational Foundation.Space is limited andearly registration isencouraged. For moreinformation, contact Wanell Cabot at 231-843-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
While many people areanxiously looking towardspring, your BusinessExpo Committee has theirsights on October.Oct. 6 that is, whichis the date for the 2010Business Expo! The com-mittee is hard at work planning an event even better than last year.If you are planningon a booth you’ll wantto consider reserving your space today with adeposit.Based on the successof the last three years, weanticipate booths to filleven more quickly this year. Don’t miss out. Callor email Dianna today forthe registration/depositform and reserve yourspot now.
Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce
SUNDAY, FEB. 14
•Kaleva Lions Club PancakeBreakfast from 8:00 a.m. to12 Noon at the Kaleva LionsDen.• “Open Door” ministriesfree coffee devotions led by Lay Leader Paco Theisen,call 877-4246, Outreach of Manistee United MethodistChurch.
MONDAY, FEB. 15
• Farmer’s Market meeting,6:30pm, City Hall councilchambers.•TOPS #1306, 9:30-10 a.m.,Bear Lake United MethodistChurch, 7861 Main St., (231)864-3945•TOPS #1801 meets, 11 a.m.;First Baptist Church, 1201Lake Shore Rd., Manistee•TOPS #528 meeting, 3:45p.m.; First Baptist Church,1201 Lake Shore Road,Manistee
TUESDAY, FEB. 16
•Homeward Bound AnimalShelter FatCat Tuesday soup/salad & dessert dinner,Manistee Township Hall,5pm-8pm•B Matzen, DAV Outreach Worker, 9a.m.-4p.m.,Manistee Michgan Works•DAV Service Ofﬁcer, 10a.m-2p.m., VFW, 1211 28th St.,Manistee
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17
•O.A.(Overeaters Anonymous) meeting7 p.m.; Good ShepherdLutheran Church, 521Cypress St., Manistee, 723-2883•TOPS (Take off poundssensibly) #1646, 9:30 weigh-in, Epworth United Church,3939 Highbridge Rd.,Brethren OPEN HOUSE 10a.m.-11.a.m.•Angel Food Ministry orders will be taken 1-4 p.m. at theManistee United MethodistChurch.•TOPS #1646 meets, 9:30 weight-in: Epworth UnitedMethodist Church, 3939Highbridge Rd, Brethren•TOPS 3 1646 OPENHOUSE, 10a.m.-11a.m.,Epworth United MethodistChurch, 3939 HighbridgeRd, Brethren•VFW Service Ofﬁcer,10a.m.-2p.m., VFW, 121128th St.•VFW Service Ofﬁcer,10a.m.-2p.m., VFW, Kaleva,13300 9 Mile Rd.•JR. CLIO CLUB MEETING(Soup Luncheon) 12:30p.m., Carol Bottimer’s.
THURSDAY, FEB. 18
•The Manistee Area Grief Support Group, 1:30 p.m., atChurch of the Holy Trinity,410 Second Street•FREE (adult) craft sessions weekly, 9:30-11:30 a.m.Onekama Church of theBrethren, 8266 Mill St.,Onekama, 231-889-4311,•VFW Walsh Post 4499,7:30p.m., 1211 28th St.
FRIDAY, FEB 19
•Manistee Cty. VeteransCounselor, 10a.m.-2p.m.,Senior Center, 457 River St.,398-3587•H1N1 FLU CLINIC 9a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Noappointment nessary.Questions? call the HealthDept. at 723-3595.•Elks Fish Fry 5:30 to 8:30
SATURDAY, FEB 20
•Moose Lodge, Turkey Breast Dinner, 5-7:30p.m.•Walk for Warmth, 10a.m.FiveCAP ofﬁce, 265 First St.,
SUNDAY, FEB. 21
•Kaleva Lions Club PancakeBreakfast from 8:00 a.m. to12 Noon at the Kaleva LionsDen, 14361 Nine Mile Road,Kaleva.•Moose Lodge, PotatoPancake Breakfast,8:30a.m.-Noon•“Open Door” ministriesfree coffee devotions led by Lay Leader Paco Theisen,call 877-4246, Outreach of Manistee United MethodistChurch.
MONDAY, FEB. 22
•Grief support group,noon-1:30 p.m.; Hospice of Michigan, 5177 West U.S.10, Suite 2, Ludington•Manistee Cty. VeteransCounselor, 9a.m.-3p.m.,Manistee Cty. Courthouse,398-3587•TOPS #1306, 9:30-10 a.m.,Bear Lake United MethodistChurch, 7861 Main St., (231)864-3945•TOPS #1801, 11 a.m.; FirstBaptist Church, 1201 LakeShore Rd., Manistee•TOPS #528, 3:45 p.m.;First Baptist Church, 1201Lake Shore Road, Manistee
TUESDAY, FEB. 23
•B Matzen, DAV Outreach Worker, 9a.m.-4p.m.,Manistee Michgan Works•DAV Service Ofﬁcer, 10a.m-2p.m., VFW, 1211 28th St.,Manistee
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24
•O.A.(Overeaters Anonymous) meeting7 p.m.; Good ShepherdLutheran Church, 521Cypress St., Manistee, 723-2883•Kiwanis of Manistee,Regular meetings; 7 a.m. to8 a.m.; House of Flavors,Manistee.•TOPS (Take off poundssensibly) #1646, 9:30 weigh-in, Epworth United Church,3939 Highbridge Rd.,Brethren•TOPS #1646 meets, 9:30 weigh-in: Epworth UnitedMethodist Church, 3939Highbridge Rd, Brethren•Kiwanis Board Meeting, 7-8am. House of Flavors•Manistee High School GradBash Parent meeting, 7 p.m.,MHS library.•VFW Service Ofﬁcer,10a.m.-2p.m., VFW, 121128th St.•VFW Service Ofﬁcer,10a.m.-2p.m., VFW, Kaleva,13300 9 Mile Rd.
THURSDAY, FEB. 25
•Kaleva Lions Club Pastiesfrom 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon;Kaleva Lions Den,•The Manistee Area Grief Support Group; 1:30 p.m.,Church of the Holy Trinity,410 Second Street•FREE (adult) craft session,9:30-11:30 a.m.; OnekamaChurch of the Brethren,8266 Mill St., Onekama,231-889-4311
SATURDAY, FEB. 27
•Kaleva Lions Club PancakeBreakfast; 8:00 a.m. to 12Noon at the Kaleva LionsDen.•Moose Lodge, Grilled Pork Chop Dinner, 5-7:30p.m.•Elks Fish Fry 5:30 to 8:30
SUNDAY, FEB. 28
•“Open Door” ministriesfree coffee devotions led by Lay Leader Paco Theisen,call 877-4246, Outreach of Manistee United MethodistChurch.
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