My daughter and I started shopping last week for her wedding gown, as she was recently engaged. We were amused to see that there really are wedding gowns on the retail racks that can cost thousands of dollars. But since the most expensive gowns were not the shape and style she had settled on after […]

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The annual Project Homeless Connect information expo will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 201 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Mich. This event is free and open to all Monroe County residents who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. About 20 agencies and organziations […]

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The Monroe County Opportunity Program Mobile Food Pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Nov. 22 in the parking lot of Republic Services, 6749 S. Dixie Hwy., Erie, Mich. Free food packages will be available to the first 250 families who arrive at the mobile food pantry. To receive groceries, recipients must […]

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The Salvation Army of Monroe County, Mich., has announced the signup times and locations for those seeking holiday season assistance through the Spirit of Christmas campaign. Monroe: Salvation Army, 815 E. First St.: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 4 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, Nov. 3-Nov. 24; and also from 1 to 4:30 p.m. or […]

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Crossroads Community Church, 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Rd., Ottawa Lake, Mich., will host a Thanksgiving Food Give Away starting at 10 a.m. Saturday Nov. 22. This will be a drive-through event, one complete Thanksgiving meal will be given at no charge to each car. For information, go to http://www.crossroadson23.com  

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesday in The Monroe News. Here is the Oct. 28 installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Has anyone tried to tell you that make-it-yourself or cook from scratch is cheaper that store bought? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t. To illustrate this, here is a […]

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Kuras Dental, 132 Cole Rd., Monroe, Mich., will participate in the Dentistry from the Heart with a clinic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 1. This event is free, and designed for those age 18 and older who have no insurance and little access to care. The staff expects to see nearly 200 […]

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Note to readers: This list focuses on locations and businesses in southeast Michigan / northwest Ohio. By Paula Wethington / Monroe News and Monroe on a Budget reporter The following special events, discounts or freebies are in honor of Veteran’s Day. Please note that the actual dates of these specials range from Nov. 9 to […]

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The Fifth Annual Shop Small Business Saturday will take place Nov. 29. This is a date that small businesses – including many Etsy vendors – have chosen as their holiday season promotion. American Express has been a corporate sponsor of this project, working with “Neighborhood Champions” across the country to promote the campaign. For more […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe News Please pin or bookmark this list as I expect updates to be made all the way up to Wednesday before Thanksgiving; some retailers don’t announce their hours until just before the holiday weekend. The following Thanksgiving / Black Friday weekend shopping hours are confirmed for stores that are of […]

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For this week’s Monroe on a Budget column, which runs Tuesday in The Monroe News, I pulled out one of my favorites from the archives. The original online-only version of this piece was written in 2010: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News I was once asked if families who lived during Bible times kept a […]

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Siena Heights University, 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, Mich., will host its fifth annual Operation: SERVE (Students, Employment, Resources, Veterans, Education) community and career expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the SHU Fieldhouse on the Adrian campus. The event is a partnership between SHU, South Central Michigan Works! and Monroe […]

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A note from your blogger: this event will have very helpful information if someone in your family plans to attend college starting fall 2015, fall 2016 or fall 2017. The Monroe County Counselors – in cooperation with Monroe County Community College – will host College Night 2014 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 […]

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Tanya LaPrade of Monroe has been named GreenPath Debt Solutions Client of the Year. Read the story of how she paid off her debt earlier than planned – despite being off work for a time for illness and having a drop in income as ar result – at MonroeNews.com.

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This post is for my readers in Temperance and Lambertville, Mich: The Bedford Goodfellows will take applications from Oct. 27-Nov. 14 for its Thanksgiving Food Basket program. This assistance is limited to Bedford Township residents. Applications must be filled out Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.; or Fridays […]

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The Wings project in Monroe, Mich., has announced its annual Winter Clothing Giveaway. Winter coats, jackets, scarves, hats and other clothing will be distributed at no cost between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 18 at Eagle’s Nest Church, 620 E. Fourth St., Monroe. “Get ready for winter once again!” the announcement said. Wings is […]

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The Wings project, which operates out of Eagle’s Nest Church, 620 E. Fourth St., Monroe, has announced its 2014 Blanket Giveaway. Those who are in need in the Monroe area should stop by Eagle’s Nest Church between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11 for the blankets. There is no cost. Wings is a volunteer […]

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The Monroe County Job Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 22 at Monroe Multi-Sports Complex, 333 N. Dixie Hwy., Monroe. Seasonal, part-time and full-time work opportunities will be highlighted. This event is hosted by the sports complex and the sponsors include Michigan Works!, Monroe County Intermediate School District and […]

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Half of my local readers in Monroe County, Mich., have work commutes that are out of town: specifically, Toledo, Detroit, Ann Arbor. If you are among those people, you could easily get stranded on a closed freeway or away from home should winter weather conditions worsen suddenly. That happened twice in two years to my […]

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Are you at the stage in life in which a child’s birthday party, retirement party, wedding shower or baby shower invitations come at a frequent pace? The Budget Mama has some terrific ideas at 3 Tips to Help You Build a Gift Stockpile. She’s talking about pricebooking, having an idea of who you are likely […]

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