Community Calendar

Sept. 14

City of Niles ​​Townhall meeting

6 p.m.

Niles City Councilmember Georgia Boggs is sponsoring a townhall meeting at Niles City Council Chamber, 1345 E. Main St., to discuss recent changes in The Code of Criminal Procedure.

For more information, contact Georgia Boggs, 1st Ward Councilmember at (269) 683-3873.


Sept. 14

Historic Mills and Dams of Cass County

7 p.m.

The Cass County Historical Society invites the public to its upcoming program, presented by the Cass County Drain Commissioner at Cass District Library, 319 M-62 North, Cassopolis.


Sept. 16

Cass County Chapter of

the Michigan Association

11 a.m.

The Cass County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel will host its regular meeting at Edward Lowe Center Council on Aging, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis.


Sept. 18

Downtown Niles Decorating

9 a.m.

River Essence Group will decorate downtown Niles beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 18. Volunteers are welcome to meet downtown to assist. Cider and donuts will be served.


Set. 19

Uptown Fright Fest

1 to 5 p.m.

The first ever Uptown Fright Fest will be hosted from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 at The Rage patio and United Federal Credit Union parking lot, located at the corner of Front and Sycamore streets in Niles. The event will feature pumpkin and masquerade mask decorating, carnival games and prizes, and a spooky alleyway walkthrough. Carnival tickets will be priced at 50 cents each or 13 tickets for $5.


Sept. 28

Federal Employees Meeting

5 p.m.

Southwest Michigan Chapter 572 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will host its monthly meeting at  5 p.m. Sept. 28 at 2894 Sandra Terrace, St. Joseph. Current and retired federal employees, spouses and friends are welcome. One does not need to be a member to attend.  There will be updates on the 2022 COLA for retirees and on pending bills in Congress. Current health department guidelines for COVID-19 will be followed. For directions to meeting, call (269) 428-0667.  Info: call Jean Rowe at (269) 782-2769 or email


Oct. 3

The Cass County Historical Society Fall Festival

1 to 4 p.m.

The Society’s annual Fall Festival returns to the Historic Newton House, 20689 Marcellus Hwy, Decatur, MI 49045. Activities include tours, free food, a petting zoo, hayrides through Russ Forest, music, games and more.


Oct. 23

A Fall Fling Doo-Wop Thing

7 p.m.

The Spaniels Forever, along with special guest Sheryl Youngblood, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Niles High School Auditorium, 1441 Eagle St., Niles, to host a Fall Fling Doo-Wop Thing. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $18. Info; (269) 362-0026.


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