Torch News Briefs

September 2, 2009 News Briefs

Dr. David Pilgrim

Today at 6 p.m. in the Rankin Center Dome Room, Ferris’ Chief Diversity Officer David Pilgrim will present his talk entitled “Stories of Tolerance, Intolerance and Inclusion.” The event is free and is hosted by the Welcome Week Committee. For more information contact Sherry Hayes at or call 231-591-2612.

“Keepin’ it Country”

This Michigan group, who formed in November 2005, will play on today at 7 p.m. under the Big Rapids Band Shell on the Riverwalk. The group features a variety of instruments and are described as country musicians coming together to play classic country music. For more information, call 231-592-4036.

Ice Cream Social

As part of the Founder’s Day Celebration, free ice cream will be served on the Campus quad Thursday, Sept. 3, from 3 to 7 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with Bulldog Beginnings and FSU’s 125th anniversary activities and will feature celebrity servers that include well-known figures from around Big Rapids. Contact Gerri Johnson at or call 231-591-3600.

Pool Party

The Fourth annual “First Dip Pool Party” will be held on September 3 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Rec Center. The event costs one dollar which will go toward building water towers in Africa. It is sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. For more information contact Callie Thomas at or call 313-363-4764.

Indoor Disc Golf

On Sept. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in FLITE, the first ever indoor disc golf tournament will be held. Entries are limited to the first 50 teams. Sign up will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event. For more information, contact David Scott at

Used Book Sale

This annual event will take place outside the Big Rapids Community Library on Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on September 5 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Friends of the Big Rapids Community Library. For more information, call 231-796-5234.

Labor Day Yard Sale

On Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Old Jail will host its annual Labor Day yard sale. Gently used household goods will be available and profits will help support the Old Jail and other local historical sites. For more information contact Anne Hogenson at or call 231-796-9507.

Arts and Crafts

The 41st annual Labor Day Arts and Crafts sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Hemlock Park. For more information, contact Brian Thompson at 231-796-7649.