Around Culver, late March - April 2015

Culver Citizen
Staff Writer

Benefit for McGrath Saturday night A benefit will be held to offset medical expenses for 20-year-old Darian McGrath, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at only three months old, on Sat., March 28, at Culver’s Lakehouse Grille, at 620 E. Lake Shore Drive, with the Marty Miles band starting at 9:30 p.m. The $5 cover charge and a portion of the bar from the night will go to McGarth’s family, as will proceeds from a 50-50 and silent auction taking place as well.

Community meal at St. Mary’s Monday St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church’s monthly community meal will take place Monday, March 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.

Youth baseball registration Culver Youth Baseball/Softball registration will take place at the Culver Union Twp Library on Tuesday, March 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.; and Friday, April 10, from 3 to 6 p.m.Friday, April 10, from  3 to 6 p.m.

Easter egg hunt April 4 The annual Easter egg hunt at the Culver town park will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 4, with a rain date of Sunday, April 5 at 1 p.m. (not 11 a.m., as previously reported). The Culver Beard Club has volunteered to assist with the event and others are welcome to contact Marc Hayden, Culver park superintendent, if they wish to help or donate items. Call 574-842-3510 or 574-780-3918 (cell), or email

Counterfeit bills continue to plague Culver Counterfeit currency, especially $20 bills and higher, has been spotted in the Culver community, and several local people have lost money due to depositing the bills (which results in a loss of the amount deposited, by federal law). Tips for identifying fake bill can be found online at Those who believe they have encountered counterfeit money should contact the Culver police department at 574-842-2525.

Blessings in a Backpack tournament April 4 A dodgeball tournament to benefit the Blessings in a Backpack program in Culver and Plymouth will take place Sat., April 4, from 12:45 to 5:30 p.m. (please note altered time from original listing), at Lifeplex, 2855 Miller Dr. Suite 101 in Plymouth. Culver Elementary is the newest local site for the national program, which aims to send nutritious and nourishing food home with children in need. Contact Jim Philips, 574-767-0607, to register. Donations for the Culver program may also be made online or by check or cash to the program’s national center (Blessings in a Backpack Lock Box, P.O. Box 950291, Louisville, KY 40295 -- donation should clearly indicate Culver, Indiana, as recipient) or in person to Diann Johnson of Culver, who may be reached at or 812-699-1099.

Papa’s proceeds April 7 go to Relay Papa’s Pizza, 824 E Lake Shore Dr. in Culver will donate a portion of its delivery/carry-out sales Tuesday, April 7, to the Culver Relay for Life April 10. At the event itself, the restaurant will donate 30 large pizzas students will be sell by the slice with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to the Relay.

Hydrant flushing week of April 6 Hydrant flushing in the town of Culver will take place the week of April 6. 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.

Culver Relay for Life April 10 Culver’s annual Relay for Life returns on a new, earlier weekend this year. The all-night event, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society, is slated to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, at Culver Academies’ Multi-purpose building (past events have taken place in late April). The community-wide event has raised more than $100,000 per year since its inception in 2008. To sign up and learn more, visit

Texas Hold-Em at VFW April 12 The Culver VFW Post 6919 holds Texas Hold-Em tournaments on the second Sunday of each month, with the next tournament scheduled for April 12. The Post is located at 108 E. Washington St. in Culver (contact 574-842-3886). Doors open at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins at 1 p.m. There is a $50 buy-in (no re-buys) and $12,000 in chips (25 percent to the house, 75 in  the pot). License #129586. The public is welcome.

Community meal at Grace April 15 Grace United Church of Christ will hold its monthly community meal on Weds, April 15 at 6 p.m. All are invited to this free, ecumenical event whose purpose is to share a friendly meal in a welcoming, community atmosphere. The meals are held on the 15th day of each month in the basement of the church.

Wesley Preschool open house April 18 Wesley Preschool’s open house/registration for the 2015-2016 school year will be held Sat., April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. The 4-year-old classes will be held Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and 3-year-old classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday both 8:30 to 11 a.m. Scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis. Questions may be directed to the Wesley United Methodist Church at 574-249-0159.

Max Move rescheduled for April 18 Contrary to the April 11 date reported in last week’s Culver Citizen, this year’s Max Move outdoor wellness event has been rescheduled for Sat., April 18, and will take place in honor of the Culver Boys & Girls Club. The event this year weds student fund-raising wellness event Connecting Points, which raises funds for the CBGC, with Max Move. All are encouraged to participate in the free Mevent, which begins at Culver Academies’ Naval Building and encourages participants to walk or run around the lake. SAG stops are provided along the way, and transportation back to the start will be provided at various intervals for those needing it. Lunch is provided afterwards for participants. The event is not a race. To register for Max Move, contact Neer at or 574-842-8080.

Tri Kappa student art show April 25-26 The Culver Tri Kappa annual student art show will take place Sat., April 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sun., April 26 from noon to 2 p.m., at the Culver Cove Marmont Room on E. Jefferson Street in Culver. Artwork from Culver Academies and Culver Community Schools will be displayed. Categories include drawing, painting, photography, print and three-dimensional (or whatever else the kids bring as current creations!). There is no charge for the event and visitors can vote for their favorite artist and entry.

Library book sale April 24-25  The Friends of the Culver Union Township Public Library will hold a book sale on Friday, April  24 and Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. until  2 p.m. both days. There are many great books to choose from. Starting May 16 and continuing every Saturday through August 29, the Friends will have a book sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. In the Carnegie Room of Culver Library.
Book donations are welcome and be left at the circulation desk during library hours.

Town-wide sales, cleanup scheduled Culver’s spring town-wide yard sales are slated for the weekend of April 24 and 25, with the Culver Lions Club flea market and bake sale/breakfast the following weekend (May 1 and 2), and town-wide cleanup scheduled for May 9. If you would like to have your garage sale listed on the map of sales, please e-mail your information to or call 574.842.3140 no later than Tuesday, April 21. Maps will be available beginning Thursday, April 23 at Osborn’s Mini-Mart, the Dairy Barn, First National Bank of Monterey, and Town Hall as well as this website and Facebook.

Award-winning singer Rose at Poplar Grove April 26 The Poplar Grove United Methodist Church on SR 10 at Culver will host the award-winning country Christian singer Kali Rose Foster, of Plymouth Sunday, April 26. Foster will bring a program including her two young daughters and entertain and lift the spirits of all who are there. Her husband, Eric Foster, will be delivering the message. All are invited to this free-will offering program of worship.

Culver kindergarten roundup April 29 Those with a child who will be age 5 by Aug. 1, should attend kindergarten round-up  Wed., April 29 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at Culver Elementary School. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization record. Those with questions maycall 574-842-3389.

Tour de Max May 16 Culver Tri Kappa’s annual Tour de Max bicycle event will take place Saturday, May 16 and will include 10, 30, and 63-mile routes. Riders may register online at or request a registration form by emailing Cost is $20 before May 1 and $25 after May 1st through the morning of the ride.

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 Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment at 574-842-8278.

Fund-raiser for former CES student underway Local students have been raising funds for 10-year-old former Culver Elementary student Jiovanni Jurado, who is in need of a new kidney. More information and updates on Jiovanni can be seen via A fund-raising website has been set up at for those wishing to donate.

Free income tax filing help at CUTPL The Culver-Union Township Public Library will host IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers who will be offering free tax return filing appointments at CUTPL on Wednesdays through April 8. Appointments will be one hour long, and available times are 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. To make an appointment, please stop by the circulation desk or call the library at 574-842-2941. For questions, please contact Reference/Adult Services Manager, Dana Thomas, at or 574-842-2941. The library street address is 107 N. Main St, Culver.

Smoke detectors available By law, all homes must have smoke detectors. Thanks to a donation from the Fraternal Order of Polise Lodge 130 and the Culver Union Township Fire Department, as well as Smith Farm Store, Argos Do-it-Best and First Alert, there are smoke detectors available for free to Culver residents. Please pick them up at Town Hall.

Life Support at Grace Tuesdays The Grace United Church of Christ, 307 N. Plymouth St. in Culver is offering a Life Support Group on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. People involved with anxiety, stress, depression, emotional issues & addictions are welcome. 842-2331 or 842-3592.